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Stephanie Beerden

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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The Godborn
Paul S. Kemp
Janelle Stalder
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Robert Anthony Salvatore
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Kelly Walker

Blue Hearts of Mars

Blue Hearts of Mars - Nicole Grotepas *Received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Okay, so I had a crappy weekend at first but this book really made my day! I loved it! The story is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Retta Heikkinen who falls in love with an android named Hemingway. Which is forbidden in their society because humans and blue hearts (androids) just don't mix ... according to the government and Synlife (company that makes androids). And that's not the only good part ... they live on MARS, hundreds of years into the future. Yeah, you heard right, Mars.Retta and Hemingway start a relationschip with each other, despite it being forbidden because Hemingway is an android. Androids are incredibly discriminated against and taunted for being different. Grotepas really shows how - even in the future and living on a red planet instead of a blue one - people can be pretty judgemental about things. It was incredible to read how Retta risked so much, just to have people accept the love she and Hemingway share with each other. They risked their very lives trying to protect their love. But I also loved the other part of the story where we find out that the government wants to send all the androids away towards a new planet against their will. Retta finds this out after breaking into Synlife, trying to find out more about androids, thus stumbling upon this secret government plot to get rid of the androids in the colonies. And I love the way Grotepas writes, it's so straightforward, funny and yet has this elegant touch to it. I really can't explain better then that. But of course there is the question of why did I give this 4 stars instead of 5? Well, to be honest there was 1 thing about the book that bugged me. The fact that certain things felt too unrealistic at times, like the fact that Retta just decided to break into Synlife to steal information, bringing her best friend Mei along and are just able to break in with no problems and get out without getting caught. I mean, don't those companies usually have heavy security and all that? So for those of you who love instant-love, fast-paced action filled YA science fiction stories, then this book is definitely for you. Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/06/review-blue-hearts-of-mars-by-nicole.html