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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #130

    Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of June 25th-July 1st that I have pre-ordered.

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    In the After

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    IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 464 pages.

    IN THE AFTER is the first book in author Demitria Lunetta’s series of the same name. No information is yet available about other books in the series.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that IN THE AFTER is releasing this week. This book sounds soooo good. Chilling. Totally chilling. I’ve been dying to read it forever. And I just discovered that I have the printed ARC which Jaime of Two Chicks on Books had given to me.

    So maybe I don’t have to wait until my pre-order downloads on Monday Midnight to start reading this book. Because I am so curious about “Them” – who and what they are and why they are. I want to know why, after arriving in New Hope, things are still not ideal for Amy and Baby.

    And I really, really want to know what exactly happened before. Because life in the after does not sound at all good for those who live in it.

    The description calls IN THE AFTER “thrilling” and “pulse-pounding” and I cannot wait to be thrilled, to have my pulse race and to find out just what happens in this book whose release I’ve been waiting forever for.

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    The Lost Sun

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    THE LOST SUN by Tessa Gratton will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE LOST SUN is the first book in the author’s The United States of Asgard series. No information is yet available about other books in the series.

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    I absolutely adore Tessa Gratton’s writing. I think she is an amazing writer and I cannot wait for this fascinating new series to begin. As soon as I heard about THE LOST SUN I instantly pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    While I knew that this was a new series and I had read the first line of the description, I didn’t actually take a closer look at it until now. I didn’t need to because the author’s books are ones I will automatically add to my collection. But now that I have….

    I cannot wait to meet Soren Bearskin. I love that this world has Norse mythology at its base. I love that the story involves warriors, battles and berserking. And I love, love, love that the setting includes both an Academy and a road trip.

    I really, really hope to be able to sneak this on the pile next week, as I cannot wait to get lost in this story of a missing god and embark upon a new series by this wonderfully imaginative author.

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    Weather Witch

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    WEATHER WITCH by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 336 pages.

    WEATHER WITCH is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Shannon Delany. The second book in the series, STORMBRINGER, is slated for release on January 14, 2014.

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    I cannot believe that WEATHER WITCH is releasing this week. I’ve been dying to get my early eARC on the pile so that I could read it before its release and before my pre-ordered copy downloads. Something I still hope to do this afternoon.

    I love that this is set in the 1800s and that it mixes together affluent society and witchcraft. I am so curious about what exactly a weather witch does – aside from what I imagine is to influence or control the weather – and just why harboring one is “the greatest of social sins.” And I can’t wait to start this new series by this author.

    The description is a bit vague about just where the story is headed, but its setting, at such an interesting time period in a country at the brink of war is incredibly enticing. I love that the setting is dark, I love that the description sounds more than a little bit ominous.

    And I can’t wait to get this on the pile either this afternoon or in the next couple of week so that I can get answers to my questions and meet Jordan, Rowen and Catrina.

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    After Daybreak

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    AFTER DAYBREAK by J.A. London will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    AFTER DAYBREAK is the third and final book in the Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy by the authors.

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    I have fallen just a little bit behind on this series, but now that AFTER DAYBREAK, the final book in the trilogy, is releasing, I am excited to get caught up. I really enjoyed the setting and its characters in the first book in the series and getting the chance to continue the story to its end is incredibly appealing.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description for this third book – I know, I know, I really shouldn’t have – but I’m so glad I did, because it makes me want to read this series to its conclusion even more. Especially since it mentions nothing about it being the final book or how things might end.

    So I’m wildly curious. And I’m even more curious about what happened to Dawn in L.A.

    As I own book two and this book is downloading this week, I hope to be able to read both books back-to-back in July. Because I want to know whether Dawn and Victor will be able to defeat Sin and stop the spread of the Thirst.

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    Ashes on the Waves

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    ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on June 27, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I am so excited that ASHES ON THE WAVES is releasing later this week and that everyone will get the chance to meet Liam and Annabel in this dark and gorgeous book. And I can’t wait for my print copy to arrive… which I’m hoping will be earlier than Thursday.

    As I just rambled about this book in my post yesterday and have already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post earlier this month, I am not going to say much more except that I am so thrilled for the author that her beautiful book will be on shelves this week and that everyone can fall in love as I have.

    I have been excited for this story ever since I got a very early sneak peek back in September 2011. I fell in love with its premise and its main character instantly. And when I got the chance to read it early nearly one year later, back in September 2012, I was over the moon. It was every bit as captivating, beautiful, dark as I imagined it would be.

    And I’m totally stoked that this story will finally be available in its finished form for me to add to my collection in both print and electronic formats on Thursday.

    Other Books of Note

    Hidden

    HIDDEN (Avena #1) by Marianne Curley

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Paradox

    PARADOX by A.J. Paquette

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Robin Palmer

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Speak

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Winterveil

    WINTERVEIL (Wintercraft #3) by Jenna Burtenshaw

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Ink

    INK (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Since You Asked

    SINCE YOU ASKED by Maurene Goo

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Neptune's Tears

    NEPTUNE’S TEARS (Timedance #1) by Susan Waggoner

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A Moment Comes

    A MOMENT COMES  by Jennifer Bradbury

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

    CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND (Confessions #2) by Louise Rozett

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Forevermore

    FOREVERMORE by Cindy Miles

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Point

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Golden Boy

    GOLDEN BOY by Tara Sullivan

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Previously released as THE BLESSED

    Precious Blood

    PRECIOUS BLOOD (The Blessed #1) by Tonya Hurley

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Golden Girl

    GOLDEN GIRL (The American Fairy #2) by Sarah Zettel

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Feros

    THE FEROS (The Vindico #2) by Wesley King

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    fml by Shaun David Hutchinson

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Re-issued

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    wtf by Peter Lerangis

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    When creating this post on Saturday I discovered that I did not have PARADOX by A.J. Paquette or HIDDEN by Marianne Curley pre-ordered. Which was a surprise. So, of course, today, I just had to order them.

    But as I’m so late in posting this due to a late night/almost-all-night read of PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry and some things I had to do for work today, I decided if I was ever going to get this posted I should probably not to rework my post to include them with my pre-orders above.

    Besides, although they’re technically still pre-orders, it’s cutting it close. And there is also a distinct possibility, like every week, that there will be a couple other “of note” books I end up purchasing for my Kindle before they actually release on Tuesday and beyond. Books like THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET and INK.

    Anyway…

    There are a few more titles available this week than last. And while I have seven books that will be added to my collection this week, at least I’ve read one of them… although I am re-reading it this week. So, technically it’s still on the TBR pile…. *Sigh*

    But I’m so excited for each of the books releasing this week that I have on order. And I hope to be able to read all of them in the upcoming weeks. And while hopes don’t always turn into realities, this week I really, really hope they do.

    Happy reading!

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #104

    Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of December 25th-December 31st that I have pre-ordered.

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    Neverfall

    NEVERFALL by Brodi Ashton will be released in the U.S. on December 26, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins.

    NEVERFALL is a novella set between EVERNEATH and EVERBOUND in the author’s Everneath series. EVERBOUND, the second book in the series, is set to release on January 22, 2013.

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    I have been delaying finishing my read of EVERBOUND so that I won’t have to wait so long for the third book in the series, but now that NEVERFALL is releasing I know I won’t be able to resist reading both the novella and the novel.

    As soon as I heard that the author wrote a story all about Cole I could not wait for its release. And the second I heard it was available to pre-order, I did. And then I read the description.

    Now I’m just dying for it to download. Which won’t be until the 26th due to the holiday. Because it explains Cole’s whereabouts. It sets him on a quest. And it may have some answers about just what his true feelings are.

    I am so unbelievably excited to read this. And I’m really glad I didn’t finish reading EVERBOUND because now, when I read this, I think it might just change how I read the full-length novel.

    This novella sounds incredibly exciting, packed full of information that I’m desperate to know, and I am super psyched for its release on Wednesday.

    Kiss Me Again

    KISS ME AGAIN by Rachel Vail will be released in the U.S. on December 26, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 256 pages.

    KISS ME AGAIN is the second book in author Rachel Vail’s If We Kiss series.

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    I have not yet started to read this series but it looked so cute and like so much fun that I bought book one and pre-ordered KISS ME AGAIN. I want to find out more about this “off-limit” love story.

    The first book was released in 2005, so this follow-up has been a long time in the making. But I’m guessing by its title that Charlie and Kevin did kiss. Even though her best friend was in love with him and her mother and his father are dating.

    But I am super curious to find out what happens in this follow-up. I did take a peek at the description – it’s why I decided to pre-order this book in the first place – and the first line is a little bit swoon-worthy.

    He closed the distance I’d opened up between us and kissed me lightly on the lips. “Maybe we can just be,” Kevin whispered.

    As the description for this sequel is totally spoiler-y for the first book, I won’t talk too much about it. But, I will say that the obstacles in this sequel seem much, much, much more challenging.

    And I can’t wait to read both books. Hopefully this will happen in early February.

    Blood-Kissed Sky

    BLOOD-KISSED SKY by J.A. London will be released in the U.S. on December 26, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    BLOOD-KISSED SKY is the second book in J.A. London’s Darkness Before Dawn series. The third book, AFTER DAYBREAK, is slated to release on June 25, 2013.

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    I am definitely excited for this sequel to DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN. I very much enjoyed reading that book and can’t wait to find out what’s happening next in BLOOD-KISSED SKY. I pre-ordered it back in August, and I’m so glad that it will be downloading this week. Though I am going to wait until January to read it so I can list it among my 2013 reads.

    As I already spotlighted this for my Book Watch post, I will keep this brief. But things ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and I’m curious to find out just what happened next.

    I love the idea of Day Walkers and the fact that they’re out and about “terrorizing the city” has me even more excited for this sequel. I am also super interested in finding out just why things are so much worse with Victor in charge.

    I will definitely be reading this one very soon and taking the journey with Dawn across the wastelands. I just hope the ending isn’t too torturous, even though the wait for the next book isn’t too long.

    Annabel

    ANNABEL by Lauren Oliver will be released on December 26, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by HarperCollins.

    ANNABEL is a prequel novella in author Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series. The third book in the series, REQUIEM, is set to release on March 5, 2013.

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    I am so behind on this series, but it was totally on purpose. Because I was told that PANDEMONIUM had an even more torturous ending than DELIRIUM. And so I’ve been waiting for the final book’s release before I continue reading.

    But I am so thrilled that ANNABEL is releasing this week. And I plan on reading it over the holidays. Because it is a prequel story, unlike HANA, it won’t – I hope – tease me too much about what is to come in books two and three, since REQUIEM isn’t releasing until March.

    I can’t wait to find out more about Annabel and “discover her secrets.” I love that this story will reveal parts of her past and will tell of her “daring escape.”

    Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer and she always, always, always manages to pull me into the stories she creates. I find her writing to be absolutely hauntingly beautiful and I cannot wait to finally get the chance to read another book in this series. Even if it is a short one.

    Full Moon Kisses

    FULL MOON KISSES by Ellen Schreiber will be released in the U.S. on December 26, 2012 in hardcover and eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 224 pages.

    FULL MOON KISSES is the third book in author Ellen Schreiber’s Full Moon series.

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    I own both books in the Full Moon series, though I only read the first one. So I have some catching up to do once FULL MOON KISSES downloads this week. Although I probably won’t be able to catch up on the series until late spring, as part of the 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge.

    I’m such a fan of author Ellen Schreiber’s Vampire Kisses series. And while I wasn’t as in love with Celeste in the first book in this series as I was with Raven in her series, I’ve always planned on reading the rest of the series to find out just how things end.

    I totally took a peek at the description, though I probably shouldn’t have as I haven’t read book two. But I couldn’t help myself. It reveals that someone wants to turn Celeste into a werewolf. Which does not sound like a good thing.

    The description talks of cures and dilemmas and promises “danger,” “mystery,” and romance. And as this series is slated to end this year I’m so very curious to see who Celeste chooses and to find out how it all wraps up.

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    Oh my gosh NEVERFALL is releasing this week! I cannot wait to dive in. I wish it was releasing on Tuesday instead of Wednesday as I’d totally have stay up late reading it on Monday night. But I have to go to work on Wednesday so I won’t get to read it until Wednesday night! That’s an ENTIRE day with Cole’s story just begging to be read and me not being able to read it.

    Yes the problems I face are ginormous. (Not even close.) But still. It’s COLE. And I am TEAM COLE. So….

    But I’m just as tempted by ANNABEL, even though I have the feeling it will only make me that much more tempted to start PANDEMONIUM. Ugh. The temptations I face!

    Anyway, there are five great books releasing this week that I’m more than happy to add to my collection. I’m just getting really, really scared about the fact that next week – and I think the week thereafter – have books in the double digits that I have pre-ordered.

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    Anyway…

    I hope there are a few awesome titles releasing this week that you’re looking forward to having in your collection at the end of 2012. Because next week’s releases count toward your 2013 book buys. And I hope you have saved up for them, because there are SO MANY awesome books releasing in January.

    As always… Happy book buying and happy reading!

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    Book Watch: Blood-Kissed Sky

     

    BLOOD-KISSED SKY by J.A. London will be released in the U.S. on December 26, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    BLOOD-KISSED SKY is the second book in J.A. London’s Darkness Before Dawn trilogy. AFTER DAYBREAK, the third book in the series, is slated for release on June 25, 2013.

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    There are so many amazing books and novellas releasing the week of December 25th – I am absolutely dying to read Cole’s story in NEVERFALL – but I chose BLOOD-KISSED SKY as the book to watch this week as it is also a story I’m dying to continue, and it is a full-length book.

    To say the ending was a cliffhanger is a bit of an understatement. It was a ginormous cliff, and I was definitely left hanging. So I have been super anxious to continue the story in this second book in the series. Which has an absolutely gorgeous cover. (Though, oh my gosh I love the cover for AFTER DAYBREAK.)

    The first lines of the description are a total tease – “There’s nowhere left to hide.” – and I’m so excited to find out if that’s true. The situation in Dawn’s world seems to have gotten even more dire and now Victor is potentially in danger…. along with all of vampire and humankind.

    This second book in the series involves a journey across the wastelands. I love, love, love going on quests with the characters and I can’t wait to see if Dawn finds the answers she needs to save the ones she loves and… well… everyone.

    I hope that she, at the very least, finds what she needs to in order to save Victor from the Thirst. But I don’t think I’ll mind, at all, reading about the Day Walkers terrorizing the city. I love the idea of vampires as Day Walkers.

    This sequel sounds even more exciting than the first book in the trilogy and I can’t wait until its release to continue Dawn’s quest. And yes, while I’m totally excited for each and every one of the books I’ve listed below that are releasing this week, I chose BLOOD-KISSED SKY to put in the spotlight because I just have to know what happens next.

    Places to Watch

    The authors on TWITTER

    The authors on FACEBOOK

    The authors’ WEBSITE

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    About the Book

    Goodreads Description:

    There’s nowhere left to hide.

    I thought vampires were our enemies – they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood – until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they’re worse than ever.

    Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood supplies are low, and if Victor’s vampires don’t get enough, they will become infected with the Thirst – a disease that will turn them into mindless killers.

    To stop it, I must journey across the desolate wasteland to the very place where the sickness began. I can only hope that the answers that await me are enough to save us all . . . before it’s too late.

    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are a few other awesome books releasing the week of December 25th:

    Blood Prophecy (Drake Chronicles #6) by Alyxandra Harvey (eBook releases 12/24. Print releases 1/8/2013.)

    Neverfall (Everneath #1.5) by Brodi Ashton (eBook releases 12/26)

    Annabel (Delirium #0.5) by Lauren Oliver (eBook releases 12/26)

    Kiss Me Again (If We Kiss #2) by Rachel Vail (releases 12/26)

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #74

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of May 29th-June 4th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Dreamless by Josephine Angelini will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 496 pages.

    Dreamless is the second book in the Starcrossed series by author Josephine Angelini. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I am so excited that Dreamless is releasing this week. I have got to get a hard copy and somehow find a way to get it signed to match my signed copy of Starcrossed. I absolutely adore this series. And I ended up reading Dreamless super early because I just couldn’t wait.

    But I’m dying to read it again. Because I read it ages ago. And I miss Helen and Lucas. Though…. Oh no. I probably shouldn’t talk about Helen and Lucas because of what happened. But, I love the mythology in this sequel. And Helen’s trips into the Underworld are absolutely fascinating. And of course I’m terribly worried about Orion.

    Even still, I am excited that Dreamless is releasing this week, because that means it’s that much closer to the release of the next book in the series so I can find out what happens. Because the way things ended is completely and totally torturous.

    Between the Furies, Hades, the difficult situation that Helen and Lucas find themselves in, all those things that were left up in the air at the end of Starcrossed, and now with this new complication, Orion, this sequel is definitely one I can’t wait to have on my Kindle this week.

    Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Darkness Before Dawn is the first book in this new series of the same name by authors J.A. London.

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    I have had Darkness Before Dawn pre-ordered for my Kindle for ages and I can’t believe it’s finally releasing this week. I was fortunate to receive an ARC through a trade so I did manage to read and review it already, but I want to have this eBook for my collection.

    I love the idea of a dystopian society in which vampires are in control. And this first book in the new trilogy is a quick and entertaining read that offers a peek at this dark and exciting future.

    With a yummy character like Victor and a build-up to a ending that will definitely leave readers hanging off a cliff, Darkness Before Dawn is a great addition to the genre and one I’m super stoked to own this week.

    Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Kensington, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Dark Frost is the third full-length book in the Mythos Academy series by author Jennifer Estep. Crimson Frost, the fourth book in the series, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I have not yet read this series but own the first two books and have this third book pre-ordered to download this week. I have wanted to meet Gwen Frost for what seems like forever and find out just what goes on at Mythos Academy. And I really hope to catch up on the series this summer.

    I heard the Mythos Academy series is awesome and Gwen’s magical ability sounds totally wicked. And while I haven’t read the previous books, I did take a peek at the description. I just couldn’t resist.

    And Dark Frost sounds just as action-packed as the earlier books. It seems the Reapers are after a dagger that Gwen’s mom hid. A dagger that they think she knows the location of, but they’re wrong. And she won’t be able to track it down using her ability, which makes things really dangerous for her.

    I can’t wait to find out whether she is able to win the fight against the Reapers, or at least find the dagger they’re looking for. And I’m curious to see if things are still going well for her and Logan Quinn by this story’s end. The title for the next book in the series makes me just a little nervous about how things end and I hope to find out soon.

    Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Viking Children’s, the print edition is 216 pages.

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    I can’t believe I almost missed the chance to pre-order Keep Holding On. I wanted to pre-order it for my Kindle back in February, but it wasn’t available. But thanks to Giselle of Xpresso Reads who tweeted her Fresh Batch post on Friday, I saw that it was releasing this week and immediately headed over to Amazon to order it.

    I have three of the author’s books already on my Kindle, one I read prior to becoming a blogger, and have been keeping an eye on the author’s new releases ever since.

    This story sounds absolutely heartrending and I can’t wait to read it and meet Noelle. The description reveals it’s a story about bullying and neglect and survival. Yet it promises to be “romantic and empowering.” It’s been quite some time since I read a contemporary story about real-to-life issues and this one sounds like it has the potential for a happy ending even if there may be some heartbreak and tears along the way.

    I very much enjoyed the author’s When It Happens and I can’t wait to check out her newest offering. I definitely plan to read it this summer. Though, hopefully I’ll be able to read it next week.

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    Yet another week with only four new books being added to my permanent collection. And fortunately only two of those books will be on the TBR pile as I’ve read Dreamless and Darkness Before Dawn already. Although I really want to read Dreamless again….

    I’ve been trying to cut back on my book buying, but it hasn’t been successful. Especially since I’ve been going off pile for my reads and buying up already released non-YA book series that I hadn’t had in my collection. Like the remaining books in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost and all the books in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series.

    And with a ton of new releases in YA coming out this summer, I’m definitely afraid of hitting that one thousand book milestone on my Kindle. Although, I actually think I might be past that number, as I may have a few in the archives that I haven’t downloaded just so that I don’t have to face that reality quite yet.

    Anyway….

    There are some awesome new releases coming out this week and I can’t wait to officially call them mine when they download on Monday night. I also can’t wait for my Kindle downloads of Shadow Bound, Dark Kiss and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar to download on June 1st.

    So, yes, this is definitely a great week for my Kindle. But I hope I’m not the only one and that you have some amazing books scheduled to download to your eReader on Monday or arrive at your doorstep on Tuesday!

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    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    Review: Darkness Before Dawn

    Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Darkness Before Dawn is the first book in a new trilogy of the same name by the authors.

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    Goodreads description:

    This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

    Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters….

    Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.

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    When vampires and humans went to war there would only be one victor. The vampires. A treaty was enacted to keep the peace. And as long as the voluntary blood donations continued, the humans within the walled cities would remain safe. Protected.

    But with the passage of time, many people forgot their promises and refused to give their blood freely. And as the human population began to dwindle, food supplies became limited and many vampires were left starving.

    Attacks on the cities increased. Safety could no longer be guaranteed. And the ruling vampires were more concerned with keeping themselves fed than the safety of their captives or the hunger of the lesser vampires.

    As delegate, it was Dawn Montgomery’s responsibility to find a middle ground. To keep Lord Valentine happy and to keep the citizens of Denver safe. But as the youngest person to ever accept the role, her lack of experience made others question her ability. And her hatred of vampires hardly made her a neutral party.

    With tensions escalating, outcry against her growing, an increased demand for blood donations, and vicious attacks on the rise, Dawn wasn’t sure she could keep the peace, let alone survive. And with everyone she loved already taken from her and with nothing left to lose, she wasn’t so sure she cared.

    Until the day she met Victor. A boy who changed everything. A savior. A hero. A mystery…. A vampire.

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    Darkness Before Dawn is a dark, gritty and entertaining dystopian vampire story set in a future where vampires rule, keeping humans isolated and locked down in cities for their protection and to keep control. Where the only thing keeping them safe from the hungry vampires outside the city walls is their willingness to donate blood to the ruling vampire lord.

    And in this world, still ravaged by the war that was waged and lost, the human population is decreasing. And with a limited supply of blood, the starving vampires outside those walls are getting more desperate and keeping them out is becoming more challenging than ever.

    As more and more vampires breach the city’s defenses, humans have even more reason to fear the night.

    With a ruthless vampire lord demanding too much from the humans in his territory, a struggle for control within the vampire hierarchy, an even deadlier threat to both vampires and humans emerging, a heroine who is trying to keep the peace treaty intact and an unlikely hero rising amidst the chaos, Darkness Before Dawn offers readers a suspenseful, exciting and at times nail-biting story with a cliffhanger ending that will leave them anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series.

    In Darkness Before Dawn the authors combined a dystopian world with the paranormal to create a story with an edge that sets itself apart from many of the stories in this genre. The vampires are reminiscent of the cold-hearted, blood-thirsty vampires depicted in horror stories versus love stories, with the exception of a few whose natures appear slightly more humane and one, in particular, who appears almost human.

    The story has a nice, even pace that picks up at its end along with the action and suspense. But at times there were some issues with the flow. Much of the story moved along easily and flowed naturally, with writing that was engaging, wonderfully descriptive and often beautiful, but there were moments when there was an awkwardness to the writing and where the characters didn’t behave as expected. Even with these bumps, however, the interesting characters and intriguing world are more than enough to keep readers connected to the story.

    A first book in this new series, Darkness Before Dawn gives readers a little bit of everything. A dark, dystopian future, humanity on the verge of extinction, numerous deadly enemies, unrest among the humans and among the vampires, secrets, lies and betrayals, a love triangle, an ill-fated love story and a cliffhanger ending. Add in action, mystery and tension and this is one story that will captivate fans of the genre.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Loved it!

    On a personal note:

    What drew me to this story was the premise. I loved the idea of a world where vampires ruled. Where they weren’t about living in harmony with humans. Where humans were simply their blood supply.

    I loved the world the authors created. It was dark. It was violent. It was most definitely grim, practically hopeless and extremely isolated. I was easily and immediately transported into the world and I could imagine its crumbling buildings, its fearful citizens, it’s daring and rebellious residents who were just itching for a taste of freedom.

    And I absolutely adored Victor. He was my favorite character in this book. He was charming. He was brave. He was incredibly fast and strong and smart. And he was a hero. A virtual knight in shining armor at times.

    While I wasn’t initially a Dawn fan, she did grow on me. And her character did grow over the course of the story, which I always love to see. She was incredibly sympathetic for all she had lost. But for someone who was brave much of the time, she seemed to be a bit of a pushover at others.

    There were a few twists and turns, one pretty big one, though I wasn’t caught by surprise when it came to light. But it was still an awesome change in direction nonetheless and one that totally made the ending incredibly exciting.

    I definitely want to know more about the world outside of Denver. I want to know more about the night train. I want to know more about what it means to be a delegate. I want to know more about the lesser vampires and just how things got as bad as they did. I want to know more about the vampires in charge.

    And I want to know what happens next for Dawn and Victor. As that was one giant cliffhanger the authors left me with.

    What pulled me out of the story at various times during the read was some of the writing and character development. I thought much of the writing was absolutely beautiful. There were gorgeously written and incredibly meaningful passages. But they often sat side-by-side with some that were more awkwardly written with unusual ways of describing things.

    At times I felt very connected to the writing and the story and at other times I didn’t. Perhaps it’s because there were two writers involved and their styles didn’t quite blend as smoothly as I might have liked in order to keep me connected. Or perhaps it was simply that I was able to connect to one writer’s style versus another.

    I was also somewhat surprised by the change in direction with Michael’s character. The picture painted of him was that for years he was the best friend and practically perfect. And all of a sudden he becomes pushy, argumentative, demanding and selfish. With no real explanation given and no lead up to the change.

    There were a couple instances where Dawn’s actions and reactions felt out of character, too. Even though she’d been through a lot, she was still brave, she still fought for what she thought was right and she took on the responsibility of being a delegate after the deaths of her parents. And yet she allowed herself to be persuaded against her better judgment to attend a party in a dangerous area and go for a wall walk and risk leaving the city because her friends wanted to.

    But neither were enough to make me want to set this book aside. I did devour it in one sitting. I found myself always wanting to know more. And I couldn’t help but be most curious about Victor and his past.

    While this wasn’t a brand new idea, the authors did make it their own. I found the world to be intriguing and by the end of the story incredibly exciting. I found characters to love, hate or be exceedingly frustrated with, all of whom I think played an important role and contributed to making this story pretty great.

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    I actually had quite a few favorite passages. Some were sort of beautiful, some were thoughtful, and some left me a little breathless. But I thought I’d include the one that just made me smile.

    “I like you, Dawn. I’ve seen a lot of humans, from far away and up close. I’ve never met one like you. I think you’re the closest thing to a sunrise I’ll ever see.”

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    This review is from an ARC I received through a trade with another blogger.

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    The Extras: Teasers #11

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past few months.

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    I had quite a few favorite passages that I bookmarked in Forgiven. Many of them were sarcastic, because I always love the sarcastic quotes, but some were of the breathtaking, heart-stopping variety.

    I shared one of my favorite passages in my review, but this passage is such a tease I couldn’t resist….

    Riley and….

    Riley could feel his breath in her hair now, smell his aftershave. She inhaled deeply, memorizing his scent. The faint touch of his lips came a second before the sharp blast of an air horn.

    Sweet Evil is one of my absolute favorite reads of 2012. There was so much sweetness and a whole heck of a lot of evil. Wickedly delicious this book was. Oh, yes.

    While I refrained from revealing anything too torturous in my review, I couldn’t help but post one of the more delectable passages in this edition of The Extras.

    Anna and….

    He was kissing me. On my neck. I should stop him, I thought, but the softness of his mouth was so . . . Oh. I could feel the beauty of each crease on his lips as they rested against the pores of my skin. The only sounds in the room were our beating hearts and breath.

    As the series ending book, Destined had so many amazingly tease-worthy passages. I chose a much less teaser-y passage for my review, but thought I could get away with being just a little bit more revealing here.

    Besides, Destined is on shelves now, so it’s not like anyone couldn’t just grab a copy and devour all the amazing passages.

    Laurel and….

    And then his hand was on her wrist, and he was pulling her to him. His eyes were hard and his grip on her arm was tight as he placed one hand on the side of her neck, the way he used to do. She could feel his heart racing in his chest as she brought her face close, then pressed her mouth to his.

    A Temptation of Angels was absolutely gorgeous. The writing was gorgeous. The story was gorgeous. Which meant that there were so many passages to choose from.

    In my review I chose one that was just hot enough to get your pule racing. Well this is the passage right before that one. And with all that it implies, it is rather full of promise. Oh yes, totally tantalizing. But that’s okay, because this is the teaser post after all….

    Helen and….

    “Helen.” She felt his hand close over hers, pulling her back toward him. His eyes dropped the length of her body, and she realized she was still in the thin nightdress. And standing right in front of the fire. When he spoke again, his voice was low. “You’re not disturbing me.”

    There were just so many awesome, horrific, chilling, amazing passages in Fugitives. Which didn’t make choosing a passage easy. Not by a long shot.

    But I happened to have two favorite non-spoiler-y ones. One I included with my review. And the other I’m keeping all to myself. Because I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by to include one of the more chilling passages instead.

    Their mouths were twisted up into grins, teeth bared, and fat, black-veined tongues slopping away at the mess that dribbled down their chins. And in the soulless depths of those inkwell eyes I saw nothing but glee.

    The writing in Masque of the Red Death was beautiful and haunting. I could eat it up with a spoon it was so yummy. The words just melted, dissolved and became air that just drifted away.

    I did include a favorite passage of mine with my review, but it wasn’t the only amazing passage in this book. There were still so many breathtaking passages to choose from that picking just one wasn’t easy. And I almost chose one that was a bit more revealing, but to keep the air of mystery I ultimately chose this one….

    Araby and….

    He looks at me like he does in the darkness of the club. His eyes are half closed, and there’s something almost languid in his movements. He raises my chin and gazes into my eyes for a long time. He slides his hands under the coat until they rest on my bare shoulders….

    Oh, if I could quote ninety percent of this book I would. There were just so many seriously awesome passages to choose from in Insurgent. I had a hard enough time narrowing down my favorites for my review post, so I chose two. But that by no means implies that they were the only passages I loved.

    And as I had just as difficult a time choosing one for this post, I caved and chose two more. What can I say? I love this book.

    Besides, they’re both short. It’s not like I chose the passage that starts, “His mouth moves against mine….” Now, that would have been a longer, way more intense teaser.

    Tris and….

    He kisses me again, more insistent this time, his hands squeezing my waist. His breaths, my breaths, his body, my body, we are so close there is no difference.

    And….

    Tris….

    I turn my face into the pillow and release, instead of his name, a sob that throws my body against the mattress. I feel the monster of grief again, writing in the empty space where my heart and stomach used to be.

    My most recent read is Darkness Before Dawn and so I haven’t chosen a favorite passage for my review just yet. Which means that I get to tease a passage here first, revealing one a little more tantalizing than I might otherwise include in my review.

    Dawn and Michael….

    “Yeah, we definitely have moments.”

    And then he kisses me again. I want this moment to go on forever, just Michael and me, lost in a world where nothing exists except for each other. Where passion consumes us. The kiss becomes more, becomes everything, feeding our desire for each other. I never want to leave him.

    And I just couldn’t resist teasing a little bit more from this same scene, just moments later….

    Dawn and Michael….

    Michael’s hold on me tightens, as though he can stop the passage of time, the clocks from counting off the seconds, the world from revolving.

    But beyond the wall, Valentine waits. Nothing Michael does can change that. All I can do is hope that this won’t be the last time we’re together.

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    Well, I suppose that’s all. Eight teased books are more than enough for just one post. Though I am so tempted to tease a couple passages from Embers & Echoes and Shadow Bound.

    But as neither of these two books have been released, I figure the teasing can wait. Though it is so very, very tempting.

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    My Reading Pile #59

    My mailbox was empty this week. Not one book arrived for me. Well, except for a couple books I purchased, but I never talk about those or the list would be too long. But next week I anticipate four books I’ve been waiting for to arrive.

    One of which I’m just dying to read. One of those drop everything kind of reads. Yep, one of those books. Curious? Well, if it arrives next week, I’ll be sure to take a snap and reveal it here, if I don’t go all fangirl-y on Twitter first.

    So, the pile this week may change if that particular book arrives on my doorstep. But for  now….

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (April 29 – May 5, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London. I received an ARC through a trade because I was just dying to get my hands on this book. I had instant cover love and the premise sounded like it would be an incredibly entertaining story.

    I am a huge fan of vampire stories. Still. And forever. And this one sounds a bit darker and grittier than some of the more recent books I’ve read. The setting is dystopian and the characters are most definitely paranormal and it takes place after a war between vampires and humans where it appears that the vampires have won. Which makes this book so very intriguing.

    According to the description, which doesn’t reveal too much about the plot, humans are trading their blood for some measure of safety, the main character, Dawn, acts as some sort of delegate to the ruling vampire in the area, Lord Valentine, and she may or may not fall in love with his son, Victor.

    I am so super curious to visit this bleak future, to see what life is like for the humans in a vampire-controlled society and to meet Dawn and find out just what happens with her and Victor in this first book of  this new trilogy.

    Next up on the pile is Until I Die by Amy Plum. I received an ARC through a trade and I’ve been dying to read it since the moment it landed in my mailbox. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Die for Me, and have been desperate to get this book on the top of the pile ever since.

    I can’t wait to see what happens next with Kate and Vincent. I want to see just how they tackle some of the issues they face, like trying to live “a normal life” when being a Revenant is anything but normal.

    And I can’t wait to find out just who – or what – this new enemy is and whether Vincent’s immortality is truly lost.

    I’ve been waiting for months to get this on the pile and I’m so glad I can finally devour this sequel.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    My wishful thinking read this week is one of the books headed my way. But until it’s in my hands I don’t want to even name it here in case the mailman does something to it, like lose or destroy it. Knowing my luck….

    But if I could read any book this week, it would be this book. And if it does show up as I hope it will, it will go from wishful thinking to currently reading in an instant.

    Those left behind:

    I did not get to read Endlessly by Kiersten White as I’d hoped last week. After reading Insurgent, I couldn’t pick up another book. I tried but failed with each attempt. Even attempting to re-read Divergent was a fail because I really wanted to re-read Insurgent. It was just that good.

    I still have a few books from older piles to either finish reading or write reviews for, but Endlessly is the only recent add to the pile that has officially been left behind. I hope to pick it up next week, but if not it will be a back on the pile add closer to release date.

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I have managed to hide from NetGalley for yet another week, which is a really great thing. Even when the craze for Timepiece by Myra McEntire hit, I refused to head over to request an eGalley. As much as I’m dying to read this sequel, I must catch up on all those other NetGalley requests first. And of course I must read Hourglass.

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    I am so glad I finally finished and posted my review for Masque of the Red Death. That means one less review I’m behind on writing. I hope to catch up on one or two more this week, but if that secret book shows up, I will be reading that no matter what.

    It seems as if there are a million and one books releasing in May, many of which I have pre-ordered. I hope to at least get to read a few of them before the end of the month or that TBR pile will be even more insane. As always, I am ever hopeful.

    Anyway, I hope you received something amazing to read and I’m curious to see just what you plan on reading this week. Happy reading!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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