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.
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I thought it was well written. I went into this book expecting more of the supernatural aspect that I've come accustomed to with Kelley Armstrong... vampires/werewolves/etc. It was not like her other books, however, for which I was pleasantly surprised. It took me a while to get beyond my expectations, but once I did, I enjoyed the story from beginning to end.
I normally do not like two narrators, unless it is to tell the story from male and female perspective. In this case, the second narrator was reading from more than one person's perspective. It was confusing at first, but I adapted. I grew to enjoy hearing the "other" side of things at the end of almost every chapter. It brought depth to the story, which could not have been seen otherwise. It also helped open up more questions for not only this book, but the rest of the series as well. I'm interested to see where this story goes.
There is one flaw in this story. The main narrator, Carine Montbertrand, made me cringe! At the beginning of each chapter, she was not quite relaxed and therefore had a high nasally tone that sounded like she is plugging her nose for the first 2 minutes of a chapter. CRINGE. That sound is like nails on a chalkboard for me! Yikes!! Other than that, though, she did a great job switching between narrating and alternating between voices, though. There were very few flaws there. I plan to continue with the series.
Give it a try!
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.
The first narrator was great, but the second narrator was unbearable. I had to stop listening and return the book.
The supernatural aspects of this book aren't heavily emphasized, but they are present. The story is strong enough to stand on its own, which is a nice change. So many authors rely on paranormal elements as a crutch to less than exacting story or character development, but Armstrong delivers a solid story with likeable main characters here.
There isn't a ton of romance in this book, but the door is wide open for a really satisfying story here. Anticipation is the best part!
Let me start off by saying I hate the narrator for Olivia/Eden. She sounds like the lady who is the voice of Lisa Simpson. Very, very annoying voice. I like the other narrator's voice for Olivia. But you get used to it Olivia'voice eventually. She does start her chapters with a nasal quality to her voice (Olivia), but didn't stop me from listening. This book will reel you in. It will have you asking yourself "Why? Why is that happening? What did they do that for? What does it mean? Who is that? What is going to happen next?" This series is going to be a nice rollercoaster ride. Can't wait to see what will happen next for Olivia/Eden and Gabriel! Give this story a try, you won't be disappointed.
I was hesitant to pick up another series by Kelley Armstrong because the last was a series of hits and misses. It's a nice mix of real world mystery with the otherworldly. It has a variety of characters and sub-plots that make it fun, sexy, and hateful, in other words, I'm reading book 2.
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