Book Review: The Untangled Cassie Black

Howdy Folks!

How have you been? I’ve had something of a busy weekend for the first time in a while, and I’m hoping to get some extra R&R before the busy workweek starts.

Anywho, I finished reading another book!

This time I read The Untangled Cassie Black, the third and final installment in the series by Tammie Painter.

I’m a huge fan of Tammie Painter’s work and also a member of her advanced review team, so I was super excited to read this book once I got my copy!

How did I like it? Keep on scrolling!



Sometimes taking an overdose of magic is the least of your worries.

Cassie Black has just lost two people through a magic portal. Her archenemy, the Mauvais, is threatening to destroy city after city if HQ doesn’t hand her over to him. And HQ isn’t exactly saying no to that offer.

As HQ debates Cassie’s fate, Cassie refuses to sit by and watch the grass grow between the toes of the surveillance gnomes. Biting back her life rule to never get involved, she knows the only way to stop the Mauvais is to go after him herself.

Which is exactly what he wants. Because the instant Cassie falls into his hands, the Mauvais will have unlimited power.

So don’t get captured, right? Easy to say. Trouble is, there’s a traitor within HQ who’s proving to be more devious, more powerful, and to have more tricks up the sleeve than Cassie could have ever dreamed.

In this page-turning conclusion of the Cassie Black Trilogy, the curses are flying, the pastries are plentiful, and the magical batteries are charged to capacity.



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The Review:

Following the last exciting novel in the series, Cassie Black’s world has never been more upside down. The Mauvais has escaped with Tobey and Alastair in tow, and he plans to wreak havoc upon the world if Cassie doesn’t give herself up. Can Cassie figure a way out of this, or is she destined to become an extracted hollowed out shell of herself?

This was such a good book. Mystery, magic, and pastry-fueled antics abound! Given what the other two were like I feel like we got what was promised with this epic ending. There were so many great elements that worked here.

Cassie continues to be a great reluctant hero for the reader. As usual, I enjoyed the puns and witty humor she sent our way and laughed out loud a couple times to my cat’s disdain. I feel that Cassie continues to grow through each book. She does stick to her spunky ways, but the main thing she really conquered here was her trusting of her friends and learning that not everyone is out to get her. That’s an insanely hard thing to do given her past and the situation.

I was surprised that Tobey ended up being my second favorite character. He changes quite a bit, and I really cared about him by the end. He wasn’t the same scowling jealous guy he seems to be, and that was really refreshing.

The plot was super captivating! The entire world hangs in the balance with this book, and you can’t get much higher stakes than that! Cassie’s more determined than ever to find the Mauvais, and if she does it’ll be a battle to the death. That really spurred me on. There was tons of mystery throughout, and that kept me on my toes. After each chapter I’d stop and think on who might be helping the Mauvais, but darn it, I couldn’t figure it out! I really loved the ending and can’t wait to read more from this author.

If you love magical hijinks, punny witticisms, and a crazy adventure, then this series is for you!

***I received an ARC copy of this book in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.***


That’s a Wrap!

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  1. Great review. I need more pastry fueled mysteries in my life, although I’d rather be fueled by the pastries while I read than read about the characters being fueled by them.

    • Thanks! Haha, all about them pastries! Speaking of which, I need to find me a good bakery nearby. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

  2. I have read this book before…about ten times (ugh).

    I’m so thrilled you enjoyed it!! It’s been fun seeing which characters readers connect with most. And phew, I was worried I was giving away too many hints and clues as to who the real baddie was…glad I kept you on your reading toes : ) Thanks for another fabulous review.

    • Lol!

      Yeah, it was very well done. You really had me guessing the entire time. Once I learned who it was I remember having doubted the individual but letting it go at some point. Ah, you got me!

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