I have bored pretty much everyone with my enjoyment of the Cainsville series from Kelley Armstrong. It is a bit outside my usual straight-up paranormal fare, but the supernatural elements that were only hinted at in the first book were more developed in the second, and promise to carry over to this week’s release, Deceptions. Maybe it was because it was so different that it caught my attention, I don’t know, but to say that I am excited to read this third book is a bit of an understatement. It was actually tied with Magic Shifts as my big read for the month, if not the whole fall. But holy crap, we have to wait until next August for book four, Betrayals. Bummer.
Olivia’s life has exploded. She’s discovered she’s not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town’s mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders, but also her stalker ex-fiancé.
Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating their triangle. Will darkness prevail or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?
Now on to the giveaway portion. If you are interested, I will be giving away the first book of the series, Omens, in paperback (more like a trade paperback).
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.
Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random. Giveaway to end Thursday, August 20th at midnight (Atlantic time). Good luck!