I’ve been a fan of the Cassie Scot series since I read the first one and was delighted to have the opportunity to review Mind Games as part of Ms. Amsden’s tour. It’s hard to remain an objective reviewer after becoming a fan, so I’ll admit—I probably missed several flaws and weaknesses in this book! I have fallen too deeply in love with Cassie, Evan, and their world to pay attention to the little things.
Eagle Rocks has become home to a mixed population of magic users and humans. While most of the human community continues to ignore that magic exists, the magical families follow their own traditions with their own sense of right and wrong. Cassie Scot has no magic of her own but as the daughter of one of the most powerful magical families, she knows what is out there. She tries to use her job at the sheriff’s department to bridge the two worlds.
Her personal life has been messy. Her family disowned her for magical reasons but she has been trying to rebuild a relationship with her parents and siblings. As if that wasn’t enough, the man she loved left without giving her and a reason, and she has been trying to move on. When a new man appears in Cassie’s life, she’s delighted but her friends have concerns. Meanwhile, the pastor’s wife dies and Cassie must try to figure out who killed her before the entire town gets engulfed in a wave of hatred.
Ms. Amsden continues to create pageturning stories that blend romance and action in a perfect combination. Each book gets a little darker, as the reader (and Cassie) discover more of the real world of magic that has remained hidden. I loved that this book showed us more of Cassie’s siblings, who have charmed me since day one, as well as letting us see more glimpses into who Cassie may grow to become.
Ms. Amsden grows as an author with each book. This series remains great fun—easy reads that delight. In the genres of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, the books tend to run together, repeating the same ideas and themes. Ms. Amsden created a unique world and setting which has few predictable elements—even after three books, the world remains fresh and full of new surprises. The plots continue to grow more complex with each book and the characters develop with each installment.
I recommend readers of urban fantasy or paranormal romance pick up the first in this series (Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective) and read the books in order. This series is one I often recommend (and occasionally give as gifts to friends). Its fun setting and lovable characters make it a worthwhile read for those of us a little burned out with the norm.