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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
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Kelly Walker

The Elite

The Elite - Kiera Cass *Received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE ENDED IT LIKE THAT!!! This is just so unfair. How could Cass end the second book like that? Seriously, it's a crime, I tell you. A CRIME!! Now I have to wait another goddamned year to see how it all ends. *whines* This is just so unfair!!! Okay calming down now ... ahem ... yeah, so you can definitely tell that I loved this story. I mean what's not to love? The story got a lot more intense though. Especially because of the rebel problem going on and the attacks they make on the palace. My guess? I think they get help from the inside to actually get into the palace all the time, I mean how else are they always able to get so close to the royal family and all that. And OMG I couldn't believe what happened to Marlee!! I was bawling like a baby, it's just so unfair that they did that to her. As for the characters, we get to see a whole different America. She's still awesome, but she's a lot more emotional about things and she actually slips up a few times too, making bad decisions because she didn't think them through. Then there is Maxon *sighs dreamily* Oh Maxon how I wish I owned your heart. Yeah, I'm definitely Team Maxon, people! I just love him, even when he's being a bit of a jerk or kisses Celeste (blegh), he's just so ... so charming. And I wish I could have him, I'm even more convinced now that he's The One for America. And I still don't like Aspen, acutally I think I'm starting to dislike him. Him being in the palace constantly distracts America and also some of the things he says in the book really rub me the wrong way. I hope he goes away in The One, because I don't want him anywhere near America anymore. Oh and Queen Amberley, oh I love her!! She's so sweet and kind and just so queenly (yes that's word!). And the maids; Anne, Mary and Lucy are such fun, I completely understand why America likes them so much too. Then there's also Celeste, do I really need to say more? She's still the same insufferable, spoiled, manipulative bitch she was in the first book and I hate her, end of story. And then we have newly crowned asshole number one: The King. He's a [bleep] tyrant and after what he did to Maxon and how he threatened America, I will hate, hate, hate him and I hope he gets what he deserves in The One. Because someone should seriously put in him in his place. Well I'm done, I can't think of anything more to say on this perfect piece of literature (yes, I'm calling it literature, so sue me!). But I really am NOT happy that I have to wait so long until The One comes out. But I will eagerly await its arrival, so I can read how this stunning piece of work ends. That being said, do I really need to say it deserves the 5 stars? Because it damn well did! Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/07/review-elite-by-kiera-cass_11.html