The number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Otherworld series delivers her most suspenseful novel yet, where the discovery of Cainsville's dark past and the true nature of its inhabitants leads to murder, redemption, love, and unspeakable loss.
Olivia Taylor Jones' life has exploded. She's discovered she is not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town's mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders but also her stalker ex-fiancé.
Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks both Olivia and the two men most important to her as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating the triangle that connects them. Will darkness prevail, or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?
©2015 Kelley Armstrong (P)2015 Penguin Audio
I've been reading Kelley since I found her first book of the otherworld. I've been hooked on her writing. Her books never disappoint! This is no exception. This book leaves us with more answers than question (thank god). I feel a deep affinity to her characters. Now we just need more to see what Liv decides and what it brings on. And I'm dying to know!!!
Kelley Armstrong is an excellent writer. I loved this book and am eagerly awaiting the next one!
The narration is poor. The inflection used for the main character makes her sound whiny and childish when she probably is meant to be clever and witty, if a bit quirky. But even if the narration had been better, this installment is not as good as the first two in the series. A good deal of the plot is painfully obvious and yet it takes most of the book for any one to "get it." While the visions help move the story along, I hope the next one doesn't have quite as many dream sequences and concentrates more on the current relationships.
As is the usual for Kelley Armstrong, the book is amazing!! I can't even think of the words to explain how amazing. The twists the turns I was literally holding my breath for the majority of this book. Read it now. Now. You will not regret it. However, notice I said read not listen. The primary narrator in this book is a nightmare. She makes the main man sound like a prepubescent weasel when he's supposed to be huge and tough. She makes the second guy sound like a perpetually stoned teenager. I can't even listen to his dialogue with out cringing! And she makes the protagonist sound alternately like an old crone or a whining child! Ugh!!!! So much incredible book ruined by this voice. It's hard to picture the characters how they are supposed to be and therefore fully get and enjoy the story when the voice makes me cringe. Please please have a different narrator for the next two books!! Maybe even redo the last 3??!! They'd be much more enjoyable. The secondary narrator, is much much better!! Just make her the full narrator!!
This story has been so interesting- the mystery and development of the players is wonderful. BUT I had to stop listening because the main character has gone from interesting, sympathetic and compelling to a whiny, shallow, supremely aggravating example of the trend of imparting female protagonists with unhealthy, absurd self-flagellation and self-inflicted, undeserved guilt accompanied by stupidly failing to appreciate strength in others around them. I will try to finish it, but if she doesn't stop being utterly selfish, shallow and STUPID in the next paragraph or so- I won't bother!
I started this series with high hopes. I enjoy Kelley Armstrong's novels. The first book of this series was alright; not the best work but I could see potential in the plot. I don't mind subpar writing style of the plot is well developed. Unfortunately this wasn't one where the plot helped the writing. The story got worse in book 2, and became almost totally disjointed in book 3. This book left too many loose threads (and not in the good 'oh I get to use my imagination!' way), used too many characters in haphazard and incomplete ways, and didn't round out the story in a way that even left me somewhat satisfied. I kept hoping for more, but honestly shouldn't have wasted my time finishing book 2 OR 3. I can't say I will recommend this to anyone, which is sad since I do love her other works.
I read a lot in this genre and like Kelly Armstrong's style a lot. Though fey stories are out there, this series is fresh and new. I caught myself sneaking to listen while at work and though I'm content with the ending, my heart still roots for Gabriel!
This last book neatly closes out the story. Not sure why I didn't enjoy it as much as the first two books but it is what it is. Wasn't particularly happy with her choice in the end, but perhaps that's a sign that I need to get a life. Haha...Glad I finished it and will move on.
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