Review: Ashes and Ice by Rochelle Maya Callen

15864513 Release Date: February 4, 2013

Publisher: C&C Legacy Publishing

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Format: Paperback (284 pages)

Source: Won

Rating: 3 stars

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From Goodreads: She is desperate to remember.
He is aching to forget.
Together, they are not broken.
But together, one may not survive.

Jade wakes up with no memory of her past and blood on her hands. 

Plagued by wicked thoughts, she searches for answers. Instead, she finds a boy who doesn’t offer her answers, but hope. But sometimes, when nightmares turn into reality and death follows you everywhere, hope is not enough. 

LUST. LOVE. LOSS. Sometimes, all that is left are Ashes and Ice.

My Thoughts: Jade is a mystery to herself. She has a sort of amnesia (I say this because the memories come very often), and wakes up covered in blood. So she really isn’t 100% amnesiac, which caused this book to be more of a drag for me. All of the flitting from scene to scene was exhausting to read. Especially, when each scene is explained in short detail. I like to get the gist of the events when I’m reading a book such as this one. I can’t even comprehend what the characters are trying to convey with incoherent thoughts. This was the big let down for me, and I truly hate that because the story line is good. 

Some of the characters in this book just doesn’t seem to fit right with this story. Clara, for instance, has no sense of self preservation. I was like, “hello, Jade is a stranger whom you’ve just met. Why ask her to stay with you?” Then I kept reading and reading and reading, only getting nowhere. And then there’s Connor, who pulls at your heartstrings. He was so broken in his introduction to this story, but got his spark by the end. I actually preferred his POV to Jade’s, because he seemed the most coherent and had a story to tell. But Jade is the MC, why? 

The big mystery is revealed  at the end. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the author did this. I get that you want the reader to be on the edge of their seats, but if that’s the case, why not make the story more mysterious instead of the constant dragging? The last half of this book is what really made me give it 3 stars. I was about to DNF it, but I pushed on through to finish. The point of the story is actually good, so if you don’t mind waiting through constant drivel, then read this book. I’m not sure if I will actually read the next book. This was just too much and too less at the same time. 

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ARC Review: Contact by Laurisa White Reyes



Release Date: June 23, 2014

Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Format: eARC

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 3 Stars

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From Goodreads: Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already, and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira, it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated in the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of a miracle drug. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth…but proving it just might get her killed!

Review: Mira Ortiz is in the hospital, yet again, for another suicide attempt. She just wants it all to go away– the memories, feelings, emotions, etc… from touching other people. She realizes that she has always had that feeling of reading ones emotions, but since she recently was immunized with the drug, Gaudium, it has become more enhanced. As she’s leaving her therapist’s office, she trips and falls over David (She literally falls in love with him). Days later she bumps into him again at one of her father’s functions. He’s vying for Governor, and is also under investigation for things that happened over 16 years ago with his pharmaceutical company (It’s a long story). The next morning she finds her mother unresponsive in her bed, and Mira’s life becomes chaos afterwards. She figures out things about her father and soon begins to put more pieces together, but she really has no idea who is behind the madness that is her life.

I really wanted to love this, I really did. Mira was so naive and gullible, it made me sick. One minute she was getting to the truth (sort of), and then she was berating herself for thinking the things she was thinking. In the end, it mattered, but not while trying to put the pieces together concerning her life and the mysterious gift she has. I can say that, if you read this book, don’t trust any revelations because in the end, you will be surprised. I was like, seriously? David is a great guy, with his own secrets. I actually liked his character more than Mira. For the most part, the premise is great. I liked the actual science of how Mira got her gift of reading people through touch. Some of the phrases at the end with her and Jordan, her father’s bodyguard? minion?, was a bit juvenile. Yes this is a YA book, but it was so not cool. Overall, it was okay. I can say that if there shall be a book 2, which the ending hinted at, I want to read it to see where it goes. Just okay, okay.

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Review: Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield



Release Date: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Format: Paperback (324 pages)

Source: Goodreads First Reads

Rating: 4 Stars


From Goodreads: Lucy, shipwrecked on an island at 8, is forbidden to sing by guardian Norrie. On All Hallows Eve 1667, at 15, she sings, and is swept into darkness. She wakes to hear powerful men hunt Chantresses who sing magic into the world. At the Invisible College she finds sanctuary, plots to overthrow the evil Lord Protector, and distrustful scientist-apprentice Nat. Only a Chantress can overcome the Protector, and Lucy is the last in England.

Review: I’m so glad that I entered the giveaway for this on Goodreads!  First off, the cover is gorgeous. Not only that, but the synopsis was the final deciding factor. I just ordered book 2, Chantress Alchemy, from Amazon. I’m ready to dive in! 

The heroine, Lucy, unintentionally transports herself to London, by way of singing. She finds out that she is a chantress and can sing things into being. She soon is told all about her family history and what is going on within England. She must sing a song to break the magic that the King’s protector, Scargrave, has. Lucy has to trust and believe in herself to find her voice that she has hidden for a long time. With all of this being put on her shoulders, she feels as any young lady in her situation should feel, unsure. 

I really enjoyed this book. The historical aspects are what made me want to read this book, truly. All Hallows Eve 1667, hello?? Lucy is very mature, yet naive. I think those are very good characteristics for a young heroine to have in YA books. She experiences the normal teen problems- crushes and self doubt. I loved her as a character and she made me want to keep reading and to see her save the day. A very good read that I definitely recommend. 

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Mini Review: Quintspinner by Dianne Greenlay


Title: Quintspinner (A Pirate’s Quest)

Series: Quintspinner Trilogy

Author: Dianne Greenlay

Release Date: November 1, 2011

Publisher: CreateSpace

Genre: Historical/YA/Adventure

Format: ebook (382 pages)

Rating: 3 stars



From Goodreads: As the daughter of a London physician in 1717, sixteen-year-old Tess Willoughby has seen her share of horrors and been to some of the city’s shadiest quarters. But a simple trip through the chaos of a London marketplace takes a bizarre twist. Tess witnesses the murder of a renowned elderly seer and unwittingly becomes the mistress of the woman’s prophetic spinner ring. Even worse, Tess’s panic-stricken trip home leads her to discover a secret family history that shocks Tess to her core. Unable to give up the bejeweled ring, Tess must embark on a treacherous voyage to the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies. Trapped on a merchant ship and unwillingly betrothed to the murderer who covets the power of her ring, Tess finds strength and comfort in the company of a handsome sailor, even though this growing temptation will most certainly jeopardize their lives. Even stranger, she soon realizes that even though her fianc is ruthless, he alone can secure her safety throughout their perilous journey. Thrust into a world she doesn’t understand to fulfill a role she is only beginning to grasp, Tess questions everything she has believed up to now. Her only hope of saving those she loves is to accept her destiny. And yet, the strange influence of her spinner ring could change everything … 

Review: Pirating! That was enough for me to want to read this book. If you know me at all, then you know that I’m obsessed with pirates. Blame Johnny Depp and his awesomeness. However, this is not a Caribbean adventure. It is definitely a well researched story. I enjoyed the danger and historical aspects of it all more than anything. The characters are all well written and this book doesn’t hold anything back regarding the circumstances of pirating. 

It’s an adventure with a little magic thrown in with misfits and pirates. A good book if you are looking for an adventurous read. I’d recommend it. I’ll be checking out the next book, just not right away. 

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Review: After The Parch by Sheldon Greene


Title: After The Parch

Author: Sheldon Greene

Release Date: March 21, 2014

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

Genre: YA Dystopia

Format: Paperback (220 pages)

Source: Bostick Communications

Rating: 3 stars

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From Goodreads: It’s 2075. California is nothing like we know it. The USA has broken up and California has become an independent refuge dominated by a single omnipotent corporation. Eighteen-year-old Bran, a shepherd, is given a mission to traverse the California republic in ten days, in order to save his rural community from forfeiting its land. On the way, he teams up with a seventeen-year-old girl who has the skills and prowess of a warrior, an eleven-year-old wild boy with uncanny survival skills, and a wandering musician with a secret revolutionary agenda.

Review: I don’t like to dish out half ratings, so I just round it off to the nearest whole number. This is definitely a 2.5 read. That being said, I had to give it a 3 for this review. This book could have been so much more, but I felt like I was reading a whole lot of other dystopian books that I’ve already had the pleasure of reading. Not the story itself, just words that made me think of those other books. Glades, Districts, ….. need I go on?

I couldn’t, for the life of me, connect with the MC Bran. His mission seemed so far fetched that I could not cheer him on as a character. He soon finds himself with a slue of other characters; one in particular, June, I just did not like. From her tough-like exterior and Bran’s immediate attraction to her, I was just not sold. Hello? Mavis? He totally forgot about her back home. There was like maybe a few sentences with Mavis’ character, and then she was no more. 

So why the 2.5-3 stars? This has the potential to be great. The story itself is something original, but certain terms were like the author just plucked them from other published books. I love when an author is original, and uses terms that are unique to the world that they’ve created. This book did not do that, and sadly It was not what I thought it would be. But, don’t let my thoughts on this book deter you from reading it, it was just not for me.

*I received this book from the author via Bostick Communications, in exchange for an honest review*

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{Blog Tour} Review: Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark


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Title: Uncovering Cobbogoth

Author: Hannah L. Clark

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing  & Media

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Source: Publisher

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Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister. 

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.


This is a very great book! I love fantasy and mythology, so this brought me back into reading the genres. I haven’t picked up a great fantasy book since… well it shall remain nameless for the sake of this review because I really don’t want to compare the two. Let’s just say, this book will make you sit and wonder. I really love the mythology of the Cobbogothians.

Norah grew up with her Uncle Jack, who is an archaeologist. She has always thought of the Cobbogothians as nothing more than a myth. One day she arrives from school to find her Uncle murdered. He left behind clues for Norah. Soon, she is on the run from police because she happened to be at the scene of yet another murder. She makes her way to Iceland, where everything she thought she knew about the world and her life changes exponentially. The romance level is a good one. I loved what little we get from Norah’s and James interactions. I’m excited to read the next book, and hopefully there will be more to James’ character. 

The characterizations and world building in this book are just amazing. I highly recommend reading this book!!! The mystery alone is worth reading it for. As for the ending, I wanted more. There was this void that I felt needed to be filled, so I’m guessing the next book will jump right back into the story. This is an amazing book to add to your favorites shelf, as it is already on mine.

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Author Bio

Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and their son in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English, and immediately began writing Uncovering Cobbogoth.

Hannah loves running, mythology, laughing, soulful bluegrass music, and growing things. Like her heroine, Norah, she is slightly inclined to believe that trees have souls.

To learn more about Hannah and the Cobbogoth series, visit

Rebekah G. Shakespear lives with her husband and two sons in Texas. She received a double degree in Graphic-Web and Print Design from Henry Ford Community College in Michigan.

Bekah loves being a mom, photography, illustrating, refinishing furniture, organizing and being related to the author, for whom she has held a long abiding love and admiration for since before Hannah was even born.







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Book Blitz: Desire by P.T. Michelle + Giveaway



Desire by P.T. Michelle 
(Brightest Kind of Darkness #4) 
Publication date: April 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

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Now that Nara and Ethan are working together to uncover the Corvus’ secrets, they’re confident nothing can stop them.

But while they’ve learned to anticipate dark outside forces gunning for them, neither is prepared for the insidious evil that slithers its way into their lives, nor the new challenges that surface so close to home.

Despite all the chaos and turmoil around them, the one constant they can depend on is their devotion and loyalty to each other. But as their relationship moves into deeper territory, sometimes the toughest battles are the ones waged within.

While the hunt for answers unravels more layers in the Corvus world, they also uncover new truths about themselves and their intricate connection to the powerful raven spirit.

When boundaries are suddenly redrawn and control shifts, Ethan and Nara will be forced to make choices that could bring them closer together or rip them apart forever.


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Author Bio


P.T. Michelle is the pseudonym of Patrice Michelle, author of fifteen adult romance novels and novellas. When P.T. isn’t working on the next book in her YA/New Adult crossover series, BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature. She often shares her pictures on her Facebook page while chatting about books with readers.

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ARC Review: Hexed by Michelle Krys


Title: Hexed (The Witch Hunter #1)

Author: Michelle Krys

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Source: eARC via Net Galley (384 pages)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 3 Stars

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From Goodreads: If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her friend?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life- and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.


This review may contain spoilers!!!!

Review: This book is not what I thought it would be. I tried so hard to love it, but only ended up feeling slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an okay read. I just felt like it could have been way more exciting than it actually was.

We start off with Indie, the MC, at cheer practice. Queue the popular snarky cheer captain Bianca, and her obvious love of authority. Gah, I disliked her immediately. Indie and Bianca are best friends, always have been. This is the typical high school drama. Popularity obviously rules. Devon is the super hot football star boyfriend to Indie, but it all goes downhill after a night of underage drinking at a party. Indie has been so caught up with trying to keep her popular status, that she has ignored the one person who turns out to be a true friend, Paige. I loved her from the moment Indie described her as being a nerd.

On the way to her mom’s occult shop after school, Indie and Page witness a murder. Suicide? They’re not sure but Indie sees a piece of paper with the dead guy and swipes it from the scene. When she opens it up, it has the name of her mom’s shop on it. Indie’s mom is all flighty and believes in things that Indie deems ridiculous. There’s a family Bible that she says has to be protected at all times. After that day, things get a little crazy in Indie’s world.

I found this to be okay. I wasn’t too pleased with Indie in the beginning. Especially how she treated Paige, who is the best character in the book. I kinda liked Bishop, if only for his sarcastic comebacks towards Indie. Those two argued like a married couple! But, it took too long to get to a certain point. I was crawling out of my skin waiting for something drastic to happen. One particular incident had me tearing up. I did not see that coming. I wasn’t too fond of Bianca and Jezebel. Jezebel is Bishop’s ex-girlfriend, go figure. I found the magic concept of this a little lacking. It wasn’t very exciting. At all. I enjoyed it, simply because Bishop and Indie’s bickering was the highlight of this book, not the magic and little mayhem.

Again, an okay read for me. I’m not sure i’ll jump into the next installment whenever it’s published. But, I would like to continue it at some point, just to see where it goes.

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Waiting On Wednesday #7: Reborn by C.C. Hunter



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This week I’m waiting on Reborn by C.C. Hunter.


Title: Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)

Author: C.C. Hunter

Release Date: May 20, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance

From Goodreads: For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed. When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?

I love vampires and shifters, so this looks like it will be worth reading. Although, I am NOT looking forward to the love triangle. Hopefully, the action will override it. What are you waiting on this week?

Series Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner


I decided to review the series as a whole, instead of one book at a time. I read these over the course of a week and a half, so I finished them rather quickly. It took me a while to get to them, since my obsessiveness with sticking to my TBR schedule won’t let up. I usually don’t buy print books of series until after I’ve read the first book and enjoyed it. But my itchy hands had to click on the boxed set for sale on Amazon earlier this year. Don’t blame me, blame my fingers! I actually had to order the prequel separately, but it was worth it. Okay, lets get to the review. There will be no spoilers (hopefully), just a little rundown of each book.


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Series: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Released Between: October 6, 2009 – August 14, 2012

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Source: Bought (boxed set paperbacks)

Genre: YA/Dystopia/Science-Fiction/Post-Apocalyptic 

Series Rating: 4 Stars

Purchase: Amazon

SYNOPSIS: Imagine waking up in total darkness, unsure of where of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You’re in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and everyday some of the kids– the Runners– venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever -changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.

Thomas is the new arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he’s unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?


This is a really amazing series. I’m a fan of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire movies (I didn’t read the books), but I read Mockingjay, so when others started comparing the two, I thought i’d give this series a shot. I can’t compare the first two books of THG trilogy with this, but going by the movies i’d hazard to say this series is more dramatic than THG. I read The Kill Order first since it’s the prequel for the trilogy.

Mark, the MC, teams up with Alec and they try to find a cure for the plague that’s killing the survivors of the solar flares that nearly wiped out Earth. He is recalling all that happened the year before, while also living in the present. The details are truly frightening to me. I was so keen on stopping, but it kept getting to the point where I couldn’t. And while I appreciate details, I think that some of the goriness could have been left out. This is supposed to be YA after all. After reading all of the books, I realized that The Kill Order really left me with questions. I assumed that it would be better to read it first, but I was wrong. There were characters that added nothing to the other books, I’m pretty sure that they didn’t need to be mentioned at all. Yes, you get to know what happened before the Glade, but this felt like a different story. Maybe I should have just read the trilogy, then maybe I wouldn’t think it was such a waste of my reading time.

In The Maze Runner, Thomas wakes up in the Glade with memory loss, surrounded by various teenage boys. He’s asking questions but getting no answers. There are multitudes of rules to follow, yet the place doesn’t seem half bad. Soon Thomas finds out what exactly is outside of the walls protecting the Glade. He and the others start to formulate a plan to leave the Glade. Apparently no one is allowed  inside the Maze, except the Runners. Once a girl is brought in, things change exponentially. The fight for survival is all to real for Thomas and the others. The author only gives out certain information in spurts, clearly to keep the reader wanting more. I immediately jumped to the next book.

The Scorch Trials nearly had me pulling out my hair. They are created to test out the survivors of the Glade by WICKED. It is really insane!! I couldn’t, for the life of me, stop reading. By the end, I was questioning my own mind. You never know who to trust, and there are new characters that make you want to hide under a rock. Seriously, it was just that gruesome. And yet, I kept reading like the masochist that I am. There is so much action in this one, much more than The Maze Runner. If WICKED isn’t enough to give you an idea of the dangerous situations, let me tell you what it stands for. World In Catastrophe Killzone Experiment Department, is that enough to make you cringe? This book was the least of my favorite in the trilogy. Again, Dashner gives you just enough to make you keep reading. It was beyond brilliant writing, but I can’t say that I would read it again. I’ll just wait for the movie (if there is a second).

Thomas goes through a lot in The Death Cure. And the character deaths were shocking, to say the least. I thought that a lot more would be revealed about WICKED, but it wasn’t. I’m not sure what to think about this book. The Maze Runner is the only book that I liked from the whole trilogy. James Dashner clearly doesn’t do too much character development here. We learn that the flare was created to control the population. Shocker there! (sarcasm intended)! In all the dystopian books, everything is about control. Yeah, kinda had that figured Mr. Dashner.

I was going to say that it was just okay, but that is an understatement of epic proportions. It is brilliant writing on parts, but others just made me want to throw it out with my garbage. I’m not so sure this should be classified as YA. It involves teens yes, but would I want my teen reading the gruesome details of this book? Not sure. Just like The Hunger Games trilogy, I am hesitant to let my cousins read it, simply because of all the deaths and kids killing kids thing. But, it is a good series to read, so therefore the 4 stars is warranted.

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