YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2020!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This biannual 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 awesome prizes!

On 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 to win our prize — one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! 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 THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! Red TeamI’m on the RED TEAM, but there are also two more teams for chances to win a whole different set of books!

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. And if your TBR needs some filling, check out this Goodreads list of all the featured books!

For more motivation, here are the gooorgeous Team Red covers!


tumblr_m6hz92Z1Hu1rziwwco1_400Like scary books that keep you up at night? I’m also holding a personal giveaway for copies of The Glare and The Killer in Me. Scroll all the way down to enter!


Puzzle Rules

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red 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 16 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 4, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

This fall I’m so happy to be hosting:

Katya de Becerra

headshotKatya de Becerra is the author of genre-bending young adult fiction. Critics called her debut What The Woods Keep “a thoughtful and compelling horror fantasy” (The Bulletin) and “a narrative that will keep readers enthralled” (Booklist), while her second novel, Oasis, has earned a starred review from Booklist. Born in Russia, Katya studied in California and now lives in Melbourne with her husband in a tiny apartment overflowing with books. After earning a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Melbourne, Katya spent the last ten years as a university lecturer and scholar researching technologies & inequalities in education. She’s also a co-host of #SpecLitChat and a writing mentor with the 1st5pages Workshop.

The book she’s showcasing is Oasis. (You can buy it here!) Here’s the beautiful cover!

oasis cover

About the Book:

In this young adult thriller for fans of Lost and The Twilight Zone, a group of teens are saved when they come across a mysterious oasis. But who will save them from the oasis?

Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archeological dig site in the desert with four close friends … and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.

Their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed … until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, and shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage.

The answers turn Alif and her friends against each other, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave …”

Now it’s time for some …

Exclusive Content!

Here’s Katya’s playlist for Oasis:

Everybody Wants to Rule the World_ Care Bears on Fire

Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Care Bears on Fire

High Life by London Grammar

Tonight, Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins 

Undo Your Mind by Eivør

Mirage by Ladytron

Running Up That Hill by Placebo

Nightcall by London Grammar

Conscious by Broods

Life on Mars by David Bowie


Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Katya, and more! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret codes to enter for the grand prize!

Keep Hunting!

Your next stop on the YA Scavenger Hunt is author Kristy Centeno, so click here to go on over to her site! Don’t forget to tweet #YASH.

And … Win Some Halloween Reading!

glare-killerAre you a murderino? Freaked out yet fascinated by serial killers? You might be interested in The Killer in Me. Or, if survival horror videogames, creepypastas and urban legends are more your speed, you might like The Glare.

I’m giving away a copy of each book on Instagram during the Hunt. Click here to enter!

3 thoughts on “YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2020!

  1. Thank you for taking part in YASH. I wish this weren’t the last one. I love the horror vide going on in this post.

    You Beneath Your Skin By Damyanti Biswas has been the best book I’ve read in 2020 so far.
    I also really enjoyed Van Helsing Academy by Stacey O’Neale and Not Guilty by C. Lee McKenzie.
    I’m looking forward to the book When Shadows Walk by Michael Mersault. I’m currently reading Midnight Sun.
    I’m super excited about the YA query contest Pass or Pages at Operation Awesome this October.


    1. Thank you so much for playing! I’m so sorry this is the last YASH, too.

      You Beneath Your Skin looks great! I’ll check it out. And good luck in the query contest if you enter — that looks incredibly useful! Queries are tough to write, but reading other writers’ queries helped me a lot with writing my own.


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