Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review: Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book 2) by Christine Amsden



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“Secret and Lies” introduces readers to a more mature, but slightly bitter Cassie. After being cast aside for her family for some pretty shoddy reasons and bound to a powerful, broody dude (Evan) by a life debt… well, she has plenty of reasons to be a little prickly. Out of a job and living with a friend, Cassie eventually tries out a waitress gig while supporting her buddies through some rather surprising news, and trying to avoid Evan. So, maybe waitressing isn’t our unmagical heroine’s cup of tea, but she is suddenly thrust into a magical underground world of women from magical bloodlines sold and traded like chattel.

Hired by Evan to help him find a teenage family member who disappeared with a buddy at summer camp, Cassie and Evan are constantly fighting for their lives and their hots for each other. Explosive events of the magical and personal kind keep the fire sizzling between the pair, but a foretold heart breaking event is just on the horizon. Family pasts and secrets will be exposed.

The story revolves mostly around Cassie, her family, and Evan, but touches on supporting characters and their struggles and lives.

A fun paranormal mystery. From book one to book two, I felt the author's style of writing and her characters themselves matured. The multiple story lines might be a little distracting sometimes and rabbit trail from the original story, but that might lead to some side stories in this series. Easy read for a summer afternoon. I listened to the audio book kindly provided by the author for review and the narrator was excellent.



Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

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