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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Indie Book Review + Kindle Fire HD Giveaway - Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden

Author: Christine Amsden
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Pages: 254
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Genre: New Adult/Mystery/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

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Synopsis from Goodreads

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.


      This is a story about a young woman named Cassie Scot. She comes from a family full of gifted people. Her parents are very powerful and her other siblings all have a special gift. Everyone has a gift except Cassie. Cassie is the oddball out, but she likes it that way. She wants to be as normal as possible in a very paranormal town. Eagle Rock is known for its magic even though mostly everyone tries to dismiss it or still doesn't believe it exists. But that fact becomes hard to ignore when a death occurs in another powerful family in Eagle Rock, the Blackwoods, things go topsy-turvy. Not only is Cassie being sucked into a paranormal case that she didn't want, but she has to work with Evan Blackwood. Evan is powerful and a rival of her family. Not to mention, her old feelings for him may be creeping up, but maybe not the way she wanted them too.

      I really had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. But boy am I glad I jumped on it. If you are an Urban Fantasy lover, this book will have you foaming at the mouth. I had a lot of fun with this. Amsden has definitely delivered an exciting read that was great from beginning to end.

      I really enjoyed our characters. Cassie was a great lead. She is 21 and very much trying to discover herself. I love that Cassie did her best to establish herself. She started off as a deputy and branched off and created her own P.I. Company with an emphasis on normalcy. She makes it clear she doesn't do spells and won't get involved in a paranormal case. That all changes one day when trying to deliver a simple subpoena. I felt so sorry for her given that she felt like the black sheep in the family and she really was. There times when you know her parents question about having their “magic seven” (seven magical children) and didn't really include Cassie in it. You see why she must stand on her own. She kind of figures that out the hard way though. Wow, I didn't see that coming.

      I loved this story. This was quite an addictive read. Once you start, you can't stop. Amsden did a great job keeping me on the edge of my seat. I love the balance between mystery and paranormal. It is all in the title. Love the crossed out “para”, it is perfect for this book. I love how something so simple as delivering a subpoena mushrooms into something bigger and we don't even know the half of it. The plot twists were mind boggling.I love that we get normalcy mixed with sorcery, witches, vampires and more. There is even a bit of romance with the bad boy Evan. Everyone is afraid of him because he is powerful. From the get go you do wonder whether he is trustworthy or not. I loved him even though he obviously has some secrets. Some pretty big secrets. And man, that ending. Wow, I better get the sequel like yesterday. I haven't seen anything about it, but this book needs one.

      I really loved this book. It was a fast and addictive read. I loved the mystery and th e build up surrounding it. I love trying to figure out whether Cassie will be able to protect those around her from the paranormal when she has no gift of her own. This is a book that will satisfy paranormal and non-paranormal lovers alike. You will love the characters and the people Cassie interacts with especially her family. They are entertaining as hell. I especially loved Adam, the second youngest I believe. He was too freaking cute. There will be no dull moments, let me tell you. Even when we find out who is behind the murders, we still have plenty of questions left. Like I said, this needs a sequel. Truly an amazing read. The only complaint I have is that I wish this book was longer. Highly recommended.


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
Under The Covers Book Blog 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge!


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About Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy 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 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. (You can learn more here.) 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. Her latest book is Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective


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Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, May 13 - Book reviewed at Sara's Organized Chaos
Tuesday, May 14 - Book trailer reveal at Margay Leah Justice
Wednesday, May 15 - Book spotlight at The Busy Mom's Daily
Thursday, May 16 - Character interview at Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
Friday, May 17 - Book reviewed at By the Broomstick
Monday, May 20 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Tuesday, May 21 - First chapter reveal at Offbeat Vagabond
Wednesday, May 22 - Book reviewed at Offbeat Vagabond
Thursday, May 23 - Guest blogging at You Gotta Read
Monday, May 27 - Book reviewed at My Cozie Corner
Thursday, May 30 - Guest blogging at Miki's Hope
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this glowing/gushing review! I've been so excited to see quite a few of these, but it never gets old for an author to find people out there falling in love with her stories. And Cassie -- I still can't get her out of my head. (She's making it hard to move on to other projects.)

    Secrets and Lies is the name of the sequel, and it is scheduled for release September 15, though the ebook will probably be available sooner and if you're really super eager, my publisher may have a pdf arc of it on her website in the next week or so.


    Cassie will learn something important about her mom she never knew.

    We'll find out a big part of the reason that Cassie and Evan's fathers hate one another. (And the two will meet face to face. That's not going to be pretty.)

    A lot will be resolved, but it ends on a cliffhanger.

    There are four books in the series. After Secrets and Lies, it will be Mind Games and then Dreamer. All four books are expected to come out in the next year and some change. Secrets and Lies is done on my end -- we're waiting for cover art. Mind Games is with an editor. Dreamer is with my publisher (not sure when it will see an editor but one book at a time).

    Thanks again for your wonderful review!


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