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Omens: A Cainsville Novel Kindle Edition

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What would you do if you discovered that you were adopted, and your birth parents were purported serial killers? Twenty-four-year old Olivia Taylor Jones faces this question when her privileged Ivy League existence is fractured by a startling revelation. Traveling to spooky Cainsville, Illinois, to uncover the truth, she joins forces with Gabriel Walsh, her mother’s former attorney. Of course, in true Armstrong fashion, the supernatural plays a featured role, as Cainsville harbors some deeply embedded secrets waiting to be unleashed by Olivia’s latent paranormal powers. Armstrong, author of the popular Otherworld series, excels at world-building, and this reverse Cinderella story perfectly launches a new series chronicling the irresistibly odd and creepy Cainsville universe. Fantasy fans will be eager to make repeated visits. --Margaret Flanagan


Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite writers -- Karin Slaughter

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  • File Size: 2268 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; Reprint edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VMC358
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I'm married with three kids and live in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, I switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, I'm a full-time writer and parent. Could I make this section any more dull? Probably not.

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Format: Hardcover
Omens started out really strong. I was immediately drawn in to the drama surrounding Olivia finding out the truth about her birth parents and how her family reacted. I was fascinated with how she came to find Cainsville and with the town itself. I was loving the story all the way up through the halfway point but then it started to fall off a bit. What I had, up to that point, thought was going to be a paranormal thriller ended up being more of a conspiracy filled suspense drama. The paranormal elements were mentioned throughout but then went unexplored kind of leaving the reader hanging. The "reading omens" aspect was one of the best things about the book so when it went in a completely different direction than what I felt I was promised, I was left feeling a bit disappointed.

I enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters. I like the relationship that's building between them and that it is not one of those instant-love situations. It took me a while to warm up to Gabriel, it happened at about the same rate that Olivia started looking at him differently, so I thought that was really well done. Gabriel has a lot of annoying traits and habits and Olivia views him very realistically which is refreshing. He is the more consistent of the two characters in the way his actions match his personality as I was led to understand it. Her actions are a bit more all over the place.

It seemed like Omens promised one thing but delivered something very different. Maybe if I had been looking forward to suspense with a ton of conspiracy theory and convenient coincidences, I wouldn't have been left feeling underwhelmed by how Omens ended. I may still read the next book in the series with the hope that the paranormal aspects will be more prominent in future books in this series. I can see the potential for this to be an amazing series. I love the concept of a town like Cainsville and I do want to see where this series goes.
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Format: Hardcover
Especially when it's a new series by an author that I already enjoy reading....

but first of all - the cover - If I knew a little more about superstitions, or omens, I get the feeling that I just might notice some portentous signs pictured on the cover....but since I don't, all I can say is that the full moon, the quiet streets, and the cloud formations in the sky make for a subtly spooky cover. Which is good. I like subtle, and even with the seemingly benign scene, there's something spooky here...of course, it might just be the title steering me in this direction. If so, then the title did its job.

As Kelley Armstrong fans know, she has written her last Women of the Otherworld novel, which has no doubt left some bereft, but never fear - she hasn't stopped writing, she's turned her attention elsewhere. As we've seen with a few of the long running series floating around out there, sometimes it's good to end a series, and it's even better to end a series when your fans - especially the ones who have been fans from the beginning - STILL enjoy your work. Kelley Armstrong has written a very strong first of a series with Omens.

Whenever I'm given the chance to read a novel before publication, I feel fortunate. When I end up loving the novel I'm always happy about that (of course). I REALLY enjoyed Omens. You can read the synopsis on Amazon, Goodreads, and Armstrong's website - but basically, a very rich young woman, Olivia (Liv) Taylor Jones is hit out of nowhere with the knowledge that she isn't who she thought she was.
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After Thirteen and the last few books of the Otherworld series, I felt like the ending volumes were one story split into 3 separate books. I felt cheated of a full story line with each book I purchased at the end. I chalked it up to disappointment that the series was ending- I may have moped, mourned, and pouted a bit. In the meantime I read the Nadia Stafford series, both the young adults series, short stories, and the Otherworld books over again while waiting for a new release of a series to equal the Otherworld series.

However, reading this book put me right back in the cheated and disappointed category. This book is not a complete story. It reads like a set-up for the next book or 2 of the series. 400 pages of set-up. The main character never really fully develops, the paranormal elements never develop, and the plot that was presented felt disconnected; it did not flow. I forced myself to read the whole thing with the hope that it would suddenly improve or pick a path, or something... and when something did happen there was no logical progression or big climactic reveal- as in "oh, very clever, I never thought of that but now I can totally see it".

If you must read this (as I felt I needed to) then get it from the library. Save yourself from buyer's remorse.
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To tell you the truth, I was kind off afraid to read OMENS, this first book of Kelley Armstrong’s new series. At first, when I got it on release day, I was going to jump right in but something made me hesitate. I don’t know. Maybe it was a sign that I should read the book leisurely instead of rushing into it? One thing’s for sure. As a fan of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, I really wanted to love Omens. And you know what? I actually ended up really liking it.

Fans of hers were probably as weary as I was of this series. After ending such an amazing series last year, I just didn’t want this new Armstrong book to fail. So what I did is read it with an open mind. I made sure not to compare OMENS to Armstrong’s other books, like so many people compared J.K. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy with the Harry potter series. (I’m not trying to compare J.K. Rowling and Kelley Armstrong. I’m just using Rowling as an example.) What you have to understand, though, is even if OMENS doesn’t contain werewolves and witches, it does still contain a lot of supernatural elements. They might be more subtle but I think that’s what makes the book so interesting. You need to keep reading to find out what it’s really about (or you can cheat and use the Easter eggs Armstrong embedded in the text as a cheat code, if you’re too impatient). What’s more, unlike J.K. Rowling, the audience is the same and you’re not shifting from a MG/YA book to an adult book. I think what Armstrong did, is simply take a genre that she both loves and appreciates, changed the general themes, and expanded a little by adding suspense/thriller motifs.

It’s a suspense/thriller under the guise of a paranormal book. Or vice versa. I’m not exactly sure how to describe the genre.
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