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Omens (Cainsville #1)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  9,441 ratings  ·  1,248 reviews
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
Hardcover, 486 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Dutton
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Emily May

The first thing you should be aware of before starting this book? It isn't what you think. If you've jumped up at the sound of the name Kelley Armstrong and are considering this book as your next adventure into the land of urban fantasy, complete with standard supernatural creatures and romance, you might want to step away and look somewhere else. Less than 5% of this book is paranormal and I think there's a very strong argument to be made that this book isn't paranormal or urban fantasy at al
Alienor ✘ French frowner ✘

Actual rating : 4.5 stars

"First you buy me a mocha. Then you let me help you hide a body. Now you take me to a biker clubhouse. Best. Day. Ever."

Wow. Color me surprised : I certainly didn't start Omens with high expectations and yet... It kept me on the edge of my seat right up to the end.

The first thing you need to know is that it is NOT Urban Fantasy by any means. Although I was more than okay with that because UF never was my favorite genre (that's an understatement), the blurb and the s
Rachel ♥Reads Ravenously♥
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

“A friend helps you move; a real friend helps you move a body.”

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Olivia Taylor Jones is the only daughter of wealthy department store owners and engaged to a man well on his way into a career with politics. When she discovers that she was adopted, and that her real parents are a notorious serial killer due currently in prison, it sends her life into a tailspin. Completely shedding her old life, Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville where she meets her birth
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 2.5

Missed the mark. Completely missed it.

Recommended for lovers of detective novels, because that's all this book is.

I feel misled---specifically by the genres under which this book is categorized. I was led into reading this book under false pretenses. It is a far, far stretch to shelve this book as Urban Fantasy or Paranormal when it is more of a mystery with some very forced and frankly, nonsensical attempts at incorporating extremely, extremely minute elements of fantasy that
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
I was about to sit down when I stopped. Someone was watching me. I could feel it, the hairs on the back of my neck rising. I glanced slowly over my shoulder and -

There was a dog beyond the park fence. Standing in the shadows. A massive dog, the size of a small pony, with thick curling black fur and eyes -

Red eyes.

This book was surprisingly good. You have to wait and give it a chance to get to "good." When I started this, I was like, "Eh. Meh." But by the end I was spinning all these theories (
Omen is very much the first in its series, it is also very much a Kelley Armstrong book. Not to say it's anything like her other work as it's actually quite different, but in terms of wonderfully crafted characters, a world you can see yourself walk the grounds of, and an all-around compelling story, its got the Kelley signature on every page. This is what I've come to expect of her novels, and Omens was not an exception.

Omens tells the story of a young woman with a seemingly perfect life; weal
Rashika (is tired)
Here is a checklist for what I think makes for a super duper awesome book

1. It's original, different from what you usually read. And a bit of creepyness doesn't hurt anyone
2. It has a strong plot
3. Good relationship development
4. Strong lead who knows what their priorities are and doesn't spend the whole time fantasising about the potential love interest while pretending to have a strong dislike for that person
5. If there is a love interest, he/she isn't one dimensional. (In case its a dude, ple
Not a bad book, but I can't find any magic in Armstrong's stories any more - where is the excitement, passion, humor? "Omens" felt like a novel written by an old lady. It was a chore to get through.
Update: 12 Aug 13 (audiobook)

To get ready for Visions, I had to do a reread - or in this case, a listen. First off, I think they messed up with the narrators. The woman who did Olivia's voice had an older, higher sound that was inconsistent from the beginning of each chapter until she settled into the narrative. Only to get her high voice again at the start of each chapter. It was a little grating. The second narrator - who did all the third person chapters - had a much more sultry sound, thus

-Really enjoyed it. I think I liked this more than Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. It was nothing groundbreaking, but everything just worked for me — the plot, the writing, the worldbuilding and the characters all kept me hooked.

-Olivia was likeable enough. It was nice reading a heroine who handled the craziness in her life without getting hysterical or annoyingly self pitying. Instead she used the rubbish thrown at her to her own advantage by leaving her privileged home and
Alex is The Romance Fox
After reading Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld Series….ooh I was really sad when it ended, I was so looking forward to her next offering. And what a start to her new Cainsville Series with the 1st book, Omens.

Amazing………Incredible!!!! What a great beginning!!

Olivia Taylor-Jones, the only daughter of a prominent and affluent Chicago family seems to have seems to have everything anyone wants – she’s well-educated, rich, beautiful and engaged to a man with the right connections and who fits in beautifu
I doubt there is anything like discovering a book that, after a slow and disappointing start, finally hits its stride - and marvelously so. Armstrong's latest novel may not have the most gripping of beginnings, and I suspect a solid fifty pages could easily be cut off, but after roughly a fifth of the story, it truly takes off. Ever since I read Armstrong's DARKEST POWERS trilogy when it first released, I've been a die-hard fan of the author. I tried my hand at her other adult series, but was sa ...more
Man. Good good. Real good book. Armstrong knows how to write a series... not just a book. I'm so invested and I've learned... well, nothing. There's so much more I want.

Fuck you, Gabriel! I want to slap you and then kiss you.
Olivia, while at times is annoying, I usually find incredibly lovable and sweet. She's smart and fun as the main character.

Everything in this book works. Everything. Is this really even a romance? There's almost no romance to it. I'm left so damn curious. I don't think I've
Y. C.
Whenever I read a great book, I feel like I should thank the author for giving me that little bubble of enjoyment in my life. Like a well made coffee, or a really pretty jacket. So thank you Kelley Armstrong.

What I liked about this book:

--> The Characters : Holy shit, the characters. Armstrong doesn't write typical characters does she? No, she writes people that are compelling and interesting with different voices and a multitude of personalities. Her characters, for the most part, are not th
Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
Reread 11/16/14 - 3.5 stars:

After reading the prequel, The Screams of Dragons , I decided to reread Omens before finally tackling Visions, and I'm really glad that I did.

The background I gained from the prequel, combined with the cumulative knowledge I had from reading this the first time, made for a MUCH better second read.

The characters were more likable once I wasn't totally focused on trying to figure out WTH? was going on. I still thought the main mystery was kind of silly (view spoiler)
I could not put Omens down and I absolutely loved it! I loved Olivia! She was such a fantastic character and I loved how tough she was. I also enjoyed the little snippets of info we got from other characters between Liv's chapters...they definitely left me curious and I can't wait to discover more with the books following Omens in this series. I also absolutely loved Gabriel! Omens was amazing and I definitely thought it was a wonderful start to a new series! :D
The tale begins in Chicago where we meet Olivia Taylor Jones; daughter of a wealthy Chicago family, educated and engaged to an up and coming CEO with political ambitions. From her volunteer work to plans to further her Ivy League education, Olivia appears to have it all. That is until all hell breaks loose and in one night she discovers she is adopted and the daughter of notorious serial killers.

The events that follow had me completely enthralled as fate draws Olivia to the town of Cainsville wi
T. Edmund
As an 'objective' fan of Kelley Armstrong (I really enjoy most of her books, while simultaneously being very aware of the flaws in some of her work) I found myself surprisingly excited about this new Cainsville series.

The tone and style is immediately obvious as being different from her Otherworldly books, and in fact quite unique from other books too (I see this as a strength.) The majority of the story is told in first person from Olivia's point of view however we are treated with very brief i
Christina T
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Umm. My review is "I've been gone all day and am much more interested in reading the second book than writing about the first one."

Okay, but seriously! I already started the second book, so I want to get this written before I'm too influenced by that one, but now is not the best review time. But I will try.

So I liked this a lot. I like Kelley Armstrong's writing a lot, but I'm always nervous about starting a new series by a favorite author, but I LOVED THIS. It's a nice change from the Otherworl
Werll what can I say, I was sad when I heard about the ending of the otherworld series. I read ever book and loved them all so much. So when I heard Kelley Armstrong was writing a new series I was a little nervous because I didn't want it to Suck. It didn't Suck, But it was not the same as the otherworld books so if you are expecting that you'll be disppointed.

I ended up really enjoying getting to know Olivia and the whole who did it type thing. The whole supernatural thing is very slim and thi
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
ITs OUT NOW. I wants it.

"The main character is 24-year-old young woman who has led a very privileged life, until she discovers she was adopted...and her birth parents are convicted serial killers."

I am hooked. Now for the wait... :/


Its got a cover now...and its awesome!

4.5 Stars!

Writing : 5 Stars
Characters : 5 Stars
Storyline : 5 Stars
Worldbuilding : 5 Stars
Suspense & Mystery : 5 Stars

I very much enjoyed this start of the series where I get to know the heroine, twenty four years old, Olivia Taylor Jones, who grow up from a wealthy, prominent Chicago family and engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions… Then, her world is shattered when she learned that she’s adopted and her biological parents are a notorious serial killers serving a
I've wanted to read this book ever since I first heard about it. But then when I finally had, I started seeing reviews that weren't particularly encouraging (if not horrible), and ... somehow the book just stayed in my shelf, unread.

I finally picked it up now, fully prepared that I might not like it extremely well. I'd also gathered that it's really quite light on the paranormal aspect, so I modified my expectations about that.

I'm glad I did, because I ended up really, really liking this.

Other t
Wow, I loved this book. I picked it up just hoping for a little diversion and found myself completely sucked in to Olivia's life as she undergoes some life changing shocks. In one night her life goes into free fall as she finds out she is the adopted daughter of imprisoned serial killers, and she goes from being a pampered daughter of privilege to having to survive on her wits. In time she finds herself in the mysterious town of Cainsville, about which the least said the better - because it is j ...more
I am worried that a lot of people might not enjoy this as there is not as much fantasy as people might think. Kelley Armstrong usually writes urban fantasy and while there was some here, they were just hints. Most likely the urban fantasy aspect will pop up more as the series develops and Olivia learns more. Instead, Omens is more of a detective novel.

Olivia has just discovered that she was adopted, and that her biological parents are infamous serial killers. Before that she had a good life, wit
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Wonderful doesn't even begin to describe this book. If you're looking for a kick ass lead charater with a hot potential love interest engulfed in a murder mystery with a twist. This is your kind of book. I see a lot of other reviews complaining it wasn't paranormal like they had been apparently promised. This is definitely more of a murder mystery than a paranormal story, and I like that. I feel as though, their is a slight promise of more paranormal being added to the story as we progress thro
Please note: As this is a release day review, I will do my best to keep it spoiler free. Please be courteous and allow others the opportunity to read the book unspoiled, and therefore keep the comments spoiler-free, Thanks!

My first thought after finishing Kelley Armstrong's first book in her new adult series was that my move to small town Ontario meant that I was living in Cainsville. Spooky. I'm only (partially) joking, but the similarities are there: very small village community, filled with c
Kathy Davie
First in the Cainesville urban fantasy series revolving around Olivia Taylor-Jones / Eden Larsen and Gabriel Walsh.

Do NOT skip the prologue!

My Take
Wow, excellent! It’s such a slow, subtle buildup, and it does take a long time to set us up, but Armstrong develops the story and pulls us in as she does it. In some ways, it drove me mad for how long it took, and in other ways, it was almost perfect as it gave Armstrong the time to build the multiple secretive backgrounds, create the series character
Olivia Taylor Jones is living the perfect life. Engaged to the perfect man, heir to a department store fortune and contemplating going back to college, little does she know all that can change in an instant. When journalists uncover her heritage, Olivia not only learns she is adopted but she is the daughter of notorious serial killers, Todd and Pamela Larsen. Fleeing from the press and desperate to live without hand-outs from her adoptive family, Olivia soon finds herself in the isolated town of ...more
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a
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Other Books in the Series

Cainsville (5 books)
  • Visions (Cainsville, #2)
  • Deceptions (Cainsville, #3)
  • Betrayals (Cainsville, #4)
  • Untitled (Cainsville, #5)
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