August 4, 2014

Review: Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4) by Christine Amsden
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: June 24, 2014
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Book Description:

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. 

Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood's grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie's father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear. Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

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"Stolen Dreams" is the fourth and final book in Christine Amsden's "Cassie Scot" series. I've read the entire series before this point, so I was excited to see how Amsden was going to tie up all of the loose ends and finish Cassie's story. I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed in this last book.

The two main characters in this series are Cassie Scot and Evan Blackwood, who have been friends since they were children and harbor more intense feelings for each other. However, their love isn't something that their families approve of since the Scots and Blackwoods have been feuding for as long as anyone can remember. Whereas the tension in the last book focused mainly on the town and its feelings towards magic, in "Stolen Dreams," it's the tension between the two families that is at an all time high. Cassie must figure out a way to solve the matter before someone gets hurt.

Amsden's "Cassie Scot" series is definitely one that you have to read all the way through from the beginning. While each book may deal with a different mystery to solve, they aren't really standalone books. The main tension and drama is between the two families, and it takes all of the knowledge that's been set up from the beginning to fully understand what is going on. What's good about that though is that the books are an easy and quick read, and are the type where you want to keep turning the pages to keep up with all of the action.

While there are some minor mysteries involved in "Stolen Dreams," the main conflict is that Cassie must resolve the issue between her and Evan's family. Since this book is a conclusion to the series, everything has been leading up to this and it's good for the reader to finally get some closure on the matter.

This book is also great for Cassie's character growth. Throughout the series, she has always felt like an outsider in her own family since she didn't have any magic, and in "Stolen Dreams" we get to see her tackle that feeling head on and learn to cope with it. Cassie Scot is a great character, and I was glad to see her finally coming into her own self and learning to rely on the skills she already has instead of wishing for her magic.

I'm sad to see this series end, since I've always liked Cassie and Evan and their relationship. While they've had more than a few difficulties along the way, they never really stopped looking out for each other, and that's something to be admired. Not only would I recommend "Stolen Dreams," but I also recommend you to read the whole series from the beginning if you haven't already. It's great for anyone who likes magic as well as a bit of mystery and romance.


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Author Bio:

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.

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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