Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Team Gabriel All The Way!! (Betrayals Review)

TITLE: Betrayals (Cainsville #4)
AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong
PUBLISHING DATE: August 9, 2016

FROM GOODREADS: When Olivia's life exploded--after she found out she was not the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers--she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she discovered the truth about her parents' crimes in an investigation that also revealed the darker forces at work in the place that had offered her a haven. As if that wasn't enough, she also found out that she, Gabriel and her biker boyfriend Ricky were not caught in an ordinary sort of love triangle, but were hereditary actors in an ancient drama in which the elders of Cainsville and the mysterious Huntsmen who opposed them had a huge stake.

Now someone is killing street kids in the city, and the police have tied Ricky to the crimes. Setting out with Gabriel's help to clear Ricky's name, Olivia once again finds her own life at risk. Soon the three are tangled in a web of betrayals that threatens their uneasy equilibrium and is pushing them toward a hard choice: either they fulfill their destinies by trusting each other and staying true to their real bonds, or they succumb to the extraordinary forces trying to win an eternal war by tearing them apart.

I literally couldn't get enough of this book over the weekend and now I'm so bummed that it's finished. I can honestly say I have never disliked a Kelley Armstrong book. Of course I've never read her YA stuff, and I haven't started "The City of the Lost" and hey, I also need to pick up the Nadia Stafford series (oh my gosh, how does this woman write so much?????), but I am current on the Cainsville series and I've read all of the Women of the Otherworld series so that's saying something.

Once again Armstrong grabbed hold of me and pulled me into the Cainsville world. Lamiae are turning up dead in the city of Chicago and once Olivia's beau Ricky is implicated in the mess somehow, she, along with him and Gabriel, set out to find out what is going on. In my opinion, this book introduces us to the supernatural elements of the story more than its predecessors. There is a lot of Fae folklore to explore in "Betrayals" and we learn more about The Hunt and the Hounds (thus the awesome dog on the front). All the main characters also learn more about their destinies in this mixed up fae world.

I love love love the characters in this book. And even though this book features a love triangle which usually annoys the heck out of me, Armstrong does it SOOOOO well. The relationships between Ricky, Gabriel and Olivia only continue to evolve and because there is so much folklore and history embedded in the triangle, it really makes so much since that it exists.

I don't want to give too much away because you really need to read the first three books in order to have an understanding of this one. And by the way, if you haven't already started this series, why not????? Even though I like Ricky, I LOVE Gabriel and after reading this am all the more convinced that Gabriel and Olivia belong together. However, I guess like everyone else I'm going to have to wait a long, painful year to find out what eventually happens.

If you love Anne Bishop's Others series, I think picking this one up is a no-brainer. And Kelly, if you ever see this review by chance, can I just say TEAM GABRIEL please!!!!!




  1. I just read the first one recently, and I have to admit, the idea of a love triangle just robbed me of all the excitement around it. I've been tossing up whether to go back to it. Hm. Your review is making my decision harder! :)

    1. I would say give book 2 a chance. There is so much legend and lore around why the triangle exists that if I recall, isn't explained until further in the series. I recall feeling the way you did as well initially.

  2. I really need to read this author and this series is one I want really bad. The book gods need to send me a gift card so I can...lol. I have read one of her YA books and it was okay but then it got overshadowed by all my other books that I forgot to continue it...lol. I watched Bitten on Syfy and loved it so I got the first book Bitten in the Otherworld series but I just haven't read it...lol. I bad. :( :)

    1. Hey, if COYER does the Secret Elf thing again, now you know what to ask for :)

  3. I am obsessed with Kelley Armstrong. Love everything she writes. I love this series so much. Definitely read City of the Lost. It was so good.