Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and Bookish.
This weeks list is: Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get
This is a tough one for me since the majority of sequels I've been waiting for have all been released in the last 3 months. But ... there are still a few!
End of Days by Susan Ee -May 12, 2015
Oblivion (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh-July 2015


Dead Of Winter by Kresley Cole-January 8, 2015

AND, Those with no covers yet! 

  1. Swear (My Blood Approves #5) by Amanda Hocking - No date as of yet!
  2. Requiem (Books of Faerie #3) by Maggie Stiefvater - Again, no date!
  3. Refuge (Relentless #2) by Karen Lynch - December 9, 2014
  4. The Replaced (The Taking #2) by Kimberly Derting - April 28, 2015
  5. Persuasion (The Heirs Of Watson Island #2) by Martina Boone - October 28, 2015
And that's all I have for now!

What sequels are you anticipating?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah

Of Scars and Stardust
Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind.

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her "delusions," Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she's ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella's trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister's disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella's past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found. (From Goodreads)

Of Scars and Stardust is written by Andrea Hannah and published by Flux on October 8, 2014. It is 336 pages.


Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah is such a surprise and an amazing book. I don’t really know how else to describe it. It’s incredibly mysterious, suspenseful and wow, did it throw me! I’m a bit thrown off – okay, I know I already said that but Wow! Holy Unexpected Endings!

Let me just start with this, Of Scars and Stardust is creepily atmospheric, beautifully descriptive and seriously suspenseful but not really in the 'OMG, I was turning pages like a maniac' way more of the it 'creeps up on you in an insidious sneaky way' and sort of 'grabs your heart and squeezes' way. Ms. Hannah’s writing is eloquent and thought-provoking, a true joy to read. The content itself is really unlike anything else I’ve ever read, sounds kind of trite, I know but I don’t know how else to explain it. I’ve never read a book before that left me feeling so uneasy or unsettled – but in a good way!

The main character, Claire, believes that wolves are responsible for attacking her sister, Ella. Claire has an exceptional amount of guilt over this since she sent Ella home from her birthday party and that's when the attack occurred. Claire has a very close relationship with Ella and the night that Ella is found bleeding in the snow, Claire just knows that the wolves are the reason but she’s sent away to New York to live with her aunt. She believes that the wolves continued to watch her while she was in New York, but of course, her psychiatrist tells her she is delusional, as many of the townsfolk also believe. It’s only when Ella goes missing two years later that Claire comes back to Amble to uncover the mystery.

There’s so much at play in this book, and there’s so much I don’t want to say for fear of spoiling it. Nobody believes her and most think she's delusional, including her family. Grant enters her life again and they fall for each other fairly quickly but I can overlook this, mostly because it’s such a sweet romance and also because they did know each other prior. Grant believes in Claire and he’s a fantastic character, probably my favorite. Claire makes for a fantastic heroine, she's incredibly realistic, traumatized, and certainly questions her sanity. It's difficult at times to figure out exactly what's really going on.

The ending is written so beautifully and so amazingly sad. I think what I'm feeling is a sense of sorrow but I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it. I am definitely putting Andrea Hannah on my read list, she’s amazing and I look forward to reading more from her.

I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Talon by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. (From Goodreads)


It’s no secret that Julie Kagawa is one of my absolutely favorite authors; The Iron Fey series is one of my favorites and probably will for life. Talon by Julie Kagawa is the first book in a new trilogy. This is a book about a set of twins, well, clutch mates really, who are dragons. Yep, fire-breathing, scaly beasts but luckily they are able to assume attractive human shapes. Ember and her brother, Dante have spent their entire life in a desert compound being raised by a group of dragons called Talon. Talon exists to ensure that the dragon line is not wiped out by the Order of St. George, which has been taking out dragons since forever. They are natural enemies and hate one another with undying passion. The story begins with Ember and Dante being placed with human hosts in a marvelous beach house in sunny California so they can learn to assimilate and act like humans. They have one whole summer of freedom, learning to walk the walk and talk the talk, and then it’s back to their Talon lives and duty. Garret is a member of the Order of St. George, his entire family was murdered by dragons, leaving him alone and owing his life to the Order. Garret is the perfect soldier, he has one mission in life and that is to destroy the things that destroyed his family.

Talon is told in three different perspectives, Embers, Garret’s, and later in the book, by Riley/Cobalt, a rogue dragon, who is intent on luring dragons away from Talon. Ember is spunky, gregarious and wants to experience all that life has to offer. Garret, is quiet, shy, and has trouble letting go. Riley/Cobalt, on the other hand, embodies all that is bad boy biker – with a tender side, of course. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a triangle and Lord knows, I hate THE TRIANGLE! So, we’ll have to see how it all pans out!

There was a bit of a problem with the plot line for me, Ember and Dante spent their entire lives in a compound in the desert. They spent absolutely no time with any other teens, etc … just grown dragons yet they managed to fit in with the popular kids within their first hour in California. There wasn’t any awkwardness or missteps, they just blended in seamlessly. That just doesn’t happen that quickly, I know, I live in a resort town. One girl, Lexi, even calls Ember her best friend after only a month. Call me a skeptic but it just seemed like maybe it should have taken a bit more time and there should have been a few fax pas.

Other than those things stated above, I enjoyed Talon, it has plenty of great action, fighting scenes and suspense. Enough so, that I can overlook THE TRIANGLE and the seamless clique fit in. I give this a 3.5 but round up to a 4. I’ll definitely read the next in the series.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer

The Retribution of Mara Dyer
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived. (From Goodreads)

The Retribution of Mara Dyer is the third and final installment of The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. It is 480 pages and published by Simon and Schuster on November 4, 2014.


There is something inherently beautiful in a well-written book, I think that all bibliophiles feel this way, but it’s even more so when it’s a really well-written series, start to finish. One in which every character has become a friend and the plotline itself is deeply ingrained in memory. Let’s face it, well-written series are da bomb! How many die hard readers go completely fangirl over a great series and wait anxiously for 12-18 months for the next installment? Or worse, stalk various outlets for an ARC? God knows, I have … I admit to being absolutely shameless! But I have my reasons, as we all do. It’s for the characters that we love, the worlds that we dream of, the escape that only a really great book can give.
For me, The Mara Dyer trilogy is one of those series. The last book in the series, The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, is everything I pray for in a final installment. No stone left unturned, gloriously gut-wrenching and emotionally draining, yet in the end ….  supremely satisfying.

Mara is not the same girl, she has been brutally experimented on by Dr. Kells both physically and medically, given experimental medications that not only suppress her gift but key personality traits. With the help of an unlikely ally, Mara manages to escape Dr. Kells grasp and with Jamie and Stella, they hit the road in search of answers and Noah. The journey for answers is a perilous one and along the way their friendship is tested. Lies are told and people that were once trusted become dangerous enemies.

Although The Retribution of Mara Dyer is quite dark, there were some undeniably hilarious moments between Mara and Jamie. One instance in particular had me laughing out loud for a few minutes, for those of you who’ve read it, Jamie’s ‘taste the rainbow, bitch’, had me in stitches! For those of you who haven’t, I really suggest you do.

The characters each have their unique voice and are so well fleshed out, it’s a big part of what attracts me to this series. The secondary characters are just as strong as the main. Mara, through struggling at times, does get her retribution against those who she sees as a threat, not only to her but to those she loves. This makes Mara a very dangerous girl! Jamie’s mind-screw power is getting stronger and quite frankly, I can see how this would be a handy little power to have! Daniel, Mara’s brother plays an impressive role in this book and I was happy to see this. Jude’s back, that’s all I’m going to say about that!

I wish that all of you would read this series … seriously!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine and is a great way to share the books you're looking forward to! It's also a great way to see what's coming out by your fellow bloggers!
This is the first book, THE TAKING by Kimberly Derting and I loved it! Since there isn't a cover for the second in The Taking series yet, I thought I'd share the first one with you!
When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own? (From Goodreads)
Romantic and action-packed, The Replaced is the gripping second installment in the Taking trilogy.

Kyra hasn't been the same since she returned from her mysterious six-year disappearance. Now, on the run from the NSA, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned. Yet she is determined to find Tyler, the boy she loves who was also abducted—all because of her. When her group intercepts a message that Tyler might still be alive but is in the hands of a shadowy government organization that experiments on the Returned, Kyra knows it's a risk to go after him. What if it's a trap? And worse, what if the returned Tyler isn't the same boy she lost?

Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the Body Finder series, The Replaced is both chilling and explosive, with creepy, otherworldly elements and twisty, psychological thrills that will have you questioning what exactly it means to be human.
(From Goodreads)
Due to be published in April of 2015!
What are you waiting for?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: In the Afterlight

In the Afterlight
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire. (From Goodreads)

In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken is the third and final installment of The Darkest Minds series and was published on October 28, 2014.


In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken is the third and final installment of The Darkest Minds series. This is one of my favorite series, a futuristic dystopian with a strong female lead and, of course, the most brilliant group of secondary characters a reader could ask for. This is a spoiler free review at the request of the author and because to do anything less would completely ruin this amazing final book for the reader.

Throughout the last few years I’ve become strongly invested in this series, for a number of reasons. The first being it’s distinctive story line. I love the idea of this amazing group of kids fighting the odds, each with their own distinctive psionic gifts, escaping the system, fighting the cruelty and oppressiveness that they’ve all endured and coming together as one unit to protect each other with one common goal: Stop President Gray. Of course, under that one common goal fall many others but let’s face it, he is the ultimate evil and what he’s done in the camps is hideous and deplorable.

Secondly, I love the characters in this series, seriously, they are remarkable! Ruby, the main character, is such a strong compelling girl, yes, she has her flaws, but after following her life throughout the series, how could she not be? Ruby hasn’t let those that hurt her, destroy her, instead, she’s let the pain and anger she’s endured move her forward, towards being a better person – a stronger person. Ruby is brave, loyal, smart but most of all, she can still love, despite all that has been done too her. She loves her friends to the point that she would put her own life on the line than to risk losing one more person that she loves. In the last book, Never Fade, Ruby lost someone who was so dear to her, someone she swore to protect and felt like she failed. Ruby hasn’t recovered from this and I saw how much this affected her actions in this book.

Without revealing any spoilers, I feel I can say that Ruby and Liam’s romance is strong but not without its challenges, a beloved character is found, Chubs and Vida are still arguing like cats and dogs and Cole remains a bit of an ass, albeit a somewhat loveable ass. Clancy Gray is still in the same position he was when last you saw him in Never Fade. There are intense, heart-racing moments that had me at the edge of my seat and there are some extraordinarily poignant moments that had me reaching for tissues. There are triumphs, there are losses, and there are head-banging moments but most of all, there is justice.
I shed some very happy tears in this last book and I shed some very sad tears in this book. I will also say that I felt so very, very satisfied and gratified at the ending and honestly, that is what it’s all about for me at the end of a series.

I so highly recommend this series to all who love a good dystopian, fantastic characters, and a beautifully written story about love, friendship, and fighting for everything that’s truly important in life!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (A Day Late!)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine that spotlights the amazing books that we're looking forward to reading. It's a great way to feature what book you're anticipating and also to see what your fellow bloggers are looking forward to!

I have been waiting (not so patiently, I may add) on this little beauty below:

What if the worst thing you ever did was unforgivable?

Davy’s world fell apart after she tested positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome. She was expelled from her school, dumped by her boyfriend, abandoned by friends, and shipped off to a camp that turns HTS carriers into soldiers. Davy may have escaped, but the damage has already been done. The unthinkable has happened. Now, even worse than having everyone else see her as a monster is the knowledge that they may have been right about her all along. Because Davy has killed.

On the run from government agents, Davy is rescued by Caden, the charismatic leader of an underground group of rebels. Despite Caden’s assurances that the Resistance is made up of carriers like her, Davy isn’t sure she can trust them. Then again, she doesn’t even know if she can trust herself . . . or her growing feelings for Caden. But if she doesn’t belong with Caden and his followers, is there anywhere she can call home? (From Goodreads)

Unleashed by Sophie Jordan is the second installment in the Uninvited series. The first book, Uninvited, is absolutely amazing and I cannot wait for the next in this fantastic series!

What are you waiting for?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel. (From Goodreads)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater is published by Scholastic Press on October 21, 2014. This title was reviewed as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Wow, as always, Maggie Stiefvater has left me speechless. Blue Lily, Lily Blue was all I had hoped for, and then some. As with all of her novels, I read the last page with a sincere mix of pleasure and regret. I always hate when I finish one of her books because it’s over and I’ll have to wait at least a year to read more of her incredible work. Then, of course, there’s the pleasure of reading what Maggie pens! Ah, life’s dilemmas!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (BLLB) starts off where The Dream Thieves left off, I would strongly suggest reading the preceding books before starting BLLB. I love all the Raven Boys but I have such a soft spot in my heart for Adam, something about him just touches me. He’s so vulnerable yet he’s finally finding himself in BLLB and I like this development. Gansey and Blue are still dancing around their relationship, to kiss could mean the end of him-yep, they’re struggling and pushing things. Ronan, too, is pushing things but there’s a huge development that we learn about him so, if you read BLLB, you’ll learn why. The ladies at 300 Fox Way aren’t without their own strife, as well. There’s a lot going on, outside of the hunt for Glendower, and it really kept the pace of the book moving quick.

There were some highly emotional areas in BLLB, and yes, I cried! Damn you, Maggie! How could you?! Although, there are some hugely funny scenes, too, that made me laugh out loud. I love the dry humor and sarcastic wit that Maggie writes so flawlessly. The characters are remarkable, they are made of substance and personality, each with such a distinctive voice, that I feel I know them, through and through. When I care about the characters in a book, I know that book will have forever touched me. There is the introduction of new characters, some I adored, and some not so much but the important thing is that they all brought a richness to this third installment.

I am going to abstain from talking too much about the plot line, except to say that Maura is still missing, the search for Glendower is on with a vengeance, Mr. Gray is a big part of this book and Greenmantle shows up in Henrietta with his wife, Piper, as the new Latin teacher. There’s a new cave that is found which introduces us to a new character, Jesse Dittley, whom I loved! I will say that finding the new cave is a coup because the Raven Boys are getting somewhere! And in the famous words of Forrest Gump, “That’s all I got to say ‘bout that!”

I have no idea how I’m going to make it until the next book, seriously! I imagine that you can tell from my review that I would not only highly recommend this book and series but think everyone should read it. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore or library! It’s just that amazing!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is a meme about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts…

I had a great week and received some fantastic books!

On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one who will ultimately bring about the end of the world—is complete. Still, she remains determined to thwart her father’s apocalyptic desires. Whatever is to come, it won’t happen because of what the prophecy foretold, or what Gunnar Starling has planned, or what the fates have already decided. What happens next will be up to Mason and the Fennrys Wolf. The world had better hope they haven’t reached the limits of what their souls and swords can survive.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston’s much-loved WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance. (From Goodreads)

Transcendent is the third and final book in The Starling series by Lesley Livingston and I am so eager to get started on this! It will be published on December 23, 2014 by Harper Teen. Thank you, Edelweiss and Harper Teen!

For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it's just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

The Hex Boys--mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction--have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway. (From Goodreads)

Demons at Deadnight is the first in the Divinicus Nex Chronicles and is written by writing besties A & E Kirk. This series was recommended to me by Melissa over at Books and Things and I can't wait to get started on it! It was published on January 5, 2012. Thanks Melissa!

An edgy fairy tale retelling of "Snow White" set in the world of Kill Me Softly for fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.

Faced with a possible loophole to her "Snow White" curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who's fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrficing the love that might kill her? (From Goodreads)

Tear You Apart is written by Sarah Cross and published by Egmont. It will be published on January 27, 2015. Thank you, Egmont and Netgalley!

What's Stacking Your Shelves this week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Frozen: Heart of Dread by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all. (From Goodreads)


Frozen: Heart of Dread by Melissa De La Cruz is a mixture of futuristic dystopian, fantasy and romance. I really liked it. It was entertaining enough to keep me turning pages and that’s all I ask for in a good book.

Set in New Vegas, an icy frost covered wasteland where resources are scarce, life is hard and everything is … you guessed it, FROZEN! Not only is the land frozen but the world is polluted and almost all once living things are now dead. There are two types of humans, those with grey eyes and brown hair and those with colored eyes. Those with colored eyes are to be feared. Why you ask? Because they are descended from the magical Sylph and have magical powers like telepathy. Those with colored eyes are sought by the government for confinement which leads to the main character, Natasha Kestal or Nat. Nat is living in fear of discovery but she lives right out in the open in New Vegas as a blackjack dealer. She has disguised herself to look normal until she can find the right moment to leave New Vegas and escape to ‘The Blue’, a legendary place where the sky is blue and the sun still shines warm. This is where Ryan Wesson comes in, he is a runner and runners take people where they need to go as long as they can pay the price. What comes next is a journey full of peril, adventure and romance!

I really liked the characters that Ms. De La Cruz and her husband created, Nat is full of life, despite all that she’s endured. She’s witty and snarky and doesn’t take any guff, I respect that! She’s someone that is both likeable and badass! Wes is a charmer, he’s cocky yet honorable and not without his own sad story. I think this is part of what draws them together and makes them such a believable couple. Their chemistry is palpable yet not instantaneous … I like it!

The story is told in Nat and Wes’s alternating point of views, as a rule, I generally don’t like this but in Frozen, it works. It actually helped me get to know Wes on a different level and in a weird way, Nat, too. So, in this case I have no complaints. The plot is fast moving and descriptive, adventurous and fun. It left me wanting more of the series and that’s a great thing. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

I would definitely recommend Frozen: Heart of Dread to friends!

This title was given to be in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him ... (From Goodreads)

The Book of Ivy is written by Amy Engel and is published by Entangled Teen. It will be published on November 11, 2014 and is 315 pages.


The Book of Ivy is a thought provoking dystopian novel set in a future world that has been decimated by nuclear war, EMP’s, and disease. The story is told by 16 year old Ivy Westfall, a second generation survivor whose grandfather was the founder of the nation, named Westfall, that they now live in. 

Ivy Westfall’s grandfather was overthrown by Bishop Lattimer’s grandfather. Since that time, those that followed the losing side live in Westside and those that followed the winning side live in Eastglen. Yep, this is a sore subject for those that must live in Westside. Oh, the differences aren’t that noticeable but they are there. Just enough to let the people of Westside know their place but in a very subtle way. There is no intermingling of the two sides or of the same side, for that matter, to deter any false hopes of a relationship or friendship that could never be.

There is a yearly tradition in Westfall, it is called Marriage Day. This when the 16 year old boys of Eastglen marry the 16 year old girls of Westside. It’s done for a number of reasons but the biggest is to keep the peace. It’s a way of intermingling the groups to make it harder to have an uprising. If your daughter or grandchildren are on the other side, it’s harder to bring war on them. Some are opposed to the practice and Ivy is one of these people. On her marriage day, Ivy’s forced to marry Bishop Lattimer but what the Lattimers don’t know is that Ivy’s father and sister have a plan. They want Ivy to kill Bishop so they can over-throw his father, the president.

What follows is poignant, heartbreaking and intensely compelling. What I thought would be an action packed read actually pulled me into self-debate over some of the practices that went on in Westfall. I was initially ready to take a certain side but the side I actually took was a bit surprising to me. There are some deep issues at hand in this novel, issues that made me question my own sense of justice, morality, and loyalty. Ms. Engel created a world that drew me in for many reasons but it also challenged many of my beliefs. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this and was pleasantly surprised!

I love the realness of the characters, their insecurities made them all the more attractive and allowed a tangible relationship to grow, one that was achingly real and heartfelt. The world that Ivy and Bishop live in appears controlled and safe on the outside but it is soon apparent that this is just barely so. Ms. Engel creates an underlying tension that keeps the pages turning and left me wanting more.

The ending cliff hanger is intense and I cannot wait for the next in the series! Ms. Engel is an author to watch for, as is Ivy and Bishops story.
I so highly recommend this novel! 4.5 Faery wings! Minus .5 for leaving me with a serious cliff hanger nail-biting habit!
This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. WOW is a great way to find out what new books are coming our way and to share what book or books you're anticipating!

My WOW this week is:

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her. (From Goodreads)

I absolutely adored The Soul Screamer series by Rachel Vincent and CANNOT flippin' wait for The Stars Never Rise! June 9th is a long way off! Of course, there's always the hope of an ARC coming my way!
What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. (From Goodreads)
We Were Liars is written by E. Lockhart and published by Delacorte. It was published on May 13, 2014 and is 227 pages.


In some ways, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, was predictable yet also surprising. I thought I had it figured out only to find that I didn’t.

Cadence Sinclair or Cady is a 16 year old girl who reflects back on the past summer when she was 15, a summer that she really can’t remember due to a traumatic accident that left her with a severe head injury so she relies on her cousins Mirren, her brother Johnny and his friend Gat to fill in the blanks for her. For reasons that you’ll have to find out on your own, nobody really wants to discuss the events that lead up to ‘the traumatic’ event. Cadence and her cousins have summered on their grandfather’s private island in Martha’s Vineyard for most of their lives, which have been quite privileged.

The story is told in Cady’s voice and alternates between the past and present which I think is necessary to fully understand who Cady once was and who she is now. Understanding the impact of every story she tells is important to realize the depth of the dysfunction within the Sinclair family.

What happens that summer before Cady turns 15 is, indeed, hideous and horrific and I believe that this book is incredible despite what I said about some of it being a bit predictable. There are parts of this book that I found absolutely brilliant and Ms. Lockharts descriptive narrative is gorgeous. There are secrets that will shock and surprise most readers but I’m of firm belief that you should find out about those through the chapters as you read!

I have, and will continue, to highly recommend this We Were Liars by E. Lockhart!

Monday, October 13, 2014


All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead. (From Goodreads)

Compulsion is written by Martina Boone and published by Simon Pulse. It is 448 pages and will be published on October 28, 2014.


Compulsion by Martina Boone is absolutely one of my favorite books of 2014. It’s a dark southern gothic with an amazing historic account that delves back into the 1600’s. Charmingly romantic and eerily creepy, and Yep, I can come up with many more superlatives because it was just that fantastic!

Compulsion centers on Barrie Watson, a very non-normal girl with a ‘compulsion’ to find things. Barrie cannot ignore this compulsion without significant physical discomfort. “Finding things was the Watson gift. Barrie could find anything – had to find it, really – and the pressure that built in her head whenever she was near something lost had seemed stronger ever since her mother’s death” (Location 68).  When Barrie loses her mother, Lula, she heads to Watson Island in the Deep South, to live with her Aunt Pru, her mother’s twin sister, at Watson’s Landing Plantation. Barrie has an immediate connection with Watson’s Landing and feels immediate tugs of loss from within the house and the surrounding woods.

Once at Watson’s Landing, Barrie meets Eight Beaufort and learns a bit about the Islands history along with the curse that has hounded the three founding families: The Watsons, Beaufort’s and Colesworth’s, since the mid-1600’s. The curse of The Fire Carrier, sound ominous, right? Well, it is! I won’t delve too far into it, it’s better if you read about it!

Barrie first sees the Fire Carrier that cursed the founding families her first night at Watson’s Landing, as she watched him light up the river with a ball of fire she at first thinks she’s jet-lagged or hallucinating but she eventually realizes what she’s seeing is real, although it’s terrifying to her, she’s also interested because she knows the Fire Carrier can reveal the answers she’s searching for. This starts Barrie and Eight on a journey that will lead them into deep peril and treachery. You must read the story to find out more!

I love, love, love, the characters in this book! They are rich, they are deep and they are so real! Barrie is flawed but loveable which makes her the most perfect of heroines. Eight Beaufort is equally awesome, what one would think is a perfect guy reveals that he, too, has his flaws. Together, they make a great couple. Their romance bloomed beautifully, it was sweet, charming and romantic. These two characters really complemented each other and were a joy to get to know. I cannot wait to read more about them. The secondary characters, Aunt Pru, Cassie Colesworth, Wyatt Colesworth, and Mark were all equally personable. They were people that I really truly either liked or deplored, pitied or feared, some I even cried for!

Compulsion is deeply atmospheric, it is written so beautifully and descriptively that it was easy to imagine myself at Watson’s Landing Plantation, from the heavy humid air to the sweet smell of the magnolias.

I am impatiently awaiting the next in The Heirs of Watson Island series!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality. (From Goodreads)

Catch Me When I Fall is written by Vicki Leigh and is published by Curiosity Quills. It is 204 pages and will be published on October 23, 2014.

 Catch Me When I Fall by Vickie Leigh is fun, light hearted with enough edge to keep things interesting.

It features Daniel, a 17 year old Protector of the Night, someone who has previously died in sacrifice of another who now watches over the living while they sleep. Daniel protects his charge throughout their life from Nightmares, who are tangible and scary creatures that invade our minds and feed off the fear they invoke. Since Daniel is over 200 years old (in a 17 year olds body) he’s seen and fought many nightmares but it isn’t until he’s assigned 16 year old Kayla in a mental hospital that he is truly challenged.

The thing I like the most about the characters that Ms. Leigh created is their humor and wit, there were times I laughed out loud yet there were times when I felt their sadness as deeply as they did. Daniel and Kayla, the main characters, form a quick bond in the face of adversity but the secondary characters bonds are just as intriguing to me. Part of what I love in a book is the camaraderie of the characters and I really enjoyed this in Catch Me When I Fall.

I also really liked the world building! Ms. Leigh took me to places in the world like Rome and Paris and shared food and sights that were amazingly expressive and vivid. I love when I get to travel in my reading and it was an unexpected pleasure! Along with this, she created some really eerie creepy scenes that had me flipping pages at a rapid pace, I’m sure I won’t have a nightmare now without thinking of actual ‘Nightmares’ being behind it.

The storyline builds quickly and there’s plenty of action to keep the pages turning. There is a variety of supernatural creatures outside of the Nightmares, including witches and warlocks that I found fascinating and creepy all at the same time. The main big bad is a warlock who is out to do some evil deeds with one of our main characters but you’ll have to read the book to find out who and why!

This ARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.


Monday, October 6, 2014


When the one boy you crushed on in life can't seem to stay away in death, it's hard to be a normal teen when you're a teen paranormal.

Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted—the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.

Keira's determined to do anything to find Jimmy's killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira's ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.

This thrilling debut from Vanessa Barneveld crosses over from our world to the next, and brings a whole delightful new meaning to "teen spirit". (From Goodreads)
This Is Your Afterlife is written by Vanessa Barneveld and is published by Bloomsbury-Spark. It will be published on October 21, 2014. It is 194 pages.


This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld is a cute and quick read. I love a good ghost story and I wasn’t disappointed. Kiera is 16 years old and solving a murder mystery with her ex-best friend, Dan. Thing is, the murder victim, Jimmy, Dan’s brother, is helping!

This was a great story, sweet and adorable with just the right amount of eerie suspense! I really enjoyed the way everything unfolded – Dan and Kiera were best friends until Kiera confided she always had a bit of a crush on his more gregarious brother, Jimmy. After that, things were never quite the same. When Jimmy’s murdered, they come together to find the killer and old feelings are rekindled. 

The characters are great, easily relatable, affable and real. This is something that I look for in a good book, characters that I can relate to and as I read the last page of This Is Your Afterlife, I felt like I had made new friends. This is always a good thing!

Grief and loss is an issue that I think the author really did justice to in this book, not only did Kiera lose Jimmy but she had recently lost her grandmother. Delving into this heartbreaking topic is difficult under any circumstance but Ms. Barneveld handled the topic beautifully.

Great romance, thriller, mystery and ghost story! I highly recommend This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld!
This ARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is a meme about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts…

I had a great week and received some fantastic books!

Willowgrove is Kathleen Peacock's riveting conclusion to the Hemlock trilogy, a dark, romantic, paranormal suspense series that pits friendship against survival, and trust against love.

Ever since Mac's best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy's ex, Jason, have investigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf "rehabilitation" camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high, and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf.

What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good. (From Goodreads)
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 6th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books

 All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead. (From Goodreads)

Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Simon Pulse 

The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny. She’s used to being discussed like a problem, a problem her mother has finally passed on to her father. What she hasn’t gotten used to is her stepmother…especially when she finds out that she’ll have to spend the summer with April in the remote woods of Washington to restore a broken-down old house.

Set deep in a dense forest, the old Carver House is filled with abandoned antique furniture, rich architectural details, and its own chilling past. The only respite Penny can find away from April’s renovations is in Miller, the young guy who runs the local general store. He’s her only chance at a normal, and enjoyable, summer.

But Miller has his own connection to the Carver House, and it’s one that goes beyond the mysterious tapping Penny hears at her window, the handprints she finds smudging the glass panes, and the visions of children who beckon Penny to follow them into the dark woods. Miller’s past just might threaten to become the terror of Penny’s future…. (From Goodreads)

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 17th 2015 by Simon Pulse 

What's Stacking Your Shelves?

Thursday, October 2, 2014


For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it's an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop at nothing to carry out the rules of the game: tagging 100 locations around the city. With each step closer to the 100-mark they get, the higher the stakes become. But when the group catches the attention of a menacing stalker - the Reaper - he seems intent on exposing their illegal game, tormenting Grace with anonymous threats and branding their dormitory doors with his ominous tag.

As the once tight-knit group slowly unravels, torn apart by doubt and the death of a student, they no longer know who to trust.

With time running out, Grace must unmask the Reaper before he destroys everything she cares about for ever...
(From Goodreads)

The 100 Society is written by Carla Spradbery and is published by Hodder Childrens Books. It is 317 pages and published on September 4, 2014.
Okay, so I’ve been on somewhat of a thriller/horror kick lately. The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery had the potential to be a great thriller but to me, it was a bit sophomoric. I really, really wanted to like this book … I really did but I have a big problem with characters that just behave stupidly. Especially when the author initially portrays them as smart characters and I have to watch their intelligence level take a nose dive throughout the book.
The 100 Society is a group that begins at Clifton Academy, the essence is that they tag a series of locations – 100 locations to be specific - with their unique graffiti mark. This will gain them unrecognized fame and glory. It will also get them expelled from the academy if they’re caught. This is one of the biggest fears of the main character, Grace. Grace has a serious inferiority complex caused by her highly successful older brother, Jack and lack of attention from her surgeon father. So, it’s sort of a tug-a-war for me in the arena of ‘why in the heck is she doing this’? Why risk expulsion if your biggest fear is disapproval from your father? But … one character, Ed, makes a comment in the book that if they manage to tag all 100 locations, it will all but guarantee them a spot in the finest art schools. But that leads me to the question: If they can’t tell anyone, ever, how will the finest art schools know they did it? So, you see my dilemma here.
What started out as such a promising read quickly became a bore. Grace and her friends blatantly ignore billboard size signs that read, “Yep, I took out your buddy and you’re next!” and continue on blindly, all for possible street cred? I mean nobody’s going to know they did this and if anyone finds out, the best possible outcome is expulsion from school and parental disapproval? Let’s face it, if you get expelled from school, chances are that the ‘best art schools’ aren’t going to accept you anyways. I guess if there was more to gain from belonging to The 100 Society, I could get behind it. Give me a better reason for this, please! Something more to gain ...  anything! This was my biggest problem with the book, there was no feasible reason behind the premise. I understand that an unknown artist did this years ago and said unknown artist who goes only by 'A' has made millions off his artwork but it still doesn't tie in to the story and here's why: 'A' made no money of his graffiti tag, 'A' is a fictitious character within a fictitious work, therefore lacking any real credential that he is even a real artist within the book and lastly, I think that this tidbit about 'A' was thrown in there just to justify and give some vague reason for the 'New' 100 Society to even exist because, Lord knows, I can't come up with a valid reason. 
The characters were bland and boring, I held out a lot of hope for Trick, I thought he would be the shining star out of all of them. The handsome yet tattooed rebel who comes off cool and detached, but nope, he became as two dimensional as the rest of them. Grace, the main character, felt flat and forced, selfish and self-absorbed. I never felt the closeness that this group was supposed to have, in fact, their interactions felt like a group of strangers. I have more intimate conversations in the Wal-Mart check-out line.
I will give credit to some mildly thrilling moments but that’s about the best I can do. I was disappointed in this book. Not something I would recommend.
This ARC was provided by Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them.

Since she was a baby, Maren has had what you might call "an issue" with affection. Anytime someone cares for her too much, she can’t seem to stop herself from eating them. Abandoned by her mother at the age of 16, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds more than she bargained for along the way.

Faced with love, fellow eaters, and enemies for the first time in her life, Maren realizes she isn’t just looking for her father, she is looking for herself. The real question is, will she like the girl she finds? (From Goodreads)

Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis is published by St. Martin's Press and is set to be published on March 10, 2015.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I'm getting a print ARC, Oh JOY! I'll be watching the mail like fiend! Thank you, St. Martin's Press!
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