How the Light Gets In


Hi everyone! Today, I am participating in the blog tour for How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman. Thank you so much to Xpresso Tours for hosting the tour!

This blog post will have the following format:
  • Giveaway Information
  • Book Links
  • Book Information
  • Book Review
  • Author Information

Giveaway Information

Book Links

Title: How the Light Gets In
Author: Katy Upperman
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: 06 August 2019
Source: Xpresso Tours
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
Rating: 4 Stars





Goodreads Synopsis:

Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents have become.



When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a local boy brimming with sunshine.


But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie’s nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she’s being haunted. Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it’s too late?



Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:


The synopsis of this book really intrigued me but I have to say that I really wanted to read a book by Katy Upperman. I've been seeing her books pop up everywhere on my Instagram feed (you can follow me here). I decided that because I saw the opportunity to sign up for the tour, I took the leap.


Thank you so much to Xpresso Tours for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a quick disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinions in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:
The writing is emotionally charged and allows the reader to feel the same emotions that Callie feels. I also really loved that we got pieces of the past inserted at these perfect moments. Much like our own memory recollections, the author uses mundane moments throughout the day that relate to the past to bring up these small snippets of what happened before. The dialogue is well-paced and flowed naturally between characters. 
Plot Thoughts:
The plot is slow-burning and I think it is absolutely perfect for the story that is being told. I loved how we were able to experience Callie's uncertainty regarding what was happening to her in the Stewarts household and the boredom she sometimes felt whilst helping Lucy. The author does amazing things with what one might consider being simple scenes. I found myself being drawn into the story and wishing for more.

Character Thoughts:

Our main character, Callie, wears her heart on her sleeve for the reader. We are able to empathise and create this emotional connection with her and the other characters because they felt real. I loved that the romance isn't instant but instead, it is slow and steady. 

Final Thoughts:
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't an easy ready because it wasn't your typical YA contemporary that is filled to the brim with your cute swoon-worthy moments. Instead, we follow Callie as she tries to find her way through her grief. The writing does an amazing job of conveying her emotions. The plot pulls you in and makes you believe that what is happening is real and tangible. I also loved how the characters were accessible and felt real. Thank you so much to Xpresso Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Author Information

Katy Upperman is a wife, mama, author, reader, baker, and wanderer. She writes novels for teens and teens at heart. She’s a Washington State University alum (go Cougs!), a country music fanatic, and a makeup stockpiler. She loves the ocean, pedicures, sunshine, Instagram, Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride, Jelly Bellies, true crime documentaries, and Friday Night Lights.


Yours in Reading,
Melleny

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