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Friday, August 31, 2012

Authors Are Rockstars!- Maria V. Snyder and 2 Giveaways!



Hey ya’ll Jaime here! Welcome to my stop on the Authors Are Rockstars tour! We’ve saved the best for last or at least in my opinion the best. My author is Maria V. Snyder and she is one of my all-time favorite authors and a really cool person as well! Oh yeah and there's two awesometastic giveaways as well so keep reading and fill out the rafflecopter forms below!!

So why do I think Maria deserves this rockstar status? Quite simply because she does! Maria’s books were introduced to my life when I was reading nothing but Paranormal and Urban Fantasy YA and adult both. When I first grabbed Poison Study I was worried I may not like it because I hadn’t read High Fantasy in a long time! Like since before high school long time. But I shouldn’t have been worried, her world building and beautiful writing grabbed me at page one! Yelena the heroine in the story was so different than any of the others I had read! She jumped off the page and slapped me, hard, and I immediately loved her for it. I also met my #1 book boyfriend of all time in this series Valek. 





My love for her books grew with each one I read. I finished the Study series quickly and jumped right into her Glass series. When those were finished I scavenged her website for her short stories of Sitia and Ixia. I couldn’t get enough of the world and the characters! These are the two series I re-read a lot!





Maria then wrote a sci-fi/dystopian for the YA crowd Inside Out and followed it with Outside In and I fell for those books too. In my opinion they ended way too early I could have read more of that world. I loved Trella and Riley.




Maria started a new High Fantasy series The Healer books and I devoured book 1, Touch of Power in one sitting and I am dying to get my hands on book 2, Scent of Magic which will be out in December! Oh and I’ve also read all of her short stories in any anthology she has been in!










Ok so enough about Maria’s books remember I said she was a cool person? Well while I was scouring her site I found ways to get signed bookplates by answering trivia. And oh boy I sent her email after email with my answers lol do you think she got annoyed? Nope she was awesome even gave me hints when I got a few answers wrong. Then she sent me all my bookplates at one time. We even chat on facebook sometimes even though she isn’t on there much. And oh boy do I wish she had twitter but then I’d probably never leave her alone lol. Oh and her covers are gorgeous right? Well you should check out the foreign versions! Her UK covers are some of my favorites! Check them out in her Cover Gallery!

But enough about why I love Maria. She has an awesome post for me to share with you check it out!!!!! This is Janco's advice for what you should do if you find yourself under a magical attack :)

Magic Sucks
by Janco, Second-in-Command of Ixia’s Security and all around fantastic guy.

So I’m writing this down because my boss, Valek ordered me to.  I don’t really want to, but hey, Valek’s the scariest dude in Ixia and you don’t say no to him.  Ever.  Anyway he seems to think it’s important that I explain to the new recruits how I know someone is using magic, but I’m not promising this will be well written or spelled correctly – if you can’t read my writing, well that’s too bad for you.

And I don’t know if anyone else can really feel magic, so, if after reading this you think I’m crazy, then you probably can’t feel magic.

So how do I do it? It’s complicated so pay attention, puppy dog! The lower half of my right ear had been cut off by a big brute intent on decapitating me. Nice guy, right?  Anywho, my scar starts to hurt when magic’s being used. It burns when it’s strong magic so I know I’m in big trouble when it feels like someone jammed a hot poker into my ear.

Now, I also get this creepy crawly sensation along my skin when there’s magic from different sources. I can’t stand being in the Magician’s Keep in Sitia.  Creepy Keepy is what I call it just for that reason.  It’s almost as if a million tiny bugs are skittering along my skin.  It’s nasty believe me.

And I should tell you that magic has a weight.  To me, the air around me feels…heavy at times and sometimes it lacks…substance as if the magician has changed the very air itself.

Now here’s a bit of advice on what to do if you’re under a magical attack. Most of the time you’re screwed, but there are a few tricks I’ve learned.  If you suspect a magician is reading your mind, jumble your thoughts!  Think of lots of random things, concentrate on useless trivia or go over training drills in your head.  It makes it harder for them to pick out the important stuff.

If your body is doing things you wouldn’t normally do, a magician probably has  control of your muscles. In that case, relax, puppy dog, you’re trapped. Nothing you can do.  However, if you’re having bad thoughts – ideas like strangle the good-looking Second-in-Command, you need to resist those inclinations.  Count numbers backward in your head.  It works, trust me.

Yes, magic sucks.  Magicians have an unfair advantage and are sneaky little devils. Well, except my good friend, Yelena.  She’s the Soulfinder, but she’s super cool.  She never used her magic on me unless she asked first.  Plus she’s one of the good guys. Ixia and Sitia would be majorly messed up without her. So not ALL magicians suck, just ninety-nine percent of them.

Okay – end of lesson, puppy dog.  If you suspect someone has magic, report it to me or Valek, pronto. Don’t try to be a hero.  Leave that to me.


OK Janco just rocks my world! Thanks so much Janco and Maria for stopping by. Oh and I’m lucky to have two awesome giveaways for you today! Harlequin Teen has donated one of Maria’s books to one lucky winner and Maria threw in a complete set of her Glass series with the UK covers that’s open Internationally!!!!!! Fill out the Rafflecopter Forms and good luck!



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114 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of her books but they look awesome :)

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  2. So far my favorite Maria V. Snyder book is Inside Out, but I also love the Study series.

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  3. I haven't but I have really been wanting to! :)

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  4. I haven't read any of her books but I'll be glad to read them

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  5. I've only read Inside Out/Outside In ... very fun & creative story, I just kept getting lost in all those tubes lol ;)

    I've also heard great things about Touch of Power, and I happily look forward to reading more of her stories <3

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  6. I did read Touch of Power and I can say it was my fave because- the female character was 20 years old.im sick of 16 years old girls in books.

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  7. Oh gosh I've read all of them except the newest one. And I love her study series!

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  8. I have not read them yet, but I would love to read them! Especially Touch of Power!!!

    -Enna P.

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  9. *_______*
    T say you love this author is simply, an understatement girl!

    And nope, I have never read anything by her :'( I didn't even know she had that many published books!!

    :D <33

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  10. I've read Touch of Power, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.

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  11. I've read the Poison Study series and Touch of Power, but Poison Study is my favorite! I absolutely love Yelena and Valek.

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  12. I've read all of them (not the analogies though) and love all of them!

    My fav is Poison Study because of Yelena and Valek!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. I have read ALL of her books. From poison study to Outside In. I love all her work :)

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  14. both are international???or only the first???

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    1. The second one for the UK set of Maria's Glass Series is the international giveaway.

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    2. I haven't read these books yet!!!but i hope i will do it soon.thanks for this giveaway

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  15. I've read all her books but I don't have just one favourite, I have two! Poison Study (hello, who couldn't love Yelena, Valek, Ari and Janco all in one book?!) and Touch of Power (I love all the characters in that, well except for the bad guys)!

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  16. Maria is my favorite author and of course the answer is POISON STUDY!

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  17. I haven't read any of the books yet, but they're already on my TBR pile! I can't wait to read all of them!

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  18. I read Insider series and loved it!

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  19. Outside In/Outside Out was my favorites :D But will be reading more of her :) Thank you for this awesome post and giveaway. <3

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  20. I haven't read any of her books yet! :-( I have been dying to read her Poison series and the Inside Out series and Touch of Power! LOL Heard really great things. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  21. I haven't read any of her books yet but they are def on my tbr list :-)

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  22. I absolutely love Maria Snyder. I've been reading her books for years. They've inspired me and given me such confidence! Her writing is just captivating.

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  23. I love the entire Poison Study series and the Inside Outside books!

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  24. Poison Study for sure is my favorite! Her stories really inspire me to become an author like her.

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  25. The Study series!! OMG, Valek and Yelena! WOoohooo!

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  26. No, I haven't read any of her books yet, but I've been meaning to check out her Study series. It sounds so, so intriguing. :)

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  27. I seriously love Poison Study! It was so cool! :)

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  28. I have read all of them also, touch of power was my fav so far!

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  29. I have read the Study series, Glass series, Inside Out, Outside In, and Touch of Power.Can't pick just one!

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  30. I haven't but Poison Study catched my eye, and A touch of power has a gorgeous UK cover!

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  31. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I have had Poison Study on my TBR list for a while! I want it! haha

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  32. I wasn't familiar with Maria's books until reading this post, but they sound great. I'm particularly interested in reading Touch of Power. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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  33. I have not read any yet but I have really wanted to read the Poison Study series!

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  34. I have not read any of her books but I really want to. Thanks.

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  35. I've only read A Touch of Power and it was awesome :D

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  36. I still havent read any of her books but Inside out is first on my to-read list

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  37. I absolutely LOVE the Inside Out books!!! I only wish there were more! Limiting it to two books was simply not enough!!!

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  38. I've read them all, and Poison Study will always be my favorite.

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  39. I haven't read any of her books...yet. Now I have them on my wishlist! Thank you for the chance! :D

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  40. Okay so you know I got an early peek at this and I freaking love it! It was such a clever and fun post to read and your author is amazing! I must get to those other Study series books on my Kindle and get some more Valek!

    If I hadn't known you thought MVS rocked before now I totally would now. You did an amazing job in sharing your love of this author, in exciting people about her books and in making me desperate to keep reading.

    And yeah, I totally wish there was a third book in the Inside Out/Outside In series. I loved Trella too!

    This stop was a perfect way to end the tour because you've showed exactly what we've been saying all along this month: That authors can and ARE our rockstars!

    Thanks so much for being an awesome partner on this tour and for being such an incredible host for your rockstar. I don't know anyone who is a bigger book pusher of this author's books and I know I've purchased five of them because of your enthusiasm alone!

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  41. I haven't read any of her books but I've had Poison Study on my kindle for a while now. I got in on sale but for some reason have put I haven't read it yet. I definitely will be doing that ASAP. You totally have me stoked for it.

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  42. I haven't read any of her books, but I've been dying to ever since a friend recommended the Study series to me!

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  43. I have read all of Maria's books and I adore them! She is the real deal, a fine wordsmith who knows the craft of storytelling extremely well. And that was a great tidbit on Magic Sucks above, BTW!Thanks, Maria!

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  44. I loved the inside out series! Wish she would write another book about when they reach the millionth week.

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  45. I haven't got to read any of her books yet. They sound amazing and i will be sure to check them out now.

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  46. I haven't read any of her stories yet but I've heard a lot about the Study series! Thanks for the giveaway - it would be a great chance to be introduced to Ms Snyder's writing :) I also haven't read high fantasy for a while and have been thinking about going back to it. Her books sound like a good start :)

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  47. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Haven't read any of her books - I'm so ashamed because everyone loves them;)

    Thank you so much:)

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  48. I haven't read any of her books yet but I have heard so many good things about her work.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Artemis

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  49. I haven't read any of her books yet, but they're all definitely going on my tbr list now! They sound like great books! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  50. I have read just about every book she has published. Of them all my favorite still remains Poison Study.

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  51. I haven't read any of her books, but they've been on my tbr pile for a while. This would be the perfect excuse to read her work! <3 Awesome tour stop and giveaway!

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  52. I've read all of them but Poison Study is my fav!

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  53. I haven't, but have been wanting to read Inside Out for a LONG time!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. My favorite is Inside Out, but I absolutely loved the Poison series :)

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  55. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I did win a copy of Inside Out and I'm excited to start on that one pretty soon. I've heard some pretty epic things about how awesome her books are. So, I'm totally jazzed and excited.

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  56. I have yet to read her books but they sound amazing. Can't wait to get started!!!

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  57. I have not read any of her books yet but all of the covers are so lovely! I have had Inside Out on my TBR list for a while too!

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  58. Love the covers! These are on my TBR definitely!

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  59. I haven' read any of her books, so I'm pretty excited to start on one of her series soon.

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  60. I haven't read any of her books yet, but they are all on my wishlist! Thanks for the awesome giveaways!

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  61. I love the Study series and the Glass series but I can't decide which book is my favorite. Thanks for the great feature and giveaways!

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  62. I haven't read any of her books but I've heard they are amazing! Thanks Maria for the international giveaway :)

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  63. Love all the books. One of my favourite authors who I could re-read constantly if owrk didn't get in the way

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  64. I love Maria! She has been amazing and I would die if I could meet her

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  65. I actually haven't read any yet, but I've been meaning to get to her Inside Out series for ages!

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  66. I haven't read any of her books yet.

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  67. Ive only read Inside Out and Outside In, thanks so much for the chance. (Entered as Natalie Cleary)

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  68. I haven't had the chance to read any of her books yet but I really want to read Touch of Power, Inside out and Outside in. I hadn't even heard of the Glass series but I looked into them and now I really want to read them as well. Thanks for the great Intl giveaway!

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  69. I've read only Touch of Power so far, so I guess Touch of Power is my fav ;) can't wait for the sequel :)

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  71. I have not read any of her books yet.
    Thanks a lot for this great giveaway!

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  72. I've read Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study and Touch of Power. I loved them all, but if I had to pick, I think I would say Poison Study was my favorite (:

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  73. I have read and loved read Inside Out :)

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  74. I haven't read any of her books yet!! :(
    (Ileana-rafflecopter)

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  75. Poison Study. Always.
    Thanks for make this international!

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  76. I haven't but I really really want to because I know I'm missing out big time! :)

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  77. Only Touch of Power so far and I really liked it! But I do have both the Inside books so I'm planning on reading them soon! Love her stuff! Thanks for the great stop and giveaways!

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  78. I love all her books, but I think Poison Study is my favorite. It was the first one of hers I ever read, and I remember putting it down and thinking, "I'll NEVER be able to write like that." She's just amazing.

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  79. I have not yet read any of Maria's books. I must.

    Mary Preston

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  80. The Study Series is my favourite, but I love all her work. I've read everything she's done :-)

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  81. I haven't read any of her books yet. I really want to. All the books are on my wishlist. :)

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  82. I've read a few but I can't decide on my favorite!

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  83. I have never read any of Maria's books, but my co-blogger has told me that I MUST go read them, because they're definitely the kinds of books that I'd love.

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  84. Poison study was such a great book, I loved the characters.
    thanks for the giveaway

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  85. i havent yet! but all of her books are on my tbr list!! i have heard great things! cant wait!

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  86. I haven't read any yet, but I do own the Inside Out anthology!

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  87. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I really want to!

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  88. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I was just about to read Inside when I saw this post!

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  89. I have not read any of her books but i would love too!

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  90. Not yet, but my sister has the Inside Out duology (which she liked) and they're on my TBR list.

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  91. I've read all her books except Scent of Magic, so I would love to win this one!

    My favorite has to be Inside Out!
    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  92. I haven't read any of her books but I really need to, because I love fantasy and dystopia YA. Adding her to my reading list!

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  93. I've read everything, even all of the short stories. I love them all but I have to say my favorite is Poison Study.

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  94. I first read Touch of Power and loved it! I immediately had to get my hands on anything else by Maria and discovered the Study Series. Valek is one of my favorite book boyfriends but i have a feeling Kerrick is going to sneak to the top of the list as well! I can't choose a favorite book though because I'm torn between Touch of Power and Poison Study!

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  95. I've read the first two Poison books and Touch of Power. The latter is my favorite from the bunch!

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  96. I've read the Inside duology and The Touch of Power, which is one of my very favorite books. I own all of them but the Glass series!

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  97. I haven't read any books by her yet.

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  98. I haven't read any but I hope to in the near future!

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  99. I have read Maria's Study series and it is one of my ALL time favorite series!!!!!

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  100. Hmm.. not yet but I think her writing's good for my taste and love the covers of her book!!:0

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  101. I loved Poison Study!! Awesome giveaway, thanks!

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  102. My favourite would have to be Poison Study- which in fact, is one of my favourite all-time books :) Thank you for the giveaway

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  103. I did read one of Maria's books but unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to finish it (I just borrowed it from my friend) and that was long ago. I believe it was Inside Out.
    Thank you for the giveaway. BTW, Janco just caught me off guard. He is really interesting and starting to like him (let's keep that between us). ^.~ haha

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