Feature: YALC Book Haul


So as many of you know last weekend saw bloggers and ya fans flocking to London for London Film and Comic Con and the Young Adult Literature Convention. Myself amongst them, I had a fabulous time, and I bought some beautiful new books, as well as winning/was given some gorgeous new arcs. I only posted a little about the books that I bought so I could focus more on the arcs, but will add in goodreads links if you want to know more about them. Here’s we go!

Books I Bought:

1. Gilded Cage – Vic James

This book has been on my wishlist for absolutely ages, so when I saw Vic James was signing, I absolutely knew I had to pick it up. She was absolutely lovely and chatted away about the book. I’m so excited to start it!



2. Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Footy

This book caught my eye on the YAHQ stand. It has such a beautiful cover and when I picked it up it sounded so amazing. The book deals were really fab at YALC so I got this for £5 and it was available a little earlier than in bookstores!


3. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

I have heard such fantastic things about this book from the book blogger community. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone give it less than 4 stars. So when I heard this was going to be on sale early at YALC, I knew I had to buy a copy. It was a bit of a mad dash to get one, as they sold out in a few hours, but I’m sure it’s going to be worth it! (Also how stunning is that cover? I could look at it forever.) Lauren James also kindly signed my copy, and it’s pretty much gone straight to the top of by TBR!



1. WAR: Wizards and Robots – Will.I.Am and Brian David Johnson


The lovely folks at the Penguin Platform stand gave me a copy of this. It sounds really fantastic and I’m looking forward to reading it.

When a young man breaks into her home claiming her life is in danger,  Ada Luring’s world changes forever. Geller is a wizard, on the run from his father’s hidden clan who want to kill Ada and her mother. Sara Luring is the scientist who will create the first robot, the wizards’ age-old foes.

But a robot has travelled back in time to find Ada, and will lay everything on the line to protect her, as she may just be the key to preventing the earth’s destruction in the future.

2. Otherworld – Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller


This was a very hot proof over the weekend. The lovely folks at Rock the Boat did a blogger giveaway for it and I was lucky enough to be one of the first to be there. This book is the first in a series from Jason Segel (from How I Met Your Mother) and since it’s about gaming I think it will be right up my alley. Very much looking forward to reading this one.

The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

3. Everless – Sara Holland


There were two proofs I was really hopeful to get over the weekend, one was Fireblood by Elly Blake (which sadly I didn’t get, but I now have an e-galley so it’s not all bad!) the other was this beauty. I’ve heard some overseas book bloggers talking about how stunning this is, and was so so happy to have got a copy. I’m probably going to dive into this straight after The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

4. Blackbird – N. D. Gomes


This was a surprise giveaway that happened just as I was walking past the YAHQ stand. I hadn’t heard much about it, but now that I’ve read the blurb I’m really excited to read this one!

My name is Alex. I am fifteen years old, and I don’t know where my sister is. Or if she will ever come back.

On New Year’s Eve 5,000 blackbirds dropped dead. The same day Olivia McCarthy went missing from a small coastal village in Orkney.

Now Her younger sister Alex is on a mission to find out just what happened to Olivia. But does she really want to know all the answers?

5. The Fandom – Anna Day

The Fandom is another book that has been getting loads of buzz on Twitter and social media recently. The lovely folks at Chicken House were giving away copies in exchange for signing up to their newsletter, so I was delighted to get a copy. Anna kindly also signed my copy of The Fandom, and I can already see big things for this beautiful book!

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands…

6. Zenith – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings


I think this was possibly the most sought after book the whole weekend. The queues to get a copy did get a bit on the forceful side, but YAHQ were kind enough to give me one. The book sounds stunning, a sort of YA Star Trek style epic with kick ass leading ladies, and I’m very much looking forward to sinking my teeth into it!

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situationand at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

7. Invictus – Ryan Graudin


This took me completely by surprise because I had no idea that BKMRK were planning to do a giveaway of Invictus proofs. This book was already on my wishlist, so I was so happy to be one of the lucky 100 people that got one. Ryan also did a signing that day so I managed to get my copy signed as well!

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

8. The Treatment – C. L. Taylor


I love a good thriller and this sounds right up my alley. This again was given to me by YAHQ, who were very generous with their proof giveaways over the weekend. (I think there were even more books given out on the Friday as well!) C. L. Taylor also popped by to sign some books at the YAHQ stand, and it was really fantastic to meet her!

“You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.”

All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.

Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.

Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.

Before it’s too late.

9. The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven


This was another complete surprise and I’m so happy to have a copy. The Exact Opposite of Okay sounds completely kick ass, and Laura was there to sign copies too!

 Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has…

10. The Book of Fire – Michelle Kenney


This was such a cool book to get and I can’t wait to read it. It’s one of those proofs that’s plastic bound, so it did get a little dented on the way home, but given the amount I had to carry, I can live with that. It has also been dubbed ‘The Fire Sermon meets Gladiator’ and if that doesn’t peak your interest I don’t know what will!

Life outside the domes is not possible. At least that’s what Insiders are told. Twins Eli and Talia shouldn’t exist. They’re Outsiders. 

Their home is a secret. Their lives are a secret. Arafel is a secret. 

An unexpected forest raid forces Talia into a desperate mission to rescue her family while protecting the sacred book of Arafel from those who would use it as a weapon. As Talia and her life long friend Max enter the dome, she makes some unexpected discoveries, and allies, in the form of rugged Insider August, that will change the course of her life forever. 

She’ll stop at nothing to save her family but will she sacrifice her heart in the process?

So that’s all the beautiful books I got this weekend. Were you at YALC, did you get any of these? Are there any you’re particularly looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments below!

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