28.11.17

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

Hosted by The Broke and Bookish



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.



27.11.17

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?


20.11.17

ARC Review: Glow by Megan E. Bryant

Book Cover
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?