Friday, March 29, 2013

Time to Talk...About Other Readers Impacting Me, Part Two

Don't y'all love my coffee cup?
This is the one I drank out of this morning. 

A while back, I told you all I wanted to talk about how other readers impact me. My first post was about that mysterious guy that lurks everywhere in YA books and how I never noticed him before until he was pointed out to me. There are actually a ton of ways you all impact me on the daily, so I'll just pick another way and we can talk about that one now. And you guys, this one is one of my favorites:


Where on earth would I be without some of you to "listen" to me when I need to beat the crap out of my computer keyboard or my phone when some big THING happens in some book I'm reading? Some of you probably roll your eyes at my melodrama, and that's totally fine. Some of you may laugh, and that's fine too. Bu the point is, I love a good book discussion like I love cheese.

Recently, I read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It took me about two months to read. If you keep up with me on Goodreads, then bless your hearts - I was proud of my progress, so I tweeted that business. If you are Hannah from So Obsessed With, then you deserve a medal for all of my crazy Anna K. emails. Hannah loved the book and had read it before but I didn't know a thing about it. I was shocked a bazillion times by a bazillion things in the book, and lots of those times, I just had to let her know it. There were emails that were ENTIRELY CAPSLOCK AND !!!!. There were emails made of lists in which I listed things I felt about characters and their attitudes or actions or whatever. And there were just tweets about how much I loved certain characters or how whiny others were being. The best book discussions are when you pass back and forth what you're feeling and thinking a book - even if you both aren't reading the book at the same time. 

I most likely wouldn't have made it through that book without someone on the other side of the computer to pour my thoughts into. The discussion was wonderfully two-way and I loved it. 

I have a few other friends that I read books with that involve email threads. When I read Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, there was one particular email thread that went over 75 emails long in that days-long discussion between myself and three other bloggers - some of my very best reading friends. It was serious because everyone that reads that series and book has some serious feelings about it, ya know? It's one of the most fun bookish discussions I've ever had, and I'm so glad to have been a part of it. 

My real-life friends and I will meet occasionally and our dinner talk is typically dominated by books and book characters. We honestly talk about them LIKE THEY'RE REAL PEOPLE. Perhaps in our minds, they are? Generally if these gals and I aren't talking in person about the books, we might be texting about them. (Sometimes the texts are crazy!) Don't look at me like that - y'all know you do it too. 

Here are a few other books I've enjoyed big discussions over lately: 



If you're a reader and you want to talk about books with other readers, I urge you to get connected - tweet other readers, comment on blog posts about the books you love, things like that. People will converse back and forth. This community is SO GREAT about discussing books. It's such a great community to belong to. Eventually you will probably find someone that reads with a taste like your own, and you'll strike up a bookish friendship that leads to the emails, the crazy tweets, gchat discussions, and CAPSLOCK texts. 

Bookish discussions are the best!


What about you guys?
Do you love discussing books?

What are some of the most discussable books
you've ever read? 

I've just finished a couple of books and I'm still cooking up my thoughts
so I can email some of my reading buddies! I LOVE IT. 

I'll be back with Part Three of this discussion soon!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BLOG TOUR! Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas + GIVEAWAY!

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Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas
Publish Date: March 26, 2013
306 Pages
Source: Author for Review - Thank you! 

Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes - and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two. When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn't there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral - nude modeling for a nearby college's human form drawing classes. When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she's posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she's ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night together, Cat's absolutely smitten.

Nate’s pretty close to perfect – he takes Cat rock climbing when he discovers that it makes her feel strong and becomes a great chef after he learns that the perfect pesto sauce makes her swoon. Cat starts to feel like her old self again - confident and beautiful - as long as Nate's around. Even when he discourages her from entering the Real Woman Project, a design competition for plus-sized apparel, she reasons that he's just trying to prevent old body image wounds from splitting wide open again. But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing - this might destroy their relationship before it's even had a chance to get off the ground. 

Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she'll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin - even if it means leaving him forever.
-(from Goodreads) 

Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas 

My Thoughts:  Picture Perfect is a great New Adult story of one girl's struggle with a new body after weight gain following surgery plus a great romance. 

The first thing you need to know is this:
Cat doesn't come back to her college campus FAT.

She comes back average-sized. 
As the book opens up, Cat is going through her closet at school trying to find something to wear and of course nothing will fit Cat's new, larger body like she wants it to. Cat is frustrated and nearly in tears, but she finally finds something! She puts it on and then: NOPE! Still not happy with it. 

Cat's friend Joey (a girl!) takes her shopping and helps her pick out a few things that work with her new body. When they go out with friends later, Cat fidgets in her new clothes - she is constantly aware of how they are arranged on her body, aware of how the fabric feels against her skin, aware of how she must look as her larger thighs and belly fill out the garments. Then there is a horrifyingly embarrassing break-up with the guy she considers her boyfriend in which he actually uses the word "fat." To Cat, things really can't be much worse. 

Pretty soon Joey has convinced Cat she needs to see someone to help with all of the feelings she's having. She is obviously struggling with her new body, with not being able to model anymore, with the loss of income without modeling, with the embarrassment of the very public break-up, etc. The therapist is helpful, and suggests that Cat try modeling again to help with her body image issues before they eventually become a problem - nude modeling, that is.

The second thing you need to know is this:
Cat is very brave. She actually does the nude modeling.

And meets a guy while she's doing it.    
Cat meets a guy from the art class. See, she has a bit of a panic attack while she's up there and runs out in a hurry (Hey, no judging! I might do the same thing.) She's outside the building, crying on the steps when Nate comes out, sits down, and starts talking to her - the two hit it off even though she is a little embarrassed because HELLO HE'S SEEN HER NAKED! They go out for burgers and end up dancing and calling it a date. Soon there are kisses and more dates. 

Nate is so great. And swoony. And really great. He loves her curvy, average-sized body. See, Nate is an architect so he understands how things are supposed to be built. He can appreciate structure. He tells her adoringly that he loves the way she looks and that she is beautiful. He kisses her and doesn't act repulsed when he puts his hands around her waist. Over time, Cat begins to believe that Nate really believes that she is beautiful - so she finally begins to feel beautiful again. She begins to find a little bit of her former self, the confident Cat that she used to be when she was modeling. 

The third thing you need to know is this:
It isn't healthy to put all of your self-worth into one person - 
because what happens if that person disappears? 
Cat's therapist warned her about spending too much time with Nate and not finding other things to make her feel alive and beautiful and worthy and fulfilled - but Cat only wants to spend time with Nate. She can't think of doing anything else - why spend time elsewhere when she is really, really happy with him? The two cook together, they exercise together, they eat together, and woohoo the swoony-swoony times are fantastic! But Cat always hears the voice of her therapist in the back of her mind reminding her to branch out a little bit, to find some other fulfilling things to do, some other place to spend some of her time...but she just ignores it. 

Then, of course, there is a hiccup in the relationship...and Cat barely knows what to do with herself. Why? Because she's completely wrapped herself up in Nate. Her identity is wrapped up in how Nate makes her feel. So when she spends time apart from Nate, Cat begins to feel just like she did before Nate: Fat. Unhappy. Ugly. Worthless. 

But then she remembers what she's there for, what she came to college for in the first place, and Cat gets a little bit of gumption. Cat finds a place to put her energy and it is - thankfully - a good place. She's hoping that through this THING she's doing, she'll be able to love herself and her body again. But what will happen next? Will she model again? Will she see Nate again? Will she ever feel comfortable in her new body?


Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas is one of those books that is not entirely a romance book - there's so, so much more in these pages than just a romance. Don't get me wrong - the romance is really good - but this book is also about acceptance and self-worth and self-esteem, and that message is loud and really important.

Cat's character is a realistic character - as a girl that is struggling with her body image and weight, I feel like the thoughts that she is having nearly constantly are pretty accurate. Even though her friends and boyfriend are building her up and telling her that she is beautiful (and not fat) - and even though Cat isn't really that big at all - she doesn't feel anything but fat. She is always aware of how her body looks and feels in clothing, how she looks and feels naked, how her body looks and feels when she walks. I can imagine potential readers that do not struggle with weight issues or self-esteem issues could possibly think Cat is annoying or whiny, but I don't really feel like this is the case - I think her character has realistic thoughts for someone going through the things that she is going through. 

Nate is a great guy - he's the "perfect" boyfriend. He tells Cat that she's beautiful. He encourages her to exercise, even exercising along with her. He cooks healthy foods. He practically worships her average-sized curvy body. He has an issue or two of his own that come out at one point (remember when I said there is a hiccup?) and these things devastate Cat, making her question pretty much every second they've been together. But he always has Cat's best interests in mind, taking things slow with her, making sure she feels loved and accepted and beautiful, not just for her body but for who she is on the inside as well. 

I feel like Cat's issues with her own self esteem keep her from being able to deal with Nate and the thing in an appropriate way. Instead of just approaching Nate and talking to him, like she should, she runs away. SHE RUNS AWAY. She allows her hurt and anger to fester and grow. While it is true that she uses this hurt to fuel something inside of her that helps her to eventually find herself, her own self worth - which helps her to love her own body - I'm not sure that her arrival there is the healthiest path. However - everyone deals with things differently and I did enjoy reading the way that Cat and Nate dealt with this bump in their relationship. Ultimately it was the catalyst for helping Cat finally begin to love herself again. 

Man, you guys, I just enjoyed this story so much. It's refreshing to see an adequate portrayal of an average-sized gal that struggles with being curvy, a gal that has body image issues. There is such an important message in this book underneath what is also a great story. I think this is a great book for people to read if they've ever struggled with weight issues or body issues of any kind, or if they know someone who has/is. But the romance is so great, too. Speaking of the romance, this book is a New Adult book, so there are plenty of mature scenes - younger readers should wait a few years before picking this one up. It's pretty steamy! 


Alessandra Thomas is a New Adult writer who swears she was in her twenties yesterday. Since she's not, she spends her time looking back on her college years fondly, and writing sexy stories about guys and girls falling in love and really living life for the first time. When she's not writing, you can find her with a spoonful of ice cream in one hand and the newest New Adult release in the other.

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Picture Perfect will appeal to fans of:

New Adult Contemporary Romance
with Issues
Romance: No triangle. No insta-love.
Issues: Body-image, Weight.

Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas
is currently available for purchase.

*Mature audiences only - this book is New Adult and contains some scenes 
that are inappropriate for younger readers.


And now for the Giveaway!

Author Alessandra Thomas
is offering TWO SIGNED COPIES and


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ten Books I Love To Recommend!

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Ten Books I Love to Recommend!

Only Ten? Oh my goodness!

1. The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano

These are some of my favorites even though I know
they're not for everyone. 
But you don't know until you try, right? 
My in-real-life friends and I have LOVED reading these together
and now some of my bookish reading friends are doing the same! 



Laini Taylor

Some of my all-time favorites, so I must recommend them to others.
No one can write quite like Laini Taylor, can create a world like her. 
These books are some of the most emotional and make me feel EVERYTHING.
(I highly recommend the audiobooks too!)


3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This book is FANTASTIC. If you are a lover of mythology, 
you should read this one. It is so well-written and is an award-winner too. 


4. Rootless by Chris Howard

One of my favorite books from fall of 2012, this one
just blew me away. Adventure, great characterization, 
world-building, and a respectable male lead in YA?
Yep, it's all in there. 
Can't wait for the rest of this series and yet I'm content waiting
because this book is just so dang good that I'm not stressed in the meantime.
(Another fantastic audiobook.)



5. A Reliable Wife & Heading Out to Wonderful
 by Robert Goolrick

I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH. I love this author's writing. 
It's so raw and filled with so much emotion. Heartbreak and love, 
pain and joy. Everything. It's historical fiction, 
but it isn't like super-old historical fiction. 


6. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
(The Iron Druid Chronicles)
 by Kevin Hearne

Urban fantasy that both guys and girls can enjoy? YES PLEASE!
This is one of the best books out there. So much fun, so much fun. 
I try and PUSH it on people whenever I get the chance and
usually it pays off.  


7. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

I love this book so much for everything about it. It's part of a larger series 
but sometimes when I love a first book as much as I love this one, I have a hard time
moving on to the rest of the series. Such is the case here. 
I want everyone that loves 
fantasy with strong female leads to read this one. NOW.


8. The Name of the Wind
 by Patrick Rothfuss

I feel like this book should always be accompanied by a song or fanfare 
If you are a fan of fantasy, read it. That is all. 
(VERY HIGHLY recommend the audiobook.) 


9. The Iron Fey Series by Julia Kagawa

You guys, I love fae lore and faerie books. I love the world-building in 
these books. I am a forever Julie Kagawa fangirl, as many of you are. 
These books are just good fun. They also ripped my heart out a few times
and then patched it back together. They are always, always top
recommends of mine. 
(Another group of wonderful audiobooks.)


10. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

One of the best recommends I've ever gotten 
these books are forever in my heart as top, top, top favorites. 
They make me feel EVERYTHING x 10000. 
They're incredibly discussable. 
They are widely re-readable. 
They're award-winning. 
(The award-winning audiobooks are highly recommended too!)


Truthfully, I recommend books all the time! 
And my recommends differ based on who I'm 
recommending to.

Have you read any of the books on my list?

What are your top recommends??
Leave me a link so I can visit!


Don't forget to click HERE for a chance to win 
a copy of the brilliant debut IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch
(US/Canada only, this time). International friends, I have something coming 
for you in the next couple of days!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Bye Bye, Google Reader, Bye Bye

We've all heard Google Reader is leaving us, friends. 
The truth is that I left Google Reader a while back. 
My heart and my blog have belonged to Bloglovin for a while now. 

If any of you are still looking for a place to move your stuff, your feeds, your big giant blog lists - 

I personally recommend Bloglovin. I like it there. You can import your blogs from Google Reader if you want by clicking on this link. You can sort blogs in different ways, in different folders. You can share and favorite blog posts. And Bloglovin is so doggone pretty compared to the rest of them, which is something I like. (It kind of reminds me of the LOOK of Tumblr, except it's not Tumblr.)

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(It's actually not really a disaster at all.)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My Thoughts On: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch + GIVEAWAY!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: March 26, 2013
256 Pages
Source: Publisher 

There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.
-(from Goodreads) 

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch 

My Thoughts: Sometimes I read a book and it captures me so very much that the only thing I know how to do once I'm finished with it is close my eyes and take a few deep breaths, a few moments of silence for something so brilliant and well-crafted and incredible. This is one of those books.

The first thing you need to know is this:
Carey and Jenessa have lived in a camper deep in the woods...

Carey is sure they have been brought there by their mother in an effort to keep them safe from their father because that's what her mom has told her. She knows they must stay hidden from everyone so he can't find them. While their mother disappears for days and often months at a time, Carey acts as a mother to Jenessa - raising her from infancy. Now 15-years-old to Jenessa's 6, the two have made a life for themselves deep in the Hundred Acre Wood somewhere in Tennessee. Life is hard, but as long as they have each other, Carey knows they'll be okay. 

Carey is somehow able to keep Jenessa fed, either with the dwindling cans of food their mother occasionally brings or by hunting small animals to prepare for them. She's taught her sister things, too - kept up with their educations. She's made sure Jenessa can tell time and do basic arithmetic and even read a few things. 

One day some people show up - a man and a woman. The woman claims to have a letter written from her mother in which she turns the girls over to the state because she cannot care for them any longer. The man is their father. After growing up afraid of their father, the girls are reluctant to leave with the lady. They're told that their choices are to either 1) go live with this man and remain together or 2) live in different foster homes, but separately since none of the available foster homes can care for two children at this time. Determined to keep Jenessa close to her, Carey resolves that no matter what awful life awaits them with their father, she can keep her sister safe - after all, she's been doing it for all of these years in that camper deep in the woods. 

The second thing you need to know is this:
Life with their father is NOT what Carey expected it to be.    
Carey had no idea her father had a nice farm with a nice, roomy house on it. She had no idea that her father was remarried and had another daughter - a stepdaughter. Melissa, her new stepmother, is loving and kind - making the girls feel welcome from the start. She cooks for them, shows them affection, and gets them the things that they need like clothes and toiletries. She makes their new bedrooms lovely. She makes them feel welcome. Delaney, their new stepsister, is more difficult - she is a bit jealous of Carey from the start and it takes Carey a while to understand why. Delaney takes to Jenessa quite well, of course, because Jenessa is so lovable. And their father, this man that they have always been told not to trust? He doesn't seem at all like the man they've always been afraid of, the man that their mother warned them about. How is it possible that he could be the same man? 

Over time, little truths begin to come out. Carey learns some startlings facts: their life in the woods for all of those years isn't exactly what she thought it was. While they were in the woods, there was a whole lot going on out here in the real world, and a lot of it had lots to do with her and Jenessa and her mother. Carey feels lost and confused and isn't sure who to believe. 

The third thing you need to know is this:
It's such a big adjustment from the past life to the new life. 
Carey also has some pretty big secrets. 
When Carey and Jenessa are first brought out of the woods, they have to be taught how to brush their teeth. When they are given breakfast, they have to be educated on what each food is - french toast sticks, bacon, things like that. They eat so much that they make themselves sick over and over. They have to learn to pace themselves with the food. They have to be taught about modern conveniences like televisions and dishwashers. They have never seen a dog before. When they make it to school, Carey is horribly embarrassed not to know what a locker is. 

There are also other shocking adjustments - Carey finds herself missing the smell of smoke in her sister's hair and in their old clothes from the campfire that she kept going in the woods. She misses the feel of the trees surrounding her. She misses the leaves and the sounds of the forest in general. She is homesick for that place, even though her new home is more luxurious than she could have ever imagined. 

Throughout the book, Carey has some guilt and lingering shame - so heavy - about some thing that happened while she was out in the woods. These are hidden horrors that she wishes more than anything that she could make go away - one thing in particular. As this information is released slowly, over the course of the book, you realize how much more remarkable Carey is as a character - how much more strong and resilient and amazing she is to have made it through what she didn't even realize was an ordeal, and to have come out as well as she did. 


The Truth:  If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch deserves a standing ovation. 

This is one of the best debut books I've ever read. The story had me in its grips from the beginning and it didn't let me go until I was finished. I have thought about the book and these characters almost nonstop since I finished it, and I find myself wondering what Carey and Jenessa are up to and how they're still adjusting to life now that they're out of the woods. 

Carey is a great character, full of depth and emotion and heartbreaking stuff. She's spent her entire life filling in for her mother while her mother was either not present, high, or mentally incapable of taking care of the much-younger Jenessa. Because of all of these struggles and having to "grow up" earlier than normal, Carey has a bond with Jenessa that runs much deeper than what I consider a regular sister-sister bond to be. The two have shared things, seen things, experienced things that most of us have thankfully never had to endure. Carey is stronger for it, but she's also more vulnerable. After being rescued by her father, she isn't sure who she can trust and she feels inferior to pretty much everyone. 

Younger sister Jenessa is such a sweet child, so innocent it seems - but there is so much behind her eyes. She's witnessed things that a child that age should never know about and her way of coping with these horrors is by selective mutism. After one particularly horrifying incidence in the woods, Jenessa rarely speaks - in fact, the only person she speaks to at all is Carey, and when she does it is only a very soft whisper. 

Jenessa is quickest to adapt once they arrive at their father's new home. She first falls in love with the dog, and forms a deep bond with him. Then she fells head-over-heels for stepmother Melissa, and that feeling is mutual. The whole family adores Jenessa, and Jenessa seems to love being there. Carey has a more difficult time because she finds herself homesick for the woods and her old life sometimes, and she is also feeling tons of guilt about various things from the past. She feels like she is betraying her mother for enjoying her new life, for enjoying this time with her father, for actually allowing herself to trust him. She feels like she's betraying her mother because she doesn't find her father to be the same person that her mother described. Could her mother have been lying to her for all of those years? And if she was lying, were there other things she was lying about too? As Carey struggles with these feelings surrounding her mother and this betrayal she feels, her father and Melissa give her plenty of space and time to grieve, to adjust, to exhale. As these new people show her love, Carey begins to learn several truths that she has never known before. 

This story is amazing. It's raw and gripping and emotional and heartbreaking, but for all of that - for all of that heaviness - there is so much HOPE and GOOD and even JOY in these pages. This is the story of two girls that are put into a horrific situation and how they thankfully are rescued, and how they cope with everything in the months afterward. The characters are well-written and developed and believable - they each made my heart and break and swell. The story is emotional and is sure to leave an impression on readers after the last page is turned. By the end of the book, I was fighting back tears. 

I recommend If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch to fans of YA Contemporary with Issues and also to fans of survival stories. I'd like to warn readers that there may be triggers associated with abuse and some forms of violence. This story is absolutely incredible - an amazing debut - and I am SO GLAD that I read it. I'll be re-reading this one for sure, and I'll be watching to see what else Emily Murdoch puts out for us to read. 


If You Find Me will appeal to fans of:

YA Contemporary with Issues
Issues: Abuse, Violence
Survival Stories
Strong Family (within the story)
Debut Author!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
is available for purchase March 26, 2013.

**I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion and review. I received no compensation for my thoughts. Thank you St. Martin's Griffin! 

*Warning: Readers may experience triggers associated with
abuse and some forms of violence.


Is IF YOU FIND ME on your wish-list?

It is amazing. 


And now for the Giveaway!

St. Martin's Griffin and Emily Murdoch 
have generously provided 
for this giveaway.
Thank you, St. Martin's Griffin!  

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Good Luck! 
(International Readers, watch for another giveaway
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