Category: YA


5 Stars to Fracture by Megan Miranda

Posted 4 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage.

Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it? Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

 

So…
There aren’t many books that I can read for hours on end, without getting bored, without getting distracted, and have the world go by around me and not notice. I was pleasantly surprised with just how spine-tinglingly, thought provokingly bittersweet this story was. Is. It’s one of those stories that has a little fantasy mingled with real life troubles that quite frankly, could happen to anyone (besides the sensing the dead part – I doubt THAT happens every day)
I can’t believe this book only got 3 and a half stars because in my opinion, it deserves more. It’s heartwarming, sweet and sad all at once and I ended it with a smile on my face. But at first I didn’t expect a some-what happy ending. I thought it was going to end in a tears.
I honestly cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you want mystery, friendship, the meaning of life and death all in one book, then this is for you. I guess in some ways, I can agree with how Delaney feels about death and old things or people. So in that way, I connected to the character far more than I usually do with other characters.
I thought the relationship between Delaney and Decker was heartbreaking. How Troy was broken and the only way out was the wrong way out and how sad it was that her family were being the way they were.
Yeah… so basically…. you should read this. It really makes you think.
“If you had one day left to live, what would you do?”

-Kat

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5 stars to Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Posted 4 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life: Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long – and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous, and that is…the emerald is cursed. Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all, she has her best friend — the gorgeous Hale – and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses and realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless for this heist. This time, Kat’s going to have to make up her own rules…

 

Okay, I have to say, this was just as good, in fact, probably better than Height Society.

I love Ally Carter’s ability to draw you in. I adore Kat, and she’s so…fiesty. I love it. The way she doesn’t back down, and even when she’s about to, she gets right back up and finishes what she started.

I love Hale, but I hope in the 3rd book that him and Kat get together officially. None of this holding hands all the time. I mean, really. There’s only so much sexual tension I can handle in a book. And believe me…there was a lot.

The whole gang just made me want to hug them, laugh with them, maybe even cry with them. I couldn’t stand Maggie, and I guess that was the point. You weren’t supposed to like her, but still…
I did occasionally get a tad confused in certain parts, however. Mainly trying to work out who was pretending to be and what was supposed to be a hoax and what wasn’t. But I sort of got it, in the end.

Over all, this is a great sequel, I can’t wait for Perfect Scoundrels, and I also can’t wait for the next Gallagher Girl book…which I believe Ally is working on. Even though I think that’ll be the last, I will always be a Gallagher Girl at heart. Really, I just love Ally’s writing. You’re a thief, Ally. You stole my heart with this book.

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5 stars to Shadows (Lux 0.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Posted 4 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

 

The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.


Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

What can I say about this book? It was FILLED with Aw-Moments. I loved every single page. It’s a very nice view of Dawson and Bethany and their love. They are what I picture as true love and it was strong, intense, romantic, and simply beautiful. I loved reading about them. It also gave you a good sense of why Daemon is the way he is in the other books. It all makes sense and clicks even better after reading this one. I loved it. Dawson is.. too wonderful for words. The things he would do for Bethany.. I just.. I smiled throughout the story! They were just.. the ideal image of what two people in love look like. He would die for her and as would she.

This review is probably just gawking over Dawson and Bethany, but that’s what it’s about. This short story shows you how they meet, what happened, and it’s their love story. If you love Daemon the way I do, you will love Dawson just as much; maybe even more! But that’s hard.. Dawson is the nice one, Daemon is the bad-ass!

Overall, I would say this is definitely worth reading if your a fan of the series. It stops about a year before the series picks up, which is nice as well. It all blends well, it gives you great insist of basically everything and it’s just a quick and sweet love story!

 

– A review by Christy Lyn 

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5 Stars to Gravity by Melissa West

Posted 17 December, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

 

In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

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Let me just start by saying that I had my doubts about this at first. I’m not usually one for alien stories, but lately I’ve found myself branching out. First there was the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (a definite read, by the way), and now Gravity.
I will say this: I am LOVING the hot aliens!

Gravity was a little slow to start off, I thought, but then it swiftly moves in a steady pace and before I know it I’m sucked in. It’s a real page turner and the world is well written, so easy to imagine that I felt like I was there in certain circumstances. A future America (and the world, for that matter) with aliens taking over…now that’s a future to fear. Unless the aliens are as good looking and sarcastic as Jackson Locke, in which case…yeah gimme!
The basic premise is solid: The humans have to wear patches at midnight so the Ancients can take their energy, their life source. But they don’t kill them… I suppose they could if they wanted, though.
Ari is the Commander Operative’s daughter and when she forgets her patch one night, she gets a surprise when she sees who her Ancient is. And from then on it’s just one endless roller coaster. I loved the fighting sequences and the whole training concept. It kind of reminded me of the Divergent series where they do that same sort of thing; it definitely (to me) had that same sort of feel to it.

I was rooting for Ari and Jackson from the first moment they locked eyes on each other. I liked how it wasn’t just love at first sight, though. They’d known each other for years, just not as friends (not close friends, anyway) so that made it more believable. Some couples in books have it that they’ve never met before so it can be a bit harder to believe they got close so quickly, you know? This, however, was a nice change and I found myself sympathising with Ari and her confusion. Not that I can really relate to it.

I really hated her dad. I’m sure he loved her and he cares, bla bla bla. But the way he was so hard on her and made her feel no where near good enough for anything, it just made my blood boil. I wanted him to just wake up for once and see she’s just a girl, just a teenage girl with feelings. But I guess that was the way he was brought up and his job taking its toll. He had to see things from a point of view and no amount of reality was going to stop that.
Gretchen and Law was wonderful characters who both brought humour and tension to the story. Law did get on my nerves a bit, but then you find out his story and it makes total sense. Gretchen…I liked her, then I was mad at her, then I liked her again.

Cybil was a character in herself. I mean talk about a 180 (you’ll see what I mean soon enough.) I don’t know what her deal was from the start but she was almost giving me whiplash with her moods.

Over all I cannot wait for the sequel, Hover, and I can only hope it lives up to its predecessor. I had been waiting months for Gravity, and when I finally got it, I was over the moon. I’d like to thank Melissa West for her amazing writing skills and for helping make aliens cool (and sexy) 🙂

– Kat

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5 Stars to Perks Of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Posted 17 December, 2012 by katheryn13 in YA / 0 Comments

Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward,he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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So this week I decided to let one of my good friends, Christy Lyn, have the chance to review a book. Here’s what she had to say. – Kat x

Wow. What can I say about this book? (Incidentally the reason behind this blog name)

I read it in one night! I was addicted from the moment I started until I finished it late at night. It reminded me of a book we would be required to read for school in high school, so it definitely brought back memories for me.

It was very life like and relatable in so many ways and I loved that it was like a diary, but in letter form. I hadn’t been expecting that, but it was a pleasant surprise and I felt as though it made the book more personal and private.

Perks Of Being A Wallflower was definitely different from the types of books I normally would read (paranormal, contemporary romance, mystery, etc.). But I loved it nonetheless.

I fell in love with Charlie and everything about him; he was the type of friend I believe everyone deserves and more so. It’s such a sweet and touching story, and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes for a trip down memory lane and a warming to the heart.

I loved reading his freshman year experience and I cannot wait to see the movie and relive the story once again.

Again, another top favorite of the year.

-a review by Christy Lyn

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5 Stars for The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Posted 5 December, 2012 by katheryn13 in Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

So how can I explain how I feel about this book and not cry my eyes out again?
Simple answer: I can’t.

I suppose the one thing I must point out is that I had no idea, upon purchasing this book, what the story line was. Among the comments and the recommendations on twitter and tumblr who said I should read it, no one said “Oh, by the way, it’s about a girl who suffers from cancer…”
There was all this talk about crying and it being sad, so I guess I was semi prepared but let me just say: you can never be prepared. No amount of preparation for this book will EVER be enough. You hear me?

So we find out Hazel has Thyroid cancer. She holes up in her room a lot until her mother insists she go out and make friends. Hazel attends a cancer kid support group with other cancer baring patients under 18. And that’s when it happens; She meets Augustus. Oh, charming, funny, overly metaphorical and not to mention HOT, Augustus Waters. He’s the epitome of what we’d probably all like our boyfriends to be, right?
You think at first he’s just extremely flirtatious but it soon comes to pass that he really does like Hazel Grace (as he prefers to call her) and then we’re all falling for him. As you do.

Augustus is in remission after having his leg amputated and is supposedly clear of cancer.
I won’t say too much, but I will say this story was very bittersweet, romantic, and heartbreaking. I just… I felt myself wanting what Hazel has. Not the cancer, silly. But the type of love she had. Anyway, I’m going off topic.
I will say I cried. Three times, maybe four. They all started to blend in together until I lost count of the reasons and I just wanted to mourn for everyone. A few things caught me off guard (a certain thing that I shall not name but let’s just say it’s emotional.)
Now I find myself staring out into the abyss wondering what life is about. Sad, I know.

Another thing about this book: I laughed so hard at some things. The writing style is brilliant and Hazel’s humour is just so infectious.

If someone asked me if they should read this book, I’d probably scream ‘NO!” and then backtrack.
Not because it’s not good, because believe me, it’s damn good. But rather, it’s such a sad book that I fear the persons heart might actually break. See, now I’m using metaphors. Or am I just being ironic? I don’t know anymore.

So the only way I can really conclude this review is by saying: Oh, go read it already. Enjoy it, laugh, cry, fantasise about hot boys with weird cigarette’s that don’t light up habits and wonder about the meaning of life, yada yada yada.

A definite five all-round stars from me.

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5 Stars for Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Posted 3 December, 2012 by katheryn13 in YA / 0 Comments

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Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart. Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them. Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she’s losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her. Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery brings their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together and the forces that tear them apart. Only through the poetry they share are they able to speak the truth that is in their hearts and imagine a future where love is cause for celebration, not regret.

I loved this book. It grabbed me right away and wouldn’t let me go. It refused to let me go even when my eyes were leaking tears like a fountain and I wanted to go because it was too much. This story was so beautifully written but also heartbreakingly sad. The story around Layken’s mother was …a little too close to home for me. My dad had Stage Four lung cancer,but unfortunately he didn’t get to hang around for a year, rather he got seven weeks. But that’s another story that you dont want to hear. I was fully sucked in to the dramas of Layken and Will and even the two boys. I loved Eddie and the way she could deflect tension in a matter of seconds without even trying. I cried when it was her birthday and her foster dad wrote that letter. Oh my god. Not to mention the ending of the chapter before the epilogue…oh and the epilogue letter (be warned, it’s a doosy). But most all I laughed, and that’s hard to get that balance in a novel I think. To get the readers to fully commit to these characters, to get involved and believe them on all levels and still find moments of humour in among sadness….that’s real writing right there. Not many (if any) books have made me cry quite like that, so Colleen, take that as a compliment…I think. haha. I can’t wait to read Point Of Retreat because I need know what happens to Will and Lake. Overall, Slammed is definitely a heartwarming, heartbreaking, bittersweet, funny story that I will recommend to everyone and anyone. For the first time in a bloody long time I’ve read a non supernatural book and it didn’t bore me. Congrats! Now, I’m just trying to figure out what Layken and Will’s ship name will be…I’m thinking Willake or Laykill.

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Review: 5 stars to PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry

Posted 2 December, 2012 by katheryn13 in Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

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No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

 

Pushing The Limits is the kind of book that when you finish it, you praise yourself for reading it and then curse yourself because now you hurt too much that it’s over. And then you hug the book, crawl in a corner and cry because it’s too much.

In this order.

I don’t know where to start. I loved everything about this book. Every single thing. The fact that it was so realistic, though, is my favorite. Which may sound absurd but these extreme events in this book actually happen. There are so many lost kids needing help out there that if you really think it you’ll probably get depressed. I love the messages this book gives. Never give up even if your life is like a hellhole with some extra shit. Also starting over and letting yourself trust people. It will get better. Because life might be a bitch but she’s also a good momma who loves her children.

The characters are amazing! Echo is a lost girl with some ugly scars in her hands which she doesn’t remember getting. However, she’s told that her mother tried to killed her. She just doesn’t remember what happened. Plus, her brother died in Afghanistan. Everyone would expect her to break because that’s some pretty nasty stuff. But she is not. She’s pretty close to break, though. And that’s where Noah comes in. Bad boy attitude with problems of his own. His parents died, he had to endure some horrible foster families all the while planning to get custody of his 8 and 4-years-old brothers when he graduates.

The book is fast-paced and it’s described from both Echo and Noah’s POV. We get to see their worlds since the beginning which is good. We understand their situations and the seriousness of the whole story since the very first page. However, I loved that it was also so freaking funny and sexy and sweet. The author balances everything from complete seriousness and shocking reveals to hilariousness and hot romance. So basically Pushing The Limits has everything.

This book is an emotional roller coaster. It made me laugh, cry, smile sweetly, sob and most of all think. Pushing The Limits is one of the best books I’ve read!

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Review: 4 stars to THE LOST PRINCE by Julie Kagawa

Posted 27 November, 2012 by katheryn13 in Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

This novel is one of Julie’s books that will have you demanding for the second one as soon as you finish your read.

 

 

4.5 stars.

Damn, I loved this book! I had high hopes since I’m a huge fan of the Iron Fey series and I must admit I wasn’t disappointed. Julie Kagawa scores again.

I believe everyone who’s read and liked the Iron Fey is going to enjoy this one too. But non-reads will also like it and get to know a new world. However, I think it’s best if you’ve read the Iron Fey before you begin this one. It clarifies a lot of things that might confuse non-readers.

The Lost Prince has all the things that I love in Julie’s books. A lot of action, romance, great characters and a lot of scenes that have you laughing out loud. Her books are always so well-written! Vivid and descriptive – just addictive!

I liked Ethan’s POV very much. He’s such a badass. And a hottie. And a sweetheart. Even though he needs to be an asshole so no one’s going to get hurt because of him. That fact alone makes you want to give him a huge hug and kiss him. Also, he’s sarcastic and funny! What else can a girl ask for?

Kenzie is also a great heroine! I loved her since the first moment. So stubborn and fierce even though she’s just human. And she killed a few fey of her own. Her little secret though. I cried in this particular scene. I don’t want to spoil anything but every who’s read the book will understand.

I liked the fact that there were Maghan, Ash and Puck’s cameos. They are in the books but it’s clear that they’re not the leading characters any more. Seeing them for a different POV was kind of weird but not the bad kind of weird. Just different.

As far as our new fey boy, Keiran, is concerned – I have mixed feeling about him. I really, really like him but there’s this wariness inside me. After this stun in the end, it’s only inevitable. Really hope everything’s going to work out fine for him, though. He really seems like a great character!

To sum up, I’d recommend this book to all fey lovers and especially to Julie Kagawa’s lovers. The Lost Prince is awesome!

PS. This excerpt from The Eternity Cure in the end of the book? God, I need this book out NOW! I loved The Immortal Rules and I just can’t wait for the second book!

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Review: 5 Stars to BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine

Posted 23 November, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

 

 

Can I just say I’ll never get enough of these books? Why do people complain about the number of the books? They are not too many! I wouldn’t mind if Rachel Caine wrote 50 more.

I enjoyed Bitter Blood as much as the other 12 books. It was fast-paced, full of action, funny, kick ass, sweet, hot, cliffy and well-written. What else can someone ask from a book? NOTHING.

Claire is badass as ever in this book. More bold, but still same old Claire inside. In some points where science was evolved I was… confused to put it mildly. However, I think I was not the only one. Claire’s mind is a complicated maze and when her inner Einstein comes forward… well, you need a translator or you just wait for it to pass lol.

Shane is – Shane. Hot, hilarious, badass, stubborn, sweet, HOOOOT Shane. It’s widely known I’m in love with him. Michael and Even are also their plainly awesome selves. Though a lot of stuff happen between them in this book.

The end was… unexpected. And by unexpected I mean ASDFGHJKL. The next book will be very different from the previous ones I think. Which both worries me and excites me. Or maybe I’m just wrong. We’ll see I guess. And I sooo can’t wait to!

Fall of Night can’t come soon enough!

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