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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
Erica Ridley
The Companions
Robert Anthony Salvatore
Souls of the Stones Omnibus
Kelly Walker
Pretty Dark Nothing - Heather L. Reid *Received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*So I'm not normally into bashing books but God this one was really, really, really not my cup of tea! This book is going on record as the very first book I've ever given a 1 star rating. And that actually makes me sad. Because as an author myself, I know how much work and dedication authors put in their books. But I really, really just could not connect with this book at all. First off; Quinn, I don't like her, at all. There is not one aspect of her that I like or that I could connect with. She spends the majority of the book pining after her ex-boyfriend (the bastard) that broke up with her, fending off Kerstin's nastiness and being part of the high school drama, that we all know and hate (or love depends on who you ask) and then there the other part of the story, where we find that demons haunt her dreams, explaining the reason why she hasn't slept in 23 days. I'm not even starting on Aaron because that would take all day, I will say this he became interesting the last 2-3 chapters. That's all I have to say. The other supporting characters were pretty much what you'd expect from a high school drama. Second; reading the blurb I had hoped the demons would play a larger part of the story and the story would be dark and (hopefully) gory, but imagine my surprise when the majority of the book is nothing more then a big old high school drama, filled with all kinds of clichés associated with it. It feels like the demons are more like a side story then the actual thing the entire story revolves around. It was disappointing to say the least. And last the most annoying, frustrating thing about the entire book was that the last few chapters were actually good. I mean c'mon! The story would have been much, much better if we had actually know about all the things that happened those last few chapters and if they had been incorporated in the entire story. Alright, I'm done ranting. And let me tell you I am not a happy woman having to write a review like this. I really don't like writing these kinds of reviews, but I have to stay honest so I'll grind my teeth and give the author my honest opinion of their book, even if I didn't like it.Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/06/review-pretty-dark-nothing-by-heather-l.html