Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, a book review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Sometimes life can be very strange. A while back I bought the book Hex, written by Dutch writer Thomas Olde Heuvelt. I was drawn to it by the fact that it was being promoted as the new Dutch fantasy novel.

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For some reason I put it in my bookcase and forgot about it (sorry Thomas).

Earlier this year whilst I was attending Dutch Comic Con, Thomas was there, signing books. I felt a small pang of shame as I remembered that unread book, still in my bookcase, and bummed I didn’t have it with me to get it signed.

Still, I again forgot about it, until two days ago. One of my friends posted a screenshot of the tweet made by Stephen King, the master of horror himself, praising Thomas his book. How epic and cool is that! So I liked that post and yesterday I got a friend request from Thomas himself.

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Maybe this was the universe telling me, read the book! Ok, ok. I got my copy, settled on the couch and… read the book in one go.

Now I have read loads of books, the fact that I own over 700 of them is prove as well. And there aren’t many books I read in one sitting, where I am drawn into it, forget the world around me and keep turning page after page, desperately wanting to know what happens next. This book did.

Slight note. As I understand it, the English version is slightly different from the Dutch version. I read the Dutch one, but now I want to get my hands on an English copy as well.

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters your homes at will. She stands next to your bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened. The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting, but in so doing send the town spiraling into the dark, medieval practices of the past.

Author info according to Goodreads:

Thomas Olde Heuvelt

  • Born in Nijmegen, Netherlands

 

Dutch novelist THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT (1983) is the author of five novels and many short stories. His work has appeared in many languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French. In 2015, his story The Day the World Turned Upside Down was the first ever translated work to win a Hugo Award. Two more of his stories have been nominated for both Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. In 2016, Olde Heuvelt’s critically acclaimed novel HEX, which became a bestseller in The Netherlands, will be launched around the globe (In the US by MacMillan/Tor and in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton). Warner Bros. is currently developing a TV series based on the book. “HEX is reminiscent of vintage Stephen King, and I can think of no higher praise. Chilli

Dutch novelist THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT (1983) is the author of five novels and many short stories. His work has appeared in many languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French. In 2015, his story The Day the World Turned Upside Down was the first ever translated work to win a Hugo Award. Two more of his stories have been nominated for both Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. In 2016, Olde Heuvelt’s critically acclaimed novel HEX, which became a bestseller in The Netherlands, will be launched around the globe (In the US by MacMillan/Tor and in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton). Warner Bros. is currently developing a TV series based on the book.

I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers.

What I loved about this book, first and foremost is that it is set in the region I originally come from (for the people who read the Dutch version of the book). I was born in a smallish town in ‘Brabant’ although not as small as the town ‘Beek’ mentioned in the book. But how the people and townsfolk act is pretty much how I remember it (minus the horror stuff, but then again, I wouldn’t be surprised). It has nothing compared to living in a larger city where you are lucky if your neighbours greet you at all.

Not until the second chapter you finally begin to get a grasp what the story is about, and throughout the book you begin to grasp the situation about Hex. I imagine when reading the book for a second time you will get a lot of aha moments, small little signs you missed the first time because know you know.

It is amazing how Thomas managed to capture todays life, with texting, popular language and big brother is watching you and at the same time describes that small town feel and throw you back into the middle ages as well.

Some of the horror stuff, nope no spoilers, you should really read the book yourself, reminded me a lot of the books written by Bridget Wood and which I think is high praise. Thomas has captured multiple important ethical dilemmas while being subjected to years and years of indoctrination and pear pressure in such a way that it’s almost scary, even if applied to today’s everyday life and how we as people react to say the refugees’ crisis.

If you are susceptible to nightmares I suggest reading this book during the day, or keep a light on at night when you go to bed. Unfortunately, I’m past this point, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t scare me at some points.

Not one point during the book I had a moment where I had that feel of pages being filled, just for the sake of creating pages (which some books do). From beginning to end it captures you and I hate myself sometimes for having a high reading speed and finishing it in a couple of hours.

The book leaves you hunger for more, but as I said, luckily I can read the English version as well!

Thomas, ik had niet gedacht dat Hex zo ontzettend goed zou zijn. Schrijf meer van dit soort boeken, je hoort thuis in de fantasy wereld en ik kan niet wachten tot een eventuele verfilming en meer van je fantastische verhalen.

This books gets a well-deserved 5 out of 5 star review and I recommend you get your hands on a copy and read it, over and over again, because this is a book you can read multiple times.

Have you read it?

Lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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Raksha by Frankie Rose, a book promo

Hi my lovely hot cute girly geeks, and boy geeks of course.

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A quick book promo for you guys until the review is up, later this week. And this book is a must-buy! I rate it 5 out of 5 stars,  and for the ones who know me, I usually don’t rate that high!

Blurb:

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She has her knives, her training, and her halo.

The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…

Fear… Pain… Anger… Happiness… Desire… Guilt…

Love.

When a newly named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blond boy, whom she refuses to let save her. The sights and sounds of Freetown are new, yet one thing is familiar: the matches. The only difference? Where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the Colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.

Without her halo, the inhabitants of Kit’s new home consider her saved, but is that really the case? Would she be better off free of the guilt associated with all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?

Raksha is the call of the dead. It is the rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The Colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.

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I mmm doubtfully, scratching Jada behind her ears. She seems to like that. Cai’s face is gone now, although who knows how long the reprieve will be. When I look up, Ryka is watching me pet Jada.

“She likes you,” he says.

“You sound surprised.”

“I’m not. My sister’s a good judge of character. If Liv likes you that pretty much means everyone else will. Including my fickle dog.” He whistles softly and Jada pricks her ears at the sound.

“And you?” I ask.

He smiles. “Seriously?”

I nod, and Ryka’s mouth pulls up to one side in a way that makes my heart race. He looks wicked.

“Well, we’re friends. In that weird way where you’re eternally mad at me, and I’m eternally imagining what you look like naked.”

“What!” I go to slap his arm but he ducks out of reach, grinning. From the way my insides react to his words, it feels like I’ve swallowed something entirely too hot. Is this normal? Is this what liking someone feels like? It’s confusing and frustrating and frankly—okay, I’ll admit it—kind of wonderful. But what the hell am I supposed to do with that? How do I change who I am, sixteen years of fighting, a life of blood? How do I trade in all that confrontation for something a little sweeter? I think it’s probably too late.

“I really didn’t do myself any favours when I met you, did I? You still don’t trust me?” Ryka tips his head forward, smiling ruefully at his feet when I shake my head. “In that case I suppose it’s pointless asking if you’ve fallen in love with me yet?”

The boy is determined to make me die a death this evening. It’s all I can do not to choke as I shake my head. “Sadly, no. I don’t think I want to kill you anymore, though. So there’s that.”

In the moonlight, Ryka’s eyes bow as he smiles broadly. “There is that. We’ll have to see what we can do to change your mind, though. I’ve never been very good at waiting for anything I want.” He shoves me gently with his shoulder and my heart stumbles.

“You want me?”

Ryka’s smile is devastatingly sharp. “You own me, remember. And now, after the other night…well, I guess I kinda own you, too.”

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Author Bio:

Frankie Rose

Frankie Rose is a British expat, who is currently enjoying the perks of living in Australia- her awesome husband, sunshine, and vitamin D. She spends her time creating fictional universes in which the guy sometimes gets the girl, the heroes occasionally die, and the endings aren’t always happy. But they usually are.

 

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Charmeine by Emily Guido promo blog tour, free copy + new review!

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course. Today I have something special for you. Remember my author friend and also guest blogger Emily Guido? Her first novel Charmeine is free today on Smashwords. So I urge, no demand you all go over there, use the code below and pick up a copy of your own, of this marvelous and amazing book.

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I got to know Emily when I just started blogging last year and we became good internet galpals. Because unfortunately she lives in the US and I’m stuck here in the Netherlands. But that isn’t a problem for an awesome friendship.

She asked me to read her first book Charmeine. Back then it was all her novels combined in one. And because she was a self publishing author (huge respect) it was also unedited. But even without proper editing I could see this book was a jewel. I read it within 4 days, skipping many hours of sleep to finish it.

Luckily a publisher also found her books worth printing and now her first book Charmeine, where it all began is split in multiple books. I am so happy for Emily that she is given the chance to fulfill this dream of hers. I mean, she wrote 100.000 words in under a week! She has a family, work, she studies. Talk about a powerful woman and an inspiration to many aspiring authors out there (including myself). She never gave up fighting for her baby to be published. Even throughout some nasty reviews or unsupporting people, she still continues and I count myself lucky to be one of her friends.

So when she asked me to help her promote her book Charmeine on my blog I didn’t have to think about it and I actually managed to find some other blogger friends who were happy to help as well. (Ah the wonderful book blogging community).

And doing this promo tour gave me a good excuse to finally delve into her first book again, now completely edited, revised and as it should be. And I still loved every second reading it. I will be adding a new review in this post, but first here is the promo tour with all the information you need to know, and more important, the link and code for a free copy on smashwords.

TODAY ONLY

APRIL 19, 2013

Charmeine

The First Novel in

The Light-Bearer Series

 ‘FREE’

Smashwords coupon: HB94P

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/238502

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Synopsis of “Charmeine”

Can romance develop between a Heavenly Light-Bearer and a Hellish Vampire Blood-Hunter?

“Charmeine” the First Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series,” was released January 2012.

Tabbruis is a Blood-Hunter and drinks blood to survive. Over millennia Tabbruis has wandered the Earth alone aimlessly living through many historical events.

Charmeine just came to the Earth in 1997, unable to remember anything.

When Tabbruis meets Charmeine the attraction is immediate and passionate. They are polar opposites and clash together in a strongly romantic and dramatic way. When she meets Tabbruis, Charmeine’s powers as a Light-Bearer, one who throws lightning, is triggered and grows exponentially.

Will Charmeine and Tabbruis fulfill their destinies?   Will they realize their importance in both the Blood-Hunter and Light-Bearer world?

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RAVE REVIEWS for “Charmeine” by Author Emily Guido

“Romance between a Vampire and a light bearer is something so new, I had to read this book to find out what the buzz and feel is all about …

All I can say is that book didn’t disappoint at all! A must read!”

Fathima Amiruddin

“This is a great read, and a terrific debut novel!”

Susan Ashcraft

“The author’s story got me hooked. I think the readers will feel the same.”

Carol Fitzpatrick

“This story is a fantastically tender, romantic one of timeless love.

This story is well worth a read!”

Melanie Adkins

“The scenes were beautifully described and the plot is creative and intriguing.

The Light-Bearer Series is sure to be the next fabulous Angel series on your

“To-Read” shelf!”

Cassie

“Well done Emily, this is a great debut novel!”

Samantha Adams

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About the Author

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Emily Guido is a new Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing “Charmeine” because one day she got an idea of two characters that needed to have their story told. Not ever dreaming a week later she would have over a 100,000 words written. When Emily writes, it is similar to you or I watching a movie. She pictures the characters in her head going through vivid descriptions of each scene. There are so many nuances going through her mind that she cannot type fast enough.  The novels “Mactus,” “Accendo,” “Seditious,”  and “Ransom,”  are the continuation of the wonderful adventures of the inhabitants of The Castle Charmeine!

Emily is currently writing “Conundrum”  the Sixth Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” She works at a College full time, and pursuing her Master of Business Administration.

YA, PNR, Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Angels, Action and Adventure, Historical

 

Where to find/follow Emily:

Website: http://authoremilyguido.com/

Website: http://emilyguido.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5764521.Emily_Guido

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Emily__Guido

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelightbearernovelist

 

New review:

So here is my own revised review about the debut novel Charmeine by Emily Guido. To start off with my own words “Move over Edward, there’s a new player in town called Tabbruis.”

I am and always be a vampire girl; although I love a good werewolf novel, or some other supernatural creepy critters, vampires are and will forever be my favorite “monster”.

And I do love a story that isn’t the same as every other story out there. I mean, how many Dracula rip-offs can a girl read and still be enjoying herself. Let me tell you, not much.

I was so surprised by Charmeine. Angels who turn out to be vampires, who turn out to be angels? Talk about a surprising plot twist. The love couple of the century, forever soul mates, split up and doomed to roam the earth without each other. Until a strong urge and a Billy Joel concert brings them together, although they don’t know it.

I love how Charmeine is written. This lovely and sweet teacher. Without knowing her past, a good sense of right and wrong, but also carefree and living in the moment. Enjoying normal things like rose scented body lotion and a love for the ocean. She could be any of us girls. These little things make her that you can identify with a character. She isn’t flawed, she has doubts and quirks just like any of us, but that’s what makes her human.

And the beautiful and stunning Tabbruis. Living for decades, not knowing where he’s from. Waking up with a sudden urge for blood and for years take what you can get, not really caring for what happens after. Until, one day, he redeems himself and stops with the killing and murdering. Trying to do good. You feel for him, for his tiredness, not knowing his place in the world. Just a couple of friends and a code to live by, which he doesn’t agree on.

And the funny and young Shane. Working his ass of (excuse my language) to finally have enough money so he can ask his girl to marry him. Now that’s a proper gentleman. He wants to build a proper life and family of his own, growing up in a foster home with Charmeine looking after him as his big sister.

So what would you do if you find out that you walked into your soul mate, but he is supposed to be this big bad evil and you are on the side of the light? You are natural sworn enemies and supposed to kill each other. The saying love conquers all really does apply here, but also that you have to fight for that love, to keep and hold it.

The book is written in a fast pace, you will have trouble to put it down and go to sleep. It’s funny, thrilling, romantic and don’t we all wish we have our own Tabbruis in our lives? That tall dark mysterious stranger with a dark edge but a heart of gold?

This is definitely one of my favorite vampire / romance novels out there. And although a lot of supernatural romance novels feel like otherworldly and not gonna happen in a million years, this feels like there really can be a Tabbruis and Charmeine walking around.  And like I said before, you need to read it. You have no excuse now to not read it, it’s free! All you need to do is click that link! And if you enjoyed it as much as I did. Go to Amazon, support this amazing author by buying her other novels, you won’t be disappointed, cause the story doesn’t end with Charmeine.

Thankfully not, because Charmeine leaves you craving for more!

Last time I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, this was due to the fact of the unedited process. Well, I don’t have that excuse any more. So I upped my rating to 5 out of 5 stars!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.