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Relic by Renee Collins

Published August 30, 2013 by bookbesties

Relic

So by reading the synopses of this book I was gun-hoe to get into. I love a good YA fantasy and the idea of Relic’s was fascinating to me.  What I did like about this book was that it had enough mystery and action to keep the story moving along and the MC was on a level, likable.  Renee Collins did an excellent job of painting the western  times and putting a twist on it by mixing it with her world.

What I didn’t like about this book was that It was a western, and while the synopsis told me that,I still didn’t think western western. I really don’t like to read ‘period’ or historical books, but I thought this would be different, some period books are written so that you kind of forget save for a few references here and there, but when i started reading words like ‘viddles’ I felt like I was thrown into an episode of Dr.Quinn Medicine Women

I also felt like I wasn’t given enough explanation at some points and without giving spoilers away, there were parts where I had to re-read it because I didn’t ‘get it’ and maybe that was just me. I also could not for the life of me like Maggie! I felt she was too detached, especially with the tragedy that happened in the first chapter I still didn’t  feel her pain. And her ‘romance’ with Landon seemed to be lacking something. But this is all just MO.

I had a very hard time committing myself to this book wholly. I could have just been thrown off from the whole ‘viddles’ word but It didn’t do it for me. While I liked the magical side of it, the others not so much. Maybe I’m just to old to fully appreciate the story for what it was.  This was probably more of a book for Josh (the other bestie) than  me, Although I do love a good YA and this is not to say I won’t read something else by Renee Collins in the future i liked it, just didn’t love it.

3 out of 5 stars

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Darker Days by Jus Accardo

Published July 29, 2013 by bookbesties

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Seven Sins. Six Innocent people. Five Days. Piece of cake….

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Let me start by saying I had never read a book by Jus Accardo before, granted  she was in my large and ever-growing TBR pile, but I had never gotten around to one of her books.  Well after reading Darker Days, let me tell you her books just got moved up the list! Had I known I was in for such an awesome ride with her books I would have long since read them. I want everyone to be able to read this book so that I can talk about it with them!

From the time I had done the cover reveal and read the teasers I was hooked. You have a teenage girl who fights demons, with her MOM and they run a detective-by-day-slash-demon-hunting-by-night business. Score! Jus did an awesome job at drawing me in to ALL the characters introduced in the book and I can tell this will be one of the series to look out for. You are going to want to know what happens next at each page turn, and no matter how much I told myself ‘after this chapter I will…’I couldn’t put it down until I was done.

Imagine if Veronica Mars and Buffy the Vampire slayer had a kid. That kid would be Jessie Darker.  With just enough snark to be funny and relatable she also can kick ass and take names with the rest of them and far from a normal teenage girl.

“Last week, I evicted a nest of Hell Hounds in the park; got a twelfth century ghost out of the record room in town hall, and two days ago I went shopping with a witch and a necromancer. What about that screams normal to you?”

Everyone around her want to protect her, but all she wants to do is prove herself and prove herself she does. This book was not short on action, something was always happening, there was never a dull moment but there was kissing, because there is ALWAYS time for that. But it still was never lacking and normally I can guess what will happen in the book before it’s told. Like the big secret reveal. The Scooby Gang ain’t got nuthin’ on me!

 But this book…I got nothing. It kept me guessing and on my toes EVERY.SECOND.  The intricate plot and story line was written it left me thinking about what could happen in the books to come long after I finished. This is how you start a series, with a bang and Jus certainly did that.

Not everyone can do paranormal YA and I will admit I am somewhat of a YA snob, I like who I like and that’s it. Jus has made my list. Excellent read and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
*I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.*

5 out of 5 stars

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Origin by Jennifer Armentrout Cover Reveal!

Published July 1, 2013 by bookbesties

YO! since Opal ended the way it did (the saddest moment in the history of sad moments) I have been DYING for all things Lux. So how excited am I that I get to be apart of the cover reveal for Origin, the next Lux Novel? This cover guys is like….

So before we get to the cover, lets here about the book… the blurp was awesome in and of itself

ORIGIN official Blurb:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.
Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?
Together, they can face anything.
But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

OMG Right! I’m all types of freaking, like……

And now…the cover…

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Yea, it’s awesomesauce!

The book isn’t out until 8/27/13 and I. Can’t. Wait.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

You can stalk/ follow Jen on Twitter, Facebook and her official Website.

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A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Published June 19, 2013 by bookbesties

A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1)

I love vampire books as much as the next, In fact aside from aliens (only written by my fav JLA) vampire books are my favorite paranormal reads. I haven’t come across a good YA vampire book in a long time, there have been some great one’s but not YA, so when A shade of Vampire crossed my path I was skeptical that it would hold a candle to what I had become accustomed to, especially because it was so short. Well slap my face and call me WRONG! A shade of Vampire blew me away with how great it was, so much so that I had to get the second book within seconds after finishing the first.

The story already has told me so much about before I even opened it up,

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.
She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.
Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

I thought with all that already given, what more could such a short book have to tell me.  So much more is what!

The blossoming relationship between our heroine Sofia and Derek the Vampire prince that is holding her captive although not really pulls you in from the moment the two meet. I loved the way the two MC’s came together, Derek wanting Sofia to show him what he has missed the past 400 years and Sofia just trying to survive, in doing so they formed a relationship that neither saw coming. The book had suspense and drama and a little shocking twist towards the end that caused a MAJOR conflict, it was over way too soon for me which is why I literally had to get the second book immediately. I have found my new favorite vampire YA book and look forward to finishing out the rest of the books and reading more from Bella!

4 out of 5 stars.

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*I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest and fair review*

Darker Days Cover Reveal By Jus Accardo!

Published May 24, 2013 by bookbesties

SOOO, because we love  great Authors of ALL genres, WE are so stoked that we got to reveal the cover to JUS Accardo new series. If it’s anything like her other books, we are so there the second it goes on sale! This series sounds Amazing! Are you ready for it? Are you just

Well here it is!

Darker Days(Dark Agency #1)

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Synopsis

 Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course…

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they’re recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing…

There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.

Looks and sounds amazing right!? The colors alone in the background are so eye catching! And now…. we also have an excerpt from this awesome book!

Excerpt

 “So not your biggest fan at the moment,” I said, closing the office door behind me. The runofffrom my jeans had soaked my sneakers pretty good. With each step, I gave a slight squishing noise accompanied by an annoying squeak against the old tile floor.

 From across the room, Mom stared. “What happened to you?”

            “It attacked me.” Tossing my bag on the couch, I sank into her chair and made sure to grind my butt into the cushion. Got it nice and wet. I was all about sharing the love—and right now, the love was soggy.

            She laughed, waving a folder in my direction. “Surely you’re overreacting. It was one little zombie. They don’t attack people.”

            “I’m serious, Ma. It tried to drown me. And the client assaulted me with ugly footwear. As far as punishments go, I’d say we’re probably square. I’ve learned my lesson.”

            “You’re serious?” Amused expression now replaced by concern, she crossed the room and leaned over her desk to get a better look at me.

            “As a coronary.” Once I was sure the chair had sponged up all it could, I stood and huffed past her. Pulling at my favorite T-shirt—the word Fate inside a blood red heart, is a four letter word on the back—I said, “Child welfare would not be happy to hear you tried to feed your only child to a walking corpse…”

“But why would it attack? Did you provoke it?” Folding her arms, she frowned. “Insult it, perhaps?”

            I winked at her. “Provoke it? Sure. I went and wiggled my ass in front of it yelling lunch just to see what’d happen.” I’d called it Stinky, but that didn’t count as an insult. Something couldn’t be considered an insult if it was true, right?

            Right eyebrow twitching, she fought against a smile. “But you’re okay, right? No bites, broken bones, head injuries, possessions…?”

I smiled and did a little twirl. “All in one piece and still me.”

Mom had a checklist she went through at the end of each job. I was known for taking almost as much damage as I inflicted.

“Oh, and you’re probably going to get a call from the client. I sorta smashed her fence in the process.”

            Mom groaned. “I told you to be more careful.”

            “It’s not like I tried to break anything.”

            “Something tells me you didn’t try hard enough not to break anything, either.”

            “In my defense, it wasn’t a simple trap and slap…”

            “We can’t afford this.” She reached down and pulled a white envelope out from under a stack of papers. “This is the bill for that Mercedes you smashed.”

            “Oh! So not my fault. How was I supposed to know that Spring Heel was gonna land on the car? If it makes you feel any better, I think he was aiming for my head…”

            “If you keep this up, we won’t even be able to afford the rent.”

            She was right, of course, and it made me feel horrible. “I’m sorry. I guess I’m a wrecking ball wrapped in blue jeans. Take my cut of this job and put it toward the repairs. Keep my paycheck for the next month, too.” A good start, but it didn’t feel like enough. Sure, it would cover the damages—I hoped—but I felt guilty about upsetting her. The bills that were piling up kept her awake at night. This was only going to make things worse. We got a fair amount of business, but the overhead in our line of work was sky high.

As much as I hated the idea, I knew what would cheer her up. “I’ll even throw in pet possessions for the next month.”

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About Jus Accardo

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JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

You can stalk her on her Website, Blog or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz

Published May 16, 2013 by bookbesties

Necropolis(The Power of 5/ The Gatekeepers #4)

Necropolis (The Gatekeepers, #4)

 In this book we find that Hong Kong has been taken over by the Old ones and has become Necropolis! That is right the City of the Dead.

(Anybody up for a walking dead Marathon?) 

Once you are in Necropolis there is no way out. This sucks for our final Gatekeeper Scarlett Adams. The Old ones are luring the other Gatekeepers to Necropolis by holding Scarlett hostage. So now everyone is coming to save the damsel in distress.  Matt is back and along with the other three Gatekeeper’s try to find Scarlett and they all head to Hong Kong. But is Scarlett really in distress?? Scarlett is being held captive but she discovers her power all too soon. Scarlett’s power is the strongest one of  all the 5, she can control the weather. Now the Old ones assumed she could only forecast the weather. So that really messes with the Old One’s plan, but hey that is what you get when you mess with the best you die like the rest.( My Hackers reference, I Love that movie )

  The other 4 finally find Scarlett and her  not knowing her own strength unleashes a storm so powerful that no one can stop it. Matt realizes what is going on and grabs a hold of Scarlett and ask for the help from the other Gatekeepers to stop the incoming category 100 Hurricane.  

We find they still have to make a run for it from the Old ones and have to use the special doorways that only a gatekeeper can use. These Doorways are built into churches which the 5 can use to teleport around the planet (Hell Yeah). However, you need to know exactly where you want to go otherwise you can find yourself in Zimbabwe or worse.

It all hits the fan when they head to the church to leave Necropolis but it’s all types of  World War 7 going on!  They dash for the doorways to exit but they never discussed where they were going so, leading into the last and final book, Oblivion.

 

Great follow-up from Nightrise, I found this book be adventurous and funny as usual from Mr. Horowitz. Great character development and I found myself loathing the Old ones more and more every chapter I read. Loved to find that the last Gatekeeper is the strongest of them all. Very Buffy the Vampire slayer. I’m Excited to finish out this series.

Soto Out!

4 out of 5 stars 

Editor-Josh

 

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Published May 14, 2013 by bookbesties

Sweet Peril(Sweet Trilogy 2)

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)

 

First you have not read Sweet Evil, then STOP! major spoilers. Second, how awesome is the cover!!!

Now, I was super excited to read this book for one person Kiaden(Ky-den). Yes the son of Lust is, well….. 

 

We find Anna in full work mode after the summit in NY that went horribly wrong and Kia still living in LA, away from Anna. Anna has changed her looks and instead of her friends knowing her as the good girl, she is now known as the party girl to keep the whispers at bay.

She has been doing her best to try and forget about Kia but to no avail   Then she gets a visit and everything changes. She is thrown with Kopano who is a chocolate god and just so happens to be celibate but Anna is the first girl he has had eyes for in like, ever. Even though she is aware of this, her feeling for Kia can’t be replaced which makes for some uncomfortable moments for the two of them. Can you say awkward…

Now armed with a task given to her by her father Anna has to give news of hope to the other Neph’s who hate being the Duke’s pet monkeys. They travel all over and the world gaining allies. All the while she has very little contact with the boy she loves. which her father is none to happy about, I mean who would be happy that their daughter is in love with the son of LUST!  Through her travels we meet other Neph’s and learn some things about the Dukes that makes me dislike them even more. 

The thing I like and dislike about trilogy’s is that the second book is almost always my fav book, and it’s also a-gather-info-book or info-comes-to-light book. Wendy did a great job at  unraveling some of the secrets from book one and gave us new information that will more than likely travel over to book three.  This book was very well paced and towards the end I was literally on the edge of my seat because of the intensity(but in a good way). I missed Kia, but when he shows up, he shows UP! I loved all the scenes with him and Anna, it was the right amount of romance for this series.

If you are a mom looking for something for your teen to read or if you are a teen looking to  read a super cool par-romance book look no further, this is it! 

Wendy used to be a school teacher, I must say if my teacher was this awesome I probably would have paid attention allot more than I did!

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars because I missed Kia, that is my ONLY complaint! I’m sure Wendy will make up for that though in the third book(hint hint) 🙂

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Night Rise: Gate Keepers 3

Published April 23, 2013 by bookbesties

Nightrise (The Gatekeepers, #3)

Night Rise From Anthony Horowitz 3rd book of the Gatekeepers/ Power of Five Series.

First of all this book had EPIC battles of major proportions!

Now that we have grown closer to Matthew and Pedro 2 of the chosen 5 of the Gatekeepers. We now find 2 more Gatekeepers.

In this book we find 15-year-old twins Jamie and Scott Tyler performing in a magic show in Reno, Nevada. Night Rise the evil corporation being run by the Nexus are set to kidnap the twins. But before the Night Rise Corporation can get them Jamie escapes and Scott is captured. The Twins have the power of telepathy and that it encompasses. Think Matt Parkman form Heroes

Jamie is rescued by a woman named Alicia whose son Daniel has also been kidnapped by the same corporation since he was showing some clairvoyant powers himself.  So now that Scott is captured Jamie is on a journey to find his brother and Daniel but before Jamie can find his brother he must enroll at the Silent Creek Prison to find more information about Scott’s whereabouts.  His situation turns from bad to worse  when he finds his powers don’t work when he is in prison  now feeling like he brought a knife to a gun fight, it is so on right now. Jamie gets some help and is able to get out of the prison but he is gets catapulted ten thousand years in the past and faces the full horror of the Old Ones with the other four Gatekeepers. That is right we went into some time travel I am somehow reminiscing of Back to the Future.

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The five of them defeat the Old Ones and give the world a new start… Now back to present day. Jamie gets back to reality from his back to the future extravaganza. But he did not get Scott when he was in the prison come to find out that Night Rise has a plan to use Scott for their own evil doing. Now that Jamie realizes who he is can he save the day and get to his brother in time to stop something horrible from happening. ..He must meet with the other Gatekeepers, but is there enough time left??  You will have to read about it for yourself.

Great Follow to Evil Star. Anthony has not disappointed me with this one. Love the Twins having telepathic powers and the fact that he went back to the original fight ten thousand years ago was bad ass.

4 out of 5 stars for me. The next book in the series is Necropolis.

Soto out

Editor-Josh

Wide Awake Review/Giveaway!

Published April 17, 2013 by bookbesties

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As the blog tour rolls on, now is our chance to offer up our giveaway of the book, plus my long-awaited review. I first want to say that I thought this book was awesome, and while I abso-freaking-loutely love the Significance series this gave it a run for its money! So again just like our blog or Facebook page for your chance to be entered to win a copy of this amazing NY Times best seller! Contest ends April 21st, and a winner will be picked at random. Good Luck!

Wide Awake (Kindle Edition)

A girl.

A coma.
A life she can’t remember.

When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she’s been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can’t remember them. She can’t remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can’t remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the ‘old her’ makes her start to wish she’d never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he’s dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.

Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

My review

Shelly Crane has always been able to make me feel exactly what the main character is feeling in all her other books and this one is no exception. In Wide Awake I felt just as confused and scared as Emma in the first chapter and felt like I had just woken up from a six month-long coma.

In Wide Awake Emma wakes up from a coma after having been hit by a car and left for dead six months ago. She has no memory of the accident, or anything else for that matter. And all she knows is that some guy with amazing eyes is telling her hold on and not to worry. Emma finds out that the guy is Mason and is her physical therapist (a hot tattooed physical therapist) that has been keeping her muscles moving while in a coma, and all at once Emma is thrust back into her ‘old’ life, including her over bearing boyfriend and mother.

With the help of her family she learns that she was kinda a spoiled brat and got her way all the time, and Emma is not sure how she feels about that at first.  I was not a fan of Emma’s mother; at first glance she seemed cold and more interested in getting back the ‘old’ Emma and not getting to know the new one.

Meanwhile Emma seemed to latch on to Mason like a baby duck would after opening its eyes for the first time and Mason seems to latch right back, but Emma is his patient and while the relationship halts, the felling of love doesn’t.

“I want to give you back your first kiss, the one that jerk stole from you. And I want it to be something that even a coma can’t make you forget.”

Yea, Mason is smooth.

When Emma gets back into her old life, school and boyfriend she realizes that she was not only spoiled but was the queen bee at school, think Regina George from Mean Girls.

Emma has to come to terms with trying to embrace her old life, mixing with her new life and her friends. All while dealing with Mason and his secrets and the mystery as to who hit her six months ago! Talk about overwhelming. Shelly tells this story so great it’s like she has been there done that. And it’s all wrapped up by the end, with a some what ‘wow’ ending. You will never run our of what i like to call ‘awwww’ moment’s with this book, or any of her books for that matter! I love Shelly’s books because I’m a fan of’ Love’ and so is she, and with all the things her MC’s go though, love is what shines through! Whenever I need my faith renewed on love I pick up one of her books, she will never let you down.

4 out of 5 stars

Visit Shelly Crane’s Goodreads page for her other works.

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YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband’s job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.

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City of Bones Vlog (First Video Blog)

Published April 13, 2013 by bookbesties

We here at bookbesties sometimes read the same books and then we blog about it, or in this case VLOG about it. This is our very first vlog and please bare with us on the sound! But we had fun and we hope they get better so let the  judgments be sparse! Plus you get to see the faces behind the blogs!

 

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