12 May 2014

Mind Games Blog Tour & Review

Mind Games: a Cassie Scot novel (#3)
by Christine Amsden

Genre: paranormal fantasy

What they say: Beware your heart and soul…

Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him... irresistible

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the nonmagical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

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Print release June 15th - Audiobook release TBA.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review!

What I say (review): I really like Christine Amsden's Cassie Scot series but find myself wanting to strangle Cassie and Evan at times! Yes, they've both been lied to and manipulated but they really are their own worst enemies (I'm mainly blaming Evan and his actions here)! The ending to Secrets and Lies was a killer and I was torn between wanting to hug Evan and smack him. The clever thing about Amsden's writing is how she keeps you guessing and isn't afraid to mix things up. Just when you think certain characters are safe or the situation may finally be resolved, she throws the proverbial spanner in the works. This is both brilliant and infuriating!

I think I said it in my reviews of the first two instalments, but I'm gonna say it again; EVERYBODY seems to have an agenda when it comes to Cassie. I had been suspicious of Madison in the past (don't worry NO SPOILERS HERE) I'm not really sure why. I wasn't expecting the direction Amsden took the story with either of Cassie's friends.

I'm still not sure how I feel about Cassie's parents. I did slightly soften towards them in Mind Games, but am still shocked by their actions in the previous books. I also really want see Cassie get some magic. It's really sad seeing her feeling belittled because of events outside of her control.

Oh Evan!!! It's pretty obvious (to me anyway) how Evan feels about Cassie but his actions deny the truth and I can understand her confusion, bitterness and pain. Plus there's a new man on Cassie's radar! I wasn't the biggest fan of Matthew but I think it's because I'm still holding out hope that Evan and Cassie can get past their parents feud and find their own balance.

4 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

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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Other titles in the series:

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (read my review here)!

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.

Buy Links for Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detecitve

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book 2) (read my review here)!

Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.

To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.

Buy Links for Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book 2)

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