Review: “Deceptions” by Kelley Armstrong


Title: Deceptions

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Genre: Defies genres but magic and fae ahead

In the exciting new novel in bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s compelling Cainsville series, Olivia realizes that she is at the heart of a tug-of-war between ancient forces–and that everyone around her risks becoming collateral damage. 

When Olivia’s life exploded–after she found out she was not the only child of a privileged Chicago family, but of a notorious pair of serial killers–she found a refuge in the oddly secluded but welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a precociously successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she managed to partially clear her parents’ name in an investigation that also revealed darker forces at work in the town that had offered her a haven.

Fleeing Cainsville after she is almost killed, Olivia finds herself not only the target of the Cainsville elders and of the Huntsmen, but also of her ex-fiancé, James, who stalks her and even tries to have her kidnapped. All this as her feelings for Ricky deepen, and confusingly her feelings for Gabriel too.

Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, and holds out in her palm a black stone and a white stone that swirl together to create a balance of light and dark. Death stalks them all, as Olivia desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating the triangle that links her to Gabriel and Ricky, or whether she has the power to change the tragic outcome.


Second time reading this, second time reviewing it and I’m beginning to wonder what the hell was wrong with past me. Seriously, what were you thinking?

It’s not that I didn’t like it on the first read, but I feel like I read it wrong?

This is a series that is good both when you wait for the next book, and when you read the books back to back. Once again we’re jumping right into the action, so to speak, directly after the events from the last book which make this a particularly good binge series and it’s awesome.

The fae culture, so to speak flourishes and develops further within this book. The visions Olivia faces in these books scare the pants off of me. Seriously, some majorly creepy stuff. It sticks with you, that’s what I am saying.

I will tell you there is a scene on a beach and it is one of my favourites.

Olivia continues to develop, but still holds onto her grit and determination which I love, but there’s something more then. We’ve always knows she’s smart, and now we’re seeing more of that intelligence.

Ricky is awesome, there’s no two ways about it. He’s supportive, and adaptive, and there for Olivia and I think even Gabriel in a sense. His character has also developed and I’m glad to see more of him.

Gabriel. Oh Gabriel. I adore him. I don’t care that he is cold, because there is a fascination there. He’s growing, and he doesn’t seem to want to sometimes but keeps doing it anyway, despite his fears and it’s amazing to see him evolve.

This book, and series, is great and you all should read it.


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