Mind Games Review Tour

July 2, 2014 Blog Tours, Reviews 10 ★★★½

Mind Games Review TourMind Games by Christine Amsden
Series: Cassie Scot #3
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Date Published: June 15th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Provided as part of book tour
Rating: three-half-stars
Description: Beware your heart and soul… Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible.  Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze. 


Julie Review Avatar Julie’s Review:

Mind Games is the third installment of the Cassie Scot series. If you’ve been following my reviews, you’ll know how much I enjoyed the first two books. I can’t say this third one was the same, though I did like it, it was a little more police procedural than the urban fantasy I enjoy. Honestly, about the first half was mostly detective stuff, and about half way through we get the awesome elements of Cassie’s life and all the magical stuff she needs to deal with and overcome. I love that stuff. I’m not as thrilled about the detailed detective stuff. So that is why this book isn’t rated as high for me as the earlier books.

Let’s talk characters. Evan – I just don’t know what to make of him. I loved him in the previous books, but now knowing the secret, that he had nothing to do with even though he benefited from it, he isn’t as much of a hero to me anymore. Yes giving up what he has would be painful to him, but if he loves Cassie, isn’t it the right thing to do? Would that gesture of selflessness win her over? I hope he gets that through his head in the next book. I really liked Matthew because I believed and trusted him. I thought he was the real deal with how open and honest he was with Cassie about his magic. Of course, things aren’t always as they seem in novels like this, but I wanted him to be. Then there’s Wesley, Cassie’s new partner at work. I liked him, I thought he was taking his crazy position rather well. Of course, again, things aren’t what they seem, and we get to learn some interesting secrets later, but I really liked that story line. I thought it was quite clever and it served a good purpose.

All in all, another great installment of the Cassie Scot series, even though I was a bit bored in the earlier parts of the book.


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About the Author

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 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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10 Responses to “Mind Games Review Tour”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad that you liked this installment overall, Rose. I can understand your disappointment in it focusing more on the police procedural and your frustration with Evan. It does sound as though Amsden keeps you guessing and I like that in a story and an author. I’m going to have to check out this series. 🙂
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    • Rose

      and…if you couldn’t turn it off then, what about the randomness that you would be forced to filter every day. Like someone in the checkout line at the store or the driver in the car beside you. How exhausting and maybe even dangerous!

  2. Christine Amsden

    Thank you for your honest review and for being part of my tour!

    I’m glad you liked Matthew. I like him too, but of course I’m getting mixed reviews on him! He’s still not everything he seems to be…this whole thing was from Cassie’s viewpoint, after all. I’m working on a spin-off in which he gets his say. 🙂

    Even and Cassie may still surprise you too, in the last book.

    Stolen Dreams is available now in ebook.

  3. cheryl hart

    The only time I’d want to read someone’s mind is if I were trying to solve a crime. Otherwise, I think it would get in the way of everyday life. 😉

    • Rose

      I think it would be almost a curse to be able to read someone’s mind, especially if you could not turn it off when you did not want to KNOW what some people were thinking.

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