Rituals by Kelley Armstrong | The conclusion to the Cainsville series

Rituals (Cainsville #5) by Kelley Armstrong

Hardcover, 496 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Random House Canada
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Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

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.

Apparently I never reviewed the fourth book in this series. Odd. Anyway.

This is the fifth and final instalment in Armstrong’s series, Welcome to Cainsville. From the very beginning, this series had me hooked. I chanced upon the first book, and from there, I’ve been eagerly anticipating each book’s release, devouring it as soon as possible. This one was no exception.

Somehow, when I went into Rituals, I wasn’t aware that it was the last book in the series. I had it in my head that there was going to be one more. As the story went on, however, it became pretty clear that this was the conclusion. That was… a little disappointing. Over the years I have grown incredibly fond of this weird little town, these mysteries, this brand of folklore. I’ve become invested in the slow burn romance, the unfolding paranormal intrigue, each and every character.

That’s not to say this wasn’t a solid conclusion. It was. I’m just so sad to see this series go! For me, that’s saying a lot. I’ve never been big into series, and when I have enjoyed one, I’ve always preferred trilogies. Looking back at my reviews for the earlier books in the series, I even noted disappointment that it seemed Armstrong was gearing up for several more books—now I would take as many as she would give!

Again, all that being said, this was not a perfect book. There were times the dialogue felt stilted, times I felt whatever was happening was a little too much. But Armstrong always carried me along. And that’s the thing—even if I started getting pulled out of the story, the next moment she’d pull me back in.

If you haven’t checked out these series yet, what are you waiting for?!

  • I love everything Kelley Armstrong, and enjoyed this series, however, I did find this book a little hard to get through at times. Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since I read the last book in the series and had forgotten some of the lore, but some of it was just confusing to me. I did like the series as a whole though, and am sad that it’s over!