THE BLOOD OF HYDRA By Michelle Madow

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THE BLOOD OF HYDRA By Michelle MadowThe Blood of Hydra by Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #2
Published by Dreamscape Publishing on 4/18/16
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 215
Format: eARC
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Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It's a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she's had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle.

Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra - ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve.

The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they've encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it's up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

Short and Sweet

The Blood of Hydra begins where the Prophecy of Shadows left off. The Elementals have now learned how to use their powers which helps them especially because the portal between Earth and Kerberos has weakened. Monsters are now able to cross through the portal and Nicole and her friends must figure out how to send them back to Kerberos permanently. The group then has to go on a mission to find ingredients to make a weapon to deal with the monsters. The Elementals travel to Greece and during the mission the group meets a few friends and Gods along the way.

What I liked

-Seeing the Elementals grow and learn more about their powers.

-The group working as a team.

-Nicole ‘s archery skills.

-The adventure the Elementals go on.

-The new characters.

-The ending

What I didn’t like

– Nothing bothered me about this book. I think I may like it more than the first.

Overall

I thought this book was amazing! I really loved the story and the adventure we get to go on looking for this new weapon to send back the monsters from Kerberos. I also love the magic and mythology aspects its so different. There was also some intense scenes when going to the different islands for the ingredients to make the weapon. I can’t wait to read the third installment.

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A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE By Brittany Cavallaro

A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE By Brittany CavallaroA Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 3/1/16
Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories, Romance, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 336
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Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends.

But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
There’s a mystery to be solved my friends! I really enjoyed reading this book I read it in one day. I love mysteries, and what’s better than a book with the greatest mystery solving duos great great grandkids? The book kid of started out slow for me especially the first chapter but chapter 2 is when it starts to pick up. Charlotte Holmes and James Watson are brought together when a fellow classmate is murdered and they’re being framed. The thing I really loved most about this mystery was the fact that the culprit was using Sherlock Holmes stories to commit the murders.
What I liked
~ Charlotte Holmes! She’s smart, strong, and her deduction skills are amazing! (If only I was a Holmes)
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~ James Watson! I mean he’s the narrator, he’s pretty smart himself and of course very knowledgeable when it comes to recalling his great great grandfathers stories.
~ The mystery I was reading trying to figure out who was smart enough to pull this off!
~ The writing is also amazing!
What I didn’t like
James had a bit of a temper, I guess I understand some of the reasons why he got mad but others I just thought he could have been more understanding.
~ Charlotte had her secrets but it took a while to get them out of her. Just when I thought I knew her she tells us more.
Favorite Quote
~ “Access tunnels?” I said. “You really should explore more. We’ll remedy that. but not now.”
 
Overall
 I would recommend this book especially if you love mysteries. I’m ready for book 2 and too see what other mysteries this new duo solves! This book was great and had me wanting more!
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REIGN OF SHADOWS By Sophie Jordan

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REIGN OF SHADOWS By Sophie JordanReign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Series: Reign of Shadows #1
Published by HarperTeen on 2/9/16
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
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Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok's lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna's survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn't stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.
I really love Sophie Jordan and her writing. Reign of Shadows presents a very unique world where people live in darkness and in fear of the monsters that lurk. Luna has been hiding in the tower all her life. Keeping her identity a secret after the world has been cloaked in an almost permanent eclipse.
 I really enjoyed learning about Luna. She was a strong heroine completely capable of handling herself in fighting situations. A bit stubborn in situations and definitely proud of who she is and what she’s been forced to endure during her lifetime. Of course being cooped up all her life in the tower. And it’s no surprise she wants to venture out. But you can imagine that doesn’t turn out well for her and she finds herself on the run after her tower is invaded and those she was raised by are taken from her. It’s nice to see how she grows for the duration of this book. She isn’t quite the same person, by the end of the book. She’d never been away from her tower for so long and so far, and the experiences Outside have changed her. And yet, she still has all of her internal light and goodness. Fowler is our other protagonist. This book is written in first-person dual POV, switching between Luna and Fowler. I liked both of their POV’s. Fowler is gruff and stern and serious, and he has secrets of his own. He doesn’t let anyone past his walls, and he doesn’t show much emotion. He doesn’t want to be Luna’s friend but when he’s saved by Luna, he has a bit of debt to her. Fowler is the way he is because of life in the eclipse; he’s hardened and determined to find a better life in Allu, free of dwellers (creatures that started to appear after the eclipse).
The world is very different in this fantasy, its not like an other fantasy I’ve read before.
The pacing of the book is fast with lots of action and it didn’t take long to read I breezed through it.
Of course I need to read the next book! That ending and huge cliffhanger left me wanting more. There’s no way you will not want to read on once you see what happens.
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WOLFHEART By Shay Roberts

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WOLFHEART By Shay RobertsWolfheart by Shay Roberts
Published by Snowfire Press on 1/15/16
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 32
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Ash, a high school senior from a broken home, performs an act of kindness that forces her into hiding. Now she’s living in the woods, training dogs to guard livestock. She soon discovers that she’s not alone in the forest. A dark, malignant beast is preying on her beloved animals. As Ash edges toward despair, a mysterious stranger appears…

Magnus, a werewolf from the nearby town of Corby, claims he is hunting the beast, but he knows more that he’s saying. His connection to Ash, and his desire for her, take her by surprise.

Their forbidden attraction captures the attention of Corby’s dangerous Gray Wolves, a council of elders determined to keep humans and werewolves apart. If necessary, they won’t hesitate to eliminate Ash, if the beast doesn’t get her first.

To survive, Ash must balance the needs of her heart with the necessities of survival. If she fails, she’ll meet a gruesome end in a forest without pity.

Ash lives alone out in the woods and she thinks she’s alone until something keeps attacking her livestock. Now Ash has to find what’s attacking her livestock and find a way to survive all while keeping her heart in check when stranger Magnus comes along. I enjoyed reading this novella! It was nice to read especially because it takes place in the same world as the Heartblaze novel. Ash was an amazing and enjoyable heroine she was strong and independent and at the same time compassionate. Magnus was a great character to we don’t see much of him but he when we do get to meet him we just want more! Magnus was the fierce alpha wolf. I really liked this novella I’m just sad it was so short, I would love to see these two in another book!

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SHADE ME By Jennifer Brown

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
SHADE ME By Jennifer BrownShade Me by Jennifer Brown
Series: Nikki Kill #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 1/19/16
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Romance, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 448
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Nikki Kill has always been an outsider. Born with rare synesthesia, she sees the world differently. In Nikki’s eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray.

To Nikki, Peyton Hollis, the ultrarich it-girl at school, was seemingly untouchable. That is, until Peyton is violently attacked and the only phone number the hospital finds in Peyton’s cell is Nikki’s. Suddenly Nikki is pulled into Peyton’s glittering, fast-paced world as she tries to unravel an unfolding conspiracy.

As Nikki gets closer to the dark truth—and to Peyton’s gorgeous older brother—the only thing she can be sure of is death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

Shade Me is a captivating mystery. The suspense starts from the very first page and only increases until you reach the dramatic ending. There are fights, clues, scary scenes, a whole host of suspicious characters and a fierce, independent main character who can hold her own.

I really enjoyed this mystery novel. It read like a crime show, but it had more depth and twists. Nikki Kill is dragged into a criminal investigation when she receives a mysterious phone call, which is followed by a call from the hospital asking her to come and identify a girl who has been severely beaten. It seems that Nikki is the only one who can start untangling the complicated web of deceit surrounding Peyton Hollis. But why and how is Nikki involved in all of this?

Nikki is one strong character. Brash, harsh, independent, and more. She keeps to herself, is almost failing her final year of high school, and has no idea why Peyton, daughter of a famous movie executive and queen of the school, would call her just before being left for dead. Nikki has synesthesia. She sees colors for numbers, words or letters. It makes school nearly impossible and it never helped her solve her own mother’s murder. But her ability to see more than is there, make connections others might miss is surprisingly helpful when she tries to piece together what happened to Peyton.

Nikki is a mixed-marshal arts fighter and knows how to take care of herself, so she has no trouble getting mixed up in dangerous situations. The tension runs high through most of the book, particularly picking up towards the end. And while Nikki is no dumb girl, she manages to find herself in some alarming situations. I couldn’t help but think that she should ask detective Martinez for help, tell someone what she knows or not go to meet the person who could be the culprit all by herself. But Nikki’s independence and lack of trust only works to build the suspense, and surprisingly I didn’t get annoyed with Nikki. Despite her rough edges she is a likeable character. As for romance, I would say there is less of that and more of lust. Again, this too works to develop the storyline rather than becoming one of its own and holds true to Nikki’s character.

I love that this is going to be a series. While the storyline, the mystery is solved by the end of this book. There’s not a cliffhanger but there is plenty of room for more adventures, more to follow up with this story and more uses for Nikki’s intriguing skills at piecing clues together.

I would highly recommend this book! This is now one of my favorite books. Shade Me was captivating, original, and exciting!

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THE PROPHECY OF SHADOWS By Michelle Madow

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THE PROPHECY OF SHADOWS By Michelle MadowThe Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #1
Published by Dreamscape Publishing on 1/26/16
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 199
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When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly ... she's apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers--and, to her dismay, by Blake--the school's notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle's wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect--it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it's up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town ... and possibly the world.

After Nicole Cassidy and her family move from Georgia to Salem she gets quite a shock on her first day of classes in her new school. When handed her schedule Nicole sees she’s been placed in all honors classes and feels it must be some kind of mistake but is told she won’t be able to change until the end of the day. When entering her homeroom a bomb is dropped on Nicole and she is told she’s a witch and so are the rest of the kids in her homeroom. 
One night her homeroom class meets at the teachers house to watch the Olympian Comet that only comes around every three thousand years.. The class has to break into groups of 5 people. Nichole’s group feels something strange and they are gifted with mysterious powers. These mysterious powers comes with a great price to pay. After learning that the group is now gifted with new powers they realize that with these new powers they have to go on a quest. I enjoyed the characters and the premise. The only thing I’m not so sure about is the relationship between Nicole and Blake I just don’t see it. Nicole was an enjoyable character I mean she was shocked about being a witch but she embraced it and she was a natural at using her newfound powers. The book was pretty predictable it was easy to find out clues on what would happen next, who would do what, and how things came together. There were a few times that I was genuinely caught off guard, particularly towards the ending and final climax of this story. Overall I enjoyed this book I liked how there was a mix between witches and Greek mythology it was interesting to see how the two intertwined. The book was shorter than I thought it was so I breezed through it. I definitely enjoyed the first installment in this new series and I can’t wait to see what happens in the book!

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BITTERSWEET by Kimberly Loth

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BITTERSWEET by Kimberly LothBittersweet by Kimberly Loth
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on 3/14/15
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 200
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Every Sunday Savannah Ray gets an email from her dead dad. She doesn’t know how the emails work but she’s finally ready to start looking for answers. To find those answers she has to go to the one place she swore she’d never set foot in after he died—Haunted Valley, the amusement park. Once there and on the hunt for answers she is distracted by the charming Dallas and falls hard for him. When the answers she finds aren’t what she expected and Dallas betrays her, Savannah must make a choice—succumb to the insanity that destroyed her father or find the strength to rise above it.

“Every Sunday Savannah Ray gets an email from her dead dad” Because that’s not creepy at all. Savannah’s dad took his life two years ago on a rollercoaster ride and since that moment she’s stayed away from something they both loved: amusement parks. When the summer of her 18th birthday comes, she still feels numb, her dads death left her empty. So her mother decides to send her to work at her uncle’s amusement park, hoping Savannah will learn about responsibility and maturity. But Savannah doesn’t want anything to do with her uncle and doesn’t care about her mother’s wishes. All she care about is her passion for European chocolates and not breaking the connection with her father that somehow is keeping his promise with sending her emails every Sunday. It sounds like a good premise, right? How is she going to deal with her father’s death? Where are the emails coming from? Wrong!
The synopsis leads you to think that she is going to the amusement park to find who’s behind those emails when actually she doesn’t want to know it because she’s afraid it’ll stop. Its not a mystery which is what I was hoping for you find out who’s sending those emails in the beginning of the book. I wanted to like this book because of the premise but I was left feeling pretty disappointed. It was hard for me to like Savannah she was mean and she whined a lot. This isn’t a book I would reread or recommend to my friends.

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FORGET ME NOT by Megan Tayte

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FORGET ME NOT by Megan TayteForget Me Not by Megan Tayte
Series: The Ceruleans #2
Published by Heaven Afire on 02/20/15
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 338
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IN THE FACE OF DEATH, SHE MUST PROTECT THOSE SHE LOVES.

The Ceruleans: mere mortals infused with power over life and death. Five books; one question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint?

Death is stalking Scarlett Blake. As if the encroaching darkness in her head wasn’t enough, she’s become disturbingly accident prone. Falling off a cliff isn’t ideal when all you want is as much time as possible to live, to love.

Her fate is horrifying. Unbearable. And inescapable. No one can save Scarlett from The End that’s looming. Not Jude, the Cerulean who is intent on Claiming her. Not Luke, the boy who is intent on loving her.

The clock is ticking, louder with every heartbeat. Now Scarlett must decide how best to protect the people she loves. Will she trust in Jude and the life-after-death he promises? Will she stand against the Fallen, who have her sister captive? Will she carry the burden of her death alone – every headache, every hallucination, every wrenching, aching emotion?

And when the clock falls silent, when the darkness eclipses the light, will Scarlett fight for life? Or will she have no choice but to surrender?
Forget Me Not is the second book in the Ceruleans series and I liked it more than the first book, only because we get to learn more about the ceruleans and Sienna, Scarlett’s sister.  Its fast paced, more painful, and deals with death but also has mystery and a sweet romance.

I liked how Scarlett is unwavering to not let her imminent death stop her from enjoying her time left. I really like Luke a lot in this book, he really loves Scarlett and is willing to do anything for her but is not a pushover. I also like Cara as she adds humor to the book.

 

My favorite thing about this book was when Scarlett got to learn more about Sienna through her diary and learning more about Scarlett’s fate.This book has a bigger cliff-hanger than the last book. The Ceruleans is becoming one of my favorite series. I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series. I would definitely recommend this series! It’s on Kindle Unlimited and the first book is Death Wish so check it out!
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THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas

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THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on 5/7/13
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 432
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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

So I read Throne of Glass a while back and I recently realized I didn’t write a review for it. I’m currently reading Crown of Midnight the second book in the series and then it clicked, this series is AMAZING! Throne of Glass starts with our heroine Celaena Sardothien a former assassin turned prisoner. Celaena spends everyday in the Salt Mines of Endovier. At this point Celaena has given up on hoping for freedom, until The Crown Prince (Dorian) and The Captain of the Guard (Chaol) come to her with a proposition. If Celaena fights in a competition and wins she’ll become the Kings Champion for four years, and she’ll earn her freedom. It’s an offer Celaena can’t resist. When Celaena arrives at the Glass Castle she learns things won’t be as simple as she thought. Some dark evil is at work in the King’s castle and is killing off the competitors one by one. Throne of Glass is an awesome book! Celaena is funny, smart, and kick-ass. The romance interest are both great in their own ways. The ending was totally surprising. I plan on reading the other 3 books in the series. I would recommend this book to people who also liked Graceling or Grave Mercy.

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THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren Gibaldi

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THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren GibaldiThe Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
Published by HarperTeen on 6/15/15
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Owlcrate
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Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

I really liked this book! Lauren Gibaldi’s The Night We Said Yes was perfect for me because I was kind of in a slump.  It was just the right length and interesting enough to keep my attention. The Night We Said Yes goes between the past and the present and that usually bothers me but this time it didn’t. This book had such an interesting premise. Ella is at a party and Matt her ex-boyfriend comes out of nowhere and decides he wants to relive a night from their past, the night they said yes. This story was genius!  I mean who wouldn’t want to relive a night where they said yes to everything.  I also liked learning more about Ella and her friends and also her relationship with Matt through the flashbacks. I honestly would love to do this with my friends one night just saying yes to everything that’s reasonable and we can’t say no it just sounds like so much fun. This book was short, sweet, and I loved the characters. This is a great book to read especially in the summer. I would recommend this book to my friends, all of my friends! Everyone should just go buy this book hahaha.

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