The only unfortunate thing about YALLFEST is there is NO possible way to get to all of the signings and all of the panels that you want to (unless, of course, McGonagall gave you a time turner. In that case, you're gonna have to share it with me next year.) So, I went to 1 panel, got 2 arcs, and went to 3 signings and got lots of bookish buttons.
Victoria Aveyard Signing
I got my copy of Red Queen signed!! This signing was at the top of my list. This has been my favorite book so far this year and I'm so excited that I got it signed. I also got a cute little Victoria Aveyard button.
Epic Reads was also having a special event for the sequel, Glass Sword. The instructions were to go up to an Epic Reads staff member NO EARLIER than 10:00am and say "I pledge my oath to the Scarlet Gaurd" and the first 50 people would be given tickets to the special event. I made it up to the table at 10:01am and they were already out of tickets. I was (and still am) super bummed. :( That was the only bad thing that happened all day though.
Marissa Meyer Signing
I got the first three books of the Lunar Chronicles signed by Marissa Meyer! I haven't even read the series yet but I couldn't pass up the chance. I wasn't sure I was actually gonna be able to get this one. I was person number 246 and waited in line for two hours! I was lucky, Marissa didn't make it through the whole line because she had to grab lunch before her panel, so not everyone got to get their books signed.
Okay, first of all, Gail Carriger is adorable. She had earrings shaped like gears and was wearing red gloves. Second of all, she actually signed more than just her name! I know you can't read the inscriptions, so here is what they say:
Curtsies & Conspiracies: "Happy Floating"
Etiquette & Espionage: "Enjoy the ride"
Souless: "Best read with tea"
Arc of Front Lines by Michael Grant
I won this from the Epic Reads wheel of ARCs. As long as you got in line before they cut it off you were GUARANTEED to win an ARC. How awesome is that!?!
This book is about three women who volunteer to fight in WWII. This isn't something I would've picked up on my own, but it actually looks really good. Epic Reads also gave out the *book shimmy* totes. What is a book shimmy?
I got this ARC for signing up for the First In Line newsletter (I think it was a newsletter. I signed up for something!) It looks like this is the story of a high school junior who has a secret admirer and is trying to find out who it is. Contemporary/realistic isn't really my cup of tea, but we'll see how it is. They also gave out a sweet tote bag.
This is actually the other side of the First In Line tote from above. I also picked up several free "I READ ________ BEFORE YOU DID" buttons. You can't really read them in the picture but the titles are: Calamity, Illuminae, Unforgiven, All the Bright Places, The Game of Lives, and Every Day. I haven't actually read any of these yet, but, hey, free buttons!
Panel: Once Upon A(nother) Time: Fairytale Reboots
Featuring: Marissa Meyer, E.K. Johnston, E. Lockhart, Soman Chainani, and Renee Ahdieh
Y'all know I love fairy tale retellings, but the only person I had actually heard of on this panel was Marissa Meyer. I really wasn't sure what to expect from this panel. I mean, when the authors are all wearing crowns/tiaras, anything can happen. Moderator Danielle Paige opened by asking if anyone was wearing fairy tale related underwear (Emily Lockhart admitted she was wearing princess underwear) then proceeded to normal questions like 'how did you choose what elements of the story to keep and which to change' and 'is there a fairy tale character you hated that you now love'. There was a good deal of Disney bashing and a duel almost broke out about whether Disney's Little Mermaid is fantastic or terrible. Do not get Soman Chainani started on the topic. Actually, if you ever have a chance, do get him started on the topic. He said he wishes we all grew up with Grimm-style fairy tales instead of the happily-ever-after Disney versions. He also talked about how, when you get down to their core, princesses and witches really are the same character. In all honesty, he was my favorite part of the panel. Another highlight of the panel was Marissa Meyer saying she named her first car "Tinker Bell" and made everyone in the car clap to help the car get the encouragement/strength to make it uphill.
Well, that was my YALLFEST adventure. Hopefully I'll get to go back next year.