Monday, December 29

Book Review: Omens

Title: Omens

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Pages: 486

Summary: 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.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The series shows some excellent promise, while different than the Otherworld series, it still has the same classic Kelly Armstrong spark. I like the subtle aspects of speculative, and how these will influence the story in future books. It gives me an excellent thriller book, with a touch of speculative/supernatural, making for a fun read.

The characters were well done, not as fleshed out yet, but this being the first book it isn't as big of a deal. Gabriel Walsh was an interesting character, and I'm interested in seeing what the author has in store for him. Olivia was also well done, and had some decent development throughout the book, but not sure how much I like her yet.

Overall it was a good read and reminded me of the earlier books from the Otherword series by the author, which were well done and some of my favourites.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it's a good start to a series, it's different from the Women of the Otherworld series, but in a good way, but still has the author's style and wit. Any fan of hers would like this and if you haven't read anything by the author yet, this might be a good book to start with.

What to read next: Visions, Bitten

Challenges: 100+ Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge

Note: This is part of my October Reviews


  1. I'm starting this one today. I heard it's different than her other series. More mystery than urban fantasy.

    1. Yes, that's true. It was more mystery to this one. And I'd even go as far and say it's more magical realism or supernatural-ish than urban fantasy. It's still speculative, but subdued speculative. I love speculative, but this was a nice change of pace.