Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review: Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4) by: Christine Amsden
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.
The Cassie Scot Series:
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.
I received this book to give an honest review. *MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS* 4.5
I literally finished this book late last night, it seemed every time I started to read Stolen Dreams someone or something needed to be done. So when I was able to actually sit and read without any interruptions I was like wow what is going on between the two families of Cassie and Evan.
With Cassie no longer in town, Evan seems to have bounty hunters on his head! I know shocking right? And when Cassie comes home to visit her family she learns that both families the Blackwoods and the Scots are both pretty much acting childish. Kidnapping each others family members, not being able to be in the same room with each other it is all just a hot mess. But we do learn why the Blackwoods and the Scots do not get along and I am glad that was brought to light as I have always wondered.
But it seems that there is more than just a family feud going on, and when Cassie and Evan do the unthinkable well lets just say it gets interesting.
I love how Cassie doesn't have any paranormal powers like everyone else but yet she has learned how to take care of herself. And it seems that since she doesn't have any powers she has something else within her an ability to see things through her dreams, and I think that is way much cooler than have magical powers.
Cassie has really grown up a lot in this story and has learned that she should love herself the way she is. Everyone else does especially Evan.
There is so much going on within this story that I am sad to see this series end. The author has done a great job with character building, the paranormal aspect, and the overall relationship between everyone.
We get to know more about the side characters through out this story and it is enough to where I know that I would love to have more. More of Jason and Kaitlin, the relationship between Madison and Evan.
Now one thing I had a problem with was how Cassie didn't interact as much with her siblings as before. They never play a big part in the story but Cassie has always seemed to be worried or concerned with them. When something tragic happens, Cassie didn't really seem to check in on her siblings. Which was not like her. This is the reason I have given the book a 4.5 rating and not a solid 5 because this was not like the Cassie I have read about before. It was like missing a small piece of the character.
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Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction 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 relationships, 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 affects 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.