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YALC Haul: 2019

Hello Readers & Friends,

It's a little late, but I finally have my YALC book haul to share with you all.
I went with Bronte and we both ended up with sore backs from carrying such a heavy load around all day. I'm really happy though - nearly all the books I purchased were on my TBR anyway and because we went on the Sunday, many of the stalls were offering great deals and promotions.

For anyone who hasn't been to YALC before, it's the Young Adult Literature Convention in London. It's always quite an intense and tiring day, but you always get some great book deals and it's a good opportunity to network with publishers, agents and other bookish folk.

Last time I went, I got so overexcited I took every freebie going and finished up with a bunch of things I didn't want or need that ended up in my recycling bin, so this time I was more selective. The only three samplers I picked up were Gemma's Not Sure which was mostly because the girl at the stall was nice to me and I felt awkward saying no haha.
I picked up Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett because she's one of my favourite YA Contemporary authors, Starry Night and Night Owls are two of my favourites. And, of course, I was super excited to get The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, the third in her Cruel Prince series which I eagerly await with baited breath.

Speaking of The Cruel Prince, as for prints, my beautiful Jude and Cardan print pictured on the right here was free at the Fairyloot stall, which I was really excited about as they are two of my favourite characters so I may frame it for my reading room. And then we found a lovely artist on the comic con floor who did such cute little prints. This one at the top of the picture was my favourite, and luckily she had one left in her bargain bucket so I picked up a little ghost girl. I've actually messaged her and commissioned her because I loved her style so much.


S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett 

Nine students. Three blood sports. One deadly weekend.
 I hadn't heard of this book before, but the girl who described it was very enthusiastic and did a great job selling it in. It sounded a bit like Hunger Games, where a group of rich elitist kids hunt the outcasts from their school. Right up my street, I love a bit of teenage murder.

Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

I got Grace & Fury in a Fairyloot box last year and really enjoyed it. I somehow missed the release of the sequel, so was happy to pick this up. In the first book we follow two sisters, one who is selected to be a Grace - a depiction of the perfect woman beside the heir of the throne. The other finds herself thrown on an island of female prisoners who must fight to the death to survive. (Again, Hunger Games-esque.) I'm excited to read the sequel to see how the story progresses.

Heartless by Marissa Myer

Alice in Wonderland was one of my favourites growing up. It's just so weird and scary and trippy. So when I read the back of this book and saw it was a twisted retelling, I thought I'd give it a go. The only other thing I've read by Myer was Cinder, which I gave a dissapointed 2 stars to. I'm not giving up on Myer just yet, as I know she's a popular author. I figured Heartless was a good chance to redeem her in my Goodreads ratings.

Penguin Bingable Boxset

This is a compilation of the first few chapters from 50 different YA books by Penguin. I think this will be a great little taster before deciding which books I should add next to my TBR. This was free, of course :)

Siege & Storm / Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I didn't love Shadow & Bone as much as Bardugo's more recent works, but I still want to finish the trilogy! Of course it's the beginning of Bardugo's Grishaverse series, where a young girl finds out she is a sun-caster. As a result, her world is tipped upside down and she has to learn how to survive amongst the powerful magical Grisha.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

A collection of short stories, beautifully illustrated, by Leigh Bardugo. I don't usually read short stories but I'd buy Bardugo's dirty bathwater if she was selling it.

Six of Crows collectible edition by Leigh Bardugo

We all know how I feel about this duology.  I had wanted the collector's edition for a while as it has the beautiful illustrations inside, and it was on a great discount at YALC so I was super excited to pick it up. The collectors edition of Crooked Kingdom is out next month, so I'll be sure to complete my set when it's released! For those of you who have missed my constant plugging, the Six of Crows is about a group of ruthless criminals forced to undergo a great heist, set in the Grishaverse.

The Binding by Bridget Collins

This was the first book of the day I bought, and obviously I'm just a sucker for a pretty cover. It's about a magical book binder who leaves secrets, memories and past stories locked away within his magical books. One day, he finds a book with his own name on it though, and uncovers a dark secret. I was hooked. I can't remember the second title, but the girl definitely described it as a cross between Harry Potter and something else, so I was on board straight away.

Obviously, Leigh Bardugo is a favourite of mine.
Anyway, it was a great day and I can't wait to get some of these read.  Did any of you guys go to YALC?

C x


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