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by Alice

YALC Author Recommendations 2017

So this year I’m not going to do a YALC wrap-up post as I did these little daily summaries during the YALC weekend:

However, I do have an epic list of book recommendations for you from authors who attended YALC 2017. In total, I spoke to 39 authors (I’m not sure how I managed that!) and they gave me over 60 book recommendations.

The authors I approached were, once again, really generous with their time and unsurprisingly had lots of YA books to recommend. Many gave me more than one, some had whole lists! Continue reading “YALC Author Recommendations 2017”

YALC Day 3

YALC is over for another year (boo!) Here’s my round-up of day 3:

YALC in numbers:

  • Panels – 2
  • Workshops – 1
  • Signings – 12
  • Books bought/acquired – 9
  • Number of book recommendations – 21

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YALC Day 2

Here are my favourite moments from YALC Day 2:

YALC in numbers:

  • Panels – 5
  • Workshops – 0 😦
  • Signings – 10
  • Books bought/acquired – 6
  • Number of book recommendations – 25+ (Will Hill had so many, I lost count!)

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YALC Day 1

Just a few highlights from day 1 at YALC 2017:

YALC in numbers:

  • Panels – 3ish
  • Workshops – 2
  • Signings – 11
  • Books bought/acquired – 7
  • Number of book recommendations – 19

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re looking for a super cute summer romance then look no further. This was the perfect summer read. Dimple is smart and fesity and determined, everything you’d want in a YA heroine. This book has a hilarious meet-cute (there’s a reason for the iced coffee on the front cover) and I always enjoy the sort of love story where the characters have to work past their first impressions of each other. Completely adorable!

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The second book in the Dark Artifices trilogy had a tough act to follow after last year’s Lady Midnight, but it more than met my expectations. It’s an epic tale and covers a lot of ground, figuratively and literally: from Los Angeles to Fairie, then to the London Institute and the Cornish coast, before portaling into Idris for the finale. In her usual style, Cassandra Clare manages to juggle multiple storylines with ease, ensuring that every character has their own story to tell, when it would be so easy to just focus on Emma and Julian. The descriptions are brilliant: I could clearly visualise every scene, the emotions felt real and raw, and each character is fully developed, with flaws and vulnerabilities. The ending, despite it’s typical cliffhanger, was possibly the bleakest I’ve read in any Shadowhunter novel yet. This book completely broke my heart but then, to be honest, I was expecting it to!

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Photo taken above Durness Beach on the north coast of Scotland.

Love Song by Sophia Bennett

Love Song by Sophia Bennett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a story with two distinct parts. As much as I enjoyed the fun and bizarreness of life on the road with The Point, I think all my favourite moments were in the second part of this book, when they’re holed up at Heatherington Hall. It’s the sort of place I would love to explore and I could easily imagine the atmosphere of music being played in a big, empty house like that. I think my favourite character might be Angus, and Jamie is a sweetheart, but it’s Nina I would want around in a crisis. I loved her resourcefulness, her calming influence, her ability to see through all these rock-star personas and find the real people behind The Point. This book also introduced me to new (well, old) music. At soon as I finished, I had to Google “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin!

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Pre-YALC Jitters

YALC is only a few days away now (eek!) and I’m feeling a familiar mix of excitement and anxiety. I’ve spent most of the weekend finalising my schedule, planning which books to take with me and following announcements on Twitter about all the exciting things that are happening!

Since there have already been some excellent blog posts about what to expect at YALC, instead I’m going to spill about all my pre-YALC jitters and how I’m trying to overcome them. Going to big events can be nerve-wracking so hopefully I’m not alone in this… Continue reading “Pre-YALC Jitters”

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so pleased to see the return of one of my favourite YA heroines. In their final summer before College, there are some big changes and big decisions for Lara Jean and friends. It was so good to be back with these characters and this book was no less adorable than the first two in the (now) trilogy. I can’t really say much more without spoiling things, so just go and read these books: they are the ultimate comfort reading. Also, Kitty is awesome!

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