I am happy to say that I was picked to participate in the blog tour for How The Light Gets In by Katy Upperman.
This was a really interesting and enjoyable book that I am happy to say I was able to read & review.
Callie has not been the same since her sister passed away last year. She’s been smoking pot, slacking in her classes, and just not been herself. When her parents send her away to live with her Aunt Lucy for the summer to help her with turning an old house into a B&B, she is less than thrilled. Soon though, Callie finds herself swept into the mystery of the house she’s helping remodel, a potential romance with a boy who is helping her Aunt for the Summer too, and maybe even a ghost story of her own. With all of this going on Callie may have more to look forward to this Summer than she originally thought.
The first thing I really liked about this book was the mix of contemporary, mystery, and paranormal. The author tackles all three of these genres with grace and is able to never make one genre overshadow the other. It is not always easy to mix so many genres together, keep them balanced & do them all well, but this book really succeeds in being able to do all three of those things. I really like when a book is not strictly romance or strictly mystery and they mix in different relationships, sub-genres, and other aspects of storytelling to keep the reader entertained. And this book really takes the cake when it come to balancing all these sub-genres so well.
The book also talks about grief pretty well and letting go. I can’t say too much without ruining the ending, but I think by the end of the book you’ll be satisfied with the resolution for book the book & Callie.
Another thing I enjoyed in this book was the romance between Tucker and Callie. Their story starts off a little slow in my opinion (which I’ll get into in my negatives), but soon we get to see them interact more and really connect. They both have their secrets and flaws, but seem to really care about each other and bring out good in one another. Their time together isn’t too long both in literal book length and the span of their relationship in the story. However, I do believe that readers will find comfort and sweetness in Tucker and Callie’s love story.
Beyond the love story even, the relationships between Callie and her family are very entertaining. Their are flashbacks and scenes involving her sister that I won’t dare spoil. However, you’ll be happy to know that all the relationships between Callie and her sister and Callie and her aunt feel extremely realistic and I think you’ll enjoy reading about them just as much as I did.
The last thing I want to talk about in the book are the twists and turns this book features. There are a lot of great surprises that I can’t talk too much about. However, the shocks in this book are built up pretty well in retrospect. Even upon learning about one or two of these shockers, I was tempted to go back and examine the little bread crumbs the author left for the readers. I think this book will have at least a few readers on the edge of their seats and with dropped jaws especially near the end.
If I had to say one or two things I did not like in the story, I would have to say that I felt the story started off a little slow & the romance felt a little unnatural in the beginning. Like I did not get the connection between Callie & Tucker at first. Those things both chance as the story goes on, but they were kind of issues for me when it came to this book.
However, that is no reason that anyone should not pick this book up.
In fact, I can whole heartedly say if you’re someone looking for a sweet Summer set romance with a mystery and paranormal element attached…well then this is the book for you. The story is great, the romance is cute, & the surprises will keep you on your toes.
Check it out for yourself at your local library or nearest bookstore.
4 out of 5 stars
**** out of *****
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I want to thank The Fantastic Flying Book Club, Katy Upperman, and Swoon Reads for allowing me to review this book early and be a part of the blog tour.
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