Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July Releases: Did I Read It?


So I recently started a monthly post that features upcoming releases I am looking forward to. I thought it would be fun to revisit those posts at the end of the month and see if I ended up reading the books or not and if I did see what I thought about it.

Head on over here to check out my July releases post.

I haven't gotten to this one yet, but I know for sure I will be reading this one. I loved Contagion so I can't wait to see how this wraps the series up.

I didn't get to this one either, but this is another one I know I am going to read. Heart Of Iron was fantastic and I NEED to know what happens next.

I did get to read this one and it was so good! JLA always delivers and I just love being back in this world. You can check out my review here.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie: Favorite Second Chance Romances

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

As we have a freebie topic this week, I decided to feature some of my favorite books containing one of my favorite bookish tropes.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Book Review: Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by: Patricia Briggs

Release Date: January 31, 2006
from Ace Books
Goodreads | Amazon

"Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water..."


My Thoughts:

My Wifey has been recommending these books to me for years and since we wanted to read some books together, it was finally time for me to dive in and read while she did a re-read and man did I sleep on these books. I loved Mercy and this world is so much fun.

Mercy is such a great character and I adore her. She is so strong and feisty and she will not be told what to do. I absolutely loved her. And Adam. Oh my heart, how I loved Adam. But then there is Sam and I love Sam too and I feel as if I’m being torn. I mean, I’ve decided I ship Mercy and Adam HARD, but I want Sam to come home and live with me as a puppy wolf. And the secondary cast is amazing too. Warren and Kyle and Zee and Stefan. Love them all.

This book is action packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It has an addictive quality and it's just everything I love about paranormal reads. And the romance is such a slow burn and I’m here for it. It’s just overall such a good book and a great start to the series.

All in all, Moon Called was a ton of fun with amazing characters and a cool world. I can’t wait to dive into the next book.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Recent Reads: Fae and Werewolves

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of fae and werewolves.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Blog Tour: The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout (Review, Trailer, & Teasers)

We are beyond excited to be sharing this release from Jennifer L. Armentrout with you today! THE KING is part of the Wicked series and it is releasing as part of 1001 Dark Nights. It just went live! Check out an excerpt and book trailer from the title below. Click here to grab your copy now.


Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU


From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series. As Caden and Brighton's attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**
Add THE KING to your Goodreads TBR here!


My Thoughts:

The King was another great addition to the Wicked series and I just really love this world JLA has created here. These fae can be so brutal and this world is so dangerous but I love it. It is no secret I am a big JLA fan, but her fantasy stuff always seems to be my favorite and I am so glad that she continued the Wicked series with these novellas. I love Brighton and Caden and I just love catching up with Ivy, Ren, and Tink again. 

Brighton is an incredible character and I love her so much. She is so resilient and so strong and will not let others dictate what she can and cannot do. I love her sass and how she stands up for what she wants and thinks is right. Brighton goes through a lot in this novella and it truly broke my heart. And of course I love Caden too… he can run so hot and cold but as a reader you know there is a lot more going on there than meets the eye and it just endears you to him. I love the back and forth between Brighton and Caden and they have intense chemistry. I also love catching up with some of my favorite characters. It is great to see Ren and Ivy still going strong and of course I love me some Tink. 

All in all, The King was hard to put down and I easily read it in one sitting. This novella is a bit of a game changer and the events of this book are going to have some serious ramifications and I so cannot wait to see how it all plays out in the next novella. Just another great read from JLA. 
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

 
“Jennifer L. Armentrout’s intoxicating new fantasy is her best yet!” New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter on Storm and Fury

“Dark, mysterious, and yet often hilarious, this riveting page-turner sparkles with innuendo and delivers a breathtaking romance; a stunning conclusion to the trilogy. “ Library Journal on Moonlight Scandals

“With this first title in her new Dark Elements series, powerhouse author Armentrout delivers another action-packed, believably narrated ride through a paranormal world as seen by a teen.”Booklist on White Hot Kiss

   


# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   Connect With Her: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter | Bookbub



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

141 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 1, 2015
from Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Goodreads | Amazon

"The Queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world."

My Thoughts:

1. Spoilers for the entire series incoming.
2. This one has always been my favorite since it released… but I loved Kingdom Of Ash a whole damn lot, so I’m curious to see if this will still remain my favorite… I think it will… I do love this book oh so much.
3.Oh no Dorian. My poor sweet Dorian.
4. Ugh Chaol is so not smart thinking he can work with Arobynn.
5. Arobynn is a manipulative bastard.
6. Fire Breathing Bitch Queen.
7. Aelin still cares so much for Aedion.
8. Arobynn is a textbook abuser.
9. I just LOVE all of Aelin’s planning in this book. It’s epic.
10. “Accidentally run into her knives” bwahahahaha.
11. I love how Aelin just forever pops up next to Chaol this entire book. Amuses me greatly.
12. “Playing with magic” “Faerie prince” how dare he blame Aelin for what the King is doing.
13. OH YEAH CHAOL, CAUSE SHE WAS HAVING A PARTY… I’m sorry, if we compare what you went through with what Aelin went through… you do not win that battle ya baby.
14. And he is still withholding information cause she’s “unpredictable”. *rolls eyes*
15. This is where I get REALLLLLLY aggravated with Chaol… because after everything he STILL doesn’t trust Aelin. And why? Because she broke up with him? Because he sent her away and then while she was gone (TO THE PLACE HE SENT HER) everything went to hell? And you know what? She deserves to be angry and deserves revenge. But she still comes back and still helps. And it forever pisses me off that Chaol treats her time away as a vacation and not the agony it was. Probably why I was okay with Chaol being absent from Empire of Storms. Because even though he comes around at the end here, I still needed a break from him. Plus it worked out nicely cause Tower of Dawn is amazeballs.
16. HE CALLS HER A MONSTER.
17. This is why Rowan was so important. Because he never judged Aelin for the things she had to do to survive. Chaol is too righteous for his own good sometimes and he didn’t suffer as so many others did with his upbringing and in so many other ways.
18. “But she was her own champion now.”
19. Look I just will not stand for slander against my Fire Breathing Bitch Queen.
20. Oh hey Manon.
21. I love the expansion of the cast and addition of Manon and Elide etc… but I will admit that I miss Aelin when I’m away from her.
22. Ohh poor Kaltain.
23. Asterin has this place and all its problems pegged.
24. I love that Abraxos likes to just fall off the side of the tower for funsies.
25. LYSANDRA!!!!! MY QUEEN!!!
26. Fair warning… Lysandra is my favorite and I shall fangirl all over her for the rest of the series.
27. And little Evangeline!
28. Wesley was so good and poor Lysandra.
29. And here Aelin learns from her mistakes once again. Recognizes that everyone wears masks.
30. Chaol is having a super-secret meeting… so naturally here comes Aelin.
31. SEE CHAOL, AELIN IS WARNING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOU’RE BEING A BRAT.
32. Chaol just wants so badly to villainize her and make it easier on him and that’s just not the case and not fair to Aelin.
33. I miss Rowan too Aelin.
34. Ughhhhhhhh Vernon and Perrington are the worst.
35. Poor Asterin.
36. ELIDE!!!
37. I miss Rowan. IDK what I would have done had he actually stayed away like Aelin told him to.
38. Cant. Wait. For. Arobynn. To. Die.
39. “You and I are nothing but wild beasts in human skins.”
40. I adore Lysandra and Aelin’s friendship.
41. Aelin popping in on Chaol’s plans once again. Love it.
42. Chaol is such a bastard in this book.
43. I get why Chaol is upset over Dorian but Aelin is right… at this point we have no way to bring Dorian back, it doesn’t seem possible… and leaving him stuck with that valg is cruel.
44. This plan to save Aedion is frickin genius.
45. “And Aedion grinned at his Queen as the entire world went to hell.”
46. Dorian *sobs*
47. Lysandra is such a badass.
48. Go away Chaol.
49. I adore Elide. She is such a quiet strong and I think she’s fabulous.
50. Manon and Abraxos are so great together.
51. Poor Manon. She is stuck in such a rough place.
52. These Dorian chapters KILL ME.
53. Chaol is the worst in this book. Every time I read it I’m astounded by how much I want to strangle him.
54. He literally blames Aelin for everything.
55. Love Nesryn. She’s so smart and such a voice of reason.
56. “Stop feeling sorry for yourself” PREACH NESRYN.
57. This Aelin and Aedion reunion is everything.
58. And here she is leaving breadcrumbs for Ansel.
59. Aelin is so oblivious to the legend that is Rowan lmao.
60. Aedion really thought he was going to be able to steer Aelin to what he thought was right but Aelin has her own mind.
61. AGAIN CHAOL BLAMES AELIN FOR THINGS THAT AREN’T HER FAULT. She didn’t make the King burn down the shadow market.
62. He’s just so aggravating right now. And it hurts me because deep down I love him and I need him to STOP IT.
63. “The Pirate Lord of Skulls Bay gave that to me after I trashed his entire city, freed his slaves, and looked damn good while doing it.”
64. ROWANNNNNN.
65. THERE HE IS I MISSED HIM.
66. And this reunion *sobs*
67. Aedion is such a brat when he finds out about Rowan’s blood oath.
68. Honestly I have almost no patience for Aedion this time around, probably because post Kingdom Of Ash Teresa is still angry with him.
69. Rowannnn. My poor Rowan didn’t do well without Aelin.
70. “She’s off limits” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
71. “Not a monster, not for what she’d done, not for her power, not when Rowan was there. She'd thank the gods every damn day for the small mercy of giving her a friend who was her match, her equal, and who would never look at her with horror in his eyes.”
72. Gods. Poor Kaltain. They destroyed that poor girl.
73. Elide is so damn smart and I love her.
74. And Rowan just easily won that dominance battle.
75. Lysandra immediately knew what was going on with Aelin and Rowan. Honestly everyone other than those two could tell.
76. I love that Aelin opens up and plays music again with Rowan.
77. Oh hey there Lorcan. Man he really does like a 180 by the end of this series.
78. I love Rowan just dropping truth bombs this entire book. Before oh hey Gavriel is your Dad Aedion and now oh Lysandra you’re a shape shifter.
79. Gods, Lysandra’s history is horrible.
80. Aelin is so damn smart in this book. All those times she was outmaneuvered she learned from and applied it here.
81. Sammmmmmmmm *sobs*
82. Elide is great. Things terrify her and yet she does not let that fear stop her.
83. Awwww poor Roland.
84. ASTERIN IS A QUEEN.
85. LET’S DO THIS. TIME TO BRING DOWN AROBYNN.
86. ROWAN IS SUCH A COCKY BASTARD, wearing that same oil as Aelin to annoy Arobynn.
87. Arobynn is such a bastard dragging her through her worst memories of Sam.
88. Their silent speak is AMAZING.
89. Her plan to take down Arobynn is goddamned brilliant *bows to my Queen*
90. DORIAN *sobs* and now that I know this is Ress and Brullo *sobs more*
91. Lysandra and Aelin wear those masks so well.
92. And the way she manipulated Arobynn’s will.
93. Just everything about this plan was perfection.
94. The god of truth… Damaris…. AHHHHHH
95. STUPID ELENA AND GAVIN NOT KILLING ERAWAN.
96. Awwwww Roland. Poor baby boy.
97. Can we talk about how Kaltain single handedly fought back the valg inside her.
98. You know, I don’t like Lorcan right now but I do appreciate him forcing Aelin and Rowan to confront their feelings for one another.
99. “I want to take my time with you” *melts into goo*
100. Poor little Evangeline.
101. AND LYSANDRA *sobs and sobs*
102. Never forget, Rowan had to pour a bucket of cold water on himself.
103. “Hello princeling.”
104. “Hello witchling.”
105. GODDAMNIT CHAOL.
106. Manon and Aelin interactions are just so great.
107. Manon was so not prepared for Aelin Galathynius.
108. “Honestly it was a shame Manon had to kill her.”
109. “Too good a fighter to kill.”
110. These. Two.
111. FLEETFOOT.
112. “My… Rowan.” Hey, someone just noticed the mating bond.
113. About time you pulled your head out of your ass Chaol.
114. “You do not yield” Love you Elide.
115. Asterin. Her story is so heartbreaking.
116. Manon really isn’t the monster she thinks she is.
117. Lysandra and Aelin’s friendship is one of my favorite parts of this entire series.
118. Bahahahaha you are a dummy Lorcan.
119. Hehehehehe gold lingerie.
120. “You make me want to live Rowan.”
121. “Light up the darkness majesty.”
122. “Let’s go rattle the stars.”
123. Ress and Brullo *sobs*
124. Damnit Lorcan. He really causes so many problems.
125. Welcome back Dorian!
126. AND HERE COMES MY GIRL LYSANDRA.
127. “So the world ended and the next one began.”
128. I remember when we first found out here that the King is the puppet what a shock it was.
129. “All the players in the unfinished game.”
130. MANON GO GET ELIDE.
131. Manon is so brutal and I love it.
132. AND HERE COMES KALTAIN TO CHANGE THE GAME.
133. And a cloak in a cold dungeon gets Aelin a wyrdkey. Kaltain remembered.
134. Lysandra vomiting on Lorcan is gold.
135. “You make me want to live too Aelin Galathynius.”
136. “As he looked at her the way she deserved to be looked at.”
137. “If I have to be stuck with King duty then you’re gonna be stuck right there with me.” Dorian and Chaol BFFs 5Ever.
138. Yess Chaol, you go meet Yrene.
139. Lady Lysandra.
140. Lysandra constantly scaring Aedion as a ghost leopard is fantastic.
141. My Queen is home.


Wrap Up:
Yepp. This one remains my favorite of them all, although Kingdom Of Ash is a very very VERY close second. I just love the dynamics in this book and how  much every single character grows and really starts to come into their own. It’s just so fantastic.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Release Blitz: The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout (Excerpt, Teasers, & Trailer)

We are beyond excited to be sharing this release from Jennifer L. Armentrout with you today! THE KING is part of the Wicked series and it is releasing as part of 1001 Dark Nights. It just went live today! Check out an excerpt and book trailer from the title below. Click here to grab your copy now.
 

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series. As Caden and Brighton's attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.** 

 Add THE KING to your Goodreads TBR here!

Excerpt:

“I don’t think this is wise,” Tink said for what had to be the hundredth time since he realized I was getting ready for a night out. “Like I think this is very poorly thought-out, if you ask me, Lite Bright.”
“I didn’t ask you, Tink.”
My uninvited roommate of sorts hovered outside my bathroom. Tink wasn’t human, but right now, he looked like any normal twenty-something guy. Well, if normal, twenty-something guys had natural, shockingly white hair and were beautiful in a way that almost seemed fragile.
This was his full-grown Tink size, something I was still—even after all this time—getting used to. I was more accustomed to pint-sized Tink with the translucent wings. After all, he was a brownie.
After the attack that had taken my mother’s life and should’ve ended mine, he’d basically moved in with me. He’d been here for the last two years, something Ivy’s husband pretended to be grateful for, but in reality, I knew he secretly missed the dude.
“You should ask me,” he replied. When I glanced over at him, I got a little distracted by the dazzle…emanating from the sequin tank top he wore. It was so shimmery that I wondered if he was using some of his magic.
Tink may be a goofball, but he was also one of the most powerful creatures in our realm.
Thank God there was only one of him.
“I am a wealth of amazing advice,” he continued. Dixon, the cat he’d named after a Walking Dead character that Tink called “the hottest redneck eva” slinked around Tink’s ankles. The cat was all gray except for his tail, which looked like it had been dipped in white paint.
I snorted. “When have you ever given me good advice?”
“When I told you two weeks ago not to eat the whole carton of beignets because you’d get sick and you did,” he shot back.
I winced, picking up my mascara. I had gotten sick, but I deserved that carton of sugary, fried goodness. That day…
I didn’t want to think about that day.
“And what about when you ordered that supreme pizza and ate almost all of it?” he said. “I told you that it would probably make you feel bad later.”
Nose wrinkling, I tried to remember what night he was talking about. There were a lot of Friday nights—pizza night in my household—that I ate an entire pie and felt terrible afterward.
“Or how about that time I told you that the seared ahi tuna looked a little gray for my liking? But, oh no, Brighton knows better.” He reached down, scratching Dixon between the ears. “You ate it all, and then I spent the night cleaning up your puke.”
Ew.

 
“Jennifer L. Armentrout’s intoxicating new fantasy is her best yet!” New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter on Storm and Fury “Dark, mysterious, and yet often hilarious, this riveting page-turner sparkles with innuendo and delivers a breathtaking romance; a stunning conclusion to the trilogy. “ Library Journal on Moonlight Scandals

“With this first title in her new Dark Elements series, powerhouse author Armentrout delivers another action-packed, believably narrated ride through a paranormal world as seen by a teen.”Booklist on White Hot Kiss

 

# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   Connect With Her: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitter | Bookbub 

 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Book Review: The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: July 23, 2019
from Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series.

As Caden and Brighton's attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**"

My Thoughts:

The King was another great addition to the Wicked series and I just really love this world JLA has created here. These fae can be so brutal and this world is so dangerous but I love it. It is no secret I am a big JLA fan, but her fantasy stuff always seems to be my favorite and I am so glad that she continued the Wicked series with these novellas. I love Brighton and Caden and I just love catching up with Ivy, Ren, and Tink again. 

Brighton is an incredible character and I love her so much. She is so resilient and so strong and will not let others dictate what she can and cannot do. I love her sass and how she stands up for what she wants and thinks is right. Brighton goes through a lot in this novella and it truly broke my heart. And of course I love Caden too… he can run so hot and cold but as a reader you know there is a lot more going on there than meets the eye and it just endears you to him. I love the back and forth between Brighton and Caden and they have intense chemistry. I also love catching up with some of my favorite characters. It is great to see Ren and Ivy still going strong and of course I love me some Tink. 

All in all, The King was hard to put down and I easily read it in one sitting. This novella is a bit of a game changer and the events of this book are going to have some serious ramifications and I so cannot wait to see how it all plays out in the next novella. Just another great read from JLA. 


Friday, July 19, 2019

On My Shelf: Die For Her by: Amy Plum

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


I read this series years ago and I really loved it, but then I never got to this novella for some reason. It's been a while since I've been in this world, but I remember liking Jules so I would be curious to see from his perspective.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Recent Reads: Witches and Werewolves and Heartbreakers

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of witches, werewolves, and heartbreakers.



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