by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Cainsville #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Olivia Taylor Jones’s life has exploded. She’s discovered she is 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 both Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating the triangle that connects them. Will darkness prevail, or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?
Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong, is the third book in her urban fantasy series Cainsville. Filled with Fae, omens and suspense I have come to love this series. It has an old mystery flair to it that reminds me of thrillers from my childhood. Deceptions suffered from middle book syndrome but had bits I thoroughly enjoyed.
Since each book builds on knowledge learned in the earlier books, I do not recommend reading this series out-of-order.
- Cainsville, the Fae, visions and supernatural creatures surrounding this tale continue to draw me in. Armstrong’s weaving of mythology into this series is like crack and I am always looking for a fix.
- The overall mystery and sub-mysteries lure you in. The questions regarding Oliva, her parent’s, the murders, Gabriel and Cainsville have all been fascinating. Deceptions answered many of those questions.
- Armstrong is brilliant writer and her stories have a flow to them that allows the reader to slip into the world. Despite my decaffeinated aspects, I enjoyed Deceptions and devoured it.
- Gabriel. Ah Gabriel, he is quirky, strong, determined, misunderstood and odd. Sometimes he is pushy, and socially inapt. I find I want to hug him, but I know he would hate it.
- This book focused more on Olivia and her relationships with Gabriel and Ricky. I know many folks have issues with the TRIANGLE, but honestly, in this instance I did not. I found the answers through Olivia’s visions of who they are fascinating. I also find their friendship interesting, and enjoy when the three work together.
- What happen to Olivia? Ugh. I love strong, confident female protagonist, and in Deceptions Olivia was whiny. Towards the end of the book, she seemed to be a tad strong and I hope we see more of that in Betrayals.
- I like Ricky, I find him to be charming and even like that he belongs to a Biker Club. However, a scene where Olivia goes with him to their club pissed me off. It had to do with biker mentality about their woman. Olivia played submissive.
- Deceptions suffered middle book syndrome. Most of the reveals, I had already pieced together as the reader. Olivia seems to be struggling and her thought process was all over the place. The mystery took a back seat to the relationship dynamics and while the sex scenes were hot, they were not all necessary.
While Deceptions didn’t pack quite the punch that Visions delivered I am hoping Betrayals brings me more of what I love in the Cainsville series.
I don’t mind the love triangle in this series as much, although I really want her to end up with Gabriel. And the mysteries and the way this series is written is just so well done. I wasn’t a fan of the biker mentality towards women either. Olivia did seem to act a bit out of character in this one a few times, but I still loved the book. Great review!
I do love Gabriel, he is so complicated 🙂
I gave up after the last book. I love Armstrong but for some reason this series just doesn’t work for me. I think it’s because I expected it to be more about Olivia being the daughter of killers and the genetics of that (as they advertised it originally) and it’s not really.
I hope the next one picks back up for you!
Karen @For What It’s Worth
Oh I didn’t even know that, I loved the whole paranormal aspect of the series, and creepiness of Cainsville.
I can’t believe this is book three already! I have so many of her books I need to read but I don’t have this series yet.
Bwahaha..I am glad I am not the only one who is shocked when the third book is already out for a series I planned to start 🙂
Was it like a transition book or something? Those usually don’t go too well. I’m sorry this one didn’t rock your world. Yep, hopefully the next one will be a winner (winner, chicken dinner… it just happens in my head when I say that word, can’t be helped!) 😉 Great way to do a middle of the road review!!!
No. We see great plot development and learn new things.but see setbacks as well..either way I am enjoying this series and hoping Betrayals delivers more of what Visions did!
The Bibliophile Babe
Ah, middle book syndrome. That’s always a bummer! I have to say that the love triangle is a big turn off for me.
Yes..lets hope for a turn around, because I love the series
The suspense in this book really hooks a reader. Thanks for the post.
It does, I love the whole Cainsville aspect
Old time suspense feel has appeal for me. So sad that she has a personality blip and gets whiny and different. Maybe it will switch back in the next book.
Hopefully this is a minor blip and we go back to awesome!
I just finished this too and I have to say, even with the sort of love triangle, I adored it. I can’t wait for book four! I probably liked this more than you but I’m glad you still liked it. 😉
Agreed, I am looking forward to four!
I’m sorry this one kinda missed the mark, Kimberly. It’d really bother me for the heroine, who starts our strong and confident, to turn whiny. Um, why do that?!? Hopefully the next book will bring a new and improved Olivia. 🙂
Thanks Brandee hopefully Betrayals is a winner!
Uh oh, whiny and submissive. Not good :(.
I intend to read the first in the series when I can anyway. I’ve read a YA book by this author- good, not great for me- and a hard-to-classify novel just last month- City of the Lost- which I loved. She seems to be able to reinvent herself over and over, just looking at her varied book list. Hope her next one is even better for you!
I enjoyed it despite issues, Visions was my fav thus far and I am hoping Betrayals delivers more of what I love.
I wonder, it has been so long
I am finally caught up and waiting for the next release 🙂
It’s been a long time since I read one of her books. I read her first two books and stopped but it sounds like I might need to start reading her again.
The next book comes out this year,
Hmm… I just finished Omens last week and I really enjoyed it. I am sad to hear that a love triangle develops and that Olivia backslides.
Visions has been my favorite thus far, and really to me isn’t a triangle.
Quinn's Book Nook
I read my first Kelley Armstrong book last year, The Masked Truth, and I really liked it! I should check out some of her other books. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying this series. Have you read her other books?
I have here or there, but time always gets away from me 🙂
I need to catch up on this one. I read the first one, and I wasn’t totally overwhelmed with it, but I wanted to continue. I commonly have “first book syndrome”, but I haven’t gotten back to it yet. The next book will probably pick up. Some series just take that little dip here and there. I hate that because it makes me nervous that the end of the series is near.
The second book thus far has been my favorite.
It seems like a series I could enjoy, but I’m apprehensive about the love triangle.
She chooses, but it is complicated and woven in mythology.
Sorry this one wasn’t as great, but I’m glad you still liked it. I’ve been meaning to read this series since the first book came out. I love Kelley Armstrong. I might even own the first book in this series too. 🙂
I still loved the story and hope for good things in the next book 🙂
She’s whiny in this one? That’s too bad! Whiny is something I struggle with big time in my heroines, so hopefully she shakes that off in the next book! And hopefully you get a lot of plot developments that don’t make it feel like a middle book:)
I am hoping because I love the storyline and other aspects
Felicia the Geeky Blogger
This one was a bit of a miss for me. I am still trying to decide if I am going to continue. I did love the mystery but the triangle/angst/character backslide kind of annoyed me 🙁 I am glad it worked better for you!
I am hoping the next book is stronger. *fingers-crossed*
I’ll follow your advice and read them in order, but only after the series is done. You know me… 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
LOL, a lot of folks like to do that Anna 🙂
I hope the next book won’t be a slump. I haven’t read this series but this does sound like a weak installment especially with the heroine’s character regressing to a whiny protagonist.
*fingers-crossed*because I really like the series.
I started this book on audio and couldn’t finish. I think it was the narrators. I plant on finishing it, but I need to read it. It was the first book in this series that I tried to listen to. I’ve had mixed results with audiobooks from Kelley Armstrong. She doesn’t seem to have great narrators. After reading your review, I’m wondering if it wasn’t entirely the narrators, but maybe the story not being up the Armstrong’s normal standards. Normally her books are a 4+ stars for me. Great review.
I am not sure starting this series at book three is a good idea Melanie, it really builds of each book. I have not tried any of her books on audio.
The fanbase for this series is huge! 😮 It’s not the type of book I usually read, but I can see why many find it appealing 🙂
Overall I am loving the series and have high hopes for the next book 🙂
I thought this one was not as good as the others 2 but I had a great time with it too.
Exactly how I felt. I am anxious for the next installment.