10.03.2017

YA Scavenger Hunt: YASH 2017 + GIVEAWAY!



Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! I am so beyond excited to be a part of YASH this year! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! 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 book from each author on the hunt in my team (check the titles on the super snazzy graphic below!)! *Also, don't forget to enter the exclusive giveaway at the bottom of this post for a copy of THE CASTAWAYS + a very cool bracelet!* 

But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!




Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are seven contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

 :: SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE ::

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

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 Sunday, October 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST :: Author, Caitlin Sangster


Lucky, lucky me, today I'm hosting the wonderful Caitlin Sangster for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Caitlin has been writing since middle school. She always thought of it as a silly sort of compulsive habit until she realized that people like reading stories and she liked writing them and there wasn’t much silly about that. LAST STAR BURNING is her debut novel.

Find out more information by checking out Caitlin's author website or find more about LAST STAR BURNING here! You can also find Caitlin on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter!

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT :: DELETED SCENE from LAST STAR BURNING



:: To escape execution for a crime she didn't commit, seventeen-year-old Sev is forced to run away from the only home she's ever known in this exciting start to a brand-new fantasy series from debut author Caitlin Sangster.
Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal--a star burned into her hand. That's the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.
Now her mother's body is displayed above Traitor's Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she's more valuable alive than dead.
When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev's only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person--Howl, the chairman's son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can't help but wonder if he knows more about her past--and her mother's crimes--than he lets on.
But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev's life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance. ::

"I've never been called a hussy before. The word kind of reminds me of gores for some reason. And cats. All teeth and claws. Harlot. Strumpet. Slut. They all seem like such antiquated terms for some reason. Words usually spoken in whispers and behind closed doors. But, if I get caught up here, I have no doubt Tai-ge's mother will break them out in to the open.
            Unfounded, of course. I guess I'm just an easy target, and Hong Tai-ge too important to pass up, when it comes to City gossip. Not many of the high-ranking Seconds allow Fourths within a block of their homes. Much less inside, sitting across from their handsome young sons at the dinner table. War news can't beat out good gossip from the Steppe.
             Luckily, I don't think anyone is home. Being tripped over by a Third is possible, but unlikely. I think Tai-ge still cleans his own room. Any self-respecting Second should, since we're all supposed to be equal. Even if he did just get a fancy new job with the Watch.
            Loitering next to his door, I turn the knob, looking both ways before slipping in. My clicking heels quiet as they sink in to the thick carpet, the City's star and beaker seal cut in to the deep red fibers just at the foot of his bed. Nothing has changed much in here since we were kids. Everything so red. Down to his striped sheets, the accents in his splintery bookcase, and the portrait of Yuan Zhiwei on the wall above the bed. Matted in red. It makes me wonder if sleeping in this room makes him dream in red paint.
            Slipping the blankets from the bed, I pull the sheets up, folding them about halfway up the bed, then tucking them firmly back under the mattress. I brought a cup full of snow from outside and it makes a satisfyingly wet splash across the soft fabric. My own sheets have pebbled and fuzzed from years of harsh soap and overuse. For some reason, ruining these seems almost tragic. He probably won't notice. Beyond wet, scrunched feet, I guess.
            I take a second to be happy in Tai-ge's sacred space. Everything down to the husky boy smell is a warm memory of my friend. A black and white watercolor of Tai-ge seated in front of his parents eyes me sternly from his desk. Just behind it, I am surprised to see my own face peeking out from behind the ornately carved frame, laughing with Tai-ge over a game of weiqi. General Hong would be furious to see our friendship so obviously displayed in his son's room, even apologetically hidden behind a family portrait. My smile looks genuine, black eyes screwed up in unmistakable merriment. Tai-ge looks equally undignified. Yet another smudge on my character. Weiqi is not to be taken lightly.
            The stairs down the hall creak as footsteps approach and I realize that the picture is in my hand, Tai-ge's blankets are still a suspicious looking pile on the floor, and I'm very far from the door and escape. Shoving the simple frame back behind the Hongs’ serious eyes, I throw the blankets back in place and crawl in to the gap between the bed and the wall to hide. I have to shove it over a little, my skinny shoulders and hips not quite fitting in the tight space.
             The carpet feels like silk against my cheek. Now that I'm down here, I realize that to appreciate the carpet properly you have to lay on it. Not only is it softer than my lumpy mattress, but no other residents are fighting me for a place on it. I found rats in my mattress last year. I've tried not to look too closely since.
            Hollow echoes of footsteps stop in front of his door, yellow afternoon light seeping in as it creaks open. A woman sticks her head in, dark eyes thoughtful and far away as though she came here by mistake. Her shiny black hair is cropped short in the new City fashion, but the utilitarian line cannot hide how beautiful she is. Tai-ge’s mother’s heavy Watch uniform makes her look like a child playing war.
            Her finely boned face twists with alarm. She's spotted my boots sticking out from behind the bed.
            "Jiang Sev?" The jewel tones seem to float across the room, a songbird's call. An unhappy songbird. I wonder how she figured out it was me so quickly? I guess no one else in the Talan house would have such dirty boots. "What in Yuan’s name are you doing in here?"
            I slide out, a mask of submissive regret tied tightly across my face, "I'm sorry Comrade Hong. I came looking for Tai-ge. He promised to help me finish my presentation about Kamari air attacks on the City."
            "So you hid in his bedroom?" Comrade Hong brushes a hand across her forehead as though her hair is still long enough to fall into her eyes. She isn't used to wearing her hair so short.
             "The maid told me he might be up here. I didn't think anyone..."
            She walks over to my ungraceful heap behind the bed and jerks me up off the floor before I can finish.
            "Leave. Now. Sister Lei will be hearing about this, mark my words. I never want to find you anywhere near this part of the house again."
            There isn't a point in arguing, but I can't help myself. "I just..."
            Comrade Hong's musical voice cracks like a whip as she drags me down the hall towards the back stairs. "You are not entitled to explain yourself. I don't want you up here and he doesn't either. Nothing a little Fourth floozy like you can do will change that."
            Floozy. I hadn't thought of that one."
:: Want to read the first chapter that did make it into LAST STAR BURNING? Be sure to check it out  here: https://www.caitlinsangster.com/books ::
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Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Caitlin Sangster, and more! To enter, you need to know that in my next YA fantasy release, THE OFFERING (Swoon Reads, fall 2018), the number๐ŸŒŸ 
๐ŸŒŸis significant. You got that? The number 9...  Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize! 

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know how many stops you've made and if this is your first YASH or not!

๐Ÿ”CONTINUE THE HUNT :: Get Going!!!๐Ÿ”Ž

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Author Tracey Neithercott!
๐ŸŽ†EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY๐ŸŽ†
To qualify, sign up for my newsletter ๐Ÿก‡below ๐Ÿก‡ for a chance to WIN an ebook copy of The Castaways plus a beach/nautical inspired bracelet (US only)! In addition, for an extra entry, leave a comment on this blog post--I'd love to hear if this is your first YASH, what your favorite YA novel is, and/or anything in-between!

​Already signed up to my newsletter and / or read The Castaways? No problem. Leave a link to your Amazon and Goodreads reviews of The Castaways and if you win, I'll gift you an ebook of your choice to the same value as The Castaways along with the bracelet!"

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38 comments:

  1. This IS my first scavenger hunt but I couldn't tell you my favorite book. This SUMMER though, my favorite book was Geekerella. It was a breath of fresh air. I just kept running into sad book after sad book, and that's great, there has to be some out there, but I kept feeling like that was the only kind of book I was finding, and I love happy endings, and I can't take sad or bittersweet so when I stumbled upon Geekerella, not only was I relieved, but I LOVED it. It's cute, its dorky, it's funny, and I cried (internally) when it ended, because it ended.

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    1. It's my first YASH too, Bella! Geekerella is on my TBR list--it looks adorable! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  2. This is my 2nd YASH I participated in the #YAInstaHunt

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  3. This is my very first YASH and I love it! First off can I just say that when I read The Castaways synopsis on Leah Konen's page(hosting your book), it really caught my eye! And I kept clinking each link super fast in hopes that I'd reach your page next! lol. Carnival fun with a corn maze - sounds so interesting! So excited about your book! Thanks for the chance! To answer your question, my favorite YA book has to be Vixen by Jillian Larkin. So talented as a writer!

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    1. Aw, I'm thrilled you're excited for THE CASTAWAYS, Elise! I'm definitely going to check out VIXEN now, thanks for the rec! ;)

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  4. This is probably my fifth or sixth hunt and I love it because it gives me a chance to discover new writers to add to my to-read list! Loved the Castaways (here is my review link http://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/2017/04/blog-tour-giveaway-castaways-by-jessika.html)and I can't wait for what you write next. Ummm... my current favorite YA I guess is Gray Wold Island but it is hard to have just one favorite and it depends on what I am reading.

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    1. Hi Katherine! Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely review of THE CASTAWAYS! <3

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  5. This my first Hunt. I have already completed the Gold Team and Red team. And 10 stops on the Blue team

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    1. Awesome--thanks for stopping by, Tashia! :)

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  6. Subscribed as well under tashiajennings@aol.com

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  7. This is my 4th YASH I think. Obviously I've never won, but my first go around, I did win a book from one of the authors giveaway, and that was AWESOME. Obviously I hope I'll win the big prize, but even indivual author prizes are awesome, and even if you don't win anything, I LOVE yash,. cuz it's such a fun and great way for authors to promote their books and get them discovered, and on our end, it's such a good way to learn about new authors and discover some new books that we might never have seen.

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    1. This is the first I've heard of YASH--apparently I've been living under a large rock, lol! I'm so excited to be a part of the fun and hope to make it a yearly tradition. Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck! :)

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  8. I think I've followed YASH since 2015, when I started reading book blogs. Kind of nostalgic for me.

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    1. Awww... I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by and best of luck to you!

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  9. This is my 2nd time participating in the YASH! Thank you!

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    1. Yay--thanks for stopping by and best of luck hunting! :)

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  10. This is my 2nd YASH and I absolutely could not wait for it since I had so much fun the first time!

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  11. I LOVE the YASH! I have been joining since the beginning! I just love to find new books! Speaking of which....pretty sure I will be getting The Castaways...even if I don't win! It sounds amazing! Thanks for joining the hunt! I have no clue what I would say is my favorite YA! Does Harry Potter count?!?! hehe That is what started my love of reading. I just read Caraval by Stephanie Garber and I would recommend that one. SO good! :)

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  12. Hi!! Thank you so much for this opportunity ๐Ÿ˜Š I really enjoy doing these scavenger hunts.

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  13. Love the scavenger hunt! My favorite authors for YA right now are Colleen Houck, Marissa Meyer, Jane Austen, etc.

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  14. Hmm this is my second YASH and I currently don't have a favorite book as it always changes, but I'm really enjoying Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer at the moment!

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  16. Loving this post!!! I've been excited about Last Star Burning for a while now, so this exclusive content is a real treat for me! Can't wait until it makes its way to bookstores Oct. 10th!!!
    If I'm not mistaken, I think this is my third YASH. And I still love learning about all the new (or new-to-me) books and authors out there.
    Also, not sure if I could ever pick a single favorite YA book. But one of my favorites is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. If you haven't read it yet, you should!
    Hoping I'll love The Castaways as well--sounds like a very interesting book! Sooo curious about it! Thanks for the chance to win a copy, and for helping make YASH so fun! ^_^

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  17. This is my first scavenger hunt. I am meeting so many new authors. Today, my favorite YA novel is Going Bovine, by Libba Bray. But tomorrow...?

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  18. This is my 4th YASH. I first joint last years spring hunt and joined every hunt since. I've won books every hunt from authors individual giveaways. I have yet to win a set of books. Hopefully, it will happen this time.

    Thanks you.

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  19. This is my second year of doing the YASH Hunts and they're so much fun. I haven't won anything yet, but I have found some awesome books/authors.

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  20. This is my first YASH, and I love the idea. Hope I win something. There are some amazing books in these giveaways.

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  21. This is my second time YASHing and I am so excited for the opportunity! There are some awesome books in the giveaways and I really hope to win something! I am definitely in need of new books to read

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  22. This is not my first YASH. I think it's my 4th or 5th. I love it because I get introduced to new authors and books. Always a win-win in my opinion.

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  23. Ive been doing #YASH for a few years my favorite ya novel is Fallen by Lauren Kate and my favorite thing about #YASH is discovering new amazing authors I might not have found otherwise.

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  24. This is my first YASH. I'm really enjoying! Meeting so many new-to-me authors, reading about so many great books.
    I guess my all time favorite YA is Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, but there are so many that I read that I love. Thank you for the amazing opportunity!

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  25. This is my first YASH. I have, however, done similar scavenger hunts with other groups. I have enjoyed this one!

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  26. I've done a few YASHs. They are a lot of fun (other than my tbr pile multiplying! lol!)
    I have read far too many good books to pick a favorite!

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  27. I love YASH so much, I've been doing it for a few years, I can't remember exactly! YA books are my favorite, I have so many that I love. One of my favorite series is the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater!

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  28. Signed up for newsletter and this is my first time doing YASH!!

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  29. A beautiful looking selection of books.

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