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Cassie Scot

By: Christine Amsden
Narrated by: Melissa Reizian Frank
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Publisher's summary

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

Critic reviews

"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)

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This book hooked me from the beginning!

Would you listen to Cassie Scot again? Why?

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.

What other book might you compare Cassie Scot to and why?

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.

What does Melissa Reizian Frank bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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excellent new series (hopefully!)

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.

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Awesome Urban Fantasy

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.

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Wonderful New Look on Magic

If you could sum up Cassie Scot in three words, what would they be?

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.

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What made the experience of listening to Cassie Scot the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Evan the best other than Cassie.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions to the book.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Good first book in the series...

Cassie, the only "normal" in her paranormal family of sorcerers, is looking for her own place in life. Opening a private investigations agency seemed like a good idea, but she's new in the business so there's not much work for her out there. And so she willingly accepts the offer she gets from a fancy lawyer not knowing it will develop into a big murder case, not to mention a real hunt for a powerful vampire...

It's a very good introduction to a new series; the main characters are interesting people, with many layers to their personalities and various motifs underlying their actions. The pace of the plot is really fast (but not rushed), with twists both in Cassie's professional as well as personal lives. The world of the magical creatures and the rules that they have to follow sound logical and are vital to the understanding of some of the events that happen throughout the story, and there's enough left unexplained as to make me want to read on into the series. And the most important thing? There's no cliffhanger when it comes to the criminal side of the story - we get the solution, the bad guy is caught and gets what they deserve and we can either stop here satisfied or continue to find out how the relationship between Cassie and Evan develops.

Narration by Ms Frank is very good. I had no problems following the dialogues as she makes enough disctinctions between particular characters for me to recognise them easily. I also feel she's good at expressing various levels of emotions the characters go through. It's a very good interpretation of the book in general.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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ParaNormally Perfect!

What a great story. Cassie is a great female lead who I quickly came to like and empathize with - now I am completely invested in her journey. There was a great mix of paranormal and mystery in this first in series. The narrator did a good job bringing the story to life. I look forward to more in this series and from this author

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Unique coming-of-age story in a paranormal world.

Cassie Scot Paranormal Detective is a paranormal mystery/romance, but it is even more a coming-of-age story. Cassie Scot is a 21 year-old woman living in a modern day world in which vampires and magic exist. She is the daughter of two powerful magicians, and she has six younger siblings of equal magical power. Cassie is the only member of this magical family with no magical skills, and this has shaped her entire life and personality. After a brief stint with the police, Cassie opens a NORMAL detective agency, and she has her first case in this book, putting her back in contact with a childhood friend, Evan, an incredibly power magi. Although the book is filled with plenty of action and some paranormal elements, Cassie's struggles are very relatable to us non-paranormal folks. She is faced with all the major life decisions facing any 20 something, and it was very fun watching her fumble her way through these decisions while being chased by vampires and villains alike. The book wrapped up nicely with a surprise reveal on the bad guy, but it left plenty unresolved, so I hope the series continues on Audible.

Melissa Reizian Frank's narration is very enjoyable. Her delivery is flawless, and she has a light almost bouncy voice that suits Cassie's youthful personality well. I would definitely listen to another audiobook performance by Frank in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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great paranormal Detective.

a lovely book I enjoyed it very much it's a great great for a series it was very enjoyable the narrator was great and overall it was a wonderful listen

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Wow! Great Book!

This was a great book! I am going to have to read the whole series! So many questions left unanswered!
Definitely put it on your TBR list.

Narrator was terrific.

I was given this review copy and this is my honest review.

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