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Twenty-two-year-old Ivy Morgan isn't your average college student. She, and others like her, know that humans aren't the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun . . . and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. Four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she'd sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He's six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers that are stalking the streets.

As Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes that she's not the only one who's carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. She is no longer sure which is more dangerous to her-the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

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ISBN-13: 9781494557317
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 12/08/2014
Series: Jennifer L. Armentrout's Wicked Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jennifer L. Armentrout is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Covenant series and the Lux series. She writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance, and she also publishes adult romantic fiction, including the Gamble Brothers series, under the pseudonym J. Lynn.

Amy Landon is a classically trained actress with numerous off-Broadway, film, and television credits. Her voice can also be heard on many television and radio commercials. She has an easy facility with dialects, and she is happy to find that her lifelong obsession with books is matching up with her acting and vocal work.

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Wicked 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Leidys More than 1 year ago
My favorite go-to author. Love, love, LOVE her style of writing. All her characters have this charm about them and this sense of humor that just makes me want to know them better and have crazy silly conversations with them.  The book was very fun to read. There's action, mystery, and these plot twists that she likes to sneak upon the readers and you're left like "WHAT!?" I have to say that I was kind of expecting the twist but it didn't diminish my "OHMYGOSH" reaction, even a little squeal at the end that had all my coworkers looking at me (and yes, her books are so good I keep on reading while I work). So many brownie points for adding Theo James and Jensen Ackles in the story, if you know her you know she loves them. 5 stars to you Jen, and a big push to whoever is reading this to go and buy the novel! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J. LYNN's writting is such a pleasure to read. I just wish she could write faster because I think I have read all her books now and I enjoyed every single one!!!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
   I wanted to read this one because Jennifer is on my auto- read/buy list. Her sense of humor, addictive writing and swoon worthy guys have won my heart over, and I know that I will get a good one when I open up something she has written.     Wicked is no exception. We get to meet the main character Ivy who is taking classes, and working for the Order, an organization she grew up a part of based in New Orleans. She is strong and courageous in the face of what she fights day in and out. She is also a survivor, as she has lost her family and a boy she loved all due to what the Order is up against, but she is still functioning and very much a part of fighting the fae in disguise who love the city of New Orleans because weird stuff can go down and hardly anyone will even blink an eye.     Ren comes on the scene pretty early, and you can feel the chemistry and tension between them. Ivy is afraid to open her heart though because of all the losses she suffered. The synopsis also lets us know that there is something about Ren that will open her eyes to things about the Order she didn't know, and will make her question what she thinks she knows.      Tink amused me to no end. He is sort of a houseguest, and I love the conversations he and Ivy have. He is sarcastic, loves sugar, loves HP and Twilight and says he's watching for research.     The romance got very hot, and I loved every second. I was thinking it could be ya for a while, and then I was very pleased to realize it heated up to very NA or adult levels. It made me sigh for Ren and want my toes to curl.      I was beginning to expect one of the twists at the end but it didn't take away from my enjoyment. Can't wait for more in the series.  Bottom Line: Great hot start to a series I am excited about. 
WulfLuva More than 1 year ago
New Adult! Jennifer L. Armentrout! Paranormal! Hot guy! Faeries! JLA! Hot guy! Yep. I read it. And I reeeeeeeeally enjoyed it. Almost loved. Less than a millimeter away from epic love feelings. And who knows, I may totally change my mind and feel epic love feelings later. Like, I’m writing this review less than a week after I’ve read the book, and originally I was going to give it 4 stars. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m giving it 4.5. Because I’m cool like that. I love JLA’s paranormal books. I think that’s obvious. White Hot Kiss, Obsidian, and Half-Blood are some of my faves. So when I heard that this book was only $1.99 on Kindle, I pressed that Buy with 1-click option immediately and started reading it on my phone. And I did not regret it. JLA has created another wonderful paranormal world. I’m not even a huge fan of fairies. I’ve read Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely books (okay, only the first three, but I’m working on it) and Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, but fairies were never some of my favorite paranormal creatures (they go in the same category as ghosts, vampires, and psychic powers in that regard). But JLA didn’t make the fairies the main characters, she made them the bad guys. That helped A LOT! The plot of the book was solid. I feel like it could have been better, considering WHK and Half-Blood were such wild rides. I just wanted a little more. And unfortunately, the ending was a tad bit predictable. I enjoyed it, but I knew it was coming. Now for the characters. Ren is a babe. I’m pretty sure those are the only types of boys JLA knows how to write. And this time, JLA gave one of her boys a motorcycle! The drool was flying everywhere ladies and gentlemen. But Ren isn’t just a hot guy; instead he’s a boy with a sad background (with alive parents! Yay! Living parents for the win!) and a job (Yay! Employed characters!). Ivy is also a good character. I love every single mention of her hair. It cracked me up and made me extremely grateful for my own hair—and trust me, that doesn’t usually happen. All in all, I can’t wait to read book #2, Torn. Sadly, it’s just another JLA book that I have to wait a torturously long amount of time to get my hands on. 4.5/5 stars *Note: I purchased a copy of this book for myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually do not leave reviews, but I had to leave a response. This book was phenomimal read. The plot was well written, and there were many times I was laughing so hard! For a new author I was greatly impressed. Can't wait to read book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was very engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ah-MAZ-ing read! A total must-buy!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Holy Moly! Wicked rocked! Ivy Morgan is trying to find her way in the world as well as her pre-destined membership in the Order. When the nasty start showing up on this side of the veil so does the scrumptious Ren Owens, the ultimate Order warrior. Fighting the attraction between Ren and Ivy is futile, but it was really fun watching them try. The story is packed full of fae, mystery and suspense. While its the Orders job to send all the Fae back to the other side of the veil it makes Ivy's roommate even more unusual...a brownie named “Tink”. In my opinion “Tink's” cameos steal the show. The action, humor and suspense will keep you hooked till the end.  My Favorites: Ren's obvious love for Brave Tink's obsession with Twilight and Harry Potter. I loved this story, it was a perfect new urban fantasy and a definite must follow for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decided to read this after all the great reviews and I'm so glad I did. It was an awesome read. Can not wait until the next one comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book but it was expected, from an author who uses her own magic in her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's saying something because there hasn't been a book by her I've disliked. Tink is by far my favorite character ever. I busted out laughing too many times to count. As a male lead, I found Ren refreshing. He was geniune, not overly cocky or arrogant, and of course he's sexy as can be. Ivy is a tough independent girl who drove me a little mad at times but her character is just as lovable.
MonicaEmme More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Armentrout is sneaky. She put the first 8 chapters out before the book released, and I stupidly clicked on them and then I was hooked. I really enjoyed the characters, Ren and Ivy. While it is a fantasy/paranormal novel, it was really a story about Ivy and Ren, with Fae. It was a romance and I enjoyed it very much. I also want my own Tink. He was such an awesome character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Armentrout is an awesome author. All of her books are wonderful. This one lives up to her reputation.
ycervera More than 1 year ago
Whether writing about teenage aliens, undergraduates in the throes of first love, or members of a secret group whose sole purpose is to hunt and destroy Fae, Jennifer L. Armentrout has proven herself to be a master at crafting enthralling and innovative storylines filled with characters that stand out for their larger-than-life personalities. Her latest release, Wicked, is a new spin on Fae mythology that invites readers into the exclusive world of The Order – a world filled with danger and excitement and danger and stakes that grow increasingly higher as the story progresses. Of course, Wicked wouldn’t be the same without the author's signature razor-sharp humor or the wise-cracking repartee between protagonists, Ivy Morgan and Ren Owens. These characters are spunky and daring, which, combined with their crackling sexual tension, ensures that there’s never a dull moment between the pair. When your heroine is a ball-busting college student with a secret identity and a fiery attitude to match her runaway hair, you know you’ll be in for an exciting journey. By chance of birth, Ivy Morgan is fully entrenched in the world of the Fae, hunting the dark and dangerous creatures on the streets of New Orleans every night and coming home to a miniscule winged brownie with a voracious sweet tooth and an addiction to online shopping. Ivy is in her element amongst the hectic and fast-paced life of the Order, adopting a no-nonsense attitude and a hardened exterior so as not to expose any perceived weakness. Wicked explores the side of Ivy concealed from the rest of the world, exposing all her strengths and weaknesses in such a raw and emotional way that you can’t help but be drawn to her character. There is nothing quite as enticing as a romantic relationship with a hint of antagonism and, the second Ren Owens compares Ivy to a certain bushy-haired Disney heroine, I knew their rocky start would provide endless amounts of entertainment. Ren is exceedingly confident and doesn't seem to have a filter between his mouth and his brain, which actually makes him perfect for Ivy because his shameless flirtation and irresistible charm challenges her and pushes her out of her comfort zone. There is something incredibly refreshing about a fictional hero who is open and honest (well… about certain things), knowing exactly who and what he wants and pursuing the object of his desire with a single-minded determination. With Wicked, Jennifer L. Armentrout crafts a mysterious and wondrous world populated by otherworldly creatures and the formidable opponents who dedicate their lives to eradicating their species. It’s an action-packed thriller with shocking twists and reveals around every turn. Every moment not occupied with the skirmish between the Fae and the Order is consumed by the sweet, yet sensual romance between Ivy and Ren, which is, in itself, incentive enough to read this book. The narrative of Wicked wove itself into my mind, never releasing its viselike grip on my emotions until long after the ending left me in astonished disbelief. The sheer brilliance of the author's final bombshell ensured that I will be awaiting the follow-up to Wicked with unbearable eagerness. *complimentary paperback provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Confession: I’ve never been a big fan of fae books. I’ve read a few and they were good, but there was always something missing for me. Whatever that unidentified “something” was, Jen found it. Because, let me tell you, I freaking loved this book. Like, one of my favorites of the year LOVED it. I shouldn’t be surprised. Jen is brilliant and, I mean, she made me fall in love with an alien. It’s only natural she would redefine fae for me, too. As I want to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, I’m going to keep this review pretty short. I loved the characters. Ivy was smart, independent and driven. She was easy to like. Ren was super swoony in that way that Jen’s men typically are. The banter between them was great and brought back fond memories of Kat and Daemon. It was all “I hate you… I hate you… I want you” and I was completely hooked. As wonderful as Ivy and Ren were, Tink stole the whole damn show. I laughed so hard at some of his scenes. From Lucky Charms to Braveheart to Troll Dolls, I just flipping adored Tink. So will you. I’ve always found New Orleans interesting, but Wicked’s New Orleans is downright fascinating. It was well-built and, while it retained so many details of “real world” NoLa (hello, Cafe Du Monde’s beignets!) there was no denying something paranormal was going on there. Jen builds great worlds within the ones we already know so well. There was loads of action and twists and turns and I ended the book with my jaw, literally, hanging wide open. Add to all this the sexual tension (or, you know, loads of it) and a couple smokin’ hot scenes and I was completely hooked. Maybe it was the setting, maybe it was the characters, maybe it was Jen’s amazing writing with her trademark wit, heart and (oh-my-gosh-YES) sexiness, but Wicked blew me away. (In all honesty, it was this perfect combination of awesome that made me love it so much.) When it ended, I wanted to cry because it was over… and because I was freaking out over the cliffhanger. Need. More. Now. Torn can’t get her soon enough. What a great start to a new series! Jen’s done it again, you guys. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
Jennifer L. Armentrout never fails to surprise me. First aliens, then demigods, followed by gargoyles, and now Fae. IS THERE ANY PARANORMAL CREATURE SHE CAN'T MAKE ME LOVE?! Probably not. Except maybe---owls. I don't think even she could change my mind about owls. And yes, they totally count as paranormal. WICKED is not your average Fae story but it has all the elements I have come to expect and love in a JLA book; strong characters, witty banter, a great story and face fanning romance. It's fast paced action had me wishing I too could join the Order (for realz),and the plots twists and turns kept me on my toes right up until the very wicked ending. WICKED is a great start to a new New Adult paranormal series and I CAN.NOT.WAIT to see where the story goes next in TORN! BTW, Ivy is kick-ass and Ren is totally swoon-worthy, but I call dibs on Tink.
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
The question in conjunction with reading WICKED was never "if" but rather "how many times?" I knew before I even got it that this was going to be a winner. Now, I've not LOVED every single thing Jennifer Armentrout has written, but I've LOVED enough to firmly establish her in my personal one-click circle. What sealed the deal for me before I even cracked the spine was that she wrote about faeries. And, not just any faeries. EVIL faeries. Among us are born children into The Order, a group of people who can see the fae for what they really are - evil beings who suck the life out of unsuspecting humans. The Order keep the fae at bay and protect the gates into the Otherworld in order to prevent anymore of them from entering our world. Although Ivy embraces her job and believes in the mission of The Order, she seems to be one of the few members of The Order that long for more. She takes college classes, even though a degree would do her no good. She doesn't see things as completely black and white either. She has befriended a brownie, which she should've killed, except he doesn't do anyone any harm. Ivy doesn't blindly accept everything that's told to her, and I loved that about her. Order members don't live long. Their jobs are dangerous. Ivy's lost two sets of parents and her first and only love, so she's pretty jaded when it comes to relationships. She wasn't prepared for Ren, though. OMG... Ren. He's the perfect blend of snarky and sweet. He doesn't baby Ivy or smother her or sugar coat things. He keeps his secrets until it doesn't make sense to keep them anymore. He's honest about how he feels and is willing to take chances since you never know what's going to come tomorrow. Where Ivy is overly cautious with her heart, Ren gives his freely and willingly. It is impossible not to love this guy. Because, even though he's very real about his feelings for Ivy, he is still 100% male. He can come across as an ass sometimes. He doesn't hide the fact that he thinks Ivy's hot. And, he can fight evil like no one's business. And, evil is definitely afoot. There are extra powerful fae called Ancients in town, and they appear to have a plan to open the gates to their world so that their prince can cross to our side. If the prince enters, that's bad enough. But, if the prince enters and finds a halfling - a person that is half fae, half human - the world as we know it could end. The story is classic Jennifer Armentrout. The worldbuilding is done with broad, colorful strokes. There's an exciting plot arc that will carry through all the books. And, of course, there's a sweeping love story that will leave you breathless. All the things you've come to expect from one of her series are here, and then some. Because this one is new adult, which means you get a little more grit, a little more violence, and a lot more heat. The ending is one big event after another. Just when you think you've recovered from one thing, something else happens. And, although there isn't a cliffhanger, per se, you're left with some HUGE - and I mean MASSIVE - loose ends that will all but guarantee that you will be marking the release date of the second book on every calendar you have. I have a sneaking susicion that the second book in this series is going to crack my heart wide open.
Vi3tbabe More than 1 year ago
I know I sound like a broken record when it comes to JLA, but seriously, this lady can do no wrong! No matter what genre, plot line, or character she tackles, she has a way of turning a book into one heck of a read. Her books are basically like crack. For real! And naturally, Wicked is no different. Adding her own flair to the fae, creating a secret society that hunts them, and throwing in two compelling characters with insane chemistry – Wicked has you hooked from the first chapter and leaves you begging for my by the end. I loved the setting of New Orleans, a place I hope to visit some day. The French Quarter! And I especially want to savor the piece of heaven that is beignets. Cafe Du Monde! You get a good taste of the look and feel of New Orleans in this book and, honestly, I couldn’t think of a better setting for these creatures. As for the Order, those in command kind of worked my nerves, especially David, but I liked what they stood for and all that. The clover and tattoo themes they had going on were pretty cool, too. The Elite seriously have a tough job to do, but if it was all real, I would SO love to be a part of that group. Jen knocks it out of the park with her reign of kickass heroines and Ivy can kick fae, and boy, butts with the best of them. Ivy’s full of spunk, more of an “act first, think later” kind of girl, reminiscent of Alex from the Covenant series, who I love and adore. The poor girl has lost a lot in her life, but she’s determined to use the skills she has to protect the world from them crazy ass fae. She holds her own within a sea of highly-trained men and I loved that she didn’t take crap from anyone. But, she also has a kind heart and even though she’s a bit closed off, for good reason, those she does care about, she cares for fiercely, which I appreciated. In true JLA fashion, she has once again made me fall for another guy. Ren is all kinds of swoon-worthy! I love that he has that charm that reminds of Daemon Black, but also with a mix of sincerity and passion that I loved in Aiden St. Delphi. He makes his feelings for Ivy known pretty early on and lays it all on the line for her, which is pretty refreshing as you know I hate those “hot and cold” kinds of relationships. I loved the back-and-forth banter between Ren and Ivy and I especially loved his occasional twisting of her words into some kind of sexual innuendo. It was pretty funny. And his real name?! Hilarious! Oh, and there’s a scene between Tink and him in his birthday suit that was so damn fantastic, I wish I was there in person, if for no other reason than to see him in his birthday suit (let’s be honest here). I’ll just let that simmer in your mind for a bit. I love it when Jen includes lovable sidekicks/secondary characters in her stories, and Tink is one of my favorites. A paranormal creature with sass, a love for beignets and other sweets, who can cook a mean chocolate cake, and also loves watching book-to-movie adaptions like Harry Potter and Twilight. You gotta love a creature like that! I’m just going to say it – Wicked is wickedly awesome! Even though you would totally see that line coming, it speaks the truth. Paranormal romance readers will love Jen’s spin on the fae and I love that added feel of the New Adult genre, because Jen knows how to take the romance another step further, without it being cheesy. I SO saw that ending coming, but I loved it nonetheless. I’m seriously dying for Torn and after everything that happens in Wicked, that title is definitely appropriate. I need more now!!!!
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I adore JLA books and the biggest reason is her characters. I adore Aiden from The Covenant series. I came to love Seth as he finished that same series and spun-off to his own, Titans series. Then there's Daemon from the Lux series. He's in a league of his own. But if you take all the things I love about each of these guys and combine them into one guy, you would have Ren from Wicked. He is gorgeous. He is snarky. He is straight forward about his attraction to Ivy. He is so sexy as he's always looking for the opportunity to whisper in Ivy's ear and kiss her neck. He's mysterious but he's trustworthy. He's patient with the struggle that Ivy has with a new relationship. He's persistent and just doesn't give up. He turns up in unexpected places and times. He has this incredible vine tat that travels his right arm, over his shoulder and down his back. And the meaning behind that tat had me loving him more. His history has some pain but he's used that to make him better. He lives in the moment and does his job. Of course Ren isn't the only character in this book. Ivy is also strong and snarky. I adore her too. The pain in her past has shut down a whole part of her life. She doesn't really know it but it's true. She's determined to be more than just an order member. She does her job but attends college too. Guarded with who she gets to know, she's let in a couple friends but she resists Ren. Good luck with that girl. Did I mention he's persistent? Yeah, he is. Some interesting supporting characters make me happy and break my heart. I adore Val and her fun personality. She has an interesting sense of style and says it like it is. I'm so very happy that JLA named her after me. I also loved Merle. She's a character too. JoAnne was a great friend to Ivy. Oh course, Tink is a trip. Love him a bunch. But some lying and choices that I can't understand has at least one of these characters breaking my heart. I want to know what's up and I can't wait for Torn so I can understand. JLA's strong characters are always supported by interesting stories. Fae have never really appealed to me. But then JLA had never written about them. I wondered when she decided to write about aliens and then gargoyles but I adore both series. Don't expect to see Fae the way you've seen them before. That's not this author's style. She writes them as she sees them and that's always a unique blend of known lore and twists that can break your heart. I did see one coming in this book but I so wanted to be wrong. The book ends in a whole or many more appropriately under water. I do trust this author to navigate a way out. It's the wait that will be hard on me. I love that there's comic relief and some serious sexy times that keeps this story so fun and yummy. Of course, I love the writing. I just want to read her books straight through. Nothing gives me pause or has me putting it down. Usually, it's my life that does that. This is a New Adult paranormal read. If you enjoy JLA's other books, then this one is definitely for you. If you love paranormal, then this is a great choice. If you love sexy NA, then you should give this one a shot. I'd recommend this book to anyone over 18 that loves a good book.
DeesReadingTree 3 months ago
When I started reading this book, I was really in the mood for something light, fun and entertaining, and this did not disappoint. The cover is gorgeous, and I was instantly drawn to it. Once I began, it was impossible to put down. This book is about twenty-two-year-old Ivy Morgan who is juggling college classes during the day and killing faeries for an organization called the Order at night. When Ren Owens joins the Order, Ivy finds herself paired up with him. Ivy, who is still hurting after the loss of her parents and her long-term boyfriend Shaun, struggles to resist her obvious attraction to Ren, while they both attempt to investigate the recent appearance of dangerous faeries called Ancients in the city of New Orleans. Armentrout has a quirky way to describe her characters which makes it easy to immediately picture them in your mind. One of my favorite passages is when Ren calls Ivy “Merida” from Disney’s “Brave,” due to her unruly red hair, a statement which just makes her threaten to stab him. Another character who I found absolutely hilarious was “Tink,” a very dramatic brownie (tiny ken doll sized faerie with wings) who Ivy rescued and keeps as a “roommate” in her flat. I found myself laughing like a lunatic at work, earning me weird looks from my co-workers, and then there were further questions upon my sanity when I attempted to explain what I was laughing at. I’m going to go ahead and confess now that I might be a little biased when it comes to Ren Owens because I have a thing for green eyed guys, (my husband has green eyes), that said, Ren did not disappoint. I found his straight forward, no non-sense attitude very alluring. The playful banter between him and Ivy was also very entertaining to read. On a side note, this is not a book for those who are averse to foul language or explicit sex scenes, as demonstrated by my quote above. There are some cons to this book. If you are looking for something deep and insightful then this is not the book for you. Having just gotten through “Flowers for Algernon -by Daniel Keyes” and “A Cure for Suicide -by Jesse Ball,” I needed some light reading in my life, and this is exactly that. Also, if you have read enough Fantasy books like I have, then you will find this plot predictable. I will not go into details about the plot because I don’t do spoilers. Let’s just say everything from the big secret reveal to the ending I was already expecting, but once again this is what I wanted from this book. I picked it up while in search for an entertaining story, some hot romance, and the fun dialogue I’ve come to love in Armentrout’s books, and it left me so satisfied that I’ve been putting off reading book two. The characters and their interactions were enough to keep me engaged until the bitter cliffhanger end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beginning of an amazing series. As per usual, Jennifer Armentrout created a world of characters I want to jump out of the pages so I can hang out with them. Cannot wait for the next book!
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
4.5☆ This is another different yet really interesting world. I liked Ivy's character, a tad frustrating at times, but not that often. I absolutely love Ren and Tink. They are hilarious and wonderfully written characters. I loved the plotline of the story, it kept me intrigued the whole time. The end of the book is really intense and I cannot wait till Torn comes out! I need it ASAP!
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I love Jennifer L Armentrout and I've been looking for this book forever! Definately a new favorite!
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