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The Disappearances, by Emily Bain Murphy — June 30, 2018

The Disappearances, by Emily Bain Murphy

downloadEvery seven years, an important thing, like scent, disappears from the town of Sterling and Aila, sixteen, is determined to find the cause and how her recently-deceased mother was involved.

This book was pretty good. I enjoyed reading it but there were a few flaws. The characters were pretty good. I enjoyed them but sometimes they irritated me too much and I felt like throwing the book across the room. The plot was okay but I really thought that it could have been better. The setting was my favorite part of the book. It was so detailed and the backstory was exquisite. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should read on. 

The characters were okay. They weren’t terrible but they also weren’t terrific. I enjoyed them and they changed a lot over the course of the book but they were also annoying and made some dumb choices. They’re teenagers though so I’ll give them a free pass for the dumb choices. They were also really talented and funny. Even though things that were being taken for granted were being taken from them every seven years they still knew how to laugh. I find that very impressive.

My favorite character was Miles. The adorable little troublemaker who missed his mother more than anything. He was so sweet and so honest and I wish he was my little brother. Miles also figured out truths about the people in the town. He was bullied because he was the son of the town scapegoat and he didn’t do anything to defend himself for most of the book. I also liked how he wasn’t best friends with Alia and they made each other upset quite a lot. That made me smile, it reminded me of my own siblings. Even though the other characters weren’t the best, Miles made up for most of their mistakes.

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The plot was very well done. I enjoyed how it kept moving forward. Sometimes I thought that the pacing was a little slow but after those trouble spots the plot picked up right away. There were quite a few twists and turns, I guessed some of them but not all of them. The plot was not very action-packed, nor was there a lot of scheming. I wish that there had been more of both. Otherwise, I think that the plot wasn’t that bad.

The setting was great!!!! It was very descriptive and it told me the backstory and everything that I needed to know when I needed to know it. Or sometimes slightly before but that was when things were going to get action-packed. I really enjoyed the way that the backstory was revealed to us (if you want to know how it was revealed then read the book). I also really enjoyed watching the characters play with some of the Variants. Those were amazing and they made me wish that I could live in Sterling for a time. 

I did enjoy this book but there were a few flaws that had me grinding my teeth and wishing that I could throw library books. I will pick up the next book that Ms. Murphy writes to see if she has gotten better. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — June 27, 2018

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

downloadThe planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

This book was absolutely amazing!!!! I loved it so much!!!! I think that this book was perfect the way that it was. The way that the book was written, with the text files and the security records, made this book what it was. If it was written classically, I don’t think that it would have been as good. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should read the rest of my post.

The characters were beautiful!!! Even though they weren’t written classically, they were just like normal characters. There was a lot of development and the characters all became more likable as the book progressed, not that I didn’t like them in the beginning, I just liked them more as the book went on. I kept changing my opinion on who I liked more, which is odd because normally I have a favorite and I stick with it. The characters were all amazing and I loved them all with all of my heart.

My favorite character in this book was AIDAN. The insane AI. I’m sure that says some concerning things about me but who cares. This thing was amazing. I wanted to know how it worked and learn as much about it as I could. This thing also asked a lot of good questions and acted like a person. A mentally ill person to be sure, but still a person. I think that AIDAN was the most interesting character in the book, once again it’s not that the other characters are all boring, it’s just that AIDAN was that one that interested me the most.

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The plot was intense. The story starts off intense and it doesn’t stop. I think that it gets more intense as the book goes on. I don’t read very many sci-fi novels but if they’re all as good as this I’ll definitely pick up some more. I loved how the action was portrayed through the formatting of the book. It was amazing that I could know what was happening and have feelings about it when the format was text messages and security camera records. It takes a good writer to do that. This book is lucky that there were two.

The setting was also very impressive. As I said above, it takes very good writers to write a setting through text messages and security cams. But by the end, I knew where I was and who was in charge and everything that I needed to know. And then I learned some more things that I would rather have not known and would be happy to live without. I don’t need to know so much about the plague, thank you very much. But all in all, the setting was very well written, just like the rest of the book.

I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait until I can buy the next one. I highly recommend it. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton — June 24, 2018

Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton

download (1)Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan’s army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji…and herself.

This book was very good. It just didn’t click right away for me. I really wanted it too!!! I just couldn’t relate to anyone until 50 pages in. But once I did I was hooked!!! I couldn’t stop reading!!! The characters were amazing (after those first 50 pages) and I felt like I connected with them on an internal level. If you want to know more of my thoughts then please read on.

The characters were very well written and I could tell that a lot of time and thought had been put into them. And they were funny. Their banter had me in stitches (which was bad because I was in school while reading the book). I think that in the next few books I will come to value these characters and they will grow on me quite a lot. I enjoyed their arcs quite a lot because I saw none of them coming (you can see a character arc coming, they are way harder to predict then plot twists though).

My favorite character was definitely Shazad. She was amazing and I wish that she was a boy so that her mind would be valued. I also wish that I could meet her and then soak up some of her knowledge. Having knowledge of the military and how to fight could be useful. Especially if I decided to join the military. Then I might become a general or something. Shazad was also a great friend to Amani. I wish that I had a friend like her. 

The plot was very good. After the first 50 pages that is. The first 50 pages were so slow and dull that I contemplated DNFing it, but I held on and I am so pleased that I did. This book was a joy ride of intensity, action, and scheming. If we wanted to get really honest, I wanted a bit more scheming. It seemed to me, a lot of the time the characters just jumped on something and went. That was all well and good but I wanted more planning. Otherwise, the plot was amazing and I was hooked from page 51.

The setting was very enthralling. Even though I wasn’t hooked on the plot from page 1, the setting transported me to new worlds and I forgot which world I was in, this one or the fictional one. After page 50 I could imagine myself with the characters, actually having fun. Before that, it was pretty boring. There was this great setting but I wasn’t hooked on the plot so I couldn’t enjoy the setting. That made me quite sad. I hope that the next book is better, I think it’s set in the future. But I’m not 100% sure. I hope that the next one is better than this one.

As you can probably see, I really enjoyed this book. Except for that one little thing. I recommend it if you can get past the first 50 pages. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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First We Were IV, by Alexandra Sirowy — June 21, 2018

First We Were IV, by Alexandra Sirowy

downloadHoping to ensure their friendship will outlast high school, Izzie and her friends form a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts, but it spirals out of control when the whole town wants to participate.

This book sounded good. I really wanted to enjoy it. I really did. I just couldn’t get behind any of the teenagers or the things that they were doing. It seemed too over the top. The setting wasn’t that good, because Ms. Sirowy just expected us to know what the inside of a barn and a high school looked like and fill in the characters. If you want to know more of my thoughts then you should read on.

The characters were infuriating. I just wanted to shake them at times and tell them to get it together. You want to create a secret society. I’m fine with that. But that doesn’t mean that you get to do whatever you feel like doing in the name of your society. The characters didn’t change at all during the book and they didn’t act like normal high school kids. It made me upset whenever I read about the society. I was thinking that this would be a book about some kids who started a secret society and did some silly harmless stuff. I was wrong.

The plot kept moving forward, toward what though I can’t say. The characters kept making dumb choices that could have gotten them arrested or even killed. I don’t think that most teenagers act like these did. I know that I am a teenager and I don’t know anyone who would ever act like this. I also wonder why the kids running this were researching terrorist groups and murdering cults to get information that they think would be useful. That’s just looking for trouble.

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The setting was not very good. It was like the author thought that everyone had experienced high school and would know what it looked like. Same with the barn and the meteorite. Not everyone has seen the inside of a barn or a meteorite, so because there were close to no descriptions I didn’t know what the meteorite looked like. I really hated that.

I can honestly say that I hated this. And I mean hated this like I hated the Red Queen series. I honestly cannot recommend this. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. There is a link to it on my about page. Sorry for the short review. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard — June 18, 2018

Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard

downloadOn a continent ruled by three empires, some, like Safi and Iseult, are born with a distinct magical skill, and now, with the help of Prince Merik, they will need to learn how to wield their magic to preserve the balance of their world.

I honestly don’t know what to say about this book. It is very well done, yet I only liked one of the four (I think) main characters. The plot and setting were okay, although the plot started off a bit slow but, I understood why. If you want to hear about more of my feelings then you should read the rest of my post.

The characters were okay. I just only clicked with one of them. I just didn’t really like the other characters as much as I thought I would. It wasn’t them. It was me. The characters changed a lot and they all became better people by the end of the book. They also were very talented and they made me wish that I had a Threadsister as well. It would be amazing and I can just imagine the chaos we would wreck. I think that in the next book I will like the characters a lot better.

My favorite character was Safi. She was such a strong, independent, young woman that I would love to meet someday. Safi didn’t always make good choices, which I liked because it made her human, but she always felt bad for it, which I liked because that meant that she cared about everyone. Safi was also very strong-willed and she didn’t hesitate to get the job done. Safi will probably always be my favorite character in this series but I’ll give the others the benefit of the doubt.

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The plot was very well written and I enjoyed it immensely. The pacing was just right and nothing seemed too forced. But I didn’t like how many POVs there were. It seemed like too many. Mainly because I didn’t need that many characters talking about themselves. It seemed to take away from the story. Otherwise, the plot was fine. There were quite a few twists and turns that had me wondering why I hadn’t figured this out already. There as many cliffhangers as I had hoped but when they were there they were good. 

The setting was also very well done. I could envision myself with the characters, adventuring and enjoying myself. The backstory was very well written and I could understand the pasts of all of the main characters. I wanted to know everything about sea-foxes and all of the other magical creatures that lived in the Witchlands. I wanted to know everything. And I still do. I can’t wait to see what knowledge is revealed in the next book.

I really enjoyed this book, despite its flaws, and I hope that you enjoy it as much or more than I did. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my about page. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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The Fates Divide, by Veronica Roth — June 15, 2018

The Fates Divide, by Veronica Roth

downloadCyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth desperately try to stop Lazmet Noavek, a tyrant who may be Cyra’s father, regardless of the inescapable fates spoken by the oracles at their births.

This book was amazing!!!! I loved it and I can’t wait to see what Mrs. Roth does next. The link to the review of the first book in the duology, Carve the Mark, is right here. I was engrossed in the book from page one and I couldn’t put the book down until the very end. I loved the characters, I got invested in the plot, and the setting was just beautiful. I loved it so much and I am so sad that the series is over. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should read the rest of my post.

The characters were realistic. I loved them all to pieces, which meant that I was crying buckets for some parts of the book. I really loved how resilient the characters were. They were all beautiful in their own way. They also changed a lot over the course of the book, which meant that their relationships did too. The characters were really realistic and acted like people. They were also really detailed and had amazing backstories. I really enjoyed reading about them and learning about them, I’m really sorry that I can’t read another book from their perspective.

My favorite character was Teka. She was talented and funny, but that’s not why she’s my favorite. Teza is my favorite because she was Cyra’s first girlfriend. She was there for Cyra when Askos wasn’t. She was also the first person to touch Cyra of her own free will, to give her a hug. Teka was just an amazing person altogether and I love her with all of my heart.

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The plot was very well done, if not a bit predictable. Not very predictable but I knew some things were going to happen. The thing that I am most curious about is whether there will be a sequel. It was set up so that it could be either a sequel or the end of a duology. The plot was very action-packed, but there was a fair amount of planning there as well. I loved how Mrs. Roth was able to leave me with a plot twist or cliffhanger that had my jaw still dropped in shock a few chapters later. The plot was also really even paced. I think that the plot could have been a little better, but I wouldn’t have made it that good.

The setting was very well done. I enjoyed exploring Orga and everything on it. I also loved learning about the cultures of a lot of planets and learning more about Thuve/Urek. The way that everything worked was amazing and I loved learning about it. Mrs. Roth made sure that there always something new to learn and that I would find amazing and wonder how I hadn’t known that before. I loved learning about the setting and I hope that you love this book as much as I did.

I really loved this book and I hope that you do as well. I highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys fantasy or sci-fi, as this book is a combination of both. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu — June 12, 2018

Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu

downloadThe Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list…. Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

This book was INTENSE!!!! I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about Batman (because I know next to nothing about him). I liked Bruce Wayne a lot, although if I’m being honest I wish that he didn’t make so many stupid choices. The plot and the setting were very well done and I enjoyed exploring them with Bruce Wayne. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should read on.

The characters were amazingly detailed and complicated. I wanted to know everything about everyone but that never happened. I still don’t know lots of things about everyone and the book is over. That is a problem. I need to know these things. I hope that Mrs. Lu writes a sequel, even though we all know that she won’t. I really enjoyed learning about Bruce Wayne as a teenager and deciding that he was more likable in Mrs. Lu’s book than in the DC movies (sorry DC movies and fans). All of the characters changed a lot over the course of the book and I wish that I could see more of them.

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My favorite character was Madeline. She was so strong and I felt so bad for her. I enjoyed learning about the way she figured things out. She was like a young, girl version of Sherlock Holmes. She was also really sweet and intelligent. I loved how she was a hacker and could do whatever what she wanted. She is such a talented and independent character and it broke my heart when the plot twist came. Madeline was the epitome of female empowerment, except for the fact that she was working for the wrong side.

The plot was very good. I was seeing Bruce Wayne, not Batman, which made me sort of upset. At least because of other bloggers, I knew this and went in prepared. There was lots of talking and quite a bit of action. So there were equal bits of scheming and action. The pacing was not as fast as I had hoped but it was okay. There were a lot of plot twists and I got exactly none of them. I was ashamed of myself and proud of Mrs. Lu for making it so complicated.

The setting was not as good as I’d hoped. It wasn’t as descriptive as I wanted, which means it wasn’t as descriptive as Warcross. I enjoyed the way that Arkham Asylum was set up, but that was the most descriptive place in the book. Somehow, I think that everywhere else should be as descriptive as the asylum. I’m not saying that the setting was terrible. It just… didn’t meet my expectations. On the other hand, the backstory was amazing. I am now proud to say that I know quite a lot about Bruce Wayne’s history. And everybody else’s backstory as well.

I really enjoyed this book, I just wish that a few tweaks had been made. I recommend it to any superhero fan. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Daughter of the Burning City, by Amanda Foody — June 9, 2018

Daughter of the Burning City, by Amanda Foody

downloadComing of age within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival’s traveling carnival of fantasy, Sorina uses her rare illusion-creating talents to create family members that she believes do not really exist until one of them is murdered.

This book was very well done. Except for one critical flaw in the plot. I’ll get onto it later. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book and I hope that I enjoy Ace of Shades just as much. I loved the characters way more than I should have. And the plot kept me engrossed in the story. If you want more of my thoughts then you should read on.

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The characters were impressive. They were very well done and I wished that I could’ve met them in real life. I think that I would have hit off with them immediately. They all were very funny and I loved reading their family drama. The characters also changed a lot over the course of the book. They all became stronger, better people, or illusions. Just what I am looking for in good characters. I loved them all and I hope that the characters in the next book that Ms. Foody are just as good, but I think that they will be.

My favorite character was Hawk. She was relatable, sweet, and funny. Just what I’m looking for in a best friend. Hawk was one of Sorina’s illusions and was supposed to be the younger sister. Hawk also enjoyed singing and playing the violin, which is why I said she was relatable. I loved how she always stayed strong, even when the murders of her family changed her whole world. Hawk gets stared at regularly because of her bird’s wings but she doesn’t let it get to her. I wish I could meet Hawk so that I could tell her how awesome she is.

The plot was very well done. The pacing was a little bit off, which could get annoying when it suddenly sped up or slowed down and you didn’t know what was happening. Another annoying problem was the mystery itself. As soon as the character was introduced I knew who the murderer was. I was hoping that I would be kept on my toes until the big reveal but that didn’t happen. I was disappointed in that regard but besides the pacing, I really enjoyed the plot. I hope that the next book’s plot will be better.

The setting was breathtaking. I loved Gomorrah and I loved how we got to see most of it. It seemed like a beautiful place to live if you could get over the City of Sin part. I don’t know if I could get over it but I want to. The city was home for Sorina and so Ms. Foody made it okay. She made it seem like it wouldn’t hurt us, even though I totally would’ve been robbed in my first five minutes of being there. I would have enjoyed it there but I don’t think that I would have been able to live very long.

I really enjoyed this book, except for that one flaw that I talked about in the plot. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the strange and isn’t afraid to read about murders. This book also covers the Featuring A Blind MC for my 2018 Book Bingo. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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The Love Interest, by Cale Dietrich — June 6, 2018

The Love Interest, by Cale Dietrich

downloadIn a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies, the stakes are high for two agents, Caden and Dylan, whose mission to compete for a girl destined for great power becomes complicated when Caden finds himself falling in love with his competition.

This book was not as good as I hoped that it would be. It wasn’t the love story/spy story that I was hoping for. But this is what I get for wanting the impossible. The characters, plot, and setting were mediocre. I didn’t really enjoy the book but I did hold out hope. One thing is for sure though. It was way better than Red Queen. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should read on.

The characters were (as I said above) mediocre. They weren’t terrible, but they weren’t very good either. The love story wasn’t very very realistic and some of the characters were just plain annoying. On the other hand, I enjoyed some of the characters very much and they became very dear to me over the course of the book. And the rest of the characters were somewhere in between. I think that most of the characters could have been way better.

I’m going to skip the favorite character paragraph today because I didn’t have a favorite character. They were all either good, bad, or in between. The plot was okay. It was a very interesting concept. I enjoyed the dialogue and the humor. The pacing was a little bit slow. There weren’t really any character arcs in this book which was very annoying. I did enjoy the action scenes when they were in the book. There was some planning and it was balanced with the action. There was lots of flirting and match-making in this book, so if you don’t like that then you shouldn’t read this book. 

The setting was the best part of this book. I wish that there was a little more backstory about the Love Interests themselves and the institution that they worked for. The setting was very descriptive and I could imagine myself with the characters. I really enjoyed examining everything and learning about what backstory I was able to figure out. Some of the settings were confusing. I won’t get into the details but it made me want to throw the book across the room. 

Sorry for the short review today. I can’t say I recommend this book. I hope that you enjoyed this book more than I did. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo — June 3, 2018

Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo

downloadOrphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

This book was amazing!! I have no words for it. Leigh Bardugo is the queen of fantasy right now. The characters were amazing and I don’t know whether to love or hate the Darkling (secretly he needs to have a redemption arc and beg forgiveness from Alina, whereupon she will reject him and eventually defeat him after a long battle). If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should keep reading.

The characters were magical!!! They were all so complex and talented in their own way!! I would kill to meet them and at the same time back out of the contest because I don’t know how likely I am to survive the encounter. I think that all of the characters were really developed and talented. All of them were really unique and I can’t wait to read the next book just to know what happened to them.

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My favorite character was Alina (when I started the book I was thinking it would be Darkling and how much I would talk about wanting him to be my future husband . . . not now). She was so empowering and strong-willed. Honestly, if she was running for president, I would vote for her. I loved how unique she was, she didn’t do something just because someone else wanted it, she did it because she wanted it. I love how Alina befriends people and how grumpy she is, she reminds me of Nina Zenyik in Six of Crows.

The plot was amazing!!! I was constantly kept on my toes and couldn’t wait to see what happened next (except in some instances). At some points, I just broke down and couldn’t read anymore. The worst part was that most of these times were when I was at school and didn’t have anything else to do. I could tell that Leigh Bardugo was a debut author but her writing style was still very prominent then. But what I loved the most about this book was the effort and dedication that went into it. You could see how much Ms. Bardugo loved this book and how much of herself she put into it. If I ever publish a book, then I want people to notice something like that.

The setting was familiar yet different. I have read books set in the world of the Grisha before (Six of Crows) meaning that I had met some of the characters before I read this book and accidentally got spoiled as to what would happen in the ending (if you read Crooked Kingdom closely enough you’ll figure it out). The setting was very descriptive, but I wish that the backstory was more detailed. Honestly, the setting was probably the worst part of the book but it was really well written for a debut novel.

This book was amazing!!! Thank you to Angelica at Dreaming of Fiction for pushing me to read this. I probably would’ve gotten around to it a lot later than I did. If you haven’t followed her blog then get over there and do it. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee

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