I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Everything from the title to the cover to the book blurb just sounded so cute, and it was very very cute...moreI couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Everything from the title to the cover to the book blurb just sounded so cute, and it was very very cute. I really enjoyed this book. It was fun from page one, with just a tad bit of heavy issues, loads of teenage drama, a smidge of romance, bunch of laughs, and tons of adventure, this story was a blast.
It's the end of senior year and before they all say goodbye four friends decide to join the annual senior scavenger hunt. (so awesome) The scavenger hunt has two parts and lasts all day and night. With lots of competition, it is Mary's biggest desire (at the moment) to win the hunt, the prize, and hopefully the boy. Along the way the hunt no longer becomes just for fun and Mary learns a bit about friends, boys, and family.
I loved it! This book was so much fun. There wasn't a moment I wasn't lost in the story, filled with excitement, and crossing my fingers for the outcome I wanted. The writing and the characters are what made this book great. There was nothing special about the setting, it was your average small town, average high school, average family... but the writing made it all feel so real. (even the unbelievable parts) The story was fast paced and the writing had the perfect flow to keep the story going along with the speed of the hunt.
Mary was an OK character at the very beginning. Typical high school girl who wasn't popular but was not an outcast. She had her group of friends and she never stood out, for the good or the bad. Her friends were definitely a goofy crowd. Her best friend, Patrick, is the geek of the crowd and won my heart. He was annoying at times but he did have a little bit of an excuse. Dez is just fun, he brings so much flair to the group. Winter is the pretty girl, the fun one, the one that seems to always be put together. Together they make quite a group of friends. They all have their own dynamics with each other and all get along very well, for the most part. They find the good and the bad while on this crazy ride.
The hunt was crazy filled with simple finds all the way to very complicated tasks. Mary gives it everything she has to win. She is determined and in the end she believes winning is all that matters. What she learns along the way is family is good, friends are the best, boys are dumb, life is more than High School, and she doesn't want to say good-bye.
This book was well worth the time to read. I had lots of fun and it was a great pick me up book and a great light, funny, fast read. If you are looking for a break in those dark and devastating reads or if you just like to laugh, give this book a go. (less)
Wow this book knocked me unto my butt. I want to start off my review with a disclaimer, this book has some pretty morbid things and I would not recomm...moreWow this book knocked me unto my butt. I want to start off my review with a disclaimer, this book has some pretty morbid things and I would not recommend for younger teens or those with a sensitive mind. With that said, this book blew me away.
The book interested me but I was not prepared for it to dig deep inside of my mind.
This story is about the son of a serial killer, a very sadistic (not that they all aren’t) serial killer. Not only did Jasper’s father torture and kill, he did it with an audience and with lessons. Jasper knew what his dad did, watched him do it, and lived with it for years. His memories lead him back till he was 6 years old and his father was caught when Jasper was 13. That is seven years of evil.
Now Jasper is 17 and lives with his crazy grandmother, has a best friend, a girlfriend, and a kind of mentor in the sheriff. He spends his days at school, taking care of his grandmother, and trying to stay out of the eyes of the social worker determined to send him somewhere else to live. I am not so sure I would think the home of the mother of the serial killer would be the best to put a boy in… but that is what happened.
The story starts off with a body found and Jasper is sure it is the works of a serial killer and believes more bodies will be found. The Sheriff doubts him and has to see it as a onetime murder when it’s only one body. Jasper determined to stop more bodies from showing up, starts to investigate and finds himself in a little deeper than what he expected.
The characters are amazing in this story. It had very well developed and very likable or very hated characters. Jasper is sarcastic, kind, and very determined not to end up like his dad. He has a lot of evil locked into his brain and does what he can to keep it from surfacing. The only thing that bugged me a little about Jasper is the fear of becoming his dead really ran his life. I guess I can understand, well as much as possible, witnessing such evil as a child can really make you crazy and insecure.
His best friend was by far my favorite character. A big guy with a soft heart and completely loyal to Jasper, He will do just about anything for Jasper. He knew Jasper before his dad was caught and went to prison, yet he never judge Jasper for it and stuck by him. Jasper’s girlfriend is also very loyal. She moved to the town after it all went down, and knowing what she knew she still found Jasper lovable. What I love about her is that fact that she knows Jasper so well; she has no worries about murderous tendencies within him.
She sheriff is pretty awesome too. It did take me a while to decide… likable or not…. Only because I wanted to slap him for not believing Jasper about the crime being of a serial killer! I loved the fact how he kind of looked out for Jasper and took him in under his wing. Jasper tends to do stupid things, and the sheriff seems to always be bailing him out. Good stuff.
Ok now for the too hated characters. Jasper’s grandmother is a pure nut case. I guess that should be expected she raised a serial killer. When she is sane and knows what world she lives in she has very cruel tongue. She tears down Jasper, talks bad about his mother, and blames everyone else for her son going off the deep end. The times that she is not sane, she is just hilarious. She had me cracking up so many times throughout the book. It was a love/hate relationship.
Jasper’s father is just pure evil and with every memory and every word from his mouth you wish death upon him in a very cruel way. I felt I was in a very evil mind and sometimes it was hard to get out. It did haunt me. The author did an exceptional job on this character and I cannot imagine what it was like to write him.
So the character development just amazing and that brought a good story to brilliant, but I don’t want to take away from the story. The plot was great, well thought out, thrilling, and had me guessing the entire time. It was very exciting with many twists, and I was stunned at the end.
So if you want a short walk on the dark side, pick this book up. I am biting my fingernails waiting for the next installment and will be picking it up as soon as it is available to read. (less)
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book from the moment I saw it. The title alone was enough to get my attention. I love mystery thrillers and th...more
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book from the moment I saw it. The title alone was enough to get my attention. I love mystery thrillers and the title screams mystery thriller. If the title wasn’t enough the cover is gorgeous! After I read the synopsis I was hooked. I LOVED this book!!
The story is so original and it blew me away. Violet can sense things from any person or animal that was killed by another’s hands, intentionally or accidently. Each has its own “echo” a taste, a sound, a color, a smell, even a feel. Not only can she sense the echoes she can also sense the imprints, the matching sensation that the killer carries. Creepy! Not a gift I would want, but still awesome. She discovered she could do this as a child. Once she senses the echo, it will stay with her until the body is put to peace, found and buried. The only one who knows of Violets gift is her best friend, Jay and her parents. In the first book to this series, Violet finds a victim of a serial killer. After being a great help in the case and finding other bodies and finding the killer, she becomes his next victim. The book also has some romance heating up between Jay and Violet, which causes problems on its own.
An awesome story has awesome characters.
I couldn’t help but to love Violet and Jay. Violet is stubborn, sometimes I wanted to slap her, but I couldn’t really blame her for wanting to find the bodies she sensed. The echoes pull at her and drive her crazy. I really felt she handled her gift with a maturity level that 16 year olds really do not posses. Jay is also amazing. He is caring and protective and very patient. He understands her gift and helps her anyway he can. Another character I fell in love with was Violet’s uncle. He works in the local law enforcement and really is just manly and wonderful. He plays a vital role in the story; of course he is involved with the murders. He works in law enforcement. He has a great relationship with Violet and understands her gifts, he needs her help but also wants to keep her safe. I just love him.
The writing was so wonderful. The very first page pulled me in and I could not put the book down. The mystery was done very well. It really threw me for a loop. I also liked the way that Kimberly Derting gives us the killers POV too. So creepy but way cool. She also did a wonderful job with creating this world. I could really see and feel right along with Violet, at times where I was totally freaked out. The romance was spectacular. It starts off as friends and I was able to see it turning into something more. It was subtle and felt very honest.
So to sum it up New and Refreshing story, Awesome Characters, and Superb Writing! Go get the book, really you should. It’s Spectacular! (less)
I am one of the first to say, there really is very few really good YA mysteries. Well here is one of the few. This is a good mystery! Holly black does a wonderful job with the twist and turns. There were so many things in this book, that I just didn’t see coming. There were a few things I figured out before hand, but only a few. The story is original, I love the idea of a world full of curse workers. It had my mind going. How easy it would be to be something bad when it would be so easy to get what you wanted when you wanted. Cassel is the main character and I really like him. He comes from a family of curse workers that are con artist. He is trying not become like the rest of his family and stay away from cons. There is really only one thing that seems to be getting in his way. He thinks he killed his best friend. I really can’t say too much without giving anything away, so find yourself a copy and get comfortable!(less)
This is the second John Green book I have read. After reading Paper Towns and hearing so many raving reviews on this book, I had to get my hands on it...moreThis is the second John Green book I have read. After reading Paper Towns and hearing so many raving reviews on this book, I had to get my hands on it. Oh My Goodness, what a wild roller coaster ride. I was up and down, laughing and crying… I could not control my emotions throughout this book. I remembered there is a reason I only read these type of books every now and again.
The synopsis says it all pretty much, it’s a story about a girl, Hazel, who has cancer and has lived with cancer since age 13. She has come to the conclusion that this is her life and she must live with it but why get anyone else involved. She will just leave them heartbroken in the end.
Hazel’s mother believes she is depressed and makes her go to a kids with cancer support group. Something Hazel is not thrilled about. There she meets Augustus, a boy in remission. Augustus is taken by Hazel and Hazel is infatuated with Augustus. A wonderful relationship forms between the two that left me breathless. Hazel is a great character, she is bit cynical and very much closed off but she is lovable all the same. She handles her situation very well and is beyond her years in many ways. She is very responsible and respectful. She loves her family. She understands the meaning of being important to the few she does have in her life and doesn’t want to add to it.
Augustus is the fun, wild, free, determined to live life. Augustus is also a bit cynical and is obsessed with leaving a mark on the world whenever his time comes. It’s not enough for Augustus to be loved well by few, he wants to be loved by many and known to all.
I love the relationship that Hazel and Augustus form. They are very fun and seem to fit together so well. They had me laughing so many times, they had me rolling in every conversation to every adventure. From the synopsis, I knew this book would be hard, but I don’t think it’s easy to fully grasp the situation when one is healthy and has healthy friends and family. I can’t say that this book changed my life, the book didn’t teach me anything I didn’t know, and I didn’t have any grand revelations. What I did do was held my children a little bit tighter, thanked my parents a little louder, and appreciated my husband a whole lot more. This book is a must read in my book. The author is amazing, the story is fulfilling, and the characters are very lovable. (less)
This the first novel by Carl Hiassen that I have read and I am glad I picked it up. If all his novels are as funny and entertaining as this one, I hav...moreThis the first novel by Carl Hiassen that I have read and I am glad I picked it up. If all his novels are as funny and entertaining as this one, I have really been missing out.
This book had so much to love, the characters are quirky and lovable, the story line is new and refreshing, and the lines and mishaps are just hilarious. I can’t remember the last time a book made me laugh out loud so much.
The story is about a boy who lives on an animal ranch with his dad who is an animal wrangler. They have everything from gators to bobcats. Mr. Cray has been out of work due to an iguana incident and the family is behind on bills, so Wahoo (yes even the names are funny) signs his father up for a wrangler job for a reality television show. Sounds great except for the star of the show is a putz who fakes everything, thinks he knows everything, and complains about everything. Wahoo has to keep everything in check which is difficult to do with all the mishaps and misadventures that happen along the way.
The characters in this book are so zany and ridiculous that I can’t even begin to describe them, but it is the characters that make this book. I found it very difficult not to find something to love about each and everyone except for the villain, and he was just too easy to hate. It is the characters that make this book so entertaining, well the characters and the storyline.
The storyline is so strange and crazy that it doesn’t matter if it’s realistic, it’s still somehow believable. And if you can’t find it believable it doesn’t matter, it will have you smiling and laughing anyway. I am so excited to read more books by Carl Hiassen. I am so absolutely gleeful that I decided to give this book a try. (less)
What an amazing book. The story, the characters, and the writing style had me hooked from the very first page. This book was a breath of fresh air run...moreWhat an amazing book. The story, the characters, and the writing style had me hooked from the very first page. This book was a breath of fresh air running through a very aged myth.
The story line of this book is about two twins who have a mistaken identity with a hot vampire and everyone’s life gets turned upside down. Rayne and Sunny are two twins that are polar opposite. Rayne dreams of vampires while Sunny dreams of prom. Rayne makes a decision to become a vampire and due to the right place at wrong time, Sunny gets bitten. Now, in order for Sunny to be able to attend her prom she must travel across the world with the very hot vampire that bit her and find a cure to the bite before it’s too late.
The characters are just amazing in this book. I love the twins, Rayne and Sunny. Even their names crack me up. Apparently their parents were hippies and thought it would be the greatest thing to name twin girls Sunshine and Rayne. Love it! Rayne is a dark and cynical. Sunny is bright and perky. Of course, growing up with those names, they had no choice. Even though they are completely different they are best friends. They stand up for each other, they help each other out, and they bicker all the time.
Magnus is hot and a vampire and very sarcastic. He is a rule follower and is very distraught over the wrong bite. Not only did he mess up, now he is stuck with a blood-mate that doesn’t want to be vampire and even if the transformation is stopped, he may never get the chance for another blood-mate. I love Magnus.
I really liked the way the story is set up from the beginning. The rules and regulations that belong to vampires and those that are wanting to become a vampire. It is not a known to the general public that vampires exist, but they are policed and kept under rule so that it is safe for them to exist. It was such a fresh and humorous idea.
Boys That Bite was a very wild ride and fast paced read. I was laughing out loud throughout the entire book. The book has its serious moments but it was mainly a comedy for me. I think that anyone wanting a good laugh or a pick me up should read this book. (less)
The second book in the Blood Coven series it just as entertaining as the first. The story continues where the first left off and it gets even more com...moreThe second book in the Blood Coven series it just as entertaining as the first. The story continues where the first left off and it gets even more complicated.
This book is told from Rayne’s point of view instead of Sunny’s . She is still documenting her journey to become a vampire. She has not given up on this dream; however it is a little messier now because she is the new slayer. So to recap Rayne is the vampire slayer, her twin sister is dating a vampire. Can we say AKWARD! She receives her first assignment and finds herself partnered up with a very hot but grumpy vampire. Can Rayne make this work?
The irony behind the wanna-be vamp becoming the next vampire slayer is almost too much! The idea alone makes me crack up when you add the sarcastic bad girl who doesn’t care about the world outside her own life as the wanna be vamp made vampire slayer to the story it becomes hilarious. Wait there is more, we need to make sure that the story is also told from the sarcastic bad girl who doesn’t care about the world outside of her own life, wanna be made vampire slayer’s point of view. Now I am just rolling in the floor, eyes tearing, can’t catch my breath funny. Ok, I may be exaggerating a bit but I wanted to make sure I was able to make the , THIS BOOK IS FUNNY!, very clear.
So, Rayne discovers she is now the vampire slayer and finds it difficult at first, she really doesn’t want to be the vampire slayer. Rayne finds out she only has to slay bad vamps not her friends. This makes her job a little easier. When she discovers a hot vampire is also working the case and she needs to partner it up, it becomes much better. If you take away the part where they don’t play nice together.
I love Rayne and her point of view. It excites me to have the books switch narration. The character development is already well done but I like being able to feel from both of the sisters. The new character, Jareth , is a great addition to the stories and I can’t wait to see more of him in the future. The romance, the action, the mystery, it’s all here. I can’t express how much I enjoy these books! If you have not started this series, I highly recommend you do if you enjoy the light and fun reads in between the intense books. They are also great for a rainy day read. (less)
I have been wanting to read this book since I first saw it mentioned on a WOW last year sometime. I have to admit that I read the synopsis quickly and...moreI have been wanting to read this book since I first saw it mentioned on a WOW last year sometime. I have to admit that I read the synopsis quickly and didn’t realize until after I had started the book that it was a retelling of “”The Island of Dr. Moreau”. I only knew I loved the cover, the title, and the genre. I don’t think it would have made any difference in me reading the book, in fact it was a nice surprise when I figured it out. I am a fan of the original and I love retellings. This book for sure did not disappoint. In fact it surpassed all my expectations by far.
The story is not original obviously, for those who have not read The Island of Dr. Moreau, it’s a very creepy story. In short a crazy demented mad scientist moves to an island where he experiments on animals, making them smarter and more human –like. The experiments are cruel and don’t always turn out as he expected. He believes he is their God and is just plain out nuts. Ok so in this story.. all is the same except the mad scientist has a daughter that finds her way to the island after years of wondering what really happened with her father and if he was really as crazy as it has been told. She arrives on a boat with Edward Prince, a castaway, and her childhood friend Montgomery. She finds out the dark secrets of the island and must decide if she can live with the truth or if she must escape the island… oh and she must decide where her heart really lies.
A very creep, though provoking, dark, and thrilling read. Oh my I was so deep into this story, I couldn’t concentrate on anything else in my life. I just wanted more! It’s been a long time since I read the first book. over 20 years so honestly, I don’t remember too much. It really didn’t matter though. This book was a story all in its own. I loved the Gothic writing style, the darkness of the tone, and the crazy crazy characters.
The writing and the tone were just amazing. I felt it all. As I was listening to this wonderfully creepy tale I had vision of a horror movie… black and white.. running through my head. I could see it all so clearly. The world that the author wove was very dark, beautiful, and just horrific. The book made my heart pound like I was waiting for something to jump out at me any moment. It was the most disturbing read I have had in a very long time.
The writing and tone was awesome but it was made even more awesome by the cast. Never in my life have I seen such a creeptastic cast. I don’t think there was a single sane person or creature on the island…except maybe for Caesar, one of the creations. Juliet was a great character. I loved her from the beginning. She was a very determined girl and even though she spent most of her nights terrified, she kept on keeping on. She was pretty sure in what she thought was right and wrong morally, but there were times her mind wondered to the madness, amazed by what has been accomplished. It was great to see the struggle within her mind. The only thing that only slightly bothered me about Juliet was… Montgomery no Edward no Montgomery. It sort of gave me whip lash. This story does have a love triangle… but it kind of fits well into the story and I think it made things make more sense. I did have my issues with both Montgomery and Edward. They both had their strong points and both had their weaknesses. There were times I though… It has to be Montgomery and times I knew it had to be Edward. They both loved Juliet, they both wanted her, they both would do anything for her. To keep her safe and to keep her happy. They also had no boundaries or limits.
The mad scientist… oh my.. I never hated a character more. I hated him. I really did… but something also made me want to save him. I felt sorry him.. he was loony all the way. No turning back and heartless and selfish and just evil. I couldn’t help wanting Juliet to forgive him and to fix him though. It was a tough relationship for me.
Most of the story didn’t have too many surprises for me. Even in parts I should have been shocked, I don’t think I was, but it didn’t matter. The thrill of the chase was there in a slow motion kind of creepy that just kept me terrified.
For me this is a must read, must buy, begging for more kind of book. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it for sure was mine.(less)
I seemed to be picking so real emotional books as of late. I knew this one was going to be tear jerking, I did not expect it to be completely heart wr...moreI seemed to be picking so real emotional books as of late. I knew this one was going to be tear jerking, I did not expect it to be completely heart wrenching. Phenomenal Book!
The story: Fern, a 12 year girl, fights for her place in the family social ladder. She is one of four kids. Sarah is the oldest at 18 works with their parents at the family diner, 14year old Holden is struggling with admitting he is gay, and 3 year old surprise childe, Charlie is the center of attention. Fern feels she is invisible, everyone has drama but her. Everybody’s world changes when the family of 6 becomes the family of 5.
The characters: Fern is fun, smart, and devoted. She struggles at times with having an annoying little brother, a mother who is always busy, a father who works too much, and older siblings who have their own world and problems. She wants to help everyone but also be left alone. She seemed like the average 12 year girl at the beginning and she matured quite a bit throughout the book.
Fern’s family had a big part to play in this story. The story centered on the family’s grieving process and I felt I could relate to them and felt the tragedy happened to me. The book was raw, unfiltered, and real emotional. The characters were well developed and the relationships were honest.
The issues: The real issue in this book was death and grieving; however many more issues were introduced. They are read issues that many families in our society are dealing with today. The author did a great job on keeping it real, I cried, I laughed, I learned, and I felt that I grew some in reading this book.
Overall this book was AMAZING and SENSATIONAL!(less)
I have been waiting for this book, wanting to get my hands on it for a while. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis sound really good. I am so thrill...moreI have been waiting for this book, wanting to get my hands on it for a while. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis sound really good. I am so thrilled I finally was able to read this book and it did not disappoint!
Mermaid books seems to be everywhere lately, I have read quite a few in the past few weeks. What makes this one stand out?
The story: This story has a lot of the basic mermaid myth and fokelore and then some added goodies. The story has a lot of intrigue and mystery surrounding Emma and her gift and what she really is. Myth, mystery, and mermaids make a great story.
Emma meets Galen while on vacation and is drawn to him right away, the same goes for Galen. After a tragedy hits Emma travels back home to find Galen starting at her school. She cannot quite figure out what his deal is, his behavior is quite odd.
When Galen first laid eyes on Emma, he knew something was different about her. Her eyes were the same as his, so he keeps his eyes on her. He notices other things that seem to be out of place and he cannot figure out what she is. He follows her back to her home time and basically starts to stalk her, in a non threatening way. He is sure she is one of his kind, but her skin color and hair color is off.
Once the mystery is solved and the truth is out there, Emma and Galen find themselves spending a lot of time together, getting to know each other, falling for each other. Of course they are both stubborn and will not give away their feelings for each other. It’s like a game of cat and mouse, and the cat and mouse really love each other. It was very amusing and even though it was dragged out just a bit, it was not annoyingly so.
The characters: This is where all the fun is. My goodness what a wonderful cast of characters. Emma is snarky! I love Snarky! She is stubborn, independent, and listens to no one… especially Galen! Galen is cute, cocky, naïve about human ways and very very entertaining. I would love this guy to be in my life! I completely fell head over heels for him.
The secondary characters are just as great! Rayna, Galen’s sister, Toraf, Galen’s best friend, and Rachel, Galen’s human friends make the story even more entertaining. They each bring in their own added bonus of sarcasm and laughs. I became attached to each and every character in this book.
The story was intriguing, different, and so so entertaining. I felt as if I was on a thrill ride the entire way through. The writing style is just amazing, it felt as if the author was a seasoned author. Everything fell into place at a great pace, no slow parts, no waiting, I couldn’t stop the story. I was completely engulfed. Another awesome mermaid story for my pile! The only downside, the ending left me hanging! I have to eagerly wait until the next installment to be released. (less)
This book has been on my TBR for a while. I waited patiently for it to be released, well maybe not paitenitly, then I had to wait about a month to get to a place in my reading pile to actually read it. I was really really excited. The cover is just gorgeous and the sysnopsis sounds amazing. Well, it didn’t dissapoint! This book had everything I would hope for in a mystery book. Mystery (of course) thrills, cooky characters, and a little romance.
I will start by saying I fell in love with the main character, Lo, within a few pages. She is just amazing. It’s pretty obvious that she is OCD but she seemed a little autistic to me too. I haven’t read a book where the point of view is from such an intrigquing, strange, but easy to love character. Lo is very smart, brave but scared in the same breath, and unpredictable. She has hers issues and that is what I love about her. She does not let her issues get in the way. She is fully aware that she has the little ticks that others see as strange. She just can’t help herself. She does what she can to not let her ticks become obvious out in public, but that is hard to do at times. I also think it’s amazing that she basically lives on her own, her parents are both checked out in away, from parenting. She realizes this but knows she cannot let it affect her life. I love how driven she is, even if the drive comes from obsessive compulsion. I also love that fact that she does find someone that accepts her for who she is and realizes that there may possibly be more that will accept her as she is. The other characters are great too. They do stand out in their own way but really are shadowed by the main character.
The story is also awesome. The author does a great job on opening the mystery up by tying it into the Lo’s obsessions. Lo wil do whatever ever she can to solve the mystery. The other part of the story is what has happened in Lo’s life with her family. Her brother dissapeared and shortly after found dead. Lo is still having difficulties dealing with her brother’s death. This is just one of the reasons she is so obsessed with death of a girl found in a not so good neighborhood and obsessed with finding out what happened to her.
I will say it again. I found this book amazing. The story flowed smoothly the entire book, not one single snag for me. I found myself immersed in the story, even when I was not reading it. I stil find myself thinking about “tap tap tap bananan” everytime I go through a door. (you will have to read to find out what that means) I really wished this was a series with a whole new mystery, I am not ready to say goodbye to Lo.
Pick one up as soon as possible if you love exciting characters and a good mystery! (less)
This book was a very well written addition to the series. It was a little bit slower then the ones before but it still had me turning the pages when I...moreThis book was a very well written addition to the series. It was a little bit slower then the ones before but it still had me turning the pages when I could. I really like the twist in the book and can say that I never saw it coming. I cannot wait to read the next book.(less)