So YA Fest, which is pretty much the biggest book event in PA, happened yesterday and it was pretty good. I loved attending last year and I had fun this year, too. Despite the fact that not as many authors I like were there, it was still a great event with a ton of people. They hosted close to 50 MG & YA authors!
Easily my favorite part of the event, besides talking to the authors, are the raffles. YA Fest has one of the BEST raffles I’ve ever seen, more than 40 different prize packs, each containing anywhere from 5-10 books! How freaking sweet is that?! And the best part is you get raffle tickets as you walk in the door and from various authors, as long as you purchase a book. I’m mad I forgot to take a picture of all the raffles so you could get a better idea of the awesomeness, but trust me, it’s awesome. I’m so sad I didn’t win anything this year, because there were some amazing books being given away.
After I helped out with book sales, I roamed the event and got a few authors to sign some books. Of course, I had to hang out with JLA, Amalie Howard, and Jena from Shortie Says. Love these ladies!
I managed to find a picture of the raffles, courtesy of the YA Fest FB page.
I also got the meet Michelle Madow, who had a pretty impressive display going on.
And yay! I ran into Teresa from Readers Live a Thousand Lives, one of my favoritest people ever! She was actually a lucky winner of a raffle prize pack that included the first 3 books in the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress) as well as like 3-4 other books in the pack (didn’t I tell you those prize packs were awesome?!).
Here are all the books and swag I ended up getting at the event:
(Each teen that walked through the door received a tote bag with a free book inside, which I thought was pretty cool.)
Overall, it was another successful and fun event. I loved seeing all the teens and even adults there enjoying the YA books. I look forward to going again next year.