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. Erika E
    October 4, 2019 at 6:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I would probably want to live in the sky because I would be able to watch the sun change the beautiful colors in skies

  2. Susan
    October 4, 2019 at 6:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I would live in the sky because I love how the world looks from up above! If living in the sky means I have the ability to fly, that makes it even better!! Also, I can’t swim and have had a couple of near-drowning experiences in my lifetime to put me off of water, LOL.

  3. Keturah Farnum
    October 4, 2019 at 4:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Underwater, if only because I am terrified of heights…

  4. Nancy S
    October 4, 2019 at 10:16 am (3 years ago)

    id live in the sky,, im not that fond of fish,, im a horrible pisces

  5. Haley
    October 3, 2019 at 11:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to live underwater because there’s so much we still don’t know about the ocean.

  6. Jennifer Phares
    October 3, 2019 at 9:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Under water. Better temperature and less storms to deal with. Plus that would mean I am a mermaid.

  7. Alysha P
    October 3, 2019 at 8:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Under the water so I could see all the awesome creatures. Also I’m afraid of heights so the sky probably wouldn’t be fun. Haha.

  8. Karen
    October 3, 2019 at 5:53 pm (3 years ago)

    I think in the sky, living underwater sounds a little claustrophobic to me.

  9. Daniel M
    October 3, 2019 at 5:16 pm (3 years ago)

    underwater would be cool, any window would be a gigantic fishtank

  10. PamM
    October 3, 2019 at 4:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d be underwater. So much of it we haven’t seen.

  11. Cathy
    October 3, 2019 at 3:43 pm (3 years ago)

    I think if want to live in the ocean. I’ve always been drawn to water, but I’m not much of a swimmer. Still, I think it would be more interesting than the sky.

  12. Ruby Jo
    October 3, 2019 at 3:28 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to live underwater. There are so many things to discover in the sea and oceans, and I’d love to uncover those secrets. Also I really love mermaids 🙂 Thank you for the chance.

  13. Rayna Walker
    October 3, 2019 at 2:52 pm (3 years ago)

    SKY! Cuz yo then I’d probably have wings and OMG MY LIFE WOULD BE COMPLETE 😂

  14. Amanda
    October 3, 2019 at 11:05 am (3 years ago)

    Underwater because I have a fascination with life and monsters underwater. Plus, i’d love to be a mermaid.

  15. Chloe
    October 3, 2019 at 5:19 am (3 years ago)

    I would rather live underwater. Imagine the adventures you could have! Not to mention how cool it would be to live with the variety of unique lifeforms that call the water home.

  16. Liky M.
    October 3, 2019 at 4:25 am (3 years ago)

    I can’t swim so I probably wouldn’t live in the water but then heights can be kind of scary, hard to choose :):)

  17. Carolsue
    October 3, 2019 at 3:34 am (3 years ago)

    Underwater. Why? Because I am a Pisces and I love water!

  18. Tia
    October 3, 2019 at 3:19 am (3 years ago)

    I would go for the sky cause I can’t swim

  19. Kaitlin Whanger
    October 3, 2019 at 12:10 am (3 years ago)

    I read the excerpt from your book in another authors blog and fell in love! It is going straight on my TBR list! I’m so excited to get this chance to read it!

  20. Melissa Williams
    October 3, 2019 at 12:00 am (3 years ago)

    I would want to live in the sky if I could be a moon princess like Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity. But otherwise…probably live like a mermaid underwater.

  21. John Smith
    October 2, 2019 at 10:11 pm (3 years ago)

    “Would you live underwater or live in the sky, and why?” Well, I suppose I could live in those places in some sort of “human” way, in a pressurized atmosphere or what-not. If I lived in either place, I’d probably like it to involve some sort of magical palace or castle, with good kitchen staff.

  22. Samantha L Wallace
    October 2, 2019 at 9:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I would rather live in the sky because you would be close to the clouds and they would make a better pillow than the ocean floor.

  23. Briahna S.
    October 2, 2019 at 8:05 pm (3 years ago)

    I would live underwater. For two reasons, one I have always loved the ocean and two, I am SUPER afraid of heights.

  24. bn100
    October 2, 2019 at 7:18 pm (3 years ago)

    water sounds fun

  25. Crystal Craig
    October 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm (3 years ago)

    I would live underwater because I’ve always felt like I was meant to be a mermaid, lol. Plus, it would really be cool to be able to see what it looks like down there in the depths of the ocean too.

  26. Lindsey
    October 2, 2019 at 6:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I think as a Pisces I’m obligated to say underwater lol… but in all seriousness, I’d love the calmness of being under the waves all the time!

  27. Alessandra B.
    October 2, 2019 at 5:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to live underwater ❤️
    It would be wonderful to be able to coexist with all the marine ecosystem, to explore the sea depths where man cannot breathe and reach the deepest point of the earth.

  28. Caroline R
    October 2, 2019 at 5:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d rather live underwater because of the diverse life that lives there.

  29. KC Walters
    October 2, 2019 at 4:16 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d rather live in the sky because I am a night owl and would love to just sleep AMONG the stars. Plus, I have an irrational fear of sharks, thanks to Colleen Houck’s Tiger’s Curse Series. 🙂

  30. Jessica
    October 2, 2019 at 2:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Underwater. I have always loved mermaids.

  31. Tammy V
    October 2, 2019 at 12:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I would live underwater. I love the ocean and any moving water. Not a big fan of ponds though so I would say it would need to be salt water. Or in those bioluminescent caves.

  32. Irma Jurejevčič
    October 2, 2019 at 11:22 am (3 years ago)

    I’d rather live underwater. I’d love to be the one who’d see the creatures I belive there lives and none of us have seen them yet.

  33. Marcia Monteiro
    October 2, 2019 at 10:49 am (3 years ago)

    I’d rather live underwater to be able to explore the ocean, as it is still unexplored and full of beautiful creatures. 🙂

  34. kelsey
    October 2, 2019 at 10:29 am (3 years ago)

    I would live underwater.. I love the water, I’m a bit of a mermaid I guess lol

  35. Stephanie H.
    October 2, 2019 at 10:27 am (3 years ago)

    I love buried treasures and I would rather live underwater. I can’t imagine all the splendor that is still needing to be discovered down under.

  36. Reese
    October 2, 2019 at 10:25 am (3 years ago)

    Oooh, cool question! I think I’d live underwater because I feel like there are more options; you could choose to be somewhere near the coast, with more light but more human activity, or you could go build yourself a home in the Mariana Trench and enjoy the quiet (and the very disturbing fish 😉 )

  37. Vanessa
    October 2, 2019 at 10:11 am (3 years ago)

    Ok, I am terrified of water and heights. There’s no win here for me, lol. If I HAD to choose…..the sky I guess? Might be the lesser of two evils haha

  38. Betul
    October 2, 2019 at 10:02 am (3 years ago)

    Underwater sounds more interesting but also dangerous (sharks!). Living in the sky sounds more peaceful, so I will have to go with the sky.

    • Shaina pierce
      October 5, 2019 at 2:30 am (3 years ago)

      Under water im scared of heights lol

  39. Vera S
    October 2, 2019 at 9:27 am (3 years ago)

    It took me a moment to decide, but the sky. Underwater, I would miss music and other sounds I take for granted, being able to move freely, and being able to see clearly. The sky has a magical feel to it (not that the sea doesn’t, with its tales of mermaids and sirens and sea monsters), and no matter how cold or windy it got, I would be grateful for the sounds and the sights that I could see from the distance.

  40. Alicia
    October 2, 2019 at 12:48 am (3 years ago)

    That’s a tough one. The fact that a massive chunk of the ocean is still completely a mystery definitely tips the scales towards underwater. Although the sky would be amazing just think of all the discoveries waiting to be made underwater.

  41. Ayanami Faerudo
    October 2, 2019 at 12:00 am (3 years ago)

    I don’t have anything against heights but I don’t fancy myself falling. On the other hand, the depths of the ocean hold a lot of secrets yet to be explored. I might discover Atlantis or other sunken civilizations.

  42. Bella
    October 1, 2019 at 10:23 pm (3 years ago)


    • admin
      October 1, 2019 at 10:52 pm (3 years ago)

      I love this answer. Lol

  43. Noma A.
    October 1, 2019 at 10:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like to live in the sky because I think it would be easier to travel to different places.

  44. Vicki
    October 1, 2019 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Sky! Then I could see everything on earth!!

    • Artemis Giote
      October 5, 2019 at 7:11 am (3 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.

  45. Saray
    October 1, 2019 at 7:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I would live in the water. Humans today don’t know nothing about the depts. and also what lurks down there. But to explore and see it first hand that would be an adventure. Of course I would have fins and purple flowy hair and my man of chose would be Aquaman and we would rule the sea together. lol if only <3

    • admin
      October 1, 2019 at 10:52 pm (3 years ago)


  46. Courtney Pierce
    October 1, 2019 at 7:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I would live in the sky. I have always been fascinated with angels and the idea of flight. I think its kind of magical to live above the clouds where the wonders of the world seem to burn even brighter.

    • admin
      October 1, 2019 at 10:53 pm (3 years ago)

      Love this!

  47. Kyra Allen
    October 1, 2019 at 7:28 pm (3 years ago)

    I would rather live underwater. I’m a Pisces and have always loved being in and near water. Plus, I grew up by the ocean for most of my life.

  48. Kittalia
    October 1, 2019 at 5:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I would rather live underwater because of all the crazy underwater life

  49. Megan S.
    October 1, 2019 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d want to live in the sky because hopefully then I could fly. Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  50. Austine
    October 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I think I’d rather live underwater. I have a fascination with the ocean especially and there’s such a diverse ecosystem beneath the waves that I’d love to explore!

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