Omens: The Cainsville Series by Kelley ArmstrongOmens: The Cainsville Series by Kelley Armstrong

Omens: The Cainsville Series

byKelley Armstrong

Paperback | March 4, 2014

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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.

Book 1 in the Cainsville series.

KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the internationally bestselling author of Omens and Visions, the first two books in her Cainsville series, the 13-book Women of the Otherworld series and the Nadia Stafford crime novels. She is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling young adult trilogies, Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising, and Sea of ...
Title:Omens: The Cainsville SeriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307360539

ISBN - 13:9780307360533

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing series I was just about immediately taken with this book, and the whole series proved to be absolutely fantastic. AMAZING writing of course from Kelley, interesting and complex characters who you grow to adore, and the plot moves at the perfect pace - quick enough to keep you paying attention but not fast enough to leave you catching up. Would definitely recommend this series!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book Club! I just finished tihs book for our monthly book club and I really enjoyed it. At first nothing seems to make sense but once she gets to Cainsville its all clear. There's more going on then meats the eye! I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it is a series so there are no answers when you finish the book. you HAVE to read the next ones to find out which im not usually a fan of.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Book I really enjoyed this first book in The Cainsville series. Very intriguing story line and interesting characters
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read The first page is captivating! The rest of the novel is incredible! Highly suggest this series!! #PlumReview
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great first novel for a serie Loved the originality and writing style. I was a huge fan of the character development in this one. Felt as though Olivia, though perhaps the main character in the novel, was far from the center of attention. Other characters were set up beautifully for the sequels to follow. A bit of every genre can be found in this book. Looking forward to see where the focus will lie.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great first novel for a series Loved the originality and writing style. I was a huge fan of the character development in this one. Felt as though Olivia, though perhaps the main character in the novel, was far from the center of attention. Other characters were set up beautifully for the sequels to follow. A bit of every genre can be found in this book. Looking forward to see where the focus will lie.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Kelley Armstrong is my favourite author, and the cainsville series is the best!
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very intriguing start to a series. There's A LOT going on in it, but it's basically a mystery, peppered with paranormal elements that I'm sure will become much more front and centre in the sequels. While the initial hook of the story is certainly interesting (Olivia, who grew up in a wealthy, privileged family and had a dream life, finds out she's actually adopted and her biological parents are none other than a pair of serial killers), it was our protagonist who really kept me engaged with the story. It took me several days just to slowly get through the first couple hundred pages, which is pretty unusual for me, but as Olivia learned to be more independent and sure-footed, I became more invested. Olivia's intelligent, calculating, and tenacious, and I loved how no bullshit she was, especially with Gabriel Walsh. Speaking of Gabriel, my favourite thing about this book was easily the dynamic between him and Olivia. She's able to hold her ground against him and doesn't let her opinions get overshadowed by his, which is impressive given that he basically comes off as a block of ice - tall, cold and impenetrable. There's no romance at all in this one which is nice, but the foundations are being set for a strong partnership between the two that I'm so excited to see develop.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok was hyped for this book, and was somewhat pleased, but not entirely. Good for a quick read, but will not match your highest expectations.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100% a MUST READ I have the entire series didn't realize to write a review til now. Olivia is an independent strong character who grew up on the right side of the track with wealthy parents living the privileged life most of us only dream of until she discovers that she was adopted and her real parents are serial killers amid all this she flees the city to a small town Cainsville and that so it begins. The visions the omens begin. This intriguing page turning mystery novel is worth the read and Kelley Armstrong never disappoints. I began reading all her Otherworld series and since then book after book series after series Im HOOKED!!! Her stories are compelling and thrilling and captivating. I was sad to hear Rituals was the last of this series. I HIGHLY recommend this book and the entire #Cainsville series ... #ReadTheNorth
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh. Billed as a supernatural mystery, this book is full of telling rather than showing. It also didn't help that - at nearly 500 pages - the mystery is still not solved by the end. Olivia is a Mary Sue, and the only character that is even remotely compelling is Gabriel.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Omens Book Review What and awesome start to a great series. Kelley Armstrong did not disappoint when she wrote this book. The prologue gave a great background look before getting into the story. I have the whole series in hardcover. I am not surprised that the first three books in hardcover are sold out. Thanks Kelley for a job well done.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing first book ! I couldn't put this book down ! After reading the first book, I decided to read the sequels back-to-back
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK I absolutely loved this book. It was such a great read, I had to resist not to read the whole thing at once!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive and fast paced. I bought this book on a whim and couldn't put it down. I bought the rest of the series. There are 5 books in the Cainsville series that will pul you in with every word.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and Addictive Perfect for light summer escapism!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Freaking GOOD This book was fantastic. It features a strong independent female character, which I really appreciate who has found herself to be in the difficult situation of having recently lost her father and then finding out that her biological parents who she had no idea about, are serial killers. And so it begins. It was well written, enticing and just overall a wonderful book. Anyone who likes mystery and delicious characters that you can sink your teeth into should definitely check out this book.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Complex, Warped series that is highly addicting This is a new series from one of my favourite authors. The first chapter gets your heart pumping, it's thrilling and exciting. A bit slower in some parts, but it's a new book with lots of history to root down ! Very complex, I would not suggest this as the first Kelley Armstrong series to read...unless you read all the books back-to-back (this series is very twisty-turny and every bit of information is absolutely important).
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicted This series took over my life. Waiting for the final book to come out in August is killing me. The storyline is great but it's the characters that keep me invested in these books. I love every single one of them. I can't wait to see how it ends.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Depth, Complexity, and Faeries, ofcourse! I am writing this review after re-reading this novel for the second time in preparation to read the fourth book in the series; before the fifth book comes out soon. So, contextually, I was more aware of the on-going side ploys and easter eggs this time around. First, I would like to offer a suggestion for those just starting this series. Try to read the books sequentially. There is a lot of depth, complexity, and tongue in cheek irony you may miss by not reading the novels within one right after the other. I personally felt quite lost trying to read the third book a year after I'd read the second. Now, for the story line. It's intriguing and unique, very fast paced and exciting. Armstrong fans will recognize a few of her favourite tropes - government conspiracies, brusque male characters with troubled backgrounds but soft hearts, and lots of mythology. For the most part I think the plot jives, even with an ending that leaves many a questions unanswered. The real standout for me with this series is the weaving in of welsh and gaelic dialect as clues to the overarching mystery. Also, I have to say, fae and serial killers? An incredibly interesting premise.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ Absolutely LOVE this series.....plot twists and turns throughout....never leaving the reader bored.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Loved It! This is the first series I've read by Kelley Armstrong. I couldn't put the book down. It was such an awesome read!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ANOTHER REASON WHY I LOVE ARMSTRONG This is Armstrong's best series yet. I was obsessed with the Otherworld series, and this one has me just as hooked.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I am a huge Kelley Armstrong fan and this did not disappoint. She has a way of sucking you in. Could not put any book in this series down #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it #plumrewards. Awesome read!! Could not put it down!!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Once I started this book I couldn't put it down! A must read!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This was a great book. Strong characters and an interesting plot. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I love all of Kelley Armstrong's work. This was especially excellent. I loved the way this book subtly blends reality and the supernatural. Great story line, great writing. Well worth the read!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read Wonderful book, and series. So much action packed into each book that they are so hard to put down!!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I loved reading this, I think its a great new series. I can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from its worth it loving the series its different and worth reading
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series As a previous reviewer pointed out, it's not really a great mystery, but regardless I really enjoy this series. Kelley Armstrong books are generally quick reads and this one is no exception. Olivia is a great character who has several sides. Supernatural aspects are all over the place which makes this a fun read. It's a little on the darker side than some of her previous books (I'm thinking Women of the Underworld series) but I was very excited for the next installment :)
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from First Kelley Armstrong and not terrible impressed... It was an okay read. The idea of a girl born to privilege finding out that she is the child of two serial killers is intriguing. But much of the "mystery" in the book is Gabriel and Olivia (a bland character) trudging around asking questions and getting answers. It wasn't terrible, but if you like mystery there's way better out there.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving this series Are you looking for something different? something new? Then try this series by Kelley. I normally do not read this genre but was given an advance copy of book 4 and figured to try it out and I am so happy that I did. This series is excellent......Do not hesitate. You will enjoy
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I love Kelley Armstrong. I could not put this series down. I love these characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing, here do you go to hide when you find out your real parents are serial killers? I must admit, I'm biased. Heavily biased. In my opinion, Kelley Armstrong is one of the best YA novelists out right now. Her stories are hot and gripping, filled with twists and turns. Your heart will pump and your eyes will water as Olivia Taylor-Jones goes on her mission for self discover and her journey in discovering the truth about her biological parents. The town of Cainsville is eerie and mysterious and you leave you with questions upon questions. As the story begins, I have to admit I rolled my eyes a few times because of how unrealistically people took the news about Olivia. As that part of the story started to fade, I really enjoyed it a lot more. I like that Armstrong didn't overuse love as a subplot - that's what most YA novels are doing, and I hate that. Kelley created a great and gripping novel without abusing a romantic plot. I loved the "supernatural" part of this story, it was enough that it ADDED to the plot but not enough to be considered a "supernatural story", as an early reviewer said, this novel is about 5% supernatural. Think of it kind of like the story was independent and Rose and Patrick and Olivia JUST HAPPENED to add supernatural elements to it. I have a lot of questions still, a lot of welsh words I still don't understand, hopes about Gabriel, Olivia and the Taylor-Jones', questions about Todd Larson. I guess I'll just have to wait for Cainsville #2, that I will DEFINITELY be reading
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love with this series. I bought this book based on the authors name alone. I've read many of her other books and decided to give this a try. Again, she doesn't disappoint. I'm currently reading book number 4 of this series and I would recommend buying them all at once because as soon as you are done one, you are going to want to move on to the next one. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite series!!! I'm in love with this series. This is my number one recommendation for anyone looking for a new series to read. Brilliantly written and full of suspense, action, growth and romance.
Date published: 2016-10-12

Editorial Reviews

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER"Armstrong is a talented and evocative writer who knows well how to balance the elements of good, suspenseful fiction, and her stories evoke poignancy, action, humour and suspense." The Globe and Mail“Like the creepy, spooky town of Cainsville, Kelley Armstrong’s Omens lured me in. I was busy, way too busy for this book, which, through a series of surprises and sleights of hand, had me conspiring for ways to get back to the gripping story, the colorfully bizarre cast of characters, and the clever, strong, smart heroine at its center. Don’t pick this book up if you have anything else to do. It will grab you by the collar and won’t let you up for air until it’s good and ready. And once you’re done, you won’t soon forget it.” Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of In the Blood“Cainsville might be a nice place to visit, but I’m too creeped out to live there. Luckily, Armstrong isn’t, and her dispatches from this village filled with sinister secrets are going to be keeping her readers up well into the night.” Linwood Barclay, internationally bestselling author of Trust Your Eyes“One of the best new series debuts this year! With its compelling characters and completely original set-up, Omens delivers a powerful combination of suspenseful thrills and supernatural chills. I can’t wait to read more!” Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Touch & Go