So, last year was the first time that YALC (Young Adult Literary Convention) was held at home rather than an event you could attend in London because of obvious global circumstances, and so for the last two years (last year and this), rather than being able to pick up book stuff, proofs or even win some goodies at YALC, the organisers held an #athomeYALC event on twitter and instagram instead where you could enter giveaways as well as listen to authors online and interact in various ways with other ya book lovers too.  Last year I was super excited as I was told I’d won a book, Last Lesson by James Goodhand, but I’m guessing due to the lockdown that was happening at the time, that the publisher’s kind of forgot to send it. 😮 Maybe, I don’t know but for whatever reason it never came. 😦

While I’m still a little disappointed that it never arrived, this year has more than made up for it as I had an great time during the event, lerned about so many books that I want to read in the coming year and I was lucky enough to win not only one but two books (and not just books but early proofs) during #athomeYALC this year!! 😀  Both of these are fantasy and I just can’t wait to read them, let’s take a look at the first which features African myth an magic and will be published in October…

August YALC haul Lionheart Girl
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Lionheart Girl by Yaba Badoe – African myth and magic beat in the dark heart of this fable about witchcraft, superstition, the bonds we choose and those we cannot.
Born into a family of West African witches, Sheba’s terrified of her mother who can turn into a crow. But like mother, like daughter – magic runs through her blood and Sheba discovers powers of her own.
Her touch can unravel people’s innermost thoughts; their hopes, their fears – their secrets. Sheba too can shape-shift. Through the communion of ancient magic, blood and friendship, she slowly uncovers the murderous truth about her stolen childhood and steels herself for the future. She must protect the hunted from the hunter – her mother.

The next proof is one that won’t be out until May next year! 😮  But it’s got me all excited and the description below is one from the proof itself so it may change in the future as it’s such an early version of the final book!…

August YALC haul Twin Crowns
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Twin Crowns by Catherine Dowle & Katherine Webber – Two Sisters, One Crown.
Princess Rose Valhart is heir to the throne of Eana.  Trained from birth to fear the witches that killed her mother, she will do aything to protect her kingdom.
Wren Greenrock is the secret sister no one knows about.  Raised in the hidden witch village of Ortha, she plots to usurp the princess.
In the battle for the crown of Eana, where will you allegiances lie?


Don’t both of these books sound so interesting and both proofs are sooo gorgeous!😍  You may not have noticed there’s a lion and also a snake on the cover of Lionheart Girl, and the Twin Crowns proof is a special #TeamRose version, with a Wren version being available to some other lucky winners too. 🙂  I can’t wait to read these and share my thoughts although I will wait a while before sharing a proper review with Twin Crowns as it’s not out until next year.  I want to say a huge thank you to the publishers and YALC for these, it was a great event and it will hopefully be back in Olympia next year! 😀  I’ll also be soon sharing a new post with a bit of a personal update as well as something about my tbr pile so do look out for that later this week.  In the meantime tell me if there’s any books you’re excited for. 🙂

What do you think of these books?  Do you like fantasy?  What books are you looking forward to in September and beyond?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂