Lali of the Lill by Adi Mandal

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TITLE: Lali of the Lill

AUTHOR: Adi Mandal

PUBLISHER: –unknown as of this moment–

NO. OF PAGES: 152

GENRE: YA Fantasy, YA Romance

DATE READ: September 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

Lali must face her fears and begin the journey to The Lill, a treacherous journey built around lies. In seeking for the truth about her past and future, she must leave Krei, the young man who loves her more than his life, and learn to trust Theon, a stranger who claims he is the only one who can help her.

REXY’S RATING: 3 stars
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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 — 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: 2 stars

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The Kraken by Robert Lambert Jones III

TITLE: The Kraken

AUTHOR: Robert Lambert Jones III

PUBLISHER: unknown as of this time

NO. OF PAGES: 21 (according to my Word Processor)

GENRE: Poetry, Fantasy, Romance

DATE READ: July 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from author*

The Kraken is an allegorical poem which tells a story. It is an invented myth or legend which uses creatures recognizable from such stories, and these fantastic beasts are essential to the progression of the plot. They are of symbolic significance, and they serve as foils for the development of the human characters, one of whom also doubles as a representation of something else. The narrative features changes of setting and a number of action sequences.

It is also, by plot, a love story.

REXY’S RATING: 4 stars
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It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

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TITLE: It Happened One Wedding

AUTHOR: Julie James

PUBLISHER: Jove

NO. OF PAGES: 292

GENRE: Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, ChicLit

DATE READ: June 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”

After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, she’s thrown in to close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…

BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”

Special Agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…

REXY’S RATING:5 stars

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton

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TITLE:  Romancing Mr. Bridgerton

AUTHOR: Julia Quinn

PUBLISHER: Piatkus Books

NO. OF PAGES: 370

GENRE: Romance, Historical Romance

DATE READ: May 17-19, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *from Goodreads*

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn’t know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone’s preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph.

But when Colin returns to London from a trip aboard, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same, especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams!

And when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide . . . is she his biggest threat, or his promise of a happy ending?

REXY’S RATING: 5 stars
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The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

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TITLE: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2)

AUTHOR: Julia Quinn

PUBLISHER: Piatkus

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GENRE: Romance, Historical Romance

DATE READ: May 7-8, 2015

SYNOPSIS:  *from Goodreads*

..This time, the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry—he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield—the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do notmake the best husbands—and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is determined to protect her sister—but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony’s lips touch hers, she’s suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself…

REXY’S RATING: 4 stars

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A Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings

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TITLE: A Grimm Legacy

AUTHOR: Janna Jennings

PUBLISHER: Patchwork Press

NO. OF PAGES: 304

DATE READ: January 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: *my own*

Four teenagers are suddenly whisked out of their world and find themselves in a world of fairytales called Elorium. There, they encounter talking birds, hostile elves and a shady millionaire who claims to know how to help them back.

Faced with the challenge to find out why they were whisked away and return to their real world, Andi, Dylan, Quinn and Frederick must rely on each other and face their true legacies before they are forced to meet a less-than happy ending in Elorium.

REXY’S RATING: 3 stars

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