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.
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.
©2013 Christine Amsden (P)2013 Christine Amsden
"In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family…Listeners will enjoy Cassie's fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado." (Publisher's Weekly)
These days, I rarely buy a new book without reading others' reviews. I had hopes for the book after reading the reviews and I must say, I wasn't disappointed.
The story is simple, yet woven with undercurrents of complexity. The pace is fast, but not a 'race'. The characters are a mix of dark, gritty and normal folks.
The main characters are truly well developed (some comments about Cassie made me think she might come across as a blithering temperamental young adult) and instead, are true to their nature /age /disposition.
I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the sequel and might even go ahead and buy it in paperback format if audible doesn't have it in time!
High praise for both author and narrator, who made the experience quite enjoyable.
Yes, I would, since I felt sad that it was over last night when I finished listening. Actually, I was almost "mad" when it ended - I wanted more, which is the sign of a brilliant writer and good plotting. Ms. Amsden is a superb writer. It's not easy for many young writers to get past the novice stage of overwriting, or distracted writing, or too much embellishment, repetition, or dropping tension - but this new writer is already on the top of her game, right out of the starting gate. She is a natural storyteller, and she writes with such fluid simplicity that the words seamlessly tell the story in a natural, suspenseful fashion. I'm very impressed with her style.
I've never read many books in this genre. Well, actually, this is my first. But I'd say that although it's marketed as YA, the appeal is very broad and many adults will become hooked on the series, not unlike the Harry Potter books.
I really loved Melissa's dialog interpretations and her varied voices between men and women. Nicely done!. She sounded natural and enthusiastic, and showed great emotion when appropriate. I felt she was totally engaged in the story, and that was exciting to hear.
Yes! I kept getting mad at Cassie for her very "young," reactions to her world and relationships (not surprising for her character age) such as family and boyfriends. She assumed a lot, which sent her reeling off in wrong directions (often in her own mind). But the natural misinterpretations on her part were well told and absolutely believable, reminding me of real world people I know who do the same.
I laughed a lot - although this book has some pretty tense and scary scenes (being bitten multiple by a villainous vampire was pretty graphically described, and most frightening!), it also had a nice, light, cheeky sense of humor that I adored.
So many questions remain. I've heard there's a series and a sequel coming up soon, called Secrets and Lies.
Can't wait to find out why Cassie's parents disowned her - what was that all about? It had to be to protect her or their other children.
What is it about Evan they are so afraid of? There's something really big here, but we still don't know what it is.
Why is Cassie so intuitive, and is that really her "gift?" She showed that intuition all through the book, although she didn't recognize it in herself.
Why doesn't she react like most girls to men who obvious love her? (I kind of liked that part, having raised 3 teenage daughters who were NOT like that, LOL)
Will she be able to overcome her feelings of inadequacy in order to grow into a more confident woman in the future?
Will she resolve things with her family?
Will she marry Evan and have super special babies with powers?
I also want to know if Christine Amsden came from a large family like that of Cassie Scot. She described it so well. ;o)
Thanks, Ms. Amsden, for a great listen!
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This is a really fantastic story, think cozy mystery meets urban fantasy. Really awesome from beginning to end!!! The story flowed and never had any dull moments. The mystery was just tough enough to keep you guessing right along with Cassie!
Cassie is really well written and not super angsty. She has just the right amount of attitude and spunk for a girl just coming into her own. Twenty one is a tough age, you are considered an adult but still feeling your way in life choices. She has the additional troubles of being part of a very powerful magical family and not having powers herself. Although, there are hints that everything may not be as cut and dry as they seem.
I really liked Evan and am totally routing for him!!! While most of the book is written in Cassie's POV, there is an Epilogue that is all Evan. It really made me see the real guy behind all that power and bluster.
The steamiest you get here is a scorching hot kiss. But there is hope for the next booking getting hotter!
There are also many supporting characters that round out the quirky cast. Cassie straddles the line between Paranormal and average gal, and her friends and family reflect that situation.
I listened to the audio book, the narrator Melissa Reizian Frank is terrific!!! She had great voices and characterization a that were easy to identify. She drew you more into the story and had you by the heart at emotional moments! I am definitely putting her on my listen list!!
Can't wait for the next book! There are a few issues still to resolve and I am really eager to see if I am right about Cassie!!! I am easily addicted here!!
*Discosure- I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I enjoyed this story. There were many interesting characters with a lot of potential for future interesting stories. Cassie is young but she isn't stupid like some heroines in other books I've listened to.
I liked Evan the best other than Cassie.
The narrator's voice was much too deep and mature for a young lady. Her acting ability was poor at times and I found this distracting.
No extreme reactions to the book.
I would purchase the second book in the series as long as there was a different narrator. I would not purchase it if they used the same person.
This book was exciting, emotional, full of action. I really do hope we get another book in this series soon. I think the relationship between Ethan and Cassie will be exciting to watch as well see if it works out. I like to see where it goes with her family.
The audio version was well done, the narrator did a great job.
The story was unique, a well written mystery. The characters were well developed and likable. I totally enjoyed this book! Can't wait for the next book in the series!
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