The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

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TITLE: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 4)

AUTHOR: Rick Riordan

PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion

NO. OF PAGES: 361

GENRE: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

DATE READ: July 18 (reread)

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

REXY’S RATING:Β 5 stars

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

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TITLE: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2)

AUTHOR: Richelle Mead

PUBLISHER: Penguin Group

NO. OF PAGES: 418

GENRE: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

DATE READ:Β July 12-22 (reread)

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

REXY’S RATING:Β 4 stars

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4 Photos of Me with Books

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I’m not Rexanne Becnel… but I do share her name. πŸ˜‰ Β I must warn you, this post was created solely for the preservation of four Β rare and precious ‘bookworm’ photos. Rare because although I take lots of pictures, I rarely take photos of myself. Precious because although I’ve had a bookstagram account for a year now, there’s very few photos of me with books.Β What better place to store them than at my own book blog? πŸ˜‰

Click ‘Read More’ at your own risk. Haha!

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Red Queen by Jeb Kinnison

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TITLE: Red Queen (The Substrate Wars Book 1)

AUTHOR: Jeb Kinnison

PUBLISHER: Jeb Kinnison Publishing

NO. OF PAGES: 320

GENRE: Science Fiction, Fiction, Futuristic

DATE READ: February 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

Set on a California college campus just a decade or two from now, the world of Red Queen is post-terrorist disaster, repressive and censored β€” governed like China today, but with a stagnant economy and no jobs for young people. In that sense it is a dystopia, though not so far from our own day and time; only a few steps beyond where we are now. The students are cowed but not unaware, and they seize the opportunity to make a difference when their smarts and courage allow it. And so they change the world.

This is Book 1 of Substrate Wars, the series: A growing band of campus freedom-fighters discover a new technology that could either destroy the world, or save it. They take on the responsibility of using it for good. Homeland Security is one step behind them. Spies and traitors lurk. Shall it be repressive bureaucratic stagnation, or expansion to the stars?

Red Queen is a story about the yearning for freedom and agency in a world dominated by bureaucrats and propagandists, and it would not have been published by a major house. The world of Red Queen is just a decade or two away, and looks very much like the world we live in, just a few steps worse. In the tradition of Heinlein’s If This Goes On–, I have extrapolated from current trends and imagined the politics that result. The authoritarian tendencies we see in modern western states will probably be reversed at some point–but what if they just keep getting worse? This is especially true of the US, with its 9/11-justified surveillance and interception of every citizen’s email and message metadata, and a penal-industrial complex that imprisons about one in three black men at some point in their lives, often for victimless crimes like drug possession. A more serious terrorist incident might lead to even more restrictions on freedom and privacy. And that’s where Red Queen begins.

REXY’S RATING:Β 2 stars

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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TITLE: Ugly Love

AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover

PUBLISHER: Atria Books

NO. OF PAGES: 337

GENRE: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

DATE READ: January 12-13, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

REXY’S RATING:Β 4 stars

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A Lot Like Love by Julie James

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TITLE: A Lot Like Love

AUTHOR: Julie James

PUBLISHER: Berkeley Sensation

NO. OF PAGES: 274

GENRE: Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Chiclit

DATE READ: June 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

The FBI wants her cooperation…

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be thereβ€”with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her…

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignmentβ€”one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

REXY’S RATING:Β 4 stars
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Something About You by Julie James

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TITLE: Something About You

AUTHOR: Julie James

PUBLISHER: Berkeley Sensation

NO. OF PAGES: 307

GENRE: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Chic-Lit

DATE READ: June 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

Fate has thrown two sworn enemies…

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years agoβ€”and for nearly ruining his career.

Into each other’s arms…

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke; the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibesβ€”and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

REXY’S RATING:Β 5 stars

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