Friday, September 18, 2015

Madison's Song - Book Review + Giveaway

Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black...

Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison's nightmares are not.

Despite her fears, when Madison's brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton's home only to discover that he's vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she's not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott's are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.

*Stand-alone companion to the Cassie Scot series

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Paperback Release: October 15
Audiobook Release: TBA

The first police car screamed into the lot, skidding to a halt so close to the front of the truck that it was a miracle it hadn't hit. They were caught. Madison glanced at Scott for instructions, but his eyes were closed and he was muttering something under his breath – casting a spell.

Two uniformed officers spilled from their car, but they didn't come towards them. Instead, they went for Mick and his dad, cutting them off before they could pile into a rusty Toyota. Then another squad car screamed into the lot, ejecting two more officers who went into the building.

“Go,” Scott murmured.

She barely heard him, but she obeyed. She put the truck in reverse, carefully backed away from the police car trying to kiss their bumper, then threw the truck into drive and peeled away. Madison kept glancing at the mirrors, even though the angles were wrong, looking behind them for the cars that would surely give chase. They didn't. The police officers acted as if they couldn't even see them.

It wasn't just the policemen who couldn't see them, as Madison discovered when she pulled into traffic. She screamed and slammed on the brakes, barely missing a collision when a car changed lines directly into their side.

“Are we invisible?” Madison asked.

My Thoughts:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Towards the end I started trying to remember what my feelings for Madison were throughout the Cassie Scot series. I don't know if it was because of all the time I had just spent with her (or seeing her through Scott's eyes) but I had a moment when I stopped and asked myself if I ever really liked her.

We don't get much from her in that series, other than her background story, so I guess there shouldn't have been an actual answer to my question.
Considering that I asked myself this towards the end I guess the real question should have been what are my feelings for Madison now.

I still don't think I know the answer.

I do like her, if anyone was getting a spin-off I'm glad it was her, there's just so much more to her story. And her talent is singing, how cool of a musical would that make?

Maybe my reason for asking myself that question was because Madison has to ask herself that.
Because that's what the book is about her finding herself and accepting who she is.
And I did like following her in that  journey.

I also enjoyed her journey with Scott. I loved these two together and the romance was perfect.

Honestly I liked everything about the story, not just those things. Romance, intrigue, waiting for something to happen (multiple somethings really). Just a constant: What's going to happen?! And When!?
I don't want to go into details so I'll just say it's such an interesting idea. All around, every little thing about it.

I can not get enough of the world Christine Amsden has created with these books..

The Cassie Scot Series
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)

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Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)

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Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)

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Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)

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About the Author:

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.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review!

    Madison was a challenge as a character -- How do you make someone likable when they don't really like themselves? I guess it's why she was supposed to be a secondary character instead of a main character. :) But I'm glad you understood her, in the end. I can't wait to see what you think of Kaitlin, another big challenge!