Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective

by Christine Amsden

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"In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. ...Readers will enjoy Cassie's fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado." ~ Publisher's Weekly

Cassie Scot was a finalist in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

She was born into magic, but she has none of her own...

Cassie Scot is the normal daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. She strives to find a place for herself, but living in the shadow of her family's reputation isn't easy. All she wants is a nice, normal job, but her dreams of independence from magic are threatened when she stumbles upon the gruesome body of sixteen-year-old Nancy Hastings.

Cassie is plunged into a paranormal investigation which gets her tangled up with the victim's powerful family, the Blackwoods. Dark, dangerous, and handsome Evan Blackwood tempts Cassie deeper into a world she seeks to escape. Yet Evan – and magic itself – may not be ready to let her go.

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BN ID: 2940016777351
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Publication date: 04/05/2013
Series: Cassie Scot , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 255,449
File size: 402 KB

About the Author

Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a "serious" writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards. Expect many more titles by this up-and-coming author.

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Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
This was a both a new author and a new narrator to me and I have no idea why I have not heard or read her before and know I need to get the other books in the series as soon as I can. This is a romantic suspense story which was well written. The narrator Melissa Reizian Frank did an awesome job and I found myself listening well into the night. There were also moments of humour woven into the story that I thoroughly enjoyed and had me laughing out loud. Although not a complex story, there are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. After this book I have more questions than ever and I need to get the next book to see what happens.
L-L-Hayes More than 1 year ago
Let me just tell you , I started this book yesterday and could not put it down from the minute I started reading that is until I absolutely had to for something like sleep or do life things that had to be done. With that said this book is very different , imaginative and just fun to read. Supernatural small town filled with barley any mortals so to speak, mostly all powerful magical people who all don’t like each other but some get along well and help each other out. Others are afraid of certain families because they are so powerful. Christine has a great imagination making her book original not like a lot of the witch books you read. The book is really well written and so imaginative it hold your interest from beginning to end. Spoiler: Don’t read beyond this point if you are going to read the book. gives away a lot of the book but not all of it if you want to take your chances go for it! Cassie finds herself in a lot of extraordinary situations. she is the daughter of a very powerful family, magical family that is. she is the 1st daughter of 7 children and the only one who does not have a magical gift. Cassie being mortal and all first works for the sheriffs office as a officer but gives that up realizing living in a magical town of various families she can not make a difference since they all live by different rules then mortal people. they believe that they do not have to follow regular rules and it is true they do not. she thought she could protect the innocent with her better-then -average knowledge of the paranormal but in the end it did not matter it only reminded her that despite her magical connections she was in over her head. Cassie quites and moves on to getting her license and opening her own agency the “Normal Detective Agency”. not that anyone calls her with normal cases because of her last name so she really never has a case until 6 months later a lawyer Frank Lloyd walks in and wants her to serve a subpoena to a witch, Belinda who makes love potions and uses them to seduce men that can give her things. She is being sued by various men for ruing their lives and destroying families. she thinks this is easy money and an easy job but when she arrives to serve the subpoena their is no one there so she waits then another person arrives Evan Blackwood, a boy, man now, she used to be best friends with all through their school years until junior high when something happened and they quit speaking. He is a powerful sorcerer now is is also known for love potions but that’s just a rumor as far as Cassie is concerned. Eventually Evan casts a spell to get in because his cousins truck in the driveway and she has been missing since the day before. upon the break in they find her dead which now makes this personal for Evan but he hires Cassie to help him find out who did this and what has happened to Belinda because she is no where to be found. The sheriff shows up because Cassie call in the murder but she notices he is not acting quit right, just to later find out he was under one of Belinda’s love spells. When they find Belinda dead at a cabin and see she was turned into a vampire then killed after everything starts to become very weird. Meanwhile Cassie finds out her mother is pregnant again which will now make it 8 children and has her feeling like the odd one out and she also knows that 8 children will leave the family unprotected unless her mother has 9 but Cassie suspects she is worthless to them since she has no active power that they know of and is hurt and feeling betrayed and tells her father that she thinks they don’t love her, he reassures her they do but later she is betrayed by her family. only to be cast out as she suspected long ago. As all this is going on a vampire wants her dead and now being cast out and alone she is unprotected by her family. there are multiple attempts on her life, she thought after the 1st one she killed the vampire that her family would think she was one of them but that was not the case at all. more so they think she can take care if herself and still cast her out. telling her she will be under their protection but that is really not the case. now any socecer that has found out she is now alone is trying to get her to marry them or will be. But I don’t think she realizes this yet. Evan is really in love with her and she doesn’t know what she is. He ask her to marry him but she couldn’t say no because of his magic which really makes her mad so she has to tell him in a different way and he saved her life when she was attacked by the worst vampire of all and she is now in debt to him “he owns her” there is no way to pay this debt besides marrying him but she is too stubborn because she thinks its his magic that makes her feel attracted to him. she had a crush on him long before he even came into his magic but can she trust this? she has no idea what she is feeling is real or magic. And her real boyfriend who is mortal has ask her to move away even though she told him she does not love him. but he wont give up on her as Evan will not either. So I guess in book #2 we will find out what is going to happen. I myself can’t wait to start reading it. I was given a copy of this book by the author to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by say WOW! Had I not been sick while I had been reading this book I could have easily read it in one sitting! You immediately get sucked into Cassie's world. She is the oldest of 7 living in a small town full of scorers & witches. The town is aware that there is something magical about it but for the most part people keep hushed, turn the other cheek or just plain pretend it doesn't exist. Cassie's parents are well to do and she doesn't have to work or want for anything. For a time she worked for the sheriff, until she left to open her own paranormal detective agency. Now he stops by regularly to try and convince her to come back to work for him. Cassie left because she doesn't want to deal with the paranormal anymore. Everyone in her family has a special ability, all expect her. Cassie is sitting in her office as she does everyday when a well known and successful lawyer walks in to offer her a very simple job - deliver a subpoena to a known herbalist & potion maker in the area. That is when things take a change right into the paranormal world. Cassie ends up reuniting with a long time friend that her family has always forbidden her to hangout with due to a family feud. I loved watching the relationship evolve between Cassie & Ethan, and would have to say I was somewhat like a giddy teenager anticipating it to happen! I can not wait to see what becomes of Cassie and Evan, as well as the relationship with Cassie and her family/parents.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This is one of those ‘fun for everyone’ books. It fits well within the realm of teen reads, but is so entertaining and captivating that adults will love it as well. This story is well thought out and cohesively put together. It’s also very well written. Amsden entertains, informs, and captivates all at the same time. She has the ability to shift the tone of her writing to match the action, while at the same time keeping her readers entranced. The story is very moving and in depth at times while at others it is exhilarating and funny. I love how the main character in this novel is a “normal” living in a paranormal world instead of a paranormal hiding in a normal world. It adds a unique twist to the story and makes her characters all the more loveable. The characters themselves are also quite well developed, along with the familial interactions. You feel like you really get to know these individuals as well as their problems. I also like the fact that the author takes a realistic stance on teenage relationships, rather than plopping two individuals who have just finished school into a fairy tale whirlwind.  This story was sheer brilliance. I was completely wrapped up in the story and felt like I was there with the characters. The end left me with a sense of completion yet dying for the sequel. I haven’t been this caught up in a series, right from the get go, since Harry Potter. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!! I loved this story :) It is easy to read, and I got sucked into the story.  It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster too which is always a plus because it means I’m fully engaged in the story.  First, her name matches mine (Cassandra), YAY! I love Cassie :) as a character because she is strong and independent, but also vulnerable which makes her more real to me as a reader.  It is also set near where I live another bonus.  This story has magic, murder, mystery, intrigue, and vampires. I totally cried with Cassie when I was reading.  I hope and pray this becomes a series because I want more of Cassie and her world and what happens next with Evan. If you love the paranormal genre, you will definitely want to read this :) **received this book free for an honest review as part of the I.O. Book Tours
Van_shortandsweetreviews More than 1 year ago
Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective is the first book in a new series by Christine Amsden, her first foray into the new adult genre. I had the pleasure of reading Mrs. Amsden’s science fiction book The Immortality Virus back in August of last year and when the author offered me an early review copy of Cassie Scot I was happy to accept! Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective is narrated in first person by our heroine, Cassie Scot who is the eldest daughter of the towns most prestigious and power Scot family. Her parents are both exceptionally powerful sorcerers, and all six of her siblings also have powers of their own…except Cassie. Cassie is 21-years-old and is still figuring out what she wants to do with her life, having a foot each in the real and paranormal world. Cassie is well known amongst the towns’ people because of who her family is but all she wants is to create a name for herself independently from her parents/siblings so she opened up her own detective agency. The agency been opened for 6 months so far and she doesn’t have a single client, so when Lawyer Frank Lloyd asks Cassie about a job offer she jumps on it immediately. All she has to do is serve a subpoena to Belinda Heweitt, a local witch…a simple task that surely takes no more than 10 minutes. Nope. It not only took more than 10 minutes but Cassie found herself deeply involved in a murder /missing person case, a case along the line of paranormal. It is up to Cassie to figure who the killer is, not just to prove to herself but her family as well that you don’t always need magic to get things done. I really enjoyed Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective, the story and Cassie’s voice drew me in on the first page! There are three main powerful families in Eagle Rock, Cassie’s family among the three. The regular town folks have an idea that something more is going on in town, something paranormal but for the most part they try to ignore it/or pretend it doesn’t exist. Cassie is a likable heroine; she’s independent, smart and has normal problems like everyone else which makes her real/relatable. Cassie may not have any special abilities but she never lets that stop her from finding the killer and solving the problem herself I also love Cassie’s family, you can tell how close everyone is and how much they love one another. The siblings all have different ability or they’d take after either parent, for example you have a healer, pyromancer, seer, and someone who can talk to the dead…all very unique, and I hope we get to see/read more of the Scots family in the next book. This is an awesome start to a new series, and I can’t wait to find out what will happen next with Cassie and the gang. The ending didn’t necessary leave on a cliff-hanger but it left readers with a lot of questions about Cassie, her family bold choice regarding her part in the family’s power of 9, Evan’s intention and lastly is Cassie really ungifted, the black sheep of the family like she thinks she is? I highly recommend checking this book out! Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective is a light, fun, paranormal-mystery with a dash of romance that will have you eagerly waiting for the next book once you reach the last page!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
With a nicely modern—normal and paranormal—take on the noir detective genre, Christine Amsden sets her novel, Cassie Scott, ParaNormal Detective, among the magic-wielders of small-town America, creating a cozily enticing sense of the exotic among the mundane. There’s a mystery to be solved of course, and an enterprising female protagonist who goes about it with logic and determination. But there’s also the question of why this young woman of zero magical talent should have been born to such a powerful family, the mystique of a small town where the magical live almost unnoticed, side by side with mundane neighbors, and the deep dark question of Cassie’s relationship to her parents. And there’s romance. At 21, it's time for Cassie to step out into her future. Will she marry the normal guy she’s been dating, or the magical one-time friend who’s somehow haunted her since childhood? Will she fulfill a destiny as protector of the unmagical in her home town, or will she flee to a safer normal world? Will she accept her parents’ love, or stray too far beyond the bounds? The story ends with its central mystery solved, but plenty of questions remain to fuel a continuing series. Imagine the Dresden Files set in a small cozy town, with a love interest that might actually work out—one day, maybe—and a twenty-something female protagonist, then perhaps you’ll have the feel of this fun paranormal tale. Disclosure: The author kindly gave me a free ecopy of her novel.
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Cassandra Morgan Ursula Margaret Scot (call her Cassie) is the daughter of two powerful sorcerers and the oldest of seven children. You would think that would put her at the top of the world, except for one small problem. She is ungifted. She lives in two worlds: the world of magic and the mundane world of humanity. She belongs to neither. Trying to find a place for herself, she sets up shop as a private detective. While she steers clear of the paranormal, it isn’t easy having the family she does. A mundane investigation turns paranormal when she finds a local sorceress dead at an herb witch’s shop. It looks like a vampire. The victim’s cousin is a childhood friend and a powerful sorcerer. His family and the Scots are rivals. He needs Cassie’s help to find the killer. He’s also handsome, with such kissable lips. Cassie must navigate family problems, inter-family feuds, and vampires, while protecting those closest to her and staying alive. Review: Paranormal Mysteries are a staple of urban fantasy. Christine Amsden has created an interesting twist. People with no magic surviving in a world of magic is not new. However, someone who on paper should have powerful magic, surviving only on her knowledge of how it works, is interesting. Cassie is instantly sympathetic. The oldest of two powerful magic users, she feels that she can’t live up to their expectations. Add in sibling issues, boyfriend issues, girlfriend issues, job issues, vampire issues, and that fact she is determined to stand on her own in both worlds leaves the reader admiring her spunk. The author tells the story from the first person and does delve into backstory in a way the slows the forward action of the novel. However, the action keeps pulling the reader back in.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Wow!  Cassie Scot:  ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden was so much fun to read.  This is going to be a terrific series.  With strong characters, magic, Vampires AND love interests, it has everything.  You Do Not Want to Miss This!!!! This is my first read from Christine Amsden, so I was not sure what I was getting into, but once I was in, I was hooked. Easily.  With so many conflicts going on, Cassie is surprisingly well put together.  She thinks she is 'normal' but I think maybe her strength of character and fearlessness may be more of a gift than she is willing to acknowledge.  I loved the mystery and suspense, and will always remember the 'smack my head' moment when I figured it out.
kmoody83 More than 1 year ago
Daughter of two powerful sorcerers, powerless Cassie Scot is a disappointment to her family and doesn’t feel like she fits in. When a vampire starts killing other magical practitioners, Cassie enlists the help of local, powerful sorcerer and cousin of one of the victims, Evan Blackwood to solve the case. As she investigates, however, her friend, Angie becomes the next target. When she and Evan take on the friend’s vampiric boyfriend on their own, however, the stakes heat up and now the mysterious vampire is out to get her. To make matters worse, her mom is pregnant again and her and her father think that their only ideal magical protection is to disown Cassie. Fortunately, her cousin, Jason, and her brother, Nicholas aren’t about to leave her in the dark. Without a magical protector, however, Cassie’s life is more in danger than ever. Can Cassie solve the crime without becoming vampire chow? Will she ever be able to repair her relationship with her family after her parents’ betrayal? The characters in this book are entertaining and well-developed. Although, the readers will probably want to strangle her parents for their stupidity, the family dynamic for most of the book is engaging and easily draws the reader into Cassie’s world. The plot is well-paced, engaging, and well-developed. The love triangle between Cassie, Braden, and Evan is masterfully done, but the reader will feel left unsatisfied with the ending. Fortunately, there is a sequel which will leave plenty of chance for this triangle to run its course. Readers who like paranormal mystery with a little bit of romance will enjoy reading this book.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Imagine you come from a large family of sorcerers. Everyone has a power, except you. That’s how it is for Cassie Scot. She doesn’t have any powers at all. Now she’s 21 years old and it’s time to find herself. Taking a job at the sheriff’s department seemed like a good idea. Except, with no powers of her own, it’s hard to work paranormal cases. So she becomes a private investigator. Her plan is to only take cases that are not paranormal. Unfortunately, most of her calls are for spells, exorcisms, and other paranormal business. When she’s offered a job to serve papers on a powerful witch, she figures it’ll be a quick job and she seriously needs the money. What does she find when she gets there? No witch, but lots of blood. Definitely a paranormal case. No human could get past the witches protective spell. I liked Cassie right from the beginning. She’s full of sass, says what she’s thinking, and isn’t afraid to go for what she wants. After spilling a lust potion, what she wants is Evan. He’s a powerful sorcerer and her best friend since they were little. When the potion takes affect, she sees Evan in a whole new light, noticing how sexy he is. I could see why Evan thought this was funny. But I wonder if having Cassie lusting after him will make him see his best friend in a different light too. This could be complicated as their fathers are blood enemies. There is never a dull moment in this book. Between the murder, the nasty vampires, Cassie lusting after Evan, and her family throwing a huge curve ball at her, I rushed to turn the pages, excited to see what was going to happen next. So much was happening, but I never lost my way. Christine led me from scene to scene, keeping me connected and curious. Humor was dabbled throughout the story, along with some romance and scares and a mystery that kept me searching for clues. In the end, you get some answers, while the author leaves some things open for more in this series. I’m very curious to see where things may go.
GinsBookNotes More than 1 year ago
I love when a book surprises me and Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden did just that. The Cover: Let’s just go ahead and get the obvious out of the way. The covers for this series are not your typical Urban Fantasy covers. I think that it is fine to do something a little different with the covers but I will admit that I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book out of a line up of other urban fantasy books just because the covers seem a little Middle Grade or Young Adult to me. With that being said, I would have missed out on a great book. The Main Character: In book 1 we get to know Cassandra Morgan Ursula Margaret Scot aka Cassie. Cassie comes from a large family. She has six brothers and sisters, still lives at home, and she is the only nonmagical Scot in her family. She is 21 and trying to figure out where she fits in her community and in her family. Cassie is naive and doesn’t really have a clue about the real world. She has been sheltered by her family and a lot of this story involves her growing up and learning to stand on her own two feet. The Mystery: The mystery part of the story is great. I loved that she teamed up with the magical “bad boy”, Evan, to solve the murders occurring in their town . We learn a lot more about the town and the history of the magical “people” who live there as Cassie and Evan track down clues and try to catch a killer before someone else dies. The author does a great job of filling in the blanks while letting the mystery drive the story. The Romance: Another thing that is handled well in this great story is the romance. It isn’t in the forefront of the story but it is definitely building and by the end it is clear that Evan and Cassie are going to be way more than friends. One is reluctant and the other is persistent. I think it will be interesting to see how their relationship plays out in future books. There are also some secondary characters that have sparks flying and the possibility of future hookups. To Summarize: This is a fun, fast paced story. It is full of characters that I really came to care about. It has a great storyline that kept me turning the pages. The mystery, romance, and urban fantasy elements are all very well done. I enjoyed the character growth and the family dynamics were great. I have already read book 2, as a matter of fact I will be reviewing it on Friday. I plan to continue to follow this series all the way to the end. Recommended to adults who might enjoy a lighter Urban Fantasy Mystery Romance. *I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
VonnieR More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars This was a quirky but fun book with a touch of mystery and magic. I was deterred at first with the book cover but the writing itself was pretty entertaining. This detective story was a great way to spend the nights before going to bed. The story and world that Cassie lived was enjoyable. I was hooked into the plot since I found myself trying to solve who the bad guy was. I found it interesting how the paranormal played a part in the story. Not only were there witches and warlocks, but there were vampires as well. It made me question whether there were other mythical creatures that would be introduced in the second book. As much as I found myself being drawn into the book, I did find some flaws with the story. It had me scratching my head a few times since I was confused. However, they were minor compared to the main idea of the story. The characters were entertaining. Cassie was a smart girl who was trying to prove herself to her family. She didn't have powers so she felt that she had to fend for herself. Her pride would get in her way though, and there were times that her character irritated me. Cassie was a believable character though. Next there was Evan. He was supposed to be the love interest without so much concentrating on the romance. Evan was mysterious and I liked how the author was able to pull his character off. I questioned a few times whether or not he was trustworthy. The ending with Evan threw me off. I even had mixed feelings about it. The other characters were great as well. Cassies' parents were not your normal set of parents, her siblings were very unique and relatable, and her friends were awkward. These characters helped the story move forward. Though I was not amazed by this book, I did help enjoy my nights before sleep took over. The world and characters were fun as well as the story line. I am interested as to what will happen between Cassie and Evan.
meanddoxie More than 1 year ago
Creating characters that the reader actually feel connected to is something that not all authors can do, especially in this genre, yet from the very first page I was glued and I ended up reading nearly half the book in one sitting. The story is fast paced and had me glued from the very first page. Though it is obviously embellished from what the real practicing Pagan does it is my opinion that this story was well researched and well thought out and isn’t just another paranormal novel that was written on a whim. I definitely recommend anyone who enjoys a little bit of love and a little bit of paranormal read this book. It’s an absolute treasure!
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book to give an honest review. I really really liked this book it was filled with magic and the paranormal. You have Cassie who is starting out on her own as far as business wise. But being as she lives in a town full of paranormal she just wants a normal job without it. But when she is asked to do a simple job well that is when some secrets come out, an old friend comes back into her life and so much more. Cassie is kind of not like her other siblings and she has always felt like an outcast but when her mom becomes pregnant again well lets just say Cassie is for sure more of an outcast than ever. And she is not truly happy with that.  When Cassie takes the job that was offered to her, well it is more than she bargained for. She learns there are vampires about within her town and she plans on stopping them no matter the cost to her life. But when big time Evan comes into her life well he has something planned for her. And at the end well you can tell how she feels about paying her debt to him.  Cassie has a boyfriend but their relationship is a weird one that I found just different. But who will pick in the end? Will it be Evan who she ends up indebted to? Or will it be Braden her long time boyfriend?  Now this wasn't your normal paranormal book. There is magic, vampires of course, sorceress. There is a mystery that needs solving and Cassie is on the case. I liked how we didn't know "who dunit" right away you were kept guessing until almost the end. The world that this author created was different but vivid to where you could possibly see this world she created. It didn't seemed forced as some worlds that deal with paranormal do at times. It all flowed together nicely.  The ending left me wondering if there would be a book two maybe? I really hope there is because I have questions that I would like answered. I can see this possibly becoming a series with Cassie and her jobs of paranormal. Now the cover could use a huge makeover being as it looks kind of childish. I would have thought more of this being a NA book that maybe she would look more older.    I do wish there could have been more information about Cassie's family background as I wanted more. But overall a really great and quick read, that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the paranormal, and a good mystery. 
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
An entertaining young adult paranormal story Cassandra Morgan Ursula Margaret Scot prefers to be called Cassie (and no wonder). She is the eldest child of two powerful magic users but is the only one of the magical seven who has no powers. Her decision to become a detective after her short-lived career as a sheriff’s deputy results in a less than lucrative business but at least it gets her out of the magic-filled household that reminds her of her lack. Her friendship with Evan Blackwood, scion of a family that has a traditional antipathy for her own, is complicated by the fact that he is one of the most powerful sorcerers in town but she no longer feels quite comfortable in his presence. A case that she accepts ensnares her in the magical and vampiric machinations in town and somehow Evan becomes more important in her life, despite her relationship with her intermittent boyfriend, Braden. A serious upheaval in the Scot family coincides with an increase in danger to Cassie with the unforeseen result that she becomes indebted to Evan more than she ever dreamed she would be or wants. This entertaining and imaginative story provides an intriguing twist on some of the traditional views of magic even as it addresses the concepts of inferiority and sibling competition. Cassie is a delightfully down-to-earth heroine even though she has traditionally existed in a bubble of privilege that she wasn’t aware of. Her complex relationships with her parents, her friend Evan and her siblings highlight the difficulties of being unable to be completely truthful with one another as everyone has an agenda that can be at cross-purposes and even detrimental to one another. I am not too thrilled by the actions of those who supposedly care for Cassie even though she will undoubtedly become a stronger person (if she survives long enough) in response to the wrongs perpetrated on her. There are intriguing and unexpected developments that hopefully will be explained in subsequent stories and I look forward to reading more of Cassie’s adventures. A copy of this title was provided to me in exchange for an honest review
itsJUSTme-wendy More than 1 year ago
A fun light Vampire story! This book was pretty good. It was fun to read and I did really get into the characters, they were all very likable. While this was not the best paranormal I have ever read, it was definitely worth the read. This is what I would call a lighter Vampire story, not dark and scary but fun and quirky. This was not real feeling, because it is not meant to be. I have to admit, I do like these kind of Vampire books better, usually (maybe a few exceptions - one being "Nightlife"). And... No icky Vampire sex! Yay, thank you Christine! This is a pretty clean book actually. This story was a good escape from the crazy reality of life. - So if that is the kind of book you are looking for this would be perfect. This is the first book I have read by Christine and I do think I would read another.
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
What if you lived in a world where the paranormal was normal? I really enjoyed the unique premise of this book and the well thought out world. Living in a world where being normal is looked down upon is definitely a twist. The author handled the different paranormal aspects really well. The romance was nicely done and very sweet, but it didn't take up the entire story which I really liked. I could definitely feel the chemistry between the characters. I also liked how the theme of growing up and finding yourself was dealt with. You could really relate to Cassie and most of all I really liked her courage to be herself and to live her own life outside of the expectations of everyone else. The family dynamics in the story were also very interesting and I enjoyed seeing how Cassie interacted with them. Mystery and suspense were prevalent throughout the story and had me on the edge of my seat as I tried to figure out what was going on right along with Cassie. This is a fun and interesting new twist on the paranormal and I highly recommend it!
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
First off, I'd like to say that Christine is freaking amazing. Even with the difficult cards she has been dealt in life, she still has created such awesomeness! I absolutely love this story... seems to be a theme lately, right? But I do! I totally feel for Cassie. I think we've all had moments where we just don't fit in with our family. Christine has done a great job at not only making a great main character, but those that she interacts with as well. They each seem to have their own personality and traits that make you want to get to know each one of them. I really wanna know about the side characters. There is so much potential for spin off series just on the siblings alone! (Just a hint, in case you're reading, Christine! And if you need a reviewer, pick me, pick me!) The setting is great because it falls in the land of normal mixed with the paranormal. A place that most of our fantasies and daydreams take place anyways. Christine crafts details really well so it feels like we're experiencing it all with the characters. Cassie is one of those characters that you feel like you have had a friend like that or even been like that- she's real. I appreciate real characters because you can connect with them easier. She's the kind of girl you want in your life. Oh, and then there is Evan. Can we have more of him, please? I want to know what has caused the bad blood... more about that kisser of his... more about... well, just more! GIVE ME MORE! I totally recommend this for everyone! Okay, if you don't like romantic novels (not that this is overly romantic), you might not enjoy this as much as someone else that does. Just check it out!
sassyshast More than 1 year ago
I was given the opportunity to read and review Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective by Christine Amsden. Let me just start off by saying, this is a wonderful book for all ages. I have absolutely fallen in love with the book and the characters. Immediately the book drew me in to the world of Ms. Cassie Scot. Cassie is the eldest daughter of a very powerful, magical family. Unfortunately, Cassie is not magical herself. Cassie was born with no magical powers at all, unlike those of her 6 brothers and sisters and her parents. Living in an area with sorcerers and vampires, Cassie is just really trying to live a normal life. “I’ve been called a lot of things on my life: normal, ordinary, and even a disappointment. After the Harry Potter books came out, a couple of people called me a squib. Since I haven’t read them I have to assume it’s a compliment. Personally, I prefer normal, which is why the sign on my office door reads: Cassie Scot, Normal Detective.” This story has everything, forbidden love, mystery, murder. Cassie begins a case to try to serve a subpoena to a town member, who is of the paranormal kind, and stumbles along a murder of a family member of her former best friend Evan Blackwood. Evan, who is also a powerful sorcerer, enlists Cassie in helping him find his cousin’s killer. Along the way Cassie seems to develop feelings for Evan, but is warned against them by not only her family, but also her friends. Now before I go and give too much away on this book, my suggestion to everyone is go get and read the book. You will not be disappointed. And trust me, Amsden will leave you wanting more. I can’t wait until the next book in series becomes available. She has a wonderful hit on her hands.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Cassie Scot ParaNormal Detective is a great story with a unique twist-a normal human in a paranormal world. Cassie is from a family of Sorcerers, but unfortunately she did not inherit any of her parents powers, so she strikes out to prove that just because she is “normal” she can still be successful and useful to the community by being a detective for the paranormal community. When she gets her first case she is excited and ready to put her skills to the test. Cassie is such an awesome protagonist. Even though she has some self-doubt, she is still confident, independent, and smart. She is a very realistic and dynamic character. Having her first case deal with vampires makes it even better, with all the vampire stories out there, I just found it kinda funny. This is a very exciting and fast paced Urban Fantasy story that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. You feel like you are right beside Cassie looking for clues and interacting with her magical friends and family. For the romance lovers out there, do not despair that is a love story element to the story, it’s just not the main focus. The main focus is Cassie finding her place in a paranormal world. This story grabs you from page one and holds on until the last page! I cannot wait for the sequel! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me just start out by saying I did NOT receive a free copy of this book for review.  I had to pay for it...and it was money well spent.  I haven't enjoyed a book as much as this one in some time.  The author did a great job with her characterizations and keeping the story moving throughout.  I sat anxiously on the edge of my seat anticipating what was going to happen next in every action scene, family drama, and romantic interlude.  The story is unravels itself masterfully so as to keep interest piqued. Although I don't normally read stories of sorcerers, this one was imaginative and entertaining.  If I had any problems with the book, it would be solely with editing errors.  However, these were few in the book and did not detract from the storyline.   I would highly recommend this book 
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
What if you were born into a family of practitioners with knowledge of the paranormal, but you were only normal, an outsider, with no magical skills of your own? What if one day your parents do the unthinkable, proving you’re right and you don’t belong in their world or any world it seems? What would you do? In Author Christine Amsden’s latest novel, CASSIE SCOT: PARANORMAL DETECTIVE, Cassie Scot, at 21, faces a turning point in her life. The detective agency that she’s opened brings in few customers until one day she’s hired to serve a subpoena to a sorceress. Simple enough job, right? Or perhaps not, for in Cassie’s world, where magic exists, nothing is what it seems and people are seldom what/who you think they are. Cassie is soon on the trail of a murderer. She faces vampires intent on stopping her, fires that almost roast her, and questions about who to trust, when everyone around her seems to be hiding a secret. In addition to her attempts to avoid vampires that would like to taste Cassie’s blood, there’s Braden, her boyfriend, who wants to marry her. She also finds herself attracted to Evan, the boy she went to school with, who has special powers of his own and whose family her parents despise. Even Cassie’s love life is not normal. Vivid action scenes (with great vampires as well as brothers and sisters that really care for Cassie, by the way), romance, and family relationships make for an exciting read. I recommend CASSIE SCOT: PARANORMAL DETECTIVE for mystery and fantasy lovers, and also for everyone that enjoys a good read with characters you’ll find yourself liking and hoping life turns out the way they want it, or hoping that the villains get what they deserve. I only wish the next book in the series was out because I’m ready to see what choices Cassie makes. And she has a few. Will she marry Braden? Will she decide Evan is the man for her? Will her relationship with her parents improve? I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the answers. Very nice novel, Christine Amsden. ###
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Christine pens "Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective" in a plot filled with magickal adventure, suspense and tons of family drama. With very strong, well developed characters, the book just drew me in from the very first page. This is a great start to a new series and one that I intend to follow through to the end...gotta see what happens next! A total must read for all paranormal and non-paranormal fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
cs More than 1 year ago
A normal girl in a paranormal world.  What is a detective to do?  The delightful kickoff of a new series “Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective” by Christine Amsden Nothing delights me more than a new discovery and what delights me even more is that I found it from an independent publisher here in my own backyard, Twilight Times Books in Kingsport, Tennessee? “Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective” by Christine Amsden is a promising debut of a new, everyday girl detective in a not-so-everyday world. We can’t all be superstars.  That’s the case with dully normal Cassie Scot, the most untalented and unmagical of her magical family.  Life gives us lemons and some, like Cassie, make lemonade.  She decides to set up a detective agency in her hometown of Eagle Rock, Missouri, a real place it seems in unincorporated Barry County, population 1,200.  After reading about all the bizarre things that go on there in this book, it is definitely a place I think I would like to visit. Six months after opening her agency, Cassie still doesn’t have a client.  Here’s where things get energized: she is hired in her first job to deliver a subpoena to a local witch.  Easy enough.  Her family has put her in those circles.  But along the way, she finds a dead body.  Then she becomes the target of vampires.  Add a sorcerer and you have a grand collection of delightfully normal (and abnormal) characters.  Like Carl Kolchak of my own youth, Cassie – because she has none of her family’s magical powers – is forced to fight the legerdemain of the underworld with the same set of skills we plain mortals have: courage, practical common sense, and sometimes unexpected good fortune.  That’s what makes her so identifiable.  She brings to the book nothing more than what we might, as well. Like “Harry Potter,” this story and the younger characters who populate it appeal to a wide demographic and give us that world within a world full of delightful story possibilities.  This book is not just for adults.  I’ll be recommending this to my son.  It’s a fun story with a fun character.  I look forward to the next book in the series. - Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( Stafford’s latest projects are the documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” (