Number-one New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home.
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.
©2013 Kelley Armstrong (P)2013 Penguin Audio
This book is vastly different from Armstrong's "Otherworld" series. It's primarily a murder mystery with just a smattering of the supernatural. Although I have a feeling that the supernatural elements will play a larger part in the rest of the books in the Cainsville series. The could be said for the romance between the two main characters, Olivia and Gabriel. Their relationship is in its infancy. If you're looking for the romance that dominates Armstrong's other novels, then you might be disappointed.
What I liked:
The mystery is completely enthralling
The characters are fascinating and well-developed
The supernatural climate is refreshingly original (at least for me)
Mozhan Marno's narration
What I disliked:
Carine Montbertrand's narration. She didn't do a bad job. I just thought Marno's voice fit the tone of the story better. I found myself wishing Marno had performed the entire book alone.
Most definitely worth a credit.
I don't typically object to two narrators, but in this case, I do. The narrator that spoke in first person had the most annoying voice. I listen to audible books every day, and a narrator with a shrill voice can ruin a book. I found myself listening to how annoying her voice was more than what she was actually saying. The second narrator was preferable. Not sure what the point was of having two people reading this book.
I adore Kelley Armstrong's work. I've read all of the Women of the Otherworld series two or three times, and I have all of the YA books too, very enjoyable. So of course I jumped on this first in a new series as soon as I saw it.
Intriguing story. The performance is fine, but not outstanding. I'm giving this a 4 star overall because I just haven't warmed up to the heroine. I'd be willing to be that I'll be hooked soon enough. All of the groundwork for a great series is laid, and I'll snag the next as soon as it comes out. Sometimes it takes me a couple of books to get to know the characters, I guess.
Where do great authors get their ideas? Kelley Armstrong's got a doozy of an imagination, and I'm looking forward to finding out where this goes.
I loved Kelley Armstrong's adult Otherworld but not as much her YA work. This is definitely in line with the Adult Otherworld. Great story, very engaging. easy to follow. My only issue is I see no reason to have the two female readers. I found that distracting. Still, even with that, well worth the credit and I can't wait for the next book. It does leave quite a lot of threads untied.
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I will have more to say later but I really liked the mix of paranormal and fringe. Good beginning to a new series.
Attention grabbing, a lot of action, mystery, questions.
Yes, because it grabbed your attention and drags you into the characters. It is a situation inside of a mystery that leads into a bigger story. The story ends perfectly with just enough questions to make you look forward to the next book in the series, the Cainville Series or Chronicles would be a good name. A mystery that makes you question motives, intentions with revelations that ask more questions, but not in an irritating way, in a "I can't wait to hear this story" kind of way. Highly recommend anyone who likes book series and dealing with old unknown and forgotten forces that humankind has either forgot or demonized.
No, this is the first time I have heard the two together.
Neither, I felt very drawn in almost immediately.
I have read and listened to Kelley Armstrong's books before, and I am not so much interested in book series. However, she is an excellent writer and does know how to peek your interest in her novels without confusing the reader. I loved the way this one came together and I love how the story involves several areas, but is grounded in a small town that is welcoming and a little mysterious in a good way. I cannot wait for the next one.
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...and not a very good one at that. After over 14 hours pf painful narrative voice, this dull, drawn out story has absolutely no resolution: the endless budding of a cliched relationship will continue into the next book, the relatively uninteresting detective story will continue into the next book and what of the town- what is with the creepy town? Well- you may find out in the next book.
Which will likely be narrated by Carine Montbertrand, whose male voices sound like the assortment of 'Lollipop Kids' in the Wizard of Oz.
I try to make it a rule not to trash other people's art: a LOT of work goes in the the creation of both the novel and the audio performance but Audible should NEVER have offered this incomplete selection.
I am an great fan of Kelley Armstrong, but this book was like hanging out with a person who has ADHD. One minute it is a Sci/Fi, the next a mystery thriller, the next a romance, with not much melding of the three, kind of choppy.
I finished the book last night, and I am still trying to figure it out. I could sense maybe three or four different books all crunched together into one. I really enjoy Ms. Armstrong's work, she is such a great writer but this book was just odd. Different editor perhaps?
Annoying, Annoying, Annoying. Neither one of these narrators impressed me. The narrator for the main character had a really annoying voice. In my opinion, if the director didn't want to have just one narrator then he/she should have chosen male and female voices.
Hopefully this is the beginning of a series, and Ms. Armstrong will sort out the plot mismatches in subsequent books.
The main character of Omens is supposed to be twenty-four, but the narrator sounds much older, which I found to be distracting and off-putting. The secondary narrator, I thought, would have been more convincing in the role. It really detracted from my enjoyment of the book. I debated between giving the performance 1 or 2 stars, and went with 2 solely on the strength of the secondary narrator. The main one just wasn't right for the part.
The action of the book takes quite a while to get going, and it really wasn't until the last third or so of the novel that things really start to click--hence the 3 star story rating. For much of it, though, I really didn't know what to think about the book--which bothered me, because I love Kelley's three series set in the Otherworld universe so much. I had really high hopes for this one. Omens does get much better toward the end, thank goodness, so I decided on a four-star overall rating based on that strength.
Will I read the next book? Of course--it's Kelley Armstrong. Will I get it on audio immediately if the narrator remains the same, though? Probably not. I can always just read the e-version, in that case.
If I must.
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