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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Post Volleyball Marathon *With Pictures!*

     Hey everybody, so sorry I haven't been very active the past week or two. The day's have not been kind to me and my school work has been piling up. As of Sunday, I have been sore beyond belief after playing in the Volleyball Marathon, a fundraiser for my school's music department to help us go on our big competition trips. Basically we participate in select matches in teams that we chose (mine team happened to be named The Deep V's) and we basically play for 10 hours, with the occasional breaks for water and food. 

     Between that and working on the music for our spring musical West Side Story and keeping my grades up and doing homework and everything, blogging let alone reading hasn't been the top priority of mine and it kills me to say that. But I hope to post some reviews and meme's in advance to bring the blog back to life and answer comments and questions whenever I can. I check my email daily and I always reply to tweets or facebook messages if you need to contact me but my email is basically the one-stop place that I will always check forever and ever.

     But I just wanted to post some pictures of the marathon and how awesome it was and how much fun we all had. Sadly my team did not win, we lost to the volleyball players, but we did make it into the finals. There the top 8 teams played and we were in seventh so it was a pretty good day considering this was the only year (let alone last *senioryear*) that we made the finals. It was a good day indeed. Just click on the pictures to make them bigger if you wanna see them full scale. I thank my lovely friend Kayla for taking all these! I love her sooo very much <3

     Note* I am the one wearing the Angry Birds Hat or wearing the orange shirt or the red shorts*


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Small Time Hiatus

Hey everyone! I'm very sorry I haven't been very active this week. With pit starting for my school's musical I'm going to be extremely busy learning the music to West Side Story and getting all my work done for my classes. With that the blog updates and reviews are going to be slow for a few months but I hope to get back to task on the weekends. I hope I won't be extremely swamped but I can infer that I will be. I'm sorry about that everyone! I will try to check in from time to time! Love you all!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Hops (1/20/12)

Follow Friday (#10)
Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to get your hands on any particular book?

Oh, I'm not really crazy, just made my mom rush all the way out to NYC to pick up a signed copy of some books for me C: That's all!

 TGIF (#9)

 Recommend It: Which book from the last 10 you've read would you recommend to a friend?

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
3. Crossroads by J.J. Bonds
4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
7. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles 
8. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
9. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
10. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Crossroads by J.J. Bonds Review & Giveaway

Published: November 9, 2011
Young Adult
Pages: 310
Genre: Paranormal
As if high school isn't miserable enough, try being uprooted and dropped fangs first into an uptight prep school where everyone knows your name and they'll stop at nothing to uncover the secrets of your past.
     When Katia enrolled at Crossroads Academy she knew things weren't exactly going to be easy. The sole heir to the worlds' most powerful vampire, her presence was bound to cause a stir. But nothing could have prepared her for this. Whispers follow everywhere she goes. So does trouble.
      But Katia will do her time at Crossroads. After all, she;s only enrolled at the prestigious school for pure blood vampires to fulfill a promise to her Great Uncle Aldo. Tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Katia hopes to shed the demons of her past and focus on her education. Raised blissfully unaware of the entire vamp world, she's got a lot of catching up to do.
      As Katia learns more about this dark society and her own legacy, protecting her past becomes increasingly difficult. Bodies start turning up in nearby Rutland and Katia is sucked into a twisted web of danger and deceit. Haunted by nightmares she can't explain and a thirst for blood that is never sated, Katia will do whatever it takes to keep her past buried. What choice does she have? Exposure will shake the Elder's Council to its core and likely result in a death sentence at the hands of the Linkuri.
     Nothing at Crossroads is what it seems and Katia's secrets may be the darkest of them all.

*Copy provided for an honest review*

After the Vampire tend started to die down in YA literature I began to peek my head out of the proverbial hidey-hole. Bouncing back into the subgenre, J.J. Bonds made my re-entrance a grand one. Crossroads gave me a confident feel once more for the lore of Vampires.

Going into this novel I had a tinge of Vampire Academy mixed with Vampire Knight going on along side me. The concept of bring vampires into a schooling facility to train them for the roads ahead of them was a big hit for me and allowed for my interest to peek towards this certain novel. Though the "new girl" tactic in literature is overused I did happened to enjoy the world that Ms. Bonds created. If you are a fan of the Vampire Academy series or even gotten your hands dirtied with the manga Vampire Knight, I definitely recommend this into your to-read piles.

After reading Legend by Marie Lu, I had a present tense fixation and J.J. Bonds definitely fulfilled my craving, and stocking up on a kick ass main protagonist, Katia, also filled my appetite. So far so good Ms. Bonds, you already got me back to liking vampires and you have your novel in present tense, I think I might be falling in love. Oh wait, Nikolai has already taken my heart with his witty banter and snarky attitude. With Nik and Katia, you have a dynamic duo of whoop ass going on. Definitely a check mark next to "badass protags."

This novel was a wonderful jump back into the waters of vampires and I was glad to have a chance to read it. With the addition Romanian terms towards the vampires, things were hard to remember at first but it was a interesting concept to grasp at. I am anticipating an exciting sequel with some more but kicking Katia and some dead-sexy Nik in the future.

First Line: I smell the smoke first.

Story: S

Cover: A

About the Author
J.J. Bonds is an independent author who writes young adult speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Crossroads, was released in fall of 2011. It is the first in the Crossroads Academy series. J.J. lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where her love of all things paranormal keeps life interesting. She lives with her husband and two rambunctious dogs and is expecting a new addition to the family in March.


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3. All comments will be counted to win a KINDLE FIRE with a Crossroads Gel Cover
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7. Winners will be selected January 31st

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Waiting on Wednesday (12)

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Pages: 320
((Add to Goodreads shelf))

In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger. 
Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father's museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed's Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals. 
As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world

That cover, that's what. That was the first deciding factor of my "must read even if I need to chew my own foot to get" fixation. Then when I read the synopsis my head literally exploded from the awesomeness. And I knew that it's fate. I must read this novel. Now tell me my loves, what are you waiting on this Wednesday? Anything dead-sexy like this cover? 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review: New Girl by Paige Harbison

Published: January 31, 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen 
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance

They call me 'New Girl'... 
     Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, that’s who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticed—because of her. 
     Becca Normandy—that’s the name on everyone’s lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I can’t compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like it’s my fault. 
     Except for Max Holloway—the boy whose name shouldn’t be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Becca’s boyfriend but she’s gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Becca’s life was so much better than mine could ever be. 
     And maybe she’s still out there, waiting to take it back.

*I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

When I started reading this I had no idea that it was a retelling of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, but after reading this I have an itching obsession to check it out. I absolutely loved New Girl, the synopsis and the tag line "What if nobody knew your name?" completely drew me in. Though I rarely read contemporary fiction, New Girl sparked my interest for it once more.

I had started it one night and finished it the next day while I was at my mother's house. The captivation and suspense filtered through the novel kept my interest in tact. I needed to know what happened, I needed to know if Becca Normandy was still alive, if they would ever find her, if she would ever come back. The overwhelming inclination to knowing made me fall in love with this book. The emotions that swelled while reading this novel took my breath away.

One thing that I really enjoyed about Ms. Harbison's writing in this novel was that she was able to stray away from revealing New Girl's actual name. In the beginning I thought that I had missed the introduction of herself, or her parents giving away what she was to be called by. As the novel progressed there was a lack of her name and I was finally able to understand that no one knew her name. She was New Girl. That was it. And I loved it. The fact that the characters don't even associate her with a real personal identification but a tag name like New Girl had me dying to know who New Girl actually was, what her actual name is. And luckily by the end the reader learns who she is.

When Becca's point of view becomes clearer with the progression of the novel and when the reader begins to see deeper into her persona, there is a clarification and understanding as to who and what Becca Normandy truly is. The concept of the "bearer of the masks" constitutes to her character fairly well. Playing a role of someone you're not, of dominating and maintaining authority over others, by playing a game with her own rules and always wanting to win; that is Becca Normandy. The quality of perfect that she wished upon herself and had everyone around her lusting over became her tragic fall as a character.

The emotions that I emitted from beginning to end could be made into an entire list. From the warm mushy feeling of New Girl beginning to fit in and find a possible love interest, to livid at the treatment of Dana and the characters that obsessed over Becca. The ending thought was absolutely beautiful and I doubt it could be made better. It was a sweet conclusion of a novel of drama, heartbreak, and delusion. 

I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a spice to their contemporary fiction, because this novel is jam packed with spice. When this hits stores I will definitely be buying myself a copy because I must read this again soon!

First Line: The panoramic view outside the windows of the bus showed a world that wasn't mine.

Story: XS

Cover: S

Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Published: November 29, 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Series: Legend #1
Young Adult
Pages: 305
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Romance

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias' death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

I practically begged my boyfriend for Christmas to gift me this book and he did. I had high expectations for this book but the bar increased ten fold after reading. The phenomenal story of June and Day's lives sucked me into a world I never expected. Where revenge sparks the cause and lies  run the rules, Legend is a novel whose action drags you and whose characters leave an imprint.

Dystopian genre is a huge market out in the literary world but Legend has to be one of my favorites of the 2011 year, up there with Divergent. The dual POVs always happen to be a favorite of mine, allowing a wider spectrum of character thoughts and depth in the story line and does Legend give you that. With June, our prodigy and youngest military officer sparked with revenge after her brother's death, and Day, the youngest and most dangerous criminal within the Republic. Two minds to look through, two stories to adore.

Marie Lu did an absolutely fabulous job with completing the novel in present tense. Reading in past tense and third person past tense with most novels, it was nice to bask in the glory of the present. The thought of them living their lives while you read, fighting and going through tough decisions gives chills and keeps an air hanging because you know what they know. 

I am highly anticipating the next novel in this series to leave me breathless as the first had. The months seem so far away until its release.

First Line: My mother thinks I'm dead.

Story: XS

Cover: S

Sunday, January 15, 2012

In My Mailbox (27): Winter

It's cold guys, winter is here on Long Island and I am freezing my little toes off! My hideaway is my bed with comforter and all I have been eating is ramen and pizza rolls to warm me up. Then I do some Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to get them muscles into shape! Yeah!
Now for the bookies, you can click on the images and they will bring you to Goodreads so you can add them to your "To-Read" lists C:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green *Signed Copy* (no yeti's or hanklerfish though ; - ;)

Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon*
Illumine by Alivia Anders*
When Destiny Knocks by Heather White*
Crossroads by J.J. Bonds**
The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson**

*From the authors themselves thank you so much Del Shannon, Alivia Anders, and Heather White!
**For blog tours, thank you J.J. Bonds & Rachel @ Parajunkie, and Tribute Books!

Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Another Jekyll, Another Hyde by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
The Girl Who Owned the City by O. T. Nelson

*Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for these!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Friday Hops (1/13/12)

Follow Friday (#9)
Q: Many readers/bloggers are also big music fans. Tell us about a few of your favorite bands/singers that we should listen to in 2012.

Oh I adore music seeing as I am also a band kid. My favorite band has to be Iron & Wine, followed by Beirut, then Paramore, Breaking Benjamin. I also adore listening to instrumental music and the Legend of Zelda soundtracks are a must!

 TGIF (#8)

2012 Must Reads: Which books are at the top of your list to be read this year (new or old releases)?  

My top book to reads just came in the mail today and I am coveting my signed copy: John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. After that I am psyched to reads the final book to the Nicholas Flamel series - The Enchantress by Michael Scott. 

Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published: December 27, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Young Adult
Pages: 336
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.
     And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.
     Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.
     When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

*I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I managed to read most of this when I was stuck in my car whose destination was New York City, and let me tell you that when you're sitting in traffic the words really fly off the pages. The action packed adventure that Jennifer Lynn Barnes put before her readers was astounding and the concept of Every Other Day just blew me away.

When Kali changed from human to something else every other dawn, she does what she can to rid the city of the monsters that lurk in the shadows. When instincts arise to save a life with the cost of her own, Kali's story takes a turn for the unexpected as she begins to learn about herself through the path to death.

When first starting off I felt confident about this novel. There were a few shaky parts where I needed to remind myself that Kali's world harbored demons but I didn't really understand if the humans that roam around can see them or not or if they have any idea that they existed. As the story played out my haze of confusion dissipated and I could continue with ease as Kali brought her story to life. 

The strong and sensual character that Kali was the driving force of this novel. The very subject that she goes through these strange changes alone, fights alone, and really has raised herself alone for years makes her that much stronger as a person and as a hunter. She has a stubborn nature but not so much of a savior complex when it comes to doing the right thing and I liked that about her. She wasn't someone who considered herself a superhero with no recollection of her own personal matters, she was a teenager who feared death but knew that it was her duty to do the job she was (apparently) born to do.

I must say that I was glad to have this novel when I was in that heavy traffic because those battle scenes blew away my reality and sent me into a reverie of blissful fantasy. Definitely check out this novel when you get the chance, you don't regret it!  

First Line: The decision to make hellhounds an endangered species was beyond asinine, but I expected nothing less from a government that had bankrolled not one, but two, endowed chairs in preternatural biology (one of them my father's) at University That Shall Not Be Named.

Story: S

Cover: B

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
(Kane Chronicles #3) 
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
((Add to Goodreads To-Read Shelf))

He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.
     To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow... or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld...

Oh, am I excited to read this book! Going back and forth between the Kane Chronicles and the Heroes of Olympus series, Rick Riordan keeps my interest in mythology taut! I especially love reading about the Egyptian myths within this series and I can't wait to see what Sade and Carter are up to in this novel! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Dark Inside #1
Young Adult
Pages: 329
Genre: Apocalyptic, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Format: Online Novel
Source: Pulse It

Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…Now it’s our turn. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everday people into hunters, killers, crazies.
     Mason's mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she’s about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbors. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police--who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the bystanding crowd.
     Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness – but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.

*I received this novel as a digital read from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

There are people whom I know or that I have seen that bash YA books for being "to morbid" or "to violent" or "to dark" or "kids shouldn't read this because the content is too mature for teenagers." Well, if you're someone who's like that then just leave this review because Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts was a fantastic novel of teenagers going through the drastic change as humanity crumbles before them like the earthquakes that rock the plant.

The pace of the book drew me in from the start. Ms. Roberts brings the action to the first chapter and keeps pumping every cent of it through to the remaining pages. You watch five teens strip from their clothes of normalcy and step into a world of survival where humanity is put to the test. Everything about this premise just excited me; the characters survival kept my eyes glued to my computer screen, and the mystery of who Nothing is during his scenes of the book. I have my own inferences but I am dying to find out.

Dark Inside doesn't cover up anything, what you read is what you get. Graphic details disgusting scenes, raw emotions. These things I enjoy in YA novels, to see the other sides of characters, a more prominent and realistic view to the fight of human nature and humanity. The adoration I had towards this novel was somewhat like what I had to Mike Mullin's Ashfall, another novel that should be check out. The intensity sparked through the characters showed a hidden side to YA literature.

Dark Inside is definitely a novel worthy of being purchased for anyone that happens to be a fan of Mike Mullin or just adventure involving paranormal induced humans destroying everything on God's green Earth. Either way, you're likely to enjoy the world that Jeyn Roberts had created.

First Line: I'm standing at the edge of existence.

Story: S

Cover: A

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In My Mailbox (26): DragonVale

So i've been going through Apps on my iPod and recently been playing DragonVale and I must say that I am obsessed. It's so much fun and the dragons that you can obtain are both adorable and extremely awesome! I mean, an ice/electric dragon? I WANT IT! :D It's also free so I was a happy camper when downloading it.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
*Thank you Simon and Schuster/ Pulse-It)

Aesop's Fables
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Emma by Jane Austen

What's in your mailbox? C:

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles  #1
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
Young Adult
Pages: 387
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 
   Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. 
   In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.
*I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Oh gosh, I really don't think I can put to words my complete adoration towards this book! Remarkable retelling, imaginative change-up from the original, character's whose depth and witty banter pulled me down into the story like wearing cement shoes in the ocean. I was absorbed into Marissa Meyer's enchanted writing from start to finish.

Retelling Cinderella as a cyborg is complete genius! You can't get any cooler than that! Imaginative, original, and adorable; Cinder made my beginning of 2012 a memorable one! Ms. Meyer's debut novel blew my socks off time and again and I can say that they never came back on.

A futuristic setting for this novel completely blew me away. I wanted to reside there (minus the whole plague and I was sold!) and just live in the fantasy world Ms. Meyer painted before me. The characters had my heart strings tied to them. The depth given into creating them and the realistic qualities present in them was astounding. I couldn't get enough of Cinder's snarky comments and her internal struggles made me push for her to succeed. I wanted Cinder to be happy because she was a character that deserved happiness, someone who went through horrible trials only to be beat down time and again by intrusions. Prince Kai was b-e-a-utiful in every sense of the word. He was a strong main love interest for Cinder, they were a match made in heaven. The badinage between them, the adorable surprise visits, the adorable lengths that he went to talk to her. He was royalty and she was a mechanic cyborg. I shipped these two so hard while reading.

All around, Cinder was fantastic. Some parts were easy to inference about towards the build up of the novel, but even with that I adored how Ms. Meyer played everything out. She took the paintbrush and glided across the canvas. This book was, again, a wonderful way to start off the new year!  

First Line: The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted.

Love love love! All the targets, all of them!