Remember a few days ago when Award Winning Author Christine Amsden visited and talked about series books? Well, I read her latest fantasy novel, MIND GAMES, and would like to share my thoughts with you.
MIND GAMES Review
By Christine Amsden
Sometimes love hurts. Sometimes love is complicated. Sometimes it’s time to move on to a new love, to a new life. This is what Cassie Scot does in Award Winning Author Christine Amsden’s latest novel MIND GAMES: A CASSIE SCOT NOVEL. Or rather what she tries to do. If only her ex-boyfriend would cooperate.
Cassie Scot, star of Christine Amsden’s CASSIE SCOT Mystery series, is back, along with old familiar characters (if you’ve read books one and two) and the addition of some interesting new characters. You’ve heard of love triangles. Well, Cassie is caught in one of those. Her triangle is a bit different to the norm, however. Evan Blackwood, her old flame, has magical powers. Matthew Blair, her new beau, is a mind mage. They’re both determined to protect Cassie, especially from each other. As if two wannabe heroes aren’t enough to deal with Cassie, who has no magic at all, soon finds herself, along with Wesley Blake, her new partner at the sheriff‘s office where she works, investigating a fire, a death, and other weird happenings in town. As she grows closer to the truth, she also discovers more secrets about her past. Sometimes the truth is painful, too.
I adored books one and two in the series and was excited when MIND GAMES was published. It did not disappoint. Cassie is brave though not perfect. She makes mistakes. She has doubts. In other words, she’s human, not just a paper character in a book. The author is great at creating characters that are so real the reader can identify with them, the good and the bad ones. Ms. Amsden is also good at throwing in surprises and twists and turns. More than once I said, “I didn’t see that coming.” Since the novel contains a huge cast of characters, keeping track of all of them could be confusing. The author has taken care of that with a listing of the characters at the back, reminding the reader who each one is.
I recommend MIND GAMES and the other books in the series for your reading enjoyment. Good news: STOLEN DREAMS, Book four in the series is scheduled for release in July, 2014. I’m so glad because the ending of this book demands more. Happy Reading.
Barnes and Noble
Print release June 15. Audiobook release TBA.
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Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mind-games-christine-amsden/1119167384
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.
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