**Awesome Blog** Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Omens.

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp

Title: Omens (Cainsville #1)

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Published Date: April 13th 2013

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Mystery


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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.


***Adult Warning – May Contain  Violence, Language, and Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp’s  Review***
I have been a fan of Kelley Armstrong for years so I am not quite sure why there was such a delay in my getting around to starting this series but there will be no looking back now!  Although billed as an Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Mystery, there is actually very little supernatural in this story although it definitely sets up for a lot more down the line.  Apart from a few little things going on, the majority of this story is a flat out mystery.  Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with this at all, but those approaching it looking for more things of a supernatural variety may be a little surprised.

This is a great start to the series.  It doesn’t matter if you have read any of the authors previous work or not, this is a completely new series, in a completely new town.  It has a similar town feel to Charlaine Harris’s Midnight Texas series, where you either one of them, or you aren’t.

The characters are strong and compelling, the story intriguing, and I know I will be heading out to get my hands on book 2.

A 4 1/2 stars from me (rounded up to 5).



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