Monday, 10 July 2017

Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong (book review)

I started a new series by one of my favorit authors and here is the review of it

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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.
My Thoughts
I'm a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and decided that I wanted to read something new of her, while I waiting for other parts in other series. I gave this one a go, and sure it is a good read but it is not the best book or story by Kelley Armstrong. The story felt a little bit strange to me, I never found the flow in it like I normally do.

One of Kelley Armstrongs strongest thing is her character, how they are built up and how you come to love them and hate them. You build up a relationship to characters but in this case I couldn't really get my head around them. I don't know if I should call them bland or naive. They just didn't waken any real feelings for me. There is no real character to love, no one to hate. They are all sort of grey and no one sticks out.

The environment is good but also a little bit strange and not really well worked, but I still didn't mind that as much as some may think. I could still see and feel the surrounding and where you are in the book.

With all that said this is not the best book by Kelley Armstrong but it is still a good read. I will read the second part and hope the story picks up and that this will be a good series, even if it will not be my favourite series of her.

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