Writing Update #18

img_0317Can someone finish my revisions for me?

Honestly, I don’t know if they’re ever going to get done at this rate.

What’s really annoying, is I want to get back to Connor and McKenna and tell their story. I want to sit down and finish the revisions and edits so some CPs can read it. I want all of these things, so explain to me why I haven’t finished it yet. Why I haven’t opened the doc and just put my butt in a chair and done the work?

Instead, Shiny New Ideas are popping up left and right, begging to be written. Of course, I try and get the gist of them down on paper (so to speak) so I don’t lose them.

Like, can I stop having visceral, vivid dreams that lend themselves to be potential story ideas? Can I stop waking up from these dreams, filled with despair that they weren’t real? Can I stop feeling everything, including any touches that I dreamt up?

Why is my mind so cruel?

This stems from the fact that the other night I had a very vivid, very real feeling dream, where I’d found the love of my life, in a warring city, and I had to spy for the reigning government and testify at a hearing to get him back. Then I got him back, and he’d been stashed away for who knows how long and didn’t realize that the city we’d grown up in was in full war mode.

img_0312Y’all I remember the look on this fictional man’s face when his heart broke for his city. I remember sobbing when I was reunited with him, I felt pain in my knees waking up from where I crashed to them, upon seeing his face.

Then I woke up…in a bed…alone.

What the actual fuck brain?

Probably needless to say, but I spent the morning writing down the dream, filling in potential plot and world details for this story that I may or may not ever write.

And I still haven’t touched my actual WIP that I should be working on.

I think it was the last Writing Update, where I talked about imposter syndrome, and how writing kind of feels “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”. I guess I still kind of feel that way. I guess the mouths on Twitter are still in my head. Maybe it’s the constant barrage of “when are you going to finish writing your book” questions I get from family members, who don’t quite understand what it means to write a book.

Maybe it’s a million things, but the fact is, I’m still not writing, and I don’t know why. I’m terrified that it’s because I don’t want to tell that story anymore. Or that maybe I’m not cut out to write a book, that I’m just kidding myself, and I should just resign myself to reading and reviewing other people’s books.

It’s hard enough when the faceless people of Twitter are trying to dictate what people should and shouldn’t and can and can’t write. It’s another thing entirely, when the people closest to you, want to be supportive, but just don’t quite get it.

img_0315Maybe I’m just procrastinating and complaining because that’s easier than sitting down and making the changes I need to make. I miss being able to go to coffee shops, or Barnes and Nobles to write. I feel like, when I’m at home, there are a million more distractions, a million more things to do than write my book. But if I’m out, I feel like I have to be productive. Can I just blame Covid and the Pandemic for not finishing? That feels like a cheap excuse.

I don’t know. One of these days, I will finish these damn freaking revisions and people will get to read it. I want people to read it. I want people to fall in love with my characters. I want to be published. I want those things. I’m going to make it happen, it just might take some time…I guess.

When I get back from vacation, I’ll put my headphones on, play some folklore, make some coffee, put my butt in a chair and do it. I’ll work on my revisions. I’m writing this to hold me accountable, for you to hold me accountable.


Hopefully your writing progress is going better than mine!

Book Review: Crystal (Starlatten #1)

crystalTitle: Crystal

Author: Darby Cupid

Pub. Date: July 31, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

When she fell to Earth, she had no idea just how far she’d fall…

Someone wants Crystal Dead.
Princess Crystal Akinara survives the attack that kills her parents, only to find herself stranded on a strange, primitive planet called Earth, with no way of getting home.

Dylan has to choose.
Torn between passion and responsibility, Dylan’s world is changed forever as he risks everything to protect the injured girl he finds unconscious in a field.

Jake can’t remember.
Living with his violent uncle, Jake has no memory of his past, but when he’s sent to keep watch on a murdered scientist’s house, the truth about who he really is begins to unravel.

As their lives become inextricably tangled, new friendships are put to the test as they face dangerous strangers with mysterious and deadly powers. When Crystal discovers the reason behind her family’s assassination, she must accept the crown to save her planet, even if it means making the hardest choice of all.

This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% and my own.

This book gave me Lux series and Our Dark Stars vibes, and I’m so ready for book 2!

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll already know that I’m a big SF fan. But as much as I love a good “set in space” SF, I’m such a sucker for “first alien contact, soul mate, intergalactic turmoil, stranded on Earth, drama filled stories.

Like, such a sucker. So much so, I read this book in like 4 hours because I didn’t want to put it down. The only times I stopped reading was when I got too hot baking in the sun, so I had to go dip in the ocean to cool off. Then it was right back to devouring this book.

I will say that I felt like the plot was a tad rushed. I wish it had been just a little more drawn out and that (as the reader) I had more time to get to know the characters, before and after Crystal arrives. I liked the characters and liked that their personalities were different, and they seemed to complement each other well, but it was hard to 100% get emotionally behind them. I think the fast-paced plot lends to the insta love, which I’m normally not a fan of, at all, but damn. I ate it up in this book. I was wholly behind Dylan and Crystal. And with the way the book ends…that cliffhanger is cruel. I have bad feelings and I’m still internally sobbing with what happened.

I really want more insight into Dylan (and the rest of the cast). He seems to have it rough and despite having a group of friends, he feels lonely, like he has no one to talk to. At least, no one who will really understand. He needs a hug.

Now, Jake…that boy is trouble.


I think he means well, but damn. I’m kind of not a fan of Jake because of this weird possessiveness he gets over Crystal and how he just seems off. Though, from a narrative perspective, I’m very interested in seeing how this dynamic plays out. I don’t think it will be a love triangle, because I don’t think Crystal feels that way, but I’m all for drama, so bring it on.

I’m assuming this book takes place in England, though, that’s just a guess. With the way some of the characters talk, and the way Crystal describes the language as sloping and round, it led me to believe they’re speaking with British accents. No American uses “mate” that much lol. Again, I think this is where the rushed plot comes into play, but I wish more time had been spent on the world building. Even if it’s set-in modern-day England, or just a place that is supposed to emulate England, I wish that were clearer. I don’t think it’s ever specified, and it left the world open to some interpretation. Which, I guess, isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it left it feeling a bit unmoored.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I’m so looking forward to book 2. I have suspicions on how Crystal ended, and I want to know if I’m right or wrong. And I don’t know which one I want to be. But I’m very curious and very excited. If you’re looking for a quick, enjoyable SFF read, then you should definitely check this one out when it comes out July 31, 2020.


Currently Reading & Watching #17

3328aff5-bbde-492f-9d56-daf26cfdef5bAnother month has passed.

What the heck.

2020, you’ve really made time irrelevant.

I’m currently at the beach, and it’s glorious. I’m getting tan, sitting on the beach for hours, reading books and drinking. It’s honestly so nice to be out of my house. But being at the beach means I’m not watching much of anything, so this post is going to be short.


The Princess Will Save You

I don’t know if it’s because I was super anticipating this book or what, but I’m not enjoying it as much as I thought I was going to. It’s not bad, but I’m kind of disappointed. When you tout something as Gender-bent Princess Bride, it sends a message. So far, I’m just kind of confused about the mechanics of the world, and I don’t really feel anything for the characters. I’m still in the beginning of the book, so maybe that will change. I hope it will change.

img_0291King Maker

I’ve been reading this for a month, and I’m still only halfway through. I enjoy the book every time I pick it up, but it’s long and whenever I have time to pick it up, I’m exhausted. If I hadn’t been working, I most definitely would have finished it at the beginning of the month, but alas that’s not the case. I brought it with me to the beach, but I have other beach reads I want to get to while I’m here.

The Empire of Gold

I was listening to the audiobook while at work and I have a little over 4 hours left. I’m stressed, and I left off on a very stressful reunion and I can’t bring myself to finish it because I’m terrified of how it will end. I want to finish it, because I need to know how it all ends, but the potential ending terrifies me, and if I don’t finish, it can’t hurt me.


NetGalley granted me a chapter sampler of Alex Bracken’s next book, and I’m only like 30% into it and already I know that I’m going to be really annoyed waiting for the finished book. I’m a sucker for Greek Mythology and this seems like a fresh take, so I’m pumped!


I’m on vacation, spending most of my time drinking and reading, so apart from about 30 min of HGTV right before I go to bed, I really haven’t watched much of anything this month. While I was at work, I came home too exhausted to watch anything, and I had to muster enough energy to read, blog and do basic things around the house.

I have wasted way too much time on TikTok, so if you want to count that as watching things…then I’ve spent too many hours on the app.

What have you been reading & watching?

Book Review: Haze

HazeTitle: Haze

Author: Rebecca Crunden

Pub. Date: August 6, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

When Eliza Owens gets a phone call in the middle of the night from a girl she’s never met, she doesn’t know what to think. The girl introduces herself as Paige, and says she used to date Erik Stern, Eliza’s fiancé. What’s more, she has something important to discuss.

The only problem? Paige has been dead for years.

Believing it to be a sick prank, Eliza tries to force it from her mind until Sam, Eliza’s older sister, tells her she met Paige only a few weeks before. And, according to Sam, Paige has nothing nice to say about Erik.

The fight which follows shatters the lives of everyone involved, and Erik disappears without a trace.

Five years later, Erik returns to town after his father’s death. Old wounds quickly resurface, and with them several burning questions. None the least of which is: Who spoke to Eliza and Sam if it wasn’t Paige? And why?

This will be a spoiler free review. I was given a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

This book pleasantly surprised me. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I’ve read my fair share of suspense/mystery/thrillers, thought it isn’t my preferred genre and honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from this. I definitely didn’t see the twist/reveal at the end, but overall it was enjoyable.

I do wish that the plot had been a little more drawn out. Everything happened so quickly, so fast and it felt like a whirlwind. The massive time jumps didn’t exactly help, but besides the fast pace of the plot, the book was overall enjoyable.

The mystery aspect of the book definitely intrigues you, as does the start of the book. Two kids trying to summon the dead? Um, yes please.

Yikes, that sounds bad, but what a way to drag the reader into the story. Then it just goes from there, and you’re drawn into Erik and Eliza’s world.

I actually kind of got Jennifer L. Armentrout vibes – kind of reminded me of her NA contemporaries, like Frigid or Till Death. The epic love story-ness that seemed to be Erik and Eliza’s relationship had me hooked and completely involved. I will say that I kind of wish we’d had more backstory, more time with the characters. While I rooted for them, felt for them, they did kind of feel a bit surface. This just ties into the quick paced plot.

I liked the cast of characters, and Miles is probably my favorite. I love protector, big brother types. Like, so much. His relationship with Eliza is pretty wholesome, and I loved that he would always answer the phone if she called.

With a little more time spent exploring the world, the characters, the mystery, this book would have been even better.

As it stands, it’s still really enjoyable and it makes for a pretty quick read – something I do enjoy from time to time. I binged this book in pretty much one sitting. I stayed in the hot tub until I finished the book. I refused to leave until I finished the book. I really didn’t see the plot twist at the end. It had me audibly go “what” to myself. It added a really interesting element to the story that I really liked, but I wish there had been more time to expand on it.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I’m grateful Rebecca reached out to me. I don’t know if I would have stumbled upon it by myself. If you’re looking for a quick, suspense/mystery read, then you should pick this up!

The Bibliophiles Night Out Tag

a night outI’m not a partier. I’d much rather stay home, curled up on the couch reading or watching something. Though, getting together with some friends is fun, I’m really not one to head out to the bars and clubs.

Maybe I’m lame, but I’ve never really experienced anything in this tag. But it looked fun, I loved Beth’s answers, and it’s different from other tags I’ve done. I found Beth’s post over on BooksNest while looking for tags to do when I’ve done too many reviews. I’ve linked her post, so make sure you check it out and see what books she answered with!


Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
Answer the questions below
Tag 5 bloggers to take part


Pre-drinks | A prequel/novella you’ve read

Becoming the Dark Prince…I need the whole series from Thomas Cresswell’s point of view. I mean, we were robbed.

The taxi to town | A book about travel

Again, but Better. This book was so good, so much fun and instantly a new favorite. I felt like I was transported back to London. I highly recommend if you’re into contemporary books that feature a little bit of fate and magic.

Trying to find a table | A book you didn’t like to start with, but then ended up loving

The Obsidian Tower – not liking is a bit harsh, but I was definitely uncertain in the beginning and ended up being blown away. It’s one of those books that the longer you think about it after finishing it, the more you realize just how good and amazing it was.

First round of drinks | A first book in a series

Wait for You, simply because I just finished reading it and forgot how enjoyable it is. JLA knows how to write addicting books. I totally forgot the plot of this book, and really only remembered the tortoise…

 The dance floor | A book that makes you want to jump up and down with excitement

More than we can tell, this is such an amazing book. I’ve read it so many times and I just fall in love with it over and over. But if we’re talking upcoming releases…well, there are really too many for me to list. But I’m dying for all of them.

The toilets | A book you wouldn’t touch with a barge pole

The Red Queen and subsequent books. I was less than impressed with that book and never bothered to continue the series. I’m so glad I never actually spent money on the series, and just used a free Audible credit to listen to it.

The firs to bail | The last book you DNF’d

Journeys Through Faladon. Yuck. It was a mess and one of the authors or someone affiliated treated me like shit, so no thank you. 10/10 do not recommend.

The journey home | A book you can’t really remember the plot of anymore

Lol, basically every book after two weeks. But I really remember nothing of The Goddess Test. It’s been too long. I need some more Greek Mythology in my life.

The morning after | A comfort read

Basically, anything JLA. I legit mean anything. Plop one of her books in my hand and I’m guaranteed to enjoy it. They’re the books that get me out of reading slumps.

I’m not going to tag anyone specific, so feel free to do this tag if you want! I’d love to see your answers, so let me know in the comments if you do, do it!

The Fictional Bucket List Tag

How often do we wish that we could just slip inside some of our favorite reads, and experience that world?

For me, it’s often.

Especially in 2020…any escape would be fantastic.

I read so many amazing books, it’s can honestly be hard not wishing that they were real. I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. That book that just pulls at your soul, that you desperately wish were real – a real place that you could go and visit and experience, in real life, in person. Or maybe you want that fictional character to be real, because they’re just so perfect.

Basically, the idea of this tag is to list place and something(s) you’d want to do while you visited these fictional worlds – places you’d like to visit, experiences you’d love to have and/or people you’d like to meet. I think I’m going to struggle with picking which worlds to choose from! Since that is going to be the case, I’m limiting myself to 10 fictional worlds. Otherwise we’d all be here all day.

I first saw this tag over on Scorpio Book Dreams, but I think Jesse the Reader was the creator of this tag. I’ve linked both of their Fictional Bucket Lists, so make sure you check them out!

Daevabad Trilogy // Experience Daevabad with either Dara or Ali

I’m currently super immersed in this world and would legit die if I got to see it in real life, firsthand. I’m also a tad obsessed, so I’m sure that plays a part.


Harry Potter // Go to Hogwarts

There will always be a part of me that will wish for my Hogwarts acceptance letter. I just want to go and experience everything…though, maybe not everything Harry went through…


Dark Shores Series // Travel with Marcus or Killian

I’m weak. What do you expect? Apart from the fact that I find Rome/Roman inspired things very interesting (Rome is one of my favorite cities) Marcus and Killian are hot. It’s shameless, but this is a bucket list, so who cares.

dark shores 2

Stalking Jack the Ripper Series // Date Thomas Cresswell

I’M SORRY OKAY? But I totally would visit this world with the sole intention of dating him and listening to him talk. British accent anyone?

thomas cresswell

A Court of Thorns and Roses // Befriend the Inner Circle

I mean…I think this is self-explanatory.

inner circle

House of Earth and Blood // Visit Crescent City

A fantasy land where cellphones work? Can you imagine the Instagram pics?? Lol, just kidding. I’m not one for big cities, but I would still like to see it at least once…as if it were a real place.

cc map

Air Awakens Series // Visit the Solaris Empire/world

This is one of my favorite series, and I’m always inspired at the world Elise created. It’s vast and diverse and full of so many secrets. It would be really cool to travel there and explore.

air awakens map

The Bridge Kingdom Series // See the Bridge

The world is stunning, but I’ve always had a tad trouble fully visualizing the bridge, so I’d love to see it in person.


The Lux Series // Move in next door to Daemon

Yes, I fully take over Katy’s role in the series. It’s Daemon, ‘nuff said.


Narnia // self-explanatory

Do I really need to explain this one? It’s Narnia. Take me on a hero’s journey through a wardrobe!


Let me know if you do this tag! I’d love to see your bucket lists!

Book Review: Dark Skies (Dark Shores #2)

dark skiesTitle: Dark Skies

Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Pub. Date: May 5, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of the most powerful man in the Celendor Empire. Her life in danger, she flees west to the far side of the Endless Seas and finds herself entangled in a foreign war where her burgeoning powers are sought by both sides.

Killian is Marked by the God of War, but his gifts fail him when the realm under the dominion of the Corrupter invades Mudamora. Disgraced, he swears his sword to the kingdom’s only hope: the crown princess. But the choice sees him caught up in a web of political intrigue that will put his oath – and his heart – to the test.

With Mudamora falling beneath the armies of the Corrupter, Lydia and Killian strike a bargain to save those they love most—but it is a bargain with unintended and disastrous consequences. Truths are revealed, birthrights claimed, and loyalties questioned—all while a menace deadlier and more far-reaching than they realize sweeps across the world. 

This will be a spoiler free review. I listened to the Audible audiobook.

Talk about slow burn romance.


I was dying inside.

I just wanted to force them to kiss and break the tension between them.

Just like with Dark Shores, this book didn’t disappoint. I was a little disappointed going in, since it wasn’t about Teriana and Marcus (I seriously need the next part of their story jfc), but Killian and Lydia…oh boy. I loved them. I loved how we got the see scenes from Dark Shores from Lydia’s point of view, and how she ended up in Mudamora.

Dark Shores and Dark Skies take place during the same time period, and it explores how Lydia impacted events in Dark Shores and further expanded the world that Danielle so masterfully created. I mean, you can’t help but get wholly absorbed and immersed in this world. Just like with her other books, the world and the characters just come to life on the page and in your mind. You’re instantly transported into the story.

I honestly wasn’t expecting to like Lydia as much as I did. Simply because we spend a whole book with Teriana hurt and betrayed and basically railing against her friend. But then we learn that things didn’t play out at all like Teriana thought, and Lydia has this silent strength that is really endearing. She ends up in way over her head, and just grows and becomes this very capable bad ass. For someone who’s life is completely uprooted, she handles it pretty freaking well.

Then you have Killian. I’ve said it before, you name a character Killian, and I’m going to love him. Guess what, he doesn’t disappoint, at all. His character is honorable, he has his flaws and he’s always trying to do the right thing. What more can you ask for?

Also, the sheer fact that he found Lydia’s glasses and brought them to her

This book is full of twists and turns. There’s betrayal and the “bad” guy isn’t just the evil Queen or the blight affecting the land. I really didn’t expect the ending, and I’m curious to see if a certain someone is going to be making an appearance in book 3. I really wouldn’t mind if this person didn’t, but I bet they do. It would be an even bigger plot twist. But like, the ending itself was, mind blowing-ly (is that a word?) tense and I couldn’t wait to finish it, even though I was beyond stressed.

I’m SO ANNOYED with how it ended between Lydia and Killian, and I need book 3, like, yesterday. I groaned and breathed “no” while listening at work, because that couldn’t be how this book was going to end.

Once again Danielle did not disappoint. I’ve said it a few times now, she’s a master and her books just come to life and draw you in. Her characters are so good and so engaging that you have to like them. That and how she writes their relationships is perfect. If you haven’t yet, you should definitely pick up Dark Shores and Dark Skies! You’re seriously missing out and depriving yourself of some really, really good books.


Book Review: Dark Shores (Dark Shores #1)

dark shoresTitle: Dark Shores

Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Pub. Date: May 7, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.


Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.


Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.


When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

This will be a spoiler free review. I listened to the Audible audiobook.

Why did I wait so long to read this book?!

Danielle is a freaking wizard when it comes to writing, and this book is no exception. I loved her The Bridge Kingdom and The Traitor Queen, so I expected great things. My expectations were high, and omfg this book did not disappoint.

Like, at all.

I was sucked in from the very beginning and found myself listening to it when I wasn’t at work. I couldn’t stop, I desperately needed to know what happened next.

The big thing that struck me, and kept striking me, was how cinematic this book came across. Danielle is a master at crafting a story, a brilliant world with amazing characters, but this just unfurled in my mind as if it were a movie.

So, freaking cinematic.

I was never bored listening to this book; I loved the cast of characters. Teriana and her spitfire ways, her willingness to do whatever needs to be done, to take whatever chances she needed to…I loved her. And then you have Marcus.

Fuck me. I loved him.

I don’t know what it is, but I love characters that are basically stuck between a rock and a hard place, and they must “do their duty”, all while internally contemplating if their duty is “right”. They’re also typically falling for the hot head heroine, so, Marcus does it for me. And when you pair Teriana and him together, sparks fly, and some choice barbed words are shared, and you just want to shove them together. The sexual tension was…*chef’s kiss* so good.

Then there’s the freaking ending, and I wanted to scream. Because of course it ended that way! Waiting for Gilded Serpents is legit going to suck so much.

I really, really enjoyed the world Danielle created. Roman, without explicitly being Roman. It made it really easy to imagine the world, the scope of the Celendor Empire. It very easily came to life in my mind. Then you had the Maarin, the magical bridge between the two halves of the world. Then you had the Dark Shores, with Gods and magic and so much unknown. I mean, this book literally has everything you could want in a book.

I really loved the scene that felt reminiscent of the Journey to the end of the world and back scene in POTC: At Worlds End. You know the one.

That scene was beyond vivid. I felt like I was right there, experiencing it first-hand. Again, Danielle is a freaking wizard. Marcus’ fear was palpable as his whole world basically crashed around him.

I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. If you want to get utterly lost and swept away in a story, pick this book up. You can’t go wrong with an enemies to lovers, twist and turns, jaw dropping moments book that constantly leaves you wanting more.


What Books I’m Bringing to the Beach – 2020 Edition

img_0217I’m not really sure how it’s been almost a year to the day since I last did one of these posts, but here I am.

It’s sort of strange to realize that I leave for the beach on Saturday, and that it’s already basically the end of July.

2020 is the year time stopped meaning absolutely anything. Honestly, it feels like New Year’s Eve was yesterday, but also like ten years ago. There is a definitely a glitch in the simulation.

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Book Review: Straight On Till Morning (A Twisted Tale #8)

straight on till morningTitle: Straight On Till Morning

Author: Liz Braswell

Pub. Date: February 4, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

What if Wendy first traveled to Neverland… with Captain Hook?

Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling’s life is not what she imagined it would be. The doldrums of an empty house after her brothers have gone to school, the dull parties where everyone thinks she talks too much, and the fact that her parents have decided to send her away to Ireland as a governess-it all makes her wish things could be different.

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