PLEASE HELP! Halloween Recommendations

GUYS! So, I was about to do a Halloween tag, and then I realized I haven’t read any scary books. This needs to change. I don’t really like horror, but I do like obscure mystery and Halloween-y stuff. Please let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments (books and movies?)

In other news, I just submitted a giant scholarship that was taking all of my time, so I should be back more frequently… Hopefully with a Halloween tag soon and lots of scary books read.



i liked...

  • All of the girls are unique to each other and they all have different character traits and skill sets. They have potential to work well together (however they fight worse than siblings).
  • LARK was my absolute favorite character because she is so sassy and witty and she has had a really hard life, but she has a good heart despite all of that.
  • The girls have a pretty good dynamic going. After seven chapters, I really started to enjoy the story and the banter between characters. When the girls finally got past some of their differences and started getting along, they became much more relatable. 
  • It’s very mysterious and I’m not quite sure where it’s going. Even though I thought it would be super predictable, I actually didn’t know what was going to happen and was surprised.


“‘It isn’t so much that I’m a believer, Claire. It’s just that if I were going to be drop-kicked into the middle of a fairy tale, it wouldn’t be like one of yours with a prince, a castle, and a marriage proposal. It would be exactly like this.’ She gestured to the chaotic scene in the cabin. ‘A giant madman on the loose and my life on the line.’” (82%)

“‘Because whatever we’re dealing with,’ Bronwyn said, ‘I’m afraid it’s more Grimm than Disney.’” (82%)

i didn't like...

  • The characters seem very trope-y & some of their traits weren’t super realistic.
    • Most of the girls seem so much shallower than real people. What is with the gasps when their phones are taken away? Also the way they treat lark drives me crazy.
    • CLAIRE: She pushes all of the wrong buttons for me. She is just so petty and is a brat. I understand that there needs to be a antagonist who causes trouble with the group, but I got really sick of all of the sibling like arguing between Lark and Claire. It was always so malicious.
  • I understand that they were happy to be part of something and were just going with the flow, but WHY AREN’T THEY QUESTIONING THIS SUPER SKETCHY HOUSE WAY MORE? They blindly agree to do so much.


The Legacy Girls certainly had a MG feel to it. It took a while for me to get into the story and to get over some of the character traits, but by the end it left me wanting to know more about what will happen to the Legacy Girls. I was jumping to read the next chapter, and took my kindle with me everywhere.


Augusta, author of The Legacy Girls, agreed to participate in this rockin’ interview and tell us a little about herself.

Tea or coffee?

Tea when I first get up in the morning and a latte later in the day.

Do you prefer ebooks or physical books?

I read both. I only buy print books of a short list of authors, though. Our house was overflowing with books and there’s just no room for all of them.

What book(s) are you reading right now?

I just finished the third book in Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles (The Beauty of Darkness). I highly recommend the trilogy! I’m also reading a nonfiction book about George Washington’s life after the Revolutionary War but before he became president. It’s fascinating.

When did you decide to become a writer?

In preschool, I was given the award of Best Storyteller. I took my cue from that.

If you got the chance to be the original author of any book that is currently out, which would it be and why?

It has to be George RR Martin! (And I would have finished Winds of Winter by now. Harumpf.) His stories have so many layers and are incredibly detailed…He never fails to surprise me and I love that in a book. I missed my bus stop in London because I was so caught up in a particularly horrible event in the book. I ended up yelling like a lunatic at the page. Only a great story can evoke a reaction like that. I’m planning to reread the series once the last book release date is finally announced.

How is your day structured? Do you have a special time to write? Do you write full time or have another job?

I am a full-time writer with two school-aged kids and a puppy so my day is in constant motion. I write during the hours when the kids are out of the house and again when they go to bed. I leave marketing and emails for when they’re home and I’m more easily distracted.

Are any of the characters inspired by you or people you know?

There’s a little bit of me in all my characters, but I have 5 MCs in this series so I tried to keep them as different and unique as possible. I knew which qualities and characteristics I wanted them to have and went from there. Claire is a little bit Caroline from Vampire Diaries. Blond, perky, competitive and highly organized.

Which character was the most fun to write?

Lark is my favorite to write because she’s the snarky one with a troubled past. She doesn’t come from the same background as the other girls, but they still manage to find common ground because underneath all that grit, she has a good heart.

Are you working on any books right now?

Damsel, the next book in the series, will be released in October. You’ll find out then what happened to the girls at the end of The Legacy Girls.


Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to interview with me!

Augusta Blythe is the author of Winterborne and Ravenstoke, YA urban fantasy novels. She is also the author of Hostel Takeover written under the pseudonym Keeley Bates. She currently lives in England with her husband, two children, a clown fish, a cleaner shrimp and a mine urchin. [goodreads]

You can find her on her: Website // Facebook // Twitter  // Amazon // Goodreads // Instagram: @augustablythe


Five girls. One incredible secret.

The lives of five students at an elite college are forever altered when they are invited to join the secret society of Legacy, led by the mysterious Matron. It doesn’t matter that no one on the rural campus has heard of Legacy House; the five young women are just happy to be chosen. When the challenges of pledge season become increasingly fantastical, they realize that the secret society is not what it claims to be.
Credit: Goodreads

Love, Aubrey

*I received a copy of the book from the author (thanks!). All opinions expressed are my own.




Salt to the Sea is one of the best pieces of historical fiction I have ever read. Not only does it tell the story from a different perspective (four teenagers who are from different countries and AREN’T jews), but it comprehensively tells the story from the switching perspectives of these four teenagers as their history and future unwinds. It was beautiful.

  • I really enjoyed the format the story was told in. All four narrators (Joana, Florian, Alfred, and Emilia) were from different countries and situations, but were all extremely affected by the war.
    • Florian warmed my heart and was a true hero. He is just such a genuine guy and always (however reluctantly) has to help people.
    • Emilia and her story constantly surprised me and kept me wondering what would happen next.
    • Joana is a caring and competent character, but really becomes better when she is with other people (doesn’t really matter who, but people make her more interesting *cough* *Florian and Klaus*).
    • I felt like Alfred was missing substance for most of the story. He was a despicable character who had been brainwashed by Hitler and really just wanted to make a name for himself and become famous. The worst and most annoying part is that he went about it in the absolute worst way and was terrible to most of the people he deemed “below him” (even though he wasn’t a high ranking person).
    • Some of my favorite characters were the secondary ones such as the Shoe Poet (Heinz) because he was so loving and cared about Klaus so deeply, the wandering boy (Klaus) because he showed how age didn’t matter when it came to the war’s devastation (also, he is the innocence of the story, and I hope he got to hold on to a little of it despite all he endured), and Sorry Eva (who also annoyed me a lot, but was still funny at times).

I read this book because this year’s Academic Decathlon (nerd competitions) theme is WW2, and so I wanted to slowly drift in the direction of the required reading while still learning more about WW2. Even though it was fiction, I still learned a lot, and some of it was based off of real events. It made me think about different perspectives in the war and how many different groups were affected by the war.


“No one wanted to fall into the hands of the enemy. But it was growing harder to distinguish who the enemy was.” (21)

“If you observe carefully, dear, you won’t have to ask.” (128)

“I became good at pretending. I became so good that after a while the lines blurred between my truth and fiction. And sometimes, when I did a really good job of pretending, I even fooled myself.” (147)

“Yes, it is calming in an indescribable way to find oneself. Few men have the opportunity. I am one of those men. I now understand what it is to feel superior. And I quite like it.” (277)


Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

Credits: Goodreads

Love, Aubrey


[my motivation] intro.

Hey guys! I have been thinking lately about where I want to take this blog and what I want to do with it because I haven’t been consistent, or inspired.

In the past I have had a very specific niche of “books only”. I am going to change things up and have every Monday be Motivational Monday and it probably won’t have to do with books. Writing is the way I get all of my thoughts out. I love writing about what inspires me and I want to be able to bring a little motivation and inspiration to your Mondays. Mondays will be all about life, school, productivity, music, typography, and anything else that I need it to be.

What do you think about this?

One of my other problems lately has been consistency. Almost every post you have seen lately I wrote over a month ago, and I have just been so busy doing other things that my mind hasn’t been on blogging. I still love reading your posts, but I just haven’t been super motivated to write my own.

i am fine with that

The schedule I have in my head when I am posting is this:

Sunday: Discussion Sunday

Monday: My Motivation

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday: Tags

Friday: Reviews

However, I will not be posting every single one of those days. I will also no longer be doing monthly wrap ups, but seasonal ones.

Thanks for being as supportive as ever!

Love, Aubrey

IF I WAS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER: 15 characters that make ME

A while back, I was doing some of the Blogging Extravaganza posts because I was a little burnt out on everything. Today I was going through all of my drafts I have made and cleaning it out when I found this:

If You Were a Fictional Character
and it got me thinking about what aspects of life make me me that could transfer to some of my favorite characters.



I work really hard at school and I love learning just for the sake of learning. I feel like most people who read do, so for this one I am going to be a mix of Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) and Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson).

sass & sarcasm

Oh, boy. There are so many choices for this. Sass makes my life. I will be a mix between Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus), Kenji Kishimoto (Shatter Me), and William Herondale (The Infernal Devices).


SO maybe this isn’t an important part of a person’s personality OR MAYBE IT IS, but I am a mix between Clary Fairchild (The Mortal Instruments) and Pippin and Merry (Lord of the Rings) and yes, I am counting them as one person because they practically are.


Books are (clearly) super important in my life. I would be Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices).


I have always been super in to music and always will be, so for this one I would have to choose Park (Eleanor and Park).

“Some people have lives; other people have music.” (John Green)


I love superheroes. It’s probably an unhealthy obsession, but I don’t really care. I would clearly have superpowers if I was a book character and would be a mix between Scarlet Witch (Avengers) BECAUSE SHE IS SO FLIPPIN’ AMAZING, Magnus Chase (The Sword of Summer) bring on the elf magic, and Dumbledore (Harry Potter).


He is clearly a big part of my life, so let’s add in some Gwendolyn Barnes (Chivalrous).


Yep. I’m insane. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter) and Winter (Winter) are my life.


LET’S CHAT ABOUT MARVELOUS THINGS! How about you? What characters make up WHO YOU ARE? Do you agree with me?

Love, Aubrey

[Review] characters and world building explosions A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J MAAS **contains minor spoilers**




Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

(summary from goodreads).


SJ Maas did it again. She is one of my favorite authors ever because of her complex characters and extensive worlds. I am freaking out and NEED the next story. AHHH!


i liked...

Maas’ books are always filled with some of the most complex characters out there. Even the smaller characters all have a backstory and motivation. It is a big reason why I love her books and stories so much. Her characters complete and make the story go above and beyond what it would be otherwise.

Strong Female Characters

Feyre was notably strong, but also admitted her flaws. I think the strongest female the whole story, even more than Amren, would be Mor.

“A special strength in enduring such dark trials and hardships… And still remaining warm, and kind. Still willing to trust–and to reach out.” (239)

“I thought of that merry face, the flippant laughter, the female that did not care who approved. Perhaps because she had seen the ugliest her kind had to offer. And had survived.” (397)

Most of the characters have a certain likeableness to them that can very quickly and easily be turned on its head. I love how easily the entire story changed and I quickly changed my allegiances to the characters.

I like how broken and vulnerable many (if not all) of the characters are. Everyone has messes in real life, and this book showed that. The Fae aren’t perfect even if they appear to be.

Character interactions

Overall, I liked the chemistry between the characters even better in ACOMAF than in the Throne of Glass series. There is something raw about the bonds between Rhys, Feyre, Azriel, Cassian, and Amren. They are a family, and their jokes and sarcasm was so real I felt like I was part of it.


Through Rhys and a few other characters, there is a clear message of empowerment. Everyone feels like they aren’t worth it sometimes, but they are valued and loved even when they may not know it.

It made me feel things

I was hooked. Still am, honestly. I can feel the book hangover coming.

The characters all go through genuine pain and it hurt me. They were all so extremely sacrificial and GAHHH!


“I am drowning. And the more you do this, the more guards… you might as well be shoving my head under the water.” (100)

“No one was my master–but I might be the master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.” (319)

“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.” (461)


i didn't like...

Tamlin doesn’t notice much. Would he have even liked Feyre without the curse?

Can I rant for a moment? Well, I’m going to anyway, so jokes on you! Ha! It drives me crazy that new adult authors and books somehow feel like they have to include steamy scenes in them. I could DEFINITELY deal without. The number of these scenes was outrageous. I had to skip pages a lot and it honestly took away from the book for me. I understand that some people will say I shouldn’t be reading “adult books” if I can’t handle it, but I don’t think it is necessary to describe all of that. I think it adds nothing, and people who need those details in their minds from the pages of books can crawl to their erotica and be happy and vulgar.



I think I would have rated this book 5 stars if it weren’t for all of the explicit details, but that was a major turn off for me. I still adored the book and its characters however, and am in need of the next one (how on earth are there supposed to be EIGHT OF THEM???)


What did you think? Do you agree with me? Disagree? Let me know your thoughts and feeling so we can fangirl(boy) together in the comments below!

Love, Aubrey

Book Nook

Book Nook 14

Holy cow! First off, it doesn’t feel like it has been 14 months. This month has been interesting. I started school on the 4th and so it has been a whirlwind of psych and lit and academic decathlon and french III. I applied to the cutest little local bookstore and… haven’t heard back yet, but I REALLY WOULD ENJOY WORKING THERE WITH ALL OF MY HEART.

I have finally been catching up to all of my emails and subscriptions to your lovely blogs, so sorry if it seemed stalkerish that I was freaking out about posts from June. This month was a bit slow blogging wise, but I have been adjusting to my new schedule and classes. What would you like to see more of on Aubrey’s Book Nook?

In August I read

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Mistakes Were Made, but Not By Me
  3. The Turn of the Screw (again! ugh. I had to reread it because I hadn’t completed the entire assignment for school.)
  4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas {review pending}
  5. [reread] Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by the queen {review pending}
  6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys {review pending}


I have so many required readings for school, so I am not sure how much fun reading I will be able to do this next month😦. I have to read The Stranger, [reread] To Kill a Mockingbird, [reread] The Great Gatsby, and Transit. I also feel super behind on review books. UGH. STRESS STRESS STRESS STRESS. patience is a virtue i have been working on.


What have YOU been up to? Read any good books lately? Did you read any of the same books I did? What do you want to see more of on my blog? What are your favorite types of posts that I do (reviews? discussions? tags? etc.) LET ME KNOW BELOW!

Love, Aubrey


[Review] magical and sacrificial A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J MAAS


This was such a wonderful book. Honestly, I had meant to clean up the review a lot sooner, but I started reading ACOMAF right away, and didn’t get around to it. I actually wrote the ACOMAF review first (anticipation), and it is much more structured and complete. This is a general stream of consciousness type of review on my thoughts for this lovely story. Let me know what you think in comments. Let’s fangirl (or fanboy) together!

i liked...

The book I needed to bring me out of my slump. A wondrous reminder as to why I love Sarah J. Maas so so much!

Characters: there is always so much detail to each of S.J. Maas’ book characters and it makes me love them so much. Every character, no matter how minor, seems to have an extreme backstory, motivation, and a depth that most books don’t even brush the surface of.

  • Feyre is a strong character with weaknesses. I like her name. I like how bold she is and how it almost gets her killed every time.
  • The creativity in all of the beasts and monsters. Also, the way she reveals the monster inside each character and how they fall apart. Faeries can be destroyed and have weaknesses too.

The characters slowly, but surly warm up to each other.

They all have stereotypes about each other’s species and prejudices but they end up being wrong.


Plot: it is so simply complex and I have been surprised multiple times. When I can guess the plot, or what is going to happen, I am not disappointed. (Also, I guessed the riddle a few pages after I read it, not to brag or anything.)

What would you do for love?



I feel like there is no way to not grow attached to the characters and their attachments to each other. All of the relationships and enemyships in the story are felt very deeply.


(Oh snap sass)

“He also said that you like being brushed, and if I’m a clever girl, I might train you with treats.” (158)

“Because your human joy fascinates me–the way you experience things, in your life span, so widely and deeply and all at once, is… entrancing. I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.” (172)

“‘I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.’” (248)

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.” (414)



i didn't like...

  • Unwanted steaminess in a couple of scenes… skip skip skip


Love, Aubrey

[review] more realistic than expected THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING BY MORGAN MATSON


I liked The Unexpected Everything much more than I had expected (Ha! get what I did there? No? Just me? Okay.) It was very fluid and even though it was long it flew by. It is easily one of my new favorite contemporaries (not that I’ve read a whole lot of them).


  • The actual writing is really interesting. I love that it isn’t just dialogue and description, but includes texts and excerpts from a book inside of the book.
    • It is much more realistic than most contemporary books due to the imperfections and mistakes of the characters and their decisions (realistically unrealistic).
      • I love all of the reasoning behind why Andie (or anyone) keeps things to themselves. All of her fear and vulnerability make the story even better (and more frustrating)
      • Andie and Clark aren’t a cheesy relationship.
      • The characters all have ups and downs just like in real life and it doesn’t have a fairy tale ending JUST LIKE IN LIFE.
    • All of the things that would normally annoy me and make me not like the story (Topher, etc.) make it more real somehow and give the story a sense of second chances (Second Chance Summer anyone?).


  • Characters! (of course. Why would I ever not mention characters?)
    • Toby is a really funny character and balances out some of the other characters. I love her obsession with emojis (again FUNNY).
    • Clark!!! I LOVE him. From his look to the fanboy inside, he is so awkdorable (awkward and adorable). I WANT TO SAY SO MUCH MORE, but no spoilers here, SO SQUEAL WITH ME IN THE COMMENTS ABOUT CLARK, PLEASE!
    • Tom. Is it weird that Tom ended up being one of the better characters for me? I just liked that he seemed to be caught in the middle of everything, but was still not taking sides (besides Palmer’s) and was just an overall good guy. PLUS A FANBOY, so…


“It wasn’t a spark, or a shiver, or anything I’d heard described in cheesy love songs. It was more like when someone touches you on a spot near where you’re ticklish, that kind of heightened awareness. Like I’d never known there were so many nerve endings in my fingers.” (159)

“Galaxies don’t start perfect. They start crazy disorganized, and they change over time.” (455)


LET’S SQUEAL TOGETHER! Did you enjoy it? What did you like? CLARK. Let me know below!🙂

Love, Aubrey




Here is another previous Blogging Extravaganza idea:

Mad Libs
The rules: Pick a scene or passage or whatever from a book, take out names and nouns and adjectives and verbs and all that fun stuff, and create a Mad Lib. Then fill it out and please don’t die laughing. (And be sure to leave a blank version for others to fill out, too!)

I took the first few paragraphs from Magnus Chase The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan page 3. First, a blank one so you can fill it out:

Yeah, I know. You [GROUP OF PEOPLE] are [NOUN] to [VERB] about how I [VERB] in agony, and you’re gonna be like, “Wow! That sounds [ADJECTIVE], [YOUR NAME]! Can I [VERB] in agony too?”

No. Just no.

Don’t go [VERB] off any [NOUN]. Don’t [VERB] into the [NOUN] or [VERB] [NOUN] on fire. It doesn’t work that way. You will not end up where I ended up.

Besides, you wouldn’t want to deal with my situation. Unless you’ve got some [ADJECTIVE] [VERB] to see [NOUN] hacking one another to pieces, [NOUN] flying up [NOUN] [NOUN THAT IS PART OF LAST NOUN], and [NOUN] in snappy outfits, you shouldn’t even [VERB] about [NOUN] the wolf-headed doors.

My name is [YOUR NAME]. I’m [AMOUNT OF TIME] old. This is the [NOUN] of how my life went [ADVERB] after I got myself [ADJECTIVE].

Here is the one I filled out:

Yeah, I know. You [FLOCK] are [CUPCAKE] to [SPREAD] about how I [BLEACH] in agony, and you’re gonna be like, “Wow! That sounds [KNOWLEDGEABLE], [AUBREY]! Can I [BOW] in agony too?”

No. Just no.

Don’t go [PARTICIPATE] off any [DAISY]. Don’t [BROADCAST] into the [TOILET] or [COPY] [BIRTH] on fire. It doesn’t work that way. You will not end up where I ended up.

Besides, you wouldn’t want to deal with my situation. Unless you’ve got some [ADORABLE] [CROUCH] to see [GIRAFFES] hacking one another to pieces, [TURTLES] flying up [GUITAR] [STRINGS], and [BROTHERS] in snappy outfits, you shouldn’t even [DIVE] about [PURPLE] the wolf-headed doors.

My name is [AUBREY]. I’m [1 MILLENNIA] old. This is the [BRICK] of how my life went [ANGRILY] after I got myself [CLUMSY].


So there you go! I challenge you to grab the book closest to you, open to the first page, and do the same thing. Ready, set, go! Leave in the comments your versions of the mad lib or what you would have put in the blanks instead.

Love, Aubrey