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Caszandra (Touchstone) by Andrea K. Höst

Caszandra (Touchstone) (2011)

by Andrea K. Höst

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Series: Touchstone (Book 3)

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I enjoyed it, but I wasn't captivated by it with the intensity that I felt for Stray and Lab Rat One. Because Cass's circumstances aren't as intense. Things happen, but in between those episodes, she's okay. More than okay. She's building a life for herself. And this means she doesn't have the same need for a private space in which to make sense of things.

I love the feeling of being unable to put a book down, so I wished there was more tension. Internal tension, between what Cass wants and what she has.

But I liked the trilogy, as a whole! I mean, happy endings are better than realistic misery (like certain YA trilogies I could name), right? ( )
  Herenya | Mar 29, 2016 |
Lovely ending! A proper HEA. Review coming... ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
Deze recensie is als eerste geplaatst op Carpe Libra

*Diepe Zucht* En zo eindigt met Caszandra ook deze serie… Ik vind het heel jammer om afscheid te moeten nemen van Cass en de Sentari. Er is nog zoveel waar ik wat meer van had willen weten! Gelukkig schrijft Andrea K. Höst nog een lang epilogue, waardoor we nog iets langer van Cass en haar vrienden kunnen genieten :)

Net als in Lab Rat One gebeurt er in Caszandra een heleboel. Wordt je opnieuw meegesleurd in de wondere wereld die Andrea K. Höst gecreëerd heeft. Vol gebeurtenissen die samenkomen tot een zinderend einde dat zo’n enorme indruk op me heeft gemaakt dat ik het nu nog makkelijk voor de geest kan halen. Ook Caszandra is een boek dat je keer op keer kan lezen om telkens iets nieuws te ontdekken, Andrea K. Höst kan zo gedetailleerd schrijven, fantastisch!

Het was fijn om ook eens een keer over een “echte” relatie te lezen. Een relatie waar beide partijen moeten werken om deze te laten lukken. Geen soulmate of liefde op het eerste gezicht, nee, gewoon een jongen en een meisje die langzaamaan verliefd op elkaar worden. Waar de vrouwelijke hoofdpersoon niet de hele tijd zwijmelt over hoe geweldig “hij” is,behalve als ze haar geheime Kaoren collectie terug kijkt natuurlijk, maar dat is volstrekt begrijpelijk. Ik ben zo blij dat Cass en Kaoren eindelijk een stelletje zijn. Het einde van Lab Rat One had me echt aan het gillen gemaakt. Oh, wat was dat toch geweldig! Ik heb het dan ook meteen een paar keer gelezen en nog steeds smelt ik helemaal van binnen *dromerige zucht*

Met Caszandra heeft Andrea K. Höst een mooi einde geschreven voor een prachtige serie. Ik ben dol op de wereld die Andrea K. Höst heeft gecreëerd met al die geweldige personages. Ik weet zeker dat ik nog vaak naar Cass en haar vrienden zal terug keren, ook al vind ik het een beetje jammer dat er geen nieuwe avonturen komen. ( )
  CarpeLibra | Aug 16, 2015 |
Read the full Review at Witchmag's Boekenplank

*Deep Sigh* And so this story ends… At the moment I’m not happy that this was the last story about Cass and the Sentari. I wanna know more! Fortunately I found out that there will be a free epilogue coming out in two weeks, so I’m looking forward to finding out who ends up with who ^^ (most important info ;) )

Just like Lab Rat One, a lot was happening in this one. To the extend that I can’t even remember what exactly happened at the beginning, only the ending is still freshly printed in my memory ;) . But that’s not a problem for me, it really makes me want to start reading it again, the same reaction I had as with Lab Rat One. And as I said, I can’t give a bigger compliment to a writer ;)

I’m so glad that Cass and Kaoren are finally a couple. I was so excited for Cass at the ending of Lab Rat One (I actually read the ending a couple of times, loved it that much ;) )! In this book we find if their relation will work. I liked it a lot that there is no “destined lover” in this series, just a girl and boy falling in love. You also don’t see that she loves him back in every sentence. Of course there are moments where she swoons (especially after watching her secret Kaoren collection ;) ) but that’s totally understandable ;) . And also in this book there are some great “squeel” moments and Cass has some really funny comments about Ruuel, that will make you laugh out loud ^^

As usual Cass spends some time in medical, with all the tests and scans, although this time she endures it a lot better. They even start to get an idea of what her powers are and what she can do with it, till the moment she does something totally unexpecting again. But that’s just Cass ;)

Overall rating 5 hearts. It was a great read and I had a hard time putting it down to go to my lectures (you can guess that I wasn’t paying much attention, wanted to know how the story continued ;) ). I really loved the world Andrea K. Höst described with its amazing characters and I’m sad to say goodbye to it all. Although I have still the epilogue to look forward to ^^ ( )
  Iris-Boekenplank | Nov 17, 2013 |
Some spoilers for the first two books below.

Part of what I adored about Stray and Lab Rat One, parts one and two of the Touchstone Trilogy, was the delightful self-awareness that this story could seem a bit far-fetched at times. As Cass herself said in Lab Rat One, “And me being some mysterious touchstone thing with bunches of incredibly hot people looking after me. It’s all a little wish-fulfillment.” But the thing is, it wasn’t. There was a ring of truth to Cass’s tale and struggles on a new planet, even if she did end up being this miraculous space ninja enhancer. That all disappears in this incredibly disappointing final book, Caszandra, where the plot devolves into a mushy, romantic mess and the looming bad things are solved without much hardship. Every one of Cass’s wishes comes true after finally attaining the love of Kaoren Ruuel, even wishes she didn’t know she had, like becoming a foster mother! I was so immensely frustrated by this book, mostly because I felt like this series was so promising and it didn’t come together in the end. As a result, my reading investment was wasted, my payoff nonexistent. In Caszandra, forgotten is the mythology of the Ena and the Lantarens, swept aside is the possibility of any relationship between Muina and Earth, left behind is any regard for Cass’s family of eighteen years, instead we get pages and pages of Cass loving Kaoren, ravishing Kaoren, planning her future with Kaoren. I think my dissatisfaction comes down to this: I began this series with the promise of interplanetary hijinks and epic battles in virtual reality spaces. What the final volume came down to was an impossibly perfect fiancé, adopted children, and Setari matchmaking. ( )
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It's one thing to decide to save the universe, another altogether to find a way to go about it.
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Cassandra Devlin doesn’t know what she's for. But she knows she's running out of time.

Since Cass was rescued from the abandoned world of Muina, the Aussie teen has proven more than useful to the people of Tare. Expeditions to their home world no longer end in slaughter. The teaching city of Kalasa has been unlocked. After years of searching for answers, they are starting to make progress.

But space is tearing itself apart. Ionoth attack in ever-greater numbers. And "the useful stray" has been injured so many times that the Tarens hesitate to use her for fear of losing her.

With one particular Taren now her most important person, Cass is determined to contribute everything she can - and hopes to find some answers of her own. What is the link between Muina and Earth? Why are the reclusive Nurans so interested in 'rescuing' her? And what role in the crisis do the inhuman Cruzatch play?

Can Cass keep herself together long enough to find out?
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