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Monday, March 24, 2014


 Secrets and Lies

Cassie Scot

Book 2

Christine Amsden

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

ISBN: 978-1606192771


Number of pages: 274

Word Count: 85k

Cover Artist: Ural Akyutz

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Book Description:

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 teenagers missing from a summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness. Book 2 in the Cassie Scot series.

About the Author:

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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Cassie Scot: Looking Forward

In January, The Book Review noted that Cassie was going to have her work cut out for her to heal the rift between herself and her family, and between her family and Evan's. So true! Luckily, I gave her two more books to do it.

The end of Secrets and Lies marks a turning point for the series, which is about the only non-magical member of a magical family. She's an outsider, or feels like one. Her parents haven't helped her feel like she belongs, though they love her in their way. But now it's time for Cassie to become her own person, separate from their desires and expectations. This sort of shifting relationship with one's parents and siblings is something we all go through in our teens and twenties, though Cassie has more difficulties than most.

Mind Games (book 3) is a big turning point for Cassie. She learns something about herself that the reader already knows and she doesn't react well to this information.

Mind Games is a book I'm particularly proud of. It was a challenge to write because it is told from the first-person point of view of someone (Cassie) who is having her mind messed with by magic. Not overt mind magic, either. I decided early on that such heavy-handedness would be easy to recognize and thus easy to counter. No, the real power of a mind mage is in his ability to be subtle. To shift your thoughts slightly, so that it's hard to know if it's really you thinking something or not. It's a devious game, one that could drive a person mad with wondering whether or not they're even being controlled and how they would know if they were.

Mind Games also builds more of the larger world than the first two volumes, introducing sorcerers from other parts of the country who have agendas of their own.

We learn more about Eagle Rock itself in this book too. When a preacher's wife is murdered and it looks like magic is involved, the ordinary residents of a town mired in magic (both fact and rumor) go crazy. They want blood – magical blood. Cassie once again finds herself straddling two worlds when she is asked to go interview every sorcerer (or suspected sorcerer) in town.

Mind Games sets the stage for the final conflict in Stolen Dreams, the last book in the series. In Stolen Dreams, the conflict between the Scots and the Blackwoods finally ignites. I don't want to say too much about the end of the series yet, but I will say that people are going to die and Cassie is going to have to find peace with herself before she can hope to find peace between their families.

Stolen Dreams brings Cassie's story arc to a close. Two of her friends, Madison and Kaitlin, will have spin-offs to complete their stories. They just got too big for a footnote in Cassie's story. Madison's Song is complete. Kaitlin's Tale is on the drawing board.

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot, #2)Secrets and Lies by Christine Amsden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Secrets and Lies ( Cassie Scot #2) by Christine Amsden is a 2013 Twilight Times Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This second in the Cassie Scot Paranormal Detective series picks up where the first one left off. Cassie has moved in with her friend and is out of a job, estranged from her parents, broken up with her boyfriend and struggling with her feelings for Evan. When two girls disappear from camp, Cassie looks into the case, although her boss still hasn't hired her back.
Meanwhile, Cassie's pregnant mother is not doing so well. When all else fails, she is hospitalized. Cassie is guilted into visiting her. The result is the revelation of a shocking secret from her mother's past that goes a long way in explaining why Cassie finds herself in the situation she has lived with her whole life.. her lack of magical abilities.
The issues with Evan's family and Cassie's family that have caused them to become bitter enemies is still a mystery to Cassie and Evan. But, Evan will be given a hint of why Cassie's family have such strong feelings against his father. The truth will knock him to his knees.

This chapter in the series is more powerful than the first one was. Things really begin heat up as Cassie learns more about her mother's past, admits her feelings for Evan, still kicks butt as a detective, and tries to help a friend going through a really hard time. The secrets are stunning and I think that Cassie will have a chance to heal the rift between herself and her family in time. It won't be easy, but it's obvious they do love her. As for Evan, only time will tell. There is still a great many questions that will have to be answered and once the chips fall the results are sure to be mind blowing.

Cassie is a person that despite being from a magical family is someone people can relate to. She is different and suffers prejudice as a result. But, she doesn't let it get to her. She moves forward no matter what life throws at her. She isn't superwoman, she doesn't have a natural ability like her siblings, she is as normal as her life will allow. She is a good friend, a good daughter, a good sister and a good example. She is someone you can imagine being friends with in real life.
The only thing I get angry about is that so often is seems Cassie ends up going it alone. Having to keep her family secrets and being different from them, and with her friends all being involved in their own problems, Evan is in constant conflict, Cassie sort of slips through the cracks. But, if it makes any difference, I'm in her corner cheering her on.
I can not recommend this series highly enough. If you like paranormal mystery and romance, YA or New Adult you will love this series. This one is an A+

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for having me back here, and for reposting the review. Looking forward to your thoughts on Mind Games!


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