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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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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