You may have heard of YALLFEST, the ultimate Young Adult (YA) book festival held in Charleston, SC, but this year we said hello to its sister, YALLWEST— an equally epic event held in Santa Monica, CA. Just as we expected, it was a huge success! Fans met dozens of best-selling authors, got their favorite books signed and attended various enlightening panels including “Once Upon a Retelling: Alt Fairytales” and “Really Fantastic & Fantastically Real.” Thanks to the interactions and down-right magical presence of authors such as Veronica Roth, Marissa Meyer, Ransom Riggs, Margaret Stohl, Melissa de la Cruz and more, we and the attendees went home more motivated than ever to catch up on the latest great reads!

Check out some of our favorite memories of the weekend and stay tuned for YALLFEST this fall!