Incarnate – Jodi Matthews

15745753Title: Incarnate
(Newsoul, #1)
Jodi Matthews
Young Adult
Rating: 3


Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?



“Im not going to waste time being angry about things I cant control. If I only have one life, I should make the most of it.”

Ana is a newsoul, the first born in five thousand years. And since the day of birth, she has been both hated and feared. Other souls have been reincarnated over and over for the last five-thousand years, and Ana’s appearence and the disappearence of Ciana instills fear into many that she may be the beginning of the end.

Raised by a bitter mother who believed she was a “nosoul”, incapable of true emotion or feeling, Ana sets out on her eighteenth birthday for a journey in self discovery. She wishes to travel to Range and implore the library for any explanation there may be as to why she was born and replaced Ciana. Along her path to self-discovery, she meets Sam, who shows her that she isn’t the nosoul her mother claimed her to be, but a newsoul. Tensions rise when dragons attack, and everyone knows that one attack will lead to others. Many blame this sudden attack on Ana’s arrival in Range.

Overall, I had mixed feelings about Incarnate. There are many aspects I found creative, such as the world building and how Ana is the first soul born in five milennia. The narrative flowed well, and Ana is a fighter, but there were things I had a difficult time accepting. If these thousands of humans have been reincarnated and remember everything from their previous lives, why haven’t in five milennia have they came up with ways to dominate over the dragon and sylph that attack them so frequently? Even Sam has died thirty times by dragons, but no one has developped much of a defense system?

Not to mention, I often worried about the romance between Sam and Ana. No, not the fact he’s technically five thousand years old to her meagar eighteen years of existence. He’s been reborn over and over, and many have stated that he had lovers in the past, even Ciana, whom Ana replaced. It made me wonder if he only loved Ana because she’s the first new thing thats ever happened to him in several lifetimes. I won’t even go into the fact that reincarnation isn’t gender specific and Sam has been a woman in several lifetimes and everything is all wibbly wobbly.

Most of the book is spent on the romance building between Sam and Ana, rather than her trying to find things out. And the end was lackluster, as if that was the big reveal? That’s it? It feels like Jodi freaked out about her ending and had no great idea as to Ana’s background so she made it as simple as possible and leaves us with a boring resolution.

I grant this three stars for the world building and the beautiful cover. But honestly, it didn’t make me feel anything at all, really. I’m not sure if that’s worse than raving mad and hating it, because at least then I feel something toward it. It’s okay. I won’t be screaming in joy to read the sequel nor will I be ripping my hair out raving stark mad about how much it annoyed me.


Spirit Walk – Richie Tankersley Cusick

16000235Author: Richie Tankersley Cusick

Rating: 4/5

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Something haunts Miranda Barnes.  It’s in the distant pleading voice that wakes her from sleep, the lingering smell of roses, and the shadows that seem to follow her everywhere. Miranda begins to understand that she has a special gift for communicating with spirits of the dead.  But this “gift” feels more like a curse, and Miranda has no one to confide in.  When Etienne, the mysterious boy from her class, offers to help, Miranda is initially skeptical, but can’t help feeling drawn to him. As paranormal activity escalates, passion  grows, and soon Miranda is caught up in both romance…and tragedy.


After a hurricane demolishes her home, Miranda Barnes and her mother pack up whats left of their life and move to St. Yvette, Louisiana to live with Miranda’s grandfather and aunt. Miranda has never met her grandfather, even after days of living in the same vicinity as him. So when Miranda’s new group of friends question how its like to live with the Town Crazy, Miranda is thrust into a world filled with ghosts and spirits. Like her supposed crazy grandpa, Miranda is able to communicate with ghosts and spirits that need her help to move on.

It doesn’t help that there’s many spirits in St. Yvette, home to a vicious battle during the Civil War, where hundreds of spirits are at unrest. While worming on a school project, Miranda and her group of misfits team up to help some of these lost souls, particularly a soldier, Nathan, a soldier that was tortured and murdered during the Civil War, and his love, the actress Ellena Rose, who was a spy spilling Confederate secrets.

I really loved Cusick’s The Unseen series, because those were so chilling and we’re just as in the dark as the characters. Spirit Walk, however, lacks the suspense and the luster of The Unseen. A lot of it is slow, and much of the first book was just working on the school project Spirit Walk where Miranda and her friends put together a history of death and mayhem that has happened in buildings around town, and have a sort of ghost walk. If you’ve ever been to towns like Savannah, Georgia, these are fun little experiences to learn about the history of an old city.

In the second book of this two-parter tome, we find a whole new adventure with Miranda and her friends, especially Etienne. I usually don’t care much for minor characters, usually just one or two at most, but I loved all of Miranda’s friends. The typical Southern Belle, Ashley, whose voice is described as melted honey. Roo, the snarky goth chick whose entirely different from Ashley, but the two step-sisters are thicker than maple syrup. Parker, Ashley’s boyfriend and sarcastic rich boy. Gage, cute and shy, and his cousin Etienne, the drool worthy boy every YA book seems to have.

While it didn’t have the same zest as other books by Cusick, it had spirit all on it’s own.

Never Eighteen – Megan Bostic


Author: Megan Bostic

Rating: 4/5

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Austin Parker is on a journey to bring truth, beauty, and meaning to his life. Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. The doctors say his chances of surviving are slim to none even with treatment, so he’s decided it’s time to let go. But before he goes, Austin wants to mend the broken fences in his life. So with the help of his best friend, Kaylee, Austin visits every person in his life who touched him in a special way. He journeys to places he’s loved and those he’s never seen. And what starts as a way to say goodbye turns into a personal journey that brings love, acceptance, and meaning to Austin’s life.


Gosh, I really am a sucker for these stories. I know I’ll cry, and ugly sob, and possibly make myself sick and gross with snot and all that nasty stuff, but I can’t help it. There’s usually something so profound and meaningful in these books, about living life and living everyday as if it’s your last – a far cry for the typical YA protagonists who jump into harms way without a second thought and cry over some boy they’ve known three days.

Possibly the worst feeling in life is life that has been unlived, ending too early. With the disease rapidly wracking his body, Austin knows he doesn’t have much time left. Instead of giving up or making himself a bucket list, he decides to try to fix everyone in his life he knows is broken. He uses his illness as a warning to try and convince them to cast aside the unhealthy and unhappy lives their leading and immerse themselves into a life worth living – while they still have it. Because they’re worth it, and they all deserve to live a life full of love and hope.

Austin knows that not everyone can be fixed, but he’s hopeful in that aspect, having such a positive outlook by saying, “at least I have tried.” So beautifully written and thought provoking.

Austin even takes his own situations into question, and tells his best friend that he’s loved her forever. This book, to say the least, quite frankly killed me. After telling myself I wasn’t going to do this anymore – not after Before I Die and The Fault in Our Stars, I went and did it anyway. And where did that get me? Taylor Momsen raccoon eyes and trying not to sob while hiding out in a corner of a crowded library. I was full out muffled ugly sobbing by the end, as Austin came to terms with his life, and his death.

It was tragic, and beautiful. The only problem I had with it (leading to my 4/5 star rating, is the fact there was a lot of telling and not showing. I get Austin loved Kaylee. He told us every other sentence. But why? He told us that she’s his best friend, and she’s beautiful and lovely. Too much tell, not enough show. Like Sam said in The Perks of being a Wallflower, “I want them to show me, so I can feel it too.”

Don’t Turn Around – Michelle Gagnon

13455542Author: Michelle Gagnon

Rating: 4/5

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Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa’s talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation called AMRF threatens his life in no uncertain terms.

But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good.


From the very first page, Don’t Turn Around is perfect for fans of Lisbeth Salander and Bourne Identity.

This fast paced, nail-biting thriller begins when Noa wakes up in a warehouse with a scar on her chest, having lost a month of her life from when she was taken to when she first comes to. She’s a street kid, an orphan, who has hacked her way into a fake foster family, earning money by working for a company called Rocket Science under the pseudonym of her fake foster father that she has created in order to escape the system.

Noa soon realizes in her escape that she can’t go home, and can’t access her money. While she isn’t as mentally screwed up or fleshed out as Lisbeth Salander, her resourcefulness and ability to overcome could be coined that she is the teeny version of Lisbeth.

Alongside Noa comes hacker Peter, from the right side of town, who just got himself unknowingly involved with the same people who took Noa. These two end up both belonging to a same hacker alliance, called /ALLIANCE/ (brilliantly coined, right?)

Don’t worry, these two don’t call in love, and the moments when they’re might’ve been some romantic feelings were both awkward, so I doubt they’ll hook up anytime soon in future installments.

While the action begins on the first page with Noa’s awakening, it took me about half the book for me to get into it. But it was still good, and once I got through it, I devoured it until it was nearly five in the morning and my eyes couldn’t stay open any longer.

I highly recommend this novel for those who enjoy reading action packed, fast paced thrillers.

The Elite – Keira Cass


Author: Kiera Cass

Rating: 5/5

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Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.


America Singer is back, and only six girls remain. America is as torn between Maxon and Aspen as ever. Whomever she chooses will change her life drastically. If she chooses Maxon, she chooses the life of a princess. Aspen, she goes back home and lives almost same as she was before.

I have to say, I’ve always cared for Maxon more. And this book just drives it home. Aspen spends his time belittling Maxon to America in order to make her choose him. America is all but ready to choose Maxon when something horrific happens that sends her flying back into Aspen’s arms.

When she finally realizes Maxon isn’t the cruel person she now sees him as, it’s almost too late. While she was ignoring and avoiding him, he’s kind of fallen in love with someone else. He’s still in for America, but now he has alternatives.

I liked that. I liked that Maxon’s choices reflect his country and he doesn’t just wait around forever for America to go back and forth. That’s what makes him all the more realistic to me. You can love two people at once – America does.

This delved into deeper with the royal family, and while it’s darker than the first, it gives it more realism. Loved this to pieces, and can’t wait for the third. And just look at that cover. It’s glorious. I love pretty dresses, sue me.

Demonic Dora – Claire Chilton


Author: Claire Chilton

Rating: 1/5

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Dora Carridine is trying to summon a demon, but she’s not very good at Latin and nothing ever works out the way she plans.

Her life is fraught with weekly exorcisms and having to watch her father’s fire and brimstone TV show every Sunday. So, when Dora finally succeeds in summoning an incompetent demon lord, she’s absolutely delighted when all hell breaks loose.

She thought summoning a sexy demon lord would be the answer to all of her problems, but her problems are only just beginning when her zealot parents try to burn her at the stake, and Dora is left with only one option—to escape and follow her demon straight into Hell.


Here I was, wandering aimlessly through the YA section of NetGalley, looking for something to pique my interest… and then I noticed this. The summary intrigued me. I was so excited when I was accepted to read it a couple hours later. So I sat down with my iPad and began…

Dora is the daughter of an overzealous priest and an ex-stripper (Do priests even marry?). She uses some magic spell book and summons an incompetent demon into her bedroom, who is the equivalent of a horny thirteen year old boy that mentions how much he wants to bang her practically every sentence. She shoves him into her closet just as her father bangs down her door and tries to exercise a demon out of her. Then the whole town is outside, wanting to kill her. When these religious nutjobs try to burn her at stake, she escapes to Hell with her new demonic twelve year old horny boyfriend.

Cringe-able and horrific, and not in a good way. The word “Fuck” is dropped around in every sentence, and words for five year olds, like poop. I can’t decide if Chilton wanted to make a children’s book or try and be eloquent as a sailor.

In case you’re wondering, here’s my thoughts during the story:

10%  – Well maybe this is Chilton’s first novel and the beginning isn’t great. It’s happened before right? It can only get better from here.

20% – I’m not that far in, it’ll get better.

30% – It’ll get better! I hope.

40% – …. it’s not getting better

50% – What is this

60% – Is this satirical or just bad?

70% – This is one of those Wattpad novels that is poorly written yet still somehow gets attention. It has to be.

80% – *googles* oh my god, this is on Wattpad? I was right? *texts Emma about this atrocity*

82% – I can’t. My brain cells are slowly deteriorating. *exits out of book, angry*

There you have it. I really, really hope this work was meant to be satirical, otherwise it was probably the worst I’ve read this year, and I’ve read some bad books.

Note: Not ALL Wattpad novels are bad. I was there for a time, and met my best friend there. But everything on the popular list is USUALLY crap. Not always. But you have to admit a majority of it is.

Never Cry Werewolf – Heather Davis


Author: Heather Davis

Rating: 1

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Moonlight can totally change your life.

And it all starts so simply.

You. Him.

The moon.

You’re toast.

Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had “borrowed” that Porsche?). But her stepmother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior: Suddenly Shelby’s summer plans are on the shelf, and she’s being packed off to brat camp. It’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material–his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn’t be getting tangled up with another bad boy . . . but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one? One thing’s for sure: That pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.


Please note the heavy underlying sarcasm of that gif. Let’s proceed.

After her mother dies (writers hate parents, don’t they), Shelby’s ultra-rich father marries a silicone valley step monster whose one purpose in life is to get free breast enhancement and send Shelby’s annoying tush as far away as she possibly can.

After being caught kissing some random kid on her lawn, Shelby is sent to brat camp in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of other snobby rich kids and the son of a rock star. Did I mention he’s British? He’s a perfectly nice kid, his father’s assistant sent him there. To brat camp. And his father has no idea. I wonder how that didn’t reach his attention, especially considering he’s a werewolf!

So, locked up in brat camp, Shelby and Austin must find a way to get his drugs back to keep him from turning into a flea bitten hungry mutt on the full moon, or he has to escape before he hurts someone.

Easier said than done. The ending is anti-climatic, which is to be expected because there was never much build up. I would’ve preferred my alternate ending – Austin wolfing out and eating everyone.


  • Well, there were none, aside that I am thankful I didn’t pay real money for this, I won a bid on Listia.
  •  And that it was short, and SHORTNESS being a pro? You know that’s bad.


  • Why does every male character in the history of ever have a British accent? Okay, I know I’ve done it in one of my stories, but it was set in England. I’m justified, right?
  • You want to identify with the main character. The only thing I identify with Shelby is with her parents decision of sending her to brat camp. I was hoping she’d get eaten, she’s vastly annoying.
  • Characters lack any depth whatsoever.
  • I wanted bears to attack and eat everyone.

Meh. That’s my response. I was bored and the only appealing thing whatsoever was the cover. I wouldn’t recommend this, unless you’re suffering a bout of insomnia.

My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary – Rae Earl


Author: Rae Earl

Rating: 4/5


It’s 1989 and Rae is a fat, boy-mad 17-year-old girl, living in Stamford, Lincolnshire with her mum and their deaf white cat in a council house with a mint off-green bath suite and a larder Rae can’t keep away from. This is the hilarious and touching real-life diary she kept during that fateful year – with characters like her evil friend Bethany, Bethany’s besotted boyfriend, and the boys from the grammar school up the road (who have code names like Haddock and Battered Sausage).

My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary evokes a vanished time when Charles and Di are still together, the Berlin wall is up, Kylie is expected to disappear from the charts at any moment and it’s £1 for a Snakebite and Black in the Vaults pub. My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary will appeal to anyone who’s lived through the 1980s. But it will also strike a chord with anyone who’s ever been a confused, lonely teenager who clashes with their mother, takes themselves VERY seriously and has no idea how hilarious they are.


Channel 4 has recently made a series based on this book – or shall I say, diary. It’s funny and brilliant and while the acting is not the best as Sherlock or Doctor Who, it’s real and raw. I watched the show and fell in love with it, and knew I had to read the diary it’s based off of.

First, I just have to say – take this at face value. There’s no huge plot line, and it’s not written as a story like Perks of being a Wallflower. It’s real. It’s an actual diary, so don’t expect brilliant storytelling.

Rae Earl chronicles her teenage years in a secret diary that she started writing soon after she was released from hospitalization. Her “friend”, Bethany, introduces her to a group where she belongs. Notice there’s quotes around friend, because Bethany is a total slag beeeeotch. Rae has her ups and downs, and sounds like any other horny, lovesick teenager.

Rae, like any other teens, is pressured by her peers and deals with depressing, OCD, eating disorders, etc. As I was reading her diary entries, I was stunned by how even as a teenager, her writing was really stellar. Not to say that most teens can’t write, but she definitely has a gift.

Rae is often teased and ridiculed by her peers, strangers, and even her own mother. Her friends even take jabs at her. I honestly felt bad for her,  reading these experiences. She powered through, strong as an ox, though, where many of us would’ve probably have given up.

Is it brimming with plot twists and and astounding character development? No. It’s a diary. It’s not a novel. I recommend you all read this, but realize what it is – a diary. I mean, really, if you kept one in your adolescent years, you’ll probably laugh at how you sounded.

I give this 4/5 stars, because I was not happy with the end! Not at all! But, like I said, it’s a diary. Things end, and there’s new beginnings.

I just really hoped Rae ended up with a guy that could see her for how beautiful she is.

The Carrie Diaries – Candace Bushnell


Author: Candace Bushnell

Rating: 3/5


Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.


I’ve lately started watching The Carrie Diaries on the CW out of pure boredom and Austin Butler. Not to mention, AnnaSophia Robb is completely adorable, like a tiny little doll. I’ve never watched, nor cared, for The Sex and the City, and when I saw this book on sale at Books-A-Million for $4, I went and picked it up. I needed a frilly, normal book after hit-and-miss’ lately with the YA paranormal genre that spent a lightyear worldbuilding and MY HEART STOPPED BECAUSE HE LOOKED AT ME…. WE’RE SOULMATES, THROUGH TIME, THROUGH IT ALL.

The Carrie Diaries follows Carrie Bradshaw during her senior year of high school. She’s exploring the possibility of being a writer, even after her rejection from a summer programme at The New School. After some advice from someone to write what she knows, Carrie joins her lame high school paper in hopes of becoming a better writer.

Carrie also meet Sebastian Kydd, who becomes her boyfriend. Oh, no, he’s definitely not the gorgeous, all-around perfect guy who is her soulmate. After a while, he’s kind of a flake. And a douche.  Carrie finds out that he’s cheating on her with one of her best friends, Lali.

From there, Carrie uses her position at The Nutmeg (the school paper) in other to come up with a faux alias, who was a protagonist in one of her early, short stories, Pinky Weatherton. Pinky writes about the students of Castlebury High and calls them out without ever mentioning who they are. The articles reveal Carrie’s opinion of various people at school, and they become very controversial. Carrie sends them to the New School, and this time, she’s accepted.

Flip to the end, and Carrie, spending all of five minutes in the city, has been robbed, which sets up a twist for the end of the novel.

All in all, three stars. It was flimsy, and easy and light to read, exactly what I wanted. It wasn’t the best writing, but then again, isn’t my favorite genre to begin with.

Taste – Kate Evangelista


Author: Kate Evangelista

Rating: 3/5


At Barinkoff Academy, there’s only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans. When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.


At first, I thought this would end up being some vampire love story. I was pleasantly surprised, because they end up being entirely different.

Phoenix’s mother died a few years ago, and since then, she attracts trouble. Barinkoff Academy has one rule: do not be on campus after dark. Unfortunately for Phoenix, she falls asleep in the library til past curfew. With what they were hiding, I expected them to patrol the campus for leftover teenagers before so, but alas.

Phoenix soon learns about the night school program, but oh, no, they aren’t typical teenagers. Not even vampires. A race of Zhamvy live beneath the mountain, flesh eaters who have long since been called zombies by the rest of us.

Phoenix is saved by the beautiful Demitri when she is nearly eaten by other Zhamvy… he whisks her away from the academy and safely back to her dorms.  However, homegirl didn’t learn the lesson the first time, and purposely stays past curfew the very next night. Phoenix is chased by Demitri’s betrothed and meets Luka.

Safely back in her own world, Phoenix decides to stay away, only to be pulled back in by Dray, Demitri’s brother, who asks for her help in an experiment to save the Zhamvy. She obliges, not knowing that Dray means to change her into a flesheater herself.

The first few chapters were slow, and this was a decent read. Why this is only three stars, is because of the whole insta-lust-love-want-to-mate between Phoenix and Demitri. While the plot is original, the characters are a bit two dimentional, and Phoenix, who is supposed to be some near genius (the school is for the overtly intelligent), she’s good at whining and asking inane, stupid questions.

Taste had a lot of potential and an original storyline, but it didn’t live up to it’s potential.

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