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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
Eden-South
Janelle Stalder
Charmed
Erica Ridley
The Companions
Robert Anthony Salvatore
Souls of the Stones Omnibus
Kelly Walker
Scepter - Scott L Collins *Received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*This was a really fun middle grade/YA novel! I really enjoyed reading it. And I am sure that any middle grader will too. The author created a pretty great world filled with various mythical creatures, like dragons, unicorns, faries, goblins, just to name a few. The world was described in a really colourful and detailed way, that sucked you right in. I also loved the idea of Witch's Breath, the disease that only effects children. But children who survive this disease usually get a gift of some sorts. The gifts are really interesting too, like Aidan's ability to communicate and change into different kinds of animals. Also the interaction between the different characters was fun to read. It was nice to see the sibling relationships between all the characters. Most especially that of Aidan and Daniel but also the two sisters Lilly and Olivia. I also loved the humor that could be found in the book, especially the small moments between Lilly and Atreyu, who really needs a new brain-to-mouth filter. But it was funny. That and the trials and tribulations of Daniel, Aidan, Olivia and Lilly during the entire story were such a joy to read and kept me tightly locked into the story. Also I had a very girly "aaaaawwhhh" moment when the group encounters a unicorn and afterwards a dragon. I loved that scene, I could read it over and over. So keeping in mind that this book is intended for middle grade/YA, I gave it four stars, because I completely believe that the readers of that age group will enjoy this fantasy book and get hooked on this series. So definitely worth reading! Original review on http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/06/review-scepter-by-scott-l-collins.html