• Of Curses and Kisses – Sandhya Menon

    RELEASE DATE: 18/02/2019

    STAR RATING: 3.5/5 ✶

    SYNOPSIS: For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. That’s why when she finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, a member of the rival royal family behind a humiliating scandal involving her little sister, she schemes to get revenge on the young nobleman in order to even the score between their families. The plan? Make him fall in love with her and then break his heart the way his family has broken hers.

    Grey Emerson doesn’t connect with people easily. Due to a curse placed on his family by the Raos that his superstitious father unquestioningly, annoyingly believes in, Grey grew up internalising that he was doomed from the day he was born. Sequestered away at St. Rosetta’s Academy, he’s lived a quiet existence in relative solitude. That is, until Jaya Rao bursts into his life. Jaya is exuberant and elegant and unlike anyone Grey has ever met before, but he can’t help feeling that she’s hiding something behind her beautiful smile and charmingly awkward attempts at flirting. Despite his better instincts, though, he starts to fall for her.

    Jaya’s plan isn’t totally going according to plan. For one, Grey is aggravatingly handsome. And for two, she’s realising there’s maybe more to him than his name and his family imply.

    The stars are crossed for Jaya and Grey. But can they still find their fairy-tale ending? (From Hodder)

    OPINIONS: Indian princess meets meets Lord at a fancy boarding school in the Colorado mountains. Easy enough. Though this story has more depth to it than that: adressing the centuries of colonialism and resulting resentment between India and England through the story of Beauty and the Beast, through a stolen ruby, a curse, and a rose necklace.

    Despite its modern setting, Of Curses and Kisses is a fairly faithful retelling of the classic story it is based on (the fairy tale, not the Disney version with talking crockery). It is ultimately less about breaking curses than empowerment and making decisions for oneself and opening up towards change. In that respect, both of the main characters, Jaya and Grey, undergo major character arcs over the course of the story and break free of the constraints they themselves and their families and societies put on them. However, the secondary characters fall flat and dissolve into stereotypes upon closer inspection, serving only as a canvas for the main plot.

    Another gripe I had was with the writing style – told in alternating third-person PoV between Jaya and Grey, it lacked immediacy and emotion, which I found disconnected me from the story. The author used their full names frequently while reflecting about themselves, something which I found rather irritating. But then, this is mainly personal preference and it might well be that it works better for others!

    From what I’ve seen, the book has been very well received, even if it was not quite for me, and my copy has already been claimed by a friend, so do give it a chance! Here’s the link to add it on Goodreads and you can order it here, or from your favourite retailer. Thank you to Kate Keehan and Hodder Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review!

  • The Golden Key – Marian Womack

    Oh how I love gothic novels. Gothic novels featuring lady detectives, spiritualists, fairy tales and mysteries are even more my cup of tea. Which means I raced through The Golden Key – I read about two thirds of this one on a plane ride to Switzerland and was quite upset that I had to stop reading! Many thanks to Lydia Gittins and Titan Books for sending me a review copy of this wonderful story (and look how beautiful the cover is!).

    RELEASE DATE: 18/02/2019

    STAR RATING: 4.5/5 ✶

    SYNOPSIS: After the death of Queen Victoria, England heaves with the uncanny. Séances are held and the dead are called upon from darker realms.

    Helena Walton-Cisneros, known for her ability to find the lost and the displaced, is hired by the elusive Lady Matthews to solve a twenty-year-old mystery: the disappearance of her three stepdaughters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens.

    But the Fens are an age-old land, where folk tales and dark magic still linger. The locals speak of devilmen and catatonic children are found on the Broads. Here, Helena finds what she was sent for, as the Fenland always gives up its secrets, in the end… (from Titan Books)

    OPINIONS: I’ve noticed a theme when it comes to reading Victorian and very early twentieth century settings: I pick them up with abandon, hesitate to start them and then completely immerse myself as soon as I do. The same happened with The Golden Key. I pushed out reading it for about a week, although I knew I needed to get the review out by the release date, only to fall in love as soon as I actually started.

    Helena Walton-Cisneros is a fantastic character to base a series on, playing into stereotypes associated with the spiritualists the age was so obsessed with while employing psychology and detective skills more reminiscent of the great detectives of the ilk of Sherlock Holmes, albeit with more charm and less arrogance. She is a fantastically complex character, and there is much to discover about her still, giving Marian Womack plenty of fodder for future books. Her partner in the investigation, Eliza Waltraud, sapphic scientific mind, is equally complex, and it begs to wonder how her life will develop after the end of the narrative.

    Together they solve the mystery of the missing children in the Fens, which has an unexpected answer threading through to their present day. Part fairy tale, part detective story, Marion Womack writes a gripping debut novel that will capture you from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read what else she comes up with.

    Add The Golden Key on Goodreads here and order it here or from your dealer of choice!

  • Sensational – Jodie Lynn Zdrok

    Macabre, historical, magical. Three words that summon me at a moment’s notice. So I simply could not resist reading and reviewing this wonderful murder mystery set in late nineteenth century Paris, featuring an independent, strong-willed young woman.

    Thank you to Macmillan/Tor Teen and Netgalley for the review copy! All opinions are my own.

    RELEASE DATE: 11/02/2019

    STAR RATING: 4/5 ✶

    SYNOPSIS: Paris, 1889. When the Exposition Universelle opens in Paris, Nathalie welcomes a much-needed break from the heartache of her friend’s murder. The fair is full of sensational innovations, cultural displays, and marvelous inventions from around the world.But someone is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the guillotine with a gruesome display of their own: beheaded victims in some of the Exposition’s most popular exhibits. Haunted by the past and burdened with new secrets, Nathalie struggles to use her wits and her gift. Yet she and her friends must stop the killer before the macabre display features one of them… (from Tor Teen)

    OPINIONS: Jodie Lynn Zdrok is back with a vengeance. In the newly published sequel to Spectacle, Sensational, Paris is in the throes of the Exposition Universelle of 1889, and our heroine Nathalie is confronted with a new string of theatrically staged murders. This killer, dubbed the __, beheads his victims as part of a twisted play.

    But murder is not the only challenge Nathalie has to face in the conclusion to her story: romance plays a much bigger role in this second installment. While ultimately reaching a satisfying conclusion, this storyline comes with its share of frustrations and subsequent trust issues that reach further than just romantic relationships… Continuing to flesh out her complex characters from Spectacle, Jodie’s new additions in Sensational are no less multi-dimensional and well-written. Even minor characters come with their sets of flaws, aims, and motivations which become clear throughout the book. She is a master at revelations, sowing just the right amout of doubt early to keep readers on their toes, without giving the game away. And of course we get more Stanley content – officially the best 2020 release featuring a cat named Stanley!

    Nathalie also struggles with her powers as they change, an issue that can almost be taken as an allegory for mental health issues nowadays. Looked at under those circumstances, Jodie’s writing of what is both an ability and a disability – something that will become clear when you read the book for yourself – is very nuanced and insightful. (Pun not intended!)

    I very much recommend you check out this wonderful, under-the-radar duology – here is the Goodreads link for Sensational and here is the link to order it from Book Depository!

  • Atlas Alone – Emma Newman

    The fourth in a series of standalone science fiction novels, I was a bit worried that it might feel too much like starting in the middle of a series. But never fear, it works as a true standalone novel, and is thrilling and will keep you in its thrall – I am now in dire need of all of Emma Newman’s other books! Massive thanks to Will O’Mullane and Gollancz for providing me with a review copy for Atlas Alone‘s paperback release.

    RELEASE DATE: 09/01/2019

    STAR RATING: 4/5 ✶

    SYNOPSIS: Six months after she left Earth, Dee is struggling to manage her rage toward the people who ordered the nuclear strike that destroyed the world. She’s trying to find those responsible, and to understand why the ship is keeping everyone divided into small groups, but she’s not getting very far alone.

    A dedicated gamer, she throws herself into mersives to escape and is approached by a designer who asks her to play test his new game. It isn’t like any game she’s played before. Then a character she kills in the climax of the game turns out to bear a striking resemblance to a man who dies suddenly in the real world at exactly the same time. A man she discovers was one of those responsible for the death of millions on Earth.

    Disturbed, but thinking it must be a coincidence, Dee pulls back from gaming and continues the hunt for information. But when she finds out the true plans for the future colony, she realises that to save what is left of humanity, she may have to risk losing her own. (from Gollancz)

    OPINIONS: Stuck on a starship after the destruction of Earth, Dee is thrilled when she is invited to join an elite gaming server that will challenge her to play as herself – her own physical and mental limitations will apply in the game as well. However, at the same time, she is also approached through untraceable messages undetected by her AI, insistently inviting her into another game… Emma Newman weaves a masterful narrative around gaming, AI, and morality, as well as the consequences that may arise out of actions not believed to be lasting. It is an interesting conundrum to consider whether killing that is intentional and desired but not considered to be binding is still murder or whether it lacks the gravity to be considered as such.

    The technologies crafted for the near future are fascinating, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the standalones in this series to learn more about them! For example, Dee has a study that she can change to look like any place she desires for as far as she likes, and most food is accessed through printers. Sadly, the one weak point are the minor characters: apart from Dee and the antagonist, about whom I can’t anything without giving away too much, the remaining characters are relegated to side action and are not fleshed out very much. It would have been interesting to find out more about Travis and Carl, Dee’s friends. They felt more like characters from a short story rather than side characters from a novel, if that makes sense.

    Nevertheless, Atlas Alone is a great, thrilling read that I very much recommend. Add it on Goodreads here, and order it from any place books are sold, such as Book Depository here!

  • Wilder Girls – Rory Power

    I went into reading this one without knowing much about it. While it’s only being released in the UK on the 6th of February, it’s been out in the US since last summer, and I had heard lots of praise, but never paid it much attention or looked into what the book was about. I won my copy at a giveaway at YALC way back in July and kind of forgot about it until I saw that publication was approaching and I really should get onto reading and reviewing Wilder Girls (I have a spreadsheet in my calendar to help me keep track of release dates and deadlines).

    Despite this, it ended up being very different from my first impression and going in an unexpected direction. But more on that below the housekeeping:

    RELEASE DATE: 06/02/2019

    STAR RATING: 3/5 ✶

    SYNOPSIS: It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

    It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

    But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true. (from the author’s website)

    OPINIONS: This one didn’t quite work for me. The story is told through the point of view of two girls, Hetty and Byatt – both unreliable narrators in the sense that they have very limited knowledge of what is going on around them and a sense of resignation leading them to lose much of their curiosity. They are best friends, stuck in a boarding school in survival mode after a mysterious ailment has struck, and we readers join them about eighteen months into quarantine.

    Hetty gets chosen for a position of authority, and learns more than she bargained for about the way things are run, while Byatt is taken away after her affliction gets worse. It is only the disappearance of her close friend that gets Hetty to wonder if there might be something more sinister at work… Through the way the narration is set up and split into two separate strands, the characters stay rather superficial. There is some f/f rep, and plot and pacing are good – I read through Wilder Girls quite quickly. However, the book as a whole, and especially the resolution left me feeling very anticlimactic.

    I would recommend fans of Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation and survival narratives check this one out, it might be that it is better suited to your tastes than mine! As usual, here is the Goodreads link and here is the Book Depository one.

  • The Stars We Steal – Alexa Donne

    I seem to be somewhat on a SciFi trip at the moment. I’ve been reading a lot of books set in space and can’t seem to stop! So it’s a good thing Sarah Mather from Titan is supporting my problem by sending me great books – thank you so much for the review copy of The Stars We Steal! Described as a sort of Bachelor in space for YA readers, continue reading for my review:

    RELEASE DATE: 04/02/2019

    STAR RATING: 4/5 ✶

    SYNOPSIS: Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, has only one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?

    But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love, Elliot, returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one who got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now he’s the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies and past regrets. (from Titan Books)

    OPINIONS: A loose retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, The Stars We Steal is a regency romance in a science fiction setting. Don’t expect high literary value, but do expect entertainment, surprisingly complex characters and ensuing shenanigans. Despite being a flimsy romantic novel on the surface, one of the central themes The Stars We Steal deals with is class.

    Any hint of rebellion and change is seen as terrorism and the state of the masses is kept from the higher classes. Set in space ships, and therefore segregated more rigidly in terms of location, Alexa Donne paints a haunting picture of an issue permeating our society as well. Together with Leo, we readers get our bubble popped, and are confronted with our privilege and the ways in which it influences our views and  opinions. Just as Leo grows to see the world in shades of colour rather than the black and white world view she starts out with, it is to be hoped that readers consider their own biases and think about how they might be able to use their privilege to provide space for all voices to be heard.

    Leo undergoes a lot of character development throughout the course of the story. She learns that there are right and wrong reasons to marry someone, both if doing so for love and for money, trust is hard-earned, and sometimes listening is better than stubbornness. While I am generally not a fan of romance novels (and didn’t quite realise what I was getting myself into when I started reading The Stars We Steal) I thought it was incredibly well done for what it was attempting to do and I enjoyed it a lot!

    It’s out tomorrow, so you still have a chance to (pre-)order it, for example on Book Depository here, or add it on Goodreads here!

  • The Wolf of Oren-Yaro – K.S. Villoso

    RELEASE DATE: 06/02/2019

    STAR RATING: 4/5 ✶

    SYNOPSIS: Born under the crumbling towers of her kingdom, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves. It nearly tore her nation apart. But her arranged marriage to the son of a rival clan heralds peace.
    However, he suddenly disappears before their reign can begin, and the kingdom is fractured beyond repair.
    Years later, he sends a mysterious invitation to meet. Talyien journeys across the sea in hopes of reconciling their past. An assassination attempt quickly dashes those dreams. Stranded in a land she doesn’t know, with no idea whom she can trust, Talyien will have to embrace her namesake.
    A Wolf of Oren-yaro is not tamed. (from Orbit Books)

    OPINIONS: Oh Tali, you stole my heart. It is rare enough that dark, epic fantasy is fronted by women, much less by women plagued by emotions, scruples and complex ambitions and intentions. While she is a queen, she is not interested in the amenities and pretentions that come with the throne, but rather in the work needed to unite her people and protect her family. She is clever, fierce and vulnerable. Accompanied by an equally colourful cast of complex side characters, she is faced with adversity throughout the story, which ends on a massive cliffhanger. My e-ARC has an author interview at the end, so I was very surprised when it ended earlier than expected! And now the waiting for the sequel begins…

    Its rich, South East Asian inspired setting provided a welcome change to the sci-fi and western-centric fantasy I’ve been reading. It is fantastic to read a story inspired by a set of myths and legends that I am entirely unfamiliar with, and I would love to learn more about Filipino mythology. I am very curious to see how this continues to develop over the course of the series, and what will be revealed about the world’s background. Books like The Wolf of Oren-Yaro highlight both the need and the desire for stories depicting cultures outside of the classic western tradition of fantasy, and the own-voices approach to these stories give them such amazing depth and life.

    Definitely a book that I recommend you all pick up! Add it on Goodreads here, and pre-order it here. Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  • February Hype Post!

    Hype post vol. 2 incoming! More queer books thrown at your face! This time featuring five books, two adult, three YA, and I’ve actually read one of them already. So we’ll start with that one, Belle Révolte:

    Strong-willed women, revolution, big dreams and queer romance. What more can a girl want. All the stars to this wonderful book, check out my full review here. Pre-order it here (Book Depository doesn’t seem to have it, so an Amazon UK link for once, sorry…), although it’ll be on shelves in just a few days!

    Keeping with the theme of queer romance and revolution, the second book on my list is We Unleash the Merciless Storm. After her wonderful debut last year, We Set the Dark on Fire, Tehlor Kay Mejia, is set to pick up straight where she left off and blow our minds again. This is the second book in a duology and I cannot wait to see where this story goes – the first book was one of my most anticipated debuts last year, and the same goes with this one! I fell in love with Dani and Carmen and their world and I need more. It’s out on the 24th, and I strongly suggest you pre-order it here or from your retailer of choice!

    Next on my list is Sarah Gailey’s Upright Women Wanted. Their debut novel Magic for Liars impressed me so much last year that they’ve become an auto-buy author for me, and I’ve successfully recommended it to quite a few people as well, who also loved it. Upright Women Wanted is a Tor.com novella, which means it’s a short read that won’t take up too much space on your TBR and is going to bring you closer to fulfilling your coveted Goodreads reading challenge (I know it’s the start of the year, but remember how you’ve just been scrambling to finish just a few short weeks ago?). It also features queer librarians in a Wild West setting and if I understand correctly, they are fighting fascists. So sign me up. Amazon says this one’s coming out on the first of March, and they are letting you pre-order here. Sorry for advertising for evil again, but it’s a US only release, and Book Depository doesn’t have it! If you can find it elsewhere, I strongly suggest you get it there – I might wait until I’m in the US in May and can get it from B&N or an indie.

    Ink in the Blood is the wildcard on this list. Kim Smejkal’s debut features tattoo magic and theatre, and according to the author herself, quite a bit of queer rep. It sounds fantastic, but I haven’t seen many reviews for it, it seems to fly a bit below the radar – all the more reason to give it a shot. It’s being compared to Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake, so we can expect dark and atmospheric… It’s out on the 11th according to the publisher (although Book Depository says 1st of March), and you can pre-order it here!

    Last on this list (which is compiled in no particular order) is The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. More historical novel than anything else, this tale is set in the extreme north of Norway, in the arctic town of Vardø, in the early seventeenth century, and tells of a storm ending in desaster, a witch hunter, and independent women. Reviewers have loved this, and I have only heard great things about Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s Adult debut. I read her YA debut, The Deathless Girls, late last year, and loved her writing style, and given that I tend to love books about witchcraft and feminism, I am very much looking forward to reading The Mercies! Pre-order it here from Book Depository, or get the Waterstones special edition here (or, of course, just get it from your retailer of choice!). This is out on the 6th.

    Let me know what you think of my hyped books, or if you even pick up one of them based on my recommendation!

  • Double review – Tor.com novellas: Prosper’s Demon & Riot Baby

    Just as I finally found my groove with reading, writing and posting regularly for the blog, my migraines decided to have a major comeback and I’ve just spent the past five days laid up in bed after about a week of denial. Which is why you have had to wait so long for fresh content from my end – but never worry, I have lots of reviews ready to write up from before I got ill, and now that I’m slowly back to human again I should hopefully be able to post them out quickly!

    As the two books in today’s post are both tor.com novellas, I thought it would be fun to combine them into one post and try something new – let me know what you think of this shorter review style in the comments!

    Prosper’s Demon – K. J. Parker

    Publication Date: 28.01.20

    Star Rating: 4 ⭐

    An unnamed narrator who is an exorcist, a court physician and philosopher, reminiscent of a true renaissance man, and a possessed heir. A recipe for disaster. Clocking in at just over one hundred pages, this is a fun romp through a renaissance world, inspired by revenge plays of the time, full of Machiavellian energy and brimming with smart philosophical discourse. The novella format works very well here, ending on an unexpected but satisfying conclusion.

    If you like dark and gloomy, intellectual and weird, give this one a go: add it on Goodreads here and order it from your retailer of choice, or Amazon here.

    Thank you to Tor.com and Netgalley for the provision of an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

    Riot Baby – Tochi Onyebuchi

    Publication Date: 21.01.20

    Star Rating: not rating this book

    Ella and Kev are brother and sister, growing up black in the aftermath of the 1992 LA riots. Their story is told through fragmentary visits both real and supernatural as Kev is incarcerated and Ella develops powers…

    I struggled with this one. And I think that is because I’m too far removed from its intended audience. As a girl from rural Switzerland I lacked knowledge necessary to understand the impact of what was going on much of the time, and spending time looking up events and asking American friends for clarification kept pulling me out of the story. For example, I had no idea parts of the story took place in LA until I heard Tochi speak on a podcast halfway through reading the book, as I was not familiar with the neighbourhood names.

    That is not to say that it is not likely a brilliant book. Tochi’s writing is excellent and lends itself to getting lost in. It is informal, immediate and urgent, and still beautiful. I now want to read everything he has written.

    So I’m not rating Riot Baby. It feels wrong to leave a review so open, but it would also feel wrong to give judgement on a book I don’t feel like I fully understand. If this intrigues you, I highly suggest you check it out for yourself! You can find the Goodreads link here and order it here.

    Thank you to Tor.com for gifting me an ARC at Bookcon and Tochi for being kind enough to sign it for me!

  • Belle Révolte – Linsey Miller

    2020 is gearing up to be a wonderful year for queer books about revolution! There’s this one, then I’ve already reviewed The Electric Heir , We Unleash the Merciless Storm, the sequel to last years grandiose We Set the Dark on Fire, is coming out in February. Then we have two wonderful UK debuts coming as well, Court of Miracles by Kester Grant in June (which I’m very lucky to have an eARC of, so you’ll get treated to a review as soon as I get around to reading it!) and Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn in May.

    As I’ve absolutely loved all of the ones I’ve read so far, I have very high hopes for the ones I have not yet gotten my greedy little fingers on and I can’t wait to read them all! Expect much queerness and revolution to feature in my monthly hype posts.

    As usual, all opinions expressed are entirely my own, so don’t go blaming anyone else for my ramblings. Many thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with an eARC to feed them!

    RELEASE DATE: 01/02/2019

    STAR RATING: 5/5 ✶


    Emilie de Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

    Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

    Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

    But when their nation instigates a terrible war, Emilie and Annette come together to help the rebellion unearth the truth before it’s too late.


    Without spoilers, there is bi-romantic ace and trans representation in this book, a f/f relationship and racial and economic diversity. Viewpoints are challenged, heads are butted, and characters grow. Characters are presented in a human and honest way, most of them chafing against the boundaries of their assigned roles and trying to figure out a way to be authentically themselves in a rigid society.

    Emilie, born into an incredibly privileged family, ends up confronted with realities that she had not been aware of before. While she tries her best, she commits blunders and mistakes due to her naiveté, but to her credit, she learns from her mistakes and grows immensely as a person. Similarly, Annette has a lot of her own growth to do. The side characters, such as Madeline, Coline, Laurence and Estrel, or Charles are no less nuanced. They all have to let go of preconceived notions in order to realize what is happening on around them and truly band together.

    The nation is in shambles, and a mysterious figure calling themselves Laurel is causing uproar. Over the course of the story, it becomes clear that there is more to the war happening than the people are aware of, and that their king is privy to insidious goings-on. So who or what is Laurel, and what is the change they are promising?

    Belle Révolte is extremely well written, gripping and will not let you go. It is a book that hit all my soft spots and made me fall in love with it. I urge you to add this one on Goodreads and pre-order it as fast as you can. Book Depository link is here, and it should be available from all reputable book-dealers.