*Review* Redemption (Redemption Series) – R.K. Ryals

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Synopsis:

A fateful car accident, a strange Abbey ruled by an even stranger Abbess, an insane Demon, a world where right and wrong becomes dangerously twisted, and a confident, rebellious teenager . . . .

Dayton Blainey is a foul-mouthed, grief-stricken young woman forced to live with a religiously eccentric aunt who favors her moral older sister. But when Dayton’s life becomes intertwined with a dangerous stranger, she suddenly finds herself at the center of a war fought since the beginning of time.

Trapped between what she believes is right, and a forbidden attraction, Dayton must come to terms with betrayal and her surprising lineage to stop a war before it even begins

My Review: 3.5 Stars out of 5 ***

Oakies, I got this book last year and I’m not sure where it went on my kindle but I’ve just gotten around to reading it. I love the blurb, it sounds to intriguing. It is also a long time since I have read a good angel/demon story.

I’d like to say this story wetted my appetite for more but in truth I struggled with the first part of this book. Dayton, and I know she had lost her parents when she was 10 and was now living in a crazy Abby with her even crazier aunt was just so surly. I struggled to like her, there was a lot of repetition with the story and there were times I was rolling my eyes at the author repeating the same thoughts/feelings and story.

I did like her friends Connor and Monroe, actually I liked Monroe the best I think. I liked how they looked out for her, the way they protected Dayton. On her seventeenth birthday her aunt racked her crazy up a notch and held Dayton against her will and forced her into drinking the blood of a demon!

To be honest at this point I was ready to throw in the towel, the story was slow to get going and it felt like it went in circles many times. Then we meet Marcas, the demon bound to Dayton. After he comes for Dayton to try and find a way to break the bond was when the story took a turn for the better, a whole lot better. It was like reading two different books.

Not only do we find out more about why Dayton was bound to Marcas, but we uncover a much bigger story of lies, intrigue, betrayal and loss. When Dayton and Marcas arrive in Italy is when the story takes the best turn, it is action packed, full of back stabbing betrayals along with plots and sub plots. I have to say I was glad I had taken a deep breath and pushed on.

If you like your heroines surly and your demons hot as hell this is the book for you, be warned however the story doesn’t pick up until half way in

*Happy New Year*

I hope you all had very Merry Christmas’s and are looking forward to a bright and prosperous 2014. I would like to see out 2013 with my take on the famous New Year song Auld Lang Syne…..

“May auld YA books nae be forgot,
And never lost on shelves,
May their stories carry on,
For readers to lose themselves.

Chorus:

From Divergent to Imdalind,
From Covenant to Through the Ever Night,
May all the stories stay in hearts,
Their covers stay in our sight.

We’ll drink the stories new & old,
And be thankful for all that’s been,
We’ll wait for stories to be told,
New adventures to be seen.

Chorus:

From Mara Dyer to The Dream Thieves,
From Into the Still Blue,
We’ll wait for stories to be told,
Welcome 2014 & what will be new

May auld stories to be told,
Get a rave review,
May auld my fave authors,
Have lots of things that’s new.

Chorus:

From Jen Armentrout to Reb Ethington,
Please write something soon,
From Veronica Roth and also Rossi,
Something good to make me swoon..

Alright, that’s all I’ve got. Maybe you’d like to add your own verses, authors books and pass the song along…

Happy New Year.

*Blog Tour Review* Destiny Gift & Soul Oath (Everlast #1&2) – Juliana Haygert

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WOW, today I am doing 2 reviews for this wonderful blog tour hosted by the awesome Xpresso Book Tours. The first review is for Destiny Gift (Everlast #1) & the second if for Soul Oath (Everlast #2) by Juliana Haygert.

Destiny Gift

Synopsis:

Thirty years in the future, a sinister New York City exists in permanent darkness.

A student at the secured NYU, nineteen-year-old Nadine has visions of Victor Gianni, an imaginary guy she has real feelings for. Afraid of being truly insane, she explains the visions away as simple daydreams, but she can no longer deny them when she bumps into Victor in real life. But this Victor doesn’t know her, and turns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, gods she’s never heard of, demons with sharp claws they are not too timid to use … and instructions.

To discover if she’s losing her mind, Nadine follows the vague directions—with the real, rude and reluctant Victor—leading to a man who knows it all: Nadine can restore an ancient creed by unveiling the clues on her visions, and bring sunlight and peace to the world again. But that’s only if the demons and the other evil forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.

My Review 4 out of 5 Stars****

The book starts off with Nadine, living in a dark world 30 years in the future. The world is a very dangerous place to live which we discover early on. Nadine is having visions, they are of Victor and she is in love with Victor almost to the detriment of a real life with a real man.

I found the first half of the book to be slow and at times I was a little confused on some of the continuity. There were terrible bats waiting in the wings to attack but Nadine lived in a secure building and her school was also secured by a high wall. Why didn’t they just fly over if they wanted her that much?

Despite it’s slow beginning I did like Nadine, and her friends Raisa and Olivia.On the one night she agrees to go to a party with them she is attacked by the mutinous bats only to be saved by a handsome stranger who can seemingly frighten them away. This is where the story turned for me and I became engrossed.

Nadine doesn’t share her visions with anyone, not even her other best friend Cheryl for fear of being committed for insanity. This I believe worked well for the story as a whole. So, the impossibly good looking Micah saves her, and when he touches her they are both jolted by a surge of coldness.

Victor disappears from her visions and they are now replaced with visions of Gods and Goddesses. On the urging of Cheryl, Nadine applies to be a medical intern and a trip to drop off her resume results in her bumping into real, live Victor. Only it isn’t him, or is it? This Victor is cold and distant and when she touches him she gets the same jolt she gets with Micah, only this time it’s warmth she feels.

The story unfolds, the gods have killed other gods, towns are being destroyed and Cheryl is MIA. Micah has to leave and Nadine, despite her better judgement is getting a little closer to the thorny Victor. One night changes everything and Victor, Micah and Nadine have to flee for their lives.

This is where is gets super good. The story unfolding has action, horror, demons, bats and double crossing to end all double crossing. I didn’t know which way was up and it was a thrill ride. What I loved about this book was it’s dystopian feel of a post apocalyptic world with a non too shameful love triangle. The action is fast and furious once the story gets in full swing and while I guessed some of the story, there were somethings that shocked me.

If you are a lover of New Adult, Dystopian love stories this is a must. What confused me in the beginning was explained by the end. I liked liked it very much. I also had a smile on my face that it didn’t end in one of those ‘I can’t wait a year to find out’ endings, rather it left you satisfied but with questions that you know will be (hopefully) answered in the next story. I couldn’t wait to read Soul Oath….

Soul Oath

Synopsis:

Sequel of Destiny Gift (Everlast #1) – contains spoilers:

It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.

As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.

Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.

My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars *****

Thankfully I got this only a few days after reading Destiny Gift & I started it straight away. Earlier I said that Destiny Gift had started a little slow, I also said I felt there were some slightly confusing parts to the story line. DON’T fear in this one.

The story picks up 3 months after Nadine last saw Micah, Ceris and Victor. She is back in New York, back to her job and school yet the action picks up right from the get go. Holy demonic bats, they were raining from the sky. The school is attacked, Nadine & Raisa find themselves on the run to try and get out of the city.

They are coupled with a cop and Keisha, a girl who looks after an ancient weapons exhibit. The fight to get out of the city is intense and fraught with danger, yet somehow Keisha turns into a ninja badass, kung fu kicking chick.

Micah appears and does all he can to get them out of there. Omni is on their trail.

Once free of the city Raisa, Keisha and Nadine go their separate ways and Nadine goes home to her family. Hurt and confused by the actions of Ceris, Victor and Micah she knows she is on borrowed time. One small contact from Victor and all hell breaks loose (literally) and Holy Moly gods of hell she is chased, hunted and all alone.

The next few chapters were hard to read (no spoilers!) suffice to say what happens to Nadine is beyond what any human should have to tolerate. What I loved about this book, and I do believe Juliana wrote with much deeper emotion was what Nadine endured brought out the roller coaster range of feelings you would have if you witnessed the horror Nadine had.

Her pain and suffering was palpable and so believable and when she finally got Micah to agree to the Soul Oath you just knew Nadine was on a one way path to hell.

On a lighter note, though I thoroughly enjoyed to shameless love triangle in the first book, I’m glad it didn’t go on through the 2nd. Micah, is delicious, divine, sexy and oh so confusing and his interaction and flirtatious manner with Nadine was like slowly devouring chocolate, sinfully sweet.

As with the first there were demons and bats and gods, Oh my! Double crossings, evil plots twists and Death Lords. I couldn’t count the number of times I felt I was on the top of a large roller coaster anticipating the drop, but when I did the whole wonderful story took my breath away.

Again, as with the first there was no cliff hanger ending. I’m fan girling Juliana for that BUT you know there is more to come. I hope Micah and Nadine can work out their ‘differences’ and get it on, but there is a small matter of a soul oath to get past. (What he did for her birthday at the Lake of life had me swooning, and had him added to my book boyfriend list) I’M LOVING THIS SERIES.

Can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment Cup of Life (0.5) which is a novella told from Micah’s POV…..it’s out in January and it will keep me going until Everlast #3 comes out 🙂

*Review* Broken Symmetry – Dan Rix

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Blaire Adams can walk through mirrors.

It’s called breaking symmetry. To her, a mirror feels like a film of honey. She can reach through it, grab things…even step inside.

On the other side she lives every teenager’s fantasy: a universe all her own, zero consequences. She can kiss the hot guy, break into La Jolla mansions, steal things…even kill. When finished, she just steps back into reality and smashes the mirror—and in an instant erases every stupid thing she did. Gone. It never happened.

But breaking symmetry is also dangerous. First there’s the drug-like rush she gets when passing through the glass, like a shot of adrenaline. She suspects it’s degrading her body, making a new copy of her each time. A reflection of a reflection, each one a little hazier. Then, of course, there’s the risk of getting cut off from reality.

When she narrowly escapes a military quarantine zone with the San Diego Police Department hot on her heels only to discover her escape mirror littering the floor in shards, her worst fear is realized. Now, trapped in a broken reflection, she must flee through a mind-bending maze of mirrors, going deeper into the nightmare as she struggles to grasp a betrayal, uncover the chilling truth about her ability, and somehow find a way out of a dead-end universe that “never happened.”

Somehow, she must find a way home.

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My Review: 3.5 Stars out of 5 *** Read 12/17/2013

I picked up this book when it was offered for free on Amazon, I was just looking to see what I might be able to promote when it caught my eye. I have to say I think the cover is very striking, though I’m not too sure if it fits the story. But it caught my eye so isn’t that the point?

I also liked the blurb and it had a lot of high starred reviews, so I was in. Now first of all my star rating for this is by no means a reflection (that wasn’t a pun, but it made me smile when I typed it) on it being a bad story.

I happened to like the story most of the time, but I wanted to like the story ALL of the time. What I struggled with is the explanation(s) of how, why and just who Blaire is. At times it was lengthy and confusing, now I know it is described as a science fiction thriller, but it also had YA in there so I wasn’t expecting to have a bachelors in DNA, chemistry and physics to have to understand it.

That aside it was an interesting take on alternate realities. Blaire, I liked, again most of the time. There were times she was annoying, like when she wouldn’t listen to the rules and got herself into a whole heap of trouble. Damian, I did like ALL of the time, snarky and sexy and so good at baiting Blair.

Charles, I knew he was up to no good!!!! I just knew it. What I liked most about this story was I never guessed the ending, I thought I had it sussed many times only to have the rug pulled from under me. There is twists and turns you don’t see coming, there’s a little bit of scary and a whole lot of nail biting. I will never look at a mirror in the same light again, yes I have tried to push my hand through the one in my bathroom….darn it.

If you like stories that explore alternate realities, can understand science jargon beyond a 5th grade level (I knew there was a reason I haven’t been on that show) you will like this book. There is a little bit of everything, intrigue, thriller, heartache, and even love.

*Cover Reveal* Dovetailed (Immortal Essence #3) – RaShelle Workman

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BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Dovetailed by RaShelle Workman
(Immortal Essence #3)
Publication date: This winter
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis:

World’s divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them.

In the final installment of the Immortal Essence series questions are answered, alliances are ripped apart, and the war on Kelari rages between more than just the factions. There are those who want to take over planet Earth as well. Venus must find a way to bring peace to both worlds and do so without destroying the one person she’s ever truly loved.

Other books in the Immortal Essence world:

Aligned: An Immortal Essence Short Story
Exiled
Beguiled

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13115415-dovetailed?ac=1

Purchase Book 1: http://www.amazon.com/Exiled-Book-1-Immortal-Essence/dp/0615537456/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386960467&sr=1-3&keywords=rashelle+workman+immortal+essence

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AUTHOR BIO

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RaShelle Workman is the international bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (“Sleeping Roses,” book 1 in the series, has been translated into Turkish and is NOW available wherever Turkish books are sold), the Immortal Essence series, the Blood and Snow series, the Cindy Chronicles, and Touching Melody (A Forever First Novel). She’s sold over five hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog: rashelleworkman.com.

Author Links:

Rashelle’s Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

*Review* The Almost Girl – Amalie Howard

Expected Publication 1/7/2014 by Strange Chemistry
**REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS**

The Almost Girl

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.

Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

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My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars***** Read 12/10/2013

Holy genetically altered children and babies!! First of all thank you to Strange Chemistry and Netgalley for allowing me to read the ARC.

I’m not sure what to start with? I want to tell you so much about this book but I don’t want me review to be full of spoilers! Do I tell you about the double-crossing, lying, underhand and calculating things most of these characters are doing. Do I start with the premise of “What if everything you knew was a lie?” OR do I tell you what a bloody amazing kick ass protagonist Amalie Howard has created.

My thoughts of what to write are bouncing around in my head like they’ve found a free moon walk ride and they can play all day! Okay, lets start with Riven, 17 and she is already a legion general commanding an army of Vectors. Trained to kill, trained to hurt and trained to do whatever it takes to protect Cale the Lord King of her world in Neospes. What she isn’t trained for is feelings, love and happiness.

She is HOT! I had a little girl crush going on with her. She defects….Cale is dying and she has to find the one thing that could save him.

She comes to Earth, she blends in while looking for her target, and she does. Quite by accident! Literally. Enter Caden, a boy so like Cale in every aspect that it starts to unravel Riven slightly. Let me just say right now, the beginning of this book is a little slow, normally that would have me sighing a little, but be warned, nothing in the building of the story is wasted so take notes. If like me, you don’t you will have to get a jaw cushion to save it from getting busted when it falls repeatedly.

So Riven has found her target, she has her plan to return to Neospes. She got it when her sister Shae turns up, Shae, like Riven is badass and she isn’t about to let Riven take her prize. Well, holy moly, batten down the hatches and take cover everything goes to hell in a hand basket. I mean, it doesn’t just go to hell, it takes it over.

There is double-crossing going on, bad family ju-ju and more than enough blood and gore to satisfy that this isn’t your Momma’s kid fight. I actually thought at one point Amalie was going to kill them all and play pipe music for the rest of the book.

No, the book is essentially in 2 halves. Earth and Neospes. The second half didn’t let up either. From the Outers to the deserters it was one turmoil after another. Riven had to learn some hard truths about herself, hard truths about her family and worse some hard truths about her father. She also had some sharp lessons in trusting anyone. No one was what they seemed, everyone had an agenda and nothing was the truth she believed.

In all that mess Riven and Caden were growing closer, this was not Stockholm Syndrome but a beautiful delicate friend to love story, one that had Riven questioning everything she knew and felt. The ending, OMG, I don’t think I breathed the last five chapters. It was intense, scary and shocking but brilliantly woven. Then the end, end……

I don’t know when the 2nd in this series is coming out (well the 1st has yet to come out) but if it isn’t soon I will be hunting Amalie down worse than any Vector can. Brilliant and compelling, lovers of Dystopian rejoice, there is a new girl in town and her name is Riven.

*Review* Platform 21 (Beyond the Veil) – T. R Patrick

I am so excited to be on the kick off day for this Blog Tour, I’ve been wanting to shout from the rooftops about how excellent this book is…..Read to the end, there is a giveaway.

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Winner of the Best Debut Author 2013 Award – Bookworm Best Awards: http://sammythebookworm.com/index.php/bookworm-best-award

Synopsis

Luke’s life is about to take a dangerous turn.
But first he has to die.

In the year 2052, high school sophomore Luke Gibson considers himself an average teenager in a world on the brink of monumental change. Joining his parents and sister, Laura, at the first World Energy Initiative Conference, he is among thousands gathered in a Denver arena to celebrate free renewable energy when a massive earthquake strikes killing everyone in the stadium. The last thing Luke sees before his death is a girl reaching out to him—a stranger whose face he remembers from his dreams.

The end, however, is not the end. Suddenly, inexplicably, Luke is back home in Ohio and everything is different. His sister is gone, the victim in an unsolved homicide years before. Angela, his mysterious dream girl, is here also, and the only person besides Luke who recalls the previous reality. And now their determination to uncover the truth about Laura’s murder and their transformed world is making them targets—forced to flee for their lives from a nameless shadow organization and a government seeking vengeance for an unthinkable act of terror—as they stand on the threshold of a dark conspiracy that threatens all humankind.

With Platform 21, a brilliantly inventive and unrelentingly exciting excursion to a troubled near-future, author T.R. Patrick joins the ranks of Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Pittacus Lore (I Am Number Four) and other masters of YA speculative suspense fiction. The first book in the “Beyond the Veil” series, Platform 21 follows teenager Luke Gibson up to and beyond his death in a horrific terrorist attack in Denver in the year 2052. Reawakening in a world strangely transformed, Luke sets out to uncover the truth about his new reality—joining forces with Angela, a girl he had seen previously in his dreams, in a desperate race for survival that will propel them across the threshold of an insidious global conspiracy that threatens the future of all humanity.

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My Review – 5 out of 5 Stars *****

WOW, WOW, WOW I have no other words for this book. I was asked if I would like to be a blogger for Worldwind Virtual Books and Platform 21 caught my eye immediately. I love the cover, it’s eye-catching and gives a good depiction of the story to come.

I don’t usually like my YA books to be too political, too cryptic, or have you wondering just what the hell is going on. Well I’m a convert, while the book isn’t overly political it does provide a haunting insight of how our society might evolve if our present governments continue on the paths they tread.

As for the cryptic, it wasn’t so much that but held the story extremely well giving out only the information you needed at the time and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised NOT to know what was going on because it allowed the story to be told. (I don’t like not knowing and getting to the end and still be in the same frame of mind, not the case in this book)

I want to say so much about this story, however I don’t want to do spoilers. Luke and Angela were so easy to like, both endured the tragic events in Denver only to wake up in a new reality. Struggling to find a grip on it they come together, was it by accident or by design. Did their teacher Mr Taylor play a part? Who actually is Jessica and Brian? are they merely ghosts of their past or innocents in their future.

And Laura, Luke’s sister, did she die back in Denver or was she murdered by an unknown assailant? Luke and Angela have so many unanswered questions and they start digging into the death of Laura and this is where it all gets interesting. The journey of Luke and Angela starts out as what looks like a political game of chess and intrigue, then it moves into a world of history, mysterious characters and rituals.

I was so engrossed, I couldn’t put it down. The depth T.R gives the story in unbelievably good. The intricate weave of moving from the terrorist plot on the government to the sacrificial deaths of key people was outstanding. The story of Angela was heartbreaking, yet again another sub story to enrich her character, but what was to come for her at Platform 21 had me floored with my jaw scraping along the floor.

I have to hand it to T.R, no shirking from having character’s dispensed with. He must know Suzanne Collins well 😉 Not since Hunger Games have I been shocked, stunned and surprised of how a writer can take a subject such as politics and make a ground breaking story. Loved it….can’t wait for the next one, and there will be a next one!! I will hunt you down T.R if it isn’t soon.

About the author

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Author Timothy R. Patrick, born in 1985, started writing when he was only nine, delivering his first short story to his Mom for her birthday. Since then, writing has been an incredible passion. Every chance he could write, he took it. He even scratched out a few stories in Naval Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Tim spent four years in the Navy achieving the rank of Petty Officer 2nd class. He served three years aboard USS Chosin and was deployed twice in support of the Global War on Terror, and Iraqi Freedom. However, he would always be remembered as the guy who sat in the corner of the mess decks writing a book he would never release. He said it wasn’t good enough.

After his time in the Navy, Tim became a Test Engineer working for companies like Scientific Research Corporation and Hewlett Packard. During this phase of his life he moved to Charleston, South Carolina where he bought a home and tried to settle into the American Dream. But Tim wasn’t content with that, he wanted to do something more than work the 9 to 5. So, he tried his hand at politics and ran for Dorchester County Council as an Independent. They said he was too young and verbose. After losing the election, he decided to try his hand at writing instead.

Today, Timothy Patrick is the author of, Platform 21 – the first installment of the “Beyond the Veil” series. Platform 21 is a novel set in the near future which follows a young man on a journey to solve his sister’s murder in the midst of global conspiracy. His current project is, The Vorago Initiative – which picks up right where Platform 21 left off.

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