Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stolen Dreams by Christine Amsden

Title:  Stolen Dreams
Series:  Cassie Scot #4
Author:  Christine Amsden
Published:  June 25/14 by Christine Amsden
Length:  262pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  NA paranormal romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

The Cassie Scot series really comes to an exciting peak with this novel. It is an intense novel, while still being a fun read. I devoured it in a single sitting. Amsden’s vivid & larger than life descriptions bring everything to the forefront in a very visual manner. The captivating storyline kept me on my toes, always wanting to know how things would pan out. The various levels of intrigue and deception are peeled away, allowing readers access to the innermost workings of the story.

I loved how the characters have really grown into themselves throughout the series. Amsden continues to build on the individuals that we’ve come to know and love in previous novels of the series, presenting new facets of the individuals that they are becoming. The characters’ actions and reactions to certain events are just as revealing as the storyline itself. It adds to the suspense and fast forward pace of the story. Also, the revelation of the complete, intertwining histories of the families really brings everything together. Not only the actions of the different factions in the tale, but the story itself.

Overall, this was a brilliant addition to the series. Amsden had me laughing and crying in turn. I’d highly recommend it (and the series as a whole) to those who enjoy some paranormal adventures. This is definitely the peak of a YA series for all ages.

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