Stolen Dreams

Stolen Dreams

by Christine Amsden

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Stolen Dreams was the winner in the Fiction Fantasy/Contemporary category of the 2015 Global eBook Awards and also a finalist in the Fiction eBook Category for The Next Generation Indie Awards (2016).

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have hated one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood's grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie's father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149754151
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Publication date: 06/25/2014
Series: Cassie Scot , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 318,694
File size: 416 KB

About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy 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 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 affects 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.

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, Drake and Celeste.

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Stolen Dreams 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Oh how I am going to miss the characters in this series. If anyone had told me I would fall in love with a YA series I would have laughed--but the laugh is on me. From the first book to the last I was enthralled. I read each one in one sitting--and hungered for more. I hope at some point Christine Amsden will continue the saga--there are many directions she could take. To read my reviews of the first three click on the links below where the books are listed in order. The about the book below about says it all without giving anything away--and there are an awful lot of things happening!
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***Received the ebook for free for an honest review The cover is way cool and probably my favorite of them all :) I totally love this series, and this book rocked as much as the rest of the series.  The only thing I do not like is that there will be no more stories on Cassie which make me really sad. There is so much going on in this series you are definitely not bored reading it.  I wanted to read it straight through and found it really difficult when I had to put it down to take care of my family.  Cassie is awesome as always.  I love her independence and how she always does what she feels is right whether others agree or not even if it is the family.  I wanted to slap Evan a time or two, but I was happy in the end :)  This review was harder because I don’t want to give anything away, but so much happens in this story and you don’t want to miss out. Christine does an awesome job with details and making the story come alive.  I’m glad she has a couple books planned for other characters in this world, but I definitely hope this world doesn’t go away because I want more and lots of it.   I highly recommend this series it is a fun series that mixes paranormal and mystery together with lots of action and drama.
MayrasSecretBookcase More than 1 year ago
I can’t believe this is the last book in the Cassie Scot new adult paranormal mystery series! I really have enjoyed this series a lot. If you’re new to the series, I advise you to pick up the books in order: Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective   Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)  Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3) Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4) In this the final installment, talented author Christine Amsden brings the infamous Scot vs. Blackwood family feud to a close, but not without filling her story with enough intrigue, mystery, twists and surprises to keep you thinking about the characters for a long time. And this is, really, the biggest draw in these stories, the characters, especially Cassie and Evan. Cassie has been such a likable protagonist throughout the series, smart and strong and opinionated, yet caring and warm-hearted. Evan –yes, arrogant, condescending and overprotective Evan — has also been the perfect hero. They were school sweethearts…until Evan’s father stole her powers from her and gave them to Evan, thus starting a conflict between them that brought them to the depths of despair, especially for Cassie. There are many subplots in this book, but the main problem happens when Cassie’s father is killed and she and her family think that Evan’s dad is the one responsible. The primary storyline has to do with finding out if this is true or not and, if not, then who, in fact, is responsible. There are many surprises in Stolen Dreams, and I enjoyed all of them. Fans of romance will especially enjoy the focus on Cassie and Evan’s relationship. I loved the ending. In sum, this was a wonderful series, and the author delivered a satisfying closure. I wonder what she will come up next? I’m certainly going to be on the lookout for her future books.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Stolen Dreams is the final instalment in the author’s Cassie Scot, paraNormal Detective series, and it packs a huge emotional punch into its storyline. Book three made Cassie’s small world global, dragging small-town magic and mystery into a nation-wide plot to change the magical world. But now, in book four, Cassie’s running home to friends and family, finding no safe place, and fighting the small-stage dangers that will define how the global is seen. Can a girl who is different ever learn to fit in? Can a guy who is different ever keep the love of his small-town girl? Can a father who is different really protect his child? And can a father who has sinned ever be forgiven? Threats abound in this fourth novel. Danger is real. Death is permanent. And no stone is left unturned in finding the killer. There are mysteries behind mysteries here, and all will come to logical resolutions. It’s a complex tale, that really demands its readers be familiar with what came before. But it’s a thoroughly enthralling and rewarding novel, with great characters, well-drawn mystery, complex worldview, and nicely convincing plot. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy during the author’s blog tour.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book to give an honest review. *MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS* 4.5 I literally finished this book late last night, it seemed every time I started to read Stolen Dreams someone or something needed to be done. So when I was able to actually sit and read without any interruptions I was like wow what is going on between the two families of Cassie and Evan.  With Cassie no longer in town, Evan seems to have bounty hunters on his head! I know shocking right? And when Cassie comes home to visit her family she learns that both families the Blackwoods and the Scots are both pretty much acting childish. Kidnapping each others family members, not being able to be in the same room with each other it is all just a hot mess. But we do learn why the Blackwoods and the Scots do not get along and I am glad that was brought to light as I have always wondered. But it seems that there is more than just a family feud going on, and when Cassie and Evan do the unthinkable well lets just say it gets interesting.  I love how Cassie doesn't have any paranormal powers like everyone else but yet she has learned how to take care of herself. And it seems that since she doesn't have any powers she has something else within her an ability to see things through her dreams, and I think that is way much cooler than have magical powers.   Cassie has really grown up a lot in this story and has learned that she should love herself the way she is. Everyone else does especially Evan.  There is so much going on within this story that I am sad to see this series end. The author has done a great job with character building, the paranormal aspect, and the overall relationship between everyone.  We get to know more about the side characters through out this story and it is enough to where I know that I would love to have more. More of Jason and Kaitlin, the relationship between Madison and Evan.   *SPOILER ALERT* Now one thing I had a problem with was how Cassie didn't interact as much with her siblings as before. They never play a big part in the story but Cassie has always seemed to be worried or concerned with them. When something tragic happens, Cassie didn't really seem to check in on her siblings. Which was not like her. This is the reason I have given the book a 4.5 rating and not a solid 5 because this was not like the Cassie I have read about before. It was like missing a small piece of the character.
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
Feuding families and kidnappings. Vampires and seers. Magic and murder. Just another day in the life of Cassie Scot. If Cassie thought her life was complicated before, she’s about to discover things can and do get worse. In Award-winning author Christine Amsden’s latest novel, STOLEN DREAMS: a Cassie Scot novel, the fourth and final book in the Cassie Scot series, Cassie returns home after being away for two months and finds the feud between her family, the Scots, and the Blackwoods, her ex-boyfriend Evan’s family, has escalated in her absence. Not only does she have to deal with Evan, who claims he still loves her, but people are dying and Cassie needs to stop the murders. Can she and her ex work together to find out who’s responsible? And will Evan give her magic back? I love this series. Ms. Amsden has a talent for making the characters come to life so that the reader either loves a character or hates him/her. I don’t know a lot about magic and spells and such, but the characters sure know and some of their feats are amazing. While Cassie is a wonderful young woman, interesting and appealing, Evan is my favorite character. He’s not perfect, maybe that’s why I like him; he’s human, well with special abilities. And he truly loves Cassie and regrets things he’s done in the past. Yes, I think she should give him a second chance. Does he? You’ll have to read the book to find out. STOLEN DREAMS is a great read for readers that love science fiction, fantasy, and the magic (literally) of romance. And if you haven’t read the three previous books, I’d suggest you do so. You’ll be happy you did. ###
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Book series' are common now but often I find that my interest wanes after the second or third story, but this has not been the case with the Cassie Scot mysteries. Sadly, Stolen Dreams is the last time we will meet Cassie, Evan and the paranormal citizens of Eagle Rock, but Christine Amsden says farewell to her characters in style! After the revelations Cassie heard about her life in Mind Games she returns to the town angry and confused. Her relationship with Evan is still strained, but she disagrees with the war which has broken out between their families. Throughout the story Cassie takes complete ownership of her life, regardless of the opinions of those close to her. Her attitude changes throughout the course of the novel, from insisting her magic is transferred to her, to welcoming her new and unusual gift. These are lasting decisions about her future, which affect her both romantically and spiritually and Christine Amsden allows us to see the impact these will have upon her. This plot is the most emotionally draining of the four books as the Scots and Blackwoods experience birth, death, love and loss, alongside the usual magical occurrences. I hoped for Cassie's HEA in this final book but the journey Christine Amsden takes us on is a powerful and engaging one, leaving us with a lasting impression of the characters. Stolen Dreams is representative of the first three books, in that it offers any New Adult reader something to enjoy; romance, excitement, passion, intensity, angst, drama and mystery. I will miss Cassie and Eagle Rock, but I am confident that Christine Amsden will offer us an equally good story again soon! I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
It’s always hard to review the next book in a series and this is the fourth and final book. Each review gets shorter to prevent spoilers. I adored this series and while I was sad to see the end was near, I was anxious to find out what happened. Each book got more serious, more dangerous and I worried for many of the characters. Some get their happy ever afters, some don’t, and some get something in between. There’s a huge loss, betrayal, misdirection and confrontations. Characters become suspect, then not, then suspect again. It’s hard to determine who’s up to what, and minor characters take on more prominent roles. It will keep you reading into the wee hours. The story unravels quickly. You’ll be knocked on your heels by a tragedy and the action is relentless. Nothing was rushed or awkward as the author revealed the answers to my questions and led me deep into a deadly mystery. It all builds until it boils over. Pouring out the finale with a big surprise and a most enchanting ending. Tragedy, triumph, romance that’s not too dicey, and scenes that leap out at you, I left this world with a hint of sadness and a smile, and I recommend this series to everyone.
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable conclusion to a fun series. 4.25 stars "Stolen Dreams" by Christine Amsden is the exciting conclusion to her paranormal ‘Cassie Scot’ series. Evan Blackwood has an even larger bounty on his head than before, and is still struggling with Cassie Scot’s rejection, particularly since she has run off with Alexander duPris and there are rumors that the two of them will wed. Hostilities between the extended families of the Scots and Blackwoods continue to escalate until lives are very much at risk. Cassie returns to town, only to be caught in even more of a dilemma as Kaitlin prepares to have the baby of Jason the Vampire Hunter who is rumored to have become one of those he formerly hunted, and revelations about her friend Madison strain their relationship even more. The specter of Cassie’s stolen magic continues to alter many relationships and will, until Cassie finds a way to deal with it permanently. The problem is that not everyone will be happy with her decision and some may choose a different way of solving it permanently, possibly even fatally. This was a wonderfully imaginative way to end the series and provided both poignant scenes and lots of unexpected surprises. It was a little overwhelming trying to remember who some of the players were at first, and I strongly recommend that you read all of the series in order since there are a multitude of individuals who all have their own agendas. This is a great illustration of the complications that arise when one assumes that one knows best for another person even as it reinforces the importance of being comfortable in your own skin. There are a few areas that are still a little murky for me and I have to hope that it’s because the author has left room to continue the saga of these intriguing characters but on the whole, I thought this was a very satisfying conclusion to a fun series. A copy of this title was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
The Cassie Scot series really comes to an exciting peak with this novel.  It is an intense novel, while still being a fun read.  I devoured it in a single sitting.  Amsden’s vivid & larger than life descriptions bring everything to the forefront in a very visual manner.  The captivating storyline kept me on my toes, always wanting to know how things would pan out.   The various levels of intrigue and deception are peeled away, allowing readers access to the innermost workings of the story.   I loved how the characters have really grown into themselves throughout the series.  Amsden continues to build on the individuals that we’ve come to know and love in previous novels of the series, presenting new facets of the individuals that they are becoming.  The characters’ actions and reactions to certain events are just as revealing as the storyline itself.  It adds to the suspense and fast forward pace of the story.  Also, the revelation of the complete, intertwining histories of the families really brings everything together.  Not only the actions of the different factions in the tale, but the story itself. Overall, this was a brilliant addition to the series.  Amsden had me laughing and crying in turn.  I’d highly recommend it (and the series as a whole) to those who enjoy some paranormal adventures.  This is definitely the peak of a YA series for all ages. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.