Thursday, July 14, 2011

Review and ARC Giveaway of BETWEEN & THE NEAR WITCH

BETWEEN.

How do I describe this book?

okay.

well.

For starters? 454 pages. Which I read in one sitting. One.

And when I finished, I sat there, staring off, wiping tears and stuff. I could not put this book down. I set aside my writing, for crying out loud. This is big. BIG, I tell you.

Go on. Keep reading. This is not a book to miss. And then enter to win the ARC below. And the ARC of THE NEAR WITCH. Also fantastic.

P.S. If you want to feel the fullest, possible impact from this story, DO NOT READ THE SUMMARY before reading the story. (But DO read my review. I'm a NO-SPOILER kind of girl.)


BETWEEN by Jessica Warman

Between
Summary: Elizabeth Valchar --- pretty, popular and rich --- wakes up the morning after her 18th birthday on the yacht where she’d been celebrating with her closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, she finds her own drowned body is hitting the side of the boat. Liz is dead. She has no memory of what happened to her, and can only observe in horror the fallout of her death.
She’s also soon joined by Alex Berg, a quiet boy from her high school who was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The two keep each other company, floating in and out of memories and trying to piece together the details of what happened to each of them.
In her regular life, Liz was a runner. It wasn’t abnormal for her to run 8-10 miles per day. But as memories from closer to her death begin to surface, Liz finds that she’d been running much more than normal, and that she’d all but stopped eating. Liz’s mother, who died when Liz was nine, had battled with anorexia as well, and those around her worried that Liz was following in her mother’s footsteps. But something more sinister was consuming Liz from the inside out...



MY REVIEW

It's really hard for me to be swept away by a book in the same way I used to be swept away as a kid. Maybe it's a writer thing. I don't know. I mean, I have this ridiculous internal editor that never shuts up. But something happened as I was reading BETWEEN. I noticed it had a release date of August 2, so I picked it up, and there I stood reading this afternoon, beside my kitchen island, my Coke Zero forgotten and my peanut butter sandwich staling, and before I knew it, my legs were cramping and I was fifty pages in. I moved to the sofa and I kept reading. I noticed that my heart rate had accelerated and I was reading faster and faster, and seriously, I felt like I was having some sort of panic attack. Liz, Richie, Alex--I knew them. Within an hour, I knew them. I rooted for them. I was horrified by them. I cringed and laughed and my heart thumped thumped thumped for them.

See, the book's description on the back of the ARC did not reveal nearly as much as the summary on Goodreads, so when I got to the end of chapter one, I gasped out loud. I was stunned. And the world Warman created, criminy, it's like real and insane and real real real. What an authentic voice. You know, like Lauren Oliver, except her own. We see this world of high school drama that is genuine without being totes-OMG-FML-like-whatever. So, yeah. Just real. And so are the bullies. It forces you to see the ugliness and the meanness that exists in our schools, and it keeps your eyes fixed.  And sometimes that hurts. And the grown-ups? The real life drama of adult life? It seeps in so authentically, meshed so perfectly with the complicated lives of these teenagers from every walk of life.  No caricatures or stock characters--just real and complex and multi-faceted.

Have I said real yet?

It sucks you into this world that is ours, but there's a strong, supernatural current that you must navigate as you move through this/our world. But the way it's told, the way the story unfolds, I bought it. I never once questioned it. There were all these pieces to the puzzle of this book--which is a gorgeous love story with a supernatural element and a mystery--and everything came together so brilliantly. There's also some serious darkness to this book, issues that affect so many of our teens, and they're dealt with in a non-preachy, realistic, relevant way. But the most amazing thing? Warman was able to make me weep for a character that at one point repulsed me. Talk about incredible characterization and unbelievable craftmanship. I was so moved. Swept away. Breathless. BETWEEN is truly unforgettable--a beautiful, cautionary story that defies expectations, forces us to confront our darkest realities, and reminds us just how fragile and precious and hard life really is.

BETWEEN will be available August 2.

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ARC(s) GIVEAWAY

Now, if this review has piqued your curiosity, perhaps enter my giveaway, huh?


I'm giving away one ARC of BETWEEN by Jessica Warman.


I'm giving away this ARC, too:


THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab


Near Witch
Summary: The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
And there are no strangers in the town of Near.These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him. As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Available August 2.


MY THOUGHTS


I only just started this one, so I can't do a full review yet. But oh my word, so far it's fantastic. Very eerie and mysterious. Lexi is such a rich character. A gripping read thus far. Check out Shana Silver's review of THE NEAR WITCH. Stay tuned for my full review!

Okay, so, here's the part where you enter to win ARCs of BETWEEN and THE NEAR WITCH. This giveaway is open internationally. Ends Tuesday, July 18, 2011. Thanks for entering and good luck!


Click here to enter ARC of BETWEEN and ARC of THE NEAR WITCH International Giveaway

(COME BACK TOMORROW FOR MORE ARC GIVEAWAYS and to find out the winners of Matt Blackstone's Signed A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE and Lisa Desrochers' Signed PERSONAL DEMONS and ORIGINAL SIN.)

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And here's the part where you check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today:

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Elana Johnson revels in Ruby Red
LiLa Roecker is nuts for I’m Not Her
Christine Fonseca interviews picture book author Michelle McLean – with giveaway
Beth Revis reveals her reading recommendations
Jessi Kirby discovers Where Things Come Back
Shannon Whitney Messenger swoons for Supernaturally – with giveaway
Shelli Johannes-Wells features “guestanisto” author Matt Blackstone
Carolina M Valdez is bedazzled by Between – with giveaway
Shana Silver wonders at The Near Witch
Stasia Ward Kehoe celebrates Selling Hope

122 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for Between and The Near Witch. Been hearing good raves! thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Great review! Looking forward to reading it and The Near Witch :-)

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  3. So excited for Between and Near Witch!! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  4. I'm so excited to read The Near Witch. I've all ready pre-ordered it, but I'm dying to get my hands on it sooner!

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  5. I loved The Near Witch!!! I cant wait to read Between!!! :)

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  6. What a fun contest! Thanks for the opportunity. :)
    So glad to have found you through the fantastic Beth Revis!

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  7. The Near Witch is one of my most anticipated releases this year!!!

    I hadn't heard of Between before but I like the sound of it! Thanks for the reviews and giveaways! Adding Between to my ever-growing TBR list. :)

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  8. Wow! If Between is really as powerful as you made it sound it is definitely a book I'm interested in reading! I love books where I feel like I really know the characters and that's what this sounds like! I'm definitely going to have to check this one out!

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  9. So excited for the Near Witch! Thanks so much! Not as interested in Between, but I'm willing to give it a shot :)
    Thanks again!

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  10. 454 pages? In one sitting? I'm hoping you ate somewhere in there. Good books should come with warning labels 'Stock up on food. You won't be stopping.'

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  11. Wow! What a great giveaway! I'm very excited for Between to come out!

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  12. I really want to read the Near Witch. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. Those look like great reads!

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  14. Near Witch seems to a fantastic book! I hope to get picked. Thanks in advance!

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  15. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Both of these seem like great reads. :)

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  16. Both books sound like good reads so I have entered the giveaway.

    Thanks for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  17. Great great great giveaway! Hope I actually, you know, win this one :D

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  18. Thank you so much for the giveaway!!! I really really really hope I win this time :)

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  19. Both Between and The Near Witch sound and look amazing! They're both already on my to-read list, so thanks for the chance to win them, Carol! :D

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  20. I'm looking forward to the The Near Witch release, Between looks interesting too, thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. Count me in! Sounds like my kinda book :)

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  22. Thanks for make it international :)

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  23. Carolina you are MY kind of girl! I'm the world's biggest spoiler-phobe (according to my co-vlogger's co-blogger) and your review was PERFECT. That's the kind of review I wish everyone on Goodreads would do.

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  24. I have been looking forward to reading both these books so I'm really excited about this giveaway! :)

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  25. OMG! Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! Oh, I wish I win it.. Really want these books :D <3

    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com (Follow on GFC as Carina Olsen)

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  26. Thank you for the giveaway. Between sounds amazing.

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  27. I loved your review of Between!

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  28. I would love both of these. Your review of Between was awesome.

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  29. Being a writer ruins reading in many ways, but only for mediocre books. The cool thing is that those rare gems that are just amazing? They get even better.

    Sounds like you found one.

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  30. I love books that make you heart beat faster :) I'm reading two like these at the moment and they are brilliant - Feed by Mira Grant and Ashes by Ilsa J.Bick. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

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  31. You have such great giveaways. Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning. I entered the YAtopia contest yesterday and sincerely hope Vickie doesn't find my pitch puke-worthy!

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  32. Carol! I have been DYING to read BETWEEN -- and now I'm even more excited for it! Thanks for the review!

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  33. thanks for the giveaway ! i'm very curious to read it !

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  34. The cover alone could make me pick up Between. This is the first review I've read so far, and now I'm super excited to read it!

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  35. One sitting?! You are some sort of super woman! I haven't done on sitting for something so long since the goold ol' Harry Potter Days!

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  36. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

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  37. Can't wait to read either of these. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  38. Man, I am SO looking forward to The Near Witch!

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  39. I love hearing about new books! THANKS for the review and chance to win!

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  40. OMG, I just read Between yesterday and I couldn't agree with you more! It was just fantastic! I couldn't even write a review about it, I was such in awe, so I give props to you for being able to put into words (what I think most of us who've read it) feel.
    And now, hearing that you are loving The Near Witch, I'm getting just as excited to read it. Only problem- I don't have it! So thanks for the giveaway!!!!!

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  41. Oh my gosh, those both sound SO GREAT!!! What an awesome giveaway, Carol, thank you! :)

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  42. The synopsis for BETWEEN gave me chills. Okay, I'll get up, brush my teeth, HOLY CRAP there's my dead body. Yikes! They both look awesome. :P

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  43. Between sounds incredible. Just added it to my to be bought books!

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  44. Wow... that's a pretty compelling review! I have to get my hands on BETWEEN now!

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  45. I just won Between in a contest so I am doubly excited now to get it!!!

    Thanks for the amazing reviews!

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  46. Great reviews & great giveaway! I'm so excited :)

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  48. BETWEEN sounds awesome and when you went, "What an authentic voice. You know, like Lauren Oliver, except her own. We see this world of high school drama that is genuine without being totes-OMG-FML-like-whatever." I only get more excited. Amazing review.

    ~isamlq (sassyreads)

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  49. looking forward to both books! great reviews!! :)

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  50. I got to read the Near Witch on NetGalley and omgosh it was eerie good. And your description of Between is just making me salivate!!!! This is one I would really love to win!

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  51. Near witch sounds really good, thanks for holding the give away

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  52. Beautiful-looking books! Must read!

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  53. Wow, sounds like the characterization in Between is fantastic! And I've been hearing so many glowing things about The Near Witch, can't wait to get my hands on that one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. Wonderful review, thanks for sharing! I'd never even heard of Between, so I'm super excited you fell in love with it. Off to add it to Goodreads without reading the summary haha. :D

    Thanks for the contest!!

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  55. Oh, and in case you want the links, I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/Word_Tapestry/status/91555664089980928 and put it on my blog sidebar (right): http://atapestryofwords.blogspot.com.

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  56. Glad to hear BETWEEN has vivid descriptions that make the story seem that much more REAL. GREAT review! Thanks s much for sharing your thoughts :)

    &thanks for the giveaway!
    -Diana

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  57. Great review! I want to read Near Witch so bad!

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  58. Really anticipating both of these. I've heard such wonderful reviews for The Near Witch.

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  59. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Your review of Between is really good. I have to admit that, while I wanted to read this book, it wasn't a book that I was going back to goodreads to find out when the book was going to be finally released. Now I'm really excited about this book which is coming August 2nd!

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  60. Awesome review and great giveaway! I can't wait to read these books!

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  61. Oh both of these look so GOOD! Thank you for sharing these wonderful ARC's!

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  62. Between sounds amazing. I am definitely intrigued. Thanks for the opportunity :D

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  63. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    Both books sounds interesting =)

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  64. Between looks great, I´d love to read it. I´ve heard great things about The Near Wicth too. Thanks for the contest

    -Mariana S

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  65. Ooh, BETWEEN looks AMAZING! I didn't read the summary, because I like to have NO expectations whatsoever coming to a book, but I definitely have to read this book now based on your review!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!! ^_^

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  66. I'm really looking forward to these. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  67. I <3 the cover of Between :) Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  68. I've been wanting me to read The Near Witch. Please enter me to win.

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  69. YAY Very excited about your contest the book LOOKS VERY GOOD!!:)))) thanks for this and good luck to all!!;)))

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  70. Thank you so much! Both books look wonderful. :)

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  71. Chills, I have chills I tell you. I haven't heard of this book yet and now I can't wait to get my grubby paws on it. I know how you felt where you couldn't put it down. There have been a few I have read that have put me out like that. This is great! :)

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  72. They both sound amazing! Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

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  73. What a wonderful review and giveaway opportunity. Thank you so much, I would love to read these books.

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  74. thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!!

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  75. Both books sounds awesome! thanks for the giveaway and thanks for making it international

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  76. Thanks for sharing your review.

    Good luck to everyone who has entered the giveaway!

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  77. So *excited* for BETWEEN! Thanks for the review and giveaway Carolina!!

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  78. How can I NOT want to read BETWEEN now?

    That was one helluva review, lady.

    I can't wait for August 2.

    (or to win. either one. but since i never win stuff i'll just be excited for the book release ;-)

    I'm stretching out my legs now. Gotta be prepared to sit on the couch WITHOUT Coke Zero or a peanut butter sandwich for over four hundred pages.

    Yowsa.

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  79. You always write such amazing reviews...but this one had me sitting right beside you reading too.

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  80. sosososososososoooooooooo excited to read these. And your reviews make me even more anxious.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  81. Wow. I really want to read Between!!!

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  82. Wow. I really want to read Between!!!to
    here r the links of fb and twitter
    http://www.facebook.com/rogier.caprino/posts/255359577812372

    https://twitter.com/#!/rocapri/status/92002245582929920

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  83. I'm intrigue with Between! I love your reading experience with it which makes me more want to read this book asap. I'll add this book on my watch list of to be release books. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for your lovely review!

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  84. It's sweet you are giving away (SENDING! POSTAGE!) so many ARCs, love. *hugs* Thanks for being generous you.

    More wonderful reviews. Well done. :)

    *hopes I win*

    Huggles,
    Lola

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  85. The Near Witch was a fab read.

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  86. Wow! These books look so good (I really wanna read the Near Witch -sighs-) :)

    Thankyou :)

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  87. You always highlight the most fabulous books. I hadn't heard of Between, but now I think I have to read it. Thank you again! :)

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  88. BETWEEN wasn't on my radar yet, but thanks to your review I'm now dying to read it. Thanks for another fantastic giveaway!

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  89. This sounds so good!!!! i cant wait to read btween and the near witch!!! :D

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  90. Thanks for the great giveaway, as always! I've been dying to read both these books. :D

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  91. I've seen all the reviews raving about The Near Witch but why have I not seen any reviews for Between yet? Thanks for letting me know a bit more about it, Carol. I'm off to add it to my wishlist.

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  92. Great review! And thank you for the wonderful giveaway. Both of the books sound amazing. :)

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  93. Appreciate the review. Another must read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  94. I've wanted to read The Near Witch for a really long time. Thank your for the giveaway :)

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  95. 101 comments?! Holy Hannah!

    To echo the words of others:
    Pick me! Pick me!

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  96. Wow Hannah,

    Your review of "Between" literally took my breath away, and now all I can think of, is getting my hands on a copy! The Near Witch looked so very interesting, and in all honesty, it was the giveaway for an ARC of The Near Witch that led me to this post, but after reading your review of "Between", I am far more interested in that book. It's beautiful stories like that, rife with human emotions, that really touch the heart.

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway opportunity! :D

    ~Hira~
    GFC Follower: ~Enamored Soul~
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
    Twitter : @inluvwithbookz

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  97. Wow, what a detailed and fantastic review! Your words made me really excited for both books! I've heard about Near Witch before and everyone seem to agree that it's phenomenal, so i'm really looking forward to reading it :) I think I'd pee myself id I'd be lucky enough to win this one! :)

    Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway! <3

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  98. I had The Near Witch on my TBR list. I definitely must add between to it now!
    Great review!

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  99. Thanks for the giveaway!

    darkangel231988(at)gmail(dot)com
    Memrie

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  100. Thanks for the Giveaway!

    Email: melodyyang_@hotmail.com
    -Melody

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  101. Wow, Between sounds like an awesome book! I love how books can move you, and this sounds like it can move me too! I so want to read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  102. You amaze me with what you give to your recommendations - a passion about reading. I love it.

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  103. Between sounds reallyy good D: I hope it's not a scary / creepy book. thanks for the giveaway!

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  104. Amazing giveaway! I hope I win (obvs)
    SO HAPPY THAT YOU'RE HOSTING THIS!

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  105. Awesome giveaway! :) Thank you!

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  106. I would love to read both books! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  107. Both these books sounds awesome. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  108. I can't wait to read The Near Witch!

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  109. Opps... I hit the send before finishing. Ahem, anyway.... thanks for a great giveaway! I hope you are feeling better!

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  110. I intentionally skipped the book summaries. I've been dying for a book to totally surprise me! The last one that did was Nevermore by Kelly Creagh....sigh. Love that book. :)
    Email: jeffandsarah 9 at yahoo dot com

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  111. Great giveaway!! Thanks so much for making it international! :)

    x

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  112. Thanks for a great giveaway! I am really looking forward to reading both of these books :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  113. Thanks for the thoughtful and well-written review and giveaway.

    ~Sherry

    Sherry Soule Official Website

    Author of the Spellbound Series

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