Monday, September 8, 2014

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown.

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

When this book arrived at the library, the book buyer had a good time making fun of me by waving it around, out of reach of course. I've been waiting since the last book Omens came out to read Visions. (Book one in the Cainsville Series is Omens and my review can be found here.)
As I patiently, ok not so patiently awaited this book to catalog, I went to Goodreads to read some reviews. Big mistake there. Luckily no spoilers but I read some reviews at the top that didn't like the book. I'm a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong but was still nervous that the book might experience what most series seems to...the mid-book slump. Thank goodness that didn't happen! And thank goodness I didn't listen to the reviews.
Visions starts right where we left off in Omens, which was nice. Olivia is at her parents getting cloths when she sees a vision and a dead body. YUCK! This starts off a new storyline and mystery that actually pulls into the previous storyline of "what am I" or "who are they"? The whole dead body thing was tough for me because of the imagery but it was an important part to the story and mystery.
With some stories, authors will keep you hanging the entire series to get the big reveal. Armstrong did no such thing to us. We get a lot of answers, more than I thought we would. But we also get more questions...which I would love to pose to you but don't want to give anything away.
My favorite character from the last book was Ricky and I was so happy to see him in this book. However, I don't foresee a love triangle happening between Ricky and Gabriel (another thank goodness moment). We learned more about those two in a vision Olivia has about two other gentleman. My theory is that it's related back to Ricky and Gabriel. We'll have to wait and see on that one.
We also learn a lot more about Gabriel and what makes him tick. Or more importantly, what makes him the way he is. We get these insights from Rose, himself, and the town's people. The town seems to be pushing for Gabriel and Olivia and I tend to wonder why that is.
Olivia's ex-fiancée also makes an appearance throughout the book. I was happy to see Gabriel's association with James come to light and for Olivia to work through that. I was also happy to see the arc continue with James. Let's be clear, I don't like James but I think he really adds to the story. Showing Olivia's past and how she was a cockatoo pretending to be a song bird.
What I love most about the books is Olivia's strength and her ability to process. She has a great inner strength and lacks fear with a lot of things. "Oh, am I in a house and having visions and faced with a locked door. Ok, I can handle that." It's so refreshing to read a character like her who is discovering herself without losing herself in the process.
If you're a fan of Armstrong's previous work or a fan of supernatural, this is a must read for 2014! Omens did a great job of starting a story in a whole new world and Visions really brought the world into focus with understanding about origin's and playmakers. I cannot wait for the next book in this series...taps fingers...still waiting to hear what that title will be! A ha, found it here, Deceptions. Oh, that does sound good.
Happy reading everyone! 

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