Blog Tour + Book review: How the light gets in by Katy Upperman (3 stars)

How the Light Gets In
Katy Upperman
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 6th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Katy Upperman’s How the Light Gets In is a haunting YA novel about a teen coping with the loss of her sibling.

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 once were.

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?

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Author Bio:

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.

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(I received a free eARC from NetGalley and Xpresso Book tours for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

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How the light gets in by Katy Upperman

Genre: YA, romance, contemporary

Rating: 3/5 stars

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

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?

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

I did find it a little slow paced, but I liked the emotional rawness of the book. I enjoyed the emotional storytelling and the rawness of the characters and feelings. I did find it a little cliched, but overall, I enjoyed this book.

 

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‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Review

Unlike a lot of my other reviews where I usually start off with the series’s genre, number of episodes/seasons before rambling on about the rest of the review, I wanted to start this one off a different way.

I binged-watched Voltron: Legendary defender in the matter of less than a week, and I must say, I have fallen head over heels with this cartoon. I never watched the original one (it wasn’t a thing in my country), but I was glad that there was a remake, because if not I would never have watched this cartoon.

I mainly like cartoons that are pretty romance-centric like Miraculous Ladybug, Star vs the forces of evil, Tangled: the series and etc… But Voltron: Legendary Defender didn’t actually have much of that and it wasn’t romance-centric at all. I fell in love with the characters and the plot of this cartoon and even after a few days, heck, for the rest of my life, I don’t think I’ll ever forget this cartoon, that was how inspirational and how in love I was with it.

So even before I start the review, I’m just going to ask fans of sci-fi and adventure genres and those who like friendship-centric shows to definitely give this series a go!

It ripped my heart out and sew it back, and before I knew it, it ripped my heart out again, tossed it into a black hole before my heart worm-holed back to me. So, I was practically and basically a mess of tears.

*May contain some spoilers, but I’m trying my best to review all seasons without any spoilers. So there may be mention of names and revelations but not in detail, of course.

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Book review: We are okay by Nina LaCour (3.5 stars)

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We are okay by Nina LaCour

Genre: YA, contemporary, romance

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

(Review)

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Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life after she left everything behind, but when her best friend Mabel comes to visit, Marin is forced to face everything that has been left unsaid and confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

Definitely can feel Marin’s loneliness through the writing and how hard she is trying to make it seems as though she is okay despite the pain. I liked that the ‘old life’ was kept as a mystery throughout the book.

My heart really ached for Marin, it was a heart-wrenching tale about pain, truth and friendship. There is little romance.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: All Summer long by Hope Larson (3 stars)

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All Summer long by Hope Larson 

Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Graphic Novel

Rating: 3/5 stars

(Review)

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Thirteen year old Bina has always spent her summers with her best friend Austin, who this year is heading off to soccer camp instead. She finds a friendship with Austin’s older sister and when Austin comes home from camp, he is acting really weird, weirder than when he left.

This graphic novel was an okay coming of age piece, but the character arc was pretty good and Bina’s growth was well transitioned throughout the story.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Top 3 languages I want to learn

I think I briefly mentioned these in my previous post where I talked about the top 5 places I would like to visit. But I would love to go into more detail!

  1. Japanese

    Out of the three, I can say that I’m the most ‘fluent’ in Japanese. I can’t read any Hiragana or Katakana though Kanji is really similar to Chinese characters (which I totally am horrible at) but I can kinda make sense of the romanji words. But if I watch an anime or Japanese show, I can understand at least 60% of what is going on, although if you ask me to translate it for you, it might not make sense or take me quite a while to translate it for you.

    The short module I took in school was pretty basic and didn’t teach us any Katakana or Hiragana at all, it only taught us basic conversational skills and there was a whole listening comprehension and a script (both in english and Japanese) we had to write and act out, but that was basically it. It was between that or business and I definitely chose Japanese HAHA.

  2. Korean

    Similar to Japanese, I also learnt Korean from watching variety shows and since I haven’t been watching them for very long, I only at most understand around 30% if you ask me to watch a show without subs. But mainly if I do try to speak or exclaim in Korean, I do get it mixed up with Japanese sometimes.

    Though unlike Japanese, I did try to learn the Hangul alphabet but couldn’t memorise all the letters (although I have them written down in a notebook).

  3. French

    Out of the three, I have no understanding of French at all, but I love the way it sounds. I grew more interested in France and its language after watching Miraculous ladybug.

A language I do know, is Mandarin, although I barely passed the subject. To me, learning Mandarin is tougher than Japanese or Korean, but I was thankful I had a teacher who didn’t give up on me and supported me in my methods of learning mandarin (I translated the meaning of the words and said them out loud and then wrote how to pronounce the words underneath the characters). I can say it paid off in the end although I did fail the first round of O levels (I got a D7) , but I retook it and got a C6!

What are some languages you would love to learn or what languages do you speak? Let me know down in the comments below!

Book review: Pashmina By Nidhi Chanani (3.5 stars)

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Pashima By Nidhi Chanani

Genre: MG, Fantasy, Graphic novel

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Priyanka has many questions about India and why her mum left it behind, but her mum refuses to answer any of them. When Pri finds a pashmina, she is instant transported to a colourful India where she learns the truth of her family.

The art style is really cute and this is a coming of age graphic novel with great Indian culture elements. It alternates between monochrome (real life) and colours (fantasy). It was emotional and had a great character arc.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Top 5 places I want to visit

I have no feels to read and decided to write a blog post since it’s been ages since I did that! (I have tons of new ideas but have so many older ones I haven’t wrote yet haha)

So you guys know I always gush about Japan and Korea, and those two are definitely on my lists, but without further ado, here are my top 5 places I want to visit!

(Okay I totally got distracted while looking at old photos I took, but I’m back)

  1. Japan

     (The bear is me whenever I hear the word ‘Japan’)

    At number one, we definitely have Japan! I’ve been wanting to go to Japan ever since I was twelve years old and unfortunately still haven’t been there.

    I fell in love with anime at an early age and watch tons of anime over the years, so much that I can kinda understand basic Japanese and a few conversational sentences after watching anime for such a long time (I also took a short module for basic Japanese and got an A).

    Not to mention, I always hear that the etiquette and hospitality in Japan is amazing and has always wanted to go and experience it for myself. I would definitely love to try on a kimono! I would definitely love to see the cherry blossoms although they are seasonal but would also love to see one of their festivals and try sleeping on the tatami floor.

    The closest thing I had to Japan was that there was one time there was an exchange programme in my secondary school where there were Japanese students who came to visit, but I was paired up with one of my ‘friend’ to take care of one student and honestly that ‘friend’ didn’t like me at all and I didn’t dare to speak in Japanese to the student, although I definitely would have if it were one on one.

  2. Korea

    Number two on the list is Korea! My love for Korea began more recently, after I started watching Running man and other Korean variety shows (and the occasional Korean drama). I fell in love with the language (and even tried to learn it, but I learn better when I hear them speak it) and definitely the different types of food. I used to dislike kimchi until I fell in love the culture and now I love kimchi so much haha.

    I definitely would want to try their food and maybe even try on a Hanbok, the traditional clothes of the Korean usually worn during their new year celebrations.

    My brother had a chance to go to Korea early this year and brought back kimchi and tons of facial products! (He even bought a bookmark for me, AWWWW he NEVER gets anything for me).

  3. Paris

    Third on the list is Paris! This destination was also more recent after I fell in love with the cartoon, Miraculous Ladybug! I would totally love to go to Paris and see the locations before my very eyes.

    I have no idea of any French but wouldn’t mind learning if I had the chance!

  4. Greece

    Okay, for Greece, I found photos of Santorini while researching an older story (which I haven’t wrote) and totally fell in love. Although I heard that the actual place doesn’t look as vibrant as the photographs, it still looks amazing and I would definitely love to visit there someday. Also, I would love to visit the temple ruins!!

  5. Petra

    This destination was similar to how I found out about Greece, and this place is also called, wait for it…Rose city! I literally kinda have an obsession about roses and I definitely want to visit this place!

    The closest I’ve been to this place is when I used google street to walk through the streets HAHA.

 

So here are the top 5 places I want to visit, I hope you enjoyed them and leave a comment as to which place you would want to be on your top 5 list!