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Goodreads TBR Cleanup 05/06/2021

Hello bookish lovelies! There are two different TBR challenges/weekly tag/memes, but they are similar:  Goodreads TBR Cleanup and Down the TBR Hole. Now for both of these you choose to either keep or toss books off your Goodreads TBR. Down the TBR Hole has you start with the oldest additions to your TBR list and Goodreads TBR Cleanup uses a random number generator to choose a different place in your TBR list every time.

I decided to go with the Goodreads TBR Cleanup (created by @ Mega Bunny Reads) as I’ve tried to do Down the TBR Hole before but found myself not sticking with it. If you’re interested in Down the TBR Hole, then you can check out Lia @ Lost in a Story — she has a new blog @ Sunflowers and Wonder

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How It Works:

  • Go to your Goodreads want-to-read shelf.
  • Ask Siri (or any other generator) to pick a number between 1 and however many books are on the list.
  • Go to that book and look at it and the 4 after it, for a total of 5.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

For the number selection, I used an online random number generator.

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TODAY’S RANDOM NUMBER: 287

Book:

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II The never-before-told story of one woman’s heroism that changed the course of the Second World War

In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.”

This spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman–rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg–who talked her way into the spy organization deemed Churchill’s “ministry of ungentlemanly warfare,” and, before the United States had even entered the war, became the first woman to deploy to occupied France.

Virginia Hall was one of the greatest spies in American history, yet her story remains untold. Just as she did in Clementine, Sonia Purnell uncovers the captivating story of a powerful, influential, yet shockingly overlooked heroine of the Second World War. At a time when sending female secret agents into enemy territory was still strictly forbidden, Virginia Hall came to be known as the “Madonna of the Resistance,” coordinating a network of spies to blow up bridges, report on German troop movements, arrange equipment drops for Resistance agents, and recruit and train guerilla fighters. Even as her face covered WANTED posters throughout Europe, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped with her life in a grueling hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown, and her associates all imprisoned or executed. But, adamant that she had “more lives to save,” she dove back in as soon as she could, organizing forces to sabotage enemy lines and back up Allied forces landing on Normandy beaches. Told with Purnell’s signature insight and novelistic flare, A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman’s fierce persistence helped win the war.

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Spell the Month in Books: May

Book Tag

Hello bookish lovelies! Time for Spell the Month in Books! I’ve seen this on other blogs and it looks fun! It was originally created by Reviews from the Stacks, and the idea is to spell the month using the first letter of book titles.

For this challenge, use the first letter of each book title to spell the current month (skipping articles such as A or The). You can either use titles from your TBR or books that you have read/reviewed.

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M: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans—except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay—no matter what the personal cost.

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A:  The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived (The Archived, #1) Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

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Y: You by Caroline Kepnes 

You (You, #1) When a beautiful aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age.

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WWW Wednesday 05/05/2021

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Hello bookish lovelies! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you’re supposed to let your readers know what you’re currently reading, what you recently finished, and what you think you’ll read next.

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What are you currently reading?

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

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What did you recently finish reading?

Haven’t finished anything in the past few weeks

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Can’t Wait Wednesday 05/05/2021

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Hello bookish lovelies! Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and is based on Waiting on Wednesday that was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a book that you are excited to read that hasn’t been released yet.

Today’s Can’t Wait Wednesday goes to a book that I am super excited about, and just downloaded the advanced reader copy for. 

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Aurora's End (The Aurora Cycle, #3)

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title: Aurora’s End

Author:  Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Release Date: November 9th, 2021

Published By: Knopf Books For Young Readers

Pages: 384 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

The squad you love is out of time. Prepare for the thrilling finale in the epic, best-selling Aurora Cycle series about a band of unlikely heroes who just might be the galaxy’s last hope for survival.

Is this the end?
What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases, and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course.
Wait. . . . Not. So. Fast.
When we last saw Squad 312, they working together seamlessly (aka, freaking out) as an intergalactic battle raged and an ancient superweapon threatened to obliterate Earth. Everything went horribly wrong, naturally.
But as it turns out, not all endings are endings, and the te4am has one last chance to rewrite thirs. Maybe two. It’s complicated.
Cue Zila, Fin, and Scarlett (and MAGELLAN!): making friends, making enemies, and making history? Sure, no problem
Cue Tyler, Kal, and Auri: uniting with two of the galaxy’s most hated villains? Um, okay. That, too.
Actually saving the galaxy, though?
Now that will take a miracle.

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The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme Blog Tour

Hello bookish lovelies! Happy Thursday! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Stolen Kingdom! You can check out the rest of the tour here! 🙂

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title:  The Stolen Kingdom

Author:  Jillian Boehme

Release Date: March 2nd, 2021

Published By:  Tor Teen

Formats: 

Pages: 304 pages

Find it: AmazonB&NBook DepositoryChapters/IndigoIndieBound

Synopsis:

For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungravekings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner’s daughter, has no ideaher hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, theking’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and thedark,stolen magic that comes with ruling.When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love

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my reviewMy Rating: 3/5 Stars 

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Teen Tor for this advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review*

I’ll keep my review brief as there a few things that didn’t sit right with me in the story but I don’t wanna spoil people with the details. This book is okay, its not terrible, but it’s not great either. It is easy to follow and not a hard read. The writing is simple and you can easily read this in a few hours. I think this book would have definitely benefited from being a duology instead of a standalone. The writing, plot, characters, and magic system all exist on a superficial level, which is not surprising since you can’t spend a lot of time really delving into the details in a standalone fantasy novel. I found myself not caring about the characters and at times things were a little too convenient, there are problems with some info dumping and telling not showing.  One of my biggest complaints about this book was the instalove, we are promised forbidden love but this love fell flat for me, and honestly at some of the scenes it was a big nope for me, some of the themes/tropes in this book are not the ones that should be read by younger readers. There were parts of this book that were great, but the writing and the story were unbalanced. With a little more development and polish this book could’ve been great. Get this book from your library if you’re interested in reading it.

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About the Author

Jillian is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark’s First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors.

In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home.

She’s still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee.

You can find them on: Website, TwitterGoodreads, Instagram

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 04/19/2021

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Hello bookish lovelies! Happy February and Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend! What are you reading today?

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Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes, #1)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Six Crimson Cranes

Author: Elizabeth Lim

Release Date: July 6th, 2021

Published By: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 464 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

A princess in exile, the boy she left at the altar, six enchanted cranes, and a dragon from the deepest sea… From the author of Spin the Dawn comes a breathtakingly original fantasy inspired by East Asian folklore and perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo or Tomi Adeyemi.

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Peniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne–a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain–no matter what it costs her.

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Goodreads Monday 04/05/2021

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Hello bookish lovelies! Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title: The Darkest Minds

Author:  Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: December 18th, 2012

Published by:  Disney Hyperion

Pages: 488 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

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Spell the Month in Books: April

Book Tag

Hello bookish lovelies! Time for Spell the Month in Books! I’ve seen this on other blogs and it looks fun! It was originally created by Reviews from the Stacks, and the idea is to spell the month using the first letter of book titles.

For this challenge, use the first letter of each book title to spell the current month (skipping articles such as A or The). You can either use titles from your TBR or books that you have read/reviewed.

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A: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French KissCan Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

 

 

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P: The Picture of Dorian Gray 

The Picture of Dorian Gray Dorian Gray is a beautiful yet corrupt man. When he wishes that a perfect portrait of himself would bear the signs of ageing in his place, the picture becomes his hideous secret, as it follows Dorian’s own downward spiral into cruelty and depravity.

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence.

 

 

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R: Rumpelstiltskin

 

Rumpelstiltskin: From the German of the Brothers Grimm

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I: Insurgent 

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian DIVERGENT series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

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L: Little Women

Little Women Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?

 

 

 

 

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First Lines Friday 03/12/2021

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Hey bookish lovelies! Happy Friday! We are back again with another First Lines Friday!

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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FIRST LINES:

“The trees have to be tied down by sunset. When the Woodsmen come, they always try to run. The girls who are skilled forgers fashion little iron stakes to drive through the roots of the trees and into the earth, anchoring them in place. With no gift for forging between the two of us, Boroka and I haul a great length of rope, snaring any trees we pass in clumsy loops and awkward knots. When we finish it looks the spider web of some giant creature, something the woods might cough up. “

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: The Wolf and the Woodsman

Author: Ava Reid

Release Date: June 8th, 2021

Published By: Del Rey

Pages: 448 pages

*****

The Wolf and the Woodsman

Synopsis:

In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times bestseller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut— inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology—follows a young pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to thwart a tyrant.

In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he’s no ordinary Woodsman—he’s the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother.

As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they’re on, and what they’re willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.

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Goodreads TBR Cleanup 03/11/2021

Hello bookish lovelies! There are two different TBR challenges/weekly tag/memes, but they are similar:  Goodreads TBR Cleanup and Down the TBR Hole. Now for both of these you choose to either keep or toss books off your Goodreads TBR. Down the TBR Hole has you start with the oldest additions to your TBR list and Goodreads TBR Cleanup uses a random number generator to choose a different place in your TBR list every time.

I decided to go with the Goodreads TBR Cleanup (created by @ Mega Bunny Reads) as I’ve tried to do Down the TBR Hole before but found myself not sticking with it. If you’re interested in Down the TBR Hole, then you can check out Lia @ Lost in a Story — she has a new blog @ Sunflowers and Wonder

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How It Works:

  • Go to your Goodreads want-to-read shelf.
  • Ask Siri (or any other generator) to pick a number between 1 and however many books are on the list.
  • Go to that book and look at it and the 4 after it, for a total of 5.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

For the number selection, I used an online random number generator.

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TODAY’S RANDOM NUMBER: 316

Book:

Shadow & Flame (Rime Chronicles, #2)From acclaimed author Mindee Arnett comes the thrilling conclusion of the stunningly epic, action-packed, and romantic fantasy adventure about a powerful girl possessed of strange magic, the outcast prince she loves, and the kingdom that has torn them apart.

Kate and Corwin are on the run, desperate for allies in a new world of war among the kingdoms of Rime. As the book opens, Kate suffers a massive loss, one that will shape the struggle for freedom of all wilders and magic folk—that is, if Kate can learn to control her own power.

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