Friday, June 20, 2014

Mind Games Book Review

Title: Mind Games: a Cassie Scot novel
Author: Christine Amsden
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Genre: paranormal fantasy
Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-279-5
Format: 5.5x8.5 trade paperback; 276 pages; $17.95 USD
eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-278-8; $6.50 USD
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release date: April 15, 2014 ebook; June 15, 2014 trade paperback
Language: English
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 to heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him... irresistable.

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. Book 3 in the Cassie Scot series.
This is the 3rd book in her series about Cassie Scot, a girl whose family has magical powers but she doesn't. At first we are led to believe she was born that way and her parents are very disappointed in her and try to shove her out of the family.
Gradually, and then finally in this book, Mind Games, we find out for sure that the man she loves, his father, stole her magic when she was born by accident. He didn't mean for that to happen but it went to his first born son instead of Cassie. So, now Evan feels deeply guilty about it, even though it wasn't his fault but he never knew about it until just a little while before Cassie finds out also. So, he has lived his whole life with this magic and can't imagine what his life would be like without it.
At first, Cassie is determined to take it back from him but the more stuff that happens in Mind Games, especially with the new boyfriend, she realizes that a lot of people are trying to control her for numerous reasons. She also rethinks taking Evan's magic because of what her mother went through and she realized she couldn't hurt him that way.
So, what will she do? Well, I have to admit I thought for someone who is suppose to be so smart, she sure is making a lot of mistakes and trusting the wrong people. When this book ends, she makes another huge mistake or I think it is. The ending is left up in the air, so a 4th book is coming, but I just was so mad that she just goes off yet again with another man whom she really doesn't know and who may also have unsavory motives. I really think Cassie needs a good shock and shaking because she just runs from one man to another and that NEVER solves a problem!
I hope in the next book she is more mature and grown up and realizes that just because she can't perform magic doesn't mean that people don't want to use her against her family and friends. One can only hope she wises up.
Happy Reading! 
First Chapter:  (Warning: Contains series spoilers. New readers to the series would be better off checking out the preview of book one below.)


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!”

About the Author: 
Christine is the award-winning author of The Immortality Virus (2011), Touch of Fate (2007), and the Cassie Scot series (2013).
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Book 1)
Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)
Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)
Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4) -- coming soon
Christine 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.
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.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.   


Christine Amsden said...

Thank you for being part of my tour!

Robyn Donnelly said...

I would not want to be able to read minds. You most likely won't like what you see anyway.

jenn huey said...

Tough question, I definitely would not want to be able to read my teenagers minds lol

Myrna said...

I'm not sure I really want to know what other people are thinking.