Gisteren ging ik samen met mijn stiefvader Frank naar het Crown theater in Aalsmeer voor de soloshow van Simone Kleinsma.

Na twee succesvolle eigen shows en veelvuldig geprezen hoofdrollen in Simonemusicals is Simone Kleinsma terug in de theaters met een nieuw soloprogramma.

Een buitenkans om de vrouw achter de vedette beter te leren kennen. In deze intieme voorstelling komen ze allemaal samen: de zangeres, de musicalster, kleinkunstenaar en actrice. Maar bovenal de vrouw zelf: in deze kleine show is Simone persoonlijker dan ooit.  Begeleid door Bernd van de Bos op de vleugel haalt Simone vroege herinneringen op, deelt  ze haar dromen, maar ook haar onzekerheid en verdriet.  Zingend en spelend verklaart ze de liefde, mijmert, grapt, vervloekt en klapt uit de school. Lang gekoesterde liedjes worden afgewisseld met gloedvolle nieuwe teksten die liefdevol en genadeloos verwoorden waar Simone nu staat. Een compleet en actueel portret van een gerijpte rasartiest die reflecteert op hoe ze tot nu toe geleefd heeft.  En die, als ze het zelf voor het zeggen heeft, nog een heel leven heeft te gaan. De titel van het programma vat de inhoud volgens ons prima samen. Dit is Simone, met een uitroepteken. Wees welkom dus, bij  …. Simone!

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Something old, something new

Afgelopen maandag was ik gezellig bij mijn nichtje Valerie . Samen hadden we namelijk besloten om eindelijk de stap te nemen en een eigen domein en host te kopen!

Complete ict-leken als wij zijn ging dit natuurlijk niet zonder slag of stoot. Zonder Emmy van Zon en Maan zou het ons dan ook nooit gelukt zijn om dit te doen.

Na het aanschaffen was het tijd voor het in elkaar zetten van de nieuwe blog. Wat voor mij begon met themastress! Zoveel leuke thema’s om uit te kiezen, en dan uiteindelijk toch kiezen voor het thema wat ik al had.

De komende tijd ga ik stukje bij beetje mijn blog echt helemaal mijn ding maken, maar voor nu; neem een kijkje op de nieuwe blog!

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Review: Ten thousand skies above you

Sidenote: Na een tijdje nadenken heb ik besloten om vanaf nu in het Nederlands te gaan bloggen. Dit vooral omdat het natuurlijk mijn moedertaal is en het mij minder energie kost om in het Nederlands te schrijven. Daarnaast lees ik ook af en toe Nederlandse boeken en het zal dan voor mij makkelijker zijn hier een review over te maken.

Titel: Ten thousand skies above you (Firebird #2)
Schrijver: Claudia Gray
Uitgever: Harper Collins Publishers 
Mijn rating:
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In this sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, Marguerite races through various dimensions to save the boy she loves. Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross through to alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse-even hurt the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked, and his consciousness is scattered across multiple dimensions. The hunt for each splinter of Paul’s soul
sends Marguerite racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each dimension brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with every trial she faces, she begins to question the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other.

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Review: Lady Midnight

Title: Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1)
Cassandra Clare
Simon & Schuster Ltd

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.Lady Midnight

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

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Review: A Thousand Pieces of You

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1)a thousand pieces of you
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Rating: 5/5

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

(Warning: Post contains spoilers)

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Review: Rogue

Title: Rogue (Talon Saga #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Young Adult, Fantasy

Ember Hill left the dragon society Talon to join rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by Garret, the human soldier who saved her from an assassin and doomed himself.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the headquarters of mysterious dragonslayers the Order of St. George. With assissins after them and Ember’s own brother helping Talon with the hunt, a reckoning is brewing. The secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly.

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Review: Talon

Title: Talon (Talon Saga #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa

Publisher: MIRA Ink
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating:  4/5

(Warning: Post may contain spoilers)Talon

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

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