Blind Spot Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway)

"It's a story about how sometimes we fail to see things that are right in front of us."

Since You've Been Gone (Review)

"fabulous, wonderful, endearing, amazing story"

Dissected by Megan Bostic (Blog Tour)

"Powerful & Thought Provoking"

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Review)

"This is going on my favorites shelf and I will probably reread it again in the future."

Blog Tour: Hungry by H.A. Swain (Review + Giveaway)

"Hungry is a captivating and thought-provoking story set in a fascinating world."

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Review))

"All-in-all, a perfect summer read and you should totally pick up these books, if you haven't already!"

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (Review)

"The Edge of Falling is a beautifully told story, both in plot and writing."

Hexed by Michelle Krys (Review)

"Hexed was just the thing that I needed to get back into the reading world."

Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Tour: The Jewel by Amy Ewing (Spotlight | Giveaway)

The Jewel (The Lone City #1)
by Amy Ewing
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.


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Amy Ewing is the young adult author of THE JEWEL, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.


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A Jane Austen Daydream by Scott Southard [Book Blog Tour by Historical Fiction Virtual Boog Tours] Book Review & Giveaway

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Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Madison Street Publishing
Formats: eBook, Hardcover

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Women's Fiction

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All her heroines find love in the end—but is there love waiting for Jane?

Jane Austen spends her days writing and matchmaking in the small countryside village of Steventon, until a ball at Godmersham Park propels her into a new world where she yearns for a romance of her own. But whether her heart will settle on a young lawyer, a clever Reverend, a wealthy childhood friend, or a mysterious stranger is anyone's guess.

Written in the style of Jane herself, this novel ponders the question faced by many devoted readers over the years—did she ever find love? Weaving fact with fiction, it re-imagines her life, using her own stories to fill in the gaps left by history and showing that all of us—to a greater or lesser degree—are head over heels for Jane.

History is not known for being kind to writers. Their lives, when one takes the time to study them fully, are often fraught with pain, loss, and a desire to find meaning. Some are overcome by their passions, letting reckless emotions ride them to a bitter end. Others are obsessed with their losses and the losses of those around them. 
 The gypsy stared into Jane's eyes for a minute, as if she was reading her mind for the truth, then turned back to the palm. I have not seen this before. What is it? Jane asked excitedly. Am I going to die soon? No, I would have told you when you were to die if that was true. The gypsy shook her head. Your life line never ends. 
 I would not even know what to say to a stranger, especially a gentlemen. You speak to our brothers. I hardly consider them like men, especially gentlemen. Cassandra said crossly. They are brothers. They are like a third sex. What are sisters then? Jane asked quickly. Angels, Cassandra replied just as fast. So true. Jane smiled. 
Praise for A Jane Austen Daydream

"For those of you who are exhausted by the innumerable retellings of Austen's novels, this is a style entirely new.... be rewarded by a quick paced novel unlike any you can ever have read, which injects new ideas and possibilities into the world of Jane Austen." -Laura Boyle, The Jane Austen Centre

"Mix one part biography and one part historical re-imagining...add witty characters and some surprises and you have A Jane Austen Daydream. This was a delightful read." -Amelia Rodriguez, Jane Austen Society of North America

"...Lovely, thought-provoking novel. Fans of Austen will adore this book." -Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List.

"Southard has taken the facts about the great author and woven them into a credible, touching, and also entertaining portrait of a life." -Historical Novel Society

“The good news is Scott Southard’s Jane is a delightful creature. She is clever and witty and determined to do the best she can for herself, even when things take a turn for the worst….her thoughts and comments had me smiling (and even laughing) on more than one occasion.”

“This book takes the opportunity to dream her up the romance we are not sure she ever had… Watch out also for the many references to her novels, which are like a puzzle, challenging you to recognize where they are taken from.” -Dan Wiggs, publisher of The Jane Austen Travel Guide

“An excellent concept and a great achievement, a must read for Austen fans open for a playful read and those who wish Austen had written more. This is like a little welcome encore for us fans.” -Christoph Fischer, author

From Pride and Prejudice“A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM by Scott Southard, a fictionalized account of Jane’s life, is a book that should be placed on the shelf of every book-loving fan of Jane Austen because she’s absolutely “alive” on the pages of this book.” -Julie Valerie’s Book Blog

  I am always on the lookout for a good Jane Austen biography as I have always been very fond of her many novels. Ever since reading "Pride & Prejudice" and "Emma" when I was young, I was fascinated with this woman and what a romantic life she must have led. However, if you have ever read anything about Jane Austen you know that she was never married. She was engaged once briefly but never married. I find this fact to be intriguing to say the least, since her novels were very centered on love and romance.

The author brilliantly re-imagines the life of our beloved Jane Austen, weaving in facts, names, dates partly just fiction but some real based on the facts we know of Miss Austen's short life. He even tucks in quite a few quotes/book references, as to keep us on our toes.

Firstly, the quality of his writing is top-notch. From the opening sentence to the last word, I was captivated.  I felt the author knew where he wanted to take the story and did so in an authoritative as well as engaging way.

Secondly, Scott Southard is an expert at writing in such a fashion as to induce feelings of hate, love, joy, sadness, and righteous fury. I wept, I laughed , I talked back at the characters making foolish decisions, I even rallied against those standing in the way of Jane’s happiness.

Some will say that knowing the ending as we know that Jane's life came to spoils this story, but on the contrary. This story takes us on a new adventure from the viewpoint of a very gifted writer. The author kept me on my toes anticipating each sadness and trial Miss Austen faced. I was excited for the chance to get to know Jane's family, including her crazy brother Henry (who was the family outcast) and Cassandra, Jane's older sister who seems to be Jane's best friend, confidant and equal in many respects.

The story starts with Jane and Cassandra being invited to attend a ball in order for the two to find husbands. Sound familiar to anyone? This is one of the first scenes of Pride and Prejudice as most may recall. The girls are invited to their older brothers home for this ball and their sister in law is the host which Jane makes clear she could do without. The humor and scenes that follow are very reminiscent of Miss Austen's writings. I just loved the carefree tone of this story and how close I felt to the character of Jane.

Although I am saddened by the fact that Miss Austen never achieved the happy ending she desired, I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of her writing (which should be almost everyone) 

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About the Author

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Scott D. Southard, the author of A Jane Austen Daydream, swears he is not obsessed with Jane Austen. He is also the author of the novels: My Problem with Doors, Megan, Permanent Spring Showers, Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare, and 3 Days in Rome. With his eclectic writing he has found his way into radio, being the creator of the radio comedy series The Dante Experience. The production was honored with the Golden Headset Award for Best MultiCast Audio and the Silver Ogle Award for Best Fantasy Audio Production. Scott received his Master’s in writing from the University of Southern California. Scott can be found on the internet via his writing blog “The Musings & Artful Blunders of Scott D. Southard” ( where he writes on far-ranging topics like writing, art, books, TV, writing, parenting, life, movies, and writing. He even shares original fiction on the site. Currently, Scott resides in Michigan with his very understanding wife, his two patient children, and a very opinionated dog named Bronte.

You can find Scott on Facebook and Twitter.

A Jane Austen Daydream Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 1
Review at Bookish

Tuesday, September 2
Spotlight at I'd So Rather Be Reading

Wednesday, September 3
Review at Diary of an Eccentric

Friday, September 5
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, September 8
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review & Giveaway at To Read or Not to Read

Wednesday, September 10
Review at What Is That Book About

Thursday, September 11
Excerpt & Giveaway at Romantic Historical Reviews

Friday, September 12
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past


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No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace (Review)

Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance 
Publication.Date  September 8th 2014
Published By:  Flux
AuthorAmanda Grace

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Sometimes, the cost of love is too steep

Olivia's twin brother, Liam, has been her best friend her whole life. But when he starts dating, Olivia is left feeling alone, so she tries to drive away Liam's girlfriends in an effort to get her best friend back.

But she meets her match in Zoey, Liam's latest fling. A call-it-like-she-sees-it kind of girl, Zoey sees right through Olivia's tricks. What starts as verbal sparring between the two changes into something different, however, as they share their deepest insecurities and learn they have a lot in common. Olivia falls for Zoey, believing her brother could never get serious with her. But when Liam confesses that he's in love with Zoey, Olivia has to decide who deserves happiness more: her brother or herself?


I always felt like they bought the condo because it's like a shelf. They can put us up on that shelf and then go do whatever they want, and whenever they breeze back into town, they'll take us off the shelf and ask us how we are, and drag us to a couple parties or events to show what great parents they are, and then when the week is up, they can put us back on the shelf again.
Its right. When we kiss, it's always right.

      No One Needs to Know surprised me. In a good way.

     When you're about to read a book about teenagers and their first experiences with love, and not only does this book have a love triangle, but a love triangle involving siblings and two homosexual girls, well, you kind of expect a whole load of angst and drama. And you kind of brace yourself for all the tears, flip-flopping and indecisiveness. And, while No One Needs to Know isn't entirely free of all that, it's actually surprisingly light, positive and drama-free. And that's precisely what made me fell in love with this book - its simplicity and positive energy.

     No One Needs to Know is about love and relationships. It's about bond between siblings, friendship that was supposed to be strong enough to last forever, and - most importantly - about discovering yourself, opening your heart to another person and allowing yourself to be loved. Even if that love comes from a place you never even considered possible. 

     To be honest, this book could have been about Zoe and Olivia alone. Olivia's brother, Liam, could have been easily edited out of the plot line. Sure, his presence there and the role he plays in this story adds a dramatic flare to the plot, but it's such a small, irrelevant flare, it didn't really have to be there at all. Zoe and Olivia are at the heart of this story and, really, you don't need anything else. It's all about these two completely different girls and the feelings they develop for each other. It's about their thoughts and emotions. About the decisions they're facing. It's all about them. And that is more than enough. 

     Grace's writing is something that I enjoy immensely. I loved her Dangerous Boy and Ripple (both written under her real name, Mandy Hubbard), and No One Needs To Know is just the same. The style is simple and straightforward. And very concise. I always find myself completely captivated by her stories and unable to break the spell and put the book down. 

     Overall, while No One Needs to Know might not be destined to become your new favorite, it still is a nicely written, charming, quick little read that should at least entertain you and bring a smile to your face. It's cute, it's exciting, it's enjoyable. It's not too sophisticated, or too profound, and it probably won't be a life-changing reading experience, but it's still a really great story and I'm glad I got a chance to read it. 

     I'm giving it 5 stars for two reasons : 1) It was captivating enough to keep me reading into the wee hours (and that is something that doesn't happen very often), and 2) I loved the heart-pounding chemistry between Liv and Zoe.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bookish Digets: August 2014

Hello lovelies! Welcome to Bookish Digest - something we'll be putting together at the end of every month to highlight our recent favorite reads and recap any posts you may have missed. We also include an About My Life and Things I'm Looking Forward To section in an effort for you to get to know us better. Don't forget to tell us in the comments some things that happened to you over the past month so we can get to know you guys better too!

Also, you may have noticed that this month we held Mermaids and Myths month on Bookish. We read amazing books, interviewed authors, and had some awesome giveaways! If you missed anything you can click on the links below or head to the Mermaids and Myths kick off post!

Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Website:Andrew Smith 

Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.


The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman {Interview}
Sea Witches, Sailors, and Salt & Storm {Guest Post}
Guardian by Alex London {Guest Post}

About My Life in August
Tori caught her very first cold, ate her first chicken and veggie meal and babbled mama

I celebrated my 29th birthday

I watched The Fault in Our Stars and bawled. 

Things I'm Looking Forward to in September
Leaves changing colors 

The Maze Runner movie

More fun times with Tori

Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery, Thriller
Website:Michelle Hodkin 

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.
Side note: This was the hardest decision! I read so many awesome books this month. Such awesomeness cannot be contained!

Read the Classics {Top Ten Tuesday}
To Read or Not To Read {Top Ten Tuesday}
Give Me These Books {Top Ten Tuesday}
Social Media {Feature & Follow}
Time for Hollywood {Feature & Follow}

What Is A Myth? {Socratic Seminar}
Sherrilyn Kenyon: Author Goddess {Socratic Seminar}
2014 Beat the Heat Readathon {Reading Challenge}
Twisted Dark by Neil Gibson {Blast}
Signed, Sealed, Delivered {Book Haul}

About My Life In August
My birthday! I had an awesome birthday week! I went to an Indian restaurant, had a cookout at my dad's, read all day on my birthday and saw Guardians of the Galaxy - which I highly recommend. I got some awesome gifts off our wedding registry, some books, and a few other little things.

The month of books. Aside from obtaining quite a few books this month, I read a lot too. I think I've read more so in this month than any other. It did wonders for my TBR pile, review books, and the mini goals I've set for myself. Not only that, I read so many amazing books this month.

Things I'm Looking Forward To In September
My bridal shower and dress fitting #2. So excited for these things. I know bridal showers are usually boring, but we're playing a game at mine that involve nerf guns. Oh yeah.

I have friends coming in from Arizona. And they're bringing their two little girls with them - I cannot wait to see their faces!

Young Adult, Mermaids
Website:Sutton Shields 

Someone wicked walks among them.

Heartbreak usually requires time to heal. For Marina Valentine, however, time has other plans: like sticking her with a shiny, stubborn accessory, sending her on a surprising date with someone other than Troy Tombolo, and introducing her lips to kisses that could save or destroy everything and everyone.

Marina and the rest of the Mer-Nor gang must find a way to push through the grief caused by The Dealer, for their next mission will take them on a dangerous, scandal-filled journey that may very well be the most significant to date: hunt down the evidence they need to prove once and for all that the tyrannical King Zale breached the water pact.
But with the shocking identity of The Dealer and overwhelming guilt weighing heavily on her, Marina struggles with frightening emotional urges and begins to question whether she is truly strong enough to succeed as the all-important Siren Savior.

Marina is in more danger than ever before—even inside the familiar study with her trusted friends—because unbeknownst to her, someone has been lurking about, waiting for the chance to undo everything the Mer-Nor gang has achieved…and with the Siren Savior’s doubt growing, that person’s chance has finally arrived.
*Note:  This was a very hard decision. If you look below I had a lot of 5* reviews.  I ended up picking the 5* that I had most been anticipating. 

Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune {5/5}
Betrayal by Amber Garr {5/5}
Merminia by Emm Cole {5/5}
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block {5/5}
The Twice Lost by Sarah Porter {5/5}
Scorched by Mari Mancusi {5/5}
Of Neptune by Anna Banks {5/5}
Flicker & Burn by T.M Goeglein {5/5}
Promise Bound by Anne Greenwood Brown {5/5}
Rifted by Sutton Shields {5/5}
Endless Shores by M.R. Polish {5/5}
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly {4/5}
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter {4/5}
Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney {4/5}
Waking Storms by Sarah Porter {4/5}
Stalked by Death by Kelly Hashway {4/5}
The Island of Excess Love by Fancesca Lia Block {4/5}
Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs {4/5}

Author/Book Spotlight
The Merworld Wars by Sutton Shields {Dream Cast}


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About My Life In August
I finished my third and final academic semester- In September I go into a block placement but have no more studying for exams and assignments!! I can't even explain how exciting this is to me.

Excited that Mermaid & Myths Month was on Bookish! I am so happy that we had this event and that it was such a success.  I adore this event and all of the books in it.  Thank you to everyone that stopped by! 

Things I'm Looking Forward to in September
I don't know...  Life has been so crazy I haven't had much time to look forward.  I will let you know next month if there was any awesome things that I forgot!

Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Website:Juile Cross 

To be posted October 6
Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…

I saw Jennifer L. Armentrout! Jen is my absolute favorite author, and it's always great to see her. She is so freaking nice. I went to her signing at Book People in Austin (which is amazing, because a bunch of us have been trying to get Jen to Austin for a while), and it was a good time. She came over and said hi to me, which was awesome because I'm always astounded that she remembers me. And then I got even more happy pants when I saw how she signed my book!

My brother and his family are here for a bit. This is kind of a big deal, because I haven't seen my brother since my freshman year of high school. He's had two kids since then (well, not HIM, but his significant other did) so it's great meeting them and all their cuteness.

I started school. This is kind of good and bad. Good because all that stuff is finally sorted and I'm going. My dad can stop spazzing about it. But it's bad of course because...SCHOOL. My schedule is actually not too bad, though. So at least there's that.

Things I'm Looking Forward to in September
September is actually a simple month for me. I can't think of anything too crazy exciting. But I know I'm looking forward to some books I'm finally going to get to on my TBR. Like OPPOSITION, which I still haven't finished because I'm a wimp. And ROGUE, which I've been waiting until I have more tiiiime. That's what I need--more tiiiime. Oh, and THE WRITE STUFF by Tiffany King! I am so excited to gobble that one up.

And some awesome books are releasing in September! Like STAY WITH ME, by JLA. I'm looking forward to another NA contemp by her. They always make me feel all happy inside.

Oh, and I hope to see IF I STAY at some point. I looooved that book, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the movie is. I remember reading that book way back in the day, like the year it came out. I was in middle school--8th grade, to be exact. I borrowed it from my friend and that book was such an experience. SO MANY FEELINGS. Awww, Adam Wilde.

Young Adult, Mythology, Paranormal
Website:Terra Lynn Childs 

Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.


About My Life in August
I got a great part time job in accounting, plus a surprise raise after 2 weeks with the company. 

Things I'm Looking Forward to in September

My best friend from New York will be visiting.

Young Adult, Mythology, Romance, Retellings
Website:Kaitlin Bevis 

There are worse things than death, worse people too

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep {5/5}
Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis {5/5}
Oppression by Jessica Therrien {4/5}
Firelight by Sophie Jordan {4/5}
The Gatekeeper's Sons by Eva Pohler {3/5}

About My Life In August
My little brother turned 21! Unfortunately that event took away a lot of my reading time, but I listened to some audiobooks.

My best friend's sister had her baby. It was a long delivery that was scary at times, but both her sister and her beautiful niece are happy and healthy!

I was offered a new position at work and I am awaiting the promotion that should happen sometime next month! SUPER EXCITED!

Things I'm Looking Forward to in September
Getting out of that damned warehouse so I can get a little bit of my life and my READING back!

4 Wheel Jamboree Weekend!!!!!!

Fall time!!! I just LOVE the Autumn season!!


What were some of your favorite books this month? Tell us about what went on in your life during the month of August - reading and other wise - and what you're looking forward to in July! :) 
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