29 July 2015

Review - Madison's Song

Madison's Song
by Christine Amsden





What they say: Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black…

Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison’s nightmares are not.
Despite her fears, when Madison’s brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.
Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton’s home only to discover that he’s vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she’s not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott’s are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.
*Stand-alone companion to the Cassie Scot series*

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: *Note* There may be spoilers for the Cassie Scot series.

I really enjoyed Christine Amsden's Cassie Scot series and although I was pleased with the ending, I wanted to see more from some of the secondary characters. This is exactly what we get in Madison's Song. As a companion to the Cassie Scot series it focuses on Cassie's friend Madison and werewolf sorcerer Scott.

There were several revelations about Madison when she appeared in the previous series (especially in the final book). Here's what we know about Madison so far: She's Cassie's friend who is now wary of anything magical. She dated Cassie's younger brother. She has rather unexpected and unique parentage, and she may or may not have a thing for a certain scary werewolf. We may know a few things about her life, but we don't really know anything about Madison and what makes her tick. Until now...

I liked how dedicated and loyal Madison is. She really puts her own safety below helping out those she loves, and has often been taken advantage of. I kept waiting for her to stand up for herself and to become more assertive and badass (she SO does). It was nice to see the singing aspect of her character utilised more and to see her attitude towards magic start to change.

Scott is the demanding, sexy and fierce alpha we'd expect. I did find him a little headstrong at times and whenever he'd go all scary wolf-sorcerer on Madison, I'd want to smack some sense into him. I did like both of the main characters but I also appreciated getting to know Clinton and seeing more of Evan. I did miss Cassie but it was nice reading odd snippets of information about her.

The plot goes to a whole level of darkness I wasn't expecting (but in a good way). So I'd say it was probably aimed at a slightly older readership than the previous books. I enjoyed all the drama and action, some of which was completely unexpected. It's a great addition to Christine's magical world.

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.





Cassie Scot series:

 Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)
Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)
Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)





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