Fall 2019 YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the fantastic book circus that is the YA Scavenger Hunt! For those new to the fun-fest that is YASH, this bi-annual event was first organized by the fabulous Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

So for those of you who don’t know me, I’m the author of several books, including the #1 bestseller BLOODSPELL and the IPPY award winning BLOODCRAFT in my witch/vampire series; WATERFELLOCEANBORN, and SEAMONSTER in my twist-on-mermaids series; THE ALMOST GIRL and THE FALLEN PRINCE in my parallel universe science fiction series; and the Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next Pick ALPHA GODDESS and DARK GODDESS in my Hindu mythology series. I am also the co-author of the steamy historical romance series: the LORDS OF ESSEX and the TARTANS & TITANS series.

If you came here looking for my bonus material, an excerpt from WATERFELL, you’ll have to keep hunting! This hunt, I am a member of the PURPLE team!

At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team!But play fast: this contest (and all the bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday October 6th!

Check out the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are five contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM–but there are also other fabulous teams for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, OR IF YOU ARE STUCK, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.


Directions: In my post, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number somewhere. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on each team, and then add them up.

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by OCTOBER 6TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


I am so happy to be hosting my friend, the lovely PINTIP DUNN, author of MALICE for this leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and the upcoming MALICE.

About MALICE: 

What I know:

a student in my class will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus

What I don’t know:

who they are

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out their identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill them. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice she’s lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now she’s drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved…

Find out more information about this exciting book by checking out  PINTIP DUNN‘s website!


And DRUMROLL please … now for PINTIP DUNN‘s  exclusive content! A deleted scene from MALICE!!

I’m so excited to share with you a never-before-seen excerpt
from my new book, MALICE (coming Feb. 2020!) This book is so near and dear to
my heart. It’s got my fav elements of any story — a twisty plot, with a
difficult moral choice at its core. More than that, I’m kinda, sorta, TOTALLY
in love with my characters! Alice is bad at cooking and as loyal as the time
stream is long. I almost feel badly about what I put her through… except I’m
also giving her Bandit, the blue-haired Thai boy who just might be my favorite
hero. (Shhhh!!! Don’t tell the others!)

Check out this excerpt for a quick introduction to Alice and


5:58 am

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: black
flannel shirt, sleeves rolled up. black jeans. white canvas sneakers.

Me: ???

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive:
ur imagining what im wearing, amirite? dont lovesick girls fantasize bout this
every morning? 

Me: Hate to break it to
you, Bandit, but the only “sick” I’m about to be is all over my phone. 

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive:
could u plz not call me that?

Me: What? Bandit? But
it’s your name. 

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive:
yea, but when u say it, w ur proper capitals, it sounds like ur scolding

Me: What should I call
you then? 

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive:
how bout babycakes? 

Me: How about Most
Obnoxious Boy Alive? That’s how you’re listed under my Contacts. 

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: ur
giving me pet names already? aww, honey oats, thats sweet. not sure im ready 4
this level of commitment tho

Me: You started it!

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive:
ur rite. I did. ok fine. 2 eggs over easy. bacon. toast. what im having 4

Me: Told you already.
Utterly uninterested. 

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive:
chrysanthemum tea too. cuz it reminds me of my khun yai. she used to make it 4
me every morning w loads of brown sugar 

My fingers hover over my cell phone. I can’t bring myself to
shut him down. Not now. Because I know from Lalana that Khun Yai means “grandmother.” And…he spoke about her in the past

I remember, too, that Lalana attended a funeral last year.
And I’m pretty sure it was for Bandit’s grandmother. 

Me: Of course you would
like your tea super sweet. 

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive:
I dont. but thats how my khun yai liked it, so thats how I drank it

Me: And that’s how you
still make your tea? 

Dots appear. And then disappear. And then appear again, as
though he can’t decide how to respond. I meant the question as a throw-away,
but now, I’m gripping my phone like our very future depends on the answer.
 Finally, his response pops up. 

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive:
yea. thats how I still make my tea 


WHOA! This makes me want to do THIRTEEN cartwheels!

To read more about PINTIP DUNN and MALICE be sure to click on the links!

To enter the contest, you need to know that my favorite number is hidden somewhere in this post (hint: scroll up two lines – it starts with THIR and ends with TEEN). Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on my team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

While you’re here with me, be sure to enter the personal contest I’m hosting below for a chance to win signed books (including the newly published AQUARATHI series – The Little Mermaid meets Pacific Rim)!

Contest is international!

***Please note, if your blog comment doesn’t post in the comments section or you’re getting a certificate/authentication error, please feel free to leave your comment on my Amalie Howard Facebook page!





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If you’re ready to move on to the next author in the hunt, click here:
T.H. Hernandez / Jennifer DiGiovanni!

Good luck!

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87 Comments on Fall 2019 YA Scavenger Hunt

  1. Cassandra D
    October 6, 2019 at 11:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Live in the sky and enjoy the weather.

  2. Dynal Roberson
    October 6, 2019 at 11:21 pm (5 years ago)

    I’d say underwater, I’ve never gotten sea sickness but I have gotten Airsick.

  3. Megan Coppadge
    October 6, 2019 at 2:25 pm (5 years ago)

    Definitely underwater. There are so many different animals and places to see. It also seems like there are way more things to see and do underwater then in the air.

  4. Evie
    October 6, 2019 at 12:03 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m so torn! I love swimming, so underwater would be fun. But I’d also love to be able to fly, since I can already swim. So I guess I’m going with living in the sky! 😀

  5. Jen
    October 6, 2019 at 10:46 am (5 years ago)

    Underwater since I love spend my summers at the beach, swimming at the lake or ocean.

  6. Veronica Sharpe
    October 6, 2019 at 10:07 am (5 years ago)

    i’d live in the sky because i could travel anywhere (and wings! (hopefully))

  7. Theresa
    October 6, 2019 at 9:44 am (5 years ago)

    I would love to live under water. So many places to explore!

  8. Destiny C.
    October 6, 2019 at 9:18 am (5 years ago)

    I would have to see the scenery I would be living in, and understand the physics of living underwater. I’d have to know the limitations of each. If I can talk normally and such underwater I would love that. If I’m in the sky, I feel it could be limiting if you cannot go to the ground. Both sound cold haha, but maybe living in a tropical sea is what I’d choose.

  9. Birgit L.
    October 6, 2019 at 3:58 am (5 years ago)

    I’d rather live up in the sky – lovely view and no risk of running out of air to breath! 😉

  10. Desiree Kessler
    October 6, 2019 at 2:11 am (5 years ago)

    I would live underwater. I love the ocean! ?

  11. L
    October 6, 2019 at 12:31 am (5 years ago)

    I want to experience living in the sky. I love looking at it and imaging being in the clouds.
    Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck everyone!

  12. Beverly Gordon
    October 6, 2019 at 12:05 am (5 years ago)

    The sky i could have a steam balloon and see all sorts of things and being under water terrifies me some what

  13. Sabrina
    October 5, 2019 at 8:13 pm (5 years ago)

    I would definitely choose the sky. I am not a big fan of water, but I would love to see the world from above. 🙂

  14. Nikole C.
    October 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm (5 years ago)

    I think I’d live in the sky, since I love the aspect of flying and all the flying creatures.

  15. Agus
    October 5, 2019 at 6:41 pm (5 years ago)

    I’d live in the sky because I’d love to be in a world made of clouds, enjoying the different sky views at every moment of the day. I also love birds ♥

  16. Andrea Carroll
    October 5, 2019 at 5:58 pm (5 years ago)

    Definitely in the sky… it would be wonderful to see everything.

  17. Monica Rodriguez
    October 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm (5 years ago)

    I would live in the sky! Something about it intrigues me ❤

  18. Penny Olson
    October 5, 2019 at 5:03 pm (5 years ago)

    I would live in the sky because I’d get claustrophic under water. Thanks.

  19. Karen DeVaney
    October 5, 2019 at 4:22 pm (5 years ago)

    I would live underwater. I love the ocean and ocean creatures and the freedom that swimming brings.

  20. katerina
    October 5, 2019 at 4:13 pm (5 years ago)

    It’s a tough question. The sky is full of possibility and freedom, it would be what i needed to spread my wings, literally. On the other hand, there are so many question about the sea that i have and want to find out the answers to.
    However, the sky would have to be my answer if i could only choose one. The sky means absolute control of my life since i would be free to fly high with no restrictions.

  21. Silver
    October 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm (5 years ago)

    Both are potentially deadly, but I guess I’d choose living in the sky, it’s less suffocating… and less dark. ?

  22. May
    October 5, 2019 at 12:36 pm (5 years ago)

    Under water because I love swimming!

  23. Candice
    October 5, 2019 at 10:52 am (5 years ago)

    I would live underwater. There are mysteries in the depths of the ocean.

  24. Trisa @ Absolute Bookishness
    October 5, 2019 at 8:23 am (5 years ago)

    I think I like the idea of living in the sky. Hopefully that would mean I’d have some ability to fly (on my own or with some type of aircraft, flying contraption, etc.), and then I could visit the land and water if and when I want to. ^_^

    (Living underwater sounds incredibly interesting too, but large sea creatures make me nervous. Even some freshwater species. I like to study them but still…)

  25. Artemis Giote
    October 5, 2019 at 7:12 am (5 years ago)

    I’m afraid of heights so the sky probably wouldn’t be fun for me. The underwater world is magnificent and mysterious. The ocean is a whole other world that most people don’t know or understand. I would love to being one of the people who could understand this world.

  26. Carie
    October 5, 2019 at 4:43 am (5 years ago)

    In the sky, since I’m not a strong swimmer 😉

  27. April
    October 5, 2019 at 4:40 am (5 years ago)

    I would live in the sky because I’m not that fond of the ocean

  28. Debi Tonks
    October 5, 2019 at 4:01 am (5 years ago)

    I would have to say sky, mainly because I love dragons and other mythical flying creatures. Even though I’m afraid of falling, I feel more at home with my head in the clouds.

  29. joy f
    October 5, 2019 at 1:09 am (5 years ago)

    Sky, I hope it would be cooler.

  30. Brianna Clay
    October 5, 2019 at 12:52 am (5 years ago)

    I’d live underwater! The ocean is really mysterious and cool. Plus, love the little mermaid, so I’d want to be a mermaid.

    October 4, 2019 at 10:11 pm (5 years ago)

    I would live under water because I love the ocean and I am terrified of heights I think it would be so fun. Thanks for the chance.

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  32. J.R.
    October 4, 2019 at 9:45 pm (5 years ago)

    Underwater, since it is a lot different than what I am experiencing now. And I would have so much fun exploring the sea life.

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