Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt
Welcome to the awesomesauce book circus that is the YA Scavenger Hunt! For those new to the fun-fest that is YASH, this tri-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 Amazon best-seller BLOODSPELL; The AQUARATHI Series from Harlequin Teen – WATERFELL, OCEANBORN, and SEAMONSTER; as well as THE ALMOST GIRL, THE FALLEN PRINCE, and the Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next Pick ALPHA GODDESS from Sky Pony Press.
If you came here looking for my bonus material, my playlist from THE FALLEN PRINCE, you’ll have to keep hunting!
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 April 3rd!
Check out the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM–but there are also BLUE, RED, GREEN, ORANGE, TEAL, PURPLE, SILVER, & PINK teams (each with 20 authors) 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.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: In my post, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number in GOLD 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 APRIL 3RD, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
ARE YOU GUYS READY?!?!
I am super-thrilled to be hosting the lovely LORI M. LEE for this leg of the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Lori is the author of Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.
About GATES OF THREAD AND STONE:
“In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.”
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.
Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
Find out more information about this exciting book by checking out Lori’s website!
This is the original opening of Gates of Thread and Stone, back when it was equal parts fantasy and science fiction:
Death lived in a high-rise penthouse at the center of the South District. I could see it from anywhere in the city, and it cut the skyline like a blade. Death—she probably had a real name—was Governor Ninu’s right hand and his personal executioner. Or, at least, that’s what the rumors said. I didn’t really care if they were true so long as it wasn’t me on the chopping block.
The governor’s executioner living in the most impressive building in the city wasn’t the only reason the South District unsettled me. It was just too weird here. Even though I never went any farther than the barracks along the inner wall, the vadverts were large enough that the images flickered clearly at every street corner. At least half of them were promotions for the upcoming Tournament.
We called the South District the White Court because the buildings were pristine. It made me wonder if the residents were afraid of dirt. It was just as well. We’d have to call it the mostly-white court.
The strap of my messenger bag dug into my shoulder, and I hoisted it up as I reached the South Gate. The White Court was separated from the rest of the city by twenty-foot walls, and only people with the right permissions could pass through. As a carrier for the District Mail Center, I had access during work hours.
“See you tomorrow, Kai.” The Watchman on duty waved me through. I crossed into the North District, and the spot beneath the crease of my elbow twinged as the scanpoint read my I-chip. Every entry point and intersection in the city was fitted with a scanpoint, a virtual map of citizens’ personal information and daily schedules.
Once through the gate, the tension left my shoulders. The North District—fondly nicknamed the Alley by some and not-so-fondly called Purgatory by others—was nothing like the White Court. Not a single building stood that wasn’t less than fifty years old. These were plain stone and brick buildings, ugly and brown and comforting in their uniformity. What glass there was either clung to the windows or shattered on the sidewalks.
There were few vadverts here—no point advertising to people with no credits. The vadverts they did project either featured half-naked men or women for the businesses down at the docks, or they were government-sponsored crap about what an awesome city Ninurta was. Really smart companion advertising there. Who were they trying to kid?
But, hey, as long as they left me and my brother Reev alone, I didn’t much care what Governor Ninu did.
A shoulder bumped mine on the sidewalk. I didn’t bother checking my pockets. They were empty. But sometimes I left little notes in them I thought might amuse a pickpocket: “If you’re looking for lint, I’m your girl,” or “Try me again tomorrow. I forgot my diamonds at home.”
Well, they amused me anyway.
Man, if I ever visit Ninurta, I will know to keep my THIRTEEN diamonds in the bank.
Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lori M. Lee, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is hidden somewhere in this post (hint: scroll up two lines – it’s in gold and it starts with THIR and ends with TEEN). Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold 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 TWO personal contests I’m hosting below for a chance to WIN A LAPTOP as part of THE FALLEN PRINCE RELEASE (US only) as well as a signed set of books just for YASH (International)!
Contest 1: PLAY THE TAG INITIATIVE AND ENTER TO WIN A LAPTOP – CLICK TO LEARN MORE
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Contest 2: ENTER TO WIN A SIGNED PAPERBACK SET OF THE CRUENTUS CURSE SERIES PLUS ANTIQUE SILVER TRIQUETRA CHARMS AND SWAG (International) a Rafflecopter giveaway
CONTINUE THE HUNT
If you’re ready to move on, click HERE to head over to the next author in the hunt: SARVENAZ TASH! Good luck!!
abookandbeyondApril 1, 2016 at 2:49 am (7 years ago)
I would live in the world of Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon. Thanks for the giveaway, and good luck to everyone!Reply
Justine VandaleApril 1, 2016 at 2:13 am (7 years ago)
This is an easy one lol. I’d want to be in Harry Potter!Reply
adriannaApril 1, 2016 at 1:31 am (7 years ago)
charmed. which is technically a series of books written based on a television show. but still .Reply
Syra MalolesApril 1, 2016 at 1:08 am (7 years ago)
OMG i would love to win The mortal Instruments series!!!!Reply
EmilyMarch 31, 2016 at 10:53 pm (7 years ago)
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (but only if I could live with Simon and Penny… or go to Watford… Actually, there would be no unappealing option…)Reply
YuliyaMarch 31, 2016 at 10:06 pm (7 years ago)
The Faerie Guardian by Rachel MorganReply
Cindy C.March 31, 2016 at 8:14 pm (7 years ago)
Maybe Eleanor and Park. The whole idea of being a teenager in the 80’s seems interesting. :3Reply
JessMarch 31, 2016 at 7:56 pm (7 years ago)
either harry potter or lord of the ringsReply
Brianna ClayMarch 31, 2016 at 6:33 pm (7 years ago)
I’d live in Wings series by Aprilynne Pike.Reply
Danielle C.March 31, 2016 at 12:49 pm (7 years ago)
It would always be THRONE OF GLASS. That series makes me go happy to crying to sobbing to happy to breaking hearts and I think all the feels I need are there <333Reply
Amy CoxMarch 31, 2016 at 12:48 pm (7 years ago)
I typically go for series books so picking just one is quite difficult, but one of my faves is Tiger’s Curse! It was a great new find after I finished another series.Reply
Amy CoxMarch 31, 2016 at 12:42 pm (7 years ago)
Thanks for participating in the YASH!Reply
TasiaMarch 31, 2016 at 11:39 am (7 years ago)
Just one??? Well I’d would say the PJO series!Reply
SharonMarch 31, 2016 at 8:49 am (7 years ago)
Walk on Earth a Stranger – I think it would be interesting to live in the time period for a year and then be able to come home to all of the comforts!Reply
ladyvampireMarch 31, 2016 at 3:10 am (7 years ago)
I would like to live in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.Reply
Paige O.March 31, 2016 at 12:28 am (7 years ago)
Victoria FalzoMarch 30, 2016 at 11:06 pm (7 years ago)
I think I might choose the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman. I would love to be able to visit alternate Italy, especially if I could bring my best friend along 😀Reply
RebeccaMarch 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm (7 years ago)
Oh dear, it’s too hard to decide! I’d say Harry Potter, but I think I’m a bit too old for Hogwarts to accept me, so maybe in the world of Of Poseidon because mermaids!Reply
Caroline BMarch 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm (7 years ago)
Percy Jackson’s world!Reply
Veronica MMarch 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm (7 years ago)
Probably Tiger’s Curse by Colleen HouckReply
Nicole JohnsonMarch 30, 2016 at 8:41 pm (7 years ago)
The Mortal Instruments series!Reply
Kristie MMarch 30, 2016 at 7:10 pm (7 years ago)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorReply
BrandiMarch 30, 2016 at 5:28 pm (7 years ago)
The Hobbit. I’d love to check out Middle Earth! 🙂Reply
Ruby @ Ruby's BooksMarch 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm (7 years ago)
I’d love to live in the world of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. Not only are most of the fictional worlds still present in the series, but also I could have access to tons of nerdy information abut ancient history. Win-WinReply
Thais PampadoMarch 30, 2016 at 2:32 pm (7 years ago)
Definitely Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!Reply
Kayla TirrellMarch 30, 2016 at 12:20 pm (7 years ago)
Harry Potter if I can go to Hogwarts!Reply
Callie WylesMarch 30, 2016 at 11:51 am (7 years ago)
Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. Ren and Kishan for a year? I think yes.Reply
Kathy WeaverMarch 30, 2016 at 11:18 am (7 years ago)
Acheron or StyxxReply
TrisareyMarch 30, 2016 at 10:59 am (7 years ago)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanReply
Corinne AllenMarch 30, 2016 at 10:33 am (7 years ago)
Sarah CrowleyMarch 30, 2016 at 10:02 am (7 years ago)
Harry Potter book 1 or City of BonesReply
Leslie FlynnMarch 30, 2016 at 9:49 am (7 years ago)
I so want to live in the world of Neverwhere. I was devastated when that book ended that I couldn’t follow along with their adventures anymore.Reply
CourtneyMarch 30, 2016 at 9:44 am (7 years ago)
Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. Back in the good old days(:Reply
amartinez87March 30, 2016 at 9:30 am (7 years ago)
Any of the Dark Hunter Series booksReply
eross816March 30, 2016 at 8:57 am (7 years ago)
The Night CircusReply
MoradoradelasestrellasMarch 30, 2016 at 8:37 am (7 years ago)
In Temerant, the world of The name of the wind *-*Reply
BeckyMarch 30, 2016 at 8:09 am (7 years ago)
Oh! So many books to choose from. Perhaps in the River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren?Reply
Ginger bettyMarch 30, 2016 at 5:23 am (7 years ago)
Obsidian by jennifer armentrout, i want to be friends with all the charactersReply
Zairah DivinoMarch 30, 2016 at 3:18 am (7 years ago)
Ah, that’s easy. Harry Potter. 😉 But then I know a lot of people wants to live inside that world, too, and Hogwarts might not accept students anymore, so I guess I’ll head on to Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. 🙂Reply
eli yantiMarch 30, 2016 at 1:33 am (7 years ago)
kasie west’s bookReply
Samantha DMarch 29, 2016 at 11:03 pm (7 years ago)
Lunar!!! The lunar chronicles by Marissa MeyerReply
Mary L. BennettMarch 29, 2016 at 10:21 pm (7 years ago)
I agree this may be one of the hardest questions to answer, but I may steal it to engage my middle school library students! As for me, I have to go with my all time favorite story, Gone With the Wind.Reply
IsabelMarch 29, 2016 at 9:40 pm (7 years ago)
The Shadow Falls series by CC Hunter of the Gallagher Academy series by Ally Carter!Reply
Melissa PaschalMarch 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm (7 years ago)
The Kate Daniels Series by Iliona Andrews!!!!Reply
BirgitteMarch 29, 2016 at 5:49 pm (7 years ago)
Harry Potter. Probably the first book.Reply
SaraMarch 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm (7 years ago)
RoxanneMarch 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm (7 years ago)
Probably the most difficult question ever but at this moment it would be For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, thank you for the giveaway 🙂Reply
booksformksMarch 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm (7 years ago)
One book for the rest of my life…. the Bible!Reply
CelineMarch 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm (7 years ago)
The False PrinceReply
Da ReadaholicMarch 29, 2016 at 12:22 pm (7 years ago)
A Court of Thorns and Roses.Reply