Bookcon Scheduling

It’s finally Bookcon. In all honesty, I am unprepared this year. For those who are not following me on Instagram (@marissarnicole), I was on vacation last week and graduated from high school yesterday! Because of my hectic schedule these past few months, planning for events was forgotten about until now. In fact, I am currently packing for Bookcon and writing my schedule that is for…tomorrow.

Anyway, I decided to take a temporary break from planning so that I could publish a blog post before the convention. I decided that I would give you some advice on how to create your Bookcon Schedule!!

  • Google Spreadsheet is a great way to organize the events you want to attend

My schedule includes the events name, a suggested time to get there, where it is located, and the price (this helps with budgeting).

  • Color-coding helps 

I organize the events by colors. I use different colors for how important the event is for me. This helps if you are busy throughout the event and want a clear idea of what you are missing!

  • Remember that you are not going to go to everything

For most events, you have to be online for thirty minutes BEFORE the event because they reach capacity. If you have three signings at 4:00 then you will only get to two IF YOU ARE LUCKY. Prioritize your schedule!

  • If you are bringing a partner then use the buddy system!

The buddy system is great. If you create a schedule, split the events. Sharing the ARCs/books with a friend is better than never receiving them.

  • Don’t just rely on the Bookcon website

Research all publishers and the events they have!!

  • There are events after Bookcon

Most authors go to signings afterward so if you miss them at the convention.


What I Have Been Up To

Hello Everyone!!

If it was not already obvious, I have been slightly inactive in the book community. This occurred because schoolwork and college applications became my main priority. However, I have a bunch of reviews ready to be posted in the upcoming weeks and I will be attending Bookcon! If you would like, I will post my convention schedule and tips!

In other news, I created a new blog!! “Marissa Nicole” is my personal blog where I will publish articles about my life, beauty, health, and travel. If that interests you, I highly suggest you check out my blog. Also, I am a Her Campus Trendsetter and a Serengetee Rep for the summer!

I am so happy I could update you all in regards to my life. I cannot wait to publish more articles for you!

Immortal Embrace by Charlotte Blackwell


TitleImmortal Embrace

Author: Charlotte Blackwell

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Date of Publication: June 1st 2011

Publisher:World Castle Publishing

Pages:Paperback, 252 pages

Description: Sophia Pierce has suffered since her brother left, and is unsure if she will ever get over it. That is until her family decided to move to Wenham, Massachusetts. She and her siblings have been ordered to protect their little sister, and must return to high school. This is where Sophia finds her soul mate, Nathanial, and life as she knows it is about to change.

As a vampire, Sophia has always kept to herself, but as a high school student, will she learn to step out of her comfort zone a little? Sophia has found a best friend in a powerful witch and a love to call her own. That is, until something tragic happens and blood is spilled. Will Sophia be able to resist the sweet scent of her beloved’s blood?

This is Sophia’s story, a story of a girl who finds herself, love, and everlasting friendship. The excitement of this story wraps mortals, vampires, witches, and shape shifters all into a romantic tale of young love, friendship, and the meaning of family. The story of a girl who tries to finds herself when she thought it was all lost.


disappointed.gifI had high hopes for this book. In fact, I was ecstatic to have the whole series thanks to Charlotte. The description made the book seem fantastic. Sadly, the book did not reach my expectations.

The book was a cross between Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. To me, it felt like a great fanfiction. In all honesty, I thought it could be a wonderful fanfiction. However, the book seemed too close to both franchises to be considered an original work or be published.

The story was okay. Because the plot was similar to Twilight, I felt like I already read it. The concept was great and again, the story was incredible for a spinoff of Twilight.

The romance in the story was not my favorite. I don’t like when a character falls in love at first sight. Also, the chemistry felt rushed. My advice to Charlotte is to make the characters’ relationships develop slower to build anticipation.

The characters were okay. There was a lack of development which made it harder to connect with them. In the next novel, I would like to see more backstories and development.

Overall, I wanted more. It wasn’t awful but I wished for better. I hope to see more originality in the upcoming books. I wish that Charlotte’s other books will take a new perspective on the series. I can see the potential in the story.


A.T.O.N. by Lindsay Anne Kendall

Title: A.T.O.N.

Author: Lindsay Anne Kendall

Genre: Action

Date of Publication: January 26th, 2016

Published by: Lindsay Anne Kendall

Number of Pages:Paperback, 330 pages

I am not a big fan of action books, therefore this review may be not as reliable. However, Lindsay’s other previous series was incredible!!

For me, A.T.O.N. was an okay read. I did not dislike it but I did not love it. I feel like I did not have a strong connection towards the characters. Also, the chemistry between the characters fell a little flat. Throughout the story, the book tended to be dialogue-heavy which, to me, makes the story quicker to read.

The characters were enjoyable. I didn’t really like Declan. I felt that he was too invested in revenge. I really liked how Lindsay added the flashbacks of K. I really wish we had more backstories for the characters so that I could connect with them more.

The action in this book was not great. I felt it was overshadowed by the dialogue. I always enjoy books that are dialogue-heavy but this had too much dialogue at times.

I did enjoy the overall premise of this series starter and cannot wait to see how it all plays out. You can see how much Lindsay grows as an author. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Run by Patti Larsen (Mini Review)

Synopsis: Kidnapped

Alone, Reid gasps in one deep breath, another. It hurts his ribs, his lungs. He manages to roll over on his right side and regrets it. His shoulder screams in protest. Still, he is finally able to wriggle his numb hands loose from what holds him and claws at the cloth around his eyes.

Darkness. But not complete. The moon is up. Trees loom over him, the smell of spruce and fresh air so sharp it almost hurts. He jerks at the plastic ties around his ankles while. his vision swims through a veil of pain-laden tears. He manages somehow to force his screaming hands to work the ties loose and he is free.

Sixteen-year-old Reid thinks life is back to normal. His sister Lucy pulls herself together and cuts him free from a year of foster care. She promises to take care of him, that her new boss and her new life are what they both needed to start again. Until Reid is taken in the middle of the night, dumped in a wild stretch of forest far from home with no idea why he is there. Lost and afraid, he learns to run from the hunters who prowl the darkness, their only pleasure chasing down kids like him. And killing them.

This book was my book club’s latest read. Run was similar to many books. The main book I would label this with is The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell.

Run by Patti Larsen was satisfactory. Run is an ideal book to read if you are seeking a gripping and fast paced story. However, the writing felt lacking and awkward.

Overall, the book was an okay read that obtained many unanswered questions. Do not read this book if you do not want to commit to a whole series. However, this book is perfect for advocates of action in books.