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Stephanie Beerden was born on Friday the 13th (no joke, she really was) in a small city called Genk and has always been fascinated with the occult, magic and books. Her childhood and teen years were filled with reading lots and lots of books and imagining what life would be like as a real Vampire. Until one day she decided that she wanted to try her hand at writing her own books and that was the beginning of her writing adventure. Her first book is a YA Fantasy called De Elementen – Het Verloren Koninkrijk and after many, many trials and tribulations, one small Dutch publisher decided “Hey, let’s give this girl a shot”. Her second book De Elementen – Archandir has recently been published by same publisher and she couldn’t be happier about that. Stephanie hopes to keep writing as long as she can and already has several writing projects in the works for the future.

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Archandir (The Elements Series #2)

 

The sequel to The Lost Kingdom (The Elements Series #1)

Author: Stephanie Beerden
Publisher: Cluster Uitgeverij Jaylen Books
Genre: Fantasy
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Website: www.stephaniebeerden.com

Sidenote: At the moment my books are only available in Dutch, but they are currently being translated to English

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Author: Stephanie Beerden
Publisher: Jaylen Books
Genre: Fantasy
Song: Amethystium - Strangely Beautiful
ISBN: 978-94-9124-731-6
Website: www.facebook.com/DeElementen , www.jaylen-books.nl
Sidenote: At the moment my books are only available in Dutch, but they are currently being translated to English.

Charming - Elliott James *Received an ARC copy from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*So Charming is about a man named John Charming, a Knight and a half-blood werewolf. Because of this he has been chased away and hunted by other Knights because they think he's an abomination. Currently he's living in Clayburg where he meets Sig, a Valkyrie and together with her and other characters he discovers that a Vampire is slowly killing off people in his city. And so begins their investigationI'll start on the characters now. I rather like the main character John Charming, because he's a sarcastic and joking kind of wise ass, who you either love or hate. Then we have Sig, I don't really know what to think of her, one moment I think she's okay and the other moment she just makes me want to hit her. Her entire persona is all over the place through the entire book. I did like Molly though, there is just something about her that made me like her instantly. I hated Dvornik and Parth. Dvornik because he's a mean, cruel and back-stabbing son of a bitch and he just makes me wanna shoot him in the head. And Prath, gah! He's so annoying and unlikable and he's the biggest hypocrite I've ever met!To be honest, it's not a bad book, but I have to admit there were a lot of boring parts which made me give it 3 stars. The story is reasonably good with nice characters and a nice pace as well. Also the many info dumps in the book got quite tedious and slowed down the story somewhat in my opinion. But other then that it wasn't a bad read.
Chameleon: The Awakening (Book 1 of The Forest People) - Maggie Faire Review to come...
Ruby's Fire - Catherine Stine *Received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I got this copy from NetGalley after requesting it because I loved the cover and the blurb looked interesting. And I'm happy to say that this book was a great surprise to me. First and foremost the story is about Ruby who lives with cult and on the night she's about to be forcibly made the "wife" of sorts of one of the Elders, she uses a potion she made to make the Elder fall asleep and tak her eight-year-old brother Thorn away from that place. They end up in a place called The Greening. It's run by a woman, named Nevada who let's them stay at the school and continue their education. Then a contest made by Axiom comes up and several schools - including The Greening - are selected to participate and make something with the Fireseed. Needless to say the story was very interesting and compelling. I couldn't stop reading once I started. I loved the way Catherin Stine portays her world and everything in it. There were a few things that bothered me though, which made me drop from 5 stars to 4 stars because of it. One reason was because I noticed a few spelling mistakes and typos that annoyed me during my reading. My second reason is that I don't very much like Ruby, the main character, despite the fact that everything is written from her POV. I just couldn't connect with her. I did like Armonk though and Thorn who - despite not speaking all that much throughout the book - turned out to be one of the most interesting characters in the book. All that said, this book deserves 4 stars, which I'm giving it and I would recommend to the other people who like YA Science Fiction, because this is definitely worth reading at least once.
Sky's End (Cassiel Winters, #1) - Lesley  Young Seeing as how I did not even finish this book, this won't be a long review. Let me start by saying that I actually like reading Sci-Fi very much. But this book was just not my cup of tea. Not only did the story not move me or fascinate me in any way, like other sci-fi books usually do. It felt more like I was reading the ramblings of a hormonal crazy, sex-obsesssed teenage girl who annoyed me to no end, despite the fact that the main character is 21-years-old.I have never before disliked a main character as much I disliked Cassiel. Nor did I like King or any of the other males characters that floated around constantly. They just all feel so empty and brainless to me. Sometimes Cassiel even comes over as a Mary Sue. Also I wasn't all that impressed with Cassiel's "deja vu" ability and the fact that she just seems to get the "hots" for every male that comes her way. Therefore, as much as I hate doing this, I am rating this book with a 1 star.
First Frost - Liz DeJesus *Received a free copy for Blog Tour stop*I loved it. There is just no other words to describe how I feel about this book. I'm a fan of fairy tale re-tellings and this book just blew me away. So story follows Bianca Frost, who is a descendant of Snow White (and if that isn't awesom I don't know what is). Her family owns a museum where a lot of artifacts from Fairy Tales are displayed. Like Sleeping Beauty's spinning wheel, the Mirror from Snow Wite, the oven from Hansel and Gretel (how cool is that). One night Bianca finds out that her mom's a witch and all those fairy tales are real. And her family has been protecting all these artifacts from falling into the wrong hands. But the adventure really begins when her mother is kidnapped by their enemy Lenore, who searches Queen Mirabel's spell book. The story was just awesome, I don't have any words to describe it. I loved the setting in Neverafter and how things are so different from the normal world. Also the history behind Bianca's family is interesting. I also loved the characters Bianca is just so much fun to read and her mom Rose was great too. She's just a sweet character. Also Ming is funny as hell, she Bianca's best friend and is great in her own perfectly normal way. Then we also have David, Bianca's dad, who comes in later in the story. He's such a nice guy and I felt awful he had to spend a decade as a black bear, but lukily it all turned out well enough. Then you have Terrance and Prince Ferdinand. I didn't really care for Ferdinand, because I thought he was a bit annoying throughout the book, but I loved Terrance, he's so interesting and he is also Bianca's love interest. I think they look so cute together!That's all I have to say about the first book, I'm gonna go and read the second one, right now. Hopefully it'll be just as good as the this one.
Glass Frost - Liz DeJesus *Received a free copy for Blog Tour Stop*I so enjoyed reading this book! It's as good as the first one and I'm so happy I got to read both books for the blog tour. They're just so awesome!The story continues off where book 1 ended. Terrance comes into the normal world and asks Bianca to come with him back to Neverafter. She goes with him and Ming comes along too. There they go to meet Queen Felicia who is the one who asked Terrance to bring Bianca back to Neverafter. There the Queen tells Bianca that someone stole one of Cinderella's glass slippers and she asks Bianca to go find it and bring it back. Of course Bianaca accepts and all through the story they meet all kinds of new fairy tale beings and some from the first book make an appearence as well. As for the character, I still think Bianca is awesome and Ming is just as funny and real in this one as she was in the first one. Terrance also is soooooooooo adorable in this one, I just want to hug and squeeze him and never let him go. Also Prince Ferdinand went from annoying to pleasantly tolerable. He isn't as annoying as in the first one, he's actually quite goofy and funny. We also get to meet Queen Titania, who is the badass Queen of the Fairies. And we also get to meet new enemies like Elda and the other two witches who work together with the Frog Queen. Seriously people really need to read this book, the only bad thing I can say about this book is the romance part which annoyed me in some parts, becauce it was to cutesy and fluffy and not that much to my liking. But that's a matter of personal opinion of course. All in all a 4 star worthy book and one I wouldn't mind reading again.
Fae - C.J. Abedi I'll start off by saying that this review won't be long.Alright so Fae is actually about Caroline and Devilyn, who are part of a Prophecy made way back, before their time. Devilyn is the son of the eldest of the Elders of the Dark Fae and a Light Fae. It's his destiny to protect and love Caroline, who is - unknown to her - the heiress to the throne of the Light Fae. Their future Queen and also destined to give her life for them. Now the story wasn't half bad, but I've seen quite a few editorial problems and also it was so slow-paced that it became boring really quick. I love it when the author builds up the plot, but this was just too slow and the ending of the book was so disjointed that I had to re-read it several time before I understood what was going on. Also the info dumps at the beginning of each chapter where incredibly annoying and only helped to slow the story down and make it even more difficult to get through.As for the characters well while I hold a certain fondness for Caroline up to a point, I hold very little love for Devilyn and all the other characters in the book. Devilyn is almost as bad as Edward Cullen with his obsessive and annoying stalkerish ways. Every thought is about Caroline, now I know love can make people stupid, but this was just ridiculous. I really didn't like him, not one bit. I think that's about all I have to say for this book. It wasn't entirely bad, but enough for me to give it a 2 star rating. Though I think with a few changes here and there and some more editorial help this book could become better.

Keeper of Reign

Keeper of Reign - Emma Right *Received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I absolutely hate writing these kinds of reviews, but I just couldn't give this book more then a 1 star. I'll try to explain why. First we have the world building. It wouldn't have been so bad if the author had at least giving us more details stretched throughout the entire story, instead of the occassional info dump, that made me re-read it several times before I got all the details. Second there were the characters. I just did not like Jules or his siblings at all. Jules reads like an empty shell, he has no character at all, he shows no signs of character development throughout the story either. And his siblings weren't much better, it was really hard at times to make a distinction between them, because they show very few unique character traits. Third the plot. Now I don't mind a fast-paced story, because I've read some that are extremely good. This was just not one of them. It was confusing and half the time I didn't even know what the real purpose of the story was. To find their mother? To find a way to reverse the curse? And last the author's writing style. The dialogue flow came off as stiff, sometimes childish and even weird at times. I also noticed a few spelling and grammatical mistakes, and being a non-native speaker of the English language that is saying something, if even I noticed that. It's a shame really, because the author's idea and concept for this book, IS a good one. I think the book still has potential, but it does need an editor for it to grow into that potential. Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/08/review-keeper-of-reign-by-emma-right.html
Switch - Janelle Stalder *Received an ARC from the Author in exchange for an honest review*Oh ... my God. Holy hell, this book was AWESOME!!!!! I loved it. I was so worried at first that I wouldn't like it as much as I love Janelle's Eden Series, but holy shit was I damn wrong about that! This book is just as awesome and as greatly written as the Eden Series!Now let's talk plot. It's fantastic! It's set in the near-future around 2040 and two third's of the world's population are dead all thanks to our resident bad guy Ludwig Tenebris the boss of the New World order, he controls everything, form the weapon supply to food supply and the only thorn in his side are the people who stand against him, the Rebels. Charlotte Hatcher is sixteen-years-old when New World Army soldiers come into her home and kill her mother in search for her father, who is part of the rebels. While searching for him, Ludwig's second-in-command Roman Adamson discovers Charlotte can read minds and takes her with him to Ludwig, who renames her Dinah and has her become his secret weapon known as Weapon X. As for the characters, well Janelle outdid herself. I loved Charlotte and Bridgette Hatcher, the two sisters in the story. Especially Charlotte aka Dinah, she's totally kickass! And her power to read people's mind is so cool! I know it's been used in all kinds of books before, but just the way her powers are presented in the story make it all the more incredible to read about. Then there's Roman Adamson, I know he's technically the "bad guy" but the author always seems to find a way to make me love them all the same, especially since he seems to have a soft spot for Bridgette and God I hope those two get together in the next book! And then there's sexy, smug Pete Mckay, who is one gorgeous hunk and of course Charlotte's love interest and boy do they get it ON in this book, me likey! Of course there were some characters I didn't like, like Ludwig the boss of the New World and Douglas Hatcher, father to Charlotte and Bridgette, because he is one mean, stone cold son-of-a-bitch, who is going on some kind of power-trip. I really hate him and I hope he gets killed in the next book, because he more than deserves it!So I'm gonna stop right there, wouldn't want to spoil the book for all you people out there. Because this one is definitely worth reading and it will blow your mind!

Shadow Embraced

Shadow Embraced (Haven) - Cheree Smith *Received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Shadow Embraced is about a girl named Scar, which is short for Scarlet. She loves fighting, as we read many times during the book. She also has strange visions in her sleep, when she has them she usually draws them out. The story start of with Scar fighting because her best friend Alex got them into trouble and if you ask me I think Alex is a shitty friend. So because of she was out fighting and getting busted, Scar's parents forbid her from hanging out with Alex. Of course, you know teenagers. Scar completely ignores her parents and skips school with Alex, only to end up in deeper trouble and discovering that she is a Damphir: a mix between a vampire and a human. So after that the story really kicks off. She taken to some secret school for werewolves, vampires and witches. She instantly becomes one of the most hates persons in school by both students and teachers (which I think in the teacher's case is unprofessional) AND she has one of the school most popular and hottest guy chasing her tail. So okay, the story wasn't so bad, I liked the fights and most of the story. What I didn't like where the high school clichés and also the fact that guys are instantly drawn to Scar like she's freaking cat nip.Character wise, I'm not that fond of Daemon, don't ask me why, I just don't really connect with the guy. Also Dahmin? He's a total asshole and I hate him. Scarlet herself is okay, the author did a good job of representing the struggle inside her and the emotional up and downs she goes through throughout the book. So the book was nice to read, it had it flaws but it also had its good points, which earns it a 3 star rating in my book. Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/08/review-shadow-embraced-by-cheree-smith.html

Along Came a Spider (Transplanted Tales)

Along Came a Spider - Kate SeRine *Received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Let me start of with saying that this was a good book. It was, really! But there were just some things that didn't connect with me and therefore I gave it no more then 3 stars. So let's start with the story. It's good, there is lots of action, mystery, crime solving and also romance that kept me really comfy throughout the book. I liked the fact that the story used all kinds of persons and things from fairy tales and made them into something new. Like for example: Snow White owning a whorehouse, that was kinda shocking but nice. It appealed to my love for the more gory and violent side of fairy tales that are so often forgotten.What I didn't like where the main characters. Oh don't get me wrong, I liked Trish just fine, I even liked Red, Nicky, Nate and Lavender, but I just could not truly connect to any of the characters or their story, this could also be a result of me not having read the first and second book, but I believe the characters just lacked something. I just can't put my fingers on what it is. That said I don't think there's much else that I can say about this book. I liked it but it wasn't great. Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/08/review-along-came-spider-by-kate-serine.html
The Arrival (BirthRight Trilogy, #1) - Nicole MacDonald *Received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*This won't be a long review, because there is very little I have to say about this book. Despite the fact that the story of this book was actually pretty great, I could not get over the many, many, many POV changes that occured during every chapter. It's quite hard to read a book that shifts it's POV from one paragraph to the other. Constantly switching First POV to Third POV. I think personally, the book would have been much better if the author had either stuck to one POV or at least used one POV change per chapter, that would have been nicer to read. Also it was a bit annoying to read the constant lengthy descriptions whenever one of the girls changed clothes. And it wasn't easy remembering their names or the many nicknames, especially when the boys came into play and all the other characters. It just felt a bit too much at times. So, unfortunately for all these reasons I couldn't award this book more then 2 stars. I'm sure however that other people will enjoy it, but this one just wasn't for me. Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/08/review-arrival-by-nicole-macdonald.html

Undescribable (Undescribable, #1)

Undescribable (Undescribable, #1) - Shantel Tessier Wow.Just ... wow. Sorry people but I'm pretty speechless at the moment. I can't help it. This book was just ... awesome! I usually only read these kind of books when the mood for them hits me and most of the time I'm disappointed after reading them. But that was NOT the case with Undescribable, it completely blew me away! So let me first start with Samantha. I love her because she's strong, independent, kind but she also knows when to use that sharp tongue of hers. Especially when she first meets Slade (loooooooooved that part). She also has a very interesting past and her relationship with her mom was kind of sad, more so when we find out why at the end of the story, but I'm not going to ruin to that for anyone, so you'll just have to read the book!Of course what's this romance novel withour a hunky piece of man-meat? Introducing to the ladies: Slade Long, resident bad boy and playboy who screws more then your average bunny. And have I told you he's HOT yet? Well, he is! He is totally yummy. Yeah, you read right ... YUMMY. The way I imagine him to be, I wouldn't mind him jumping my bones, like he does Sam. Then you have Micah and Holly and oooooh I just want to hug and squeeze them because they're just so cuuuuuuuuuuute together! We also have Courtney and Josh, who - I hope - will get it on in the sequel, because I really, really think they should be together. They would be good for each other!The story was really swoon-worthy and soft and squishy and ... totally dripping with HOTNESS. During some scenes in the book, I actually had to get out my fan to cool down (no joke, I really did!). So all in all, it definitely deserves 5 stars! I loved it and I can't wait to read more of Samantha and Slade's story! Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/07/blog-tour-review-promo-of-undescribable.html

Eden-West

Eden-West - Janelle Stalder *Received a free cope from the author in exchange for an honest review*NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Janeeeeeeeeeeeelle, you can't leave it like that!!!!! OMG that's the second time in a row, that a book I've read has ended with such a huge cliffhanger it makes me wanna bawl my eyes out. It's just not fair. How could she end it like that? Oh God, I'm gonna go insane here. I need the third book. I need it damnit!!!So yes, I enjoyed the story. More then that I loooooooooooooooved it. It was perfectly written, the POV changes are still as impressive as ever and there's is also great character development in the book. I am also not ashamed to say that there were times when I squealed like a high school girl or when I cried like a baby, because of a sad scene. I won't go into it any further, because I don't want to spoil anything for future readers.Now let's talk characters!! Oh boy, where to start. Well there's Aiden and can I say that he's become yummy in this book and I've really, really started to like him? Yes, okay then I will, I LIKE AIDEN! Alright I said it. Onto another one, Wolf. He's is still my delectable, little flirt and I love him for it. I'm a bit sad he's being such idiot about his feelings for Elisa, but hey, he's a guy what did you expect? Then there is Elisa, she's a lot more emotional then in the first book and I really liked that because it gave her much more depth as a character. Logan is still Logan, he's still funny as hell which makes him so likable. And then there are Callum and Rose *sighs like a love sick puppy* can I just say that they are soooooooooooo adorable together, I love reading about them. They're so in love, it makes me sad that they're supposed to be part of the bad side. I just hope everything works out for those two. They deserve it. Also we get to meet quite a few new characters. Like Marcus the King of Nysa (The Sun People), personally I don't like him very much, there is just something really slimy about that guy and I really don't trust him. Not one bit. Then there is Moose, Wolf's older brother, I like him because he's funny and kind to Aiden. He'll make a great Chief one day. We also meet Wolf's parents, Hawk and Sunny. They're good people and completely likable. We also meet Rain (Wolf's young sister) and the Shaman. I hate them both. I hate Rain for being a traitorous little [bleep] and betraying her family and people like she did. And I hate the Shaman because he's an old, backstabbing, greedy and evil jerk, who definitely got what he deserved! And then there is Lily; sweet, terrifying, badass and gorgeous Lily, who is part of the forest people and just an incredible character, that I hope will play a larger role in the next book. Because she deserves some love, she is absolutely amazing. So now, my final words for this book. It. Is. Awesome! A marvelous read with a great plot, great characters and great character development. I loved it and I'm positive other people will love it too! 5 out of 5 stars for this book! Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/07/review-eden-west-by-janelle-stalder.html