I've just came back from YALC, which is a Young Adult Lit Convention based at London Film And Comic Con. I was only able to go for the Friday and Saturday but oh my goodness was it the best thing ever.
On the Friday me and my boyfriend mainly went round the LFCC bit to explore and spent quite a bit of money but did get to check out the YALC level which was filled with publisher stands and an awesome hanging book wall. Picture from @yalc_uk on Twitter as I didn't take that many, lol.
Plus! The goodie table! (Pic again from @yalc_uk)
So Friday was mainly looking around the event, talking to some publishers and getting some goodies! Here is a picture of some stuff I got on the Friday. I got two books as well, Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine from EMTeen Fiction and Fans Of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa from My Kinda Book and this book isn't even out yet till September so that's very exciting! The people at MyKindaBook where telling me about the book and I knew I had to have it. Plus we got an exclusive sneak peek to Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare! I've already read it and I'm so excited to read the full thing!
On Saturday we got there for around 9pm as YALC ticket holders had their own entrance and didn't have to wait in the queue, which was massive by the way. On the YALC floor there was also gaming, they had all the old gaming consoles and it was so fun! Me and my boyfriend where constantly playing Smash Bros! Felt like a kid again. I think the only problem with Saturday was how over packed it was. It took us a good 20 minutes just to get down a flight of stairs to the next level and once we did it was very hard to move around so it was good we where able to have a good look around on the LFCC part on Friday. But other than that Saturday was amazing.
They had a really awesome panel on called Being A Girl with authors; Malorie Blackman, C.J Daugherty, Holly Smale, Laura Dockrill, Hayley Long and hosted by Anna James, I really enjoyed this panel!
I also got to meet C.J. Daugherty, Lisa Drakeford and Laura Dockrill! I was amazed that Lisa and C.J new who I was, and in awe. All three of these authors where super lovely.
I got 5 tote bags. 2 where the YALC bags (pic at the top of this post) as my boyfriend got one as well and he gave it too me and the others where from buying books from publishers, can never have too many tote bags.
I bought 5 books on Saturday. I was going to buy more but I had to reign it in.
I got -
Darkmere by Helen Maslin - from the Chicken House stand.
The Territory by Sarah Govett - from the Firefly stand. (which I got a cool poster with and the book was signed by the author)
Paper Weight by Meg Haston - from the Hot Key Books stand.
Lorali by Laura Dockrill - from the Waterstones stand.
Night School by C.J. Daugherty - from the Waterstones stand.
And all the goodies from the Saturday!
So a big, big, BIG thank you to Booktrust, YALC and LFCC for an amazing event and also to all the publishers who where so lovely -
There was so many more but I can't remember for the life of me so, sorry if I forgot you!
I cannot wait till next year!