[Review & Interview] THE LEGACY GIRLS BY AUGUSTA BLYTHE

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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.

Quotes

“‘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.

Overall

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.


interview

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.

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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

Summary

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.

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Interview Q & A With Author Dina L. Sleiman

I got the chance to interview Dina L. Sleiman about her new book Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts #2)

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Q: What was your main motivation in writing Chivalrous?

A: My motivation for the whole Valiant Hearts Series can be summed up in my dedication to my readers. My prayer for my readers is that you will be strong and courageous. Follow the path God has laid before you, wherever that might lead. Be a doctor, a lawyer, a professional athlete, a wife, a mother, or even a president. Chase after your dreams, and if a handsome knight in shining armor should happen to come alongside you, headed in the same direction, and you should happen to fall in love…then join together and become partners in your quest. But please remember this—you are complete, you are beautiful, and you are dearly loved by God just the way you are.

Q: Which character do you identify with most?

A: I identify most with Rosalind, a secondary character who will be the main character in book 3 of the Valiant Hearts Series. She loves beautiful things and in many ways is a typical girl, but she is also strong and tough enough to hang with a serious tomboy like Gwendolyn, the main character, and she appreciates the new skills she’s learned from her.  

Q: When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

A: In high school I decided that I wanted to write novels, but at that point I wasn’t sure if I would want to do it full-time or just a as hobby. I minored in English in college and studied Professional Writing in graduate school.

Q: Who is your favorite writer?

A: Roseanna White

Q: Where do you generally write? Do you do anything special while you write? (i.e. listen to music, etc.)

A: In my bedroom. I’m a purist. I need to be alone, and I need stillness and silence when I write. But my weird little writing “quirk,” is that I write sitting in bed with my computer in my lap and my feet up. People ask if I fall asleep. The answer is never while writing, but sometimes while editing.

Q: Do you prefer e-books or physical books?

A: I love my kindle. I almost read exclusively on it at this point, and I like to use the text to speech feature.

Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview!

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If you’d like to hear more about the book, check out my review here. Chivalrous is out now, and can be purchased on Amazon.