Audiobook Review: Invincible

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Thom

Series: Piercing the Veil Trilogy, Book 2

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Released: Sep. 07, 2018

Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The Shadow Lord rises again seeking a weapon of ultimate power.

Peter Stewart is a dead ringer for the legendary King Arthur, and because of that, everyone in Carlion believes that he is the Child of the Prophecy, destined to destroy the Shadow Lord. But Peter doesn’t want to be a hero; all he wants to be is left alone.

Lily Portman also fits the prophecy. Having spent her entire life as an orphan and a misfit, Lily would love nothing more than to be the Child of the Prophecy, so she envies Peter…but she’s also developing a crush on him. And it seems to her that he couldn’t care less.

Isdemus and the Watchers believe that it is only a matter of time before Peter’s twin brother Kane betrays them all and frees the Shadow Lord. The winner of the war to come depends on who has the legendary Philosopher’s Stone – the only problem is, it has been lost since the days of Arthur. With the help of a skeptical anthropologist, the Watchers attempt to decode the ancient treasure maps that lead them to the heart of Egypt and the dawn of time. Meanwhile, Lily and Peter discover that Peter holds the real key to the mystery…but will they be too late?

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Melissa has over 17 years’ experience as a voice actor, broadcaster, presenter, entrepreneur & communications consultant. Always fond of spinning a good yarn, she has an English Literature degree & studied acting at Bristol Old Vic & The American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. Melissa kicked off her career in 1999 as station voice at Surf 107.2, Brighton. She went on to host breakfast for the GWR Group and Sunday breakfast on Galaxy 101 for Chrysalis. Numerous gigs for major brands followed, including Heineken – where she was the main voice for their ‘Found @ Thirst’ annual Caribbean DJ competition for over 4 years. Current clients include Google, Facebook, The Economist and Late Night Tales – a series of artist curated compilation albums.

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How can I review such an incredible book without revealing what happens in book 1? I will limit myself to describing how amazing this world is, even if I have already mentioned that in my review for Intangible . A beautiful story that has geographical, physical and historical aspects that mix together in this explosive sequel.

Things are clear now, everybody has a purpose and everybody knows what they have to do. If they like it or not, that’s a different story. The fight  against evil is starting and heroes will rise. I was not expecting the events in the story. I mean, from the first book to this second one, the characters evolve so much. Peter was a nonbeliever. He needed a scientific explanation for anything. Well, prove this! Lily, who in Intangible was as lost as a needle in a haystack now knows exactly where she belongs and how she fits in the legend.

There are so many elements that will keep you captivated and that will push you one chapter forward and then another, and then another… until unfortunately it ends. And that makes you wish for more. I love it and I have no other words to say it better! I MUST HAVE the conclusion now please?

The narration was amazing! I loved the emotions, I loved how she acted every scene and I loved the accent! I don’t know, I loved everything and so much about this audiobook.

This is a C.A. Grey month for me. I am also in the middle of another series by the same author and I am now a prisoner of her writing. Lucky for me, this is a high class prison and I feel so so good! Thank you J 5 stars!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Book Review: Tunes

What’s more cliché than falling for a guy in a band or pinning for the one who got away? Find out in TUNES by KC Enders, a Beekman Hills novel where a no-strings spring break fling turns into something more for Gracyn George and rocker Gavin Keller. Fans of A.L. Jackson’s STAY, DRUMLINE by Stacy Kestwick, and authors Jiffy Kate & Winter Renshaw will love this spicy and angsty second-chance romance.

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Author: KC Enders

Release Date: October 1, 2018

Publisher: Self-published

Series: Beekman Hills #2

Genres: New Adult Romance

Word Count: 73K

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What’s more cliché than falling for a guy in a band?

A no-strings fling is all it was meant to be for Gracyn George. Sun, sand, sex, and then move on. That was before he strummed his way into her life. Each note leaving a tingle in her spine, their lasting melodies burned into her memory.

What’s more cliché than pining for the one who got away?

Gavin Keller has sacrificed far too much to chase after the girl who snuck out in the middle of the night and left him wondering, What if …

No matter how high his star rises or how many sold-out shows he plays, he ends each concert scanning the audience for her.

What was supposed to be temporary becomes a longing neither is willing to let go. After months of trying to move on, can they sync the tunes in their hearts?

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A twist that no one can imagine.

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Oh, what an interesting story and what interesting characters! K. C. Enders does a great job portraying the conflicts and underlying the personalities. I loved every page, even if the beginning was not so much to my liking.

First of all, let me remark how the names of the main characters seem to complement each other. Gavin and Gracyn are exactly what the other needs. Gracyn whishes a bit more freedom from all the expectations her family has, freedom from all the appearances they have to maintain. Gavin has the perfect parents. They support his dream and even encourage him to follow it.

The beginning was not necessarily my favorite part and it was not very believable. It’s visible Gracyn is less under her family’s influence, but the constant chase between them made me a little tired. But lucky for me, I didn’t give up, because what followed, blew my mind. They fall apart at some point and the way they come back together is emotional and very well realized. How they both opened their worlds to each other, the determination they put into transforming what they have into a functional relationship is fantastic!

Two other things did not convince me much – the cover (I am sorry, I don’t like it… I like my guys with a haircut; I understand the idea, but not like it) and the other band members. We get an insight into one of the guys, the good one, but the others… I still need to check their respective stories to understand them.

All in all, I did like “Tunes”. I know I have complained a lot about small things, but the story is interesting and we have two characters coming from different worlds and trying to make a relationship work. A short fling becomes more. I like that J 4 out of 5 stars.

 

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Karin is a New York Girl living in a Midwest world. A connoisseur of great words, fine bourbon, and strong coffee, she’s married to the love of her life who is also her best friend. The mother of two grown men, she is proud to say that they can cook, open car doors for the ladies, and clean up after themselves (you’re welcome, world). Even though her boys no longer live at home, the three dogs she’s rescued have taken up their empty space.

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Audiobook Review: Gods of Blood and Bone

Author: Azalea Ellis

Narrator: Natalie Duke

Length: 16 hours and 48 minutes

Series: Seeds of Chaos, Book 1

Publisher: Seladore Publishing

Released: Aug. 21, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; LitRPG

My name is Eve Redding, and I am the new god.

They captured me in a dirty alley and injected me with a virtual reality chip, a GPS tracker, and my first Seed. They made me a Player. At first, I loved the miraculous ability to level up anything about myself.

Then they yanked me off my world for the first time and sent me to fight for my life on a vicious alien planet where the other Players are just as dangerous as the monsters, and if you can’t level up, you die. But I’m the type to cling to life by the tips of my bloody fingernails. And I hate it when people try to control me.

Gods of Blood and Bone is the first book in the Seeds of Chaos series, a LitRPG/GameLit book that combines science fiction and game elements. Fans of Ready Player One, Red Rising, and The Hunger Games will likely enjoy this series.

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Azalea Ellis loves to bend the world to her will. Maybe that’s why she likes writing books. Creating worlds and people and then sending them through every ordeal imaginable might even give her some kind of sick thrill. Who knows? Maybe she just likes taking things from her head and bringing them to life. She’s fascinated by almost everything, and wishes she could live to be a thousand, so she would have time to learn and do everything she wants.

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Natalie Duke has been a working voice actor and member of SAG-AFTRA since she was eight years old. Natalie’s young announcer voice could be heard on spots for big-name companies like McDonald’s, Payless, Chex Cereal, Embassy Suites Hotels and many more. She even lent her singing talents to Gatorade’s famous “Be Like Mike” campaign with Michael Jordan. Now an adult, Natalie’s still going strong. These days, you can hear her on national TV and radio campaigns for Kellogg, Flintstones Vitamins, McDonald’s, Sears, Laughing Cow Cheese, Safeway, Alka-Seltzer, Potbelly, Purina, Kmart, Famous Footwear, Nationwide Insurance, DeVry, KFC and more.

In the past few years, Natalie has also discovered a new passion in the voice world with audiobooks. An avid reader since she was a wee child, Natalie has immersed herself in the world of audiobooks and is grateful that she is lucky enough to have a career where she gets to read every day while also using her voice to create dozens of interesting characters. To date, she has recorded over 50 titles. She has a professional home studio where she can record any time day or night, but when she wants to escape her cave and be around other humans, she also has access to record from ARU Chicago, a state of the art recording studio in downtown Chicago. Natalie is a proud member of the Audio Publishers Association (APA). You can find all her titles on Audible.com.

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I was not expecting this. I was so afraid to go through this audiobook, as it was so long. Also, I have never read a LitRPG novel and I didn’t even know what it ment (a combination of literary and role playing game; basically: fantasy books + video games). The blurb is very attractive and believe me, if you decide to give it a try, it will be one of the best decisions ever made!

“Gods of Blood and Bone” is addictive. It catches you and you don’t even know when the time flies, all you do is wait for the next round, see how the players will react or who/what will they face. It’s an active game, in which all try to avoid “GAME Over”, as it would bring death in real life. Yeah, yeah, I know it happens in most books – I looked it up, but it’s how the author does it that’s important. Azalea Ellis does it great. She keeps the reader right with the characters and the world she has developed is so interesting and complex.

Our main character is strong, determined and must always evolve if she wants to survive and be one step ahead of her competition. I loved her will of winning, I loved her character and how she evolves, not only as a player but as a person. I am so curious to see what happens next (I was actually expecting a more stable conclusion, after so many hours).

As for the narration, I have nothing bad to say. I loved it. I mean, seriously, after 19 hours of listening to the same voice (I try to avoid the increase of speed when possible, just to hear it in the natural rhythm), interpreting various characters, I cannot say anything bad. I loved it and I loved the strength the interpretation depicted.

So 5 out of 5 stars for a story that gripped me from the very beginning. I cannot wait to find out what happens next and I cannot wait to read more books by this author. She is really wonderful when it comes to world and character development.

 

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Audiobook review: Intangible

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Rebecca McKernan

Series: Piercing the Veil Trilogy, Book 1

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Released: July 19, 2018

Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Peter Stewart grew up on a unique version of the Arthurian legends taught him by his father, a harebrained quantum physicist who asserts that anything is possible. But Peter disbelieves anything which cannot be scientifically explained, despite a nagging sense that there is more to the world than meets the eye.

Lily Portman is an orphan with a secret: she can see creatures that are invisible to everyone else. These creatures control every human being she has ever met to varying degrees…until she meets Peter and his father.

When a mysterious stranger stages an accident which nearly costs Peter and Lily their lives, suddenly Lily learns that she is not crazy after all, and Peter discovers the truth of his father’s stories…including the existence of Arthur’s ancient nemesis, one who calls himself the Shadow Lord, and a prophecy with implications so profound that it will alter not only the course of their lives, but potentially the fate of the world.

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Born in the eighties, her formative years in the nineties, Rebecca’s taste in music and fashion never really had a chance. Fortunately, you can’t tell these things from her writing or voice over work. Her first novel, Trespasser, is as dark as her neon is bright, and you’d never guess from hearing her that she’s narrating science fiction in nothing but unicorn pants. Currently residing in London, Rebecca is passionate about travel, and has a good- albeit sometimes dubious- ear for accents. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in something or other, has a background in musical theatre, a past career in burlesque, and is a classically trained opera singer. Oh, and she likes greyhounds. And wine.

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I have listened to C.A. Gray’s books and probably this will be a month full of reviews for those. She brings us this time another fabulous story, with a fabulous world and great characters! I am used by now with her amazing writing and to her way of sending us exploring, to her way of capturing our attention and … blowing our minds! Oh, and the covers! All her books have such beautiful covers!

Ok, back to “Intangible”. The author takes a legend and turns it into so much! One normal girl, who can see things beyond our world (yup, normal alight) discovers things she shouldn’t. She had no way of knowing she was already one step in, because she was already different. And with Peter at her side, there are promises for so much more.

We have great characters and a great base for our plot. But what I mostly liked was the world and all that comes with it. I mean, this book is not a short one. It has 12 hours almost. But I didn’t know when the time went by. I was so captivated and I wanted to know what happened next. And I cannot wait to follow with the next books in the series.

The narration was quite ok. It was a clear narration, although I must admit I would have liked a little more voice acting and a little more depth to our characters, especially because Lily is one strong girl. But other than that, I have no complains 🙂

All in all, I cannot wait to see what happens next and I cannot wait to spend more time in this amazing world! Congratulations to the author for yet another great book!

 

 

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Release Blitz: Suddenly Single

Suddenly Single
SUDDENLY SINGLE
New York Times Bestselling Author
Julia London
Series: Lake Haven Book 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 19, 2018
Freespirit Jenny needs to get her life together. Pragmatic Edan has his life together. Unicorn, meet mule…
Jenny Turner needs to get her life together. She knows it, everyone knows it, and she’s going to do it. Soon. But one night when she catches her sometimes “boyfriend” cheating on her in the middle of a summer camping trip, she winds up at a quaint inn on the north shore of Lake Haven that it closed. This presents a problem. She can’t go home–her dad has a new woman in his life and doesn’t need Jenny’s help anymore. She can’t go to her friends–they are too eager to hook Jenny up with a job. With no place else to go, Jenny must convince the gruff but very hot innkeeper–who is wearing a kilt for some reason–to let her a stay a night. . .or ten.
Edan Mackenzie is closing up shop and going home to Scotland. He came to America a few years ago to help a favorite aunt with her inn and to see part of the world. But he ended up working so much he saw nothing, his aunt died, his girlfriend left him, and suddenly, the usually pragmatic Edan doesn’t know who he was or what he’s doing with his life anymore. He’s come up with a firm plan and specific goals and has no patience for those who don’t do the same. But then a woman with shining blue eyes and long legs walks right past his CLOSED sign and into his life, and clearly has no idea what she’s doing.
At first, Edan is mystified. But then he notices that chatty Jenny is starting to make sense in a weird way, and maybe her plans for getting her life together are perhaps better than his, and maybe this pretty, daffy woman is exactly what Edan needed all along. Just maybe, two people struggling to figure out where life will take them stumble into each other in the right cozy inn at the right time. . .
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Jenny leaned over the kitchen island to get a look at the trout. “Well now, that looks delicious. I don’t suppose you have any wine to go with it?”
“All civilized men have wine to go with fish. What sort of wine would you like, lass?”
She stopped chopping and gave him a pointed look. “Jenny,” she said, and smiled sweetly. “My name is Jenny. I know you know that, but I am reminding you in case it slipped your mind now that we’re hanging out.”
“Now that we’re…? We’re no’ hanging out,” Edan said instantly, quite sure he’d never uttered those words in his life, and quite sure this was not that.
“Yes we are,” she said with great assurance. “A man doesn’t offer to take a woman to town and then invite her in for dinner if they aren’t hanging out.”
He gaped at her. “How have you managed to finagle your way into a ride and invite yourself in for dinner and somehow convince yourself it was the other way around?”
“Well, whatever you want to call it, we keep ending up together–”
“We donna end up together. You keep appearing,” he said, gesturing in the direction of the terrace.
“Yes, and you keep calling me lass. Not that I’m opposed to that,” she said. “I actually like the way it sounds. Lass. I get a shivery feeling when you say it. It’s kind of a turn-on.”
Edan raised his brows. What the hell was she talking about now?
“Hey,” she said, gesturing with her knife, “don’t you think it’s interesting, all the little things that are a turn-on to people? Like your accent, or the way you call me lass. Hands are a turn-on, too,” she said, and held up her hand.
Edan looked at his.
“See?” she said, wiggling her fingers at him. “Hands.”
“Who are you?”
“I told you. Jenny. Don’t forget it.” She winked.
“I think there is verra little chance I shall ever forget it,” he said in all sincerity.
Jenny laughed, and her eyes had a mischievous little shine to them. He put the trout down. “All right, then. What sort of wine would you like, Jenny?” he asked, articulating her name.
Her lips curved into a pert grin. “White, please, Edan. Is it all right if I call you Edan? I know I have and I didn’t ask you before, but you said most people call you Mr. Mackenzie, which, let’s be honest, does not feel right, especially since, you know, we have this thing going.” She gestured between them with a knife. “We’re like, two peas in a pod.”
“We’re no’,” he countered.
“But we are! We’re both sort of drifting.”
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Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author of more than forty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Highland Grooms historical series, including Wild Wicked Scot, Sinful Scottish Laird, Hard-Hearted Highlander, Devil in Tartan, Tempting the Laird and Seduced by a Scot. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including the Homecoming Ranch Series and the Lake Haven series, including Suddenly Dating, Suddenly in Love, and Suddenly Engaged.
Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a six time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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Book Review: Secrets In Our Scars

Secrets In Our Scars
Rebecca Trogner
Publication date: February 7th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

A sexy romance. A twisted mystery. One mistake can change everything.

On a sweltering summer day, Daisy Aldridge knocks on the wrong door. Yanked inside. Trapped and pressed against her only means of escape she spirals into a panic. Years ago she suffered an assault. Alone and afraid, she kept it hidden and dealt with the emotional aftermath in her own way.

But this time she’s not alone. She’s helped by a man who seems vaguely familiar. Roy Blackwood is massive, muscled, powerful, and controlled. She tells herself she wants nothing to do with him.

Roy sees through her resistance. He wants her. Needs her. He promises to find the identity of her birth parents and unveil the person who leaves her anonymous gifts. And most important of all, earn the love and trust of Daisy Aldridge..

A standalone, full-length romance.

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This is one emotional story, if not because of the romance then because of the characters’ backstories. They both have issues, one is more affected by them than the other, and they both want to move forward. However, only one is willing to put the past behind completely.

Ok, just a little bit of what we have here: Roy meets Daisy “thanks” to an unfortunate event. He is the one that saves her and with that, they have a spark. From here on his intentions are clear and strong. However, her fears are stronger. Daisy’s trauma is deeper than they both could have imagined and Roy has to fight not only his demons, but also hers. Is a fight against the past one that can be won?

Roy and Daisy have such powerful backstories. I was captivated by how well the author has captured their emotions and their fears. It is a story that touches you from the first pages. At first, we see the couple grow closer and closer and then the story focuses more on Daisy and her intentions to reconnect with her parents. I loved it so so much!

While our characters have their own flaws, I loved how they balanced each other throughout the chapters. Where she is insecure, he is her strong arm. I must admit that here and there I felt the actions or the dialogue a little bit forced, it does little to affect my judgment .

Again, I feel the need to state the obvious: this is a book that will affect you on many levels. There are many triggers here for abuse, but there is also a good support system in Roy. Loved it, recommend it! 4 out of 5 stars 🙂

 

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Rebecca Trogner started writing her first novel after watching True Blood. Of course it was about vampires and thus The Last Keepers Daughter was born. The next, The Last Guardian Rises, continued the series. Her latest book, Secrets In Our Scars, is a contemporary romance and a lot spicier. She’s working on her fourth book with the help of her rescued animal pets.

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Book Review: Star-Crossed

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by Pintip Dunn
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 2nd 2018
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In a world where nutrition can be transferred via a pill, and society is split into Eaters and Non-Eaters, seventeen-year-old Princess Vela has a grave dilemma. Her father, the king, is dying, and only a transplant of organs from a healthy Non-Eater boy will save him.

Vela is tasked with choosing a boy fit to die for the king, which is impossible enough. But then Carr, the boy she’s loved all her life, emerges as the best candidate in the Bittersweet Trials. And he’s determined to win, because by doing so, he can save the life of his Non-Eater sister.

Refusing to accept losing the boy she loves, Vela bends the rules and cheats. But when someone begins to sabotage the Trials, Vela must reevaluate her own integrity—and learn the true sacrifice of becoming a ruler.

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An unusual world, a very unusual plot and beautiful characters – that’s the best way to describe the story. I am trying to analyze it as objectively as possible, as there are some items I did not particularly liked. But if something is not ok by my standards, doesn’t mean it’s not ok by yours.

The blurb is very interesting and promises an intense story about a potential queen, trying to do what is right for her people, her family and herself. Although, it’s difficult to find a solution that would benefit all. Here is where the conflict starts. Her crush is willing to give his life for her father, her people are starving and forced to consume pills that would appease their hunger – pills produced by those who are able to eat healthy. The internal conflict is good, the characters are great and express their emotions in a beautiful manner, but I would like to insist upon the theme that is in the center of attention.

4

Lack of food brings people to develop new alternatives that are not necessarily the healthiest choices. This is very similar to our days – food is becoming less and less healthy and at some point, we lost the ability to appreciate the real taste of natural food. While I am not fond of the abundance of meal discussions, I do appreciate the innovative element and the effort the author has done to integrate it into Vela’s story.

Intrigue, twists and turns, food and much more – this book will not bore you at all, but it will leave you either hungrier than ever, or more satiated than ever J 4 stars J

 

 

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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.

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