I’ve gotta tell you that I thought I was SO over the whole paranormal genre. Satisfaction was guaranteed with Twilight, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, The Reckoning….Plus I’d moved on to all kinds of other (semi-realistic, if you can call erotic romances realistic) books with actual, and well….. alive people in them.
But then, I was sent Kelley Armstrong’s Omens for review. And my mind changed (as it’s wont to do).
For one second I hesitated to pick up this book (but, I couldn’t really, as I did request it). I attempted one of Armstrong’s earlier books (the first in the Women of the Otherworld Series), and I didn’t like it (for reasons I won’t get into right now.) But, I’m glad I dove right in.
Because I consumed Omens. Like Fast. Before the black bird could fly across the darkened sky even.
Kelley Armstrong’s Omens
Omens has all the elements: interesting characters, intrigue, suspense, a sprinkling of romance, and just the right amount of action.
In fact, it’s got a little too much suspense for me. The ending, well, let’s just say, when I got to the last page I yelled ARGH and almost whipped the book at my husband (he probably deserved it). Alls I can say is that it’s a good thing it’s #1 in the Cainsville Series, (if Armstrong’s history is any indication, the first of many).
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. (From Goodreads.com)
If you’re a fan of paranormal novels (although I can’t actually tell you what the paranormal activity is, save to say that it thankfully doesn’t seem to be vampires) and are looking for something different, then Omens would be a be a good choice. Armstrong’s writing has definitely improved, and her storytelling is most engaging. And a bit sneaky.
And remember, curiosity killed the cat. But not the extremely strange black one in Omens. He’s pretty resilient. I think it’s a trope. Hmm… No hints…
Unputdownable Factor: 9/10
Recommend Factor: 7/10 (not for extraordinarily curious people or those hoping their reads will make them smarter)
Bratty Factor: WHO LEAVES PEOPLE HANGING LIKE THAT. IT’S WORSE THAN THE DREADED HIGH FIVE HANG. #justsayin’