3/28/12

Anew by Chelsea Fine


Anew (The Archers of Avalon, #1)
Synopsis
Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice.   

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer. 

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her.



What I think:
Oh WOW, this book was amazing! Well, actually, the first half of the book was just great. And then the second half came and showed the first half how it was done. And the ending was fireworks basically.

I loved and hated the last few pages of this book. The whole thing just got frustrating, which in this case is a really good thing. It's the kind of frustration that causes you  to feel like throwing the book across the room and hugging it to your chest all in the same second. It's the kind of frustration caused by breathtaking, fast-paced moments laced with love, heartbreak, sadness and the tiniest amount of hope. It's these moments that I live for when reading books and that is what this book delivered in those last few pages.

I liked the characters. Scarlet was a sweet, simple and slightly pessimistic girl, but who can blame her after waking up in the woods with no memory of her life before that moment whatsoever.

 I loved Scarlet's friend Heather. She was so positive and upbeat and fiercely protective of Scarlet, always making sure she didn't lose her love of life. I also loved her passion for fashion.

Then there were Gabriel and Tristan.  I liked Gabriel but he kind of paled in comparison to Tristan. Why are  mysterious, obviously troubled guys with a sweet side so sexy? Really, why? But they are. Where Gabriel was  super sweet, honest, loyal and simple, Tristan was passionate, sexy with a hidden sweet side, kind of like those Mon Cherie chocolates. You know, the ones with chocolate on the outside and rum on the inside. Okay, you know you've got to stop talking about a guy if you start referring to him as chocolate. But the truth is, that's not the only reason I liked Tristan. I liked him because he was so selfless and amazing. Okay, so we're back to the gushing. But I really can't explain without spoiling it for you.

The gist:
This book was so many things. It was good, great and at times absolutely amazing and completely frustrating. I still have so many questions, but I really liked it and I can't wait for the next installment.



“Are you okay? You seem ...soggy." 
"Soggy?" 
"Yes." Heather nodded. "Like you're a depressed spaghetti noodle or something.”
……..
“Tristan was silent for a few moments, looking at the leaves before them. "Life isnt about the past and the future. Its about today." He paused. "Its about five minutes from now and two seconds ago. Its moments, you know? Not years. Years aren't what define us.” 
……..
“Sucking in air, Heather said, “Fluffy—Mrs. Allen’s ferocious dog—chased me all the way down Pine Street trying to tear me to shreds with his razor fangs. I barely got away.” 

Scarlet scrunched her face. “Isn’t Fluffy a Chihuahua?” 

Still panting, Heather said, “Yes. A demon-possessed, human-eating Chihuahua.” 



4 Smileys




Waiting on Wednesday #4



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...

Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard
Release Date: August 30th 2012
Harper’s new boyfriend Logan Townsend is everything she never knew she always wanted—tall, muscular, with tousled brown hair that falls effortlessly around his face. But what’s most exciting about Logan is that he’s exhilaratingly dangerous, and dating him allows Harper to say, “buh bye” to her good-girl past and “hello” to newfound adventure.

There’s only one problem with Harper’s otherwise heart-stopping romance: Logan’s twin brother Daemon. Harper knows he’s a bad seed, but she tries to look past his dark, icy stare and his chilling demeanor. After all, he and Logan are a package deal.

Then cow bones start appearing in people’s mailboxes, a flock of birds show up dead, and all of the cars in the senior parking lot are given flat tires—and covered with blood-red handprints. Logan insists that Daemon isn’t involved—sure, he’s had some trouble in the past, but they moved to Harper’s quiet northwest Washington town so that they could both start over.

Harper desperately wants to believe Logan, but the more he tries to protect his brother, the more she wonders what she isn’t being told. Now, Harper must unearth the hidden secrets of the mysterious Townsend brothers’ history if she and Logan are to have any hope of a future. But learning what brought Logan and Daemon to town won’t put just her heart in jeopardy... She’s playing with her life.

Doesn't this book sound absolutely amazing? I might be drooling on my keyboard ;).  I'm dying to know what's going on with Logan's brother. And his name is Daemon! In my experience Da(e)mons are always sexy, interesting characters with a hint (okay, a heap) of bad boy. Something tells me that there's more to Daemon then meets the eye. (I actually have an entire theory worked out so I can't wait to find out if I'm right). Plus, I loved Ripple by Mandy Hubbard so the fact that this book is written by her is an added bonus.   



Butter
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Release Date: September 18th 2012


A boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make Scottsdale High history. He’s going to eat himself to death live on the Internet – and everyone will watch.

He announces his deadly plan to an army of peers and expects pity, insults or even indifference. Instead, he finds morbid encouragement. When that encouragement tips the scales into popularity, Butter has a reason to live. But if he doesn’t go through with his plan, he’ll lose everything.










This is what my face looked liked after I read the synopsis :O. Any book that makes me do that just from the synopsis will inevitably end up on my TBR pile. That is all.


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3/26/12

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Synopsis

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story... 

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 
 

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay. 

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. 

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.


What I think:
First of all, I love the title and cover of this book. Although at first the proportions of the girl on the cover looked a little off. She looks younger than she's supposed to be in the book.
But anyway, I really liked the book. It reminded me of all the ghost stories told at parties, on monday mornings on the radio (in my country) or by my mom and grandma. It was well-written, somehow plunging into the action immediately while still managing to be introductory at first.

The characters were likeable and interesting. It was nice to read a book from a guy's POV for a change. I thought I wouldn't like that, but I did. Cas, the guy, was smart, honest, no-nonsense and downright interesting. He also showed a pretty cool sense of humor, which I didn't expect, but always love. Then there was Anna. I loved the multiple layers to her. She was a vengeful ghost, a sweet innocent girl and a victim that at no single moment acted like one. She could be mistaken for fragile and weak at a glance yet there was no doubt about how strong she was. She was inspiring and was written in such a way, described in such a way by Cas, that her evil part could almost be dismissed. Almost.

The pacing was nice, something I haven't seen a lot since reading Dutch teen books when I was younger. It started out slowly (which in this case is good and you might not even agree, because the start was interesting) and lead up to multiple climaxes which were far enough in between for me to catch my breath and recover before the next bomb hit.

It's definitely different from certain books I've read recently that keep throwing bombs at you without giving you so much as a miniscule break. Let me tell you, although that definitely gives a rush, it also takes a lot out of you. So I'm definitely happy this book isn't like that.

The gist
In short, this book was a great read. The "peak events" were all definitely worth waiting for and reminded me of something from the tvseries Supernatural. Actually a lot of the book reminded me of the tvseries Supernatural. And anything that reminds me of Supernatural is definiely worth reading.

                                                
4 Smileys


3/21/12

Waiting on Wednesday #3



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...
Ironskin by Tina Connolly
Release Date: October 2nd 2012

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. 

It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain -- the ironskin. 

Now Jane returns to the war-torn country to help a fey-cursed child. Helping the unruly Dorie suppress her curse is hard enough -- she certainly didn't expect to fall for the girl's father, the enigmatic artist Mr. Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio -- and come out as beautiful as the fey. 

Jane knows he cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things are true? Step by step Jane must unlock the secrets of her new life -- and discover just how far she will go to become whole again.

Ironskin (Ironskin, #1) 

OK, before I explain, I'll give you a second to stare at the awesomeness that is this cover.
...
Have you seen it? Are you sure? Need another moment to look again? Yes? No?

So, isn't the cover just gorgeous? The first thing I thought about when I saw the cover was the movie “The Man in the Iron Mask” and I loved that movie. But apart from that, this sounds amazing, like it will have an interesting combination of the paranormal, romance and mystery. 
I can’t wait to read it! 

What do you think of my pick and what are you waiting on this week?
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3/20/12

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry


Synopsis
The Night She Disappeared
Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is.










What I think:
I really liked this book. It's weird, because not much actually happens, but the way it's written, the mystery, the suspense, it just makes the book so engaging that you just can't stop reading because you have to find out how everything turns out.

The story is told from four points of view, that of Drew, Gabie, Kayla and Kayla's kidnapper. If someone told me that they read a book that was written from four points of view, my first thought would be: "That must've been confusing." But this wasn't. On the contrary, it added to the story. It was interesting to know what the "key players" were thinking at different moments during the story. It also made it possible to experience certain moments through the character actually going through it, instead of having to learn it through a character who was only being told about it.
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mini-rant
It's the difference between:
Junior in the hospital (thinking): " I just woke up and my head hurts.What's my name?! I don't remember!" and
Gina listening to the teacher: "Class, Junior is in the hospital. He was in an accident."
Telling the story from both Gina and Junior's point of view, instead of just Gina's can make the difference between a book that's a snooze-fest and one that contains fireworks. Trust me, the difference is BIG.
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So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm really warming up to the idea of multiple points of view. If it's done well that is. And this one did it well.

The story spans a time period of about two weeks (not counting what I would call the epilogue), starting with the night Kayla is abducted and coming to a close after she's found. The book takes it one day at a time, showing each day from the different points of view. I think it's a very unique way of writing and it fit the story. I also liked the barely there paranormal aspect of the story.Even now I wonder...was it real or was it just wishful thinking?

But what I think I loved most was the detail, the supporting materials added to the story. A paragraph would either be preceded or followed up by evidence or general information on how cases are handled that wouldn't seem important until it turned out that it was.

Although there was a lot of attention to detail when it came to making the story believable, at the same time some things were left to the imagination. While on some level I like and appreciate that, I also kind of hate open endings. While the ending of this one wasn't really open it also didn't feel finished. We never find out what exactly happened on the night of Kayla's disappearance although there's a lot of speculation throughout the book. I also wish Gabie and Drew's friendship was addressed in the end.

The gist
This was a nice, quick read. The writing style was unlike any I've read before and the book was all the better because of it. If you're looking for an interesting read with a bit of mystery and a hint of suspense, then this is the book for you.

4 Smileys



3/14/12

Waiting on Wednesday #2



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...

My Heart Be Damned
My Heart Be Damned by Chanelle Gray
Release Date: July 15th 2012
If you're a Hunter, there are only three things you must know about the Damned. The Damned can't lie, can't live without a body, and can't leave you alone. 

Amerie Carter has the blood of a Hunter, unfortunately. She is one of a rare line of women who, upon her sixteenth birthday, will come into extraordinary powers used to hunt the Damned; escaped souls from Hell who take up residence in human bodies. It's supposed to be her sweet sixteen, but Amerie has never dreaded a day more, and her worst fears are confirmed as the celebration turns tragic when her mother is killed. 

Grief-stricken, Amerie vows to never hunt a day in her life. She's determined to hide behind normalcy, attending school, hanging out with her friends and working an after-school job at The Hut. All Amerie wants is to be left alone. But try telling the Damned that. The harder Amerie tries to ignore her powers, the more the Damned come looking for her. 

When an attack leaves one of Amerie's friends in the hospital, and endangers the lives of her fellow students, she knows she has no choice: Hunt or Be Hunted. Thankfully, the gorgeous, secretive, and so-off-limits Marshall offers to train Amerie to take out her supernatural enemies. But training with Marshall means leading lying to her friends, her family, and confronting the mysterious circumstances surrounding her mother’s death. 

Amerie soon discovers she’s not the only one with something to hide, Marshall's secrets might kill her before the Damned get the chance. 

This sounds so awesome! I see action, action and more action in my future with this book. And romance! I really hope there’s romance. I just can't wait to get my hands on this one.


Time Between UsTime Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Release Date: October 9th 2012
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility. 

As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together. 

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, TIME BETWEEN US is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA. 





I love anything that has to do with time-travel. It's just so intriguing. I mean what if it was possible? And I’m just dying to know if Bennett and Anna will be able to stay together. This sounds so romantic. *sigh

What do you think of my picks and what are you waiting on this week?
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3/9/12

Falling in Between by Devon Ashley


Falling in Between (Falling, #1)
Synopsis:
Finally! A private conversation. And all I had to do was throw myself off a cliff, drown in a pond in my undies and let him put his hands on my breasts to bring me back to life. Yay me! (yeah, that’s sarcasm) 
Yep, that pretty much sums up the most craptastic night of Jenna Baker’s life. She drowns after jumping off a cliff, meets a hotty named Chance in the pearlescent in-between and is brought back to life by her soon-to-be boyfriend Robert. 
  

Just when things start to move forward with Robert, the guy she'd been crushing on for a year now, in walks the man of her dreams – literally. Chance suddenly appears in her dream every time she closes her eyes. So it's Robert by day and Chance by night. One in the real world and one in the dream world. What could possibly go wrong? 

Absolutely nothing – until she comes face to face with the guy she met in the in-between, and realizes her romantic rendezvous with Chance may be more than just her imagination. 

Mature YA (17+) / Coming of Age / New Adult 
Note: Some mild language and sexual content.

What I think
Can I just say that I love the cover of this book? It’s so pretty! I love the nuance and the pink dress and everything.

So I’ve been pining for this book ever since I saw it on a Waiting on Wednesday post last year. And I’m glad to say that I really liked it. It was interesting and romantic. But what really made this book different was the writing style. I really had to get used to it.  

First of all, this book very much revolves around relationships, romance and sex. It was very straightforward, which kind of shocked me a little since a lot of Young Adult books are kind of chaste. Some are so chaste that it takes them at least half the book to get to a teeny tiny kiss on the lips. So this was a surprise.( Which It shouldn’t have been since this book is directed at mature teens. I only realized how true that was after I’d read the book.) But besides the straightforwardness there was also a lot more tell than show. Normally I don’t like this, but in this case, it compensated for the straightforwardness. As in a lot of the time I felt like I was sitting with Jenna on her bed and she was gushing about her amazing date that ended with amazing sex. Because of that I think this is still more chaste than the lengthy I-feel-like-I’m-experiencing-it-too descriptions that can be found in Adult books.

I have to say that once I got used to the writing style, I liked it. I loved how realistic it was. The author looked at a very real and very possible situation and made it into a beautiful story. (At least I think it could happen.) And you know how sometimes you read a book and you wonder if the characters have ever heard of bowel movements or if the couples have ever heard of arguments?  This wasn’t like that. OK, so there were no bowel movements involved, but this book was about real teens with real (raging) hormones and real dilemmas and I loved that. It was really sweet and romantic, but at the same time it was hot, sexy and yes, realistic and I liked how the author combined all of those things and made them work together.

Don’t even get me started on the characters. I love Chance! With his dreamy mossy green eyes with gold flecks and his sweet, playful and flirty personality there was just no stopping my crush on him from developing. *sigh

I liked Jenna and her friend Sophie. I also liked Robert, the guy certainly had his adorably sweet and romantic moments, but I just loved Chance more from the start. Oh and I liked Jhett, mostly because of that little talk he had with Jenna. It was sweet and honest.

The gist
This was just a beautiful, romantic story, not to mention hot and sexy, that makes you wonder what if…and could it be possible?

4 Smileys



3/7/12

Waiting on Wednesday #1


This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

This week I'm waiting on...

Unrest by Michelle Harrison

Unrest
(clicking on the image of the book will take you to Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn’t slept properly for months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Sometimes he half-wakes, paralysed, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed. His doctors say sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless - but to Elliott they’re terrifying. 

Convinced that his brush with death has attracted the spirit world, Elliott secures a job at a reputedly haunted museum, determined to discover the truth. There, he meets the enigmatic Ophelia. But, as she and Elliott grow closer, Elliott draws new attention from the dead. One night, during an out of body experience, Elliott returns to bed to find his body gone. Something is occupying it, something dead that wants to live again . . . and it wants Ophelia, too . . . 

This will be released on April 26 2012 in e-book format and paperback format in the UK. 
Sadly there's no release date yet for a hard copy version in the US.

Why am I dying to read it?

I'm hoping it'll have everything I expect from a paranormal book. It contains some kind of astral projection (out of body experience), think Prue on the TV show Charmed (which I
think is awesome). And the protagonist loses his body, as in it's gone! That's so cool! (Well not for him, I'm sure.) And I'm guessing he'll have to look for it. I'm also guessing that whoever took over his body won't willingly hand it back to him. So how will he get it back? I want to know! Preferably now, but I'll take April. I also expect romance, since  a girl, Ophelia, is mentioned. I'm actually bouncing in my chair while writing this. If you love thriller and horror as much as I do, I think you'll be just as excited about this as I am.
 Ooh, ooh and it reminds me of that movie Insidious. I only saw bits and pieces of it because I was watching that TV show Revenge, but what I saw creeped me out. 
Which I love! 

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Story time: Cheating In Your Dreams?

I recently finished an interesting book and it got me to thinking. What if you dreamt with a cute, hot and sweet guy/girl every single night? You’d go out to dinner with him/her, take long walks on the beach and eventually make love. And then you’d wake up to start the day with your husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend (who’s not the same guy/girl from your dreams, by the way).  Would you call that cheating?

Also, what if you could control your dream, what you dream and how you dream it? Would it be adultery then?

I’ve been going over this in my mind for a while and I need help.

On the one hand I think that it’s just a dream. Dreams don’t mean anything, right? You can’t control your dreams, right?

On the other hand, I think that if it was the same guy in my dreams every night, eventually I would probably feel something for the guy. I might want the day to be over as fast as possible just so I could dream about my dream guy. And I think that’s where the trouble starts.

And if I remember correctly, according to that documentary The Secret, your brain can’t differentiate between thinking about doing something and actually doing it. So if you’re going through the motions in your mind, it’s almost like you’re actually doing it, even if you’re not.

And then there’s lucid dreaming. You know how we usually don’t realize we’re dreaming until we wake up? I remember reading an article that stated that sometimes you can realize you’re dreaming while in the dream. And once you realize that you’re dreaming, you can control the dream. (Now that I think about it, I would love to read a YA book about that). I wonder if it is true. If it is, that means you can control your dream and how you behave in it.

That brings me back to the original questions:

Is sleeping with a guy/girl in your dreams adultery, when the guy/girl is not your boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife?

I’m calling everyone and anyone to join in this discussion. It doesn’t matter if you’re not in a relationship. Everyone is welcome. Don’t be shy and share your opinion by leaving a comment. I would love to hear read it.



3/4/12

Shadows (Lux 0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Shadows (Lux, #0.5)
Synopsis:
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable. 

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved. 

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

(* I couldn't resist making this cover a little larger. You know, for those who can't see too well. ;))




What I think
First of all, this has to be the longest novella in the history of novellas. And I loved every minute of it. (Authors everywhere, THIS is how it’s done).

Dawson and Bethany were such a cute couple, to the point that it was disgustingly completely sweet and adorable at times. I really like Dawson, he’s basically the polar opposite of Daemon. Trust me on this. Dawson’s friendly (Bethany could actually tell Dawson and Daemon apart because one was always ready with a smile and the other was always ready with a glare, true story), caring, thoughtful and sexy with a teeny tiny bit of a wild side. (Hello middle-of-the-classroom make-out session!)

This book also gave me a better understanding of Daemon and why he acts the way he does. That isn’t to say that Daemon was an angel before everything went down with his brother, but I like to think that Daemon would’ve been less of a jerk to Katy if things hadn’t happened the way they did.

Reading about Dawson also made me realize that I might like Daemon more than I thought I did. When it comes to having a good, simple relationship, Dawson is definitely the more reliable horse hottie to bet on. But when it comes to the story, I like that Daemon’s a complicated guy. You never know  what he’ll do next, which makes for a pretty unpredictable relationship between him and his Kitten, not to mention explosive chemistry and hilarious banter. I’m sure I’ll still feel like punching him every once in a while all the time, but I’m starting to think that I wouldn’t have it any other way.

(By the way, on more than one occasion in the book, Daemon emphasized how much he hates humans and how he wouldn’t be caught dead with one. It made me smile and think to myself “Never say never, Daemon. Never say never.” It felt like an inside joke between the author and those who have read Obsidian.)

The gist
In short, I loved reading about Dawson and Bethany. I’ve been dying to know more about them ever since they were first mentioned in Obsidan. And they did not disappoint. This is a must-read if you’re curious about how it all began and if you want a better understanding of Daemon. 

(Come on, you know want it.)

5 Smileys



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