THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK ‘ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS’
Now that YALC is over, I should really let you have a look at the books that I picked up there! I was after a few of these titles, but the others tempted me while I was there, and who can resist a good book tempting you? Here’s a look at my book stack of the titles I picked up!
Vivian is fed up with school. Fed up of the fact that the football team can get away with absolutely everything, including sexist comments and harassment. She wishes she could be tough and punk rock like how her mum was in her high school. Taking inspiration from this, she creates a feminist zine and thinks nothing more to it. But then the rest of the girls at school start to take interest….
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
This is going to be my summer holiday read when I go away in a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to get into it! This book was highly sought after at YALC, with Waterstones having to bring more orders in to cover the weekend! Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew member on a spaceship heading towards a new planet. But when she hears a second spaceship has launched from Earth, will the lone passenger J be able to help her overcome her loneliness?
Bailey thinks she’s met the guy of her dreams; Alex is smart, sweet, and they both love the same movies. The catch? She’s never met him. So when she moves to California, she thinks that it’s the perfect time to finally bring them together. But it becomes a challenge when you’re looking for someone but don’t know their real name…
I got Nemesis in a blind book buy – it was wrapped up like a present so I had no idea what it would be! Nemesis sounds pretty interesting; every two years, Min is murdered by the same man, but wakes hours later outside of town unhurt, and with no evidence of the crime. It seems like a thriller, which I don’t really read many of, but I’m willing to give it a go!
Letters to the Lost
I’ve heard a few things about this one, and was excited to see that it was available at YALC so I bought a copy straight away. While doing community service at the local cemetery, Declan finds a letter beside a grave, unaware that this letter is from Juliet written to her deceased mother. When Declan responds to the letter, he begins opening up about his own pain with a total stranger – until real life interferes.
Coming from the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 for teen fiction is a brand new novel! Bailey is blown away by Indigo; she’s so different from everyone else at sixth form. But when Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who knows about Indigo’s past, he is forced to make an impossible choice.
A Change Is Gonna Come
I think that I was most excited for this title at YALC! A collection of short stories and poems from authors of different ethnicities and religions, I’m really looking forward to the different types of stories that will be within the pages of this book!
That’s it for the YALC books! Are there any you’d like to read yourself? Or perhaps you’ve already read some of them? Let me know!
Last year, I found out about YALC via Twitter….this year was my first time attending YALC! I had a great time, managed to meet some authors, and, of course, came home with some books! So let’s have a look at what I got up to…
Saw some AWESOME cosplay
There are some brilliant cosplayers in the world, and I always love going to conventions to see all of the creative ways people have been inspired by their favourite characters. Thanks to my bestie Stacey for these amazing photos of me with some cosplayers!
Had some books signed
I took a couple of books with me to YALC in the hopes that I would get them signed, and luckily I managed to get Ink by Alice Broadway signed, which I was thrilled about! You can see me below having a little moment while she signs…
I also bought ‘Indigo Donut’ and ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ at the convention, managing to get them signed by Patrice Lawrence and Aisha Bushby, as well as both me and Stacey grabbing a copy of ‘The Loneliest Girl in the Universe’ and getting them signed by a very space-themed Lauren James.
Met some people
I saw some great people at YALC; some were authors, some were twitter folk, but it was so cool to see people and to say hi! Of course, I took some selfies because I love a good selfie!
We both had tons of fun at YALC – we collected as many badges as possible (Stacey won), got chatting with lots of different people about books, I met a few people from the twitter book community, and we even had a little trek around LFCC. LFCC was far too busy though, but we did briefly get to glance at Dan Fogler, Matt Lucas, and some other stars of the TV and film world! Oh and Natalie Dormer walked past us just before we were about to leave, so I was very much in awe of her! I think I’ll definitely go back next year to have tons more bookish fun!
Well, this book was a whirlwind. I can’t wait for this to finally be published so that I can share my LOVE and ADORATION of this book with everyone!! I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy from the publisher, and I’m so grateful!
For the first time, I’ll be attending the Young Adult Lit Con – or YALC for short! I’m really excited to go to a convention that’s all about books! I’ll be attending on the Saturday.
I’ve seen lots of people planning what they’re going to be doing, how many books that they’re taking to be signed, and lots more. I only have two books on my list that I want to get signed, so my main focus is to enjoy myself. My best friend Stacey will be coming along with me, so I won’t be alone in my nerd moments! We’ll be popping over to the London Film and Comic Con too during the event, so hopefully we’ll be able to grab some cool comics and she can teach me more and more about Star Trek!
I hope that I can find lots of new samples of books, new releases, and maybe a bit of merch too! Bookmarks and badges are cool, and I like to have a lot of those so it’ll be nice to grab those. I want to grab some comics from the LFCC side of the convention, and perhaps if you recognise me from Twitter we can say hello!
The most important thing I want to get from YALC is a good time. I’m looking forward to just being in the environment and getting a few goodies to take home, and then doing the all important task of putting everything on my bed and grinning at my convention haul.
What are your plans for YALC? Let me know if you’re attending!
Fandoms are everywhere, and I’m proud to say that I’m part of many. I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter, I’ve assigned myself into a Game of Thrones house, I love Marvel AND DC. I buy shirts, stickers, and other merch from my favourite video games, and then strive to get clothes that MATCH certain characters. The majority of my music is from soundtracks from movies, shows or games.
(I think it’s safe to say that a large majority of my enjoyment comes from fandom; I don’t know if that’s sad or not. But I love it!)
So let’s think about bookish fandoms!
Bookish fandoms bring so many people together. The amount of times I’ve squealed over fanart from a book that’s captured the character just right, or if art brings together character ships from the book! Scorpius and Albus, I’m looking at you here..
It’s clever, and it allows the fans to have expression while still adoring their favourite books and characters. Creativity is key to fandom, and when you find people that you can discuss things from the book (theories, ships, stories), you have a whole hub of people that love it as much as you. Inspiration, adoration and love for the characters and stories extends from the books, giving them a much longer life.
So go and get badges and stickers for your favourite bookish fandoms, and join in with others who love it just as much as you do! 🙂