Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville #3)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Random House on August 18, 2015
Olivia’s life has exploded. View Spoiler »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? « Hide Spoiler
I’m sad to say that this wasn’t anywhere near as amazing as the previous novel VISIONS was.
Unlike many people, the love triangle in this one didn’t really bother me. Firstly, it’s not really a triangle when people don’t realize that the potential for…triangle-ness…exists. Whatever, you get what I’m saying.
Secondly, if you didn’t see this coming then we clearly weren’t reading the same series. Maybe I’ve just read too many of Kelley Armstrong’s triangles to be surprised when they crop up? Gabriel has an awful lot in common with Derek Souza, just saying.
My issues with DECEPTIONS were mostly plot based with a sprinkle of character frustration thrown in. What was it in the plot that I didn’t like? Mostly the fact that there wasn’t much of one to begin with.
I thought too much time was devoted to investigating/proving things about the various fae factions that the readers already knew (or guessed based on foreshadowing). Yes, I get that it’s supposed to be dramatic irony and Liv doesn’t realize the whole Matilda connection, etc. etc. But it was just so boring. I can honestly say that’s never once been an issue for me with Kelley Armstrong before.
Despite their issues, I still love these characters and need to know more about their stories. I feel invested in their lives and that’s the saving grace of DECEPTIONS for me. I especially love Liv, who’s such a great heroine; she’s tough and she’s book smart and intuitive and physically capable without being too perfect. Somehow.
Sadly Liv and Gabriel have never learned to ‘use their words’ and frustrated me immensely with their miscommunications and intentional asshole-ry (*cough* Gabriel *cough*), but I have to admit that it was mostly in character. I would’ve been very annoyed if Gabriel had just been the same old ice block as before so I appreciated the few moments where Gabriel let his guard down. He and Liv just get each other, like two peas in a fucked up little pod. It may not be entirely healthy but I love it. *shrugs*
Ricky may be kind of boring (although he’s developed way more in this one) but I feel so bad for him in all of this. He doesn’t deserve all their “emotional illiteracy” bullshit. I’m very intrigued to see how the whole mess plays out, especially given Liv’s big decision(s) at the end of the book. I have my own theory on who will ultimately end up together, but it would be nice if Liv could stick with her decision for all of book four at least. View Spoiler »You know, make Gabriel sweat it out for all his shitty behaviour. I get that he’s damaged and I even see the appeal for Liv, but him telling her she was imagining it all? Fucking unconscionable. If we didn’t have his POV chapters I would have to kill him. « Hide Spoiler
One of my complaints about VISIONS last year was the lack of attention payed to the Pam and Todd Larsen “are they murderers or aren’t they?” plot line. I’m happy to report that concrete progress was made on this front, and it actually kind of surprised me. I definitely thought things might be a little more happy and starry than they ended up and I wasn’t sure what Todd would be like either. View Spoiler »That said, the whole spina bifida thing being involved was not a surprise. It just wasn’t subtle at all. « Hide Spoiler
A somewhat disappointing instalment that was nevertheless entertaining. This is still one of my favourite series at the moment and I still love Kelley Armstrong, but I definitely expected more.