Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Series: Cainsville #1
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber I.

Let me start off saying that I think this book was a little out of my genre. So while I liked the book, I think the reasons that I wasn't in love with it where all my fault.

Omens to me was more of a mystery then anything slightly paranormal (which is my genre of choice) It has talk of Fairies but nothing is ever really developed in that area. Its talked about and we hear stories but nothing major. I can tell there is something slightly different in Cainesville but after almost 500 pages I am still not with any answers. I really wish we would have gotten more answers but I will get to that in a minute.

My biggest complaints are that:

  • We start this book knowing that Olivia/Edens biological parents are accused of murders. I thought by the end we would know more about if they did or did not do them. There are some developments but not where I thought we would be by the end of this book. 
  • Cainsville was very intriguing but again not enough information for me. I know its book 1 but I wanted to know more and have a better understanding. 

This book just took me a lot longer to read. Again I think its mainly because this is just not my type of book. I love everything I ever read from Kelley so I wanted to give this a try. The book has potential for me but I would have needed more from this first installment to really get myself hooked. Before reading any more in this series I will probably be checking out reviews to see if there was any more development in the areas I needed some in. But if are a mystery lover then this book might just be for you.


  1. Hopefully its one of those slow starts and eventually the fairy storyline will get more developed in the succeeding books.

    I like mysteries though so imma be checking this at our library.


    1. Do you ever read Lisa Jackson? I love her mysteries. I'll probably be reading this one at some point too. Mysteries are fun, the more gruesome the better usually.

  2. I am so on the fence about getting this one. It is actually one of my book club reads, so I probably will, but like your review, I'm not hearing things that would make it a no-brainer pick up for me. I will be disappointed if there is not much paranormal in it.

  3. I really liked this story, but it did feel like a big tease because we're left with so little information. I bet book 2 will be better.

    1. I think book 2 will be better but after reading 500+ pages I did want more.

  4. I also love all things Kelley Armstrong and found myself disappointed with this book. Omens was too psychological thriller for my tastes; I missed the paranormal elements. Not a bad novel all in all, just not for me.

  5. Hmm thanks for the review and comments, I will stay far away from this book, though I am collecting her other books.


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