Friday, December 18, 2015

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

  Visions by Kelley Armstrong
2014, Dutton
Series: Book 2 of Cainsville

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: I absolutely love the dynamic between Olivia and Gabriel. Their friendship is a hard won thing on it's own, not to mention Gabriel's obvious avoidance of any type of intimacy clearly at odds with his growing attraction to Olivia. The fae aspect of the series comes in loud and clear in this installment. While still mystery at heart, the supernatural overtones are bigger, brighter and proving to be a huge part of the overall story line - a part that wasn't quite clear in the first book, Omens.

The Bad: The sex scenes were sort of weird. Like, how does that even work without dying? And it didn't help that Olivia was having sex with the wrong person, in my opinion at least. The love triangle (that every character involved is trying to deny even exists) is aggravating and seems like overkill in addition to the ex-fiance also chasing after Olivia. What is so special about her? Why are all these men drawn to this woman? It feels eerily similar to Sookie Stackhouse syndrome, especially with the whole faerie angle mixed in.

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