Waiting on Wednesday #4 – “Ten Thousand Skies Above You”

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“Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine) that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

I’m so happy right now, I’m just gonna illustrate this with a very nice GIF.
A new “Waiting on Wednesday” is on and this time I’m as happy as last week, because another great sequel finally has its cover and the release date revealed! BÄM!

GUESS WHAT?! This Beauty can be read in November 2015! (I’m not crying because I thought it would take much longer to release the second book!) At this point I would recommend for everybody to read the first book A Thousand Pieces Of You to prevent SPOILER! (Just sayin’…)

Titel: “Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Author: Claudia Grey
Coming Out: November 3rd 2015 by Harper Teen
Expected Level of Impression: GREAT

Summary

“Marguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird—the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend, Paul, and their friend Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves.
When Paul’s soul is splintered into four pieces—pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions—Marguerite will do anything, and travel anywhere, to save him. But the price of his safe return is steep. If she doesn’t sabotage her parents in multiple universes, Paul will be lost forever.
Unwilling to sacrifice her family, Marguerite enlists the brilliant Theo to help. The two forge a plan to save Paul and the Firebird, but succeeding means outsmarting a genius and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their counterparts in every other dimension.
Their mission takes them to the most dangerous universes yet: a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each leap brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul—but her journey reveals dark truths that lead her to doubt the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other.”

Okay, that sounds kind of fun, I mean, for the reader. I certainly didn’t want to be those two, having to rescue their friend and lover. It’ll be good. Oh yes, it has to be!

What do you think about the Cover? Are you interested in reading the second book (after you’ve read the first one of course ;)) … What is your WoW-Pick?

By the way… this Cover is awesome, isn’t it? Have a great day! 🙂

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“Red Queen” – Victoria Aveyard

 4/5 

(English Review below)

Dieses Buch hat mich wirklich sprachlos zurückgelassen und ich bin mir noch immer nicht sicher, ob das gut oder schlecht ist. Meine Eindrücke sind noch frisch, denn ich habe dieses wunderliche Werk vor gerade mal einigen Minuten zur Seite gelegt. Aber erstmal von vorne anfangen, eine Zusammenfassung ist sicherlich hilfreich.

Titel:  Die Farben des Blutes

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Seiten: 512

Preis: 9,48 €

Zusammenfassung

“Rot oder Silber – Mares Welt wird von der Farbe des Blutes bestimmt. Sie selbst gehört zu den niederen Roten, deren Aufgabe es ist, der Silber-Elite zu dienen. Denn die – und nur die – besitzt übernatürliche Kräfte. Doch als Mare bei ihrer Arbeit in der Sommerresidenz des Königs in Gefahr gerät, geschieht das Unfassbare: Sie, eine Rote, rettet sich mit Hilfe besonderer Fähigkeiten! Um Aufruhr zu vermeiden, wird sie als verschollen geglaubte Silber-Adlige ausgegeben und mit dem jüngsten Prinzen verlobt. Dabei ist es dessen Bruder, der Thronfolger, der Mares Gefühle durcheinander bringt. Doch von jetzt an gelten die Regeln des Hofes, Mare darf sich keine Fehler erlauben. Trotzdem nutzt sie ihre Position, um die aufkeimende Rote Rebellion zu unterstützen. Sie riskiert dabei ihr Leben – und ihr Herz … ”

Meinung

Ich wollte eigentlich nur mal reinstöbern, ein Gefühl für die Geschichte kriegen, aber als ich die ersten Seiten durchgelesen hatte, gab es kein Halten mehr. Der Schreibstil ist flüssig und wirklich gut, genau so wie die Charaktere. Ich konnte mitfühlen (tue es immer noch, ich glaube ich befinde mich in einem Trauma-ähnlichem Zustand) und war genau so verzweifelt, wütend oder bodenlos entsetzt wie die Hauptperson, Mare.

Zwar hat man als geübter Leser, wenn ich das mal so sagen darf, immer ein Gespür dafür entwickelt, bei welchen Personen man Gänsehaut kriegt und denen mal definitiv nicht trauen kann, aber ich war trotzdem entsetzt, als sich meine Vermutung bestätigte.

Wer hier eine cheesy Liebesgeschichte erwartet, den muss ich enttäuschen. Natürlich spielen die Beziehungen der Prinzen und Mare eine große Rolle, aber es wird deutlich klar, dass die nicht im Vordergrund steht wie bei “The Selection” beispielsweise.

Viele hatten geschrieben, sie fühlen sich durch die Geschichte auch stark an die “Hunger Games” oder die “Selection”-Reihe erinnert, und ich kann zumindest für letzteres auf jeden Fall den Grund sehen. Das, was Kiere Cass absolut außer Acht gelassen hat und was auch die größte Schwäche dieser Reihe war: Die Politik, die tatsächlichen Lebensumstände, Revolution und viel tiefgründigere Charaktere.

Jetzt bin ich durch mit dem Buch, werde den zweiten Teil auf jeden Fall lesen, aber ich fühle mich genau so hilflos und furchtbar entsetzt zurückgelassen wie mit Marie Lu’s The Young Elite.

Die Geschichte beginnt fast unschuldig, ein Land im Krieg, ein Land mit einer monarchischen Ordnung und ein Mädchen, dass einiges verändern kann. … Und dann kommt der Punkt wo eigentlich nur noch alles kollabiert und es gab nichts, was man hätte dagegen tun können.

Ich bin furchtbar gespannt wie Aveyard das alles auflösen wird, denn Beziehungen, Freundschaften und Vertrauen ist wichtig und darüber will man auch lesen, aber hier wurde man in Verzweiflung und Trümmern zurückgelassen.

Ich hoffe so sehr, dass das alles noch ein gutes Ende nehmen wird und nicht für die politische Revolution, sondern auch für die zerstörten Freundschaften und Liebschaften. (Ja, ich liebe Happy Ends)

Also auf jeden Fall lesenswert und einen Stern Abzug ist der Tatsache verschuldet, dass ich jemanden von Anfang an misstraute und ich es grauenvoll finde, wenn sich Vermutungen bestätigen (hier waren die Hinweise zu offensichtlich)

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This impression is as fresh as it could be, because I finished the book just minutes ago. And I’m really torn, I have a revival of the feeling connected with Marie Lu’s The Young Elite. I really wanted to like this book  … and I think I do. And at the same time I don’t. However, first of all you need a summary to know what the story is about.

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 400

Price: 9,48 €

Summary

“Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.”

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Opinion

This book is good stuff. Technically, I just wanted to read a few pages to get a feeling for the story, because there are some other books I didn’t finish yet. Forget it. After reading about five pages, the story got me.
I love the style of writing and I really love the main characters, Mare and everyone else on the Royal Court. The reader is introduced to a country, where separation, hunger and poverty are the daily life’s of the “Red” (red blooded people, basically they’re slaves) and the “Silver”, superhumans with silver blood who are cruel and hungry for power.
The few reviews I skimmed for this book compare it often to the “Hunger Games” or the “Selection”-Novels. I don’t think that’s true, nothing in this book (except for the word “Arena” and some fights) reminds me of Suzanne Collins books, but the “Selection”-Novels is another thing.
I feel as if this book is the actual “Selection”-novel, but not with cheesy love stories, where no politics or rebels, cruelty, loss and a lot of blood is discussed, while Victoria Aveyard did everything right. Our main character, Mare, isn’t indecisive and flat as America, she’s strong and willing to do what it takes to free her people.
But there is a lot of despair and damage involved and that’s why it reminds me more of the “Young Elites” than of the Hunger Games.
Please don’t expect a story just concerning a teenie love triangle; this book is so much more. This world is created as real and threatening as possible, there is no nice palace to hide in, there are just enemies who are watching every step you make.

This book gets a lot darker in the last 100 pages and I was devastated to find my suspicions confirmed (there was something odd about this one person and I was SO right!). I hope very much that all the destroyed friendships and relationships are restored or at least fixed, because there should be more in the hearts of the main character’s than hate (Just my opinion, everyone likes it differently. I guess.)

I SO recommend this book. If you read the “Selection” and were missing a big part – READ THIS! If you liked the Hunger Games, the Young Elite or at least something not so “sunshine and roses”, this is definitively the book for you!

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The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) – Richelle Mead

4.5/5 ★

Unfortunately, I’ve started this series way before I even had the slightest wish to blog about books, but I love this series enough to write a blog post although not many people have read the last five Books.
At this point I should probably confess that I’m a huge Richelle Mead-Fan (I’ve read the whole Vampire-Academy-Cycle within a week. Yah. That’s called obsessing over something… You should thank Richelle Mead, because in these books Vampires aren’t sparkling or feeding from animals. No offense, I’ve liked twilight too until the movies destroyed everything there was.)
Enough jabbering, let’s get to the point!

Title: The Ruby Circle
Author: Richelle Mead
Released: February 10th 2015 by Razorbill
Price: 11,53 €
Pages: 348 pages

 Summary

“Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.” (aka Goodreads)

Opinion

I love them, I just do. At this point I can’t stay objective anymore. I’ve seen Sidney and Adrian, the main characters, evolve that much and the story never even comes near the danger to bore the reader (I have no idea how Richelle Mead manages that). There are always turns or new truths discovered that you hang on (In this particular book you are still frightened but after reading over ten books written by this author you kind of know, how she works. Still, there are surprises but -0.5 are for predictable  events) The only thing I struggled with this one: I was so damn curious about everything I sometimes couldn’t get myself to read it like you drink a good wine, not drinking hastily and enjoying every drop. Yah, that’s exactly not what I did.
I think I inhaled the story (I’ll re-read it soon, so I can notice all the little details!)
Definitely a book I would recommend, but everyone who already started the series will read it anyway..:D (Maybe I’ll review the previous five books but then I had to re-read A LOT!)

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Waiting on Wednesday #3 – “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo

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“Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine) that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

YES! I wanted to wait until there was a Cover available and now the time has come (*dramatic music*) … Leigh Bardugo’s new book! (Now is the moment, you start running around in excitement and scream things like “YES!!! FINALLY!” but of course, you can vary what you’re screaming. No problem!)

Here it is:

Title: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: –
Price: 10, 89 € (amazon)
Expected publication: October 6th 2015 !!
(I won’t last that long. Please. Make it come out earlier. My heart can’t take this anymore!)
 Summary

“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and
destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”

“Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven in this brand-book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.”

Why did I pick this book?

It’s a freakin’ Leigh-Bardugo-book, there is no explanation needed!

What is your Opinion on this book? Overrated? Underrated?
 And … by the way, what’s your WoW-pick? 

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Reality Is In A Dream – Lauren Mayhew

3/5★
Okay, this review will be a hard one. Normally I’m not going easy on stupid plots or poor writing, but since I’ve found the book through the Author Lauren Mayhew here on WordPress, I was afraid as sh*t to write a review about it because hurting people’s feelings is always unnecessary.

So, here we go.

Pages: 178
Language: English
Price: 4,50
Author: Lauren Mayhew

Summary

“Most dreams are a reflection of recent events in your waking life. Not for Liliana. Hers begin to reveal a forgotten life – memories that fill her with joy and fear.
When a pair of eyes begins to watch her from the sky, she cannot shake away the feeling of dread that washes over her with their every appearance.
The only person that she can trust to help her is her best friend Justin. Together the begin to decipher Liliana’s dreams in an attempt to uncover the truth, but it soon becomes clear that they are dealing with events that are far beyond their imagination.
The more that the two of them uncover, the harder it becomes for Liliana to distinguish between two realities. Has her thirst for answers put her and Justin in danger? ”

 Opinion

This is the first review I’m writing in the process of reading the book itself.  I’ve read only 17 % so far and I’m confused. That’s okay, the lovely Lauren told me it’s all planned this way, so I’m going to chill and try to get more into the story.
So far, there are only a few things I rather dislike.
Liliana, the main character, has some girlfriends … who are actually no friends? Or are? I don’t really get it and if I had the choice, I would’ve left them behind and not put them in Liliana’s  … “Maybe-friends-but-not-really-Zone”.
Also – everyone is calling her Liliana? Doesn’t she have a nickname?
But these things are just secondary and all a matter of taste (I like nicknames and I like people with real friends, that’s all).
The flashback’s Liliana is having are confusing and I’m not sure if I like her, yet. All the figures seem so two-dimensional (for now, but I haven’t even read further, so chill everyone :D).
Still, the idea of combining the topic of dream and reality, where these two cross paths, is good and fascinating and I’m eager to find out, what’s going on.

Okay, forget everything I said before!! (Except for the stupid girlfriends of hers. They just suck and are totally irrelevant to the plot…)
Liliana finally gets nicknames, the flashbacks are getting more and more interesting and I felt as if the writer did know every doubt I had on the plot or the circumstances or everything else: After battling through the first 40% (I read it on my Kindle) the story began to make actually sense and the characters weren’t that flat and uninteresting anymore! (Sorry, Lauren. The beginning wasn’t the best, but you made up for it! Oh, hell yeah, you did!)
The style of writing was good, you could picture everything the main character is describing, just the lack of compassion for the characters (in the beginning) ruins it a little bit for me (It’s not you, it’s me.)

First 40 pages be like


Reaching the 50 %


Until you reach the last page

I can’t give this book more than 2.5 stars out of 5, because the beginning wasn’t really easy to read, actually. I don’t want to be mean, it’s only my opinion. Of course, the book gets better the further you read, but the problem is, if I hadn’t wanted to read it so badly I wouldn’t have finished it, if I’m honest, because nobody knows that after swimming through what feels like tar you are being rewarded for suffering so long for an actual clue or interesting turn in the plot.
I would recommend it to everyone who is just curious how reality and dream can be combined and it’s really unique in its own way, I’ve never read anything like this before. The only weakness lies in the beginning. I will continue reading this series, because now I’m really curious what’s going to happen next!

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“What If” or “The F – Word”

Harry Potter isn’t Harry Potter anymore, it’s Daniel Radcliffe, an incredibly talented actor who is one of the nicest and funniest guy’s in Hollywood. Well, I haven’t met him personally (of course not, look at me) but the way he’s acting in interviews and doing pranks or rapping the “Alphabet Aerobics” on the Fallon-show, I think that’s enough material to prove his awesomeness.

I didn’t actually plan on reviewing movies (I mean, I don’t plan at all, what is not the best way to behave when you’re studying.) but I watched this one about ten minutes ago and I had to share my opinion with you!

The Plot

“Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is a medical school dropout who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. While everyone around him seems to be finding the perfect partner, including his friend Allan (Adam Driver) in girlfriend Nicole (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love lif on hold.
It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. There is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?”

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Opinion

Because I was getting more and more unproductive, just lying around and dreaming while doodling some really ugly flying furniture, I thought I should watch a movie and not “Crazy Stupid Love” (I did it anyway) but a movie, I haven’t seen but always wanted to watch. So, I remembered this one and I got cosy with my hot tea and my laptop on my lap.

And I wasn’t disappointed. It’s refreshing to see actors who are (in my opinion) underrated, bring life into such an common but still interesting story.  The whole movie captures you and doesn’t let go. You have to watch the two main characters Chantry and Wallace establish a friendship (you well know between you and your bestie) but with a little more chemistry. It’s so funny it hurts, because on the other side Wallace torments himself because he doesn’t want to risk his friendship but clearly wants to be more than friends with Chantry.
In the beginning I really struggled to like Chantry, because I feared she would turn out as a stupid b*tch (like the movie 500 Days of Summer) but no worries, this movie is really, really good.

You’ll like the dialogs, you’ll like their weird friends, you might like her longtime boyfriend not so much but he’s just really not interesting enough to dislike him. Brilliant performance by Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan! (And I really liked that little Chantry-look-alike fairy who accompanies her throughout the movie)
I totally recommend watching this lovely movie!

If you want to get a feeling for this cute romantic comedy, here you go with the trailer (and if you are interested in an Interview with Daniel R., you know what to do ;))

Have a lovely day and If you leave a comment (I’m curious what you might think!) I would be very, very happy 😀

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Wie ist das passiert?! – Liebster Award Nomination


Da scrolle ich noch durch Youtube, nicht ahnend, was mir als nächstes bevorsteht. Mich erreicht ein “Ich hab dich für den Liebster-Award nominiert MUHAHAHAH”. Ja. Dann sehe ich es. *DAMDAMDAAAAM*
Tatsächlich hat die manisch behin… verrückte laurabelle mich für diesen Award nominiert. Hier nochmal ein dickes Dankeschön! ❤

Okay, 11 Fragen, 11 Antworten heißt ihr Post. Na, dann wollen wir mal.

1) Warum hast du deinen Blog gestartet?
… wahrscheinlich sollte ich hier irgendwas Tiefgründiges schreiben, leider fällt mir nur ein “Weil ich Lust dazu hatte” ein. (Außerdem freue ich mich immer neue Leute kennen zu lernen, Gleichgesinnte, wenn man so will)

2) Langschläfer oder Frühaufsteher?
Langschläfer. Vielschläfer.

3) Was magst du eher? Frühling, Sommer, Herbst oder Winter?
SOMMER!!! SOMMER, SOMMER, SOMMER! Ich werd schon wieder aggressiv, wenn ich nur nach draußen schaue. Ich hab die Nase voll von klirrend kalt und nicht mal Schnee!

4) Wer ist dein Vorbild?
Das ist schwierig. Diese Frage finde ich immer sehr, sehr schwer zu beantworten. Aber wenn ich jemanden wirklich, wirklich fantastisch finde, dann ist das Emma Stone! Abgesehen davon, dass sie eine galaktisch-talentierte Schauspielerin ist und Jimmy Fallon in jedem Lip-Sync-Battle schlägt, bleibt sie trotzdem bodenständig und unfassbar witzig!

5) Was war dein Berufswunsch als Kind?
 Ich wünschte, ich könnte was Cooles sagen, wie “Astronaut” oder “Telefonhörerdesinfizierer”, aber erst wollte ich Arzt, dann Schauspieler oder Comedian werden. (Diese Träume sind glücklicherweise in der Grundschule, spätestens aber in der 10. Klasse kümmerlich vertrocknet)

6) Was ist dein Lieblingszitat?
Oh Gott.
Das ändert sich mit jedem Buch. Momentan ist es das die Frage Arthur Dent’s aus “Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis”, denn diese Frage habe ich mir schon oft gestellt.

“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”

7) Wenn ich ein Tier wäre, dann wäre ich…
eine Hummel. Die sehen so schön flauschig aus. Außerdem finde ich, Hummeln werden unterschätzt.

8) Was war dein schönster Urlaub?
Bisher war das letzten Sommer, der Urlaub mit meinen Freunden in Sylt. Campen zwischen Mercedes, Audi und BMW und einem wunderschönen Strand und ganz viel Sonne.

9) Hand auf’s Herz – wer ist dein Celebritycrush?
Ryan Gosling. Oh ja.

10) Welche drei Dinge würdest du auf eine einsame Insel mitnehmen?
Menschen! Gute Güte, allein zu sein ist auf Dauer sehr langweilig. Darf ich dann nur drei Leute mitnehmen? Oder ich nehme Leute mit und zwei weitere Sachen. (Ich schummel jetzt sehr dezent). Dann würde eine verzauberte Tasche mitnehmen, aus der ich unendlich viele Bücher ziehen kann und einen magischen Kühlschrank, der nie leer wird.

11) Beschreibe dich mit einem Wort!
“Hä?”

Da ich diesen Award sehr gerne weitergeben möchte, nominiere ich

Eni, deren Blog ich seit geraumer Zeit verfolge ;D

Meine 11 Fragen an dich:
1. Was für Leute möchtest du mit deinem Blog erreichen?, 2. Was ist dein Lieblingsessen?, 3. Welches Buch hat dich zuletzt beeindruckt?, 4. Hund oder Katze?, 5. Hau raus, was ist dein Lieblingszitat?, 6. Eine einsame Insel und du kannst nur drei Leute mitnehmen, welche wären das?, 7. Den letzten Film, den du im Kino gesehen hast?, 8. Was für einen Ort möchtest du noch unbedingt sehen?, 9. Hast du eine peinlich-lustige Geschichte zu erzählen?, 10. Was macht dir am meisten Spaß?, 11. Stift und Papier oder Sandwich und Fernseher?

Aber auch alle anderen, die das lesen, wenn ihr mitmachen wollt, dann übernehmt einfach das Logo (oben) und beantwortet meine 11 Fragen! Je mehr Leute mitmachen, desto besser! 😀

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