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Kristen Kooistra

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Kristen Kooistra fell in love with reading at a young age and never resurfaced. She loved solving mysteries, riding across the prairie, and sailing on the open sea. But her favorite books were those that held the fantastical. So when the time came for her to seriously approach publishing a book, it had to be fantasy!

"Heart of the Winterland" is Kristen's first novel, and though it started as a whim, it grew into so much more and has inspired a sequel(in progress), "Heart of the Sorceress".

She loves spending time with her family and hopes that her writing will entertain and inspire them as well.

Besides writing, Kristen enjoys reading(of course!), chatting with her writer's group, sewing, swimming, gardening, and cooking(please no baking!).

Average rating: 4.46 · 26 ratings · 12 reviews · 1 distinct work
Heart of the Winterland

4.44 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
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I'M LATE! I think mom's learn to work with that. Late is just part of our life. So yes, this post is late! I at least got to it in the right month though. :D And this is something that's been on my mind and I felt like I needed to take a detour from my normal posts and share.


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From the Stories of Old by Heather Hayden
"Fantastic Tales that touch the heart...

Fairy tales retellings have always been one of my favorite stories. They evoke a variety of emotions - hope, love, wonder, sadness - if they're written well.

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The Princess and the Pea by A.G. Marshall
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Hands down this is one of my favorite books this year. I've been either very picky this year or I'm simply not getting floored with anything. Who knows. But anyway, 5 stars has just not been around much from me because though I'm reading a lot of goo ...more
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Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Uprooted
by Naomi Novik (Goodreads Author)
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3.5 stars

Despite the rating, I still feel like I'm in the minority here. This book didn't knock my socks off like it seemed to for most readers. I found it hard to get into and it wasn't until about 50% or so that I was like so THAT'S the plot.

I dist
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Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Stardust
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
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This was one of those few times that I've watched the movie before reading the book. Like most books to movies, the two are almost completely different. Sometimes that works, most of the times it doesn't. Count this as the third time for me that I th ...more
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Clockwork Alchemist by Sara C. Roethle
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3.5 stars

Arhyen and Liliana were great characters to journey with. I don't read much steampunk, but this was my second for the year and much better than the other one I read.

The plot had a good pace and I kept turning the pages to see what happened
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The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
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3.5 stars

A fresh take on Snow White. A lot of great world-building and the cast of characters was well-developed.

The romance would've been better if it'd uh, not existed. I think having two royals work together to achieve beneficial goals for both t
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Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
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Repeating a lot of other reviews here, but I loved Entwined and was SO excited to see another book out by Dixon. Safe to say that I didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as Entwined.

The cover is beautiful, and the idea sounded interesting at least.
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Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
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Repeating a lot of other reviews here, but I loved Entwined and was SO excited to see another book out by Dixon. Safe to say that I didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as Entwined.

The cover is beautiful, and the idea sounded interesting at least.
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The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier
The Floating Islands
by Rachel Neumeier (Goodreads Author)
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A book about floating islands? Heck yes! I was so intrigued by the cover and setting of this book. Unfortunately the narrator voice just didn't do it for me. It had this droning, sleepy, distant feel to it. It doesn't seem like most readers had that ...more
Shadow Boy by Kyle Robert Shultz
"Read this in one sitting as a break from work, and now I want more! I love Kyle's take on this character from one of my favorite childhood stories. This was quite the teaser, and I hope a novel featuring Peter will be forthcoming soon!"
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