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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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Scarlet - Marissa Meyer Alright, I finally finished Scarlet. Thank God! Now I don’t mean that in a mean way, but I’ve had a few hectic weeks, so reading took a backseat during that time. Now unto the review.Scarlet is actually a nice and easy read and I have no doubt that a lot of people enjoyed it. I did too, but I have to say that there were times when the book got boring and I had to resist the urge to skip a few pages.Now as for the writing style. I love Marissa’s writing style, it’s easy, funny and has a nice flow too it. I love that. It made reading Scarlet so much easier.That said, I am really, really disappointed with Kai in this book. I mean at times he comes over as such a wimp and okay Levana threatens the entire world with war but c’mon! If you know she’s gonna kill you, why give her everything she wants anyway? Doesn’t he value his life at all? I mean geez, Cinder went through all that trouble to warn him and he just throws in the towel. It bugged me. I really, really hated the last few chapters because of that.And then there are a few new characters, one of them is Scarlet. I love her. She’s fiery, stubborn and can have quite the temper as well. And she’s certainly no damsel in distress! Though she does make stupid mistakes in the book, they didn’t bother me so much. So I didn’t mind that. Next is Wolf, he’s … not what I expected him to be. I like him but his animalistic charateristics confuse me at times.Now Cinder gets a new partner Captain Carswell Thorne, who I really liked. He’s really amusing. Also Iko makes a surpising return! That made me really happy, I loved her, she was so sassy, still is in this book.Now the story itself was nice. I really liked that we got a good insight into Cinder’s past and how it all connected to Scarlet as well. To avoid spoilers I am not gonna tell you what, you’ll have to read the book to know what I’m talking about. What disappointed me a bit was that Scarlet and Cinder didn’t actually meet each other in person until the very end of the book. I had actually hoped they would’ve met each other in the middle. Oh well.My conclusion. This is a good read and I will definitely recommend it. Therefore it totally deserves the 3,5 stars I’m giving it. It’s a good, nice and easy read and I’m sure many more will enjoy this book but it needs a few pushes to become great. I really hope the next book will have those few extras it needs to make it become great as the Lunar Chronicles has amazing potential!Original review on: http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/05/review-scarlet-by-marissa-meyer.html