December 30, 2014

Top 10 books of 2014!

Here are my favorite from 2014! I can't believe it's already over.

1. The Darkest Minds (and sequels) by Alexandra Bracken

2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare 

3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare 

4. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 

5. The One by Kiera Cass

6. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 

8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

10. Anthem by Ayn Rand 

HONERABLE MENTION: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West




December 4, 2014

Book Haul!

     I have collected quite a few books recently and have been dying to share!


  

In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken- This book is the third and final book in the Darkest Minds trilogy. It follows Ruby and the friends she makes along her journey. The children in the world have been affected by a disease giving them one of the powers below, which are categorized by colors. 

     1. Greens- Intellengence 
     2. Blues- telekinesis 
     3. Yellows- electricity 
     4. Oranges- mind control 
     5. Reds- fire 
     
     The unaffected adults have put the kids in basically what are concentration camps. Ruby escapes with the help of a friendly adult and meets people along the way of trying to find the cure and free the camps. She faces plenty of difficulties along the way. It has one of the best romances I've ever read, and is full of action. This trilogy is definitely one of my favorites of all time. 


Legend by Marie Lu- This is the first book in the Legend trilogy. I basically know nothing about this book other than it has dual perspective and it is dystopian. I've heard that it is action packed and has some romance. Sounds like a new favorite too me! I can't wait to read it. 


Magisterium: The Iron Trials by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare- this was a must-have for me considering Cassandra Clare had something to do with it! I love everything she has every written. I know Holly Black is an Incredible writer as well. I also know very little about this book other than it follows a boy named Callum and MAGIC.  I know, I know, it sounds like Harry Potter. Yet, I feel that it is insane to comparethe two series just because they have magic in them. I'm am SUPER. Excited to read this. 


Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer- These are the first two books in the Lunar Chrinicles Series. They are fairy tale retellings (which I love!) I know that the first one is a retellings of Cinderella and that the main character, Cinder, is a cyborg. That was enough to draw me in. 


Marched trilogy by Ally Condie- I have heard very mixed reviews on these books. My teacher read the trilogy and loved them. I'm dying to find out what these books are even about. (Hey Mallory, did you ever think about reading a synopsis?) I hate reading to much about the books before I read them for two reasons, 1. I want to be surprised and have a honest opinion on the book. 2. SPOILERS! 


The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks- I received this book as a gift from my friend. I refused to see the movie without reading the book, so she got it for me. Though I've yet to read it, it sounds good. Yes I did read the synopsis. A young couple falls in love and then something forces them apart. Then, they run into each other and fall back in love. I think. Okay, so it's been a while since I've read the back cover, but hey I tried!


 
Sylo by D. J. MacHale- I bought this book because of the cover. I know it has something to do with the army taking over an island (off of New York, maybe?) because of a serious disease outbreak. The back cover says "They came from the sky." All I know, is that it sounds freaking awesome. 



So these are all the books I've collected lately, I think. I hope you enjoyed this haul! Don't forget to follow me here, and on bloglovin'. Feel free to comment your thoughts on my terrible ability to describe a book or even know what it's about for that matter! 


December 3, 2014

November Wrap-Up & December TBR!

     Hello and welcome back to Mallory Books! Today I'll be sharing the books I managed to read in November, and the books I want to read in December. Although I was unable to finish a lot of books in November, I only need four more books to compete my Goodreads Challenge!

November Wrap-up

     November was a very hard month for me. I was unable to read as much as I usually do for certain reasons. I did complete two books I'm the hectic month. 

  1. Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter - I REALLY enjoyed this book. It follows sixteen year old Kylie Galen who is sent to a camp for troubled teens after her parents divorce, or so she thought. When she arrives she notices the other teems aren't normal, in fact they are freaks! Then, she realizes maybe she is too. On her journey of finding out who- or rather what- she is, she makes friends and falls in love. 5/5 stars for me! I loved the mysterious/supernatural feel to this book! 
  2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - This follows a teen boy named Clay. He receives a mysterious package addressed to him. He opens the box only to find that it contains thirteen cassette tapes with numbers painted on them. As he listens to the first one he immediately recognizes the voice to be Hannah Baker, but that can't be right because she is dead. She committed suicide not to long ago. The tapes were sent to thirteen people who were the reason why she did it. Clay wonders what he could have done to end up on the list, the only thing he knew about Hannah was that she was in love with her. We ride an emotional roller coaster with Clay as he listens to all the tapes, and realizes everything Hannah went through. He began hating people for the things they did. When he got to the tape that Hannah started with his name he finds out the truth. This emotional story was definitely a 5/5 star story. 

December TBR

     I plan on doing a lot of reading in December! I can't believe it is already here! It feels funny looks out to see the snow on the ground and the Christmas tree in my living room! Here are the books I want to read in this wintery month!


  1. Awake at Dawn by C. C. Hunter- this is the sequel to Born at Midnight so I won't be sharing the synopsis. I'm really exited to plunge back into this world!
  2. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling- All seven books, yes, all seven!! Who knows if I can complete this crazy goal, but I'm up for the challenge. I will be participating in the #harryxmastoyou readawatchalongathon that Youtuber Maureen Keavy is hosting with some other youtubers. We will be tackling the task of watching all seven books and eight movies! 
  3. Legend by Marie Lu - I recently got a whole lot of new books (haul soon!) and legend was one of them. I know very little about the story other than it is dystopian and in dual-perspective. I've heard nothing but good things from my friends who have read it! Possibly a new favorite? 
     
     That is all I have today for you guys! Please comment what you read in November and your December TBR. If you enjoyed this post don't forget to follow my blog and on bloglovin' ( link on the side) I hope you enjoyed this! 

November 9, 2014

Random Sunday!

     Today, I decided to start a new thing here on my blog called Random Sunday! Basically, it is where I make a blog post about a random topic, bookish or unbookish, once a week. So this week, let's talk about contemporarys! 

     Contemporarys are one of my favorite young adult genres. But I hate most of their endings. The whole story leads up to the main characters falling in love, right? It's all sweet and romantic, and sometimes tear worthy. But when they FINALLY get together, the book ends. You shut the book and think, "Why did it have to end?!" All I want is for them to be longer! I want to see what happens while they are together. I want all cute couple spats. But no! It's over.

     Now if your still reading this after my rant, let me name a few of my favorites.

1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I LOVE this book with all of my heart.

2. Anything Stephanie Perkins. No explanation needed.

3. John Green novels. I haven't read Paper Towns yet. I've heard mixed things about it. Do you recommend it?

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell ( why haven't I read Eleanor and Park? Good question.)

5. The Summer I turned Pretty Trilogy. These books are extremely fast reads.

      I'm a real sucker for love stories. I love them all! Even some of the cheesy ones. Thanks for tuning in for this Random Sunday! Comment below and let me know your thoughts on contemporarys, and your favorites. Also, prepare for a trilogy review on The Darkest Minds as I am halfway through In The Afterlight!

November 3, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014!

     It's that time of year again, it is time for NaNoWrimo! This is the first year I will be participating. For those of you who do not know what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place in November, in which you must write 50,000 words to win. A girl I know has actually won and became a published author. That is my goal. Today is day 3, and my word count is at 6,048 and I'm not finished yet.

     This year, I'm combining a few topics into my novel including, love, family, murder, and suicide. As of now, this is all I'm sharing. If you want more information on what I'm writing about or daily updates comment down below. I am prepared for long nights of writing which means I'm going to need a lot of caffeine and candy! Let's not forget about the ice cream too. This also means, I'm not getting much reading done, therefore less blogging. I'm sorry for the inconvenience! Good luck to the other participants and may the odds be ever in your favor!

October 17, 2014

20 Facts You Might Not Know About Me

     I was tagged by the lovely Tika over at fangirlavue.blogspot.com. I'm sorry about not posting more frequently, but I have so much to do with school. I've been developing a schedule to help keep everything in line.

1. How tall are you?

I'm only 5'4"

2. Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

I am a percussionist and a cheerleader.

3. What's your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

I hate bad grammar!

4. What's your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

I hate when people start to tell me something, and then they are like: "Oh, nevermind!"

5. What's your favorite song?

Good question! As I love music, this is very tough. I really like "We Remain" by Christina Aguilera from the Catching Fire soundtrack.

6. What's your favorite Etsy shop that isn't yours?

I don't have Etsy.

7. What's your favorite way to spend your free time, when you are alone?

READING! Duh!

8. What's your favorite junk food?

I really love Tootsie Rolls, and all chocolate in general.

9. Do you have a pet, if so what is its name and what is it?

I have a horse named Ben. I used to call him Benjamin Franklin when I was little.

10.  What are your number one favorite non fiction and fiction reads?

Fiction: The Hunger Games trilogy or The Mortal Instruments series.
Nonfiction: My history books from school, I love learning about the past.

11. What's your favorite beauty product or tool?

My mascara, I usally don't wear anything else.

12. When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Yesterday at my game, I was cheering and I messed up on a cheer and laughed so hard I fell down.

13. If you could only drink one beverage besides water for the rest of your life, what would it be?

The good Sweet Tea.

14. What's your favorite movie?

All of the above? I really love all movies.

15. What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist?

Again, all of the above! I have been in all of those shoes!

16. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I'd stay here in West Virginia. I love my state

17. PC or Mac? 

I have a PC, but I want to have a Mac in the future!

18. Last romantic gesture from your lover?

#Single Sorry I had too.

19. Favorite celebrity?

Jennifer Lawrence. Who else?

20. What blogger do you secretly want to be friends with?

This is not a real answer, but if it was an option, I want to be friends with Katy from the Lux Series. Now she's a blogger!


The thing is, everyone I know has already did this tag! I don't know who to tag! So, if you are a fan of my blog and have not done this tag, do it! Give me a link in the comment section because I would love to know more about you!



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October 11, 2014

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     I want to apologize for my lack of posting! I have had so much in my life. School is kicking my butt, and I'm constantly losing wifi where I live. My grandpa also passed away making it hard to blog. I am here to tell you that I'm back and better than ever. Mallory Books with be up and running soon.

September 2, 2014

Lola and the Boy Next Door | Review (no spoilers)

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins
     This book follows Lola Nolan who is a designer. She does not believe in fashion, but she does believe in costumes. Even with her crazy costumes, everything in her life was perfect, including her hot rock star boyfriend. When the dreaded Bell twins return to her neighborhood in San Fransico everything comes tumbling down.

     Cricket is the twin brother of Calliope. Calliope is a national ranking figure skater hoping to attend the Olympics. She keeps him in her shadow.

      Tall, gorgeous Cricket steps out of her shadow along with his messy hair. They begin having late night chats at the widows of their neighboring houses. Lola feelings for Cricket begin to resurface.

August 21, 2014

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | Review





    I recently participated in a read-a-long with Tika (fANGIRLavue.blogspot.com) and Jen (jennieelousisee.blogspot.co.uk). You can find their thoughts on their blogs! We read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas because we all wanted to read it! The read-a-long followed a schedules which you can find on Tika's blog! (No spoilers)


DAY 1: So far, the book started out a little slow. The world is very interesting and I really like the story. There has been a lot of world building and there are a lot of places. I think this book has the potential to live up to it's raving reviews!

DAY 2: I really like Celaena. I think she has a awesome personality. She isn't one of those fake book characters who has the perfect everything. I think Chaol is great. He is caring and I think he is going to take very good care of Celaena.

DAY 3: I don't think there is just one chapter I would rewrite, rather than a part of one or two.

DAY 4: I really loved the chapter(s) that featured the Ball because it was full of DORIAN, and lets not forget how they danced all night!  I also loved it when he gave her the dog Fleetfoot. (I don't have a specific "team" I like Chaol and Dorian equally)

DAY 5: Ah! What an ending! The whole ending literally had me shaking! I almost threw my book! I really enjoyed this book! I think it completely reached my expectations. I'm so excited to read the sequel.


Rating: 4.5 stars. I think if the beginning was more fast paced I would have given it a full 5 stars!

Thank you to my friends Tika and Jen for reading with me!

August 16, 2014

Summertime Madness Tag.

     Ever time I would try to type the title I kept entering sadness instead of madness. Summer is almost over and I want to take advantage of it before I miss my chance to do this awesome tag created by JackEatsBooks. 

1.  Show a book with a summery cover.! i.e, sun, beach, ect. 

    I choose We were liars by E. Lockhart. This cover feature a group of teenagers playing in the water and the sun is shining.  It all looks very summery.

2.  Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for your summer vacation!

     This was hard because I kept picking actual places instead of fictional ones. So I'm going to go with the planet L’eihr from Alienated by Melissa Landers. Who wouldn't want to travel to another planet for vacation? Not to mention all the hot aliens!

3. You’re about to go on a flight to your Summer Vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight so what novella do you choose?

     I choose The Darkest  Minds novella: In time, because I haven't read it yet and  this is one of my all time favorite series. Also, In the Afterlight (third book in The Darkest Minds trilogy) comes out this year and I'm so excited!

4. You have a case of Summertime Sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

      My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This book makes me so happy. I love it so much. The character make my smile every time they speak.

5. You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

       This is so hard! I don't have a favorite book boy. I guess I can have a possy of boys. Right? Daemon Black, Jace Herondale, Will Herondale, Peeta Mellark, ect. There are so many to choose from. 

6. To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?

          Kenji from the Shatter Me series. He is hilarious, hot, and invisible. Must I explain more? 


7. Share the Summertime Happiness! Who do you TAG? 
As always, I tag EVERYONE! COmment below if you have done the tag. I would love to read/watch it. 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart






First thought: This book was so beautiful and poetic. It really messed with my head until the end, and then it messed with my emotions. It is true that you should go into this book with no knowledge of the plot.

Overview: I can't tell you the plot. Even the slightest thing could be a spoiler. This book has a mysterious/fairytale theme. The main protagonist Cadence retells the same story several times like a fairytale but she changes the setting and characters. All in all it is very hard to explain.

Favorite character: Gat hands down. He is such an interesting character.

I definitely recommend that you all read this book. It is probably one of my favorite summer books so far! I'm sorry this review was so short but I do not want to spoil anyone.

Rating: 5/5

August 1, 2014

August TBR!

     I cant believe August is here already! Back-to-school season is here and that means summer is coming to an end. The start of a new month also means a new pile of books that I want to read. August has some very worthy books, so lets get started!


#1 Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins ( Anna and the French Kiss #3)

     Let's face it! This is on everyone's TBR. This is the third book in the series. Stephanie Perkins novels are the perfect mourning period read. I recommend you start the series ASAP! This book will hit shelves August 14th.


#2 Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout ( Lux series #5)

      I am reading the fourth book in this series and boy am I loving it! This series is fast-paced and the characters are swoon worthy! Its never to late to begin especially with the new fancy covers! This book will be available August 5th.


#3 Magnolia by Kristie Cook

      In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi the Cafferty and Marsden families are the kings and queens of the south. They have been neighbors since The Civil War and they share many memories. The two families want to connect the families by marriage. When a boy and a girl are born around the same time, it's the perfect chance. Jemma and Ryder don't want to give into their families wishes. They are only seventeen and they hate each other! When a storm destroys the town their true feeling come out. Get it on August 5th.

#4 A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

       Everyone and their brother believe that Gabe and Lea belong together even a squirrel! Told from a whopping fourteen POV's the story of Gabe and Lea can't be boring. Will they realize they belong together? Find out on August 26th.

#5 Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

     Clementine has been locked in a cellar for 10 years. With the help of Fisher - her releaser- she sets out to uncover who locked her inside. Releases August 14th.

#6 Ghost House by Alexandra Adorenetto

     Chloe Kennedy sees ghosts after her mothers death. While living at her grandmother's estate she meets Alexander who is 157 years dead. He has dangerous secrets. The bond between them awakens the spirits of Isobel, Alexander's past love. Chloe has to use her developing abilities to stop Isobel, even if losing Alex is the only way. Releases August 26th!

July Wrap-up!

      In the month of July I read 7 books! I am happy with the books I finished and I am ready to share them with you.


      The first book I read was Reboot by Amy Tintera. This is a Dystopian novel told from Wren Connolly's perspective. When she was shot and killed five years ago she came back stronger, faster, and less human. She is now a Reboot. Reboots become less human the longer they stay dead. Wren 178 is the longest time ever recorded. She is now a soldier. When she starts training Callum 22, one of the shortest times, he is slower and always smiling. When he doesn't follow an order Wren is given one chance to get him in line or she will have to execute him herself. She has started to fall for him and she will do anything to keep him alive. She is done following orders.


        The next book I read was a re-read for me and that was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. If you haven't read this series I highly recommend you do!


        Next, I read Slammed by Colleen Hoover. I love love love this book, and I don't know why I haven't picked up the sequel yet. Its about a girl named Layken who moves to Michigan with her family after her fathers death. She runs into her neighbor Will Cooper who is attractive, hilarious, and slams poetry. They have a special connection after only the first date which was completely swoon worthy. This special connection is but through a tornado after a surprising discovery that forces them not to be together. Will they ever be able to be together again? Did I mention I love this book?


        I also picked up On the Fence by Kasie West. This follows the story of Tomboy Charlie who can outrun and outscore any boy. She has three brothers and a neighbor who might as well be a brother. She gets a speeding ticket and her father forces her to get a job to pay for it. She starts working at a boutique but she doesn't know anything about being a girl. She starts having late night chats with her neighbor Brayden at the fence. She also starts to fall head over heels for him. If she reveals her secret about being a little girly to him will she lose him forever?


        Lastly, I read the first three books of The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is one of my new favorite series. It tells the story of Katy Swartz who moves to West Virginia only to discover her neighbors are aliens! I cant tell you anymore without giving everything away. The fifth book comes out August 5, 2014.
 
What did you read in July?

July 27, 2014

Sick/Ill Book Tag

1. Diabetes: A book to sweet, like really sweet
 
          I'm not sure if this question means a book I did not enjoy because it was too romantic, but I really enjoy those kinds of books, so instead I will list a book I really loved that was very romantic! For that I have to go with My life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick! This one of my all time favorite contemporary and book in general. The romance was perfectly sweet and I couldn't stop reading. I fell in love with the characters just as they fell in love with each other.

2. Chicken Pox: A book you've read once and will never pick up again.

          After thinking long and hard about this I have decided to go with The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Now this book was good. That is all. The story had so much more potential. I found the main character boring as well as the story. Although things somewhat picked up at the end I didn't feel the need to pick up the sequel.

3. Influenza: the flu, a contagious book that spreads like a virus.

           This was a hard choice but I have to go with Divergent by Veronica Roth. I really loved this book but it seems like everyone read it at the same time. I think many people only read it to fit in.

4. The cycle: a book you read every month or year.

            First, this isn't an illness. But, I choose The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was really obsesses with this series for a long time. I would say I have read it at least 15 times. I am also not ashamed because this could possibly be my favorite book.

5. Insomnia: a book that kept you up all night.

             I could choose a number of books for this. I have to go with the most recent one which is Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I literally read this in one night immediately after I finished Obsidian. It has became one of my favorite series.

6. Amnesia: a book that failed to leave an impression.

              This book has to be The Maze Runner again.

7. Asthma: A book that took your breathe away.

               Slammed by Colleen Hoover. This book was perfect to me. I had so many emotions throughout the story. If you haven't read it yet I recommend you do it now!

8. Malnutrition: A book that lacked food or thought.

               I honestly don't have an answer for this.

9. Travel sickness: A Book that took you on a journey.

               The lovely Mortal Instruments Series is my answer. I had so much fun reading these books. It feels that I have taken an adventure with the characters.

I hope you enjoyed this tag! I tag everyone because I had so much fun answering the questions.

Book of the Week

     This weeks book is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I know it is an old series but I really want to start it, and the sooner the better. I honestly have not heard anything bad about the series. Comment below if you liked it or not!

July 26, 2014

Anticipated books!

The following are 3 recently released books that I am excited to dig into!



#1. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

Release date: July 8, 2014

Synopsis: A princess in a dystopian world is supposed to have the gift of sight because she is the first born daughter, but she doesn't. Her parents have arranged a marriage to form an alliance with another kingdom and Princess Lia suspects its a spam so on the morning of her wedding she flees. In a nearby village, she runs into two handsome strangers and is unaware that one of them is the prince she was supposed to marry, and the other is an assassin assigned to kill her. Lia finds herself discovering secrets and falling in love.




#2. Lets Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Release date: July 29, 2014

Synopsis: Four strangers are brought together by a girl named Leila and they become friends. Leila soon leaves them and their lives change. During Leila's road trip she discovers what you need most is right where you started and the only way to find what your looking for is to get lost.



#3. Conversion by Katherine Howe

Release date: July 26, 2014

Synopsis: A group of girls from Danvers, Massachusetts start to  have mysterious symptoms that soon spread to the other students. The illness includes seizures, hair loss, and coughing. Colleen Rowley has been reading The Crucible for extra credit and discovers that her town of Danders used to be the Salem Village where another group of girls suffered the same symptom's over three centuries ago. She soon discovers what is really happening to herself and her friends.


Weekly Wrap-Up!

     This is my first weekly wrap-up! This week I have read a total of two books! The first book I read was Obsidian (The Lux Series #1) By Jennifer L. Armentrout. I really enjoyed this book and I will have a review up soon! The second book I read was of course Onyx (The Lux Series #2) By Jennifer L. Armentrout. I loved this book! It was in my opinion better than the first book. These two books have recently been published into a bind-up of the first two books in the series called Lux Beginnings. This brings my weekly page count to 800 pages. I am currently reading Opal, the third book in the series. I am on page 234 of 382.

Total page count: 1034 pages.


What have you read this week?

July 25, 2014

Summer Posting Schedule

Here is a weekly schedule to outline my posting patterns! (May change)

Sunday- Book of the Week

A book that I have read or plan on reading that I think needs to be shared with you.

Tuesday- Book Review/Top Ten Tuesday

A spoiler free book review of a book I have recently read followed by a juicy in-depth version that will include spoilers. Also my top ten book recommendations from a specific genre.

Thursday- RANDOM

I will post anything under the sun (book related of course!) Expect entertainment on Thursdays!

Saturday- Weekly wrap up/ Anticipated book

A 2-post special Saturday! I will give you a summary of my weekly reading accomplishments. Also I will give you some information on an upcoming release or a recently released book.



I hope you find this post helpful and stay tuned for my next post!

Welcome!

     Hello fellow Book Readers and Blog Lovers! My name is Mallory, and I love to read. My love for reading has pushed me to start a blog on the subject. My blog will mostly contain anything book related. I hope you all enjoy my blog!