*I’d like to thank the author for providing me a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.*
When I read the first book in the Cassie Scot series, I was intrigued by the author’s world. I loved the way the magic worked, and the characters were interesting. I found this to be true for this installment in the series as well, although some of the events that happened in this story did confuse me, especially the ending.
Cassie was still a great heroine. I liked that she was smart and practical, and her brains really showed in this installment. The fact that she didn’t have magic made her think more, in my opinion. I thought her feelings about her family and Evan made some interesting changes and growth as well, and I never disliked reading from her point of view. She was still the sarcastic, stubborn, independent girl from book one, just with some changes.
I still found the side characters pretty interesting, especially because their characters were all expanded upon from book one. There were consequences for actions, and even some unexpected character arcs. I really liked Kaitlin still, even though it was Cassie being the supportive friend this time around. Cassie’s friend Madison’s character went through some interesting changes, and I can’t wait to see what happens with her next. Cassie’s parents made me even angrier, and then completely changed my opinion of them. And Evan? Well…he made me love him, hate him, and then he caused my emotions to be all over the place, which is exactly what happened to Cassie.
The plot of this book was interesting, and kept me reading to see what happened. It detailed what happened after the life debt between Cassie and Evan, as well as the impact of Cassie’s parents disowning her. There was an intriguing mystery, as well as lots of twists and action. There were times I found things a bit confusing and hard to follow, but I did read this book in one sitting.
Overall, I liked this book. I think that the first was probably marginally better, but it’s still a good installment in the Cassie Scot series. The writing was done well, although there were moments when I did have to reread things. Also, there was a cliffhanger ending. Therefore, you may want to wait to pick this book up.
Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a “serious” writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards. Expect many more titles by this up-and-coming author.
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