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Stolen Dreams

A Cassie Scot Novel, Book 4
Narrated by: Melissa Reizian Frank
Series: Cassie Scot, Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
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Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have hated each other 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.

©2014 Christine Amsden (P)2014 Christine Amsden

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What an ending!

Finally the end of the series has arrived. I was really hoping all those pesky questions would get answered. Thankfully most are, some are kind of vague still.

A is typical with this series we jump into the middle of things. There are gaps in time between books that are told but not shown. Sometimes that makes you feel like you are playing catch-up with the story. Things are explained, it just takes a little time.

Everything is not happiness and light in this book. Things are coming to a head and there are casualties. A few really heartbreaking moments, have the tissues handy.

The romance is finally sorted out, I think you will like the end result. There also seems to be a hint of HEA for her friends Madison and Katelyn. It might be nice to have a follow-up novella to tie up those strings.

The story is mostly from Cassie's POV, but there are a few sections of Evan. It gives you a broader view of what is going on. I kind of wish we had more of Evan, it would have balanced things out a bit more.

There is a bit of cracked bedroom door. This means a few people get intimate, with a tiny bit of detail. It is barely worth noting, but I know some people do not like any mention of sex in a book. Up to this point there has been on smexy time in the series.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Melissa Reizian Frank, who has been wonderful throughout the series. 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! Her pace was perfect for all the action and energy of the story.

I am sad that it is over, but thrilled to see how it turned out. Really entertaining series that kept you guessing!

Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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A Spectacular Ending to an Enjoyable Series!

If you could sum up Stolen Dreams in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, Fun, and Satisfying.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I've enjoyed all the characters in this series - and it's hard to chose a favorite. But it would be crazy not to choose Cassie, since she's the star, so to speak, and since we mostly see the world through her perspective. I enjoy her dry wit and blunt honesty, although sometimes she makes me want to shake her and say, "Wake up, for goodness sake!" She's not as honest with herself as she is with others - so there's a bit of self-delusion and denial always going on in the background. Fortunately, this is all resolved in this last book of the series, with a very satisfying result. ;o)

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the scene where Cassie and Evan finally put aside their anger and talk to each other. The bedroom scene was very well done. And the part where Cassie refused the item Evan was offering her was sweet and heartwrenching. (I'm being purposefully obtuse because I don't want to spoil the story for others who might not have read it yet.)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again, I can't say specifically which scene I mean, but it's where someone we all love and care about is reportedly killed. I was actually quite angry when I listened to this scene, and planned to have some words with the author! But she redeemed herself beautifully, with a solution to this problem which caught me totally unaware - and which melted my heart. Well done, Ms. Amsden!

Any additional comments?

I was very disappointed in what happened to Cassie's cousin, Jason - but I know why he made the choice he did. I just hope in the future (I know this is the last book in the series, but in case there is ever a sequel...) that Caitlin really doesn't go with him and let him turn her - for the sake of her baby! That would be horrible. ;o(

Thank you, Ms. Amsden and Ms. Reizian Frank, for a wonderful, entertaining production.

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Finally - all the answers and resolutions.........

Stolen Dreams is the book for which we have all been waiting: the fourth in this paranormal mystery series and the book that answers all of our questions and gives us resolution for Cassie and Evan. I must admit that I was nervous to begin this book because I wanted so badly for it to end in a certain way, and I am happy to admit that Asmden delivered as always, and I finished the book with a huge smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. The book starts out with a bang as Evan is fighting to escape bounty hunters and Cassie is trying to talk her family into ceasing their lifelong feud with Evan's family, the Blackwoods. All Cassie's hopes are destroyed when the Blackwoods strike an irreversible blow against the Scots, and Cassie must not only fight to protect her family from opposing forces in the magic world but also to hold them together.

If this wasn't enough for Cassie to handle, she is also learning about a previously unknown and untrained power within herself. As she begins to develop this power, she also begins to love herself exactly as she is, magical powers or not. I loved watching her come to this healthy place, and I loved it even more that this made a future with Evan seems possible again. Stolen dreams is the perfect blend of action scenes, family drama, romance and the paranormal, and I am as sad as I am happy that it wrapped up Evan and Cassie's story so beautifully. Luckily, Amsden continues the series with stories about Cassie's friends, Madison and Kaitlin, so this magical world isn't quite at an end.

Melissa Reizian Frank narrates all the books in the Cassie Scot series, and she is amazingly talented. I already love the story, but Frank's narration makes the books even more enjoyable as audiobooks. She plays each character with a unique quality, and her tone and pitch are perfect for the varying scenes from action-packed to romantic to serious to joyful.

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

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another good listen

This was another good listen. Cassie  is still letting her stubborn nature rule and as a result ends up in dangerous situations. The narration is great.
I was given this free audiobook copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 01-16-15

Beautiful finale for a wonderful story

So worth it. I have never been so on edge listening to a book. Fantastic story. Love the characters. So great.

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  • 04-22-19

Brilliant

Another fantastic listen. What a brilliant conclusion to this series.
I loved it and the characters and amazing storylines in this series.
You need to start at the beginning to get the whole story.
But it is a rollercoaster of a ride from start to finish, just couldn’t stop listening from start to finish. And the excellent narration is also spot on. I highly recommend this book. 😂😻😱