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Monday, September 1, 2014

Exclusive Cover Reveal- SHADOW STUDY by Maria V. Snyder and a Giveaway!




I am sooooooo excited!!!! Today I get the EXCLUSIVE cover reveal for SHADOW STUDY, book 1 in The Soulfinders Series, by Maria V. Snyder releasing February 24, 2015. It's a continuation of my favorite characters from the Study series Yelena and Valek and I'm sure all of our favorites will be back too!! I adore Maria and her books and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this! Check out the gorgeous cover, synopsis, and enter to win an ARC!




About the book: 

SHADOW STUDY by Maria V. Snyder (Soulfinders #1)
Publisher: Mira
Publication date: February 25, 2015
New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue. 

Once, only her own life hung in the balance… 

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek. 

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job—and his life—are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers. 

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous… 



"Doing full justice to the plot of this original and entertaining epic fantasy is impossible. Suffice it to say that the action is nonstop. The many characters leap to life, particularly Yelena, whose first-person narrative is riveting." 

—RT Book Reviews on Fire Study




Find SHADOW STUDY Online:

About Maria:


Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn't one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria's research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master's degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address: maria@mariavsnyder.com.

Where you can find Maria:

Website/Blog/Facebook/Goodreads

Giveaway Details:
1 Copy of SHADOW STUDY sent out when Maria Gets her early copies (about 4 to 6 weeks before publication) INTERNATIONAL!!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

273 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to read Shadow Study, the cover and the synopsis sounds AMAZING!! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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  2. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. The cover is gorgeous and I can't wait to see what happens next in the series! -insert fangirling squeal here-

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  3. Thanks for this giveaway. This is an amazing author who writes beautifully.

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  4. Can't wait for Maria's new book!

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  5. This is a beautiful cover! I cannot wait to get a hold of my own copy!!!!

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  6. So excited!! I love Maria's books and can't wait for the series to continue!

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  7. This is awesome! I love the cover. o.o Excited! I don't think I can wait until 2015! haha :)

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  8. The cover if wonderful. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this new book.

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  9. I can't wait!!! Been waiting for a new one by her! Cover is awesome too!

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  10. Beautiful cover! Can't wait to read it!

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  11. How beautiful! I can not wait for the next study book!!!

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  12. I can't wait! The day after my birthday as well! I know what I want for my birthday present now :)

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  13. That cover is SO gorgeous. I still have to read all the books after Poison Study, but I want to collect them in the new covers. Ahhh! I can't wait! :)

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  14. A GIVEAWAY!!! AND A COVER!!!! EEEEEPPP!!!! I am fangirling so HARD right now!!! I can't wait to read more about Yelena and her story, as well as her friends' stories!!! EEEPPP!!!!!

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  15. All of Maria's books are fantastic!

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  16. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED! I need this in my life right now, you have to let me touch it.

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  17. That is a KILLER cover!! (...no pun intended)

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  18. OMG! I am so thrilled that Yelena and Valek's story continues! YAY! I can hardly wait to read a copy, and I would LOVE an ARC so that I can read and review it on my book blog! :)

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  19. I can't wait to get hold of this book, love the cover but really looking forward to seeing the UK one :)

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  20. It's gorgeous! I can't wait to read this one. Yelena and Valek are some of my favorite characters and I'm so happy that their story is continuing.

    -Emily

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  21. I just finished the Study Series and I was so upset when Fire Study ended and there were no more books. Now the story continues!!

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  22. My best friend called me the moment she found out Maria was writing another Study book. CANNOT WAIT to read Shadow Study!!!

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  23. Love the cover! Great colors. Love all Maria's books. One of my favorite authors!

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  24. So happy she wrote another... that whole series is amazing and I've read them over and over... by far my favorite books...

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  25. Aaaaahhhhh....so excited right now! Love Yelena and Valek...and Maria obviously ;)

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  26. ...Can I just read this now please???

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  27. Thank you so much for the giveaway! It is very pretty <3

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  28. The cover is breathtaking. Very exciting! I can't wait to read the next installment- it's been too long.

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  29. February! Cannot wait for more Yelena and Valek :)

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  30. I love the cover! It's beautiful! This is one of my all time favorite book series! Love, love, love Valek!

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  31. Yes, yes, yes! More Yelena and Valek, please!

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  32. Love the cover! Love the characters! Can't wait to spend some time with them all again!!!

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  33. Gorgeous cover! So excited we're getting more books in the Study series!

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  34. This cover is absolutely beautiful and mysterious! It is the kind that MAKES you pick it up to read!

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  35. So excited for this book! Cannot wait to meet yelena and valek again!

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  36. Ohmygosh! I have been itching to see the cover, and this certainly does not disappoint. It is absolutely gorgeous!

    I cannot even express how badly I want it to be February 2015 right now.

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  37. I love all Maria's books, but the Study series is still my favorite. I can't wait to read this one!

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  38. OMG I absolutely love Maria V Snyder, I'm so excited about this book coming out. Ahhhhh!!! :D

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  39. I love Maria's book. I cannot wait for Feb 2015! I will have to reread the study books (again) to tie me over :)

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  40. Absolutely gorgeous cover art, I love the way your books look and I'm so looking forward to seeing more from these awesome characters

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  41. LOVED the Study series! Can't wait for this book!!! HURRRRRY FEB!!!!!!!!!!!

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  42. Been waiting for this since ice study!

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  43. Looooooove this cover! Cannot wait for the book!!

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  44. Wow, it's incredible! Can't wait, it sounds so amazing!

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  45. It feels like I've been waiting YEARS for this book to come out! I'm so excited :)

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  46. Love all of her other books so I can't wait until this one comes out!

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  47. I am so excited to read Shadow Study! The Study series is my favorite and I cannot wait to read the next series. February 2015 seems so far away!!!!

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  48. I have LOVED ALL your books since I first discovered "Poison Study" on the bookshelf in the store. I anxiously await hearing of each new release from you. I am on the edge of my seat waiting to dig into "Shadow Study"

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  49. I wasn't expecting another book in the series! Great news, can't wait! :)

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  50. Words cannot describe how excited I am for this book. I love all of Maria's books, especially the Poison Study books. I really hope the power twins make an appearance. February can't get here fast enough--I need some Yelena/Valek adventures in my life.

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  51. I am sooo excited! I've been making my roommates read the Study series so that we can get excited for 'Shadow Study' together! I can't wait for more stories with Yelena and Valek

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  52. Oh what an amazing give-away chance! I love Maria V Snyder Books! Can't wait to read this one!

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  53. The very first book I read was Poison Study, and since then I haven't stopped until I devorated all Maria's book... I cannot even start to say how much I want to read this one. I love maria's stories are full of interesting characters and magic and fantacy, I just cannot wait, and if it is a signed copy it's even better!!! that would be a great birthday present (since in february it's my birthday)

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  54. Love your books. Looking forward to this book. Thank you

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  55. So excited! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  56. Such a gorgeous cover! I'm excited to read this! :)

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  57. I am guessing this is the American cover, I can't wait to see the Australian one!!!

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  58. Love all her books, really looking forward to this :)

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  59. The Study Series is my favorite!!! I cannot wait to read Shadow Study!

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  60. OMG!!! Can't wait!!!!!! Totally love her books!!!!

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  61. Maria's books are always great to read. I can't wait for this one!

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  62. A great cover and more wonderful reading from Maria!!!!

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  63. Cannot wait. Are there going to be regional changes to the Covers? I'm. A bit ocd when it comes to matching book sets.

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  64. I can't wait to read this book! I absolutely loved the first three in the series, and I got so excited when she announced a continuation. Can't wait to see what the UK/AUS cover will look like

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  65. Blue is trust. Black is mystery. Nice cover.

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  66. I CAN'T WAIT!!! This is so exciting. 3 more Study books!

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  67. Lovely cover. So excited for more Yelena and Valek!

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  68. I can't wait to read it! Amo estos libros.

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  69. I can hardly wait! I love Yelena sooo much! <3

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  70. So excited for another book! I love Yelena!

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  71. I love Maria's work!! So excited about a new book!!

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  72. Soooooo looking forward to this new series, all your books are amazing and I am so happy you are going back Yelena and Valek!!!!! Keep the books coming :-)

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  73. So excited for Shadow Study, the cover looks amazing and can not wait for more adventures of Yelena and Valek!

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  74. Just finished rereading all the Study books. Cannot wait for more Valek and Yelena!

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  75. I love everything about it! Especially the teal!

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  76. I'm so glad these books are back! The cover is very pretty; Yelena is looking super glamorous these days.

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  77. I can't wait! I love Yelena and Valek!

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  78. Beautiful cover, can't wait to read it!

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  79. I absolutely adore Yelena and Valek. They are one of my favorite fantasy couples! Whenever someone asks my for book recommendations, I ALWAYS suggest The Study Series. February cannot come soon enough!!

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  80. This announcement made my day! Such a beautiful cover. Mysterious and romantic, it fits the series perfectly.

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  81. Beautiful
    Cover! I can't wait!!

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  82. AAAHHHHH *FANGIRL MOMENT* I'M DYING TO READ THIS ONE

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  83. Ohhhh, this is so exciting!!! I absolutely love love love Maria's books, she has a special way of fashioning words together, you become so entranced by the story and find yourself fearing, feeling and cheering for each character. It's hard not to fall in love with them. The Study series will remain an all-time favourite, though, so to learn of a new title is glorious news! To actually see the official cover AND have a giveaway makes me all the more excited. I am looking forward to seeing more of Yelena, Valek, Ari and Janco! Oh, and Kiki!

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  84. the study and glass series are the books that made me fall in love with books so naturally I can't wait for the new one

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  85. Can't wait!! Love the study and glass series, I'm sure these ones will be just as amazing :D

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  86. Can't wait to read this! February seems so far away at the moment! :)

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  87. I am overly excited ! & the book cover is stunning.

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  88. I adored Poison Study!! Def need to read this!!!

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  89. I can't wait for this book. The Study Series is my ultimate favorite book series, so this is kind of like Christmas to me :) I love the mystical feeling of the cover!

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  90. Love the cover! Love the sound of this new book!!

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  91. I am so looking forward to this book. I devoured all three of the first study books when I found them at a library. I have the Kindle copies now and I am rereading them in prep for this book.

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  92. Maria I ADORE the new cover!!! Totally different style, edgy and dark. I love it!!!!

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  93. I am still giddy that this series is coming... I simply can't wait!

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  94. I think the cover looks amazing! It has made me even more excited for the new book!

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  95. WAAAAAHHHH YELENA & VALEK!!! hsjkldhlfkjas! Can't wait!

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  96. Morgan ~ drewblythe2004@yahoo.com

    We can't wait to read this!!! The cover is amazing!!!

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  97. Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter

    Absolutely beautiful cover! This one is definitely going on my TBR list!!

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  98. Beautiful Cover!! Words cannot even describe how excited I am for this book :D

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  99. Its beautiful, it looks pretty epic!

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  100. I can't wait til this comes out! Hopefully the audiobook will come out at the same time with the same narrator as the other study books.

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  101. Thank you so much for the opportunity, I can't wait to get back into this world.

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  102. Thank you for making this post! I can't wait for the book release!

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  103. Awesome, I cannot wait! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  104. Love the cover! I can't wait to read it!

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  105. Ahhhh I cant wait! Feel like I have been waiting ages for this and a signed copy would be perfect! Great post&blog btw, have followed you and please feel free to check mine out too - www.kellyhides.blogspot.com

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  106. Yay!!! I'm so excited to read this!! Love the cover!

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  107. I seriously can't wait for these!!!!! I loved the original Study series and know I will love these just as much!!!!!!

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  108. I am so excited to be back in Ixia and Sitia!!

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  109. I am so excited for the new series!!!! My favourite book series is the original Study series, so I can't wait for the continuation. :) XD

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  110. Finding out about this book seriously made my year. I love the Study books and characters way too much for just a trilogy! YAY PRETTY COVER TOO!!!

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  111. Can't wait for more of Yelena and Valek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  112. I love this cover and particularly likes that it extends to the back cover.

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  113. I love the cover, her books have some of the best covers ever. And this is perfectly timed for me, since I am revisiting all of her books :-)

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  114. I LOVE the cover!! I can't wait to read it!

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  115. I'm so excited!! The cover looks gorgeous! I really loved the Poison Study series and I can't wait to see Yelena and Valek again!

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  116. I am fan of the cover :) thanks for this giveaway

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  117. I'm so excited about this book:)

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  118. Eeeek I can't wait. It is going to be amazing to see all the characters again

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  119. Wow!!! Can't wait for this book! Would love to win the arc

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  120. The Study series is pretty much my favourite series of all time. I absolutely adore Valek, Yelena, Ari and Janco. I can't wait for this book to come out!!

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  121. It's so gorgeous I can't wait!!! Thank you so much for this giveaway!! :) *hugs you all*

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  122. I loveeee all of Maria's books- im so excited for this giveaway!!!! I cannot wait to find out what happens with Yelena and Valek!

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  123. Oh wow - I can't wait for it to come out and I always loooove the covers! So awesome! :)

    Regards
    Lotte

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  124. No words for how excited I am about this book!!!

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  125. I told her on her facebook page the other day on how I prefer simple covers over "portrait" style cover, which usually is just pretty faces and dresses and doesn't explain what is the book about. However this one is actually looking promising, the clandestine style and the robes flowing to back cover is kinda have that enticing, professional looks to it. Cant wait to read the story!

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  126. So excited to read Yelena's adventure again :D

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  127. Simply cannot wait for this book - it can't be anything less than amazing.

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  128. the cover is really different from teh precedent book so i was quite surprised ( but happy for teh new book) now that i've learn that the other ones will be released with matching cover i'm just planning some buying time:)

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  129. Looking forward to a new 'Study' book. As is my 15yo daughter, who I hooked on MVS's books some time ago!

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  130. Thank you for this great giveaway! I can't wait to read this book, I loved the Study series and when I got to know that there would be more, I did the happy dance :D And oh my, the cover is gorgeous *-*

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  131. That is actually a beautiful cover I love the typography. Maybe some whimsical designs would have looked good on it but it's still awesome.

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  132. Can't wait for more Yelena and Valek and more importantly more adventures from Maria. My favourite :)

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  133. Cannot wait for this book! I've been following Maria for years! :-) Already on preorder for me!

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  134. I love Maria V Snyder's books and cannot wait to read Shadow Study!!!

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  135. So excited for more Yelena and Valek

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  136. OMG! Why are yelena's powers blocked!!!!! Need to read!!! Feb come faster!!!

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  137. That's one good looking cover :)

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  138. Yay more Yelena and Valek. Looking forward to reading this.

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  139. So beautiful!! Love the cloak on the back ;)

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  140. The Study Series is one of my all time favourite books with a plot and characters that I loved so much and always went back to. But now we get more!
    The cover looks incredible and the synopsis.... Man, I have to know! I cant wait to read this!

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  141. I. Am. So. Excited. I just can't even. This is my favorite series of all time. The cover is beautiful and the story sounds amazing!

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  142. I can't wait to read this. I must re-read the other "Studies" quickly!

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  144. Oh....my....god!?!? Im having heart palpitations!!!!! I have been DYING to revisit this world again!!! Favourite series ever! Just reading the blurb and im dying from suspense!?!?! :O

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  145. I love this series! Can`t wait to read shadow study! :-)

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  146. So excited for this, love Maria's books!

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  147. Words can't express how excited I am to have a copy of this book in my grubby little hands. I have been waiting in anticipation!

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  148. I've been looking forward to Shadow Study! Just so happy there are more books with Yelena and Valek!

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  149. It's super mysterious...I love it! Can't wait for the booke to come out!

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  150. I love this series (and this new cover) and I am over the moon to see another one!

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  151. I can't wait to read the new book!!!

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  152. I was just dreaming about Valek the other day!
    Ooff!

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  153. Love the cover, can't wait to read the book.

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  154. Love the cover, can't wait to read the book!! :D

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  155. That cover is sooo gorgeous! I really love it!

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  156. Oh god ! This cover is soooo beautiful *-*
    I can't wait !

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  157. I like the cover! it´s pretty.
    Istill need to read the poison study books.

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  158. OMG!! The cover is fantastic!! I'm so excited!

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  159. OMG! I'm SO excited!! The cover is just gorgeous and the synopsis makes me want to grab the book through the screen :D. I love Yelena and Valek!

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  160. The Study books are my favorite!!! I cannot wait to get my hands on more to see what Yelena and Valek are up to!!!

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  161. I love the cover for Shadow Study! I can't wait to read it. I love all of Maria's books, but the Study series is my all time favorite.

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  162. It's soooo exciting to finally have a synopsis and release date! Eeeeee!!!

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  163. That's such a beautiful cover! I loved the Study Series, can't wait to read this!

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  164. This Perfect *___________________________________*
    Elisabete

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  165. This cover is so different from the others, I love it! Can't wait!

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  166. The cover is gorgeous! Can't wait to read it!!!! :) :)

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  167. This is the best thing I have heard today! I knew there was going to be a 4th study book, but finding out the cover is out is really awesome! And that cover - me heart eyes!

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  168. Wow!The cover is really amazing! :)
    Sounds awesome!
    And thanks for the intrenational giveaway :)

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  169. I'm so excited for this book and the continuation of the study series. I can't wait and the cover art looks stunning!

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  170. this looks and sounds awesome :) Thanks for sharing!!!

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  171. I had no idea she was writing more about Yelena. Yay!

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  172. So looking forward to more Valek and Yelena - been waiting a long time!!!!!

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  173. I reallydidn't like this new cover...it doesn't match the others :( BUT I have faith this book will be completely awesome, as good as the first three books.

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  174. I have loved all of the books in the Study series. I have no doubt I will love these as well. I can't wait!

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  175. I don't really like this cover, but it probably makes more sense from a cover-art logistics end. Having models of the characters as the central focus make the series more cheesy than intended. That's my own personal bias on the matter. Some people don't mind the models, prefer them, etc. Either way, I'm still really thrilled for the release of this book!!

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  176. I love her and her books! so much adventure in it! :D

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  177. I do love these books and can't wait for the this new one to be available!

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  178. this looks so good can not wait to read this! :)

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  179. Absolutely eager to continue this series!!!

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