Coming soon to…BOOKCON!

With the end of Junior year (I still can’t believe I’m a Senior D:) my focus has now shifted to the AMAZING things that I have planned for the next month! In two weeks I’ll be shipping up to Boston for Maggie’s (@ Massachusetts Novel) graduation party. The week after that I’ll be going to Firefly Music Festival (and indulging in my Bishop Briggs obsession). But the thing I’m most excited for: for the first time ever, in just 7 days, I’ll be headed to BOOKCON!!!!!!!

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Bookcon has been a dream of mine ever since I first learned of it’s existence. I’m so blessed to be gifted with awesome friends who will be attending with me (love you Maggie and Jess) and who are fellow super fans that will cosplay! That’s right, we will be showing up on the show floor Sunday as none other than The Archeron Sisters from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. (Check back later this week to see a brief overview of my costume (which will hopefully turn out alright).)

I’m unfortunately only able to go on Sunday, so I’ll be missing some of my favorite authors–Laini Taylor, Susan Dennard and Rainbow Rowell. Hopefully my friends will be able to get some books signed for me!!! I was also super lucky in being able to snag autograph line tickets for both Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare! Bookcon did something different this year and made ticketing online to try and stop people from lining up at the door at 5AM. I’m super glad they implemented this, because I won’t be getting into the city until 8AM on Sunday and wouldn’t have been able to get the signings I wanted. This way, even those coming from out of town are able to get into signings! The big authors did sell out of tickets super fast though, with Maas and Clare running out probably within the first two minutes.

I never in my wildest dreams EVER thought I would be able to meet Cassandra Clare. Ever since I started reading The Mortal Instruments in middle school, Clare has been equated with greats like Rowling in my mind. Far away dreams of in-person fangirling that will likely never come to fruition. I’m still in shock that I will be seeing her in under a week, and having her sign one of my books!!!!!!!

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(Sidenote: The only reason Maas isn’t up there in the “far away dreams” category is because I was lucky enough to become obsessed early on, before there was enough people to cap signings. If you’d like to see a summary from Maas’ Q&A in Baltimore during her latest signing tour #ACOTOUR, click HERE)

I’ll keep you guys posted, both on my Elain Archeron outfit and my experiences at Bookcon. A summary post of my experiences should be up the day after. Check my twitter out on Sunday June 4 for an up-to-date feed!

Are any of you guys going to Bookcon? If you’ve gone in the past, do you have any advice?

Thanks for reading!

emily

October Book Club Announcement

Hello everyone! Here is the official announcement for our October Book Club pick! Please feel free to read along and comment your thoughts on the book!

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So September is almost over which means our time reading This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith is also coming to an end. You can find links to all of our review here but otherwise it’s time to put that aside and pick a new book.

So for October, the Archeron Sisters Book Club will be reading Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn a set of triplets is born – three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Miracella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest…

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Book Club: This Is What Happy Looks Like Review

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Jennifer E. Smith

Published: April 2, 2013

Rating: 4/5

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

I read this book quite a while ago actually, long before my illustrious blogging career. I am revisiting this lovely little book I read way back in January 2014 as the first book in my Book Club: The Archeron sisters. My two best friends and I constantly relate ourselves to the Archeron sisters from Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses books, and because we all have blogs (Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel and Jess @ StarsWhoListen) now we have made a little book club! Feel free to read along, or just read our reviews, and also leave us suggestions!

This was the first book that I have read by Jennifer E. Smith, and I have to say that I absolutely adored it. Ellie and Graham were such likable characters, and I loved how the modern era was incorporated into this book. I feel like a lot of contemporary heroines just bump into their leading man on the street, so a chance meeting by email was refreshing.

The dynamic problems that they had to face throughout the book were interesting as well, with lots of family drama, which I absolutely love in fluffy romance books. I will admit that the book isn’t exactly believable in terms of the actual relationship and how they meet, but the relationship with a famous actor is a written out fantasy of most girls (me included). But, as I stated, this is the perfect fluffy romance book to warm your cold soul (especially coming off of an ending like Empire of Storms).

Overall, this was a cute and lovely romance story that left me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart, even if there is a little bit of a question as to the couples future. I did just find out when I looked on Goodreads again that there is a novella sequel, which I will definitely check out in the future!

Again please read along with our book club! Our October pick is the darkly fascinating Three Dark Crowns  by Kendare Blake. Can’t wait to see what this book holds!

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Check out Jess‘ and Maggie’s opinions on this book, and check back of future updates!

Thanks for reading!

Emily