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Omens: A Cainsville Novel [Kindle Edition]

Kelley Armstrong
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

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Book Description

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong introduces a chilling new world

Kelley Armstrong has been a dominant presence on the New York Times bestseller lists for more than a decade. And while her devoted fans flock to each new book, the Cainsville series is sure to attract an even broader readership. In Omens, Olivia Taylor-Jones is shattered to learn that she’s adopted. Her biological parents? Notorious serial killers. On a quest to learn more about her past, Olivia lands in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois. As she draws on long-hidden abilities, Olivia begins to realize that there are dark secrets in Cainsville—and powers lurking in the shadows.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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


"Armstrong is a talented and evocative writer who knows well how to balance the elements of good, suspenseful fiction, and her stories evoke poignancy, action, humour and suspense."
—The Globe and Mail

“Like the creepy, spooky town of Cainsville, Kelley Armstrong’s Omens lured me in. I was busy, way too busy for this book, which, through a series of surprises and sleights of hand, had me conspiring for ways to get back to the gripping story, the colorfully bizarre cast of characters, and the clever, strong, smart heroine at its center. Don’t pick this book up if you have anything else to do. It will grab you by the collar and won’t let you up for air until it’s good and ready. And once you’re done, you won’t soon forget it.”
Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of In the Blood

“Cainsville might be a nice place to visit, but I’m too creeped out to live there. Luckily, Armstrong isn’t, and her dispatches from this village filled with sinister secrets are going to be keeping her readers up well into the night.” —Linwood Barclay, internationally bestselling author of Trust Your Eyes

“One of the best new series debuts this year! With its compelling characters and completely original set-up, Omens delivers a powerful combination of suspenseful thrills and supernatural chills. I can’t wait to read more!”
—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Touch & Go

Product Details

  • File Size: 2268 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1st edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VMC358
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More suspense/thriller than paranormal - disappointing September 6, 2013
By Donna
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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love a new series.... August 21, 2013
By Mardel
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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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
When Kelley Armstrong's best-selling Women of the Otherworld series came to an end last summer I couldn't hold back my tears. Clay and Elena will forever hold a special place in my heart but, after I finished mourning the loss of these beloved characters, excitement at the prospect of diving into something new from one of my favourite authors began to replace my sorrow. I approached Omens with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation only to have the first emotion fizzle and the latter transform into disappointment. Armstrong's writing is as strong as ever but I struggled to find the paranormal elements in this psychological thriller and the ones I did uncover, were more confusing than anything else. For the first time ever, I'm on the fence as to whether Armstrong will remain on my auto-buy list.

The supernatural elements in this story are minimal at best; Olivia sees omens, her neighbour has the "sight" and, there's some talk of Fae and the Tylwyth Teg. The heroine's ability is tenuous and other than providing her with a few cryptic clues; it comes across more as survival instinct than an actual power. You know when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Yeah, it's like that. I'm confident that Olivia's talent will grow as this series progresses but as far as first impressions go, it was lackluster. As for her neighbour, I never figured out if she actually does indeed have the "sight: or if she's just a scam artist preying on people's beliefs. And the Fae? I have no idea where they fit in; they are loosely referenced a couple of times but other than that, their mythology comes across as an old wives tale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good start of the series
Very good start of the series. This is my first time reading this author's work, I'm possibly surprised. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Lulu168
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hope there's more.
Published 4 days ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Book one of a new series of books
Book one of a new series of books that is intended to replace Kelley Armstrong's acclaimed Otherworld series. There is a second book in the series already available. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Michael Lynn Mcguire
5.0 out of 5 stars new story, new characters, same great writing.
Kelley Armstrong, has lived up to my expectations the otherworld stories are a hard act to follow but she's managed to suck me in again!
Published 11 days ago by donna purcell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Ordered her new book and read in ...
Great read. Ordered her new book and read in one day.
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Page Turner
This book was a page turner. In fact, I was about 15 minutes in before I ordered "Visions" the second book in the series. Read more
Published 21 days ago by C. L. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good read
Let me first say, once I find an author I like I happen to be loyal. I've read pretty much all of Kelley Armstrong's books, even the little novellas. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Amber
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming romance Good mystery
Good introduction to new series. Has some very good Quirks. I would like to know more.
Published 25 days ago by C.C. Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting book with a touch of the occult and a bit ofc who done it
Great into too this series.i really like the mysteries that are a part out the character of three book. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Bonnie Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What an amazing story!
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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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