Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"Mind Games" by Christine Amsden!
*Review & Giveaway*

Mind Games
(Cassie Scot #3)

~Author: Christine Amsden

~Published: June 15th, 2014

~Length: 280 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy

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 nonmagical 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.

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.

Read the First Chapter here!!

(Warning: Contains series spoilers. New readers to the series would be better off checking out the first two books in the series by visiting my post here!)

~ 4/5 Roses ~

After the intensely emotional roller coaster of Secrets and Lies, I had no idea what the third installment in this series would reveal about Cassie's life.  This book picked up right where the second one left off, and pulled me right back into the emotional turmoil between Cassie and Evan.  

With the addition of a few new characters, this dramatic story gets even more twisted and intense.  Matthew is a character I really wanted to like, but in the end, it just made me like Evan even more.  I felt so bad for Cassie, getting pulled in so many directions, and having to deal with so many different tricks and manipulations.  

The writing is just as good as the first two books, and easily drew me into the world Cassie lives in.  The ending left me even more hopeful for a reunion between Cassie and Evan, and I am looking forward to seeing how this drama ends.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who's read the first two in the series, but only if you're prepared to read the fourth book as well! 

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review. 

Enter for your chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!!

*Giveaway ends on July 16, 2014 at midnight.

Thanks for reading, and as always: 

Keep Creating!!

~Materials & images provided by the author; review owned by Desert Rose Reviews.


  1. Thank you so much for being part of my review!

    Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4) is out NOW in ebook format. (Print and audio coming.) This is the last book in the Cassie Scot series, so if anyone is like me and wants to wait for a series to finish before getting started, here it is! :)

    Review copies are also available, just shoot me an e-mail.

    1. Thanks so much, Christine!! I look forward to book 4! :)


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