February 2, 2017

My DreamCrate!

     Ever dream about owning some of the items used by your favorite characters in books, movies, or video games? Well now is your chance to share your dream items with the world! Loot Crate, the monthly subscription box service, is hosting a project that is looking for fans to highlight what they would do if they had the ability to create their own Dream Crate! All fans are welcome and no item is too big to dream of and desire.

Continue reading to find out what I would want in my Dream Crate!

     When I was first asked to do this post, I had a completely different theme planned. But in light of recent events that have happened in my personal life, I knew the only thing that seemed relevant was Friendship. If I could have a Loot Crate with anything I ever wanted inside, friendship seems like the perfect theme.

Item #1

     As a proud book blogger, I couldn't have a subscription box without a book. When it came to the topic of friendship the first book that came to my mind was none other than, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz!

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Item #2

     If you have ever spent much time here at Mallory Books, you know that it is very rare that I don't make at least one Harry Potter reference in each post. But seriously, Harry Potter is the ultimate friendship story. Also this T-shirt is a Stranger Things reference. Two of my favorite things in one!

Item #3

     For the next item in my Dream Crate, I wanted to take advantage of all the creative range this project allows. 

     Have you ever been sitting in class, your best friend sitting across trying to tell you something without speaking. I know, the struggle. So I have created magic friendship telepathy bracelets. Fret no more, know exactly what your friend is trying to say whenever they are trying to desperately relay that secret message to you!

     This project was so much fun to work on. Thank you Carly from Loot Crate for giving me the opportunity to participate in creating my own Dream Crate! Once again, we want everyone involved! So comment down below what you would want in  your Dream crate or make your own blog post and tag me! I want to hear all of your ideas!

~ Rest In Peace ~
  J. D. 

January 28, 2017

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal
Pages: 448
Source: Purchased


Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

January 22, 2017

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie LovettThe Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Netgalley

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My Rating: ☆☆☆☆

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn't mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie's life. That includes taking her job... and her boyfriend. It's a huge risk — but it's just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

January 14, 2017

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
by Mary E. Pearson
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Pages: 492
Source: Purchased

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A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love

January 7, 2017

Hamilton Book Tag

     The musical, Hamilton, has been my favorite thing for over a year now. I have been utterly obsessed and I even give it credit for me passing my AP History exam. Considering all this, I thought it was about time I do the Hamilton Book Tag! This tag was created by Maureen Keavy.  Also, if you haven't listened to Hamilton yet, One, What are you even doing wit your life? Two, Go listen!

1. The Room Where It Happens: A book world you would put yourself into

     The first answer that came to my head was Harry Potter, obviously. But, if I'm trying to be unique I would have to say the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, more specifically, The Night Court, for obvious reasons.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: An Underrated Female Character

     Seriously why are all my answers automatically Harry Potter? I recently binge watched all the Harry Potter movies over Winter Break with my sister, so maybe that is why. Its no secret that Luna Lovegood is one of my favorite characters from the series, if not all time.

3. My Shot: A character who goes after what they want and won't let anything stop them


     I would have to say Aelin from the Throne of Glass series. She is such a strong and determined character in my opinion.

4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive.

    (spoilers) Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia. This might quite possibly be my first heartbreak via book. Also Dobby.
5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you've ever read

     Me Before you. Nuff said.

6. You'll Be Back; Sassiest Villain

    For some reason, I am drawing blanks for this one?  I guess the Darkling from the Grisha Trilogy.

7. The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist you didn't see coming

     When it comes to plot twists We Were Liars is always my answer. I just did not expect that AT ALL.

8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned

    I read the Just One Day series by Gayle Forman back to back because I Just could not bear that cliffhanger!

9. Satisfied: favorite book with multiple POVs

   I absolutely loved Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I was obsessed with the different voices each character had.

10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book series you think will be remembered throughout history

    Okay I know you are gonna roll your eyes, but how could I even say anything but Harry Potter? The story will never die. The magic feeling it gives you will ALWAYS live on.

    I hope you enjoyed all these questions. Feel free to do this tag if you want! I will now be posting every Saturday so stay tuned!


November 8, 2016

NanoWriMo: Week 1 Update

     One week of Nanowrimo has officially passed, and somehow I'm still alive. So far, things are going pretty well and I like my story for the most part. Here is a rundown of how each day went!

Tuesday, November 1: Day One
 Final Word Count: 2132 words
The goal of course, is always to get ahead and stay there. In the beginning, it is easiest to do so. I find it hard to make time for writing during the week with school, but I am determined. I was happy to get ahead this much.

Wednesday November 2: Day Two

Final Word Count: 3,450

I didn't write 1, 667 word today, so it is good Igot ahead yesterday. I have a huge research paper due tomorrow for my English class, so that unfortunately was my main focus today.
I still met the word goal of 3,334 for today!

Thursday November 3: Day Three
Final Word Count: 5,026

It is 5k day and I made it! 5,000 may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but it is still a lot to me. I'm still ahead, technically.

Friday November 4: Day Four
Final Word Count: 6,103

I planned on writing a lot more today, it is Friday anyways. But I did not. I have a busy weekend but hopefully I can make it up soon.

Saturday November 5: Day Five

Final Word Count: 8,000

Slowly catching back up. I wrote more today than I thought I would be able to. I was gone all day for a school event. Then, after that I was at a close friends birthday party until about 7:30. I was happy to get this many word in!

Sunday November 6: Day Six
Final Word Count: 11,075

I have no clue how this happened. I was gone from about 2 pm until 10 pm today for another birthday party (Crazy, I know right) and a Walking Dead watch party. I wrote a really awesome scene today that i am proud of.

Monday November 7: Day Seven
Final Word Count: 11,435

I know, I know. I am disappointed to. Mondays are just bad though, Hopefully I will get caught up tomorrow as i have no school because it is Election Day.
(Spoiler alert from Day 8; I am caught up!)

Overall, I am very happy with the first week of NanoWriMo. Let me know how yours is going! I'll be back with a Week 2 update soon.

October 30, 2016


     Yes, I know. Long time no see. I really have no excuse except my mental health and school. I have missed blogging so so much, but a break was refreshing. Now, I am back and ready to bust down some barriers.

     Tomorrow is the last day of October, and that means its NanoWriMo time! I have decided to make like a crazy person and attempt 50k in 30 days. So far, I have a six page outline because I am no "pantser". My idea is fantasy and I'm really happy with it. I know that will change once I begin writing though.

     I want to do weekly updates on my blog every Sunday, so if you are interested in my progress (or epic fail) stay tuned! If anyone else is participating i wish you the best of luck!