❤ Diving Into The Young Elites ❤ Teaser Tuesdays! (9/02/16)

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Yay!! I’m back with another Teaser Tuesdays!

This time, I’m currently reading The Young Elites by Marie Lu! I have heard so much about how amazing this series was and if you didn’t already know I had a major book hangover with Marie’s debut series: Legend! I’m so excited to start her latest series The Young Elites, which follows the story of a young girl who had fallen ill in a nationwide epidemic. When she recovers, her life is no longer the same and she is forced to live with society’s oppressive thoughts and words. However, soon she discovers she has a super power and she is one of them- a Young Elite.

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Anyway, I’m currently loving this book! Have you read it before? To be honest, I was slightly skeptical to start this book. To me, it sounded like your typical young-adult dystopian- a girl discovers she has supernatural powers, she’s “special” and along her journey she falls in love. However, I read a few chapter and was captivated with this story! I asked around and I’ve heard many good opinions- maybe, I was wrong! I’m really enjoying it so far! Thank god I borrowed Rose Society as well because I think I’ll be binge reading this series!

” In the midst of darkness and panic, something moves in the sky. And just like that, the black clouds twist- they scatter into a swarm of a million moving flecks that swirl across the sky and then dive down, down, down at the crowd,”
– Marie Lu, The Young Elites

I hope you enjoyed this mini Teaser Tuesdays! What are you currently reading? Recommend some of your current reads down below:

Also, I plan on starting some discussion posts! What do you guys think?

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Just Another Passenger On This Journey : Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Review time guys and did you guys see the pun that I did up there! 🙂 Also, I feel like I haven’t done a review in ages! I hope you enjoy my review of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken!

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Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 2015
Retail Price: $16.00
Overall Rating: 7.75 :) /10
Genre: Romance, Adventure, Time-travel, Drama, Mystery

“And what she found in that soft, warm darkness had no beggining and no end, for this time was their own, and it created it’s own eternity”
– Alexandra Bracken, Passenger

You must all be thinking at this point, ” This is just another review on that Alexandra Bracken book, *skip*” Seriously though just stay around for a few more sentences because I’m going to try to convince you that it’s worth the read. Passenger was different in so many ways to my recent reads: it transports you to a whole new dimension and drags you along as a passenger on this riveting journey. There is everything you ever wanted in this novel: a cute couple, a gripping storyline and an unforgettable setting. However, I’ll admit I wish there was something more, just something that would stun me to edge that I could give this book a full 8-8.5! Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it if you love a good adventure, beautiful writing or a not-over-depressing story!

Passenger follows the story of two vastly different characters: Etta and Nicholas. Both are completely different people, who would never have imagined meeting each other. Etta is a violinist and Nicholas is a time travel, who travels through life on a ship. One day, Etta’s life is completely switched around. Following the events of a shooting of one of her closest people, Etta gets thrown into another dimension of Earth, where she meets Nicholas and what she discovers changes her life forever. Together with Nicholas, Etta has to throw herself into this unknown world to save her mother, her closest people and Nicholas. Along the way, they discover that things don’t look quite like they seem!

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I had so much fun reading this novel! Passenger begin with a prologue, which set me on my feet! As I read about this mysterious Nicholas and Julian, I was constantly questioning myself: What is happening?  To be honest, despite the ambiguous start, I actually love prologues like these because they always stick to the back of my mind and it truly made the story a lot easier to understand. Often we get prologues like these but they never end up making sense as the story progresses. Meeting Etta was interesting. At first, I was expecting her to be super annoying and frustrating due to the fact that she was such a goody-two-shoes at the start of the novel. However, her character was definitely more enjoyable as the story continued. Etta character had seemed complex right from the beginning. As a reader, I began to understand her history and how her whole life was plagued by her violin career (I actually felt so bad for her! )

After we got through a few chapters of the story, I got somewhat bored, as they explained the whole world and began to set the scene. Not only that but there was an overload of characters, which made it a bit hard for me to remember who was who. However, as soon as we got to the adventure, everything was turned around and I was constantly page turning. Nicholas’ character originally seemed very shut off. We didn’t get to know much about him, even though, I desperately wanted too. As the story progressed, Nicholas began to show cracks and we got to know more about him. I really wanted to know more about his history and past and I want to see him bump into Julian again!

The romance between Etta and Nicholas was slightly rushed. As soon as Etta washed aboard it was literally love at first sight (Who else isn’t a big fan of instant love?) but I’ve got to admit, they were cute. Towards the end of the book, they had some really cute moments that made me smile and fall in love with this new ship (Ahaha! Like a passenger! Get it?). I loved how Nicholas called her pirate because I mean, what reader doesn’t love it when a male character has a nickname for their love! ❤ Overall, though Nicholas and Etta were so cute and the fact that they were saving each other by risking their lives was something that was really commendable.

If you have read this novel, you can not dodge the fact that Bracken’s writing is amazing and I think we all aspire, to have a writing style as beautiful as her’s. Her writing has hit that point where it’s not too verbose and not too colloquial and undescriptive. It’s just right as at times her writing really makes you feel a certain way through so many words, yet, you aren’t constantly getting bored by too many descriptions! I love the fact that they incorporated time travel in this novel. It’s so hard to find a good book which takes Time Travel and transforms it into something worth reading. I think Passenger did this perfectly and for that reason, it made this book something really special!

The ending left me in tatters! I wanted to know what happened? After getting my heart attacked, when I nearly thought that Nicholas was going to die (Oh this better not be another Allegiant), Etta nearly dies and I was like, “Oh no! Save me!” I actually still can’t believe it ended like that! I want to know if Nicholas and Etta were ever going to perfectly stay together and I couldn’t believe her mother, either. Even though she supposedly tried to help Etta, she was really not that great of a mother. Please let there be another book because honestly I need it!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, was special and unique in its own way. Bracken’s writing is something truly unforgettable and I loved following the adventure of Etta and Nicholas!

I hope you enjoyed this review!

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❤ It’s Official, I’m Reading Cinder ❤ : Teaser Tuesdays!

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Okay, it’s finally official, I am actually going to read Cinder!

Who’s excited? Because I am!!!! Yes, I’ve spent literally the last two years being inundated with many people telling me and exclaiming, ” OMG! The Lunar Chronicles deserves five stars because it’s amazing and everyone needs to read these books!,” So, after looking and searching for this series, I’ve finally borrowed from the library and I’m reading it! I am so excited!!! Thank you for every person who has told me to get to this series because I have high hopes!

Has any of you guys read this series or this book? I would love to know in the comments! If you haven’t read this, I would also love to know because I hope I’m not the only bookworm that hasn’t read this!So, this is another Teaser Tuesdays post! This is a meme where I tell you what I’m currently reading and how I’m enjoying it so far! I also will give you a short teaser, so you can add it to your TBR!!!

So, this is another Teaser Tuesdays post! This is a meme where I tell you what I’m currently reading and how I’m enjoying it so far! I also will give you a short teaser, so you can add it to your TBR!!!

So far, I was surprised when I read the first few chapters. It really is a hybrid and twisted story of Cinderella. What I really enjoy about this book, is the fact that you can see the parallels to the Cinderella story, yet, it seems like a very different story. The setting is in New Beijing and this story kind of reminds me of a “Choose of your own adventure,”. Every element of this book is so beautifully twisted and different, to cater to young-adult readers that it’s very much like reading a fairy-tale! The storyline and characters are much more complex and you can clearly see the contrast! I haven’t read much, though, so I can’t come to conclusions so quickly!

“There they waited, Cinder breathing as shallowly as possible, until they heard the sirens of the emergency hover come and take Sacha away,”
– Marissa Meyer, Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

What are you currently reading? Do you want to find this book too, buy it here for free shipping and for $9.50:

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Soundtrack Sundays! (Inspired by The Hardcover Lover)

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Hey guys,

I found this super fun meme on The Hardcover Lover, called Soundtrack Saturdays! This will be a bit different to the meme on The Hardcover Lover but I thought I would just mention, that this meme will be based on hers. I’ll posting this every Sunday and therefore, it will be called Soundtrack Sundays! Soundtrack Sundays, is where I’ll pick a book that I love or have read recently and I’ll devise a four to five song playlist based on these guidelines:
❤ Include a song that you think goes well with the beginning of your chosen book
❤ Include a song you think fits the main character in your chosen book
❤ Include a song you think fits the evil character in your chosen book (This is a little something else I added)
❤ Include a song that represents a relationship in your chosen book
❤ Include a song that fits the ending of the book

 

If you have to know anything about me, it has to be the fact that I absolutely love music. From Shawn Mendes to Selena Gomez (Yes, they are both my favourite artists at the moment), I love anything that is pop or hit music. I think that it’s safe to say that most of the songs I’ll choose are the popular songs on the radio! 🙂 What’s your favourite song or who is your favourite artist at the moment? I would love to know! I don’t know if I’ll be doing this every week, but hopefully, I’ll do it again soon!

Today I’ll be choosing the Percy Jackson series:

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Here is my playlist, which you guys can listen to :)!

Here are some reasons for my song choices, they may include spoilers for the series:
1) Never Forget You by Zara Larason and MNEK
I chose this song to represent Percabeth (#relationshipgoals!) because even when Percy lost his memory he still remembered Annabeth!

2) Drag Me Down by One Direction
No, I’m not a major One Direction lover who has their faces plastered everywhere. To be honest, this was actually the first song I truly enjoyed from them! I think it pretty much encapsulates the ending of the series because nobody could drag the ArgoII crew down! 🙂

3) The Trouble With Us by Marcus Marr and Chet Faker
This song symbolizes Kronos and Gaea because they really were lots of trouble but not only that, the gods are major troublemakers, which pretty much causes an overload of problems in the series!

4) My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fall Out Boy
This song represents the start of the book because after the Minotaur had captured/killed Percy’s mother. His fire was lit and it was definitely, “Lighting him up,”

5) Stressed Out by 21 Pilots
I chose this song because Percy Jackson’s life was so simple before the books and then suddenly, his life was “stressed-out” after meeting and discovering the Greek Mythology world!

I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for lots of exciting new posts, which will be coming out soon! What songs do you think represent Percy Jackson?

Review: Boy 23 by Jim Carrington

Title: Boy 23
Author: Jim Carrington
Release Date: January 2016
Retail Price: $15.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Dystopian

When Boy 23, arrived on my doorstep. I gladly picked it up, after being dragged in by the mysterious cover and title. The storyline of Boy 23 kept me up, I’ve never really read a novel quite like this one. There were little flaws here and there but it was a light easy read. If you are looking for a little read after reading something that’s hardcore and intense, Boy 23 if a pretty good novel.

Boy 23 follows the story of a young boy, who has lived his whole life inside a room which provides him with all of his necessary amenities, called My Place. The voice, is Boy 23’s only interaction with a human. One day, he mysteriously wakes up in a dark place and is thrown outside into a new world with only a backpack filled with little supplies and a note from the voice, which tells him to run far far away. However, along the way he discovers that many want him dead and he can only learn to trust himself and the people that really know him well.

*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR BOY 23 BY JIM CARRINGTON*

After finishing this novel, I was conflicted. On one side, I really liked the storyline and believed it could have great potential. However, on the other, the writing wasn’t amazing and some of the characters were slightly cliche. There were some good parts and some negatives but the novel wasn’t horrible and I enjoyed reading it.

Boy 23, also called Jesper, was the most three-dimensional character in the story. You could tell that Carrington put a lot of thought and effort into his personality. The fact that he didn’t really know much about the world, could easily be flawed in stories but based on Jesper’s actions and situations you could tell he didn’t have much prior knowledge. Not only that but Jesper’s young and immature personality slowly develops throughout the story and you can really see that at the end of the novel. At the start of the novel, Jesper was easily manipulated, especially by Father Frei but as the novel progresses Jesper begins to understand trust and he begins to put up barriers.

I also really enjoyed discovering that who he really is. Keeping this question unanswered from the start of the novel, really pushed me to continue reading the novel. Not only that but I love dystopias, where the world has been stricken by an epidemic. Jesper, unsurprisingly is the “special-one” who has mysteriously developed a cure from the Marsh Flu and I really wanted to find out more about his mysterious history. Towards the end of the novel, we discover he is a hybrid, which seemed slightly cliche and despite the major lead-up to this moment, I was disappointed.

The novel was written in three different point of views, which I found unnecessary. Both Blake and Carina’s chapters were written very similarly. Jim Carrington’s writing is very plain and simple: “I push and pull,” and unfortunately, this brought the book down. The simple writing made both Blake and Carina’s chapters very similar. Not only that but if it was purely in Jesper’s point of view, there would have been more unanswered questions which would have made the novel more mysterious and intriguing. Jesper’s perspective had more of a distinction due to the fact that he didn’t know much about the world and his thoughts really reflected that.

The ending was the best part of the novel, as many secrets were uncovered and there were little plot twists here and there. When I discovered that Blake was Boy 23’s father I wasn’t very surprised but I did enjoy discovering about the “aliens” as it added a new dimension to the story that I was excited about. I can’t wait to read about them in the next novel. Hopefully, he will get to meet his siblings one day. I also enjoyed reading Carina and Jesper’s friendship develop. I was surprised when Blake died and watching Jesper get upset was heart-breaking.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this light read and I’ll definitely have my eyes open for the next novel. Jesper’s character was intriguing and I’m excited to see how his story plays out.

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Teaser Tuesdays (12th January)

Hey!

It’s Teaser Tuesdays again and I’m so excited to share with you the novel I’m currently reading. Teaser Tuesdays is where I show you the novel I’m currently reading, every Tuesdays and I’ll tell you my thoughts so far!

I’m currently reading:

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The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson! I’ve heard so much about this novel and I thought it was about time to read it. It’s part of a series titled, The Remnant Chronicles. Its beautifully written and is one of those novels where the main character lives in an alternate universe with kingdoms, magic and hierarchy.  I only just started but I’m so excited to get into it, I have high hopes! Also, I hate to judge a book by its cover but the cover is so pretty!

“A soldier with a sugar-coated tongue and an angelic face, but a heart as black as night,”
– Mary E. Pearson, The Kiss of Deception

What are you currently reading? Have you read The Kiss Of Deception? Don’t forget tonight is the release of The Shadowhunters TV Show! I can’t wait to watch it and there will most likely be a #mythoughts on the show!

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Teaser Tuesdays!!! (December 28th)

Hey guys!

You must be thinking Teaser Tuesdays??? I decided to start Teaser Tuesdays, to bring in some new things into my blog for the new year! Teaser Tuesdays is where you open to a random page in your current read and give a short teaser sentence or short paragraph from that page. I’ll also include the title and author of the novel, as well as how much I’m currently enjoying it!

What are you currently reading?- comment below:  Or you can link your Teaser Tuesday Post below, I would love to see what you are reading!

If you read in my last post, you would know that I am currently re-reading the Lux series! I recently read Oblivion and after enjoying it so much I decided to finish off where Oblivion ended! I am currently reading the last novel- Opposition!

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“I bit down on my lip, sensing something was off. Like the air had suddenly turned stale, and it was hard to catch my next breath. A nervous sensation crept into my core like a thousand little ants,”
– Jennifer L. Armentrout, Opposition

I hope you all enjoyed this little teaser from my current read, Opposition! I love the Lux series and so it isn’t a surprise that I am currently really enjoying it! Don’t forget to comment below a teaser from your current read!

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🎄Christmas TBR List🎄

Happy Christmas, Everyone!!!!!

Since Christmas is coming soon, I compiled a short TBR list of books I’m going to try and read this holiday! I never end up following my TBR list (Does anyone else?) as I usually stray and somehow find another book that I want to read but here are some books I am going to try a read this holiday!

  1. Mistletoe & Mr Right by Lyla Payne
    A cute Christmas contemporary to put me in the perfect Christmas mood! Mistletoe & Mr Right is a compilation of two short Christmas romances written by Lyla Payne! The first one is called Mistletoe and Mr Right and the second one is called Sleighbells and Second Chances. The minute this book arrived on my doorstep, I couldn’t help myself and I delved straight in because I was looking for a cute romance. I’m halfway through the first story and it is honestly so cute! It has definitely put me in the Christmas joy! I’ll save my thoughts for the review!
  2. How To Be Bad by E.Lockhart, Sarah Mylnowski & Lauren Myracle
    To be honest, I am not a big fan of co-written novels as they often are choppy and never flow through a smooth progression but I decided to give this novel a go! It is about three teenage girls who leave their mundane town for a temporary “break”. I loved We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and the summary of this novel definitely intrigued me. Hopefully, it will be unique and different but I am definitely excited to start this novel.
  3. Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    Hello??? Daemon goodness in one book filled with over 1000 pages, I would probably be the first to sign up :)! I just downloaded the book, I know I’m 14 days late but I’ve been savouring and saving it for the perfect day! If you didn’t know already, Oblivion is a novella to the Lux series and its pretty much a compiled story of the whole Lux series written in Daemon’s point of view!
  4. The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
    I recently got this series sent to me and I am pretty excited to start it! It’s based around seven sisters who are all adopted. One day their father dies and Maia, the oldest one, finds clues which will lead her to her past. I’ll definitely write a review on this novel! I’ve already started the first few chapters and its really enjoyable! If you have read this novel tell me your thoughts below!
  5. None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio
    None Of The Above is a powerful contemporary novel which recently came out. It’s unique storyline has captured readers. I’ve heard lots of little chit chat about this novel and when it turned up displayed in the library with it’s eye-catching title, I decided to pick it up!

I definitely need to start my reading pace back up again, as I have had a chugging reading slump. The novel I’m reading now, Mistletoe and Mr. Right has definitely kick-started my reading back again! I can’t wait to get around to Oblivion and hopefully I’ll end up ticking these books and more on my TBR list! Christmas is coming (has anyone noticed the falling snow on my blog 🙂 ) and I can’t wait to do some comforting holiday reading!

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Merry Christmas🎅

5 Reasons Why You Should Stop and Read Wrath & The Dawn Right Now !

Hey guys!

I recently read Renee Adeliah’s The Wrath & The Dawn! Yes, I know I am a bit late to hop on the bandwagon of this series but if you haven’t read this novel it is hands down one of the best novels I’ve read in the past three months. Normally, I would write a review for a novel but I decided to spice things up and I am doing five (non-spoiler) reasons for why you need to pick up this book right now!

  1. For Those Who Love Fairytales and Legends…
    One of my main reasons for why I loved this book was because I definitely got Aladdin and Prince of Persia vibes! The Wrath & The Dawn is loosely based off A Thousand and One Nights and so it isn’t a surprise that there are a few parallels to some of these classic fairy tales and legends. When I was younger I had a little obsession with Arabian stories and legends and when I read this novel, I absolutely loved following this magical story. This novel is a twisting tale set in Arabia and Persia, which follows a rich girl who marries a king to avenge her best friend.
  2. The Main Character Is One Hardcore, Beautiful and Tough Heroine
    Shazrad is the main character in The Wrath & The Dawn and whilst reading the novel, one thing that stuck with me was that Shazrad wasn’t your stereotypical “damsel in distress”. She was beautiful and so courageous, which is honestly a character trait I try to look for in books and this book definitely had a character with these traits.
  3. Khalid is another book character to add on your list of favourite male charactersKhalid is honestly a character I am more than glad to add onto my list of favourite characters. He is dark and had this mysterious past. Even though this typical dark character is used a lot, I still love it. I love how he fell in love with Shazrad and by the end of the novel you could clearly see how much he cared for her! #goals 🙂
  4. The plot will leave your eyes glued to the page
    The plot was just thrilling, there was so much happening and it wasn’t very often where I found myself extremely bored. I am excited to see how Shazrad’s magic will turn out and I throughout the novel I was dying to find out about Khalid’s motive behind killing his wives. There are just so many questions I had whilst reading the novel and my hands are itching to read the next novel.
  5. Who doesn’t like a love triangle?
    Ahhh…the typical love triangle, but seriously you must be lying if you don’t like a good love triangle once in awhile. The Wrath and The Dawn had a love triangle that will definitely squeeze your heart! I don’t know about you but I am definitely Team Khalid and reading about their love triangle was very much like watching TV! (but better) 🙂

I hope I have given you more than enough reasons to start reading this thrilling novel! I honestly can’t wait to start the next book! Comment below what you thought about this book or if you are going to start it soon!

Merry Christmas,
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Best Books of 2015

Hey guys!

I am so sorry for not posting in such a long time, I have been away and so busy but I have finally found some time to sit down and write this blog post. It feels so good to finally write a new post. Since its the end of year, I decided it would be a great idea to write the top 5 books I have read this year!

  1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    This is by far one of the most fun books I have read this year. It was quirky, relatable, funny and has lots of drama, which is the perfect recipe for a contemporary! I can’t believe I didn’t get to this earlier because I honestly missed out on so much. If you haven’t gotten around to this novel yet, I suggest you drop everything and head out to the bookstore today! 🙂
  2. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    A touching novel that made me shed a river a tears, All The Bright Places was definitely a highlight. I love novels that make me cry because it is just amazing to see how one book can make such a big impact! All The Bright Places was thought provoking and just made me stop a realise the backstories and hidden emotions of the people we pass by everyday.
  3. Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
    This was a given because Dimitri and Rose…who can’t forget one of the best couples in YA fiction! 🙂 Nevertheless, I have always loved the series and it was sad to see it finally come to a close but the ending sure was satisfying and I am so glad that it didn’t disappoint.
  4. Every Last Breathe by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    This was a major novel of my 2015 reading adventure because Jennifer L. Armentrout has always been one of my favorite authors! So to find out one of my favourite series by hers was ending was exciting yet heartbreaking. #teamroth for the win! I loved the finale and upon finishing the book a wave of happiness came!
  5. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
    Surprisingly, this novel blew me away! I was craving for an original fantasy with a good romance and storyline and finally I stumbled across this series. I fell in love with the characters and the world. The final book, which came out this year was one of my favorites!

That’s all for my favorite books this year. I will definitely be posting as the holidays start to slowly approach :)! Who else is excited for Christmas? Presents! Presents! Presents! And that also means hot chocolates, peppermints and books! I will definitely be posting up a TBR list soon for Christmas! What was your favorite book that you read this year?

Now that the holidays are approaching, I know we will all be watching lots of youtube videos to get into that Christmas Spirit and holiday joy. I love this youtube channel run by my good friend, Ellie. It has books, fashion and everything you will ever love. I will link it here! So don’t forget to check it out!

Thanks guys!

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