Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books on our TBRs for winter 2017

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Whitley's Selections

Hard to believe it's winter already, there's so many books I didn't get to this year. Which is a bummer, because there's some AMAZING titles coming out this season, so I'm going to have quite a hard time what to spend my time on - the books I've been ignoring, or these beauties below.

Oh, who are we kidding, I'm weak when it comes to new books.
1. A Princess in Theory / Alyssa Cole - A prince is under pressure to marry, so he tracks down his long-missing fiancé. When she doesn't recognize his famous face, he decides to take the opportunity to pretend to be normal for a while and enjoy courtship as a normal citizen. This one has been on my radar ever since I heard about it (which was about five minutes after I read An Extraordinary Union, check that one out, too!) but it's even more relevant now. It's not even my usual genre (contemporary when I usually hang in historical), but with a summary like that, who could resist? I'm a sucker for royals in disguise of all sorts.


Christmas Movies on Netflix

It's the weekend after Thanksgiving, when Christmas finally throws off even the barest hint of restraint and goes whole hog! And this year I celebrated by resolutely ignoring my dinner dishes and mainling nine low budget Christmas movies off Netflix. I was going to make it a nice, even ten, but...I can't count and only realized it was nine when I wrote this post. Meh. So here's my very brief thoughts on all of them:

  • A Christmas Kiss - A young interior designer with a calculating and demanding boss has a chance encounter with a handsome man in an elevator. Later she discovers that the man is her boss's boyfriend, and he doesn't recognize her! Through shenanigans, they end up working together as she interior decorates his home for a holiday party, and the longer she puts off telling him that she's the mystery kisser, the more awkward the idea of coming clean.
    It's a pretty standard, cute holiday flick with all of the staples. The cruel boss that tries to steal the heroine's work, the contrived situations to engineer romantic moments, etc. I did really like the two leads together and the way they showed her understanding of the love interest via decorating choices. Overall, pretty standard, except for one thing - THAT FIRST KISS. It's so random and out of the blue! They're in the elevator, it starts to fall, and they just...start passionately making out. Because...that's what you do when you're about to die? I guess?


ARC Review: Glow by Megan E. Bryant

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title: Glow
author: Megan E. Bryant
pages: 272
format: Paperback ARC
buy it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads
rating: 3/5
When thrift-store aficionado Julie discovers a series of antique paintings with hidden glowing images that are only visible in the dark, she wants to learn more about the artist. In her search, she uncovers a century-old romance and the haunting true story of the Radium Girls, young women who used radioactive paint to make the world's first glow-in-the-dark products—and ultimately became radioactive themselves. As Julie’s obsession with the paintings mounts, truths about the Radium Girls—and her own complicated relationships—are revealed. But will she uncover the truth about the luminous paintings before putting herself and everyone she loves at risk?


Blog Tour: Author Interview: Giveaway: In conversation with Malinda Lo about A Line in the Dark, plus a giveaway!

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Today I'm so excited to be chatting with the remarkable Malinda Lo about A Line in the Dark, her newest book and one of my favorite thrillers of the last few years. It's a sinister mystery about girls in love with girls, toxic friendships, and murder, of course. I got to ask Malinda a few questions about her book and her writing! Stick around to the end to enter a giveaway and to learn more about the book and author!!! 

Let's start off with a quick one. Give us five words that best describe A Line in the Dark. 
Gone Girl meets Mean Girls

Tell us a little bit about Angie and Jess. What are they like? 
Jess Wong is a comic book artist who has a secret crush on her best friend, Angie Redmond, whom she thinks of as the perfect girl next door. Angie is openly queer but has never had a girlfriend, and she really wants one.

Which one is more similar to you and why? 
Superficially I’m more like Jess, because she’s also Chinese American and a storyteller, but she’s not very much like me in reality. However, I’ve felt like every single one of the characters in A Line in the Dark at some point in my life. That’s the great thing about being a writer — you are inside the head of every one of your characters, even if they’re completely different from you in reality.

What are your favorite YA books featuring f/f romances? 
I love YA books that have complicated relationships between queer girls, although they’re not always capital-R Romances. I love the relationship between the two girls in Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay because it feels so realistic for a first love.
I also really love the romance between Pen and Blake in M-E Girard’s Girl Mans Up. They have so much chemistry, and their relationship is sweet and awkward and fun all at once.

What thing do you most hope readers take away from reading A Line in the Dark? 
I want them to be on the edge of their seats. I hope I keep them guessing until the last page!

Thank you so much for joining us on Sarcasm & Lemons! 


The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.
Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. If nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more a curse than a gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.


Malinda Lo is the author of the young adult novels AshHuntressAdaptation, and InheritanceAsh was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda’s nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Toast, The Horn Book, and AfterEllen. Malinda is co-founder with Cindy Pon of Diversity in YA, a project that celebrates diversity in young adult books. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog. www.malindalo.com

check out the rest of the tour 

Week One:
October 16 – YA Wednesdays – Character Aesthetics
October 17 – Twinning for Books – Review
October 18 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&A
October 19 – BookCrushin – Review
October 20 – Read. Sleep. Repeat. – Author Guest Post | More than Friends
Week Two:
October 23 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Bookish Recipe
October 24 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Playlist
October 25 – Sarcasm & Lemons – Author Q&A
October 26 – Fiction Fare – Review
October 27 – Boricuan Bookworms – Review & Aesthetics Board

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Announcement: Where C.J. has been all this time, aka I love you please forgive me


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Hey, lovely readers!  C.J. here. 

Some of you may have noticed that I've been absurdly absent lately. Over the summer, someone in my family died, suddenly and unexpectedly. I can only refer to him as my second dad, because there's really not a convenient term to describe how important he was in my life. 

So I've been a mess. 

I've been trying to buck up and get things done, but I've been in a bit--a lot--of a spiral. You know it's bad when you can't even read because your brain is going too fast. (Although, The Hazel Wood is keeping me afloat anyway with its creepy prettiness. I'll have to re-read it when my heart isn't breaking.) 

Sarcasm & Lemons isn't closing. It's just sort of a mini-hiatus, aka C.J. will post when she can but she's not going to force herself to post because she's already living on the knife-edge of a panic attack and self care and all that jazz. 

And dear Whitley just moved into a new house, so she's been all sorts of busy unpacking and doing repairs. 

I love all of you who have stuck it out with me. I'll still be doing all my obligations (blog tours and such). I apologize immensely for all the review books that haven't gotten proper reviews yet. When I'm a little more afloat, they'll be the first to get attention. 

You can still find me on twitter @sarcasmlemons, where I've been quite a ghost but will still check my @s daily. I 1000% appreciate any messages of support and/or gifs of floofs. If you'd like to support me more tangibly and like weird jewelry, check out my Etsy shop, Dose of Distraction. The Halloween collection is being updated daily.  

Hopefully I'll be back soon, but mental health comes first. In the meantime, you can find me this Thursday (10/12) on The Fox's Hideaway book blog, where I've compiled a special essay about depression and anxiety for Holly's and Shannon's great feature, Shattering Stigmas. I hope you'll all go support their great awareness event. 

Love and cheers, 


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books we're super excited to read this fall

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C.J. here! It may not feel like fall (at least where I am; 90 degrees, yuck), but there's still football, Halloween, and the stacks of delicious books finding their way onto my shelf. Today I'll share five of my most favorite TBR picks. Whitley is super busy putting her new fancy adult house together, so I'm just going to guess wildly what she's going to read using my special psychic powers, aka I will select five titles I plan to foist upon her. (Also apparently I suck at adding stuff to Goodreads because I just assume I already did.) 

c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten


Akata Witch - Nnedi Okafor 

Penguin was lovely enough to send me this and its sequel, and how could I resist anything pitched as Nigerian Harry Potter? 


The Knowing - Sharon Cameron 

I liked The Forgetting a lot, and more importantly I've vowed to read everything Sharon Cameron writes since the day I finished the brilliance that is A Dark Unwinding. 

This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada 

Janine from Simon & Schuster sold me on this with her gushing explication of the plot at BEA. It's sci fi with people hacking brains. Yeah. 


The Hazel Wood - Melissa Albert 

I usually try to read my ARCs in order, but let's be real...I'm going to break down and read this early. Dark fairy tales are my jam. 


Before She Ignites - Jodi Meadows 

The cover should have gone to a black woman first. That said, I still love Jodi and her lush worlds, and I hope she pulls it off. 

whitley's selections                        

An Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret Rogerson 

I know Whitley plans on reading this because she tortured me with a picture of the ARC, so she'd better because I want to borrow it. MAGIC PAINTER FTW. 

City of Lies - Victoria Thompson 

I know Whitley plans to read this because she just added it to goodreads, and I'm a good stalker. It actually sounds pretty cool, an adult Victorian thriller with a swoony-sounding dude and a bamf woman who steals from the rich.  (Also apparently Whitley and I weren't goodreads friends? WTF.) 
The Girl From Everywhere - Heidi Heilig 

This one is also on her TBR, and I'm going to keep poking her until she reads it because it's a fabulous twisty time travel adventure with the most gorgeous snarky love interest. 

The Midnight Dance - Nikki Katz 

Stalking has its perks...I'd actually never heard of this one before. It's a new Swoon title about a girl in a dance school that may be hiding sinister secrets. 

Wild Beauty - Anna-Marie McLemore 

Whitley definitely needs to bump this one up, because for some reason I've been putting it off and I need an accountability partner. I really loved McLemore's last book, but I've just been in such a slump. 

Your turn!  What are some of your favorite backlist books?