Saturday, 25 January 2014

My Weekly Book Haul: 25/01/2014

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Friday Finds is something that was started over on ShouldBeReading and Stacking the Shelves over at TyngaReviews, I am in love with all of these as I love finding other blogs to follow and books to read through these! So check them all out and see what you find, Stacking the Shelves has a lot of participants as well which is great. This is basically a way for me to show what books I have received, borrowed or bought each week. All book covers and their summary come from back of book or Goodreads.
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My Week

I am struggling to write this post because I am suffering from the worst hangover. It's good because it's a reminder why I never drink, my tiny five foot body is not suited for alcohol and it makes me suffer for it! Plus, I've somehow lost the back of my phone somewhere and have yet to track it down! I was working lots this week, which left me with little time to blog. I have to admit that I had a fun blogging week though. I posted my Top 20 non-Disney animated movies, well part one, and had so much fun writing that one. It brought back so many childhood memories and made me want to watch all my favourite kids films all over again.


Bought on Kindle:


The Testing (The Testing, #1)The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Sixteen-year-old Cia Vale is honoured to be chosen for The Testing – a series of exams set by the United Commonwealth that selects the brightest young adults to become leaders of their war- stricken world. But when candidates start disappearing and Cia witnesses unimaginable horrors done in the United Commonwealth’s name it becomes clear that these are no ordinary exams, and Cia is forced to realise the truth: this is no longer about winning, but surviving.




Borrowed from Library:

Independent Study (The Testing, #2)
Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

For the attention of candidate Melncia Vale.
Congratulations, you have passed the Testing.
You have won a place at our prestigious university. After six months of preliminary classes, you will sit an examination. The results will be used to assign you to an area of study appropriate to your talents. 
The united commonwealth urges you to consider your answers carefully during this examination. 
Wrong answers will be penalised.



RedRed by Alison Cherry

Top student. Beauty queen. Girlfriend of the hottest football jock: Felicity's got everything. And it's all down to her red, red hair.
Felicity lives in Scarletville, the world's only redhead sanctuary, where red hair is celebrated, protected - and the key to sucess.
But Felicity has a secret. A red hot secret. And if anyone finds out, she's finished.
Because Felicity's actually a natural blonde.
And in Scarletville, blondes need not apply.




Forgive Me, Leonard PeacockForgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

How would you spend your birthday if you knew it would be your last?
Eighteen-year-old Leonard Peacock knows exactly what he'll do. He'll say goodbye.
Not to his mum - who he calls Linda because it annoys her - who's moved out and left him to fend for himself. Nor to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing the unthinkable. But to his four friends: a Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour, a teenage violin virtuoso, a pastor's daughter and a teacher.
Most of the time, Leonard believes he's weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he's not. He wants to thank them, and say goodbye.



Sorta Like A RockstarSorta Like A Rockstar by Matthew Quick


Amber Appleton has a lot to be thankful for.
OR
Amber Appleton has never had it easy.
Both are true. On the one hand, she's got the best friends a seventeen-year-old could ask for and a loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy. On the other, her mum frequently has too much to drink, Amber's never quite sure where her next meal will come from and ever since her mum's latest boyfriend kicked them out, Amber and her mum have been living in the back of a school bus.
Amber has always found it easy to be upbeat, to find the light in the darkest of situations. Until, that is, an unimaginable tragedy occurs. Forced to rethink her way of life, can Amber remain a rock star of hope?
This is the story of a very special teenager, whose faith and hope is tested to the limit.



Replica (Replica, #1)Replica by Jenna Black

Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake comes from a high-class Executive family in the Corporate States. Her marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in her state, which means she lives a life of privilege but also of public scrutiny, followed everywhere by photographers, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image — no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy.
Nathan Hayes is the heir of Paxco — controller of the former state of New York, and creator of human replication technology, science that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Though Nadia and Nate aren’t in love, they’ve grown up close, and they (and the world) are happy enough with their match.
Until Nate turns up dead, and as far as everyone knows, Nadia was the last person to see him alive.
When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory backup, he doesn’t know what killed him. Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.

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Graduation Day (The Testing, #3)Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

She wants to put an end to the Testing
In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.
But she can't do it alone.
This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves--and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.
Who can Cia trust?
The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope--in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau's epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it's Graduation Day.
The Final Test is the Deadliest!


Also On The Blog

The Treatment by Suzanne Young: Review 3/5
Splintered by A. G. Howard: Review 3/5
Impostor by Susanne Winnacker: Review 4/5
Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton: Review 2.5/5
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson 2/5

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120 comments:

  1. Loved The Testing and Independent Study. I really want to read Forgive Me Leonard Peacock. Great stuff! Enjoy! Here's
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  2. OOoh nice! I LOVED Replica! Hope you enjoy it too! Happy Reading!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  3. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Replica are both book I've been wanting to read for awhile. Both sound interesting and different! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I got Red too. I really want to read The Testing, it sounds really good.

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    1. I've heard lots of good things, so I am very excited :)

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  5. Still haven't read THE TESTING yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

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  6. I'll have to look into Matthew Quick's book :)
    Check out me STS~ http://bookhangoversbb.blogspot.com/
    Thanks xoxo

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  7. Ooh, I got The Testing on my Kindle as well! :D I can't wait to read it. And I've been wanting to read Matthew Quick's Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, so I'll have to get on that as well.

    T from YA Book Queens

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    1. I've seen so many great reviews for Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, I can't wait to get to it :)

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  8. great haul! Can't wait to see what you think if Testing and Forgive Me Leonard Peacock. I have been trying to get to those for a while now.

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    1. I'm really excited for both, have heard lots of great things :)

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  9. Nice haul! I've heard good things about the Testing series. I loved your Non-Disney movie post, some of my favorites too! Happy Reading!

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  10. I really enjoyed The Testing and Independent Study. And Replica is so good...have fun reading! ~Pam

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    1. Glad to hear good things about those, I'm really excited to read them :)

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  11. Oh, no! Hangovers are the worst. I hope you are feeling better by now. I get them super bad, too. I hate it.
    I've heard mixed things about The Testing series, but the premise sounds interesting. I've been meaning to pick up the two Quick books. I enjoyed Silver Lining's Playbook. Great haul this week!

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    1. RED sounds awesome! I hope you can stop by mine.

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    2. That hangover took a long time to go away. I will be avoiding drink for as long as possible now.

      Thanks for checking mine out :)

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    3. Moirae, thanks for checking mine out :)

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  12. You got so many books! They all look great, but The Testing sounds really interesting. Replica sound good too. I hope you enjoy them. :)

    Elen @ A World of Reviews

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  13. Sorta Like a Rockstar looks really cool. I'm going to look it up! :) My StS!

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  14. i'm seeing a lot of the testing series featured on this week's sts posts. it makes me want to read the series. awesome haul! happy reading :)

    hope you can stop by my StS Post.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

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    1. Thanks, I've heard good things about the series and I am excited to start it.

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  15. I read Red a few weeks ago and didn't really enjoy it, but I hope you enjoy it more than I did.
    This is a great collection of books, I hope you have fun reading them :D

    Amanda
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    1. I'm not too sure of Red... I borrow books way too easily at work and then end up returning most of them unread.

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  16. You got some great books this week! :) I'd love to get Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Thanks for the giveaway! Cheers.

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  17. Ouch, I'll try to type quietly. ;) Though I feel like I have a hangover without the fun. :( Hope you find the back of your phone. Red was kind of hilarious in a bad way, but as long as you know that, you'll probably enjoy it more.

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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    1. I finally did find the back of the phone! And I will now be avoiding all alcohol for the longest time :) Red will probably end up going back unread, which is what happens to a lot of my library books.

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  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog last week. ;) It's been a busy week for me so I am commenting late on all of my post. Hope you enjoy all of your new books. I SO want to read RED.

    Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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  19. Red sounds like a great read. I hope you enjoy it! My STS

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  20. You got some book I owuld love to add to my TBR pile. Thanks for visiting.

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  21. Red sounds like one of those books I'll end up really loving or really hating lol. Curious to hear your thoughts on it.

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  22. I recently got The Testing on a Kindle deal too. It gets quite a bit of mixed reviews. But I definitely want to try it soon.
    I've had Replica for a while now. I really need to get on it. Sounds like something I would love.
    You got some great books this week! :)

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  23. Congrats on getting an ARC of Graduation Day!

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  24. YAY for Independent Study! And ooo, Replica. Enjoy your new reads!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  25. Great haul! Sorta like a Rockstar looks like an interesting read, and I really like the cover. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  26. Awesome haul! I haven't read any of these, but I really want to read The Testing series!! I've heard really good things! Enjoy all your pretty new books and have an amazing weekend! :D

    xo, Becca @Pivot Book Reviews

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  27. Sorta Like A Rock Star was a great book! And I'm liking that cover of Independent Study. Looks cool! :)

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    1. Glad to hear Sorta Like A Rockstar was good, I hadn't found anyone who had read it! :)

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  28. The Testing series is one I'd really like to read soon - I've heard it's fantastic! And Matthew Quick! I just read Silver Linings Playbook and it was SO good! I'll have to read more of his work, and Sorta Like a Rockstar sounds good!!

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    1. I loved Silver Linings Playbook too, that was the whole reason I picked both of those up! :)

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  29. I've been wanting to read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.
    Oh, I love The Program, I'm really excited for the Treatment, that's too bad you didn't like it as much as the first though. Have an awesome week!

    Cyn @ Bookmunchies

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    1. Thanks! I know, I was disappointed I didn't love it as much.

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  30. I love the Testing series, and Replica is an awesome book. Great Haul.

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    1. Glad to hear, I'm excited to start The Testing :)

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  31. So many great books! I hear really good things about The Testing and Replica sounds really good! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your books :) Happy reading!

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  32. I spy two books by Matthew Quick.. I've definitely be meaning to read a book by him.. but yeah. I tried reading The Testing a while ago but sadly it didn't work for me. I hope you have better luck!
    Happy Reading! :)

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    1. Me too, I've seen mixed reviews though so we shall see! :)

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  33. I love all your books! I really want to read The Testing series, and especially Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Thanks for visiting!

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  34. Ooh! I've not started Joelle Charbonneau's series, though I really want to! I REALLY want to read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, too! :) Happy reading!!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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  35. Okay, so I totally have The Testing (and have had it for a couple months, at least) and have yet to read it . . . *cowers* I know! I should have by now, BUT eventually it will happen. Nice haul! Finding new books for me to look into is always a pleasure:) Happy Reading!

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    1. I had it out from the library for about 6 months and never read it... hopefully this time I will!

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    2. I'm afraid that's what's about to happen with my library books! Because--and I know this is going to be RIDICULOUSLY hard to believe--I *just* registered on NetGalley yesterday and I've been approved for titles and BAH! I need to read THOSE!

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    3. Yes... get to those because they quickly pile up!!! I can't seem to stop requesting, I am terrible and so behind on them right now.

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  36. Top twenty non-disney movies!! I am totally about to check those out!!!

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  37. Have heard great things about The Testing series, hopefully will get a chance to read it soon!
    Thanks for visiting my StS!

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    1. I hope to get to it soon, but it probably won't work out that way! :)

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  38. The Testing sounds so good, I'm adding it to my TBR list! I haven't heard of this series yet but definitely gonna check it out. Thanks for visiting my post!

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  39. I really enjoyed The Testing so I look forward to the rest of the series,
    I hope you enjoy these!

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    1. Glad to hear good things about The Testing, I need to hurry up and get to that :)

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  40. Red looks awesome! I hope you enjoy all your new reads. Thanks for stopping by my STS:)

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  41. Red and Sorta Like A Rockstar both look great. The description of Rockstar isn't anything like what I was expecting based upon the title. I think I would really enjoy it.

    Thanks for stopping by my STS and sharing your books. I hope you enjoy all of them!!

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  42. Awesome haul! I see you'll be marathon-ing The Testing series; that's also in my TBR list. Enjoy!

    Thanks for dropping by my StS! :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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  43. I LOVE Matthew Quick. I like how his writing seems really simple but encompasses such depth of character and experience. These two are sitting on my shelf - I'm saving them for a rainy day. Metaphorically. It rains a lot where I live. :)

    M from Backlist Books

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    1. Haha, it rains all the time here too! In fact, it feels like it's rained non-stop for months :(

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  44. Ooo not seen most of those books. I like the sound of Red. I suffer with NG addiction at the moment as it is all still new and shiny to me. Need to stop myself from requesting new books until I get the ones I have already all sorted. I am like a kid in the candy store when I see new books come up by my fav authors on there.

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    1. It's still quite new and shiny to me too, and I am really trying to force myself to stop requesting but it's hard!

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  45. I would like anna and the french kiss, i read amazing reviews (:

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  46. I need to get to The Testing series! I love how all books were scheduled to come out so quickly.

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    1. I know, I hate waiting so that was perfect for me :)

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  47. Thanks for commenting on my STS! Looks like a good haul for you, I hope you enjoy them!

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  48. Hope you enjoy The Testing series! The premise sounds really intriguing. Happy reading, and thanks for stopping by!

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  49. I really, really want to read The Testing!! I heard so many awesome things about it!!! OH! AnD Forgive me Leonard Peacock!! Awesome haul, enjoy all your books :D

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  50. Wow, you got so many great books! I've been wanting to read The Testing, Independent Study, and Graduation Day! I have heard that these are great book, and I love Dystopians! Happy Reading :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  51. Guess I need to see where I can get an e-galley of Graduation Day. I was eh about The Testing, but then Independent Study really redeemed the series for me. Great haul this week! Thanks for stopping by my STS as well.

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  52. Wow!! What an awesome haul. hope you enjoy them all!
    Awesome giveaways too girl!

    Thanx for visiting My Weekly Wrap-Up!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  53. Oh man, Red sounds like it could be a good book. I'm going to have to check it out! Great haul.

    Denise @ Dandelionn Wine Book Blog

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  54. So many great books!I really want to read The Testing.And Forgive Me Leonard Peacock sounds so good.Hope you enjoy them!Thanks for stopping by my post!Happy Reading!

    Elena @ Book Lady's Reviews

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  55. Holy moly those books look fantastic. I LOVED Replica! I haven't read or heard of the rest of the books, but I hope you enjoy!!! Thank you for stopping by!

    Sharrice @ Reese's Reviews: MA2F

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  56. Red and Sorta Like A Rockstar sound really wonderful, I'm definitely going to scout them out at my local library.

    Katie @ KKatiereads

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  57. Thankfully I haven't had a hangover for about 15 years! Enjoy your books and thanks for visiting!

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    1. At least it reminded me why I never drink. Will definitely be avoiding booze from now on.

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  58. Ooh Red and Replica! I've been wanting to read those for awhile! And I've heard good things about Joelle's series! I hope you enjoy them!

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