Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Omens by Kelley Armstrong
Omens by Kelley Armstrong

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 fiancĂ©, 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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Olivia seems to have it all:  a privileged background, a loving fiance, and fulfilling volunteer work. Yet something seems to be missing, something she can't quite put her finger on that makes her feel like a fraud.

Then suddenly, her perfect life is shattered! Not only does she find out that she's adopted, but that her biological parents are notorious serial killers! This would be hard enough to deal with on its own, but the news has been made public and the media is hot on her trail. Poor Olivia!

Hurt by the reactions of her loved ones, Olivia decides to lie low and goes into hiding. She winds up in the small town of Cainsville, where the older residents seem to know her. Hmmmm....wonder what that's about?

Curious about her birth parents, she joins forces with her birth mother's former lawyer to see if their claims of innocence might actually be true. I'm not really sure if she wants to prove them guilty or innocent, but Gabriel certainly makes an interesting partner!

Didn't really get all of the references and hints in the story but, rather than annoying me, it made me hungry to learn more!

Really grew to like Olivia, as she's not your typical spoiled rich girl. She rents a grungy room and takes a job as a waitress at the local diner, as she's refused to accept her adopted mother's money. I can understand why she won't take the money, but think she overreacted a little.

We get a hint of the paranormal with the strange ability Olivia has of reading/interpreting omens. And there seem to be traces of magic in her new home (love all the gargoyles!). And what's up with all the ravens?

Definitely think this will turn into another great series for Kelley, as she's come up with great characters and a fascinating storyline! Almost makes up for ending her Women of the Otherworld series. Almost.

Review copy provided by Goldberg McDuffie Communications in exchange for an honest review


  1. Hmmm, I would like to try this series one day. :) Thank you!

    1. Pretty sure it's going to be another winner for Kelley! :)

  2. '..... and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her' - intriguing stuff. But no I mustn't begin any more new series of books.

    1. You have more willpower than I do PW! Kelley is one of my auto-read authors. :)

  3. I did not know she started a new series. I'm going to have to look for it the next time I'm at the store.