YALC 2019 Book Haul

YALC 2019 Book Haul

I’m home from YALC 2019! It was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The books at the convention were priced lower than retail price. So naturally I took advantage of the bargains! It meant I could get my hands on some books I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while. I also got a few new books that caught my eye on the stalls. Here are all the books I got for my YALC 2019 Book Haul:

The Wicked King By Holly Black

the wicked king

One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.

But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . . . 

As many of you know I have been saying since forever that I need to read this series. I managed to get my hands on a proof for The Queen of Nothing. As a result, I was more incentivised than ever to start! The Hot Key Books stall was selling The Wicked King as a hardback for £5!!! There was no way I could turn that discount down. Unfortunately they only had The Cruel Prince in paperback and I wanted them to match. I know it sounds silly but I like a series of books to all be in the same format. My boyfriend very kindly offered to get me The Cruel Prince in hardback from Amazon.

Truly Devious By Maureen Johnson

truly devious

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. 

This second book in my YALC 2019 Haul was not originally on my radar at all but again, the bargains got me. Truly Devious was on sale at the Harper360 stall for £5 in hardback. I had seen reactions to it on a Books With Friends live show as it was a monthly book a few months ago. I have never read a young adult mystery before so I’m excited to try something new!

Sea Witch By Sarah Henning

sea witch

The story of the Sea Witch, the villainess from Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale The Little Mermaid, told from the viewpoint of the Sea Witch when she was a twelve-year-old girl…

Evie has been wracked with guilt ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned. So when a girl appears on shore with an uncanny resemblance to Anna, Evie befriends her in an effort to make amends. And as the two girls catch the eyes – and hearts – of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at happy ever after. But is Evie’s new friend really who she says she is?

A gripping story of friendship, betrayal and the power of hope…

I picked this up at the same time as Truly Devious for £4 on the Harper 360 stall. They honestly sold me with so many books in this YALC 2019 Haul. They were so talkative and welcoming every time we came over. I added this book to my Goodreads list a while ago and decided to pick it up while it was so cheap. I would have loved it in hardback but for £4 you can’t complain!

The Beholder By Anna Bright

The Beholder

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match. But after an excruciatingly public rejection, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic to visit a series of potential suitors—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From the gardens of England to the fjords of Norge, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending...

Later on while waiting in the line for a signing it was getting closer to closing time on the Sunday. Stalls were wanting to shift stock so they were offering flash deals. One stall was even selling books for £1 just to shift the lot! Harper 360 were adding more and more discount stickers to some of the books. I thought The Beholder must have sold out because during my second walk round, I didn’t see it on the display anymore.

Then in the queue I saw it back with a discount sticker on and charged over to get my hands on it! In a way I’m glad I didn’t pick it up the first time. It meant I got it for £5 instead of £10 which in itself is still cheaper than the retail price of £17.99!! If I end up not liking it it’s not the end of the world as I got it for such a low price.

That is all for my YALC 2019 Book Haul! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Comment below!


  1. 30th July 2019 / 5:36 PM

    Awesome haul!
    Hope I can go to YALC one day

    • Dominique
      30th July 2019 / 8:24 PM

      You should, its fantastic!

    • Dominique
      4th August 2019 / 3:11 PM

      It does! I’m super excited to read it 😀

  2. 1st August 2019 / 12:39 AM

    Dominique, I am 100% with you about the whole “I want my books to match” based on if they’re all hardback or paperback. It may sound silly to others, but consistency in book formats (ESPECIALLY a series) is super satisfying!!

    Also, I want to read The Sea Witch and start The Wicked King series!

    • Dominique
      1st August 2019 / 6:09 AM

      I’m so glad its not just me!!

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