Omens by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
Date Read: August 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home.
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.
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Series: Cainsville #1
Also by this author: Bitten, Visions, Deceptions br> br>
Also in this series: Visions, Deceptions
Listened for BookClub (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First thought when finished: Solid beginning to a new series! Who knew Omens could be a great foundation for a story?
Story Thoughts:Omens was a fantastic read filled with brilliant hooks/twists/turns that I just didn’t see coming. I loved how the Omens were woven into the fabric of the pages becoming part of the story instead of over-powering it. The town of Cainsville was also interesting and I totally believe there is a lot of story left to come where the town is concerned. I really liked that Kelley weaved in the architecture and essence of the town into the story. I love when you feel like you are there. Overall, this is only my 2nd Kelley Armstrong book but it won’t be last!
Character Thoughts: Oh Olivia! I wish that it didn’t take so long to warm up to you. I just felt you were being to careless/naive where finances were concerned. I don’t think you got what it took to really live on your own was concerned. In fact, even though you are a waitress and don’t have a great apartment– you still managed to land on your feet so no real “world” lesson really learned. You did grow on me with your smarts and perseverance. I just know that in the next book that I will adore you because by the end you seemed to have grown. Gabriel, on the other hand, I totally adored. He reminded me of Finn from the Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep. He was just arrogant, self-assured, and a rascal! 🙂 The town folk were interesting and so were Olivia’s mom(s)! I have a feeling the characters will totally grow on me through out the series.
Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno / Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
How to tackle the narration *sigh*! I am normally a fan of having two narrators. In fact, I mostly prefer it but both have to be strong (or on the same level). I really adored the older voice in Omens. The pacing, nuances, and emotions were dead on! I felt there was a layer of depth added to the story anytime that voice was there. I wasn’t a fan of the younger voice. I felt the pacing was off and Olivia sounded “off”. That being said, the voice did grow on me by the end but it just wasn’t as strong as the other. I will probably continue this series in audio though because overall the audio was well produced. As always please listen to a sample before purchasing an audio book to make sure the narration is right for you.
Final Thoughts: Looking forward to book 2!
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