*I’d like to thank the author for providing me an ARC of this book, in exchange for my honest review.*
When I finished Secrets and Lies, the second installment in the Cassie Scot series, I was left very confused. I had no idea what the ending was all about, and I wasn’t sure what my feelings were for certain people. Well, let me just say, this book clears most things up quite a bit, while also causing a few more questions.
In this book, I still liked Cassie. I thought she was a very loyal sister and friend, as well as stubborn and independent. However, she was a bit more impulsive and way too ready to believe things that certain people told her. Thankfully, most of this was explained near the end of the novel. I found it was pretty obvious why she believed and felt the way she did, it was just annoying because Cassie couldn’t really see it for herself. With some of the events that took place in this book, though, I think she’ll be even stronger in the next installment in the series.
The side characters in this book were still likable. Even though I should’ve hated Evan as Cassie did, I found that I couldn’t. He was too loyal to Cassie, and as the prologue and epilogue were in his point of view, we got a look at his true feelings and motivations. I liked meeting Cassie’s new partner, and was really surprised and happy when we finally discovered more about who he really was. Madison and Kaitlin were still really good friends, and I loved that Madison tried to tell Cassie what she thought, no matter if it made Cassie mad. Finally, there was Matthew, Cassie’s new love interest. I never trusted him, as Cassie did, no matter what his actions were. I always felt he was hiding something from Cassie, so I liked finding out exactly what was going on with him.
The plot of this book was about Cassie trying to solve two murder cases. She also had to deal with a local church persecuting sorcerers, which involved protests, and crazy riots. In between all of this, there were her relationships with Matthew and Evan, as well as discovering some big answers about herself. I found the pace to be relatively quick, although I did put this book down once, before finally reading through the whole thing.
Overall, I found this book to be a good installment in Cassie Scot’s tale. There was mystery, mind-readers and mages, as well as some long-awaited answers. I still like the world that the author has built, as well as the characters of Cassie and Evan. With the changes that Cassie went through in this book, I am looking forward to what will happen in the next part of this series.
Book One . . .
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.
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Book Two . . .
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.
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Praise for the Cassie Scot Series . . .
From Publisher’s Weekly:
“Amsden continues the story of the only mundane member of a supernaturally-gifted family in this middling sequel to Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Cassie, stubborn and proud, is bravely trying to live on her own after her family disowns her. Struggling to make ends meet, she accepts a case involving a pair of magical girls who disappeared from summer camp. With the aid of the handsome Evan Blackwood, to whom Cassie is attracted despite her family’s disapproval and her own better judgment, she follows the trail of the missing girls. What she finds is a dark side of the magical world, and the hidden depths of her family’s past force her to reconsider long-held assumptions. The growing complexity of Cassie’s world makes this an entertaining installment, focusing as much on the will-they, won’t-they romantic chemistry between Cassie and Evan as on the primary mystery. An inconclusive ending is clearly intended to feed into the next volume.”
Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:
“When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”
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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