5 Things We Learned at YALLWEST

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We can't believe that another YALLWEST has come and gone. We had such an amazing time in Cali—and we have the cute pics and tans to prove it! But as anyone who's been to YALLWEST knows, this was no relaxing beach vacation. 25,000 people showed up for the festivities, and together, we had a non-stop, unforgettable book party. Without further ado, here are 5 things we learned at YALLWEST 2018:

1. YALLWEST volunteers are the best volunteers.

 
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We arrived at Santa Monica High School bright and early to unload hundreds and hundreds of bookish goodies and giveaways... and we couldn't have done it without the amazing volunteers. Shout out to them for pitching in at 7AM... especially since it felt like 10AM to us lucky New Yorkers! 

2. YA fans <3 Brandy Colbert.

 
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Brandy Colbert, author of Little & Lion, is an LA local, so we had to have her stop by. And the loooong line of readers waiting for her did not disappoint! She signed ARCs of her newest book Finding Yvonnecoming out in August 2018.

3. Y'all can't get enough of those NOVL totes.

 
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The #1 question we heard all day? "Where can I get a Booked All Week tote bag?" Well, the tote was one of our all-day raffle prizes, and we did an early giveaway. But if you didn't manage to score one, check out the NOVLbox raffle—it includes a tote almost every month!

4. Nothing beats an afternoon slump like a blue raspberry lollipop.

 
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Our ~newest~ game at the NOVL booth was all about that 3PM sugar rush. There's nothing better than free candy and an ARC. These lollipops taste just as good as they look—and they'll definitely make an appearance at future festivals.

5. Every reader knows there's no such thing as too many books.

 
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We set up a photo booth with four background options, including a "BUY ME BOOKS" thought bubble and the very appropriate "I survived the lines at YALLWEST". But the most popular background of the weekend? "There's no such thing as too many books." Agreed!

And then, suddenly, the day was coming to a close. The fact that we were on East Coast time no longer felt quite as awesome, but the adrenaline and good vibes carried us through to the end. We hope you enjoyed our recap...and now, on to BookCon!

Meet Danny from Love & Other Carnivorous Plants

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Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves is a darkly funny debut about finding your footing after things don't go the way you expect it to. We fell in love with Danny, the main character, because she's so real about her emotions that it leaves us laughing and crying all at the same time. Here's a sneak peek into the world of Danny: 

Meet Danny (AKA WHY IS THE UNIVERSE NEVER TEAM DANNY?) 

  • My full name is Dandelion—clearly, I've been up against it from Day One
  • On my birthday, my best friend Sara called me a D-minus friend who breaks promises and tells lies the size of her head, which "has gotten pretty freaking big" since I got into Harvard
  • Turns our pre-med classes really blow (my dinoflagellates killed each other)
  • I've been trying to go vegan for the better part of my youth, but definitely starting tomorrow, my willpower will be stronger than cheese power
  • I missed finals while in treatment for all my eating and anxiety issues, which means I haven't had a normal, non-therapist-facilitated conversation in forever
  • Boys are still uninteresting and I have absolutely no idea what to do with them—instead of being on a hot date last night, I talked to my air conditioner 'til three a.m. YOLO
  • My parents are all, "You're so lucky to be at Harvard, blah blah blah, thousands of kids would kill for your experience"...but it looks like I'm killing myself to have it, too

We're sure that you'll love Danny, too. Love & Other Carnivorous Plants hit the shelves today, so grab your copy and get ready to meet Danny. 


About Love & Other Carnivorous Plants

Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny’s life. She’s failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her as she struggles to discover who that self really is. With a starkly memorable voice that’s at turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Love & Other Carnivorous Plants brilliantly captures the painful turning point between an adolescence that’s slipping away and the overwhelming uncertainty of the future.

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Paperback Cover Reveal: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

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We're so excited to reveal the new paperback cover of Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. It's a stunning, award-winning book we all fell in love with for its complex relationships and wonderful characters. Here's the new cover in its full glory:

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A stunning novel on love, identity, loss, and redemption. 

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she's isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (as well as her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.

 

 

Look at that shiny sticker! The paperback comes out on July 3, 2018

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What Kind Of Plant Are You?

Take this quiz inspired by Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves to find out what kind of plant you are! Have you ever wondered what kind of plant you are? Do you live for the sun or do you hide from it? Do you thrive in groups or are you a lone wolf? Share your results with us!

About Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by florence gonsalves

Love & Other Carnivorous Plants

Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny’s life. She’s failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her as she struggles to discover who that self really is. With a starkly memorable voice that’s at turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Love & Other Carnivorous Plants brilliantly captures the painful turning point between an adolescence that’s slipping away and the overwhelming uncertainty of the future.

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The May 2018 NOVLbox!

 
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We made it to May, NOVLers! And this month, we're back to our roots with another author-curated box from a certain expert on otherworldly gods, monsters, and more...

THE MAY NOVLBOX IS CURATED BY LAINI TAYLOR!

Yup, the one and only author of Strange the Dreamer and the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy has picked out some fantastical trinkets and books just for you in honor of the gorgeous Strange the Dreamer paperback. Couldn't we all use a little more magic in our lives?

What’s a NOVLbox? It’s a care package from one of our favorite authors or content creators (or us). What’s inside? Everything in that ^ GIF and more! To find out about the other prizes, keep an eye on the #NOVLbox hashtag on social media.

How It Works:

  1. Enter HERE for a chance to win.
  2. We’ll select & notify the winners at the end of the month.
  3. We'll ship out the boxes in the following two weeks!

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.