Book Review → Visions

18398797Title: Visions
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Cainsville
Publication Date: August 19th, 2014

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.

Review: The fae are definitely one of the more underrepresented supernatural groups in fantasy, they also happen to be one of my favorites. I am always looking for more good fae books so I was really excited to have a new series out them by an author I love. This series is definitely good, Armstrong focuses more on Welsh myths, not something I am familiar with and the only other fae series I have read dealt with the Irish myths, and did not delve too far into actual myths. From what I can tell, considering I do not know much about them and doing research as I read, Armstrong is using Welsh myths to influence this story/series.

In Omens I had a small inkling of what supernatural entity Armstrong was giving us but it is not until the last third of Visions that it is confirmed. I have immensely enjoyed learning different things about the fae and Welsh myths, though it was slightly annoying to have to keep looking up Welsh words/terms and would have been nice if a glossary had been included (hopefully there is in the finished copy).

My favorite character in this series is Patrick. He’s a minor one but I just love him. He reminds me a lot of Puck, which is likely Armstrong’s intention, everything about him just screams Puck and that was my immediate thought when I read Omens. I really hope that as the series goes further along that we get to see more of him and that he has a larger part. I also LOVE that he writes paranormal romances novels. Also there is a ‘thing’ with him that I guessed in Omens, and I was right.

I do like Olivia and Gabriel, I think they are both well written and well-developed characters. I do not really have anything negative to say about them. I am not as attached to them as I would like to be by the end of the second book but I think that is just because my love of Patrick is so strong.

The only thing, character wise, I have an issue with is Olivia’s new relationship with Ricky. It came out of nowhere, they had met once and briefly in the first book. And in this one after a few dates, they are in love? No. This could have been developed better, it appears that Olivia, Gabriel, and Ricky are going to be a love triangle that is like one that happened in Welsh mythology. In comparison to Olivia and Gabriel’s relationship, which Armstrong went through a lot to develop, Olivia and Ricky’s seems silly, superficial, and like it is just a passing distraction for her.

I am in love with this world that Armstrong has built, I look forward to reading more books in it.

Stars: ★★★★★
Recommendation: Buy it
I received an ARC of this book from Dutton Books (Penguin). This in no way affected my review.

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