Oct 16, 2018

That's Not What Happened.

☆☆☆
that's not what happened.
 kody keplinger. 

Publisher  Scholastic Press.
Publication Date: August 28,2018
Genre: YA Contemporary.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|329.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.













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It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story--that she died proclaiming her faith.



But it's not true.



I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did--and didn't--happen that day.



Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . 




 



This is a book, that you must read.



I have read few books about school shootings, but none of there was written way that THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED . It was different and unique because it took 3 years after the showing, and it showed how it affected everyone, especially Lee. I can’t even imagine to go through something that tragic, I think if were me, I wouldn’t be able to go back after. Lee might had her moment, and to me she was brave. It takes a lot to do what she had done, and reading those letters, seeing what others went through that horrible day, it can’t be that easy, to bring up those memories. THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED was very hard book to read, but then the subject is hard to read about it. While reading it, you feel the fear along with those characters, especially once you read the letters and about the victims of shooting, who weren’t lucky. I felt like I was there along with them. Despite being a difficult subject to read about, I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to find out how it would all end.



I loved that this book wasn’t only told in Lee’s point view, but through letters and on occasion about the victims. It gave us a better view of how they were, as a person prior to the shooting. Like Lee, I wondered why Miles didn’t want to write the letter. Was it because he didn’t want think about what happened that day, or was it because he was hiding something? I did not like how Lee was pushing him about it, I understand why she did, but when it became clear that he didn’t want to, she should let it go. I was as surprised as Lee was when he did write it. I do believe that he only did it because of her. It was clear from the start how he felt about her. I wished that Lee realized sooner than she did, about how she felt about him. I was rooting for her to figure that out, all through the book.



I hated how others started to treat Lee, just because she decided come clean, about Sarah and what actually happened that day in the bathroom. Why would she have a reason to lie about that? It did make me wonder, if people would believed her if she came clean right away, or if she would have go through same harassment. Out of all characters, besides Lee and Miles, Ashley was one of my favorites. I loved how was always checking up on everyone. Even when she was angry with Lee, she encouraged to tell Miles how he feels about her. I feel as if Ashley is a type of person that everyone want be friends with, a friend that is always there for you. I wasn’t happy that she didn’t believe Lee, but at the same time, I understood it. She felt guilty, at least that is the feeling I got.



THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED is not the first book that I read by KODY KEPLINGER she had became one of my favorites back in 2012 when I read her debut novel, THE DUFF That book had a high impact on me, and I always look forward to her books. I wasn’t disappointed. KODY KEPLINGER did it again. A book that will have you thinking long

Oct 13, 2018

Girl Against The Universe.

☆☆☆
girl against the universe.
 Paula stokes. 

Publisher  Harper Teen.
Publication Date: May17,2016.
Genre: YA Romance|Mental Health.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|400.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.














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Sixteen-year-old Maguire knows the universe is against her. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when she's around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or the time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash--and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.



Despite what her therapist tells her, Maguire thinks it's best to hide out in her room, far away from anyone she might accidentally hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star who wants to help her break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for him is to stay away, but it turns out staying away might be harder than she thought. 




 




A powerful, inspiring story about mental illness.



I have read few books about mental illness through years, and this, GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE was one of the best, and so realistic. I haven’t experienced was Maguire had, and while reading the book, I felt as I had. I am writing a book that deals with PTSD, and I felt as I learned a lot more by reading the book. GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE was filled with a lot of emotions, and I while I read it, I felt as I was experiencing all those emotions along with Maguire. I felt her fear, her confusion, her sadness, her anxiety. I can’t imagine going through what she did, losing 3 of loved ones and then blaming herself for everything that went wrong afterwards. I hoped that she would find a way to overcome that, hoping that Dr. Leed would find a way to help her. I loved the communication between the two of them, at least once Maguire started to communicate with him, ask for his help to help get there. It was a big step to set that goal for herself. I believe that the challenges that she set for herself, helped her get there. I was rooting for her.



Jordy, I liked him from start. There seemed to be some type of connection between two of them, when they met at the therapist office, even if Maguire wasn’t that welcoming at first. I knew that it was a sign that Jordy ended being helper at tennis team that Maguire decided to try out for. I liked fact that he didn’t seem to believe that she was bad luck, and how much he tried to help her to overcome her fears, help her with tennis, to help her make the team. I know that Jordy cared about her from the start, otherwise he wouldn’t done all of that to begin with. I just wanted for Maguire to see that, and I believe she did but she was afraid, because she assumed that something bad would happen to him. I was hoping that maybe she learned to overcome all of that. Maguire came a long way from beginning of the book, to the end and she accomplished a lot as result of it. Despite her being afraid all the time, to accomplish everything that she had, that’s being brave.



GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE was the first book that I read by PAULA STOKES but I have heard of the author before and been wanting to read her book. Now that I have, I am eager to check out rest of her books. GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to the end. A book that I would recommend to everyone.



Breathtaking.

Oct 11, 2018

The Glass Ocean.

☆☆☆
the glass ocean.
 Beatriz Williams. 
lauren willig.
Karen white. 

Publisher  William Morrow.
Publication Date: September 4,2018.
Genre: Historical Fiction |Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|416.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.












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May 2013


Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .



April 1915


Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .



Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .



As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself. 



 






I fell in love with this beautiful story right away. What is there not to love? Not only did it fill you with emotions, it kept you on guessing, it kept you on reading. Historical fiction, mixed with romance and suspense, my type of book. The characters, Sarah, Caroline and Tessa felt so real to me, I loved reading each of their stories. What I loved about this particular story was that Sarah’s story took place during present time and Caroline and Tessa in past. I have heart about Lusitania but I didn’t know much about it, and I felt as I learned quite bit by reading the book. At the end, I felt everyone’s terror, and their worry about their love ones, wondering if they made out or not. I can’t even begin imagine going through the horror that they did. I couldn’t get enough of the story thought, I kept on wondering who would make it through. I do imagine that the ones that did, they would never be the same. The way the story was written, the emotions that it portrayed for each of the character, it was breathtaking.



I have never read books by BEATRIZ WILLIAMS & LAUREN WILLIG before, however KAREN WHITE is one of my favorite authors and when I saw that she was one of Co-Authors, I knew that I had to check it out. I’m glad that I did, and now I am curious about Beatriz and Lauren and will be checking out their books as well. THE GLASS OCEAN is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you finish it. I have finished it few days ago and I am still thinking about it. It’s such inspiring story. Love triangle in this story kept you on wondering, who did Robert want? Who would he end up with? Despite knowing how he felt about Caroline from the start, just the way he acted around her. Robert treated Caroline, the way that her husband, Gilbert should have. You couldn’t help but notice that there was some sort of connection between Robert and Tessa. I wondered if there was possibility that he would give up on Caroline and end up with Tessa. From beginning, I wonder who he ended up marrying. It wasn’t who expected him to. THE GLASS OCEAN took the most unexpected turns and twists. My favorite was Sarah and John, I was rooting for them. I believe that they had a connection from the start, even if they didn’t see it. That ending, it had me grinning.



Don’t you love the title, THE GLASS OCEAN it’s as beautiful as the book, and the cover as well. You will get attached before you open the book. The title itself will have you picking up the book. Once you do, you will find a hard time putting it down until you reach the end. I spent hours reading it, and there were many times I had force myself to put down because I had go to sleep. I know that it will be one of the books that I will find myself returning to in the future. THE GLASS OCEAN is a book that I would recommend to everyone, a story that you will fall in love with.



A masterpiece.



Oct 5, 2018

When Elephants Fly.

☆☆☆
when elephants fly.
 nancy richardson fischer.

Publisher  Harlequin Teen.
Publication Date: September 4,2018.
Genre: YA Contemporary.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|400.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.















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T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she's not developing schizophrenia.Genetics are not on Lily's side.



When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily's odds are even worse than she thought. Still, there's a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages eighteen to thirty, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests.



But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can't abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf's life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way. 



 
 





An incredible, breathtaking story about family, survival and hope.



There is always a book out there, which will hit you hard, break your heart. It’s also going to be a story that you will never forget, the one that is worth every single page. I had never read books by NANCY RICHARDSON FISCHER before, and when I came across WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY I knew I had check out, the title and the cover drew me, and I love books about animals, especially elephants. It wasn’t first book I read about elephants, but it was my favorite one. How can that title not have you curious? Plus, that cover, it’s mysterious, they were the two of first things that captured my attention. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book since I never read book by this author. Only after few pages, I had a strong feeling that it would be a book that I wouldn’t forget. I was right. WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY was an astonishing story, the one that I know I would be returning to in the future. There wasn’t a single page that didn’t have my attention, that didn’t have me on the edge of my seat. I was blown away.



Lily, I liked her from the start. I can’t even begin imagine to go through what she had. To be almost killed by your mother when you were seven, to wonder if you going develop schizophrenia. I can’t even imagine living in that constant fear. Then witnessing an elephant mother almost killing her baby. It’s as if Lily couldn’t get a break. I feel as if that is one of the reasons that Lily connected with Swifty because she been there, and she knew the feeling of not being wanted by someone, being rejected. Don’t you love that name? it’s unique. Seeing the bonding moments that she had with Swifty, and you could tell that it wasn’t long before she started to care about calf. Otherwise she wouldn’t gone as far as she had, in order to rescue the calf. I feel as if calf bonded with Lily a bit, until he started to get sick. Seeing how health got worse, along with his mood, it broke my heart. I know that in a way, I bonded with Swifty through Lily. I was rooting for Swifty, for Lily. It was a heartbreaking story, at the same time, it was a story that is worth reading.



WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY is a story that will have you going through a lot of emotions. Not just during the story but afterwards too. I couldn’t get it out of my mind. Now, I need and go check out what else NANCY RICHARDSON FISCHER has written, because I fell in love with this story, and I am curious about others. I even recommended this book to a best friend of mine, because it touched me so much. Beautifully written, so vivid that you will feel as you are there along with Swiftly and Lily.



It was… delightful.


Oct 1, 2018

A Heart In A Body In The World.

☆☆☆
a heart in a body in the world.
 Deb caletti.

Publisher  Simon Pulse.
Publication Date: September 18,2018.
Genre: YA Contemporary.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|368.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.











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When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run?



So that’s what Annabelle does—she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how—muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person—The Taker—that haunts her.



Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, and is even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and the shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that.



Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keeps running, to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face what lies behind her—the miles and love and loss…and what is to come. 



 





I don’t have words… This book was heartbreaking, and inspiring at the same time. A lot of emotions went through me while I read this book. While I was reading, I felt as I went on journey along with Annabelle, went through the emotions, the doubts that she went through. I cried, I smiled, I was afraid, and I cheered for Annabelle. I wanted for Annabelle to reach her destination, her goal. I am not a runner, I do run on occasion on treadmill, but I can’t imagine running the amount she did. I do believe that the fact that she had such support system, that helped her. Her family, friends and even people that she didn’t know, they cheered her on, no matter what. I understand why she did it, and even though I am not a runner, I do feel that running is a good escape for a while. I loved Annabelle from start, and I wondered what happened to her, I was curious what ‘The Taker’ done to her. I did know that it couldn’t be anything good, but I was curious to find out what it was.



From start, I wondered why she came to the sudden decision, to run without any preparation. As I read the story, as The Taker was introduced, and as she mentioned Kat, I had a feeling that it had something to do with it, the memories. It did not take me long to discover that something wasn’t right with The Taker, the way he acted and how fast he would get angry over anything, like someone laughing at him, he would take it so seriously. I had a bad feeling about him. It did not take Annabelle to figure out that either. I just wish that she would told someone. The way he acted, that wasn’t normal, it was scary. A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD is one of those stories that will break your heart, and at the same time you won’t be able to put it down, you will get observed in story, you will find yourself connecting with the characters, especially Annabelle. Out of all the characters, she was my favorite. Plus, I loved the fact that she was running all way to Washington D.C, since that happens be where I live. Annabelle might be a fictional character, but she is inspirational one.



I have been reading DEB CALETTI books for years, and I do believe that A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD is my favorite (So Far). I loved all of her books that I read, but this one hit me hard. I started it 2 days ago and if it wasn’t for work, I would finished it before today. I read it before bed, in morning before work and at my lunch break. I couldn’t get enough of this story, I had to force myself to put it down. Once I did finish it, I was still thinking about it. I wondered what happened to Annabelle, her family and friends after. I loved how close the family was in this story, and how supportive they were of Annabelle, even if her mother had her moments, but despite that, she was still there, cheering her on. Her grandfather, I loved him. I am not sure how far she would got if he didn’t come along. The only character I did not like was The Taker.



A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD was such inspiring, beautiful story about grief, friendship, love, violence. Once you pick this book up, the story will stay with you. This book deserves more than 5 stars. A story that everyone should read.



Sep 27, 2018

The Angel Trials ( Dark World: The Angel Trials, #1)

☆☆☆
the angel trials.
Dark World: The Angel Trials, #1
 Michelle madow.

Publisher  Dreamscape.
Publication Date: March 19,2018.
Genre:YA Fantasy|Romance.
Format|Pages: Paperback|268.
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.















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She thought magic didn’t exist. She was so, so wrong.



Raven Danvers is a typical college student… until she’s attacked by a demon on the night of her twenty-first birthday. Luckily, she’s saved by Noah—a mysterious, sexy wolf shifter who appears and disappears in the blink of an eye.



When Raven returns home, she discovers her mom has been abducted by the same demon who came after her. And who turns up at the scene of the crime again? Noah. He’s hunting the demons who are taking humans, and he’s ultimately heading to the place where Raven needs to go to save her mom—the mystical island of Avalon.



Now Raven’s tagging along on Noah’s demon hunting mission whether he wants her there or not. And he makes it no secret that his journey would be a lot easier without her dragging him down. But Raven isn’t going anywhere, so she and Noah will have to learn to work together—if they don’t kill each other first


 

Stunning, Magical, Thrilling. An brilliant start to a new, addictive series.



You can’t help but fall in love, after only few pages. I fell in love with Raven, Noah and I couldn’t wait to find out what adventures, challenges awaits them next. I been wanting to read THE ANGEL TRIALS ever since I finished MICHELLE MADOW’S series, The Vampire Series and even if I love all of her series, that was one of my favorites. Now that I have read THE ANGEL TRIALS I have a feeling that it will end up being another series that I am going to fall in love with it. Not only did she write characters that you will fall in love with, but the title and the cover, THE ANGEL TRIALS isn’t it catching and it’s a type of title that will catch your attention, even if you haven’t read the other series. I love the cover, it’s colorful and mysterious and I just love that hair color. I feel as if cover itself, capture’s the storyline so well, at least in my opinion.



This book is filled with a lot action, there is always something going on. I believe that it’s one of the reasons it’s so hard to put it down. Just as you assume that you reached a good stopping point, something else happens and next what you know, you realize that hours had passed. You will get observed in Raven’s story and Raven’s adventures. I know that this will end up being a series that I will end up re-reading in the future. I loved Raven, I can’t even imagine what must be going through her mind, and I can only imagine how worried she must be about her mom. I hope that they will be able to find her mother, before it’s too late. Noah, he’s the type of guy that you can’t help but be attracted to, even if you feel like you shouldn’t be. I know that there is something between Raven and Noah, a connection. I know that Noah tries to pretend that he doesn’t care, but I know that he does and I can tell that there is an attraction between the two of them. I am kind of curious, if anything happens between the two of them. I’m hoping that it does. I am rooting for both.



I don’t think that there been a book by MICHELLE MADOW that I didn’t love. I’m so happy I came across her those years ago. I am always looking forward to her books. THE ANGEL TRIALS wasn’t any different, and I already know that it’s a beginning of amazing series. I can’t wait to read more of Raven’s adventures.


Sep 26, 2018

A Date With Darcy ( Bookish Boyfriends, #1)

☆☆☆
a date with darcy.
Bookish Boyfriends, #1
 tiffany schmidt.

Publisher  Amulet Books.
Publication Date: May 1,2018.
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Paperback|392.
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.















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Boys are so much better in books. At least according to Merrilee Campbell, fifteen, who thinks real-life chivalry is dead and there’d be nothing more romantic than having a guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. Then she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer to Reginald R. Hero Prep—where all the boys look like they've stepped off the pages of a romance novel. Merri can hardly walk across the quad without running into someone who reminds her of Romeo.



When the brooding and complicated Monroe Stratford scales Merri’s trellis in an effort to make her his, she thinks she might be Juliet incarnate. But as she works her way through her literature curriculum under the guidance of an enigmatic teacher, Merri’s tale begins to unfold in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Merri soon realizes that only she is in charge of her story. And it is a truth universally acknowledged that first impressions can be deceiving . . .

 







Now I know what I was missing. A book about books, boys? What is there to not love? Plus don’t you just love the title, A DATE WITH DARCY It feels as the title itself would attract any reader’s attention. The story has everything that I love about books, and I loved reading Merilee’s story. I fell in love with characters fast, and the story in general, which was unlike any other story that I have read. A story that will have you wondering what will happen, until the last page. I had A DATE WITH DARCY for a while, since I went to the book signing. Having read the book, I wished that I picked up sooner than I had. I knew that this would be my type of book, just didn’t realize how much I would love it. I’m not sure how long I can’t wait for the next book, I want to read it now, I can’t wait to see the next adventure that TIFFANY SCHMIDT will take on us next.



I couldn’t help but love Merilee, she somehow like me. Her love for the books is just like mine. I can spend hours reading them, and if it wasn’t for work, I would. I do agree about book boyfriends, they can be better and dreamy, at least in my opinion. There had been few times when I was reading books, that I found myself crushing on the love interest. I couldn’t help myself, when I read the book, I become so hooked to characters that some of them become real to me. Mostly it’s due how the character is written, described. Now if some of guys could be like that in real life. However, that is not feeling I had about Monroe Straford, I tried to like him but I just couldn’t. I felt as if they moved into relationship a bit too fast, and I had this bad feeling about Monroe from the start. Monroe, he was needy and he didn’t seem to respect her space, and then he had nerve to blame her for getting himself in trouble. If it were me, I would broken with him before that. He caused her more stress than happiness. I just hope that he will live her alone for good now. Monroe is the one character that is impossible to like at all.



I loved the friendship between Merileee and Eliza, now that’s what real friendship is, and Toby but I know theirs was more complicated than that. Eliza even transferred with Merilee and was always there for her. I have a feeling that those two are going remain friends for years to come. Now, Toby, he’s a great friend to her but I know that he wants more than that. I know because of how he reacted when he found about her and Monroe, I know that he wants more. Plus, the occasional flirting he does with her. I know that he might be disappointed that they are not more than that, but it doesn’t stop him from being there for her. Toby is a friend that everyone wants and needs. Fielding, first of all don’t you love the name? It’s unique. It never entered my mind that he might like her, mostly because of how he treated her in beginning. Now it makes me wonder if that could be why he did. I feel as if Fielding and Merilee had more chemistry that her and Monroe, and he treated her like should treat her. He wasn’t obsessed like Monroe seemed to be. I was waiting to see when she would finally come to her sense, and realize that she wanted to be with him. I wanted to talk some sense into her. I rooted for the two of them.



I never read Pride and Prejudice but now that I have read this book, I want to. I want to find out more about Darcy and other characters, especially after reading Merilee thoughts about the book, the characters. I am curious about the story. A DATE WITH DARCY A beautiful, heartfelt story about love, friendship and family.

 

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