Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays: My Faire Lady

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
THIS WEEK I'M WAITING ON:
My Faire Lady
By Laura Wettersten




My Faire LadyRowena Duncan is a thoroughly modern girl with big plans for her summer—until she catches her boyfriend making out with another girl. Heartbroken, she applies to an out-of-town job posting and finds herself somewhere she never expected: the Renaissance Faire.

As a face-painter doubling as a serving wench, Ro is thrown headfirst into a vibrant community of artists and performers. She feels like a fish out of water until Will, a quick-witted whip cracker, takes her under his wing. Then there’s Christian, a blue-eyed stunt jouster who makes Ro weak in the knees. Soon, it’s not just her gown that’s tripping her up.

Trading in the internet and electricity for stars and campfires was supposed to make life simpler, but Ro is finding that love is the ultimate complication. Can she let the past make way for her future?



RELEASE DATE: June 3rd, 2014
Why I'm waiting: Although I find the cover hideous the premise sounds cute and fun, something I've been needing recently! Definitely can't wait to check this one out! 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Not Until Tonight Book Blitz


Welcome to the Not Until Tonight by Jessica Sankiewicz release day blitz!

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Title: Not Until Tonight
Author: Jessica Sankiewicz
Series: This Night Novella
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: May 26th 2014
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Every day after work, Haley goes to the bar across the street from her apartment to get a drink. It's the only time she gets to see Skylar, her bartender and crush. She would like to get to know him as more than a friend but she's afraid he won't be interested and she'll have to go elsewhere for her after work drink.

When Skylar asks Haley to pretend to be his girlfriend for a night, she is more than happy to oblige. She finally has the chance to make something happen without risking anything. But pretending proves to be more difficult than she thought. She's not sure she can resist the pull any longer with her feelings growing stronger, and it seems like Skylar is feeling the same way.

At the end of the night, will they be willing to turn a fake relationship into a real one?

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About the author


Jessica Sankiewicz is the author of the New Adult novella series, This Night. You can often find her either reading or marathon watching TV on DVD, her favorites being Castle and Veronica Mars. She frequently mismatches her clothes and giggles uncontrollably. She knows almost every Billy Joel song by heart. She collects books and toys, and she has an intense love of cats and lemurs. Jessica decided when she turned 27 that she would remain 27 forever. Currently in the midst of her quarter-life-crisis, she is still takin' names and getting very close to reaching an epiphany.

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Excerpt

“Speaking of which, what was that all about? he asks me.

I think...I think he was just trying to present a solution to your problem.” A solution to both the problems at hand.

Yeah, probably. He half smiles. I'm just sorry he had to go and put you on the spot like that.

Oh, that was no biggie. I just happened to be the closest girl to the conversation. More like, the closest girl intentionally put on the spot to begin with. I wave it off. Besides, I would be fine with helping you out of a jam.

Something changes in his eyes at hearing this. “You would?

Of course. We're friends. I pop a fry in my mouth and smile.

He stares curiously at me. Are you saying you would help me?

Yeah, I would. I look back down at my fries and pick up another.

With this?

My head snaps up. Wait...what are you thinking?

He touches a finger to his lips. Maybe...just maybe...Tyler could be on to something.

And what would that be?

He steps forward and takes my free hand in his. “Pretend to be my girlfriend, Haley.”

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Relax, I'm a Ninja

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
THIS WEEK I'M WAITING ON:
Relax, I'm a Ninja
By Natalie Whipple




Relax, I'm a NinjaA Clan of ninjas in San Francisco may sound improbable—but as the son of a ninja master, Tosh Ito knows what lurks in the shadows of his city. Or at least he thought he did.

When a killer with a poisoned blade starts cutting down teens, Tosh enlists Amy Sato—newest ninja recruit and his best friend’s crush—and sets out to uncover the killer’s identity. What they find is ninjutsu more evil than they could have ever imagined.

As Amy and Tosh grow closer, they discover their connection unleashes a legendary power that could stop the murders. Problem is, that power may be exactly what the killer is looking for, and wielding it could cost them both their souls.







RELEASE DATE: June 3rd, 2014
Why I'm waiting: First of all, I love Natalie Whipple's writing style. I also not the concept for the book plus the title. So in all I really think this boo is going to by a win!

What are you waiting for?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Interview with Christine Amsden, author of the Cassie Scot Series

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Today, I am so excited to be able to share with you all an interview with one of my all time favorite authors.

If you don't already know, Christine is the author of the Cassie Scot series, a New Adult series, about a girl who is far different from her friends and family in a way that you wouldn't expect.

When I picked up the first book, I was a bit apprehensive and it was one of my first forays into the genre of New Adult. It also happened to be one of my first book tours on my blog. After reading the first one I quickly fell in love with the world that Christine has created and with every book she writes it only gets better!
I am so excited to have this chance to share some of Christine's thoughts about her epic series.

QUESTION:  Cassie is such a unique and interesting character. Instead of following the pattern you often see in books and making her different in a powerful way, you chose to set Cassie at a disadvantage. Do you think that helped you to make her the character that we read about in the books? Did setting her at that disadvantage make it easier or harder to write about?

ANSWER: It helped me to connect with her as a character, so in that sense it made her easier to write about. But plotting was a challenge. The norm in fantasy is to keep throwing bigger and more powerful bad guys at your hero. It's a simple and effective way to escalate the tension in a typical series, but I had to think outside the box in order to achieve the same effect. In each book, Cassie faces a challenge that forces her to learn something new about herself or the world around her. The challenges also become more personal, culminating in Stolen Dreams when the family feud that has been simmering in the background between the Scots and the Blackwoods explodes. But the path isn't as straightforward, and ultimately this isn't a story about a woman learning to kick ass. It's about a woman who learns to be happy with who she is and the role she can play. 

(YES YES YES! This is just too perfect of a description! I think that's one of the things that I like so much about Cassie. She isn't trying to gain power, she's working with what she has. She is accepting of her limits and doesn't try to make things happen when she knows she can't!)

QUESTION: One of the things I love about the Cassie Scot series is Cassie’s independence. She chooses what she wants to do and she values it. Do you think that often gets her into more trouble than it’s worth?

ANSWER: Ah, the independent spirit! Yes, it does get her into trouble sometimes. The thing about independence is that it can go too far. We do need one another, after all. The trick is to know when it's time to stand alone, to prove yourself, and when it's time to ask for help. I don't think Cassie is too reckless with her independence, even if she toes the line now and again. For Cassie, much of her independence is related to her desperate need to prove herself to everyone around her, including herself. When she is more secure in who she is, I think she'll find the right balance between standing up for herself and asking for help.

( I completely agree. At the beginning of the series we see Cassie go through so much upset in her life and feeling forced to depend on no one. As the series progresses we see her accepting that she can ask for help. I think that is such an important idea. No matter how independent you think you are, asking for help doesn't make you weaker!)

QUESTION: How did you come up with the idea for the series? It’s unique in ways that many stories aren’t and one of the best aspects of the novel is that Cassie is a relatable character because she’s normal, like us everyday humans, rather than a powerful witch. Was there anything that drove you make Cassie different from her family in a way many people wouldn’t expect?

ANSWER: When I came up with Cassie, I knew I wanted to write a story about a unique character. That was the very first thing I knew about the series, before I knew anything else. I wasn't sure how I would pull it off, especially since I had a vague notion that I wanted to write contemporary fantasy. I mean, every magical power under the sun has been done, hasn't it? Or near enough. And these days the dark hero, whose power is as much curse as gift, is also a well-explored theme. So what did I have to offer the genre?

That's when I had my lightbulb moment. What magical power hasn't been done in fantasy? Why, no magic at all!

I'm legally blind. I don't want to exaggerate the connection between this real-world disability and Cassie's “disability” of being without magic in a magical world, but there is a connection. It struck me the instant I had my lightbulb moment, and it was one of many reasons why I simply knew this was it. I had my character.

I was reading a lot at the time. I took a break from writing after I finished The Immortality Virus because I didn't think I knew who I was as a writer. So I stopped for a while and took a look around me. I saw something surprising – I related more to the sidekicks than the heroes. To the people in the periphery of the story, standing just behind and off to the left. I made up stories in my head about these people (I still do when I read). Who are they? What do they want? Are they happy being in the background or would they like to step forward?

Cassie is not happy in the background. :)

(I love how Cassie doesn't have to be the hero and that makes her so interesting. I feel as though I always read books where the character is powerless and weak, but then undergoes an extraordinary transformation into *the most powerful being EVER*. Cassie learns so much about herself, yet there is never a change that makes it unbelievable. I find her to be such a relatable character because she is like a normal person in that way!)

QUESTION: I’ve heard that you plan for there to be four books in the Cassie Scot series with two spin offs! When do you plan to have that final book come out?? (*Anxiously sits on edge of seat*) And also how did it feel to begin writing about Cassie’s world from a different perspective?

ANSWER: Stolen Dreams should be out this summer! Seriously, the ebook release (crosses fingers) may be in July. Print and audiobook readers will have a bit more of a wait, but I'm eager for the whole story to be out there. I am so anxious (as in nervous and excited) to see what readers will think of my conclusion. I hope that, once again, I took the series down an unexpected path.

The spin-offs are coming along well. I've finished Madison's Song (it is in the editorial phase of its existence) and I have to say … I've been dying to say it so thanks for asking … it is not the same story! It's the same world, but Madison is not Cassie and Scott is not Evan. I knew this before I began writing. Madison is a less obvious heroine even than Cassie because she's shy and uncertain, even fearful. Scott, on the other hand, is more the typical dark hero. Together they needed me to write a story that is a little darker in tone and also more grown up (if for no other reason than because Scott is 28 and Madison 23). If the Cassie Scot series is borderline YA (I vastly prefer New Adult, but not everyone listens), the spin-offs have moved inland.

But the experience showed me something important about myself. I really do write characters. I've been saying it for a year, since the Cassie Scot series came out, but now I see just how much of the story was defined by the perspective through which I told it. Cassie only ever saw a small part of the world around her. I've always known more about the world than I was able to share in the Cassie Scot books because she only saw her small corner of that world. Madison's Song and Kaitlin's Tale are both giving me a chance to show more of the big picture. Both stories take the characters outside of Eagle Rock and develop a few world-level issues I only touched on in the Cassie Scot series.

I'm working on Kaitlin's Tale right now. I've been told that I do unexpected things with my books, but I think I'm still going to shock some readers when they see what I've done with Kaitlin. I won't give too much away, but I will say one thing that should be apparent from the book blurb (as soon as I write it!) – Kaitlin will not get her happily ever after with Jason. I hope I don't upset too many people with that news, but he's not the right man for her and never was. They spent one whole night together after all! I'm feeling a bit vindicated in my position since the movie Frozen came out. :)

(I definitely agree that Cassie Scot is much more of a new adult book, than what I would consider YA. The characters are in the NA age range and it fits Cassie much better. I am so excited to read Madison's story! I want her to get a happy ending and I find her to be such an interesting character! Personally I'm kind of happy that Kaitlin and Jason don't end up together! I definitely agree that they just weren't right together and I can't wait to see what direction you go with her story! Good luck!)

QUESTION: There were several twists and turns with varying degrees of obviousness spread throughout the book. There were several that I never saw coming. Was thinking of those twists hard or did it just kind of flow together when you looked at the big picture of the series?

ANSWER: Yes. :)

I'm not sure which twists you felt were obvious and which you thought were more surprising, but I have some guesses. Some of the twists came as a surprise to me – such as the cliffhanger ending to Secrets and Lies that sets the tone for the rest of the series. I had no idea until I was halfway through drafting Secrets and Lies and then I had a lightbulb-over-the-head moment. Oh! It felt right, almost like I had planned it that way all along.

Not every aspect of this story came so easily, though. You've said some great things about the complexity of the characters and their interactions – all of that takes a lot of planning and work. I don't write by the seat of my pants, even if I don't usually stay true to my outlines. Somewhere in all that complexity are connections that were inspired, but others I had to work for. Cassie's parents' backstory is an example of something I had to work for. I kept thinking I almost had it, then I would see a hole in need of mending. I feel good about it now, but I'm sure I devoted several weeks to that issue alone (not consecutively).

(The Secrets and Lies cliffhanger was shocking! I never saw it coming and I loved it! It made so much sense with the book and was just perfect! There were so many other times when I was reading the book and I came across a spot and then I was just like OMG... that did not just happen! I felt that the twists and turns were so perfectly interwoven and fit so well with the story.)


QUESTION: Is there any particular character that feel particularly connected to?

ANSWER: Besides Cassie? Madison. That's why I wrote her spin-off first. I channeled my inner shy Catholic schoolgirl into her. There's also something about Elena that calls to me. I'm not sure what it is yet, but of all Cassie's siblings, she's the one I think I could write a spin-off about. (I have no plans to do so … I really need to move on to another series after Kaitlin, but if I ever come back, it will be for her.)

There's a bit of me in almost every character, including Kaitlin, who is proving a challenge to write because she is less like me than almost any other point of view character I've written. I never expected to get inside her head when I came up with her! But now I'm there and it's a strange place. Among other things, Kaitlin is a flirt and I am so not! I found my connection to her when I wrote her reading a romance novel. She doesn't connect to the heroine, but instead to the hero's ex-lovers. I swear, if I ever write a straight romance novel (doubtful, but stranger things have happened), it will be about the ex-mistress who “knew the score.”

(Ohhhh! I would definitely love to read a series about Elena, but at the same time I am so excited to read all of the other stuff that you plan to write! And yes! So excited to see what you do for Kaitlin's story! It will be amazing!)


Thanks so much for having me here today!
Thank you so much for answering all my questions! I am so excited for the release of the final book! I can't believe that it will be coming to an end so soon! 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Oblivion

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
THIS WEEK I'M WAITING ON:
Oblivion
By Sasha Dawn




OblivionLisa McMann's Dead to You meets Kate Ellison's The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: "I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM." But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

Since that fateful night, she's been plagued by graphomania -- an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie's mind and through her pen don't seem to make sense -- until now.

As the anniversary of Hannah's vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she's buried for so long might be her biggest mistake. 


RELEASE DATE: May 27th, 2014
Why I'm waiting: This sounds like a super cool book! And I really am interested in what it's about!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Royally Lost Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

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Royally Lost
Title: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: May 6, 2014

THE PREMISE
Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't have...is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?

(You can find the rest of the stops on the tour here!)

“So how was your date with Nikolai?”
Becca glared at her brother, Dylan.
“Uh-oh. Did he stand you up?” Dylan held a rolled-up magazine.
She frowned, frustrated that she’d been so easily played. “Yeah, you could say that.”
“This might explain why.” Dylan held the magazine under her face, forcing her to look at the glossy picture of a guy who looked exactly like Nikolai.
She took the magazine and examined it closer. Her breath caught in her throat. “That’s Nikolai!”
She’d recognize him anywhere. She couldn’t read the foreign headline, but it ended with an exclamation point. “Dylan, where did you find this?”
He grimaced and shrugged. “It was at every newspaper stand I saw today.”
“Why is he on the cover? Did he do something wrong?” She paged through the magazine, holding her breath. Confusion turned to shock when she saw a two-page spread filled with pictures of Nikolai.
Nikolai at the beach; a picture of him playing polo; a picture of him in a tuxedo with a girl wearing a glittering gown. Then Becca’s eyes landed on a formal picture of Nikolai in uniform, with a sword at his belt, standing next to a young girl. A stern man and austere woman sat in gilded chairs; both adults wore crowns.
Her jaw dropped open.

“Why is Nikolai in that picture with people wearing crowns? Who is he?” she asked. Her heart pumped so fast she could feel the blood pulse through her temples. “And why did he lie about his identity?”
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 Angie Stanton never planned on writing books; she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in rural Wisconsin, with her brothers' 4-H pigs as pets, dance didn't work out. Instead she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head, she began to write them down, and the rest is history.
Angie is the author of six books including Royally Lost, Rock and a Hard Place, and Snapshot. She graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, and is a proud double finalist of the National Readers Choice Awards for Love 'em or Leave 'em.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Waitning on Wednesday: Just Like the Movies

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!
THIS WEEK I'M WAITING ON:
Just Like the Movies
By Kelly Fiore




Just Like the MoviesPretty and popular track star Marijke Monti is confident about almost everything – she’s got great friends, a great family, and she’s on her way to the State Track Championship. In fact, the only thing Marijke isn’t confident about is her relationship with Tommy Lawson.

Lily Spencer has spent her entire high school career preparing for the future – she’s participated in every extracurricular activity and volunteer committee she could. But, at home, she watches her mother go on date after date with dud-dudes, still searching for “the one.” Lily realizes that she’s about to graduate and still hasn’t even had a boyfriend.

While they live on each other’s periphery at school, Lily and Marijke never seemed to have much in common; but, after a coincidental meeting at the movie theater, Lily gets an idea – why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they set up their perfect romantic situations, just in time for their senior prom, using movie techniques?

Once the girls come up with the perfect plans, they commit themselves to being secret cohorts and, just like in the movies, drama ensues.


RELEASE DATE: June 15th, 2014
Why I'm waiting: This book sounds adorable! Plus Track star? Count me in!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Royally Lost: Release Day Blitz

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Royally Lost
Title: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance 
Series: No

THE PREMISE
Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't have...is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?

 Angie Stanton never planned on writing books; she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in rural Wisconsin, with her brothers' 4-H pigs as pets, dance didn't work out. Instead she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head, she began to write them down, and the rest is history.
Angie is the author of six books including Royally Lost, Rock and a Hard Place, and Snapshot. She graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, and is a proud double finalist of the National Readers Choice Awards for Love 'em or Leave 'em.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Cassie Scot: Mind Games~Review

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Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)Title: Mind Games
Author: Christine Amsden
Genre: NA, Mystery, Fantasy
Series: Cassie Scot #3
Rating: FIVE trees

THE PREMISE
Beware your heart and soul…

Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible.

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

MY THOUGHTS
To tell you the truth, by the third book in the series, I'm normally sick of the characters. It might have something to do with the wait between books, but more often it seems as thought the author has run out of new refreshing ideas to keep the entire book interesting.

Fortunately, this is not the case for the third book in the Cassie Scot series. 


The entire cast of Mind Games is colorful, to say the least. And that is one of the reasons why this series has completely enraptured me. The author is constantly introducing new, unique, and even quirky characters that constantly make the story progress. She also brings back old characters and expertly develops their characters and makes them altogether too believable, even though they are not people you would find in our world.
Cassie's family also makes the continued interesting appearance in the novel. I loved learning a bit more about Elena, as well as the rest of Cassie's family. In the two previous books, I feel as though we still didn't know a lot about the entire Scot clan, but at this point I feel like Cassie's mother's story is even more fleshed out than it was in the previous book.

Another thing that I love about the series is Cassie's humor no matter what. There were so many points were her she truly shone as a character with her quick witted comebacks and snappy remarks. It was an aspect of the novel where, without it, the book would have been amazing, but with the added humor, and laugh out loud moments, the book became phenomenal.

I also love how each book has an individual mystery for Cassie to solve, yet it all comes together to form the bigger picture!

I loved Cassie's continued strength and independence throughout the book. She has the option of leaning on her parents for support, but instead she chooses to fight for what she wants on her own terms. Often in the books I read, this isn't a priority for many characters, but I love that Cassie values having control f her life and isn't planning to let anyone run it for her.

 I also loved the constant twists and turns in the book! I wasn't expecting half of it to occur until it hit me in the face! I love how the author, in retrospect, left clues all over for the reader to find, yet did it in such a subtle manner that the reader didn't truly see it coming until it had already occurred! She is a fabulous author in that respect and would keep an reader constantly flipping the pages to find out what happens next!

The last thing I have to say is about the romance....
As you may or may not already know, a bit of a love triangle like thing occurs.... except it's not really a love triangle and is just kind of awesome! I can't explain it, but I absolutely love how the author did it! With that said, I clearly have but one ship in the series: Cassie and Evan. If they don't end up together I might just have to cry.... They are just too perfect. Their relationship is perfectly written with flaws and problems, but the author manages to write them so perfectly... I just... *sigh* Perfection!

I know that I haven't even covered nearly as much as I want to in this review, but unfortunately a lot of my thoughts are epic spoilers and I can't really ruin it for you all!

IN CONCLUSION
One of my favorite things about these books is that they are so character driven. Amsden masterfully manages to create each character and make you, as the reader, feel as though you personally know them. She develops each character so fully that the book completely sticks in your mind and makes you desperately want more. Her style as a writer is solid and easily captured me into reading every last word until the book was done. She expertly has interwoven a story with strong characters, a beautiful writing style and an amazing plot into a single story of a girl who starts off unsure of who she is and is slowly turning into a character that the reader feels proud of along the way.
I am definitely waiting in suspense for the next book (which I believe is the last in the series.)
Even after the end of the Cassie Scot series, I will definitely be following the author to read everything else that she will write. I highly recommend you begin this series immediately!



First Chapter: http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/?page_id=3118  (Warning: Contains series spoilers. New readers to the series would be better off checking out the preview of book one below.)

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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.

Need to check out the first two books in the series????
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective

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.


Buy Links for Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detecitve

 Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book 2)

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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