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These days, I rarely buy a new book without reading others' reviews. I had hopes for the book after reading the reviews and I must say, I wasn't disappointed.
The story is simple, yet woven with undercurrents of complexity. The pace is fast, but not a 'race'. The characters are a mix of dark, gritty and normal folks.
The main characters are truly well developed (some comments about Cassie made me think she might come across as a blithering temperamental young adult) and instead, are true to their nature /age /disposition.
I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the sequel and might even go ahead and buy it in paperback format if audible doesn't have it in time!
High praise for both author and narrator, who made the experience quite enjoyable.
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Would you listen to Cassie Scot again? Why?
Yes, I would, since I felt sad that it was over last night when I finished listening. Actually, I was almost "mad" when it ended - I wanted more, which is the sign of a brilliant writer and good plotting. Ms. Amsden is a superb writer. It's not easy for many young writers to get past the novice stage of overwriting, or distracted writing, or too much embellishment, repetition, or dropping tension - but this new writer is already on the top of her game, right out of the starting gate. She is a natural storyteller, and she writes with such fluid simplicity that the words seamlessly tell the story in a natural, suspenseful fashion. I'm very impressed with her style.
What other book might you compare Cassie Scot to and why?
I've never read many books in this genre. Well, actually, this is my first. But I'd say that although it's marketed as YA, the appeal is very broad and many adults will become hooked on the series, not unlike the Harry Potter books.
What does Melissa Reizian Frank bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I really loved Melissa's dialog interpretations and her varied voices between men and women. Nicely done!. She sounded natural and enthusiastic, and showed great emotion when appropriate. I felt she was totally engaged in the story, and that was exciting to hear.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes! I kept getting mad at Cassie for her very "young," reactions to her world and relationships (not surprising for her character age) such as family and boyfriends. She assumed a lot, which sent her reeling off in wrong directions (often in her own mind). But the natural misinterpretations on her part were well told and absolutely believable, reminding me of real world people I know who do the same.
I laughed a lot - although this book has some pretty tense and scary scenes (being bitten multiple by a villainous vampire was pretty graphically described, and most frightening!), it also had a nice, light, cheeky sense of humor that I adored.
Any additional comments?
So many questions remain. I've heard there's a series and a sequel coming up soon, called Secrets and Lies.
Can't wait to find out why Cassie's parents disowned her - what was that all about? It had to be to protect her or their other children.
What is it about Evan they are so afraid of? There's something really big here, but we still don't know what it is.
Why is Cassie so intuitive, and is that really her "gift?" She showed that intuition all through the book, although she didn't recognize it in herself.
Why doesn't she react like most girls to men who obvious love her? (I kind of liked that part, having raised 3 teenage daughters who were NOT like that, LOL)
Will she be able to overcome her feelings of inadequacy in order to grow into a more confident woman in the future?
Will she resolve things with her family?
Will she marry Evan and have super special babies with powers?
I also want to know if Christine Amsden came from a large family like that of Cassie Scot. She described it so well. ;o)
Thanks, Ms. Amsden, for a great listen!
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