Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Stolen Dreams by Christine Amsden


Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.



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***4.5 Stars***

Well, it has finally come to an end... at least Cassie and Evan's story. And a beginning, but I'm not going to spoil that part! I'm going to leave the review broad to keep out any potential spoilers!

Cassie has returned home and there's a big and ugly feud between the Blackwood and Scot families. Cassie finds an ally and apprenticeship with an unusual elder who predicts folks will die, especially if Evan and Cassie don't get their own feud under control.  Through the twist and whirl of action and further romantic nonsense between Evan and Cassie, they both lose people close to them. They make a few bets that really jack up the fight between their families and find a murderer hidden in their mists entangled with both families.

Their friends and other family members continue to have their side stories and plotlines that coincide with the main love story of Cassie and Evan. I look forward to reading the future books about the supporting characters. Christine did a great job of combining the multitude of storylines into a comprehensive final book that had brought closure to many open ended trails in the first three books, but left some open for lovers of the series to continue to follow up on the other characters in the books.



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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The Cassie Scot Series:

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)

Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)


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