Book Review | Regal Hearts: Season Two | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! Today I am so excited to share my review of Regal Hearts: Season Two by Livy Jarmusch. I read Season One a while back and really loved, so I was so excited jump back into this series!

Be sure to read to the end of the post, because I’m also sharing how you can enter to win an autographed copy of Season One, and you will not want to miss it!


regalheartsseasontwo.jpgTitle: Regal Hearts: Season Two by Livy Jarmusch

Pages: 437

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian

Publisher: CreateSpace (Jan. 28th, 2019)

Summary

Following the unexpected revelation of her regal heritage, Lena Bodner must travel to Tarsurella in search of allies. Rebuilding a broken nation is no small task. But now it’s up to Lena to convince her sisters to help. Will they learn to work together in love and unity? Will they rise to become the world-changers they were meant to be? Or will their nation crumble apart, as a wicked dictator overthrows their courage?

Regal Hearts Season Two is the continuation of an exciting story written in a unique “TV Show” format. Livy has been releasing these digital-book episodes on a weekly basis, but now you can read Season 2 (10 Episodes) all at once!

Regal Hearts: Season Two

what i thought

*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  A huge thank you to the author!*

After reading Season One of Regal Hearts, I was absolutely hooked on Livy Jarmusch’s writing!  Since first reading season one back in late 2017, I’ve also read and loved The Coronation and The Rebellion (a companion series).  Because of this, I was so excited for the chance to review season two!  And I am so delighted to say that this season did not disappoint!

One of the things I loved most about Regal Hearts: Season Two is the characters.  There are so many well-written and memorable characters.  I have become so invested in these characters and their stories.  Livy Jarmusch is truly such a gifted author and writes in a way that is just so encouraging and relatable.  While, honestly, I love them all, my favorite characters are still Eleanor, Emma, and Arden.  I have to say, however, Aurora really grew on me this season.  This book featured so much character growth from everyone compared to who they were last season, and I was internally cheering on all the characters as I watched them grow up, think for themselves, and mature.

The actual plot for this time around was so good, too!! Regal Hearts: Season One was so amazing and just when I didn’t think the storyline could get any better, Season Two happened and absolutely blew me away. There were so many twists and turns throughout this entire novel!

Another thing I loved about this book was the faith content.  I really appreciated how so many of the characters put their trust in God, and the many biblical reminders written throughout the pages of this story.

Overall, I really loved this book.  Regal Hearts: Season Two was filled with action, adventure, mystery, and romance.  There was truly a little bit of everything in this book, and I loved every minute of it!  I cannot wait to read Regal Hearts: Season Three!  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, adventurous, and wholesome read.

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giveaway

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One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of Regal Hearts: Season One!

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about the author

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Livy Jarmusch is a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. She enjoys crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When she’s not writing, you can usually find her playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning her next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies. Come connect at http://www.livylynnblog.com!

 

Visit her at:


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Gracelynbuckner.wordpress.com 

Review of Season 1

March 1st

greenteawithbooks.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 2nd

http://englishmysteriesblog.blogspot.com

Guest post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 3rd

Spoonfulofsurprises.com

Review of Season 2

March 5th

https://bookslifeandchrist.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 8th

https://savannahgracewrites.blogspot.com/

March 9th

Writing Advice from Livy

http://kayleeskindofwrites20.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 12th

www.smylinggirl.blogspot.com

Review of Season 1

March 13th

https://imperialscribis.wordpress.com/

Review of Season 1

March 14th

https://hollyciampi.wixsite.com/holly

Review of Season 1

March 15th

www.alyssan.com

Review of Season 2

March 16th

youaresaltandlightblog.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 19th

www.writingsfromagodgirl.wordpress.com

Guest post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 20th

https://anitaseavey.com

Review of Season One

March 20th

https://uniquelymarieblog.wordpress.com/

Guest Post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 22nd

https://thecalicobooks.wordpress.com

Review of Season 2 

March 23rd

bensshowersofblessings.blogspot.com  

Author Interview

March 29th

www.rileyaline.com

Review of Season 2

March 30th


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February Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! So, I just realized I never posted my February wrap-up! So, here I am posting it halfway through March! 😂

Altogether I read 6 books in February!

BOOKS READ

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– Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (library book) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐

– Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I also read through the entire Bible in about two months, so that’s being counted toward my Goodreads goal, too!

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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All in Pieces was such a well-written and gripping book filled with such incredible characters.  Out of the books I read in February, I can’t think of one more deserving than this one (other than the Bible, lol, but I’m not counting that) to be labeled as Standout Book of the Month.

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

BOOK HAUL

I actually didn’t buy or receive any new books in February!

 

MISCELLANEOUS 

February TBR

I shared my February TBR with you all! As you can see, I didn’t get to all of these books, haha!

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I also shared which book I’m waiting on!

The Valentine's Day

Then it was time to spread some love with The Valentine’s Day Book Tag!

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And lastly, I participated in the Never Let Go blog tour!


That wraps up February! I hope you all had a good February and have been having a good March!

Thank you so much for reading!


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Book Review | All in Pieces

all in pieces.jpgTitle: All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

Pages: 259

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Published by: Simon Pulse (Nov. 8th, 2016)

Summary

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

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what i thought
I received All in Pieces for Christmas from my TBTB Secret Santa, Andi, this past year, and I was so excited!  I absolutely loved Hotel Ruby and The Program by Suzanne Young, so even though this book seemed very different from those two, I had no doubt I would love this one as well.  I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint either!

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Book Review | Rebecca

rebeccaTitle: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Genres: Classic, Gothic, Mystery

Published by: HarperCollins (August, 1938)

Summary

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

Rebecca 

what i thought

I first added Rebecca to my TBR a year or two ago after hearing so many wonderful things about it.  I just knew I was going to to love it!  Let me just say that this book did not disappoint!

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February TBR!

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Hey everyone! I know I’m a few days late, but today I’m going to be sharing some of the books I’m hoping to read this month!  Last month, I didn’t finish as many books as I would have hoped, so I have some pretty high hopes for February.  I don’t always set monthly TBR’s, but I’ve decided to try it out for a while and see how it goes. 🙂

Alright, let’s get started!

First of all, I really want to get to A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs and Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.  I had planned on reading them in January, but I just didn’t get the chance.  I am so eager to read these two.  As a lot of you probably already know the Miss Peregrine series and The Book Thief are two of my favorites.  So, it’s really no surprise why I cannot wait to read them.

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Next up on my TBR is Imposters by Scott Westerfeld.  The Uglies series is another one of my favorites, and I was so excited when I found out about this book.  I just recently bought this one and, as you can imagine, I am thrilled to read it soon!

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I’m also really looking forward to reading All in Pieces by Suzanne Young!  I love her book, The Program, and while this one seems like a very different type of book from The Program, it sounds like it will be amazing.  Also, I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book, so I’ve no doubt that I will love it, too!

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Falling for You by Becky Wade sounds like it is going to be such a fun and romantic book, which I think will be perfect for February and Valetine’s Day.  I haven’t read any of Becky Wade’s other books yet, but I’ve heard so many great things about them, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

Also, as soon as they come in from the library, I’m hoping to get to Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young for Taylor Epperson’s Book Lovers Book ClubRoss Poldark by Winston Graham for Haleigh (Sweet Sequels) and Laura’s (bookishstardesigns) Poldark read-along, and Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott for Katharine’s (readwithkat) February #ReadwithKat pick!


So, as you can see, I’ve got a rather ambitious TBR for me this month!  Please wish me luck, because you know I’m going to need it! 😂

What’s on your February TBR?

Thanks for reading!


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Top Ten Books of 2018!

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Hello and Happy New Year!  2018 was a wild year filled with so many amazing books!  Today, I’m going to share my top ten of the year.  It was so difficult to decide, because I read so many amazing books books in 2018!  Altogether, I read 55 books.

According to the order they were read, here’s my top ten:

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After loving the movie for years, I finally read the book of A Walk to Remember!  While the book and movie are quite differently, actually, the book was just as sweet and emotional.

9.

2

Many of you already know how much I love Meg Cabot, so it shouldn’t come as too much as a surprise that this book made my list.  Safe House, in my opinion, has been the best book in the 1-800-Where-R-You that I’ve read so far.

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The Coronation was such an amazing book!  This book is filled with so many amazing, well-written characters.  It is definitely the best Christian fiction that I read this year.

7.

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I had to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because of the Netflix movie coming out, and I am so glad I did.  This book was so enjoyable, and I loved how Lara Jean and her sisters’ relationships were portrayed – it was so realistic!  Also, the movie is just as good!

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5

Somehow I skipped over The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, growing up.  I finally experienced the book for the first time and it was absolutely fantastic!  I admit, I’m a little sad I didn’t read this series when I was younger, but I’m glad to be giving it a chance now.

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The Way You Make Me Feel has incredible characters, great family dynamics, and lots of diversity.  I’m so glad I read this book!

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7

I love all of Morgan Matson’s books, so I already expected Save the Date to be on this list way back in June when I first read it.  This book was amazing! I laughed and cried.  The characters and family dynamics were so well done.  The romance was so sweet. I just loved this one!

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I don’t know how many times I’ve had people tell me to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.  This book had so much hype surrounding it, I didn’t think I could possibly like that much.  Well, everyone was right.  This book was incredible!

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9

Sweet Dreams, the final book in the Illusion trilogy was absolutely amazing! What a great way to end an already great series.  This book really showed how far the characters have come and even how far Nadette Rae Rodgers has come as a writer.  I cannot recommend this book or series enough!

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Oh my goodness, y’all!  I just loved Small Spaces so, so much!  I literally loved every single thing about this book.  From the first page I was hooked and continued to stay gripped until the very last page!


And those were my favorite books of 2018!  I pray that your 2019 is filled with so much joy, positivity, and, of course, wonderful books.

Thank you so much for reading and Happy 2019! 🎉

 


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Blogmas Book Quote | Ring Out, Wild Bells

Hello! It’s time for one final Blogmas Book Quote in 2018. Today’s quote comes from the poem Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson, which is found in A Vintage Christmas.

I love how this quote really captures how so many of us are feeling on December 31st!


“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ring Out, Wild Bells


Happy New Year! Here’s to an amazing 2019! 🥂🎉

 


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End of the Year Book Tag

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Hello! Can you even believe that 2018 is just about over?! That is so wild to me!  This year was filled with some major ups and downs.  That being said, I am hopeful that 2019 will be an amazing year. 🙂

Today I decided to the End of the Year book tag. I discovered this tag over at Pretty Purple Polka Dots by Aoife!

Okay, here we go:

Best book you’ve read in 2018

I don’t think it’s possible for me to narrow this down just to one book!  I have a post coming later this week, where I share my top ten books of 2018, and that list is as close as I can get to listing a favorite.

Best sequel you’ve read in 2016

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The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch was such a great follow-up to The Coronation.  I cannot wait to read book three!

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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I love the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld so much, so I really want to get to Imposters in 2019!

Biggest disappointment

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote was so disappointing.  So many people are obsessed with this movie, and maybe the movie is quite different, but this book was very different than I expected.  I felt disconnected from the plot and all the characters.  The short stories included in the book weren’t my thing either.  I don’t think Truman Capote’s writing is for me.

Biggest surprise

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I have to go with Small Spaces by Katherine Arden for this one.  This book completely blew me away!  It was one of my favorite books of the year and was just so much more than I expected. I love it so much!

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Katherine Arden and Taylor Jenkins Reid were both new-to-me authors that I read in 2018 that I definitely plan on reading more of in 2019!

Newest fictional crush

I don’t really get fictional “crushes” but both Bill from Save the Date and Zach from the Illusion trilogy were such sweet, great guys and I loved reading about them!

Newest favourite character

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There’s no way I could pick! I will say, though, I found Charlie and her family to be super relatable, and she reminded me a lot of me when I was 18.  So, I guess I’ll go with her for this question.

Book that made you cry

My Sister’s Keeper was the biggest cry fest for me, but Save the Date and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo also had their moments!

Book that made you happy

I feel so redundant including it, but Save the Date really made me happy, too.  The Way You Make Me Feel also made me happy!

Most beautiful book you bought or received this year

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I won this gorgeous copy of Stories for Christmas by Charles Dickens from an Instagram giveaway, and oh my word, this book is stunning!  I’m obsessed with how pretty it is!!

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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I’m currently reading The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere, and I’d really love to have that finished up before the new year starts!


That wraps up the End of Year Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I would absolutely love to hear your answers. 🙂

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a safe and happy New Years! 🎉🥂

#TBTBSanta Unboxing 2018!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate; if not, I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week)!  My holiday was absolutely lovely, filled with family, food, fun, and memories. 🎄  Last week, I received my package from my TBTB Secret Santa!  It turns out, my Secret Santa was Andi @ Andi’s ABCs, and oh my goodness, did she spoil me so!! 💕  Today I’ll be sharing all the lovely goodies she gifted me with!

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Book Review | Silent Days, Holy Night | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! Today I’m teaming up with JustRead Tours and Gilead Publishing for the blog tour to celebrate the recent release of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols. I’ll be sharing my thoughts about the book as well as how you can win a copy!

Here we go:

silent days holy night.jpegTitle: Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols

Pages: 240

Genres: Fiction, Inspirational, Christmas

Published by: Gilead Publishing (Oct. 20th, 2018)

Summary

The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house . . .  

Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .

When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she’s heard from neighbors and classmates. He’s kind and extraordinarily talented—he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decides it’s time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest—an act that will change them all forever.

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what i thought

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author, Gilead Publishing and JustRead Blog Tours!*

This book was so sweet!  Going into this story, I thought I had an idea how this book would go.  While it sort of did, Silent Days, Holy Night ended up being so much more than I anticipated!

I absolutely loved all the characters in this novel!  Julia is so sweet and sassy and I just adored her.  I love how determined she was about everything.  Mr. Lafferty was the sweetest little cinnamon roll and, just like Julia, I wish I had him as a friend.

Silent Days, Holy Night was so well written, too!  The writing was so comfortable to read, if that makes sense.  It was just the perfect book to read, curled up on the couch with soft Christmas music playing in the background.

This book made me laugh and it also made me shed a few tears.  It is one that I will not soon be forgetting!  It also made me really want to start studying sign language again.

Silent Days, Holy Night is about loving others, friendships and embracing our differences.  This book is filled with the Christmas spirit, and it was honestly such an enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet and heartwarming read this holiday season.

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(1) winner will receive (US only):

  • a print copy of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols
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about the author

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Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.

Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.

She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.

Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.

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