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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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Paul S. Kemp
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Grounded

Grounded - G.P. Ching *Received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Finished reading this (e)book today and I'm completely in love with it! It's filled with adventure, mystery and a dash of romance and it drew me in from the very first page. The story is so incredibly well written and it sucked me in from the beginning to the end. I don't even know how to begin to explain how much I enjoyed reading it. But I'm going to try anyway. Ching's world in this book is (hopefully) not probable but very believable. It would makes sense for society to make the decisions they did in order to survive. I won't spoil things for other readers, but the decisions the 'government' made to ensure survival is something that is a possibility (up to a point), given the right circumstances. So it made the story all the more interesting. That and the fact that the heroine is not your typical girl. She's Amish, which - for me - was eye opening to read. It's a completely different kind of heroine I'm used too. Also I was enthralled when I read the pieces about Amish life and such. It's just so different and it gave the book that little bit of extra that I love in the books I read. About the characters: I admire Lydia for being able to still stay true to herself despite having to make decisions that go against the Amish ways of life. And then there is Korwin, he's lived his entire life in a ... well I'm calling it a prison, because to me that's what it was. The guy that raised him, Maxwell Stuart, he wasn't what I would call loving and supportive either, to me it felt like he raised Korwin just so he could help the 'cause'. But despite all that Korwin is still such a nice and good guy that makes you want to start fangirling. And Jeremiah, well he's a nice guy but I didn't feel the butterflies or swoon when I read about him, like I did with Korwin. Jeremiah's like the boy-next-door that you grew up with and that you love in a sisterly way. One thing that bothered me though, was that it felt too fast-paced at times. It would have been nice to get some more information about certain things in the book. But other then that, everything was great. Well I think that's about all I can say about this book. I would definitely recommend it to other people, because it's a really good book and absolutely worth your time. I also read somewhere that it's going to be a trilogy, so I cannot wait to read the second book and see what's going to happen next! Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/06/review-grounded-by-gp-ching.html