Saturday, 29 December 2012

Christmas: The Dinner Edition

Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas, whether you spend it with friends, family, or by just watching (very lazy hihi) nice movies and stuff. One of the things I always do every year, mostly on First Christmas Day (Yeah here in The Netherlands we actually have 2 days, kinda like Boxing Day), is preparing dinner together with my dad.

This year we settled for a three course dinner. The starter was a platter with different kinds of antipasti, namely bruchetta, grilled asparagus, tomato/mozarella/basil sticks, pineapple, different kinds of meat, and olives.
As a main course we had a fillet of beef with Stroganoff sauce, Brussels sprouts, haricots verts and Pomme duchesses.
For dessert we made Creme Brulee, delicious!

I'll do a blog on fashion related to my Christmas as wel ;) As for now, any of you who prepared dinner themselves, went out for dinner or anything else worth sharing? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Happy Holidays!

Credit of the picture goes to the rightful owner
Merry Christmas everyone! I know it is a little late, but as the country where I live, we celebrate 2nd Christmas day as well, but for everyone who doesn't, Happy Holidays anyway. I know I've been a bit quiet on here lately, but that was due to extreme amounts of work for college and of course now celebrating Christmas. Will make up to it soon!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Nail art: dots

Nail art done by Annelie 

If you guys have any (simple) tutorials of nail art, let me know. I would love to try some different things, but I'm not all too handy with nailpolish, so the tutorials shouldn't be too complicated.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

My weekend in photos

Warning: A lot of hot guys ahead ;)

So on friday we (Annelie and I) started with rewatching a couple of 'The Vampire Diaries' episodes from Season 2, and guess who appeared there...

Excuse me, to whom it may concern, you’re making a great mistake if you think that you can beat me. You can’t.

We've had a couple of episodes of Season 2, and then headed over to Season 3 the next day for this mighty fine guy...
...and this one...wait same one, just flashback...

...and this one...

...and for these two...

 ...and these two...
...yeaah mostly these two...
p.s. I swear we did other things as well during the weekend, like window shopping and nails, but that's for next blog, for now I will just resume staring at the mighty fineness above ;)


Friday, 7 December 2012

Writing Challenge: 'Why did we come here?'

Some of you might know that how much I love writing. I've been participating in a writing community for a while now, which is aimed at young writers (Go Teen Writers), besides the site they have a great Facebook community as well.

One of the parts of the community is the writing challenges they have. You get a subject/line on which you have to write a small part with a maximum amount of words. The last one, in which I participated as well, had as a subject 'Why did we come here?' You had to use that line and you could write a maximum of 110 words, those were the only restrictions.

Today I received my feedback on the piece and I would love to hear more feedback on it from you guys to improve my writing. Unfortunately I didn't make the top 20, but the more it stimulates to keep on improving my writing!

‘Why did we come here?’ I asked him for the second time, but still he remained silent. I let my eyes wander, just for a second, over the high dangerous chalk-cliffs that stood off against the green of the peaceful forest that we had left behind. I turned back to Damien to face him. ‘Why did we come here?’ I demanded for the third time now. He looked up at me, his face as cold as the chalk-cliffs facing me along with him. ‘Don’t talk, walk.’ He demanded as he pushed me towards cliffs that held the secret of my fate.

The feedback I got on it was that A) the description was very good, but that B) I used repetitive words. I know I've had that feedback before and it seems to be something I do quite often when writing. Does any of you have any other suggestios/remarks on it or tips to avoid repetitive writing, let me know!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Book Review #8: The Casual Vacancy

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Without knowing exactly what the book was about, I was really excited to start reading it. Why? Because it is written by J.K. Rowling and her writing of the Harry Potter books has been flawless. I was aware beforehand that it was an adult book so it would be totally different from what I've read before (from her, but also quite in general).

The beginning of the book inroduces you to so many different characters, that my head spinned a little. It was hard to remember who was family of whom again and which story belonged to which character. Some of the stories stood out to me from the beginning, others seemed to be less intresting. It went on like this for quite a while and I started to loose my intrest for a little. Not because of her writing, because the descriptions were great, but I started to doubt if it the book maybe just wasn't my cup of tea.

I read on anyway, and I'm really glad I did. About halfway through the book the story really started to develop and I was sucked into the world of this tiny town that hid so many different stories of which you are quite aware, actually happen in the world.

By the end of the book I was a brawling kid, and wished the book hadn't finished here. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars, that one single star missing because it took me so long to get sucked into the book. Nonetheless, I would say give it a try, it is really good once you are captivated by it!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Music confession: That song I secretly love

I listen a lot of music that a lot of people hardly know I guess, but now and then there is this song stopping by in my playlist and I'm really thinking, if anyone hears me singing along with this song....

One of those songs is What makes you beautiful by One Direction. I'm not a fan of the band at all, I hardly like any of the songs, to be fairly honest I'm not a boyband type anyway, never have really been actually. The thing with this song is that I knew it before I actually heard of the One Direction hype. I loved the song before I knew the band, so does that make up for something? I have heard a while back a slowed down version of the song, which makes it even nicer actually.

Besides the fact that I really like this song, and the lyrics (I mean I can't be the only one to feel like happy dancing through my room on this song right?) there is a moment linked to it in my memory that makes it even more special. I guess some of you know that I went to a convention of 'The Vampire Diaries' earlier this year and this was one of the songs that was played during the evening ball. When this song was played, one of the actors from the show lip syncined it to one of his female co-players (Nathaniel Buzolic to Malese Jow for those wondering) and that was just absolutely so cute that that is carved into my brain forever when I hear this song.

Any of you that have a music confession of a song they actually really like, but kind of wish they didn't?

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Book Review #7: Being Elizabeth Bennet

Love the books of Jane Austen? Fell in love with Mr. Darcy? Always wanted to be Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice? This book is for certain a must read then, because it truly throws you in the world of Jane Austen's books in a whole different way.

Elizabeth Bennet is the wittiest and most attractive heroine in English literature. And for the first time, in "Being Elizabeth Bennet", you are given the opportunity to star in the most popular novel in the English language: "Pride and Prejudice". You will be faced throughout this book with delicate challenges and dangerous choices. Whether you're accepting Mr Darcy the first time he professes his attachment, deciding to elope with Mr Wickham or avoiding a murderous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, this is a chance to rewrite Austen's most famous book. You decide who to marry and when. And if you have always preferred Mr Knightley's sophistication or have a sneaking admiration for the odious Mr Elliot then you can marry them instead. However, make choices with caution: "Being Elizabeth Bennet" is packed with characters and plot twists to thwart your happy union with Pemberly's most eligible bachelor. You must complete five stages - and successfully negotiate your way through Austen's five other novels - before can choose to accept Mr Darcy. But if the outcome does not suit, simply return to page 1 and create a new Jane Austen adventure.

I own a copy of this books already for quite some years and I've read it already a couple of times, not fully, but at least parts of it. I've always loved Pride & Prejudice, read the book a couple of times, seen the movies god knows how many times, so this book was an absolute must have for me.

The book has so many turning points where you can choose what Lizzie has to do, I loved it. There a few questions where you really have to guess (turn left or right?), but most of them are a lot harder to think about. Accept invitations, elope with Mr. Wickham and I can go on like this for quite a while. Obviously, if you don't like the outcome, turn back to the decision moment and pick another answer (yes, that's what I did as well till I ended up at the marriage with Mr. Darcy), but it is great to see in what different ways you can end up.

I guess for those that never liked Pride & Prejudice, don't even start on it, you will be bored to your wits, but those who loved it, has seen the movie(s) many times and so on, do pick up a copy ones, you'll love it! Anyone who ever read/played the book?

Sunday, 11 November 2012

The fashion touch to my room!

I do like fashion and actually, I like it a lot, though my wardrobe won't be the most fashionable on the planet, by far. That doesn't mean, however, that it doesn't play a role in my life. I love to skip through fashion magazines, see the latest trends and to have a look at all those clothes I will never ever afford to by. But besides that I really do like magazine ads, a little weird maybe?

As you can see in the pictures above I took a few fashion ads from magazines that I liked a lot and put them on my magnetic board in my room. For me it is a nice way to change the look of that wall now and then and I just really like the vibe that fashion ads show.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

New Blog Look: Winter is coming!

(made in 2010)

It's a Winter Wonderland! Alright, snow hasn't fallen yet and it is not even that freezing cold outside, but it feels like winter is coming (hopefully), so therefore it felt right to do the layout make-over for the blog in winter style.

I know I have been highly absent lately at my blog, but that was mostly because I either couldn't find the time or didn't really feel like blogging due to the amount of school work and preperations for my exams. I've hardly read any books or did anything really interesting, so that's why.

By now I promise the blog to be more active again. Let me know what you think of the look and if there is anything in particular you find interesting for me to blog about (movies, tv series, books, writing, fashion, cities etc.) let me know!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

It's been a while (Antwerp)

I know it has been quite a while since I've been blogging, and I'm sorry. It has been very busy for me at college and the pressure is only going up at the moment. However, I do have holidays this week (that I will spend partly studying) so that means a bit more time for me.

Last sunday I went to Antwerp with a couple of friends that I have known for quite some years now, but most of them I hadn't seen for over a year so it was great catching up again. We did some sightseeing in Antwerp and made quite some photos together (with the awesome SLR cameras from the others). We had dinner there in the evening as well, which we rounded off a little late, causing me not being able to catch the train home anymore (oops!) so I stayed over at one of the girls and went home the day after.

We had a lot of fun, though I had really trouble with the trains. I have never had so much delay with trains in two days time. Almost 2 hours on my way to Antwerp and another 2 hours on my way back again the next day (as the train couldn't stop at the station I had to get out due to an accident). Really it wasn't my day for travelling, but it was worth it!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Trailer Reveal + eARC giveaway of "Luminosity" and "Gravity"

Happy Trailer Reveal day for Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas and for Gravity by Melissa West!

In the future, only one rule will matter:
Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.
Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what
she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.
Goodreads // Amazon
My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them

// Amazon

So, shall we skip to the big reveal of the book trailers for these awesome books? Yes, I thought so too. After having watched the trailers (and after having added them to your goodreads as a must read!), keep on reading as there is chance to win eARCs of these books as well!




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Are you excited for the books, yes? Me too, spread the words about these two books and share what you think about it! 

Monday, 1 October 2012

Book review #6 The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan

The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan, is the prequel book to the 'Black Magician Trilogy'.
In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer – much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. Despite knowing that women aren’t readily accepted by the Guild of Healers, Tessia is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.
When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage – and instinctively uses magic. She now finds herself facing an entirely different future as Lord Dakon’s apprentice.
Although there are long hours of study and self-discipline, Tessia’s new life also offers more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants – and, she is delighted to learn – regular trips to the great city of Imardin.
But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. Events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark an act of sorcery so brutal that its effects will be felt for centuries.
This has been the first book I've read from Trudi Canavan. I wanted to start on the series for a while, but it never happened, as I had other books higher on priority, and then I received the prequel from Annelie for my birthday.
I think I'm glad that I got to read the prequel first, before the actual serie. I always feel a little weird when I read a prequel after reading the original serie. I know that most books are written in that order, but it was nice for a change to actually start on the prequel.

I had some trouble in the beginning of the book to get into the story. Trudi's way of writing is excellent, but I was not really used anymore to real fantasy, in a world that is totally unknown and with terms that are totally different from our own world we live in. Though, when the first "action" kicked in, about two chapters in, I was sucked into the book and didn't really want to put it away anymore.
Quite some events happen in the book, sometimes described from different point of views, and a lot of different people and places are introduced, that probably all have their significance to the other books that follow.

I really enjoyed the story and I would probably give it 4 out of 5 stars, mostly because that climax you are waiting for in a book never came. I know it is a prequel, but for me there never was that highlight where everything chances. Yes, there were significantly important things that happened, but that climax was never there. Nevertheless, I liked the story, the writing is fenomenal and I will definately give the other books a go as well.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Delivered today: The Casual Vacancy

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa ade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Yes, it finally is release day for The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I pre-ordered it a month ago to make sure I would have it on the release day as I am really excited about the book. I am not even sure if I will really like it, because it is quite different from what I usually read, but I am just so curious to read a novel bij J.K., that is not Harry Potter related. I will review the book (without spoilers) as soon as I am finished, which might take a while as I'm quite busy due to school.

Any of you who received the book today as well or is just beyond excitment to read it, or maybe dreading to read it? Let me know!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Fashion: Chique Summer Evening Look

I've wanted to write fashion blog for ages (as the pictures are from almost a month back), but I kept forgetting about, so here it finally is.

The look is from my parents anniversary dinner party, which was in August on a quite hot day, so the look turned out quite well. I bought the white dress when I was in London, it is from the brand 'Apricot'. The under layer of the dress is a kind of beige, which sets off the whiteness of the dress a little. I combined it with off-white heels that I actually got from a friend as she didn't want them anymore. To make it a little more special than just the white/brownish colours, I painted my toe- and finger nails a bright red and wore a golden cuff with it.

What do you guys think, repeater or not?

Friday, 21 September 2012

My Passion: Writing

Some of you might know how much I love to write, either because you have read the introduction to this blog or simply because I told you or maybe because you have (once) read any of my drabbles/fanfictions. I really like doing drabbles/short stories and fanfictions, but my real dream would be to ever publish my own novel. I have some ideas, which I have had for a very long time, but that is something that is in real beginning phases so that is not really what this blog is going to be about.

You might wonder, then what is it going to be about? As someone who is Dutch, my English isn't perfect. I know my English improved a lot over the years, but there will always be flaws as it is not my mother tongue. However, the real dream for me would be not to only publish a novel, but actually write it in English, simply because I like the language a lot more and everything I write just sounds better in English.

My biggest problem when writing in English, however, is explaining. I can sometimes realy envision a particular scene, but have trouble to put it down in words. Therefore, I got the idea to publish some writing exercises here and I would be absolutely delighted if you guys could leave a reaction, either positive or negative, all very much welcome! Any other comments about blogs or sites that have great writing tips etc., very much appreciated as well.

Avelyn walked through the forest, knowing she was alone here. The idea was both assuring and haunting at the same time. The slim, but tall trees always casted long shadows at twilight, which frightened her. She took a deep breath and closed her eyes, casting out all the shadows that were surrounding her. Now that the shadows weren't present for her anymore, she could concentrate on all the good things around her. She could feel the grass playfully tickling against her bare feet and the soft breeze playing with her long blond hair.
Avelyn deeply breathed in and out, giving the nature the pleasure of calming her down. If she listened very carefully she could hear the water rattling down the rocks, which was the most perfect sound for her right now. The waterfall had to be close by, peace and safety was close by.
Her eyes snapped open, her feet moving as fast as they could, to go back to what she had been searching for, for so many hours after she got lost in the woods, home.

Alright as mentioned above, any comments on my writing style, way of describing, please leave it all in the comments, every comment will be very very much appreciated. If you leave a comment feel free to leave your Twitter, Blog, Site or anything as well, so I can leave some nice credits/thank you's over time. Thank you guys and hope to do this soon again!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Book Review #5 Wither by Lauren Destefano

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.
The first time I heard about this book, I had quite high hopes. A dystopian novel with a total different world than presented in any other book I had read so far. The beginning of the book was promissing. The writing style was easy and well to follow. However, soon I got distracted. There were some things that -even for a dystopian novel- didn't want to sink in. The whole world flooded besides the USA, yeaah I still don't get that. Another thing is that sometimes Lauren Destefano skips from one scene to the other, without giving us a small break (not even a white line), it just happens and that was quite confusing now and then.

Though, besides the negative points, I did enjoy the story. There are some serious heartbreaking moments in this book and you really do grow closer to Rhine and the people around her, when she does as well. The emotions in the book were described well and the flashbacks given in the book to Rhine's "old world" provided a good balance with the her "current world".

I would probably give it 3/5 stars. I liked the story yes, but wasn't overthrown by it. Sometimes it seemed to much of an introduction towards the next book 'Fever' as there never really was any real "action" in the book that kept you reading on and on and on. I am looking forward to be reading 'Fever', but other books will have priority for sure.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Fashion: Emma Watson @ Jimmy Fallon

I think this is my first fashion inspired post, hopefully more to come. Fashion doesn't play the biggest role in my life as I like to wear what I like and not necessarily what is the latest trend, though I love to flip through fashion magazine and to have a peek into the designers certain celebs wear.

On the photo you see Emma Watson at the Late Night Show of Jimmy Fallon. She was wearing a dress by designer J. Mendel. I absolutely love the model of the dress and the flower print. It is a quite simple dress, though it still stands out because of the colours used.
It probably isn't a dress that I would wear very quickly myself, mostly because of the figure of the dress, though if I could wear it I most certainly would buy it (if it wouldn't be a designer dress and therefore not ridiciously expensive). What do you guys think of the look? Would you like to wear it yourself, yes no?

p.s. Finally found out how to mega tag the posts, so it is easier to browse through the posts if you are intrested in a certain subject

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Book Review #4 Inbetween by Tara Fuller

Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.
In the beginning of this book I had to get used to it for a while. It was my first book I read that concerned repears, but luckily for me the book explains quite well what repears do and how it all works in this world. It is explained part by part and not all at once, which makes you longing for more information.
The book is written from two perspectives, Emma and Finn, which is a nice change now and then as you get to see the story from two totally different points of view. What I liked most though about this book is the amount of emotions that is wrapped up in one story, love, hate, jalousy, anger, loneliness and I could go on for some longer if I want to. The amount of emotions just has a great impact on the reader, especially some of the flashbacks or the moments Emma spends on her own really leave you breathless now and then.

The story is sort of rounded off - for now - but still has an open ending, especially for some of the characters, but you'll have to read the book to figure out who I mean. I at least can't wait for the second installment in the serie.

                             "Please forgive me, pretty girl"

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Bourne Legacy

Yes, Bourne is back! Alright not Jason Bourne, the main character of the first three movies, but finally there is a new Bourne movie. The Bourne Legacy centers around Aaron Cross and Marta Shearing.
I've been doing my best to find a proper plot summary for this movie, but I guess the movie is just too hard to explain in a few sentences as it is a runner up from already three movies that aren't the most straight forward. It is good to know that the movie takes places during the story line of The Bourne Ultimatum, a few parts from that movie have been used in this one to clarify when in the story it all takes place.

I have always liked the movies, though I have to admit that in the beginning I had really no clue what exactly was going on and had to see the first movie a second time to grasp everything. That made me prepared for this movie as this one isn't straight forward either. The story has been put together very well again, some mind twists you really don't see coming and a very very open ending. Like, because that means there probably will be another one (there are about 6 more books), but on the other hand I hate open endings.

Anyway, I don't want to go into too much detail as I don't want to spoil the movie for those who still want to see it. Did any of you already see it and what were your thoughts about it? Or maybe still longing to see it?

Monday, 10 September 2012

Who doesn't LOVE Chocolate?

Who doesn’t LOVE Chocolate?
Do you love chocolate? Does the very word make you drool with anticipation? Then be sure to join us on September 10th for the “What’s Your Chocolate?” Blogfest and tell us all about it!
Post about your favorite chocolate – what it means to you, where and when you indulge, a favorite memory – anything chocolate-related.
Hosted by M. Pax, Laura Eno, Brinda Berry, and Ciara Knight.

Some of you might remember, some not. But a while ago I blogged about 'What's Your Chocolate?' Blogfest, and here it is as it is now September the 10th!

I'm absolutely not sure what exactly is my favourite kind of chocolate. I absolutely adore dark brown chocolate, the darker the better is mostly what counts for me. You know those bars that say '70 percent or more' on it? You make me such a happy girl when you buy them for me, please remember that for my birthday next time, haha.

I am a big fan of the liquid stuff as well, yes chocolate milk. Especially during a cold winter day, wrapped up in a blanked with a big mug of chocolate milk (maybe with a few marshmallows is it?). Oh my now I cannot wait for the winter anymore.
Let me know what kind of chocolate you absolutely love (or maybe absolutely not at all!) and do not forget to check out all the other awesome blogs that are participating in this blogfest! Happy Chocolate day!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

An inspiration to me: Emma Watson

At one point this blog had to come, as Emma Watson is definately one of my favourite actresses and as a person she is just an incredible inspiration. It feels like ages since I first searched for the actress who was playing Hermione Granger, on google. It mus have been somewhere around the second movie, which would be about 10 years ago.

Yes most people will know her from her role as Hermione Granger, as that was of course her big break through, but since then she has done other projects (acting and other things) as well, that really shouldn't be overlooked. Ballet Shoes was a really great movie she did, as well as The Tale of Despereaux, where she did voice animation for.
Besides acting she did some design project as well, where she helped designing a clothing line for the Fair Trade organisation 'People Tree'. It is always good to see when a actor/actress puts themselves forward for a good cause, whether they set up theirselves or something they support.
Despite of all the things she has achieved since she was put out to world as 'Hermione Granger' she still comes across to me as just a normal girl. Whenever seeing interview with her at a premiere or at a talk show, she is still so down to earth and that is incredible to see.

The main reason why I thought right now of making this blog post is because of her most current movie that is coming out 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'. Why I am so excited for this movie?
1. Because the storyline sounds very good (still haven't read the book, shame on me!)
2. Because Emma is in it
3. Because Nina Dobrev is in it (another of my favourite actresses)
4. Because Emma and Nina are together in it.

It might sound crazy, but I have been dying to see some pictures of these two, lovely ladies together and finally we got them at the premiere of The Perks from last night. Didn't they both look absolutely amazing? this must be an absolute attack to my self esteem (okaay not really, but you get the point) seeing them two.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Cover reveal: Violet Midnight by Lynn Rush

As one of the blog that are publishing the cover reveal of the newest book of Lynn Rush's Violet Midnight, here is my cover reveal blog. Lynn Rush is an amazing author I got to now by her first book 'Wasteland', I did a review about earlier on, and she's great with her fans too. If the book sounds intresting to you, make sure to read it, and let her know what your thoughts are about it. You can find her on Twitter (@LynnRush).
Let the Hunt begin…
Blending in with her college co-eds proves difficult for vampire Hunter, Emma Martin, considering the mystical tattoo on her wrist glows whenever Vamps are near. And after three months of silence, the glow is back with a vengeance.
Jake Cunningham witnesses Emma, a violet-eyed beauty, using unimaginable powers to fight off a fanged creature. Finally, after two years of searching, he may have found out what he’s become—a Hunter, like Emma.
Thankful for an ally in the fight against the Vamps, Emma finds hope and comfort in Jake’s arms. As she learns more about her new love’s family and its dark heritage, she may be forced not only to hunt them but to sacrifice her life to save Jake’s soul.

Alright, let's move on to the cover reveal, are you guys ready??

Isn't it beautiful? Gosh I absolutely love it. For those who like the story and the cover, you can check out the book via Amazon. Let me know what you think about the book and the cover, and of course spread the word!

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Spotlight: Saving Hope

It's time for the second spotlight, and this time it goes to my current favourite tv serie Saving Hope.

I have to admit it has been a while since I've been following a  hospital TV show. I have never actually seen Grey's Anatomy (which I might have regretted at one point, but I can't be bothered to catch up anymore) and I have never seen more than a couple of episodes of House. I did like ER, though I didn't see that show until like the 10th reruns on television. I did really like 'Strong Medicine' but they only kept showing the same episodes over and over on television, really annoying.
In SAVING HOPE, when charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris  at Torontos Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid, in a state of shock. Along with newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran , Alex races to save Harris life. As the action unfolds, comatose Dr. Harris wanders the halls of Hope-Zee in spirit form, not sure if hes a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients, as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.
I started watching the series, because Daniel Gillies is in it, otherwise I might not even have ever heard about the series. I have to admit that Daniel is pretty awesome it in (and looks good too!). His character Joel can be a total ass now and then, but that kind of makes me like the character so much. He is the typical kind of surgeon every tv serie needs.

And yes I do like the series further as well, not only because of Daniel. The difference from this serie with other series is that they took a little paranormal in it as well, with the out of body experience from Charlie. It might make it less realistic, maybe it is something that really happens, who knows, I like the extra addition and the different look you sometimes get from it on whatever the doctors are doing as Charlie will explain it.

I have to warn, they really do not cover up wounds it the series, you get most of the time, full shots of every growse wound, but I'm really not the best with wounds and all and I can stand it as well so that counts for something at least.

Have you seen the show, planning on seeing it?

Monday, 27 August 2012

Music Monday: 'Now that I've found you'

Some of you might know, some don't, but I absolutely adore Nikki Reed as an actress and style icon. Most of you probably know her from her role as Rosalie in Twilight, but she has much better projects. Anyway, this is supposed to be a music post, so let's roll on to music.

I can actually hear a few of you think, can she sing? Yes, a little, maybe. She did a song together with her husband Paul McDonald, 'Now that I've found you', (and I believe they are (planning on) recording more. Most of the vocals is done by Paul, Nikki jumps in during the chorus and she's in the videoclip as well. Even though Nikki doesn't even appear that much in the song, I directed this post more on her than on Paul anyway, because without Nikki in it I probably would have never heard the song and I really do like it.

Please let me know what you think of the song (even if you do not like it ;) )

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Vampire Diaries Drabbles

As some of you let me know that you liked the previous drabbles of The Vampire Diaries, here's the first follow up. The first one is a little Salvatore Bromance as requested by Darlene. The second one is Klaroline, I'll do some Stelena/Delena next time again ;)

Team Salvatore
'So you really think this is going to work out?' Damon asked his younger brother Stefan, who raised his eyebrows in confusion.
'What do you mean?' He asked.
'Well this whole, you are a bad vampire ripper now. It's not very convincing.'
'You always told me you didn't like me eating bunnies and now you are scoffing me as not being good a the bad guy, jeez Damon thanks.' Stefan said to his brother and turned back to his drink. Damon let out a chuckle on his brother's reaction.
'You just have to act a little bit more like me Stefan.' Stefan straightened up and looked at Damon.
'Alright let me try this. So, Stefan, you shouldn't always be eating bunnies, it is really not healthy for you.' Stefan mimicked his brother. Damon laughed.
'You really have to work on that, Stefan. You are by far not as good yet.' He smirked.
'Prove that you are better in mimicking me then.' Stefan challenged Damon.
'You shouldn't always be killing people, Damon. Squirrels are a much better solution.' Stefan laughed.
'That was really bad, Damon.' Damon smirked and held up his glass, klincking it againt Stefan's when he held it up.
'To very bad impressions.' Damon said.
'I drink to that.' Stefan agreed.

Klaus looked around. He was sure Caroline would be somewhere at the 1920's party, for sure she wouldn't miss a party. His eye caught a lot of people he rather wasn't around, The Salvatores, Tyler Lockwood. He kept scanning the crowd till he saw her blond hair waving through the crowd. He could make out the bright red flapper dress he had bought for her and was surprised to see her wearing it at all, but maybe this was only to give him hope he shouldn't be having in the first place.
'Caroline.' Klaus said as he approached her. She turned around to face Klaus, though she didn't seem to happy to see him. 'You look wonderful in the dress.'
'I didn't have anything else to wear.' Caroline told him. 'So don't get your hopes up.'
'Caroline, there you are.' Tyler interrupted them and looked at Klaus with a bit of a suspicious look. He didn't like him always trying to hit on his girl, but with his sire bond to him, he didn't have too much choice.
'Tyler, you obviously wouldn't mind if I take Caroline for a dance?' Klaus could almost feel the tension build up between them, but he seemed to care less and was satisfied when he saw Tyler shake his head.
Caroline looked from Tyler to Klaus. 'Right.' She muttered and walked of with Klaus to the dance floor.
'I don't know why you keep trying this, Klaus. I'm obviously not in to you.' Caroline said a he spun her around. Klaus smiled at her in return.
'What isn't can alway come, Caroline. Besides, you just need to start realizing that this all won't be enough for you.' Caroline snorted. 'I have plenty of time, love, I can wait.' He spun her around again and held her for a second afterward, their eyes locking for a split second, before Caroline stepped back and walked away without saying another word, leaving Klaus behind.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Book Review #3 The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

As I mentioned in my previews blog, I'm a little behind on my reviews, so here is a new one. The book is The Name of the Star and it's written by Maureen Johnson. I had the honour of meeting her this spring at a Q&A with Cassandra Clare in London and well, Maureen is pretty awesome. She has maybe a bit too much of energy sometimes, ghehe, but she got me so excited about her book during the talk that there was no way I was going to go home without a book of her. Talking with others around me while we were in the queue, I got told that this one was the best of her work, so I decided to buy it and I haven't regret that for a second since I started reading the book.

I have the British cover, which is the right one

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.
Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target?
I don't read a lot of thriller like books at all, I've only read a few, which seems nothing in comparison to the amount of books I've read over all. Though there are some grusome moments in the book (as you might expect with a book that is based on the Jack the Ripper murders), it isn't fully thriller material. There is enough fun, romance and some paranormal twists as well (that I didn't see coming at all, but really liked).

Maureen has an amazing way of writing. The book is from the perspective from an American teenager who comes to London and I just loved how you explore London and its culture along with her. As a non-Brit I have been grinning like a mad girl now and then when I recognized those typical things of the British culture that I wasn't used to myself.

Like said, there is a paranormal twist in it, which made it even more intresting to me, as it lifts the "just a thriller book" idea of it, but you will have to figure out for yourself what that twist is.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Massive Bookswap

So last night I did a massive bookswap with my best friend Yasmine (make sure to check out her blog if you haven't already). For those who have no idea what I mean with a bookswap, we literally swapped some books around from each other to read (so basically saving money borrowing the books instead of buying them straight off, good tip for the economic crisis perhaps?)

The books I have borrowed from her are some I have been dying to read for ages. The first 6 books I have borrowed is The Immortals serie from Alyson Noel. The funny thing is that I recommended these books to her over a year ago and some way she ended up buying them and I still haven't read them, but that's about to change now finally.
The other books that I've borrowed are The Secret Circle books from L.J. Smith. I have to admit that I gave up on the serie halfway through, but I have heard so much more positive comments about the books that I'm pretty curious to start reading these as well. I'll make sure to review them once I'm done with them.

On the other hand, she has borrowed a larger varity of books from me. Inbetween from Tara Fuller, The Magician's Apprentice from Trudi Canavan, The Name of the Star from Maureen Johnson, Wither from Lauren DeStefano, City of Ships from Mary Hoffman and Vals from Mel Wallis de Vries (Dutch author).

Obviously, I have read these already and most of them I'm really excited about still and I have them on my 'soon to be reviewed list' (I'm getting a bit behind on this), but if there is any book that I just mentioned you would really like to read a review about, let me know and I make it skip the queue.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Book I'm looking forward to: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

I have been reading quite a lot lately, so I will have some new review up pretty soon. As for now I want to introduce you all to a book which I'm absolutely looking forward to, can't wait to read it! It's My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris.

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Alright, why am I looking forward to this book? One because it is about Italy, my absolutele favourite country (at least to go on holidays). And when Italy is combined with its older version of the Renaissance, it is an absolutely go for me. I have read more books that are about time travelling that goes back to the old Italy and I love each and every one of them, so I can't wait to add this one to the read list.

Besides that, Rachel Harris is cool as well. Right now as promotion for her debut book she is doing what is called 'The Flirt Squad'. You can read about it here. As part of the squad you can win prizes and every month she is introducing an author with exclusive previews and cool goodies to win as well. You can join the flirt squad or just the current contests about Cindi Madsen, who is the first author in the spotlight. If you join, it would be really great if you can mention my name (as it provides me with points).

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Spotlight: Video Artist xXWhisperOfDreamsXx

As you can see at the top of this blog, a new page has been added, namely 'Spotlight'. Very regularly I'll put something or someone (blog, author, book, movie, whatever I can think of) in the Spotlight, just because I love it so much.

The first spotlight is reserved for a YT fanvid artist that I absolutely adore. I'm sure that by now you know that I am a huge fan of the tv serie 'The Vampire Diaries' and this artist just makes the most incredible fanvids (and luckily for me a lot of them are from my favourite ships/chars). The artist I'm talking about is xXWhisperOfDreamsXx and if you have never seen any of her work, please have a look because it is absolutely amazing. Some of her vids have manips in them, which are just perfect.

I'll list a top 5 of my favourite vids below here (which is an almost impossible job for me to choose), but she has many more.

This fanvid has some amazing manips in it and the song fits the video so incredibly well, I love the song mainly because of this fanvid.

Stelena? Yeaah sorry for the Delena's around here, but she has some awesome Delena vids as well ;) This song is just perfect for Stefan/Elena, and she used 'Kiss me' from Ed Sheeran just beautifully.

Klaus and Rebekah just have an incredibly beautiful and complicated brother/sister relationship, which has been visualised in this vid, again the song just fits all the images in it so well.

Again Klaus/Caroline, yes sorry for that, but most of her vids are Klaroline related and again this video is just a perfect combination again of the song and the images that are shown in the fanvid.

This last one is more general of The Vampire Diaries and shows a lot of (friend)ships all together, very beautifully put together again, I know I'm repeating myself over and over, but that is just how I feel with all her videos.

She has some non-TVD videos as well. There are some of Twilight and of 'Hart of Dixie' as well. Hope you guys enjoyed this first Spotlight post and maybe love her vids just as much as I do and subscribe to her channel.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Long time no see

'Meeting up with friends' and 'long time no see' would probably two titles I could give my past week. On tuesday I met up with a friend from High School who I hadn't seen for about one and a half year (besides a short encounter when we by accident met each other in the bus). We always used to bike to school together and we met up at that exact same  spot where I would always wait for her (or she for me, but mostly the other way around, haha). We went to the restaurant where we both used to work, so we catched up with some ex-colleagues as well, which was really nice.
I had the most delicious goat cheese sandwich for lunch, while talked for a couple of hours (practically non-stop). One of the subjects that had to come by was the TV-serie Friends. We've both been addicted to that show and still watch the re-runs regularly or otherwise the many bloopers that have surfaced over the years, admit it, that show is just hilarious, no matter how many times you have already seen it (well I think so at least).

This saturday I had the birthday from a friend, Yasmine, who I have to admit have seen more often to fall in the category 'long time no see', but mostly it does feel like that still. The weather was fabulous so we could sit outside, which was really nice and I don't even think I got sunburned. I had already given her her actual presents when we went to Walibi, but still made a card with one of the pictures that was shot when we went to Birmingham for a Vampire Diaries convention, as it is never a bad thing to be able to look at a picture with so many great actors (in this case Steven R. McQueen, Nathaniel Buzolic, Claire Holt, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Malese Jow) with yourself propped in the middle :) It was a nice day and ended with my dad and me making a lot of bruschettas for dinner (I'll make a recipe blog post of that soon).

Sunday was again a time for another meet up with friends, this time with friends from my studies who I hadn't seen for about half a year as we all had been on internships scattered over the world. We went for lunch in Utrecht and tanned in the sun for hours with food and wine and a lot, a lot, a lot of talking. Three of us (including myself) had their birthdays while we were on internships, so we celebrated those as well. I got a lovely birthday card and some vouchers to spend on books/dvds or the like, which is always spot on for me.

So basically, I had a very good week, spent time with some of my friends, got tanned, laughed a lot and talked a lot, I really do not need much more (besides maybe seeing some more friends ;) )

Talk to you all soon again!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Book I'm looking forward to: Medusa, A Love Story

I've plenty of books on my 'to-read' list and many I still need to obtain, so they are a little lower on the list, but that doesn't mean I'm not very much looking forward to reading those books. One of those books is Medusa, A love story written by Sasha Summers.

It's said love can change a person. Medusa wasn't always a monster...
Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She's no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves... and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.
Ariston goes to war with a full heart... and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.
Poseidon will use Greece's war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.
Why I am so excited for this book? I love Greek myths for one. I've never actually read any of those old books and stories about all the myths, besides one that I was forced to read by my High School teacher, but I forgot most about that one. However, everything that is written about the gods and myths always intrest me and it might or might not be true, I don't know and I don't really mind if the fiction books are different from the original myths, that actually makes it fun to read. I really can't wait for this one!

Let me know if you guys are going to add this one to your 'to read' list as well, curious to find out if it appeals to all of you as well!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

What's your chocolate? Blog Hop!

I came across this Blog Hop on the website of Ciara Knight and I immediately wanted to join. Why? Because I loveeeee chocolate! To quickly clarify what a blog hop is, the list you see down in this post is the list of all blogs that have joined so far and will automatically be updated every time that someone joins. The idea is that with that list you can HOP from blog to blog, simply right?

This Blog Hop is about chocolate and will take place on September the 10th. Anyone who wants can still join, just follow the instructions below the linky list, which says 'click here to enter'.
Who doesn’t LOVE Chocolate?
Do you love chocolate? Does the very word make you drool with anticipation? Then be sure to join us on September 10th for the “What’s Your Chocolate?” Blogfest and tell us all about it!
Post about your favorite chocolate – what it means to you, where and when you indulge, a favorite memory – anything chocolate-related.
Hosted by M. Pax, Laura Eno, Brinda Berry, and Ciara Knight.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Book Review #2 House of Night: The Novellas

So here it is, my second book review. I think most people who like the vampire genre, know the book serie 'House of Night' from Kristin and P.C. Cast. For those who do not know the books, here is a synopsis of the first book:
After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them).
There are 10 books in total up to now, with more to come. But besides the main books, they have written novella's as well, background stories of some of the characters. The two novellas that have been published are Dragon's Oath and Lenobia's Vow. As far as I know two more are about to come (about Neferet & Kalona), but those haven't been published yet.

Lenobia's Vow
Of the two novellas this was the first one I've read. It is about the background story from the House of Night's horse mistress Lenobia. It tells her story from when she was 16 years old.
When fate intervenes, Lenobia suddenly finds herself surrounded by other girls, on a ship bound for New Orleans, where they will be married off to the city’s richest Frenchmen. And they’re not alone…. An evil bishop who is skilled in Dark magic makes the same journey. His appetite for lovely young women makes him dangerous – most of all to Lenobia, who caught his eye back in France. So she remains hidden, making secret visits to the ship’s stables, where a handsome young man and his beautiful Percheron horses soon capture her attention.
I loved to read about Lenobia's background as she appears as a great character in The House of Night books, though she doesn't have the biggest role in the books, I always loved her as a professor. It was amazing to read how her love for horses developed so much and how she becomes so close with the animals, as well as their caretaker. I've grown to love Lenobia even more than I already did because of this novella.

Dragon's Oath
This novella is the background story from (later) professors Dragon Lankford and Anastasia. Before you start reading this novella, be aware that it starts and finishes in the current time and that there will be huge spoilers if you haven't read the main books yet.
Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world…. In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…

But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all?

This one is so much different from Lenobia's vow. Where Lenobia's vow seems to be a bit more sweet and lovable (though intense as well), this one is intense from start to end and much more troublesome. It does give a lot of background about Dragon though and it really shapes his character for who he is, as well as for Anastasia. One of the main events in one of the books is connected to this novella, which makes the beginning of it already heart breaking and the end even more, when you get to know how this could have happened, so be aware of some tears that may flow.

Both novellas hold beautiful drawings at the beginning of each chapter that go along with the stories very well, an excellent addition to the novellas!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The world of rollercoasters

I was going to write this blog on sunday, but then I got sudden inspiration for some drabbles and postponed it.

So, this saturday I went with friends to Walibi Holland, a rollercoaster theme park here in The Netherlands. We went for the birthday of 2 of the girls as well as just to go and have fun with each other and have a nice day out. I will have to admit that this was my first time I ever went to the theme park or a theme park like this at all. Yes, I have been to other theme parks in The Netherlands and even to Disneyland Paris, but those themeparks are a lot of things and a few rollercoasters, this is a lot of rollercoasters and a few other things.

But for everything is a first and I really enjoyed it. We had a lot of fun and the weather was really nice, so that helped a lot as well. Not everyone dared to go in all rollercoasters, but luckily the rows for waiting weren't too long, so they never had to wait too long all together. There were 2 water attractions as well that we went in to and got out soaking wet, haha.

It was really nice to see everyone again (most I hadn't seen for at least a year) and we had good fun!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Delena, Stelena... Klaroline?

Alrigh, so as promised I'll try to keep this blog as up to date as possible and try to keep it interesting at the same time, so even though I have still some books lined up to be reviewed, I will not only keep doing that, because you guys must get bored at one point of that I guess.

In my first post I asked if you guys wanted to read some drabbles of mine and I got possitive comments on that, so let's do it (you can always so NO still if you do not like it at all, haha). I will do some 'Vampire Diaries' drabbles to start of with as I got requests for those. Klaroline (Klaus & Caroline) and Delena (Damon & Elena) seemed to be favourite for drabbles, so I'll do those combined with a little Stelena (sorry, I'm more of a Stefan person). I won't make it real stories, but some follow up sequences. Let me know if you like them (or not) and if you want to read more ;)

Just to be sure, I do not own any of the characters mentioned below in the drabbles, neither the parts that are based on the real TV Serie.

Stelena/Delena (Team Salvatore?)
I let the story drabbles happen somewhere during S3 of the actual serie, but the events may be different or in a different order.
'Stefan?' Elena whispered quietly when she saw Stefan. She knew she wouldn't have much time until Damon would come out of the bar again, or until Klaus would interrupt them and that for sure couldn't happen, because then he would know she was still alive.
Stefan turned when hearing the so known sound of Elena's voice. Everything inside him felt twisted when he looked at the girl he loved so intensely. He could feel himself lighten up for a moment, but that all dissapeared again with the same pace it had came.
'You shouldn't be here Elena.' His voice was hard and stern. He believed every single word he said, though he didn't want it to be true. Klaus couldn't find out she was here or she would die and he had promised her over and over to do everything to keep her safe. Though all these words didn't seem to come out.
Elena rushed over to Stefan. She didn't care what he was saying, she wanted him to come back home. She walked over to him, leaning in and kissing him.
Stefan had the feeling everything bursted inside him, but mind took over heart and pushed Elena of him. 'You shouldn't be here.' He said harsh, keeping her off. He could almost feel all the pain that he caused her, but it was for the better. 'Now go back home with Damon and stay there.' He turned around and walked off, hearing Elena starting to sob behind him.

'Elena?' Damon walked into the living room from the Salvatore mansion. It was about three o'clock at night and he had been sure Elena had gone off to bed, but now he heard her downstairs. Elena looked up to him, her eyes all puffy.
'He isn't coming back, is he?' Elena asked Damon, referring to Stefan. She hadn't able to sleep since the moment Stefan had walked out on her, neither had she stopped crying, even though tears had stopped flowing a while ago. 'He has to come back.' She added in a whisper.
Damon walked over to Elena. He wanted to take her in his arms and comfort her, but getting comfort from the brother of the one she was crying over wasn't really going to help the case, he knew that much.
'I'm going to do everything in my power to get my little brother back, Elena.' He reassured her. I would do it all of it, for him, but most surely for you as well Elena.
Elena smiled a little, faint smile, but it was the most she had done as much as smiling in the past time. 'Thank you.' She whispered to Damon.

Klaroline (Goo... Originals!)'I really do not know what to wear.' Rebekah exclaimed as she showed of the million dress in front of Klaus. 'They really do not have proper clothes that suit a party thrown with a theme of the 1920's, where has the style of all these women gone off to.' Klaus rolled his eyes, only half paying attention to his sister, while he sipped champagne, waiting for her to be ready.
'Just pick something, sister love.' He said, without looking up. 'I'm sure you will look dashing as always.' Rebekah grunted a little and walked over to her brother.
'Don't be like that, Nik. I'm pretty sure if this was about a dress for that Caroline girl you seem to chase, you would be all ears and eyes.' Rebekah didn't like Caroline at all and the new interest from her brother for her, was even less to her likes. That girl was ruining her family.
'Don't be such a mood killer, sister.' Klaus said, badly wanting to change the subject. 'Today was going to be a day for siblings, as you wanted so badly.' He said and saw Rebekah smile a little, knowing he had succeeded as much as was necessary. When Rebekah returned back to fitting more dresses, Klaus got up and went to the counter where he made sure the dress was send out today, that was meant for Caroline, together with the hand written note, that asked her to save some time for him tonight.

Did you guys liked it, hated it? Should I never do this ever again? Any requests from 'The Vampire Diaries' or other series/movies/books? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Book Review #1 Wasteland by Lynn Rush

Like I said in the introduction blog, I'll do some book reviews now and then. I have read quite some intresting books over the past couple of months, so I have some reviews to write. I'll do some more known books, for example The Mortal Instruments, but I am mostly excited to do some reviews of books I think are far less known. I will avoid spoilers in the review and if I want to put in some more details, I'll make sure I'll let you know way beforehand ;)

The first book that I'll do a review from, is one of those books that is probably less known. The book is called Wasteland and is written by Lynn Rush. Wasteland was her first book and it is the first book in the Wasteland Triology. The book takes place in the modern world, but is combined with (half)demons and angels/guardians of the humans. You can read the synopsis of the book here on the offical webpage of Lynn Rush.

My review
In the beginning of the book I was a little wary, the book is written from the perspective of a guy, not something I am very used to. But it turned out it did not matter. I could feel as easily for 'David' as I could for every other female I have read in perspective about.
The book takes place in a different world from what I have read in other paranormal books, which was exciting, because I always like to discover a whole new world. Sometimes I did miss some details, the book tends to be a little bit rushed now and then, but since so much happens it is good at the same time that the pace of the book is higher.
At some point of the book you really feel like hitting some of the characters, but most of the time you really feel for them or just want to hug them because they are so great, basically all the characters tend to be very -let's call it- human, because they have so many different sides.

Basically my conclusion is that I really like reading the book and that it was great to find a new great author and I'm curious to read book 2 and book 0.5 from the series!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Hello world!

After seeing so many blogs coming back to life again, I realised that I pretty much missed blogging myself and that it was time to start one again. Will I succeed in keeping this one up to date? Well that is the plan, and I hope it works out. The name of the blog came just suddenly to me. I'm pretty bad with names, and this popped in to my head and I thought, well why not? I can't say my life is perfect, but I'm pretty happy with how everything is going so, that's where the name comes from, Living Life Bright.

I have quite some ideas for the blog, which include book reviews (from both known and more unknown writers/books), some movie/tv serie reviews, updates about interesting things in life and some more things that I'll overlook before I'll start about it. Some more pages will be added as well, so it will be easy to find certain things back like the reviews, and I might pimp everything up as well over time.

I also had the idea to do some drabbles as I love to write (part of the reason I really wanted to open up this blog), but I'm not sure if you guys want to read my endless drabbles. I mostly write fanfiction about series or movies I like, but as I am currently already in the process of finishing a fanfiction about 'The Vampire Diaries', I wasn't planning on starting up a full new fanfiction, but I do like to do drabbles (short written segments). So let me know if you guys are interested and let me hear which movies/series/books (or made up characters by me) you would like to read about!

Talk to you all very soon!