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Friday, November 30, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller!

I am totally loving the cover for Leah Rae Miller's 2013 Debut, The Summer I Became A Nerd! And I'm really excited to be participating in the cover reveal today, for Entangled Teen! I'm totally on board with story about a popular girl embracing her nerdy side and this cover is so bright and fun. I hope you guys like it :0)

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Release Date: May 7th, 2013

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.
Where to find it:
About the Author:
Leah Rae Miller
Born and raised in northern Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids. She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks, and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: ESCAPE THEORY by Margaux Froley

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that showcases our most wanted upcoming releases.

Release Date: March 12th, 2013
Publisher: Soho Teen
16-year-old Devon Mackintosh has always felt like an alien at Keaton, the prestigious California boarding school perched above the Pacific...except for one crazy night, her first week as a freshman. That was the night she met Hutch, a legacy student with built-in popularity who somehow understood her. True, they haven't hung out since then. But Devon has always believed that they forged an unspoken bond that was lasting and real.

Now, on the eve of junior year, Devon is poised to become Keaton's first Peer Counselor: a de facto therapist for fellow students in crisis, a person to turn to when faculty or absent parents won't suffice. But Keaton is turned upside down when Hutch apparently commits suicide. As Devon provides confidential support for Hutch's closest friends, she comes to believe that Hutch couldn't have taken his own life. Bound by her oath of confidentiality─and tortured by her unrequited love─she finds herself on a solitary mission to get to the bottom of Hutch's death, with stakes higher than she could ever have imagined.
As I've said many times before, I love stories that take place, at least in part, in schools. There is just something so intriguing about reading about the lives of people who spend so much time in such close proximity to one another. I’m also really intrigued by the main character being a peer counselor. It has the potential to add so many layers to the story. And the cover is awesome! Silhouettes on covers add to the mystery and intrigue. Definitely on my must read list :0)
What are you guys waiting on this week?!?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Now Closed! DUALED by Elsie Chapman Blog Tour Sign-ups!

WOW Guys! That was insane. All of the spots on the tour filled up faster than I ever could have dreamed. I am so glad that so many of you are as excited about DUALED as I am and I can't wait to spread the word for Elsie on this tour! Everyone who has gotten a spot on the tour will be emailed in the next couple of days with their date and what type of post they've got. For those that need it, I'll also be including details for the ARC tour in the emails.
Thank you guys, SO much, for all of the excitement about DUALED! I love this book so much and I'm really glad to have you all on board to help spread the word :0)
I am so excited to announce the sign-ups for the DUALED blog tour! I've got 10 spots that need to be filled and I know there are plenty of you who would love to help spread the word about this amazing book!

The tour will run from February 26th, 2013 through March 9th, 2013. I've been working with Elsie and she's working on some awesome guest posts for the tour. Sign-ups start today and you will be notified by December 3rd if you've got a spot on the tour and what type of post you'll be doing. Random House has provided me with an ARC for doing an ARC tour, so if you are chosen to do a review and don't have a copy, you will automatically be put on the ARC tour so you can read the book!

This is an excellent novel that I can't stop raving about and I'm so glad to be able to spread the word about it, with your help. Elsie is really excited that we are able to put on this tour and she is doing some awesome guest posts to help make it an even better experience. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments, or shoot me an email at sarah(at) And to get signed up for the tour, Fill Out This Form! Okay, so apparently I'm a dope and I loaded the form wrong...oops! For now shoot me an email to sarah(at) w/ your name, blog name, URL, if you have a copy of DUALED, and whether you prefer review of guest post. I'll update the google form after work. Sorry guys, and thanks for bearing with me :0)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (17) w/ Signed Books!

Hey guys! I actually almost stuck to my book buying ban. I only bought one book this week, but I did get some awesome ones for review and won a few things, too! Just a photo and links this week, I pretty much resemble a zombie this weekend. I work retail and I had to work overnight on Black Friday, so I am totally off on my sleep. I think I might actually break my webcam w/ my zombieness...

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
*I keep seeing this one and I am so intrigued, because it's about Roanoke. It sounds really original and cool!*
For Review:
Brianna on the Brink by Nicole McInnes
*It's a contemp, but it has some serious built in drama and maybe a little bit of a dark side. The synopsis hooked me and I can't wait to start it!*
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
*Macmillan tweeted the trailer for this the other day and was offering up galleys. The trailer was totally haunting and piqued my interest, so I decided to claim one. It sounds a little spooky and really good.*
The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
*I love genie stories and frankly, I don't think there are near enough of them. In fact, I think the only other YA genie story I've read is As You Wish by Jackson Pearce. This one sounds like it's a little bit of a twist on the typical genie fair and I'm stoked!*
None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing
*The sounds AMAZING! How could you not want to read a book about a girl trying to do everything on her late aunt's bucket list? And the cover, oh my goodness, that cover!*
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress (Signed ARC!)
*Steampunk, mystery, kick butt trio of girls...yes, please! I'm in love w/ this cover, too.*
Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols (Signed Hardcover!)
*I won this as part of the October prize pack for the Standalone Reading Challenge. This is actually my second copy of this book. I bought it back when it was released in July, but I still haven't gotten to it. Which is a huge shame on me, because I want to read it so badly! I'm trying to make the time, I swear.*
Lost Girls by Ann Kelley
*I won this as part of the October prize pack for the Standalone Reading Challenge. It definitely looks interesting and I have heard good things, so it's definitely on my TBR.*
Huge thanks to: Holiday House, Macmillan, Penguin, Erin Downing, Adrienne Kress, Jennifer Echols, Britta and Hafsah, and Edelweiss!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Renegade Launch Party Recap :0)

On November 13th, I was fortunate enough to attend the launch party for 2012 Debut Author J.A. Souder's book, RENEGADE. I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of the book earlier this year and it is one of my absolute favorite 2012 reads. There aren't a lot of book events near enough to where I live, but Jessica is a local Florida author, so I promised come hell or high water I would make sure I was at this event! Getting to Orlando is easy peasy, I've done it numerous times, but getting to the place where the launch was being held was a little trickier. My best friend, Shanon, and I found the building pretty quick, but it is a very large building and we had to get some major assistance from various different people. Once we got to the right place, though, it was so awesome. The conference room that the party took place in was really cool and I could totally see how it would have inspired Sector 3 in RENEGADE!

It was all very informal and everyone just got to hang out and visit with each other. I got to see Christina, Larissa, and Tara again. They are the lovely ladies I met at Kristen Simmons signing in February. Christina's book, GILDED, is being published in November 2013! I also ran into Sarah , from the YA Rebels, and it was nice to catch up with her. She and I will be moderating a bunch of panels together at the Olde City, New Blood Convention in February! We also made a couple of new book loving friends. Ariadna and Taylor go to school in the area, and Ariadna knows Jessica from the bookstore where she always spent her time writing. They were such sweet girls and SO tall...haha, but it was fun chatting with them about books and stuff.
RENEGADE's cover up on a big screen in the building!

After we all had our books signed, munched on the food and cupcakes Jessica brought with, and chatted until our little hearts were content. Jessica did a reading from Chapter one and then answered questions. We got some background on Macie, found out that Mother is not actually based on Jessica's own mother, and she even told us the title for book two, though she said that is still subject to change.
Here's a bit of Jessica reading from RENEGADE (That's here adorable daughter running back and forth :0) ):

This launch party was such an awesome time and I'm so glad I got to see Jessica and everyone else, again! If you haven't gotten a chance to read RENEGADE yet, I highly recommend it! I can't wait for the party for book two :0)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Decked With Holly by Marni Bates

Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Format: ARC
Holly Dayton is about to go way out of her comfort zone. . .

Spending Christmas vacation on a cruise with her two cousins from hell isn't Holly's idea of a good time. And when in a moment of seasick-fueled desperation she lurches into an open suite--she's greeted with an eyeful of pepper spray. The culprit? A gorgeous guy calling himself Nick. But when Holly goes to make her exit, she gets the shock of her life: a corridor crammed with screaming teenage fans. Because Nick just happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for ReadySet--one of the hottest bands in America.

Suddenly rumors are swirling, and Holly's face is captured on countless phones and plastered all over the Internet. But the band can't risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend--just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be fauxmantically involved with one of the cutest rockstars on the planet? Holly's about to find out.
Marni Bates debut Awkward was such a great read for me, that I was super excited when I found out she was writing a new book that involved a rockstar and Christmas! Decked With Holly plays on the whole accidental fame thing, just like in Awkward, but this time our characters are trapped on a cruise ship. Holly and Dominic's "meet cute" is more like a "meet hilarious disaster". It was definitely one of the most unique ways I've seen two potential love interests first introduced to each other.
Once they give in to the inevitable and strike a deal that will save Dominic's reputation and hopefully help Holly gain some respect from her nasty cousins, things certainly get a little more interesting. Holly isn't exactly prepared for the paparazzi or what fake dating really entails.
While I liked Holly and her snark quite a bit, she wasn't as big of a hit for me as Mackenzie was. There were plenty of laughs and some great characters, but there were parts that fell a little flat for me. I really liked Holly's best friend, but I wish we could have gotten more in person interactions between her and Holly. I guess maybe that's what didn't really work for me, the whole cruise thing. I liked the characters, even the mean girl cousins, and I thought the love story was really sweet, but having them all confined to the same place made the story drag for me a little.
Overall this is a cute read and it will definitely get you chuckling. I love that it takes place during Christmastime, and of course rockstars are always fun to read about. While there were a few things that didn't work for me, I would still recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun, quick contemporary read!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (16) - Things I Can't Forget!!!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and was inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox posts.
Please ignore my hair, it has a mind of it's own. After two weeks of having WAY too many books to share, I have had a talk w/ myself and we've decided that I am on a strict book buying ban. I WILL read the books I have, I WILL read the books I have. Also, I realized why my pile didn't seem so bad in the video, I forgot three books I bought...GAH!

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse (Signed!)
For Review:
How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (!!!!!!!)
Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Renegade by J.A. Souders (Signed!!)
Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz (Not in Video)
Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein (Not in Video)
The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Lofton (Not in the video, but I think this might be my favorite book cover, ever!)
Small Medium At Large by Joanne Levy
Sanctum by Sarah Fine
Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Bloggers Mentioned:
Gabi @ Mato's Blog
*Big thanks to HarperTeen, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Miranda Kenneally, and Gabi!!*

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Easy by Tammara Weber

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

I had actually had this sitting in my Nook for quite some time and I just never got around to starting it. Then I kept seeing rave after rave popping up about it and my interest was re-piqued. I can't belive I waited so long to read this gem of a novel. I guess it technically falls in the New Adult category and I like that the characters are a little older and further along in their lives. We also get some serious sexual tension and when the sexytimes happen, boy are they steamy!

I really liked Jacqueline as a main character. Considering what happens to her in the beginning of the book and what she was dealing with prior to that, she could have been really whiny and all around unlikable, but despite some serious moping, in the beginning, over her break-up, I thought Jacqueline rallied quite well. I don't agree with the decision she made to not report the attack, but not having ever been in a similar situation I can't really speak to experience on that one.

Lucas is a freaking knight in bad-boy armor. That boy has all of the things that make me swoon. He's tough, smart, witty, sarcastic, and he respects women. Total package, ladies and gentleman. I loved the back and forth between him and Jacqueline. The chemistry was amazing and I was desperately turning the pages to see where it all was going to lead.

I absolutely recommend this, just not really for the younger teens, because it does have some adult stuff going on in it. Still, it's such a great story all around and now that I've got a paperback copy, it will live happily on my shelf.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that showcases our most wanted upcoming releases.
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.

Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t.

When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.

But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on--most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits--that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.

A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue.
Estranged best friends, a summer spent working at the beach, and cute boys that are off limits, what more could a girl ask for in a contemporary? I think my second favorite type of contemp, coming in just behind road trip novels, are ones that have summer romance. Now give me a contemp that's a summer romance road trip and I am in heaven, but I am getting off track here. I love that this is a summer story, but it sounds like it also has some drama and deeper stuff going on, and I am excited to see what the story turns out to be. Definitely sounds like one I'll be adding to my favorites shelf :0)
What are you guys waiting on this week?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (15) - The one where Sarah considers book rehab :0)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and was inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox posts.

Please don't mind the rambly ramblings and the excessive use of the word awesome. This is an insane amount of books and I'm pretty sure I am officially certifiable. Thanks for stopping by :0)


For Review:
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
Hysteria by Megan Miranda
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter
Also Know As by Robin Benway
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepard
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter
Taken at Dusk by C.C. Hunter
Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Easy by Tammara Webber
Torn by Erica O'Rourke
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Blogs Mentioned:


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Reaction Blog Tour Stop: Reaction Review + Giveaway! @JRobertsAuthor #ReactionBlogTour

Hey guys! Today I'm excited to be a stop of the Reaction blog tour! This book, along with it's predecessor, Reflection, are so unique and such cool reads! There is a pretty awesome giveaway going on for the tour, as well! Check below for the synopsis for both books, a little about Jessica Roberts, and my review of Reaction :0)

By Jessica Roberts
Release Date: February 17, 2012
289 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.

But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.

Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.

And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with?
Reaction: Reflection #2
By Jessica Roberts
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Book Description: (Spoilers if you haven't read Reflection!)
I’ve previously had that in my life, but only once, briefly, a while ago.  It was during the time I’d started my first year of college.  My own apartment, a new old car, and a life free of deadbeat stepfathers, all of which was fulfilling enough.  But if it wasn’t, I also had a best friend, soul mate, and boyfriend all in one.  Yes, life was near perfect.
But one stormy night can change everything…
For many months I rested in a prolonged sleep, fighting for my life.  Well, more than fighting for it, also dreaming of it.  Dreaming of him.  Thank goodness, the dream is over and I’m back in the real world now.  And all I want is for everything to return to the way it was.  But nothing’s the same; most of all, us.
Once again, I find myself at the crossroads of a ruthless battle, this time not for life, but love.  Do I fight for the guy I twice fell for, or do I let her take him away?

JESSICA ROBERTS grew up in the San Francisco, California Bay Area where she spent most of her time playing sports alongside her six siblings. She was crowned Miss Teen California her senior year of high school, and went on to Brigham Young University where she graduated in Human Development. Her love of family, church, writing, athletics, and singing and dancing keeps her life busy and fulfilled. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children.


In the first book, Reflection, Heather told the story mostly through relived memories she dreamt while in her coma. In Reaction, we are with Heather in the present and things are a lot messier and emotionally straining in the real world. There is no denying that Heather has more than her fair share of crap thrown at her in her lifetime, so even though she woke up from her coma only to find out that the man she loves is getting married to another woman, I knew that she would be able to pull through whatever happened in the end.

I felt so bad for Heather, not just because of the loss of Nick, but because even though she was alive and in the real world again, she was still having lingering issues from the coma. I can't imagine finding out that things you were seeing and doing, were never actually real. Heather keeps on ticking, though, and I'm so glad about that part of her. I definitely couldn't have been on board with a main character, who survives a serious accident/coma, not trying to roll with things as best she can and doing whatever it takes to try and move forward with her life.Of course, Nick this time around was driving me absolutely crazy. To some extent I get where he was coming from, but for the most part his excuses just seemed like lame cop outs to me. The circumstances for Nick and Heather supercede any kind of polite society etiquette. Love of your life waking from a coma after 3 years wins, hands down, always, and I didn't appreciate him trying to make everything so dang difficult. On the other hand, him being a big jerk some of the book did help Heather get up the nerve to do some things she really needed to do. So yeah, Nick was kind of an idiot, but I won't hold it against him completely.

I honestly didn't have any clue which way the story was going to end. She could have done happily ever after just as easily as ending the story with Heather truly moving on and learning to take care of herself. I think I would have been satisfied with either ending. I'm thrilled that Jessica Roberts decided to add in an epilogue. I absolutely love them and wish all stories had them. Who doesn't want to know how things end up a couple years down the road? It gives just a little something extra and makes me feel like I can really see that these characters are going to be okay. I think I liked Reaction better than Reflection, partly because it had so much more emotion, and partly because for the first time in a while I didn't have a clear choice for how I wanted things to end. Well done :0)

And don't forget to check below for the excellent giveaway!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Month of Thanks: Day 4

Today I am thankful for warm blankets and snuggly kitties,
because it is cold outside! Brrr!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Month of Thanks: Day 3

Today I am thankful for beautiful weather, some excellent reads for this week, and our countries right to have their voices heard!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Month of Thanks: Day 2

Today I am thankful for my newfound fascination with the Middle Grade genre! I am having so much fun searching for new reads :0)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (14) - Contemps Rule This Week :0)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and was inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox posts.
Got some exciting books from a trade this week and I might have bought one...Oh, and Incarnate Dragon says hello :0)

For Review:
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
*I'm really excited to read this one. It sounds really unique and I've only heard wonderful things about A.S. King's books.*
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
*I am over the moon excited for this book! I'm a Gayle Forman fan for life and I can't wait to dive into this one!*
Hooked by Liz Fichera
*This one sounds super awesome and Liz is so sweet. It seems I'm all about the contemps this week.*
Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton
*This one sounds so cool and Sourcebooks books always seem to be a win with me!*
V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram
*Kelly's debut Being Jamie Baker is one of the first ebooks I ever read and it ranks in my top reads, to this day. I'm super excited for this one!*
*I've heard really good things about this one and I've been trying to broaden my MG horizons!*
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
*I don't know what to expect going into this one, but I'm super excited to start it.*
Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel
*Admittedly, I have the first in this series and have yet to read it, but I'm looking forward to getting into both of these.*
Rift by Andrea Cremer
*I was unsure about this, as I am usually wary of prequel series, but people keep telling me it's awesome, so here goes.*
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
*It has a creature called a Thunder Tiger. I'm sold.*
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
*I'm really intrigued by this one and I love the illustrations.*
And of course I had to buy the adorable plush Gandalf, because he's Gandalf and adorable! Plus I snagged that cute giraffe balloon animal figurine. I'm hoping for a unicorn one next!
*Thanks Penguin, Little Brown, Sourcebooks, Harlequin, Kelly Oram, Edelweiss, and NetGalley!*

Month of Thanks: Day 1 :0)

Okay, I know I'm a few days behind, but I keep seeing people do this on Facebook and I like the idea! Of course, I don't want to be just like everyone else, so I'm going to post them here daily instead of over there. It's my blog, so I should be allowed to do that, right? Hehe :0)

Today I am thankful for the sunshine and the delicious Caramel Brulee latte I enjoyed after work!

What are you guys thankful for this month?!?


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