- Title: Rituals
- Author: Kelley Armstrong
- ISBN: 9780345815231
- Page: 233
- Format: Hardcover
The fifth book and the exciting conclusion to bestselling author Kelley Armstrong s impossible to put down Cainsville series, in which she mixes hard hitting crime writing with phenomenal world building to create a brand of fiction all her own.Olivia Jones must make a choice Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make heThe fifth book and the exciting conclusion to bestselling author Kelley Armstrong s impossible to put down Cainsville series, in which she mixes hard hitting crime writing with phenomenal world building to create a brand of fiction all her own.Olivia Jones must make a choice Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make her decision Now that time has run out Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay Her lover, Ricky Gabriel Walsh, the man she knows she cannot, must not love Her parents, already trapped in prison.And now there is a new, terrifying power rising one that doesn t distinguish between good and evil intentions It feeds on chaos and destroys without mercy Unless Liv acts fast, no one will survive In this gripping thriller, international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong brings the Cainsville series to a powerful, richly rewarding climax.
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A fitting ending to a great series, and what a rollercoaster ride it's been. Twists and turns in this last installment, with quite a few that weren't even hinted at before giving this series new surprises until the very end. As we turn the last few chapter on Cainsville, I must say I'll miss this odd crew of fae, mythical creatures, mayhem, murder, mystery, traps, betrayals, double crosses and so much more.
Let me start by saying that I have loved this series from book one! Liv, Gabriel, and Ricky are fantastic characters each in their own right, but their dynamic together just rocked these books. But Gabriel has been my favorite since the beginning. He has come so far in so many ways, and this book seals his transformation while still maintaining what makes him Gabriel. I actually felt he made the most progress in the previous book by admitting things to himself, and I feel in this book it was tak [...]
I'm happy I didn't read this series until July, so I only had to wait one month for this book. I'm not sure I could have survived a full year. I set my alarm for 5:30 and there it was waiting for me. "Ah, sweet mystery of life" Ok. I'll just say it was well worth the wait.
So, I have sort of conflicted feelings about this book that I'm going to attempt to talk out through the review. If it gets super rambley, please know that's why.(view spoiler)[I think my biggest challenge with this book is that I simply don't believe in this ending. Not making a choice is making a choice, I think that is absolutely true, I just think that Olivia did make a choice and the book cops out of acknowledging that. No, she didn't choose directly between Ricky and Gabriel (though she di [...]
This book in a gif:Seriously, every little thing was wrapped up and addressed and dealt with.But to make it more detailed:- I know that blurb makes it look like that is THE story, but the final book in Cainsville series confirmed what I was always felt about these characters: once you take out the whole love triangle out of the equation, they are actually pretty cool and likable and have more interesting and more important things to do. So, the whole choice thing. Armstrong heavily touched this [...]
August 20, 2017:I finished Rituals and I have lots of thoughts!!! I will write a full review shortly! :)August 16, 2017:I have picked up my copy and am going to dive in tonight so see you on the other side.August 15, 2017:HAPPY RITUALS RELEASE DAY!!!August 13, 2017:Just want to mention before everyone dives into the book I don't know the exact page count, but some sites are now saying less than 496. The copyright page also indicates this. I think it's around 471 instead. Just so people don't get [...]
I'm so conflicted about how this all went down."Can you stall him? Please?""Gaze up adoringly at him. Like you did when you first arrived. Call him Gwynn, mighty king of the Fae. He loves that."If you'd asked me a few years ago what series to start with, as an Armstrong newbie, I probably would've recommended Cainsville. Mostly because it wasn't a giant commitment like The Women of the Otherworld series, it wasn't one of her YA supernatural books, and it seemed dark and edgy and sexy. But that w [...]
Rituals by Kelley ArmstrongActual rating: All the stars, despite the batshit crazy plotAAAHHHHH!Okay, so there are valid criticisms out there of this book. Sometimes I felt like the plot made no goddamned sense. And there were things that I wanted to see addressed that never did (what is TC? What's the deal with the gargoyles? What did Gabriel do the first time someone cheated? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PLANS TO RETURN TO THE CABIN?!) The formatting issues of the kindle version also pissed me off. I [...]
The first half was everything I could have hoped for. The second halft so much. It dragged quite a bit and so much time was spent bouncing between conversations with Patrick and Ioan and Rose and Veronica and Pamela and blah blah blah that everything felt very repetitive. What initially made me fall in love with these books was the mixture of genres; it had paranormal aspects, along with hints of crime fiction and a healthy dose of mystery. But the latter two were all but missing from this book, [...]
I was lucky enough to get one of the few "ARCs" available for this title and I gotta say this did not disappoint! I won't say much about it because if I do then I will start gushing and no one wants spoilers. Let's just say that things you were hoping to happen happen, a lot of loose ends are tied up, and there are a lot of surprises ahead. I'm sad that this is the final book in the series because I feel Cainsville has many more mysteries and secrets to offer our intrepid trio.
Trigger warnings: gore, murder, flashbacks to child abuse.I was pretty hesitant going into this book. I wasn't so keen on the fourth book in the series, and I honestly wasn't sure how Armstrong was going to be able to wrap everything up in a single book. And yet somehow, she managed it in fine form. Things start off with the return of a character that everyone thought was dead, so you pretty much know from the get go that it's going to be a wild ride. It's fast paced (despite being nearly 600 pa [...]
OKAY SO HERE'S THE THING. Kelley Armstrong is just my author. Maybe my favorite author. And I've read almost all of her books. She has her misses for me, but I more or less knew what to expect from this one. For me, IT WAS WONDERFUL. I mean, no, not the plot, but the relationship/character stuff was written exactly for me. I'll be re-reading parts a lot.
2.5 starsIt was alright, the best part was the love triangle was finally over and done with. Also, the secondary characters were great too, loved Gabriel/Patrick and the dryads. The worst part was how Liv turned into the biggest snowflake ever with everyone constantly fighting over her and acting like she was the the most amazing thing ever. Also, the ending was disappointing, Liv's non choice was a total cop out, there were 5 books of the fae and the hunt trying to win her over and make her cho [...]
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.Rituals is the final book in Kelley Armstrong’s sensational Cainsville series! This series has been so phenomenal I wasn’t sure how she was going to be able to wrap it all up in a way that satisfies and answers all the strange mysteries that make up Cainsville. And in some fitting way, she does answer the big questions but still leaves us with a bit of mystery t [...]
Rituals is the fifth and final book in the Cainsville series. I adore Kelley Armstrong. And I am a huge fan of the Cainsville series. Rituals was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017.I would describe the Cainsville series as part mystery and part paranormal (this aspect has increased with each book). The main narrator of this book is Olivia Taylor Jones (she is in her mid-twenties). The book is told first person by Olivia. But there are also some third person chapters (Gabriel, Ricky).In the [...]
The Cainville series has consistently been a series that I can count on to deliver a great story that not only deals in murder and mystery but in legends and lore as well. Full of unique characters and even more unique premises, I have loved this series from the very first book.I don't even have all my words and thoughts together about how I feel about this book but I loved it, I really did and it is so very hard to say goodbye to these characters that I have loved from the beginning.
Loved! Full review to come!
This was a solid 4.5, and I ruminated for quite some time whether to go up or down on the rating. I love Cainsville, and I've enjoyed reading and re-reading it, and I have no doubt that I will continue to do so. But while this finale gave me pretty much everything I wanted, there just wasn't that visceral, emotional oomph that I need to plant me firmly in 5 star territory.What's great: - Armstrong doesn't string us along interminably on the slow burn that's already taken 4 books to ignite fully. [...]
Answers we finally get answers to the big questions. Who would Oliva choose Ricky or Gabriel? Will her parents be set free? Who will she accept, the Cwn Annwn or Tylwyth Teg? Of course, her journey hasn't been an easy one. Armstrong introduces us to a dark new evil in RITUALS but in the end, it was worth it and I devoured this story.For those dying for answers regarding the triangle that has plagued us since book one, Armstrong removes that from the table fairly quickly and ooh-la-la. I was d [...]
Holy freaking hell! That was amazing! 5 fantastic stars!Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite authors, Cainsville is one of my favourite series and this is now one of my favourite books. I just have no words. The ending was wonderful. I don't know if I should laugh or cry but it was perfect in it's own way. I'm not sure if there's going to be any more Cainsville books but I really hope so.
After a long time without any reviews, I've now worked up enough energy to rant after reading this book. I'm going to spoil everything, so be prepared. Overall, I was quite disappointed with this. If someone had asked a good series to recommend before reading Rituals, this series would have been one of the first I would have named. But this book made things throughout the series such as plot holes, Olivia's attitude and behavior,impossible to ignore. There were a lot of analogies involving child [...]
I have been waiting for this final book since Omens first came out. It's been a crazy ride but I think Rituals finished off the series nicelyKES- The romance was fantastic, as always. I could have used a little more though.- The plot was full of the usual folklore which I never get tired of. It was interesting to see how all these events in Liv's life were tied together. - The villain in this book was really interesting. I enjoyed seeing both sides work together for once because the whole darkne [...]
Une série de finie et j’ai retardé le moment Je ne voulais pas laisser Liv, Ricky et (surtout) Gabriel.Encore une fois, Kelley Armstrong est mon auteure d’Urban fantasy favorite!! Ici, elle donne les réponses à toutes nos questions, clôt les diverses intrigues et nous dévoile une toile tissée de façon bien différente à ce qu’il semblait. (J’aurais aimé que KMM fasse pareil )J’ai beaucoup aimé Liv, détesté le couple qu’elle formait avec Ricky tout en aimant Ricky Et o [...]
3/12/17: " but Kelley Armstrong delivers a final scary and surprising knock-out twist. It turns out a third supernatural force has been at work all along, a dark and malevolent entity "Oh boy. It always works out totally great when authors introduce big, new, never-detected-before enemies at the very end of a story. :|8/30/17: Okay, so first, I can say that the aforementioned comment about the "third supernatural force all along" worked out overall. Whew.I'm not sure how to rate this book. I con [...]
I loved this series don’t get me wrong, but Liv annoyed me. I thought she was too eager to get in bed so to speak with the other party. I liked Ricky and Gabriel. It’s easier to love Gabriel due to his past. And I happen to have a soft spot for broken men. At the same time, when it comes to love triangles, I usually go with the first presented option. While one can make a case for it being Gabriel, he was emotionally unavailable. And Ricky said it right, he gave her everything and not once l [...]
Review to come!
Let me start with saying I LOVED this series, I read it in a week and have been eagerly waiting for the last book, counting down the days, so excited with the promise of romantic resolution after four (FOUR!) books of slow burn. The plots I found less developed than I might've liked, but honestly didnt even notice because I was so deeply, deeply in love with all the characters.Now begins my rambling, definitely containing spoilers, so reader beware. I've also literally just finished reading the [...]
Okay, I'll just say upfront: I knew all along we weren't going to get a poly option for this series and I was ready for that. But GOD, the set up was there!!! IT WAS RIGHT THERE!!! (view spoiler)[And I think the weaknesses in this book could have been strengthened by fully committing to that. The three of them constantly stress the importance of staying together and not turning on each other, and I think Olivia's choice not to choose between them would have only been strengthened by Gabriel and [...]
I have been waffling on this rating for a couple of days now, and I'm still not sure this is right.I enjoyed this book. It entertained me, there were aspects to it that were fantastic (a lot of the Olivia/Gabriel relationship, and Helia and Alexios, for example).But. The ending was a cop-out. Olivia made a choice and that is not acknowledged in the slightest. The only way she wouldn't have made a choice is if they had gone full triad, which is what should have happened and was really the only wa [...]
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