Sunday, August 18, 2019

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How The Light Gets In Blog Tour (Review + Playlist)


How the Light Gets In

Author: Katy Upperman
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 6, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: 
*Thank you to The FFBC, Katy Upperman and Swoon Reads for sending me an advance copy of How The Light Gets In!*
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?
A young girl grieving the loss of her sister.
The protagonist, Callie lost her sister tragically and is grieving throughout the novel. I really enjoyed the stages of grief shown in the book. It was both heartwarming and tragic all at the same time. Callie has been rebellious ever since losing her sister and her father makes her go to her aunt's house during the summer. She is expected to help her aunt fix her old home to turn into a B&B.

Of course, like any young adult contemporary, she ends up meeting a boy and falling in love. While she is helping her aunt restore the old beach house, Callie begins to see signs of her sister. Almost as if she is being haunted by her. I really enjoyed watching Callie grow as a character and go through the stages of grief. She learns how to laugh and smile again. The book shows how important it is to see that life does, in fact, go on even if you never truly forget the person you lost. 

The book really hit home for me seeing how depressed Callie became. How she used weed to numb out. The depression of her mother and her isolating. It was all very well developed. I very much enjoyed the authors writing style and will be picking up more of her books after this one. I wasn't much a fan of the love interest but it's very hard for me to ship romances in books. So I don't fault the author for this. Romance isn't huge for me.

There is some mystery with the book because you don't know exactly how Callie's sister died right away. I enjoyed this aspect very much. The summer setting made it all the more interesting. All we get in the beginning is that the death took place at the house the prior summer. I loved seeing the mystery unfold. Adding the paranormal aspect was also different but equally enjoyable. The book only had some minor flaws but overall it kept my attention and was enjoyable. If you like summer easy contemporary reads you should pick this one up! 
Katy’s debut novel, Kissing Max Holden, was published August 1, 2017, and her sophomore effort, The Impossibility of Us, released July 31, 2018. Her third novel, How the Light Gets In, will be out August 6, 2019. All three books are with Swoon Reads/Macmillan. She’s represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Agency.



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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lay out the Beach Towel – It’s A Summer Book Tag!

It's summer and what I wouldn't give to be on the beach right now. This is probably one of the first summers in years where I won't make it to the beach! 😞I love the beach and laying out by the water. Especially with a good book in my hands. The summer in Arizona is terrible! It's been record-breaking heat the last couple weeks. 116 degrees outside is not fun! Thank the Lord for air conditioning. It's been humid on top of that too.

I hope you have some amazing summer plans and make it to the beach! Anyways, this looked like a fun tag to do. I found it via @boundtowriting but I couldn't find who originally created it. If you know please let me know in the comments down below. I would love to give them credit.


Let's get started:

WHAT BOOK COVER MAKES YOU THINK OF SUMMER?

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
There's nothing more summer than this book and cover! It's easily one of my new favorite books that I have read. It's all about a young girl who runs an ice cream shop in the summer. The summery vibe is great. Who doesn't love a good contemporary book in the summer? 

WHAT BOOK HAS BRIGHTENED YOUR DAY?

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
I have loved this book since I was little. Recently, I re-read it and just smiled the entire time while reading it. The book definitely made my day better. Everyone should read this classic children's story. Madeline said, "POO POO!" Makes me laugh every single time.

FIND A BOOK COVER WITH YELLOW ON IT.

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
This is the only yellow book on my shelf right now. I recently read it a couple months ago. While it wasn't a favorite or exactly amazing it wasn't bad either. An average contemporary. The premise seemed really cool to me and I kind of got my hopes up with this one. A girl makes a list of all the people she would like to have to dinner with her dead or alive and they show up. However, why are they on the list in the first place? 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER BEACH READ?

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
Please, read the book before watching the movie! However, watch the movie too. Seeing Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth literally fall in love on the big screen makes my girl heart squeal with excitement. This is the perfect summer romance book! I am a sucker for my Nicholas Sparks novels and this is one of my favorites by far. Plus, it's literally set in the summer on the beach. Can't get more summer than that! 

WHAT ACTION BOOK HAD YOU RUNNING FOR THE ICE CREAM MAN?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I don't read a lot of action books. The only series/books that came to mind were The Hunger Games Trilogy. These books are just too good to not read. They for sure kept me on the edge of my seat while reading them.

(SUNBURN) WHAT BOOK HAS LEFT YOU WITH A BAD AND/OR PAINFUL ENDING?

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 
Let me first say this is an emotional story in itself. The books ending is completely different from the movie. However, both endings are equally as painful. It was very hard to read and watch the movie! The story is so painfully sad. Tears overflow with this story. 

(SUNSET) WHAT BOOK GAVE YOU THE HAPPIEST FEELINGS WHEN IT ENDED?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
All kinds of fuzzy feelings with this book. I won't give anything away but it's one of my favorite books and romances. The story just makes me smile.

WHAT BOOK COVER REMINDS YOU OF A SUNSET?

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
This one was hard to find. I think all the colors in the Everything Everything cover remind me of a sunset sort of. It's definitely a unique cover. I love all the colors.

WHAT IS ONE BOOK OR SERIES YOU HOPE TO READ THIS SUMMER?

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
My Grandma was raving about this book on the phone and I have been meaning to read it. There's an extremely high rating for it on Goodreads too. I have been seeing it everywhere and I have been meaning to pick it up. I try to read all of Reese Witherspoon's book club reads!
That was one fun tag! Short but sweet. If you want to do this tag please feel free. I am lazy today and don't want to pick anyone specific. I hope you are doing great and would love to know your thoughts in the comments down below.
xoxo,
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Good Girl


Title: The Good Girl
Author: Mary Kubica
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Published: July 29, 2014
Pages: 352
My Rating: 
I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will. One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first, Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life. When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.
A girl goes missing and falls in love with her captor.
I had no expectations going into this book but man is my mind blown! This was one thriller that was hard to put down. There were many twists and turns but all in a good way. Finally, a thriller where I did not guess a single thing! I loved the alternating plot between the past and the present but also with different points of views from the characters. It made the story far more interesting. The authors writing and storytelling is amazing! I will for sure be picking up some more of her thrillers.

Mia, the main character is one day abducted and taken out into the freezing woods with her captor. The story shows her falling in love with the man who kidnapped her. The plot goes back in forth from before Mia was kidnapped, during her abduction, and after the abduction. This made for a very interesting story. I was not prepared for the ending or twists in the slightest which is very hard to come by for thrillers. I loved how you begin to fall for and like Mia's captor alongside her. I was instantaneously hooked that I did not want the story to end. 

Some parts were a bit drawn out. If some very few parts had been left out this book this would have easily been a five-star book! I absolutely detest Mia's Father. Having shorter chapters in the book was a nice touch. If you like thrillers you have to pick this one up! I cannot wait to get into more of Mary Kubica's books! Don't give up reading this book. It takes a little while to get into but once you do WOW! That's all I am going to leave you with because I do not want to spoil anything.
Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. Mary lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children.




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Monday, August 12, 2019

Sharp Objects



Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks
Published: September 26, 2006
Pages: 254
My Rating: 
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
A reporter goes back to her hometown once murder breaks out in the small town. 
Gillian Flynn is becoming one of my favorite authors. Especially when it comes to thrillers. I became so engrossed in this novel that I ended up finishing it in only a day! The disturbing plot and characters made this story. Not one person in the book is completely sane. At one point, I thought everyone had done the murders. This is one of the best-written thrillers I have ever read. I think this is my new favorite Gillian Flynn book. It easily surpassed Gone Girl for me.

The twists kept me awake. There is no way you can be fully prepared for this gruesome story. I am keeping this review kind of bland because I do not want to ruin anything for you. It's better going into this book not knowing much beforehand. I am glad that I didn't research the plot as much myself because I was in for a bunch of shocks while reading! Please do me a favor and please read the book before watching the tv show! You will not be disappointed in the slightest.

If you love thrillers this is one you must pick up. It's one of my new favorites. The only reason why this book didn't get a five star from me is that at times I felt like the story was a little too drawn out. It kind of had a slow plot. The ending made me want more. I needed more of a follow up on the characters and what happened to them. 

Warnings to lots of self-harm and alcoholism. Not to mention dysfunctional families. It can be triggering so just be warned. Parts were terrifying but that was the whole fun of the story for me. Reading this late at night got me all tingly inside. If you don't like gruesome stories then do not pick this one up.   

I am pretty good at thrillers and figuring out who the killer is but this book still had twists that even I didn't expect! Sharp objects is beautifully written. The descriptions are very well done to where I felt like I was in the small town experiencing everything before my eyes. This book is definitely an adult novel and not for young eyes.  
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone GirlHer book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families, violence and self-harm. In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood, and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories. Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

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