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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

AUSSIE BLOG TOUR! We Were Liars by E. Lockhart + Review&Interview

We Were Liars
Released: 1 August 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
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At the Other End:
A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense that will leave you reeling.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


Bookmarks!


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Sum Up:
Heartbreaking, beautiful and full of shocks and surprises you don't see coming. One of the best books this year, by far. 


Behind the 240 Pages
Ok, so before I read this book, I avoided reading reviews because I heard a few people talking about how the book turned out a lot better, because they didn't know exactly what to expect from the book. So I didn't, and it made this book so much better. This might be a short review, but this review won't spoil anything, and I'm going to try write it as a review I would have read before I even read this book (if that makes sense).

Even though this book isn't set in New York, or is anything like the characters or plot of Gossip Girl, it still came to mind because of who the characters in this book were, and who the characters in GG are. Rich. Socialites (well, the mothers anyway). They go on rich holidays, they OWN an island, and the parents are obsessed with possessions. So, you're getting GG gifs :D

I started this book not expecting anything, and this is how I came out of the book:
and there was also this....
and this is how I am now, two weeks after I finished....

I don't even want to try and describe my feelings right now, there are no words. So let me describe everything else...

I absolutely loved the writing style in this book. It was different, and it suited the main character so much, especially when she first introduces us to her family. We KNOW from the writing that they are important, they are THE Sinclair family. Words to the wise, when you read this book, as you get towards the end, just make sure to read everything carefully, make sure you completely take the words in, because you will get confused for a minute or two. Actually, take all the words in, a massive breath of words! The style isn't beautiful in the a Cayla Kluver way, but it's blunt yet descriptive and poetic while being (half the time) 3 or 5 words to a paragraph. It gives you a more real sense to the main character that you hardly get from most books nowadays. I know that half of the people who read this book, probably won't like it, but I did, and it takes a little to get used to.

I loved the blurb. It's so vague, and it makes me want to read the book without giving too much away, yet sucking you in at the same time. It's exactly the kind I like.

Even though this book is only really short, it is seriously the perfect size. It's weird because I don't wish that there were more pages in this book, because every single page had a meaning to the story. None of it was fluff. None of it was boring, or could have been cut out. It was perfection, and I devoured every single word.

I loved the characters. I guess I related to this a lot because my boyfriend is Indian-Fijian, and coming from an Italian-Maltese family, I understand, A LOT, where Cady and Gat are coming from and the troubles their family has of accepting them. The Liars (cousins Mirren, Johnny, Gat (basically a family friend) and Cadence) only see each other on the Summer holidays at their family's private island. The whole book is either about being on the island on their Summer holidays together, or it's Cadence wishing that she was there with her cousins and Gat.

You won't see the ending coming. It was everything you would want in a stand-alone. When you finish this book, everything literally, falls into place. It was perfectly written, with a perfect plot, and had a perfect executed ending. 

I will leave this review at this:
"There’s not even a Scrabble word for how I’m feeling right now…"

Oh, and this... because it's Chuck Bass.

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Author Bio:
Emily Lockhart is the author of eight YA novels including The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel. She has a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught composition, literature and creative writing. Her books have been translated into ten languages.

Find Emily:

Emily Lockhart Website  |  We Were Liars Website  |  Blog  |  Twitter


Interview:
1. Can you tell us a little about where we've seen you before and any previous projects or books?
We Were Liars is my ninth novel for young adults, but my first to have a proper Australian publisher.  I am thrilled. Readers might know me from The Boyfriend List or The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?

I am always well into writing the next book when a novel comes out.  I try not to think about readers too much, or sales figures, or anything, as therein lies poor mental health.  But for some books I tour:  then I am thinking about what to wear.

3. What inspired you to write We Were Liars?

I started with the idea of an old-money family that owns a private island - wondering what it would be like to spend summers there. I wanted to write a suspense story set in that landscape. 

4. How long was the planning and writing process for We Were Liars?
It took about 18 months to write, but I had been thinking about the story for quite a long time before that.

5. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas of your own that you wanted incorporated?
My US publisher showed me ten different  possible covers and I told them which one I liked best.  I adore it as it looks both mysterious and summery, a little sexy, a little literary. The Australian cover is a variation on the US jacket.  I love that one, too.

6. Do you have any plans for future writing projects or are you working on any new books at the moment?
I am hard at work on a new book, but I can't say too much about it yet. It has a crime or two or three at the centre of it.

8. What are your top 5 books of all time?
Not for all time, but for today, books that have influenced my writing:  The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.  Gentleman Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.  The Color Purple by Alice Walker.  The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.



This novel was received for review via Allen and Unwin Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Review: The Army of the Lost by Lily Herne

The Army of the Lost (Mall Rats #3)
Released: 17 April 2014
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Publisher: Much~In~Little (Constable & Robinson)
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At the Other End:
One of us is dead.
One of us is broken.
One of us will betray the others.
And one of us will have to sell her soul to survive . . .


It’s been eleven years since South Africa was ravaged by the walking dead. Johannesburg's impoverished survivors are ruled over by a minority of rich self-serving bureaucrats. As the remaining Mall Rats confront the dark heart of the twisted political system - in another part of town, Tommy dreams of joining the Army of the Left, a radical organisation intent on fighting for freedom.

While Ash is forced to face his traumatic past, and Ginger struggles to regain his sanity; Lele goes head to head against a powerful foe, and Saint is dead set on a mission of her own: a fight for survival. Welcome back to the Deadlands . . .




Author Bio:
Lily Herne is the pseudonym of mother/daughter duo Sarah and Savannah Lotz. A fan of fake identities, Sarah also writes an urban horror series with author Louis Greenberg under the name SL Grey as well as various crime novels, internationally anthologised short stories and screenplays under her own name. Savannah, a die-hard fantasy fanatic, is currently in her second year studying screenwriting at the University of East Anglia.

Find Lily:

Deadlands Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook
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Sum Up:
Another fantastic, mind blowing, heart stopping book in this amazing series!


Behind the 336 Pages 
 
Spoilers throughout. Highlight to read.

Wow. I just... I don't even know what to say after that ending. For me, it left on a high and a low. I am shocked...
I've got multiple blankets.......

So, I've only got one thing that I didn't like about this book, and I guess it's kind of a big thing, and I'm just going to get it out of the way so I can gush about how insanely amazing this book, and series is for the rest of this so called review.

I didn't like Tommy. He's a new character that we are introduced to, and he gets just as much POV chapters as Lele does, which is basically half each. I didn't like him at all. He was wimpy, he was soooooooooo childish and stuck in fantastical dreams that he wouldn't be able to achieve, because he is so wimpy and childish. We find out what he figures out at the end, only one chapter before he does from Saint. Coming from her, I'm not as skeptical as I would be if it was just coming from Tommy. Seriously, this kid acts like he is 10 years old. Ok, I admit that I can see him change from when we first met him, to seeing him at the end of the book... but not much. So, the bit where the ending was bad, was basically the fact that he is going to be in the next book. Damn.

I didn't see those two twists at the end of the book until they were actually there (or a few sentences before). I'm not sure still about how the story is go with one revelation about the Rotters, I guess it's still sinking in, but it does leave me very very curious. Now, that other massive twist.... just.... what. I'm still shocked. I don't trust Ash/Jack. I just don't, not after the way he acted in this book. Grrrrrrrrrrr. *face slap*

Just like the previous two books in the series, this one leaves you craving for more every time you finish a chapter. It's addicting, and if I had the time, I would have tore through it. 

I honestly don't know what to say about this book that I haven't about the previous two books. All I can really say, is GO READ IT PEOPLES!

Bring on the final book! 
Noooo, not the final book! I just...... I can't even..... NOOOO!

What's Next:
Deadlands (Mall Rats #1)
Released: 18 April 2013
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Publisher: Much~In~Little (Constable & Robinson)
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At the Other End:
In Deadlands, life is a lottery.

Ten years have passed since Cape Town was destroyed in the war with the living dead. Now, human survivors are protected from the zombies that lurch around the suburban Deadlands by shrouded figures known as 'Guardians'. But the price for protection is steep: each year, the Guardians hold a human lottery in which five teenagers are chosen for a secret purpose.

Seventeen-year-old Lele hates everything about her life in the city: her new school, the brainwashed zombie-lovers, the way everyone seems creepily obsessed with teenagers . . . She wants out. Then she is picked as a Chosen One: but she's not prepared to face whatever shady future the Guardians have in store for her. So she runs for her life - straight into the Deadlands, and into the ranks of the Mall Rats - a renegade gang of misfit teens who have gone underground - and are preparing to take a stand.



Death of a Saint (Mall Rats #2)
Released: 17 October 2013
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Publisher: Much~In~Little (Constable & Robinson)
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At the Other End:
Some secrets are so unthinkable you can't even admit them to yourself . . . 
Lele, Ginger, Ash and Saint - aka the Mall Rats - are hiding out in the Deadlands, a once-prosperous area of Cape Town, now swarming with the living dead. Exiled from the city enclave for crimes against the Resurrectionist State, the Rats face a stark choice: return and risk capture - or leave Cape Town and go in search of other survivors.But what if the rest of South Africa is nothing but a zombie-riddled wasteland? 

Now Lele has discovered the truth about why the lurching dead leave them alone, she can't bring herself to tell the rest of the gang. And she's not the only Mall Rat harbouring a dangerous secret . . . Can the friends' survive on the road if all they have is each other? Or will their secrets tear them apart?





This novel was received for review via Murdoch Books (Much-in-Little). This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Stacking the Shelves (19)


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Unfortunately there were no books last week. But there is one this week along with some awesome swag!
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Review:

Thank you Allen & Unwin Australia for sending me this review copy!

 Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James
Ohhhh I was so excited when I got this in the post at the start of this week! I've already read it and it is seriously amazing. Make sure you look out for the blog tour:

Received/Won:
Won:
Rush and Push bookmarks by Eve Silver (signed)
How awesome are these bookmarks! They are so pretty, thanks so much Eve :)

Received:
More amazing swag thanks to A.G. Howard! (all signed) - Alice in Wonderland Bookmark, Ensnared Bookmark (Splintered & Unhinged on reverse), and Book Plate.
This wonderful lady decided to send me more Splintered swag, especially now that she had Ensnared bookmarks haha I've thanked her so many times I can't even remember how many, THANK YOU!

Friday, 25 July 2014

BLOG TOUR!! Extraction by Stephanie Diaz + Guest Post

Extraction (Extraction #1)
Behind 416 Pages
Released: 22 July 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Distopian
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
"Welcome to Extraction testing."


Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon's lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet's leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don't want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters,Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender's Game and leave them breathless for more.



Author Bio:
Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should've been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. When she isn't lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows.

Find Stephanie:
Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook
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10 Things You Don't Know About Stephanie Diaz
1. I was bitten by a spider when I was younger, and the aftermath was slightly traumatic. I've had a mild-to-severe phobia ever since.

2. I dreamed of being a film director since my junior year in high school, and studied film production in college. But I dropped that goal after I found myself in the director's chair for a short film and spent most of the production wishing I were working on my book instead.

3. I sent out my first query letter (trying to get an agent to sign me and my old historical novel) at age twelve. I signed with an agent three books later at age nineteen.

4. I would totally travel somewhere in space if I were given the opportunity.

5. I have never drank soda. Not even a sip.

6. I sing and play guitar.

7. I've worn braces, on and off, almost seven years of my life. (TMJ sucks.)

8. I wrote, recorded, and produced a CD of original music back in high school. Some of the songs may or may not be somewhere on the internet.

9. The first books I wrote were fantasy, mostly rip-offs of Lord of the Rings for a younger audience.

10. I can't do a cartwheel for the life of me.




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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review & Giveaway: Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

Four: A Divergent Collection
Released: 8 July 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
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At the Other End:
Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

Bookmarks:





Author Bio:
Veronica Roth graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in creative writing. While she was a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become Divergent instead of doing her homework. It was indeed a transforming choice. Now a full-time writer, Ms Roth lives near Chicago. Her first novel, Divergent, was published by HarperCollins Children's Books in 2011 and the sequel Insurgent was published in 2012.

Find Veronica:

Twitter  |  Tumblr  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads
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Sum Up:
A must read book for all Divergent fans. Four is Four-some, and majorly swoon-worthy. Those three bonus scenes will leave you craving for more Four.
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The Transfer
Behind the 30 Pages
From the very first line, I was captivated by Four. A tall, scrawny Abnegation boy, at the start, who, by the end of this story, already becomes stronger and more sure of himself. He's become Four. Even though this is supposed to be before Divergent, it really doesn't matter that we don't get a whole lot on their new world, like Divergent does. It's on Tobias and how he becomes Four, rather than in depth details of this world. A brilliant start to Four's story, that leaves you craving for more.
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The Initiate
Behind the 30 Pages
Another fantastic story. I liked this one better than the first, so full of action and we get to see the first glimpses of Four discovering he is Divergent. I'm surprised that they didn't really name it, and didn't know what it was. I figured it would have been a tale from a few years before, especially with everything we hear about in Divergent about the Divergent, not starting at this time. Anyway, it's still a great story, and it was great seeing all these traditions before all the new ones from the main books.
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The Son
Behind the 30 Pages
Wow, I wasn't expecting that. Just, yeah. Another great Four story. We get to see why Four got into training teaching and get a hint of how everything that happens in the main books start. Now I'm curious about what Four is going to do next, especially because of the title of the next story, The Traitor.......

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The Traitor
Behind the 66 Pages
 
Even though it skipped a while bunch of scenes and fast forwarded a few years without warning, it was still another great Four story. I absolutely loved seeing Tris in this one, and getting to see his side of everything was something I've been looking forward to. I liked all the other aspects as well of the story, his conflicting emotions and how he stood up, even a tiny bit, to his father, and showed the courage to actually go to him, no matter how logical it was. Other than the random fast forwards, I loved this from beginning to end. Sad that this is the last one though!

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I will leave you all with this... enjoy.

What's Next:
Divergent (Divergent #1)
Behind 496 Pages
Released: 1 December 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
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At the Other End:
For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. 

Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead.... 


A debut novel that will leave you breathless.






Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Behind 576 Pages
Released: 1 December 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
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At the Other End:
I have done bad things. I can't take them back, and they are part of who I am. 

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever... because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.



Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Behind 544 Pages
Released: 1 December 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
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At the Other End:
Fighting for survival in a shattered world... the truth is her only hope. 

The thrillingly dark sequel to New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT. 

What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to the amazing team at HarperCollins Australia, you have a chance to win a copy of Four: A Divergent Collection (cover as shown above) AND a signed bookplate from Veronica Roth!
Open to Australian and New Zealand residents ONLY
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This novel was received for review via HarperCollins Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Re-Release Day Blitz!! Hearken by Kristen Day

Hearken (Daughters of the Sea #4)
Released: 22 July 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Smashwords
At the Other End:
When the evil you fear is born from within, who will save us…from ourselves?

Sometimes our souls hear what our minds and hearts refuse to accept. It will whisper its continuous cadence until we're strong enough to glimpse the truth. But when the soul's whispers morph into screams, we're forced to gaze into the mirrors of time and see ourselves for who we really are.

Grappling with her newfound leadership position, Stasia begins to experience a recurring nightmare of murder, as well as curious reveries about a violet-eyed girl who can control the moon. When tragedy grips the Tydes and several important relics are stolen from the Sons of Daimon, Stasia’s Council leaves for the forgotten island of Atlantis. Unfortunately Atlantis harbors its own secrets, and they are all calling to Stasia. As her nightmares become worse and she begins to lose control of her mind, those around her must find a way to reach her…and fast.

Olivia Campbell is used to getting what she wants, when she wants it. But destiny never asked Olivia what she wanted. Being Chosen to be a Paladin at birth had not been something she wanted, and she definitely hadn’t wanted her charge to be Anastasia. Unfortunately their irritatingly persistent Atlantean guide, Sebastian, seems to know all about her and the secrets she’s been hiding. As she fights to protect Stasia from an unknown force, Olivia’s own courage and loyalty will be tested in ways she never imagined. Will she be able to tell Stasia the truth before it’s too late for them both.

Bookmarks!

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Check out my review for the series! Forsaken (Book 1)Awaken (Book 2)Chosen (Book 3) and Hearken (Book 4)

Author Bio:
Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity.  She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky.  She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). 

She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012).  She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances.  She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember.  Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began.  She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.

When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001. 

Find Kristen:
Goodreads  |  
Blog  |  Twitter  |  Facebook

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