Review: Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

August 26, 2015 3 stars, Book Review 2 ★★★

Review: Deceptions by Kelley ArmstrongDeceptions by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Cainsville #3
Published by Dutton, Penguin Audio on August 18, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 455
Length: 14 hours, 43 minutes
Narrator: Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
Source: Publisher
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My Reviews in this series: Omens, Visions

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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?


While I thoroughly enjoyed DECEPTIONS, the third book in the Cainsville series, I guess I wasn’t completely thrilled with the direction that some of the plot started to take. The likelihood of a love triangle was introduced in book two, VISIONS, but here it nose dives right into that triangle and makes it the main plot of the book. As I’m not a fan of love triangles that didn’t sit too well with me. The overall reading experience was still great and the action and mystery just as strong as ever but I just can’t say that I’m completely on board with the direction it looks like the series story arc is taking.

This is the rub

Olivia has a lot of drama in her life and I like that. Though I’m amazed at how she keeps up, let alone how she managed to start a fiery hot romance with a young college biker guy. Anyone else thinking rebound guy here? But hey that happens sometimes so I can totally roll with it. But Ricky himself? Other then being a sexy, come hither, charming, suave (insert lots more descriptives that might wet your whistle here) while he might be all that and a bag of chips I am just not into him. There is just something he seems to be lacking in the actual substance of personality department for me. Was the hot biker dude vibe enough to draw her in? All this time I’m thinking “What does he have wrong with him?” As if Gabriel has everything wrong with him and Ricky nothing. That doesn’t balance out for me.

Oh snap I want to spill the beans!

Things I really did like about DECEPTIONS was how twisted up some of the plot was. I suspected some things as I normally do in a mystery type novel but I was completely off base and surprised by what was really going down and the reveal at the end. Things are shaping up to be really interesting in the next book what with the new information given.

Regardless of how I feel about the love triangle I am still super excited and loving this series. I really liked the low key urban fantasy vibe in the first book but if you like your UF heavier then have no fear those elements have become more prevalent as the books have progressed to the point where in DECEPTIONS it is much more of an ever present part of the story. I’m eagerly awaiting the next one!

Thoughts on the narration

Definitely great. It was dual narrated by Carine Montbertrandt and Mozhan Marno who both did a great job. It was a smooth listen and their voices paired really nicely. Nothing stood out to me in particular as far as the narration goes but I look forward to listening to them narrate again if they continue on in the next series book.

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2 Responses to “Review: Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong”

  1. Danya @ Fine Print

    Yup, I completely agree with you on this one. The fact that Liv hasn’t *actually* gone insane is just mind boggling to me! I too found the love triangle tiresome, especially since I personally think it’s super obvious who Liv’s going to end up with. I will be legit shocked if the triangle doesn’t go the way I think it’s going to. The Larsen plotline is one that I really enjoyed in previous books so I was happy to get a bit more info there, and I especially loved Todd. I agree that Ricky is kinda boring, and you’re right about Gabriel too. Why does he have to be so extreme?!
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