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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 Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa While I found the first book to be a little bit boring at times, this was certainly not the case with the Iron Daughter! I read the book in under a day’s time. I was completely fascinated by the fact that every main character grew so much throughout the story. Meghan most of all. She becomes such a strong character in the Iron Daughter that it took me completely by surprise! She’s no longer the scared, little girl we first get to meet in the Iron King. She doesn’t need Puck of Ash to save her anymore and she isn’t as naive as she first was when she entered the realm of the Fey. And she doesn’t back out of the fight when she has the chance, oh no she runs straight into battle and finally takes some action! And it was a joy to finally see the Unseelie court in all it’s glory. It’s so different from the Seelie court and much more cruel, though I guess that’s why I liked it so much. Though I must admit that Sage’s relatively mild temper compared to both his brothers surprised me. He seemed so … nice almost if I could call it that. And Queen Mab, wow, she really is a piece of work. I commend Julie Kagawa on creating someone like her, she is just incredible. We also get to meet Leanansidhe, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Exiles. Can I just say that I love her? In my eyes she’s a really strong character and everything she does just makes me want to read more about her. Then there is the love triangle that hits off in this book. Now I am a very firm follower of team Ash, no matter what. But … there were times when my heart skipped a beat when Meghan and Puck were together. They fit together in their own way, that it almost seems right. But then Ash comes in and I seem to totally forget about those pretty moments between Meghan and Puck. Ash just seems to fit Meghan perfectly and also the love he feels for her is so intense, who wouldn’t want someone like that? And then there is the whole ‘Summer and Winter can’t fall in love’ thing, don’t you just love a forbidden romance? I do feel sorry for Puck, but he just seems the prefect ‘best friend’ and I really want him to just keep that title, even though he loves Meghan very much and has for quite a few years, I think he’s better off just being a friend. Now the ending. Om my gosh, what more is there to say?! The ending was incredible, sad and mean at the same time. I haven’t read an ending like that in quite a while. Those last few chapters are heart-stopping, action-packed and filled with a sense of suspense I haven’t read for quite some time. So without further ado the ending was just perfect. There! I have nothing more to say about it. Absolutely nothing! The Iron Daughter is fantastic instalment in the Iron Fey series and I definitely recommend it. People should really consider reading it, because it will leave you aching to read more!Original review on: http://booknutstephanie.blogspot.be/2013/04/review-iron-daughter-by-julie-kagawa.html