Cruel Fate (Cainsville, #5.6)
Three years after discovering that her biological parents are convicted serial killers, Olivia finally has her life back, and it’s better than ever. She loves her new job, as investigator for notorious defense attorney Gabriel Walsh. She has Gabriel, too, as they settle in together, dividing their time between Chicago and Cainsville. Olivia’s also settled into her role as the legendary Mallt-y-Nos to Cainsville’s fae population.The only dream unfulfilled is seeing her father freed from jail, where he’s been wrongly imprisoned for over twenty years. Now that wish is finally coming true. Todd Larsen is a free man. Someone, however, doesn’t want him to stay that way. Todd may have been in prison for crimes he didn’t commit, but there’s one he did—the murder of a serial killer, whose death launched the chain of events that led to Todd’s incarceration.Before Todd can settle in with Olivia and Gabriel, the body of his one and only victim surfaces, along with planted clues directing the police to their doorstep. Does someone have a personal grudge against Todd? Or is it a fae targeting Olivia with the one threat she can’t ignore? Olivia needs to find out who’s behind this, before her father is ripped from her again…for good this time.

Cruel Fate (Cainsville, #5.6) Details

TitleCruel Fate (Cainsville, #5.6)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 30th, 2019
PublisherSubterranean Press
ISBN-139781596069060
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Novella

Cruel Fate (Cainsville, #5.6) Review

  • Maureen Carden
    January 1, 1970
    It would be a cruel fate indeed if Cruel Fate was the last Cainsville novella. There are still stories to be finished.Olivia Taylor- Jones, Gabriel Walsh and Ricky Gallagher are celebrating the release of supposed serial killer Todd Larsen from prison. Larsen is Olivia’s recently discovered biological father. Of course just because Todd was exonerated for the deaths for which he was convicted doesn’t mean he hasn’t killed. The one, absolutely no doubt killing that gives new meaning to a “he need It would be a cruel fate indeed if Cruel Fate was the last Cainsville novella. There are still stories to be finished.Olivia Taylor- Jones, Gabriel Walsh and Ricky Gallagher are celebrating the release of supposed serial killer Todd Larsen from prison. Larsen is Olivia’s recently discovered biological father. Of course just because Todd was exonerated for the deaths for which he was convicted doesn’t mean he hasn’t killed. The one, absolutely no doubt killing that gives new meaning to a “he needed killing” killing. Unfortunately, someone has dug up that body along with his victim’s body and is dropping strong hints to the police that Larsen is responsible for both killings.Olivia, Gabriel, and Ricky are still the warmest and strongest of friends, with Olivia and Gabriel becoming more and more settled. Supporting one another, compensating for one another’s weaknesses, they complete one another. They band together to fight for Todd’s continued freedom and his re-introduction into the world. Kelley Armstrong has the golden touch; her stories, her characters, and her fantasy world building based on ancient folklore are all addictive. Of course, Liv, Gabriel, and Ricky are still extremely ethically challenged. Part of their charm, dahlings. I think I am extremely lucky that I didn’t discover the Cainsville series until the summer Rituals was published. I would have gone insane waiting year to year for the books. In Cruel Fate Armstrong lightly touches upon the gargoyle ending of Rituals; still one of the loveliest endings I’ve ever read. The Fae roles of Liv, Gabriel and Ricky are not a major part of Cruel Fate, but Cainsville and its citizens are still present in the story, still working their magic on the readers.Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
    more
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!
  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Subterranean Press for this arc.I have very much enjoyed the previous books in the Cainesville series but felt somewhat let down with this, supposedly final story. While the familiar characters were there in their familiar places, most were just mentioned in passing. It's only a novella, not a full length book, but I still felt "cheated". Also, Cruel Fate left me with more questions than it answered. Hopefully, there will be more and Ms. Armstrong is just taking a break f Thank you NetGalley and Subterranean Press for this arc.I have very much enjoyed the previous books in the Cainesville series but felt somewhat let down with this, supposedly final story. While the familiar characters were there in their familiar places, most were just mentioned in passing. It's only a novella, not a full length book, but I still felt "cheated". Also, Cruel Fate left me with more questions than it answered. Hopefully, there will be more and Ms. Armstrong is just taking a break from her Rockton stories and will come back with more Cainesville. It was still a good read, but just not as good as the full length Cainesville stories.
    more
  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    GARGOYLES are thought to fight off evil and to protect house and garden. Cainsville has many - some visible and some seem to hide in the shadows. I love this series and the characters involved in this paranormal place of fae and hunters. My favorite part has always been the connection between Olivia and Gabriel who are living as a couple in Cainsville. Cruel Fate just did not give me enough of them and their connection to each other. After twenty years; Olivia's father has been released from pri GARGOYLES are thought to fight off evil and to protect house and garden. Cainsville has many - some visible and some seem to hide in the shadows. I love this series and the characters involved in this paranormal place of fae and hunters. My favorite part has always been the connection between Olivia and Gabriel who are living as a couple in Cainsville. Cruel Fate just did not give me enough of them and their connection to each other. After twenty years; Olivia's father has been released from prison and the story centers on her protectiveness of him. "A copy of this book was provided by Subterranean Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." ARMSTRONG's CAINSVILLE SERIES SHOULD BE READ IN ORDER! This is not a stand-alone; too much has happened in previous works.
    more
  • keikii Eats Books
    January 1, 1970
    To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books!95 points, 5 stars!Short Review: Another Cainsville novella, another happy me. I love this series so much, and I love all the novellas just as much. My only wish is if I could have more Gabriel and Olivia time, but that was nearly the entire novella so I'm just greedy.Longer Review:I had a smile on my face the entire time I read this. I love Cainsville. I loved it from the moment I started reading the first book, years a To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books!95 points, 5 stars!Short Review: Another Cainsville novella, another happy me. I love this series so much, and I love all the novellas just as much. My only wish is if I could have more Gabriel and Olivia time, but that was nearly the entire novella so I'm just greedy.Longer Review:I had a smile on my face the entire time I read this. I love Cainsville. I loved it from the moment I started reading the first book, years ago. I love the characters and I love the world and I love the story. The smile was because, once again, I was able to reconnect with those friends I love, even after the series was over. I was so happy.The Cainsville novellas are like epilogues for the story that didn't need to happen, but you love that it did. Cruel Fate is the fourth Cainsville novella I've read, and Kelley Armstrong has never let me down. It is also the sequel to the events of the previous novella, Rough Justice, so if you haven't read that first, you should. I loved it the story.Olivia has managed to find enough evidence for Gabriel to get her dad out of prison. She is hovering, and she knows it, but she is so happy to finally get him out. She wants everything to go perfect. But as you know, it can't go perfect. Gabriel is there to help her, even when things go wrong. Because of course things will go wrong. They always do.Honestly, as much as I love that Olivia managed to do what seemed impossible, I felt it got in the way. Mostly what I wanted was more Olivia and Gabriel together. I love them so much. So, so much. Even though most of the novella was about Olivia and Gabriel working and living together, I wanted more. I'm just greedy that way. It is just so cute. I just want more of their life! The investigation just made me want more of the couple than more of the story.I have seen others say that this is the last novella. If true it makes me sad because I want to see so much more of Olivia and Gabriel's lives together. But, the story is already over, this is just extras. Extras I very, very much enjoy.I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Kelley Armstrong, Subterranean Press, and Netgalley for providing this copy for review!
    more
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/ 5 starsCruel Fate is a longer novella set after the final Cainsville book (Rituals).I adore Kelley Armstrong and I loved the Cainsville series so much. I was thrilled that we got two novellas set after the final book.And Cruel Fate did not disappoint. This story was wonderful!I was disappointed that we did not get to see what happened with Todd at the end of Rituals. So I was thrilled to see a novella dedicated to him.I missed Olivia, Gabriel and Ricky so much. And we get a lot of them in t 4.5/ 5 starsCruel Fate is a longer novella set after the final Cainsville book (Rituals).I adore Kelley Armstrong and I loved the Cainsville series so much. I was thrilled that we got two novellas set after the final book.And Cruel Fate did not disappoint. This story was wonderful!I was disappointed that we did not get to see what happened with Todd at the end of Rituals. So I was thrilled to see a novella dedicated to him.I missed Olivia, Gabriel and Ricky so much. And we get a lot of them in this story.Could you read this as a standalone? The author does recap a lot of stuff from the books. So it seems like either 1)this is a reminder to regular readers or 2) she is doing this in case people read this as a standalone. Would I recommend reading this without having read the series? Absolutely not. This is a complex world. And I think that it would be somewhat confusing. But I guess it would be possible.If you love Cainsville then you will enjoy Cruel Fate. It was amazing. And it definitely did not feel like a novella to me. It actually felt like it was pretty much another book. It was substantial. And it showed us an important part of the story that we were missing after Rituals.
    more
  • Sionna
    January 1, 1970
    *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*4.5 starsFirst thing, this one cannot be read as a standalone, you really need to read the entire series to understand this one, since it does take place after the series is over. That being said, I'll still try to make this review as spoiler free as possible. Okay, Kelley Armstrong has an amazing gift with writing. The way she creates characters and how they fit together is amazing. Coming into this book *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*4.5 starsFirst thing, this one cannot be read as a standalone, you really need to read the entire series to understand this one, since it does take place after the series is over. That being said, I'll still try to make this review as spoiler free as possible. Okay, Kelley Armstrong has an amazing gift with writing. The way she creates characters and how they fit together is amazing. Coming into this book, with months between reading the last book I was still able to get into the groove and felt right at home. The relationships between everyone are complex and so amazing to read about. I still wish there was more to the fae -- I feel like Olivia's main power with omens isn't used often, nor do I always understand the guys' gifts.I really liked this look into their life after the main issue has been resolved. It shows that things are still having to adjust because of the conclusion, but makes the story feel even more real. With her father out of prison, I wonder if there will be a book featuring her mother coming up for appeal or anything. I'm a huge fan of this series and I'm not ready to give it up. I highly recommend this series to people who like thrillers with touches of magic and if you have read the series, I do think this novella is worth the read. I liked Gabriel and Ricky's POVs here.
    more
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Hmm, so my usual Kelley Armstrong caveat: As a general rule, I love her writing and characters, so I like her books and am not a harsh judge.But I was disappointed that some of the world details were wrong? (view spoiler)[Olivia says Gabriel bought their cabin--no, she did! And she mentions she only found 2/3rds of the gargoyles, when the main series ended with her finding them all. (hide spoiler)] These are pretty mild things and I'm generally not a detail orientated reader, but I return to thi Hmm, so my usual Kelley Armstrong caveat: As a general rule, I love her writing and characters, so I like her books and am not a harsh judge.But I was disappointed that some of the world details were wrong? (view spoiler)[Olivia says Gabriel bought their cabin--no, she did! And she mentions she only found 2/3rds of the gargoyles, when the main series ended with her finding them all. (hide spoiler)] These are pretty mild things and I'm generally not a detail orientated reader, but I return to this series a lot, so they stood out to me.Anyway, I will conclude with my other standard Armstrong thing: I love so much that she gives us more novellas in her worlds!
    more
  • Ronda
    January 1, 1970
    Love this series and this short novella is no exception - it had me biting my nails towards the end. I absolutely adore these characters!Highly recommended
  • Nancy The book junkie
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.25/5Review to come!
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Cruel Fate through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Cruel Fate is a novella that fits within the Cainsville series by Kelly Armstrong. But it’s unique in that it was illustrated by Xaviere Daumarie. The novella falls into place after the fifth book in the series, just for reference. I know that there is some concern about the fate of the Cainsville series – everybody is hoping that Kelly Armstrong will revisit the series (and who can blame us for that?). I received a copy of Cruel Fate through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Cruel Fate is a novella that fits within the Cainsville series by Kelly Armstrong. But it’s unique in that it was illustrated by Xaviere Daumarie. The novella falls into place after the fifth book in the series, just for reference. I know that there is some concern about the fate of the Cainsville series – everybody is hoping that Kelly Armstrong will revisit the series (and who can blame us for that?). She finally did here, but I can’t be the only one hoping for more. The novella was appreciated, of course. But I think many fans would happily take another novel or two. Especially since it feels like there’s still so much more to explore in the world that she has built. The novella follows Olivia (who’s finally getting her life on track), Gabriel (her boyfriend), and Todd (her father). She’s doing much better than she had, and is even getting control of her life. That is, until her father is released from prison. That in itself is a good thing. The problem is that somebody out there isn’t happy about this, and is doing everything in their power to change that. To make matters worse, Olivia doesn’t know if it’s a human or a fae that is messing with her. Or rather, messing with her father. So that’s just going to make finding the solution that much harder. This was a fun and fast-paced read. I really enjoyed reading about Olivia and her thought process for helping her father. And of course the rest of it was great as well. Cainsville fans will really enjoy this one, I think! I do hope that this isn’t the end of the Cainsville series. Though I suppose if it is I can accept that. The series has had a good (great) run, so I really can’t complain. For more reviews check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks
    more
  • Rebecca Goss
    January 1, 1970
    Cruel Fate by Kelley ArmstrongI’ve never read a Kelley Armstrong book that I did not enjoy. They take you to a place where different possibilities blend with the reality we live in daily. Todd was acquitted and released from prison where he spent two decades for serial crimes he did not commit. His daughter, Olivia, is determined to make his transition go smoothly. Unfortunately, old misdeeds come to light which threaten his freedom and enlist the help of his friends and family. Armstrong is gif Cruel Fate by Kelley ArmstrongI’ve never read a Kelley Armstrong book that I did not enjoy. They take you to a place where different possibilities blend with the reality we live in daily. Todd was acquitted and released from prison where he spent two decades for serial crimes he did not commit. His daughter, Olivia, is determined to make his transition go smoothly. Unfortunately, old misdeeds come to light which threaten his freedom and enlist the help of his friends and family. Armstrong is gifted in character development and the reader gets drawn into this community. I’m excited to read more about Cainesville. I ARC this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Leah Hines
    January 1, 1970
    This final novella in the Cainsville series sees Liv, Gabriel, and Ricky dealing with Todd's release and all that arises from it. When Todd's actual victim is found, things spiral as these characters have to face the possibility he may go back to prison. This story has mystery, suspense, and love. Full of twists that will keep you guessing. I fell in love with these characters from the first book. I know this is the last novella for the series but I really hope we get one final book to wrap up t This final novella in the Cainsville series sees Liv, Gabriel, and Ricky dealing with Todd's release and all that arises from it. When Todd's actual victim is found, things spiral as these characters have to face the possibility he may go back to prison. This story has mystery, suspense, and love. Full of twists that will keep you guessing. I fell in love with these characters from the first book. I know this is the last novella for the series but I really hope we get one final book to wrap up the open plotlines. I'm not quite ready to let these characters go.
    more
  • Karissa
    January 1, 1970
    This book takes place even longer after the main series than the last novella. It was a nice addition to the Cainsville series. It's a pretty quick read but you learn more about Olivia's parents and there is a good mystery here. This novella doesn’t stand alone very well, so I would recommend reading the Cainsville series before reading this.Olivia and Gabriel have finally managed to get Olivia’s dad, Todd, out of prison. However, someone does not want Todd to stay out of prison. Todd was put in This book takes place even longer after the main series than the last novella. It was a nice addition to the Cainsville series. It's a pretty quick read but you learn more about Olivia's parents and there is a good mystery here. This novella doesn’t stand alone very well, so I would recommend reading the Cainsville series before reading this.Olivia and Gabriel have finally managed to get Olivia’s dad, Todd, out of prison. However, someone does not want Todd to stay out of prison. Todd was put into prison for crimes he didn’t commit, but there is one crime he did commit and it’s about to be revealed. What first appears to be a straightforward case of revenge suddenly starts to take some interesting turns that make Olivia think the fae are involved.I continue to really enjoy this world and these characters. The story is well written and presents a well done mystery full of twists and turns. I loved seeing how mature Olivia and Gabriel’s relationship has become and seeing how they balance everything with their fae responsibilities.Overall this was a very well written novella. I would recommend if you have read the previous books in this series and enjoyed them. This is a very well done urban fantasy series with some great mystery and fae elements. This is a very quick read though, so be prepared for that.
    more
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    I won an ARC of Cruel Fate. A wonderful shorts story that continues Olivia's quest to see her Father free. I loved the story and reading from each characters point of view. The Artist work brings the characters to life. Great addition to the Cainsville series.
    more
  • MizBizSav
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5/5Thanks to NetGalley and Subterranean Press for the early review copy of Cruel Fate by Kelley Armstrong!Cruel Fate, the last (announced) novella in the Cainsville series, finds Olivia and the gang two years since she first found out she was adopted and the daughter of serial killers, Pamela and Todd Larsen. (That's approximately one year and a half since the events of Rituals and one year since the events of Rough Justice, if my timeline is correct.) If you've finished all five novel Rating: 4.5/5Thanks to NetGalley and Subterranean Press for the early review copy of Cruel Fate by Kelley Armstrong!Cruel Fate, the last (announced) novella in the Cainsville series, finds Olivia and the gang two years since she first found out she was adopted and the daughter of serial killers, Pamela and Todd Larsen. (That's approximately one year and a half since the events of Rituals and one year since the events of Rough Justice, if my timeline is correct.) If you've finished all five novels in the Cainsville series (as you should before reading - would be WAY too complicated to jump in here!), then you know that the story is much more complex than that. The Larsens didn't really kill eight people, as convicted - they killed four. Those four victims? They were murderers themselves. The reason for the killings? A ritual and deal with the Cwn Annwn to cure their daughter, Olivia/Eden, of spina bifida. Oh yeah, and it wasn't Todd who killed those people - it was just Pamela. To make matters even more confusing, Todd DID kill one person - Greg Kirkman - to get the ball rolling with the Cwn Annwn. It has been a rollercoaster ride for Olivia, getting to this point, not only in her investigation but mentally, in regards to her relationship with her real parents. And now - now Todd is finally free.Olivia is brimming with excitement and nerves at having her father finally out of jail and into her life. The first 100 pages of the novella are mostly catching us up with our favorite characters - their current outlooks, their relationships, how they are adapting to Todd's presence. Once the central mystery is introduced - the body of Todd's one actual victim, Kirkman, shows up the day after he is released - it takes over the last 100 pages of the story. Cainsville is one of my favorite series, if not my absolute favorite, so I will always rejoice at spending any bit of time in this world. Even if it hadn't been long since I read Rough Justice, it was lovely to get to spend more time with Cainsville (where thankfully most of the story takes place) and its colorful residents. However, it was also twinged with sadness because this novella had an air of finality that I found Rituals lacking. There were a ton of callbacks to the previous stories, both books and short stories, and both references to large plot details and one-off lines that had me remembering a tiny scene I loved. We also had a chance to meet with most every character (except for poor Rose, who unfortunately did not get a scene) - even Dr. Webster and Pepper get some moments! These two elements made me think this was the last Armstrong was going to be visiting Cainsville for a long time - which would be cruel indeed. Fans of the series will find this the most pleasing part of the novella.I do have to say that I enjoyed the first 100 pages more than the last - they promised more than the final 100 delivered on. The mystery, though it has strong consequences for these characters, is not as interesting as simply delving into these characters - their mindsets, their relationships. The mystery also has a rather lackluster conclusion. I expected the culprit to have more relevance to this world (there's one solution that's explored, but ultimately not true, that was much more exciting to me), but I should have adjusted expectations since it's unlikely Armstrong would put something too world-changing in a novella and the solution is not unlike one found in other Armstrong short stories. (I will say that there was an answer to a mystery that I didn't even know was there and it was much more satisfying.) I actually think this novella and its conflict could have worked well as a full novel, the first time I've had that thought about a short story.This story largely focused on Olivia and her changing relationship with her father, Todd, now that he's out of jail. I enjoyed that - the Larsens have always been a particularly strong part of the series - but... I wish there was a tad more besides "Olivia-is-nervous-and-overbearing-towards-her-father" and, okay, I wish there was more Pamela! Her relationship with Olivia has always been very complex and fascinating. Maybe another novella? Also my absolute favorite part of this series has always been Olivia and Gabriel - their strengths and weaknesses as characters and their relationship. Jumping into their relationship after one year of dating had me giddy. There's a lot of promise there in the first half of the story, but I found that particular prospects of development were not delivered later on. It's difficult to explain without spoilers, but there was a believable Gabriel rumination brought up early on that I thought would lead to a great, deeper scene with Olivia but it never came. There was a hint of one... and then one scene that completely undoes the previous development. This one scene actually frustrated me a bit, because it seemed completely unrealistic for Gabriel (view spoiler)[to not be so vague I'll just say it's a sex scene (hide spoiler)], so on that front this novella disappointed me slightly! No scene matched the greatness of the one at the end of Rough Justice, where Olivia and Gabriel exchange anniversary gifts... sigh.So I definitely recommend this novella to all Cainsville fans! You will certainly be pleased with this additional journey in this world. Just adjust your expectations to novella-sized, not full-blown novel-size, and you will enjoy it even more.
    more
  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    http://openbooksociety.com/article/cr...Cruel FateCainsville, Book #5.6By Kelley ArmstrongISBN# 9781596069060Author’s Website: http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/Brought to you by OBS reviewer HeidiLiv and Gabriel have settled into life together. They may not always do what everybody else wants them to, but they definitely do what they feel is best for each other. And, for Gabriel, one of those things he does for Liv is he finally gets her father out of jail! He was exonerated from the murders that http://openbooksociety.com/article/cr...Cruel FateCainsville, Book #5.6By Kelley ArmstrongISBN# 9781596069060Author’s Website: http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/Brought to you by OBS reviewer HeidiLiv and Gabriel have settled into life together. They may not always do what everybody else wants them to, but they definitely do what they feel is best for each other. And, for Gabriel, one of those things he does for Liv is he finally gets her father out of jail! He was exonerated from the murders that Pam committed. However, someone is setting him up for the one murder he did commit that he was never charged with. Todd going back to jail right after finally being reunited with his daughter, would kill Liv (and Todd too). So now Liv and Gabriel must determine who tipped off the police and planted evidence. And, more importantly, what they want.I didn’t realize Armstrong was still writing stories for the Cainsville series so I was pretty excited to see this (even if it’s not a full-length novel). It was nice to see how Liv and Gabriel have settled in together, even though I was always team Ricky!I actually really enjoyed Todd. I can see how Liv always breathing down his neck or leaving him with a babysitter would be pretty frustrating for him. I think he and Ricky have a good plan to fix that though 🙂And, of course I loved “seeing” Ricky again. I felt like this book just touched the tip of the iceberg on what Ricky is going through so I’m hoping we’ll get another story from him! *Fingers crossed*I felt this book was okay, but the ending kind of killed it for me. It seemed rushed and sudden like the author hit her max page count and had to stop. It really didn’t feel like an ending at all. Regardless, it was nice to check in on our Cainsville residents again and I hope to see them again in the future.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
    more
  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    Kelley Armstrong's latest novella takes place in her Cainsville universe. Cruel Fate is aptly named. No sooner does Liv’s father, Todd, get out of prison as a free man when he becomes a suspect to a double murder. An anonymous tipster has notified the police of the location of two bodies and one of them has Todd’s business card on him. Liv, Gabriel, and Ricky team up to defend and protect Todd. However, there seems to be more than one entity involved and Liv has to figure out who are implicated Kelley Armstrong's latest novella takes place in her Cainsville universe. Cruel Fate is aptly named. No sooner does Liv’s father, Todd, get out of prison as a free man when he becomes a suspect to a double murder. An anonymous tipster has notified the police of the location of two bodies and one of them has Todd’s business card on him. Liv, Gabriel, and Ricky team up to defend and protect Todd. However, there seems to be more than one entity involved and Liv has to figure out who are implicated and why. There are some rather unexpected twists at the end so prepare to be surprised at what Liv and company find out. I really enjoy reading about Liv, Gabriel, and Ricky, as well as the town of Cainsville with all its unusual inhabitants. Although the Cainsville series of five books has ended, I hope that Ms. Armstrong continues to delight us with more novellas and short stories in this very original universe.Thank you to NetGalley and Subterranean Press for the opportunity to read an ARC of Cruel Fate in exchange for an unbiased review.
    more
  • Chrissy
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series so much. Gabriel and Olivia are great as always - they are one of my favorite fictional couples <3 But the rest of the cast is also amazing. I loved getting more Todd in this one. And of course, Patrick is always a highlight for me. He always makes me wonder how much of Writer-Patrick is taken directly from the author's own experience. I'm sad to say goodbye to Cainsville (this novella is the last one planned in this series) but this was a great send-off for these character I love this series so much. Gabriel and Olivia are great as always - they are one of my favorite fictional couples <3 But the rest of the cast is also amazing. I loved getting more Todd in this one. And of course, Patrick is always a highlight for me. He always makes me wonder how much of Writer-Patrick is taken directly from the author's own experience. I'm sad to say goodbye to Cainsville (this novella is the last one planned in this series) but this was a great send-off for these characters, also giving a satisfying answer to one of the last open questions I had left (view spoiler)[about the gargoyles (hide spoiler)]. It still leaves some things open for the reader to imagine themselves, but even though I'd always love to get more of these characters, I don't have any pressing questions left unanswered after this final installment. If you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for? Get Omens now! You won't regret it, I promise :)
    more
  • Mary Heron
    January 1, 1970
    Great to be back in CainsvilleOlivia's father Todd Larsen has been released from prison in appeal, although there are some who still consider him guilty and is staying with her and Gabriel till he finds his feet. Somebody is not happy about his.release and is.determined that he should go.back to prison. Not many know the.circumstances of the murder Todd committed in order to contact the Wild Hunt so the suspect pool is tiny, the only person they can see framing Todd is his wife Patricia who is s Great to be back in CainsvilleOlivia's father Todd Larsen has been released from prison in appeal, although there are some who still consider him guilty and is staying with her and Gabriel till he finds his feet. Somebody is not happy about his.release and is.determined that he should go.back to prison. Not many know the.circumstances of the murder Todd committed in order to contact the Wild Hunt so the suspect pool is tiny, the only person they can see framing Todd is his wife Patricia who is still in prison awaiting the results of her appeal, but in hurting Todd she would also be hurting herself. With not.many expectatIons and Gabriel have their hands full trying to work out who it is who has.it.in for her father before the.police come.for him. As always with Kelley Armstrong you get a fascinating read.
    more
  • Gabrielle Holcomb
    January 1, 1970
    4☆ARC received from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my opinions are my own, and are in no way affected by the exchange. This follows the release of Olivia's father, Todd, from prison. I cant really explain the plot of this book without spoiling the entire series. I read the series on audio last year and really really enjoyed it. I liked the setting and the narrator. I thought the characters were well developed and the plot was engaging and approachable. All o 4☆ARC received from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my opinions are my own, and are in no way affected by the exchange. This follows the release of Olivia's father, Todd, from prison. I cant really explain the plot of this book without spoiling the entire series. I read the series on audio last year and really really enjoyed it. I liked the setting and the narrator. I thought the characters were well developed and the plot was engaging and approachable. All of that was present in this story. It took me a while to get back into this world since it has been quite some time since I read the last story in this series. I liked seeing some of my favorite characters again. I thought the mystery was well written. I do wish it was a bit longer though. I thought this could definitely have been a full length novel.
    more
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Good! I liked the plot a bit more than the previous novella — it was interesting to see Todd out of prison and adjusting to things, and his connection to the case helped me get invested in the plot. I liked seeing Olivia so concerned for him and trying to make everything as perfect as possible but going a bit overboard. And I always enjoy seeing Olivia and Gabriel as a couple and how they function, and how Gabriel still doesn't always know the right way to approach or handle things, but they're Good! I liked the plot a bit more than the previous novella — it was interesting to see Todd out of prison and adjusting to things, and his connection to the case helped me get invested in the plot. I liked seeing Olivia so concerned for him and trying to make everything as perfect as possible but going a bit overboard. And I always enjoy seeing Olivia and Gabriel as a couple and how they function, and how Gabriel still doesn't always know the right way to approach or handle things, but they're both in it together, and they love each other and work so well together. I'm happy with how the proper series ended and I have no need for additional full-length novels, but it's fun to get novellas every now and again to see how everyone's doing, and I'd happily read more.
    more
  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    It's always nice for me to get back into Kelley Armstrong book worlds and this Cainsville novella is no exception. Liv's father is released from prison but someone or something isn't happy about it.I loved seeing how Liv and Gabriel's relationship is progressing and how even though they've been together for a bit they're still making sure the other is comfortable in their relationship. I also enjoyed getting to see some Cainsville goings on. I could have a whole series of Gabriel and Liv working It's always nice for me to get back into Kelley Armstrong book worlds and this Cainsville novella is no exception. Liv's father is released from prison but someone or something isn't happy about it.I loved seeing how Liv and Gabriel's relationship is progressing and how even though they've been together for a bit they're still making sure the other is comfortable in their relationship. I also enjoyed getting to see some Cainsville goings on. I could have a whole series of Gabriel and Liv working and going about their days and be satisfied. I hope Kelley Armstrong does more Cainsville novellas in the future.
    more
  • Tyawna
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Kelley Armstrong does not disappoint! While I am sad to see the end of these characters and their stories, I was not upset with how it ended. Armstrong tidied up the mystery of Todd’s (Liv’s father) fate in this novella.  And as usual, your heartstrings were tugged and you are sent on an emotional rollercoaster ride hoping the characters get their happily ever after in the end. The twists and turns keep you engaged, rooting for the underdog, and wishing you could make everything alri Once again, Kelley Armstrong does not disappoint! While I am sad to see the end of these characters and their stories, I was not upset with how it ended. Armstrong tidied up the mystery of Todd’s (Liv’s father) fate in this novella.  And as usual, your heartstrings were tugged and you are sent on an emotional rollercoaster ride hoping the characters get their happily ever after in the end. The twists and turns keep you engaged, rooting for the underdog, and wishing you could make everything alright for them. The characters work so well together and it was nice to see them settling in for the long term. I had been rooting for Liv and Gabriel from day one and I’m glad things ended up the way they did. All of the major characters were brought up at some point in the story so we could see where they were at and how they were doing. A very nice cap to a series I will continue to reread over and over again.
    more
  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    I was very sad when i realized Kelley Armstrong’s Cainseville series was ending with book 5. Then i was pleasantly surprised by the subsequent release of several shorter novellas. Olivia, Gabriel, and Ricky are such fun characters, and their genuine friendship and trust in each other make these stories fun to read.In this novella, Olivia’s father Todd has just been released from prison, after being exonerated of crimes he did not commit. Not even a day passes before someone anonymous calls the p I was very sad when i realized Kelley Armstrong’s Cainseville series was ending with book 5. Then i was pleasantly surprised by the subsequent release of several shorter novellas. Olivia, Gabriel, and Ricky are such fun characters, and their genuine friendship and trust in each other make these stories fun to read.In this novella, Olivia’s father Todd has just been released from prison, after being exonerated of crimes he did not commit. Not even a day passes before someone anonymous calls the police, attempting to pin a murder on him. Who is it, and why? This was a fun, short mystery to readThanks to Netgalley for providing an advanced copy in exchange for review.Will post on April on my Library’s book review blog.
    more
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This is a novella in the series. It takes place after book 5, and another novella. This one sees Olivia settling into her life with Gabriel and into her place as Mallt-y-Nos. It also sees the culmination of Olivia's dream of seeing her father freed from jail.I liked this visit back to Cainsville. Like previous novellas, this one is a fast read, short and sweet. I really hope Ms. Armstrong continues to revisit this series, even if it is only with this short glimpses.*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC This is a novella in the series. It takes place after book 5, and another novella. This one sees Olivia settling into her life with Gabriel and into her place as Mallt-y-Nos. It also sees the culmination of Olivia's dream of seeing her father freed from jail.I liked this visit back to Cainsville. Like previous novellas, this one is a fast read, short and sweet. I really hope Ms. Armstrong continues to revisit this series, even if it is only with this short glimpses.*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given to me by the publisher, via NetGalley.*
    more
  • Lorena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley.I always look forward to more Cainsville novellas! This one focuses on the release of Olivia's father from prison, after his original convictions have been overturned...and unraveling the mystery of who is trying to have him sent back again. There was some good stuff here, but it felt a little rushed and underdeveloped. I wish it could have been a new novel, instead of a novella.
    more
  • Bibliofiendlm
    January 1, 1970
    Cruel Fate is another well written and developed novella in Armstrong's Cainsville series. Olivia sees the fruits of her hard fought labors come to fruition as her father is finally released from jail. However, calm seas are not on the horizon when two bodies are coincidentally discovered at the same time as his release. Does someone have it in for Todd or are there more supernatural events at work?I am a huge fan of this series for the depth of characterization and mystery/thriller pacing. This Cruel Fate is another well written and developed novella in Armstrong's Cainsville series. Olivia sees the fruits of her hard fought labors come to fruition as her father is finally released from jail. However, calm seas are not on the horizon when two bodies are coincidentally discovered at the same time as his release. Does someone have it in for Todd or are there more supernatural events at work?I am a huge fan of this series for the depth of characterization and mystery/thriller pacing. This was a fast paced, enjoyable read.
    more
  • Ingrith
    January 1, 1970
    My thank you to Netgalley and Subterranean Press for allowing me access to the ARC***All in all, this was a pretty solid read considering I have never read any books from the Cainesville series. The story held its own even with no knowledge of previous books, so you don’t have to read the other books to understand what’s happening. It was like a paranormal mystery. I enjoyed the interaction between characters. I’ll probably check out the other books in the series.
    more
  • Diana Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this last novella of Cainsville. I am sorry this series is over (who knows maybe we might get a short story down the road) but I did get my one big question answered, so I am happy. This story is about Liv’s father, Todd being released from prison and just as they are settling down doesn’t a body is discovered that had been murdered 20 year ago...pointing right at Todd....
    more
Write a review