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Gata blanca 4.5 starsHolly Black, where have you been my whole life We are, largely, who we remember ourselves to be That s why habits are so hard to break If we know ourselves to be liars, we expect not to tell the truth If we think of ourselves as honest, we try harder.But what happens when you are forced to doubt every single memory that makes you who you are This book has definitely made it to my top ten young adult books list It came at the right time and it was just what I needed angst free a 4.5 starsHolly Black, where have you been my whole life We are, largely, who we remember ourselves to be That s why habits are so hard to break If we know ourselves to be liars, we expect not to tell the truth If we think of ourselves as honest, we try harder.But what happens when you are forced to doubt every single memory that makes you who you are This book has definitely made it to my top ten young adult books list It came at the right time and it was just what I needed angst free and fun Let s start with the main character, Cassel whom I keep calling Vincent for obvious reasons I love it when female authors succeed in creating a strong male voice, a thing that doesn t happen often enough Lish McBride did it in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Holly Black did it with Cassel I really felt like I was inside a boy s head That s not to say that Cassel didn t have emotional moments and uncertainties, of course he did, they were just handled differently In creating this character, Black followed all the usual conventions, but in a way that was new and refreshing For example, I just want to be normal is a very common problem for YA protagonists and I usually find it eyeroll inducing With Cassel it felt genuine, probably because he didn t whine about it, but instead acted in such a way that made him looklike other people his age The desire was present in all his decisions from the school he chose to attended to the girl he used to date Cassel comes from a family of curse workers, people with magical ability only they call it talent, not magic to influence other people using minimal skin to skin contact His mother is an Emotion worker currently in jail for working some very rich guy into falling in love with her, his grandfather can literally kill people with a single touch and his two older brothers are extremely talented as well Cassel is the only one without a real talent, a fact he makes up for by being an excellent con artist and an occasional thief both skills that are highly admired in his family White Cat kept me interested from start to finish I could read this type of stories for the rest of my life without getting bored It s always interesting when your narrator can t be sure of his own memories or anything else for that matter, but when you have all that in first person, it s especially confusing and so much fun Favorite quote I consider kissing her right there on the dirty couch, but some instinct of self preservation stops me Once someone s hurt you, it s harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love But it doesn t stop you from wanting them Sometimes I actually think it makes the wanting worse.The fascinating and detailed world Holly Black created left me wantingI can t wait to get my hands on Red Glove audio, narrated by Jesse Eisenberg Reread 10 30 Cassel is still the sarcastic little shit I remembered I have no other option than loving him evenI hate that I love this I hate that the adrenaline pumping through the roots of my body is filling me with giddy glee I m not a good person This book was full of charms See what I did thereCharm 1 I do love me some liar Beware of Cassel Sharpe, professional liar and Master of the game of make believe You re going to love him Being a con artist means thin Reread 10 30 Cassel is still the sarcastic little shit I remembered I have no other option than loving him evenI hate that I love this I hate that the adrenaline pumping through the roots of my body is filling me with giddy glee I m not a good person This book was full of charms See what I did thereCharm 1 I do love me some liar Beware of Cassel Sharpe, professional liar and Master of the game of make believe You re going to love him Being a con artist means thinking that you re smarter than everyone else and that you ve thought of everything That you can get away with anything That you can con anyone.I wish I could say that I don t think about the con when I deal with people, but the difference between me and my mother is that I don t con myself Charming, deceptive, untrustworthy, sarcastic, selfish Of course I loved Cassel, what do you think Since he was fourteen and well, hmm, killed his best friend and first love, Cassel learnt that to survive he has to become a Master of pretending All the time FriendshipNothingthan an exchange of goods Who d want a killer of a friend Yeah No hands raised That s what I thought LoveYeah, sure A good way to fake normality FamilyYou mean the curse workers who always kept him in the dark and fed him with snippets of affection Them I m not good at having friends I mean, I can make myself useful to people I can fit in I get invited to parties and I can sit at any table I want in the cafeteria.But actually trusting someone when they have nothing to gain from me just doesn t make sense.All friendships are negotiations of power Don t get fooled, despite the fact that he basically tries to con everyone, we can t avoid seeing the extreme vulnerability that all his tricks can t hide, and then Then we re dealing with a charming and hopeless male lead we can t help but care about Charm 2 Of course I m lost And I love it What a multi layered mystery Each time I thought I finally got it the truth slipped through my fingers There are many subplots in this story and that s for the best we never know who Cassel can trust, damn, we don t even know if we can trust Cassel most of the time Everything can be a con and this makes every decision or action suspect try to overtake Cassel s shenanigans and you ll see Marks think they can get something for nothing.Marks think they can get what they don t deserve and could never deserve.Marks are stupid and pathetic and sadMarks forget that whenever something s too good to be true, that s because it s a con As for the writing, I have to point that I was pleasantly surprised by Holly Black Indeed it s my first book from this author and I must admit that I was really wary at first What a fool I ve been It was a captivating page turner that never bored me Charm 3 Why can t I be a curse worker, huh Why Never ever forget your gloves, otherwise you are likely to experience one of these delightful experiences To find yourself somewhere without any idea how you came Be changed in a cockroach Yeah, that sucks To start sobbing in remorse for something you didn t even do Beware of the music you hear Just sayinCharm 4 Applaud the cat Just do it He s got claws Forof my reviews, please visit Curse workers hated, feared, beloved.Some can make you forget your own name Others can kill you with a single touch Rarest of all some can even transform you into something entirely different.But don t forget, their powers are a curse They experience a backlash with every use of their powers If a luck worker gives you good fortune, they will experience a pleasant kickback If they give too much luck, they may spend forever in a blissed out state The backlash can be unpredictable if Curse workers hated, feared, beloved.Some can make you forget your own name Others can kill you with a single touch Rarest of all some can even transform you into something entirely different.But don t forget, their powers are a curse They experience a backlash with every use of their powers If a luck worker gives you good fortune, they will experience a pleasant kickback If they give too much luck, they may spend forever in a blissed out state The backlash can be unpredictable if a death worker kills you, part of them will die a tooth, or a finger, or maybe even their heart Most curse workers are tied to the black market or other criminal enterprises Cassel s family is in the thick of it Clever as the devil and twice as pretty Cassel comes from a long line of curse workers and criminals He s the only one from his family without powers but he does his best to keep up with the family business whether it be running an illegal betting ring in his high school or scamming tourists with trinkets I can t trust the people I care about not to hurt me And I m not sure I can trust myself not to hurt them, either Oh, and he killed best friend Lila daughter of a mob boss three years ago He doesn t know how, or why, or what could ve triggered him to do that He only remembers that he can t remember Could he have really killed Lila And if not him, who We are, largely, who we remember ourselves to be That s why habits are so hard to break If we know ourselves to be liars, we expect not to tell the truth If we think of ourselves as honest, we try harder The only issue I had with this book was that the world wasfleshed out than the characters I craveddetails on the curse workers and all their power rather than the somewhat plodding plot Audiobook CommentsWhoa Jesse Eisenberg narrated this one it felt like I was listening to a movie Very well done narration.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading 4.5 starsI really, really enjoyed pretty much everything about this book An exciting mystery, memorable characters and a touch of magic I can t express how excited I am about reading Red Glove as soon as possible.Holly Black is an author that never really did anything for me before I gave up on Tithe after reading just one chapter, and her Spiderwick Chronicles weren t bad children s books but they didn t really stand out from the masses either White Cat was completely different, I was 4.5 starsI really, really enjoyed pretty much everything about this book An exciting mystery, memorable characters and a touch of magic I can t express how excited I am about reading Red Glove as soon as possible.Holly Black is an author that never really did anything for me before I gave up on Tithe after reading just one chapter, and her Spiderwick Chronicles weren t bad children s books but they didn t really stand out from the masses either White Cat was completely different, I was addicted from chapter one I loved Cassel the protagonist and found his voice believably male but easily relatable for me at the same time The story is laced with humour from the very first page when we are introduced to our protagonist dangling from a roof in his underwear.Basically, Cassel comes from a family of curse workers those who have various gifts such as memory manipulation, dream manipulation, etc and struggles with the burden of being ungifted and, therefore, an outsider even in his own home Oh, and he happened to murder his best friend three years ago Despite this, he has managed to build up some semblance of a normal life at his boarding school well, that is, until the dreams about the white cat start occurring A white cat that seems to want to tell him something And then his brothers start acting strange and it becomesandobvious that secrets are being kept and Cassel is being lied to.There s all sorts going off and the story is never boring, and every time the mystery appears to be solved, something else will happen This is one of those books with many little mysteries to solve so even the most astute reader will find it difficult not to be surprised I thought the whole novel worked very well and I will be starting Red Glove with a keen interest in what will happen to Cassel next I m only giving it 4.5 stars because this series has just begun but it s definitely one of my favourite books of the year As seen on The ReadventurerWell, well, well Color me surprised Just when I decided never to read another Holly Black work again due to our seemingly conflicting ideas about what good writing is , Emily s review of White Cat convinced me to give the author one final try And, who knew, I really, really liked it Actually, this book is one of the strongest YA UF novels I ve ever read I am not exactly sure what made Black change her writing style so drastically, but I won t be complaining Some As seen on The ReadventurerWell, well, well Color me surprised Just when I decided never to read another Holly Black work again due to our seemingly conflicting ideas about what good writing is , Emily s review of White Cat convinced me to give the author one final try And, who knew, I really, really liked it Actually, this book is one of the strongest YA UF novels I ve ever read I am not exactly sure what made Black change her writing style so drastically, but I won t be complaining Somehow her characters are no longer repulsive and her writing is a lotpolished than before As for the story itself, I thought it was fantastic It is set in an AU America where certain people have magic abilities they are called curse workers They can manipulate emotions, change memories, bring luck or death The magic is worked through touch Cassel, the narrator, belongs to a family of curse workers con artists He can do cons too, but has no magic abilities When he finds himself sleepwalking on the roof of his school dorm, haunted by the memories of a dream where a white cat asks for his help, Cassel embarks on a trip to discover mysteries of his past, present and the white cat.Even though I d read way too many reviews of White Cat before starting the novel, I still managed to be thoroughly mystified by its plot I attribute it to the fact that this book has a bit of Memento esque quality to it, with gradual unraveling of the mysteries tangled up by various cons and curse works Or my usual denseness wherever any kind of mystery solving is involved And can I say Yay for mafia and con artistryWhite Cat gave me what All These Things I ve Done couldn t just enough crime, backstabbing and cons to keep me glued to its pages my iPod Can t wait to get my hands on the sequels Cassel s mom is up to no good And what will he do about Lila I guess the lesson here is Never say never I don t even know why I liked this so much I kind of guessed most of the twists, but it still so damn delicious that I immediately downloaded BOTH of the next two audiobooks as soon as I finished this one.And it was read by Jesse Eisenberg who did a really good job of it I was sort of surprised that I liked his reading of this thing, but I did I don t even know why I liked this so much I kind of guessed most of the twists, but it still so damn delicious that I immediately downloaded BOTH of the next two audiobooks as soon as I finished this one.And it was read by Jesse Eisenberg who did a really good job of it I was sort of surprised that I liked his reading of this thing, but I did Why did I just now read thisWHY Imagine this scenario Cassel and Kaz Brekker Six of Crows if you did not know that, please imagine my eyeballs bulging out of my head sit at a cafe and ponder schemey things Cassel looks up, notices there s a girl running toward them Kaz frowns Then the girl runs past, grinning really widely, waving frantically, considering whether she should speak and then deciding against it, all while wearing a shirt that says I LOVE YOU BYE Kaz peers at his empty c Why did I just now read thisWHY Imagine this scenario Cassel and Kaz Brekker Six of Crows if you did not know that, please imagine my eyeballs bulging out of my head sit at a cafe and ponder schemey things Cassel looks up, notices there s a girl running toward them Kaz frowns Then the girl runs past, grinning really widely, waving frantically, considering whether she should speak and then deciding against it, all while wearing a shirt that says I LOVE YOU BYE Kaz peers at his empty coffee cup and decides he hasn t been drugged and that he actually saw that Cassel wonders if his mom is playing a prank on them Simultaneously, both boys think THAT CHICK WAS WEIRD.Reader, that chick was me 4.5 Spoiler free review I went into this book expecting to like it, because the premise sounded awesome, but I was wary, since it s not exactly a book I see all around goodreads But this blew my expectations out of the park I loved this book, like, a lot To the point where I can t even form coherent sentences to explain why I loved this book so much But I can t read the next book in this trilogy until after I finish my review, so here I am trying and probably failing to string together a 4.5 Spoiler free review I went into this book expecting to like it, because the premise sounded awesome, but I was wary, since it s not exactly a book I see all around goodreads But this blew my expectations out of the park I loved this book, like, a lot To the point where I can t even form coherent sentences to explain why I loved this book so much But I can t read the next book in this trilogy until after I finish my review, so here I am trying and probably failing to string together a few thoughts that actually make sense.So, I ll start with the plot This book follows Cassel, the only member of his family who doesn t possess magical powers known as curseworkers Doing magic or working was banned, and so most curseworkers and curseworker families become criminals Cassel has grown up in a family of conmen, and has learned to become one himself, despite his lack of magic He s put up a whole facade of normalcy around his life he goes to a normal school with normal kids and acts as normal as he can pretend to be But Cassel s not like these kids, he never can be, because he s got a secret he killed his Best Friend three years ago But just when Cassel s beginning to fit into his new life at boarding school, an incident of sleepwalking unravels his carefully crafted facade, and he begins to realise that there s something going on that he doesn t know about His family is keeping secrets, and Cassel begins to suspect that they re conning him So, he needs to find out what s being hidden from him, so he can con them back.Honestly, that description doesn t do this story justice, though It s such an interesting plot, full of secrets and lies, all wrapped up in a whole load of family drama It s like a mob story, but with magic There was never a point during the book when I wasn t intrigued by what would happen next when I could physically stop turning pages And everything just came together so well all of these pieces were being fit together, and by the end, everything made sense Speaking of the end, whilst everything was wrapped up satisfyingly, Holly Black threw a bloody curveball and now there sdrama that Cassel needs to work through in the second book, and I have no idea how he s going fix any of what happened.I did, however, have many ideas about the plot of this book And by ideas, I mean predictions Correct predictions Because as much as I loved this book, I found everything very predictable I pretty much knew what was going on before I d even gotten through the first third of the book This didn t ruin the story, or even greatly affect it, but I do have to mention this, because this would ve been a five star read for me if it weren t for this.Anyway, now that I ve gotten my one negative point about this book out of the way, I m free to rave about it So, characters I m not going to say much about Cassel s family, because that ll just lead me right into spoiler territory, and I want to keep this review spoiler free in the hopes that I can convince a few people who haven t read this book yet to give it a try What I will say, though, is this I hated all of them except for his grandfather And I don t mean to say that they were badly written characters or anything like that, because they weren t that at all I thought they were all extremely intriguing, and each had their own dimensions that made them very interesting to read about I loved them as characters But I HATED them as people They were just so bad at being brothers I have 3 younger brothers, and I couldn t imagine ever treating them the way that Cassel s Brothers treat him The worst part is that I liked Barron at first I mean, Phillip was always a dick, but I thought Barron was sweet And then he started doing some stuff I didn t like, and eventually I hated him as much as Phillip And his mum She meant well, I think I hope , but it felt like she was just continuously screwing up, and I just don t know how she hasn t learned by now At least his grandpa was great he was hilarious, cared for Cassel, and was still bad ass I wantof him in the next one, because he was instantly someone I loved the first time he was mentioned, and I continued to love him for the rest of the book.And then there was the female protagonist I really enjoyed reading about her She didn t play a huge role in the story until the end, but based on the final chapter, I m pretty sure she s going to be a big part of the next book But I thought she was an incredibly interesting character, and I wanted to knowabout her She was kind of a bitch, but she was also really smart and determined And she was really self aware like, she knew she was a bully, but she accepted that, and used it to her advantage in certain situations And it was so sweet to see how much she did for the people she cared about She put herself in danger to save her Father, and protected Cassel despite her conflicted feelings about him.But, she isn t who I really want to be talking about rn Neither is Cassel s family It is Cassel, himself, that I want to talk about because dAMN I LOVE HIM Like, I would read about this kid I say kid, we re the same age, lol doing laundry And to show you all how much I love him, I figured I d show you the first few notes I took on him all from the first chapters, so no spoilers dwIt s impossible to have problems with a girlfriend who s no longer mine Me Lol, I love this guyNothing Just that I was sleepwalking, not trying to kill myself And if I wanted to kill myself, I wouldn t throw myself off a roof And if I was going to throw myself off a roof, I would put on some pants before I did it Me Yep Definitely love himHer name was Lila, she was my best friend, and I loved her I killed her anyway Me Oh shit, I m intrigued Is he a psychopath Why did he do itI don t think about what music I like I think about what music I should like Me Wow He s so intriguing Like he seems like a psychopath, but he loved Lila, so he can t be Damn, ok I m in Holly Black, I am yours.And these are just my notes from chapter one I have an entire paragraph about how much I love Cassel later on in my notebook side note ughhhhh discovered whilst reading this book how much I HATE not being able to take notes in the book This is why I don t use the library as much as I should I should probably explain why I love him though Because right now I sound like a babbling mess.Ok, so, reason number 1 that I loved Cassel I could relate to him so much Like he s constantly feeling like an outsider, even with people who should be comfortable around He lies to everyone to cover up the fact that he s different And he has major trust issues LikeI can t trust the people I care about not to hurt me And I m not sure I can trust myself not to hurt them, either.Friendships suck I wrote this quote down, underlined it twenty times, wrote I relate to this boy on a spiritual level and then underlined that twenty times Every though Cassel has was a thought I have had at some point in my life And I loved that Here s another one yes I am just going to quote the whole book because it was amazing and you all need to read itBut actually trusting someone when they have nothing to gain from me just doesn t make sense Like, Cassel is me, I am Cassel Just his cynicism towards the world is everything I am, and it was so nice to see that in someone else.I also just loved him because of how sweet and adorable he is Like, he loves his family so much, even though his brothers are dicks and his mum screws his life up over and over again Even when he finds out something horrible about his brothers, he still wants to protect them He s such a cinnamon roll, and I want to protect him with everything I am Especially since he s kind of dumb Like, the blurb of this book will have you believe he s smart and ruthless, but he s actually naive and adorable Like, he s skeptical about everyone except his family, but they re the only conmen he knows He s kind of blinded by his love for them, and whilst I thought that was really sweet, it meant that a lot of the time, he believed in them, even when he shouldn t have But, he was very good at conning people It was so interesting to see how his brain worked when coming up with a con And Holly Black didn t try to do that thing that some authors do where they make it so their characters aren t doing anything bad because they like it Like, Cassel full on loved conning people, and that was really refreshing to see It feels like nowadays in books, you get all these characters that are unlikeable because the author tries too hard to make them likeable, and they end up being a big contradiction But Cassel conned people, not only because he had to sometimes and because he grew up conning people and so that s the way he knows to live, but also because he LIKED it And I loved reading about that It made his character really interesting to read about, and so I loved him evenBut like, also, I really just loved him because hE S LEGIT ME OneI m sorryI don t know how to explain how afraid I am of being judged I LOVE HIM.Ok, so at this point I know you all think I m a wreck and I am , but I m hoping you re still reading this, because this next part is the main reason I loved this book aside from Cassel, obviously The world building I m absolutely in love with this world Well, it s urban fantasy, so the world is technically ours But Holly Black has woven curseworkers and their magic into our world and it s history, to the point where it s almost a completely new world Everyone wears gloves, because curseworkers work people with their hands The government is considering passing a new law that states that everyone must be tested to see if they re a worker, and there are protesters worried about all the consequences that ll come of that Australia was founded by curseworker prisoners, and as a result, a far higher percentage of Australian s are curseworkers There are songs and tv shows about and or featuring curseworkers And slang that people use to talk about curseworking The whole magic system is so deeply ingrained into the culture of our world that it s practically a different world And because of this, it was so immersive I felt like I was living there, in this alternate version of New York, hanging out with Cassel And it was easy to immerse myself in this world because of how well Black integrated the world building into the story there was never a point where it felt like I was reading a bunch of info dumps Certain aspects of the world were introduced when I needed to know them, and I really appreciated this It felt like the actual plot never had to stop or pause just so that the world could be explained , so the story feltfluid and was easier to read I also just thought the magic system was so Creative and different to anything I ve seen before Like yeah, I ve seen magic systems that have the same premise characters can use their hands to control something, whether it be an element, the weather, or, in this case, people But the way Holly Black has done it is very unique there are 7 types of curseworkers luck, emotion, body, death, transformation, dreams, and memory Some arecommon than others, but all are quite rare in the general population They can control a person s luck, emotions etc depending on what type of worker they are, but and here s the interesting part , they ll suffer from blowback for doing so The blowback isor less extreme, depending on what they ve done to someone And it can be positive or negative, depending on what they ve done to someone So if a luck worker gives someone a little bit of good luck, they ll be a littlelucky If they give someone a lot of bad luck, they ll be extremely unlucky, too I LOVE this aspect of the magic system it makes it so no one feels invincible, because there s always consequences for a curseworker when they work someone It creates an extra layer of depth to the world and it s politics curseworking is banned, but not all curseworkers are evil They don t all want to be, because that would harm them as well But by banning them, it puts them in a situation where the only thing they CAN be is criminals It just makes everything about the world so muchinteresting.Ok, so the last thing I m going to talk about is the romance, and there s not much to talk about, so dw, this essay of a review will be over soon Pretty much all I want to say is that I really appreciate how the romance didn t AT ALL take over the plot of the story I m so sick of books where characters are in life or death situations and all they can think about is that hot girl they just met or whatever But that doesn t happen in this book The romance is very subtle and builds up throughout the course of the book, through flashbacks and present day events And by the end, you re rooting for them But it s a very small subplot I m pretty sure it s going to be a bigger part of the second book, but this first book took the time to get me invested in the romance, so I m actually excited about that though I m also really worried about it for reasons you wouldn t understand unless you read the book But yes, my point is that I love this book Like, a lot And you should all go read it Pre review My emotions are all over the place I m kind of a mess So I m going to take a moment to work out my thoughts, and then I ll write up my review which will probably still be incoherent At this point, all I can say is thank you to Helena for simultaneously completing and destroying my life me smiling through the pain rn, because damn I m a wreck No Es Agradable Despertarse A Medianoche En El Tejado Del Internado Completamente Desnudo Sin Saber C Mo Has Podido Llegar Hasta All Y Recordar Nicamente Que Estabas So Ando Con Una Gata BlancaCassel Sharpe Pertenece A Una Familia Donde Todos Tienen Poderes Y Los Utilizan Clandestinamente Su Madre Est Entre Rejas Por Timar A Millonarios, Su Abuelo Y Su Hermano Mayor Trabajan Para Una De Las Grandes Familias De La Mafia Tan Solo Su Hermano Mediano, Que Estudia En La Universidad, Y L Est N Al Margen El Primero Porque No Utiliza Su Habilidad, Y Cassel Porque No Posee Ninguna Siempre Ha Sido El Raro En Su Familia, Por Carecer De Poderes Fuera De Ella, Por La Familia Que Tiene Aunque Cassel Solo Aspira A Ser Normal , Y Lo Es En Todos Los Aspectos Salvo Por Un Peque O Detalle Hace Tres A Os Se Despert Y Descubri Que Hab A Matado A Lily, Su Mejor Amiga E Hija Del Capo Local La Familia Tuvo Que Encubrirlo Ahora, Sinembargo, Empiezan A Sucederle Cosas Raras Buddy read with Angela and JennyJenSeeing as how everyone and their mother has pretty much already read and reviewed this book you don t need a long rehash from me as to what happened Instead, I think I ll talk about my reading experience This story for me was like being in a fistfight First it opens with a scene so intriguing I dub it an insta hook It hit melike a right hook Just when I began to really feel bad for the main character it sucker punched me Dirty move, I know It was o Buddy read with Angela and JennyJenSeeing as how everyone and their mother has pretty much already read and reviewed this book you don t need a long rehash from me as to what happened Instead, I think I ll talk about my reading experience This story for me was like being in a fistfight First it opens with a scene so intriguing I dub it an insta hook It hit melike a right hook Just when I began to really feel bad for the main character it sucker punched me Dirty move, I know It was okay though, because it pulled the next few punches as the story really began and I learned about the MC, Cassel, and his curse working family Damn that false sense of security I was blinded by all the world building and didn t realize the threat of a beat down was still looming And then and then it hit me right when I thought we d finally come to terms with each other Oops, wrong type of wham Better.At this point the blows started coming fast and furious and it was all I could do to get my hands up to protect myself Then at the end it scissor kicked me.And I went

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