YA Scavenger Hunt / @RachelCarterYA / #YASH


steph10Hey guys! I’m Stephanie Keyes and I am hosting this leg of the hunt. My favorite things are my family,music, books, and Nutella. Sometimes in that order, but sometimes not. I’m the author of The Star Child series. Read on to see how you can win your own ebook copy of book two, The Fallen Stars.

On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, April 7th!

You can start right here or you can also go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the hunt.

There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or both! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a BLUE TEAM. If you do the blue hunt you’ll have 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, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.



Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed 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 April 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.



Today, I am hosting Rachel Carter on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Rachel Carter is the author of So Close to You, the start of a time travel trilogy with HarperTeen. She grew up in the woods of Vermont and has wanted to be a writer since she was a little girl. But that path was winding, and on the way she has been a teacher, a nanny, a caterer, and a bellhop. She has an MFA from Columbia University and is currently living in Brooklyn, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by HarperTeen

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who’ve disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she’s ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices–and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.


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191 thoughts on “YA Scavenger Hunt / @RachelCarterYA / #YASH

    1. Darn it, I should have thought of that? Ugh. Now I’m red-faced. Does that count?

    1. Agreed! Aren’t we all looking for that in our lives? Thanks for visiting Dervla!

    1. That is an EXCELLENT reason! You have to have a sense of humor in books – at least on my bookshelf. πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting Patricia!

  1. What I love most about YA is that it’s easy to relate to most of the characters, because the ages are close to your own, and you can relate to the internal problems of the characters.

    1. Briana, that’s a great point. You’ve got to be able to see something of yourself in a character, or, at the very least, something you respect. πŸ™‚

  2. I love YA because the characters are relatable–whether you’re their age (or will be soon) or were their age (ahem!) a while ago–and at the same time they tend to make you feel better about your life (at least I’m not the last hope for the entire world! Passing AP chem seems so much easier…) πŸ˜‰

  3. Hello there! πŸ™‚

    What I enjoy most about YA is the FEELINGS, and adventure. I love that no matter what story is out there you always get an insight into how much the characters feel. I know that sounds kind of silly because you can get that in adult books too, but I like that in YA is much more INTENSE and things that might not be important for adults are for teenagers.

    1. Hi Nadia!
      Absolutely. And there’s this sense of innocence to the emotions that makes them compelling, as well. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting!

  4. Well, for one, I’m still a YA myself (21, but still young ;)) And the characters always go on these awesome adventures where they just learn life lessons! It’s great! There really nothing I *don’t* like about the genre!

  5. I adore YA literature though I’m not so young anymore:) I teach high schoolers and love to read what they’re reading. Thanks for the Giveaway and for being a part of #YASH. Looking forward to reading your books!

    1. Hi Tessa,
      I am right there with you! You are very welcome. πŸ™‚ Ah thank you and I appreciate your participation!

  6. I love the creativity, emotions, and all the growth the characters go through in YA books.

  7. There’s a lot of things that I enjoy about YA novels. I love the varying topics and characters and being along for the ride while those characters make their path in their own world.
    Thanks for the contest!

  8. To me, YA is a way that I can escape from realty for a bit and just enter an entirely different worlds. All of your problems, worries, stress, it can just disappear as you enter the life of someone else and really care about these characters. I think that is a really beautiful thing.

  9. I love YA because I feel like I can relate to the characters so much easier than in adult books. Also, I haven’t read that many adult books, but in the few I have, I never felt that emotionally attached to any character. That may also be because of the fact that they’re less relatable to me. And I’ve just never really liked the content of adult books over YA, I guess, and the way they’re written. Thanks for the extra giveaway! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for visiting Deanna! Yes, I think the older we get the better we get at repressing our emotions. πŸ™‚ You are super welcome! Thanks for visiting.

    1. Agreed! I am so there. I love so many of these great authors. TBR list – here I come. πŸ™‚

  10. What I love most about YA are honestly the “firsts.” First kisses, first loves, first heartbreaks, it’s what life’s all about, right?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ninja Girl

    1. Yes, definitely! I love your handle, too, very cool. I often tell people I’m a Ninja. Not sure if they believe me, though. πŸ˜‰

  11. Thanks for taking part in the hunt! =)

    My favourite thing about YA, I think, is the freshness of the characters and how I can still relate to them, even though I’m in my mid-20s now. I feel like YA novels are quite character-centred, even when there’s a big plot, and I really like that.

  12. i love how i can relate to certain characters and how realistic something unrealistic can seem when you’re reading. i love the humor and sarcasm you can find with most characters and i love how the books pull my emotions out of me. I can honestly say ive cried at more then one book, ive almost thrown books but i was afraid of hhurting the book so i ruled against it, ive laughed at sections of books and a bunch more emotions. if a book can do that to me than its worth the read! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Colleen! I have thrown books before, as well. Seriously. But then, I too, felt guilty and we had to repair the drywall, so that didn’t go down. There’s something about a book that can make you feel that strongly – you never forget a book like that. Thanks for dropping by!

  13. i love YA because when you are reading about the experiences the characters are going through you realize that you have went through alot of the same issues in life. i love them!!!

  14. I’m one of those thirty…something πŸ˜‰ adults who will proudly admit to being a reader of mostly YA books. Maybe it’s the angst, or the innocence or since most of the books I read have at least a tiny bit of romance thrown in there..maybe it’s remembering those feelings of first love. I can’t say for sure I just know I love to read them πŸ™‚

    Thanks for being part of the hunt and the giveaway!! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Sheri!
      I fall into that category, too, so you are not alone! Yes, there’s something about remembering that time…It makes me smile. πŸ™‚ You are very welcome!

  15. I love that YA is about people my age and I don’t have to worry too much about it getting too explicit. I can just enjoy the story! πŸ™‚

  16. What I love about YA books is that they leave a little to the imagination. Adult books seem to get too carried away with… well, what they can get away with. Besides, 24 is still a young adult… right?? At what age do you become an adult? I hope never. Not that it would stop me from reading YA books though. haha Speaking of which, I am looking forward to reading yours. πŸ™‚

    1. Also… what is sweeter than young love? πŸ™‚ I know I was young when I fell in love, maybe that is another thing that draws me in. I met my husband when I was 14. We got married when I was 18 and have lived happily ever since. πŸ™‚

    2. I understand completely. You know, I’m not sure when you become an adult? When you find out, will you tell me, because I should probably be one by now. However, I sort of refuse to go there. πŸ™‚

  17. Thanks for being part of YASH!

    As a teacher, reading YA lit reminds me of the delicious turmoil of emotions running through my students and that I, too, had once been that way. I think YA also allows me to appreciate my youth years — much more than I did when I was actually a youth …

    1. You are very welcome – it’s an honor. I can imagine – what a great way to keep in tune with your students. πŸ™‚ Thanks Christine!

  18. There are so many things to love about YA! I love how a central theme of growing and finding oneself runs through many YA books. I also love reading about self-discovery through adventures and trials and things like that. Also, who doesn’t love the awesome young heroes/heroines and budding romances? It just goes to show that young people can do anything they put their mind to!

    1. Megan, that is so true! I love all of those possibilities, too. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  19. I love the fact that I can relate to the characters and, if the author has written the story well, become the characters and live their lives. The fact that YA novels give me the ability to escape. Adult and Children’s novels don’t have this depth to it.

    1. Yes, it can often be very intense! I agree – it’s so nice to have that escape for a while.

  20. I love how much I can relate to YA and also how it can suck me in and I get so caught up in the story that I get to the end and realise has the whole day really passed!

  21. I love YA because of the lessons that they learn and have to go through to grow. Thanks for the giveaway and being part of the scavenger hunt!

  22. I love YA because I want to escape to another world, I want to know the other world the authorΒ΄s create, and itΒ΄s characters. I love how you can feel, how you can feel the same as the character. When I want to escape from the real world, I just sit down and open a book, normally is a YA book. When IΒ΄m feeling nervous or bad I read and when I finish IΒ΄ve forgotten why I was sad. And I love the young love in books, for me itΒ΄s emotional. I also love how imagination takes you everywhere.

    1. That’s wonderful Laura! A great book does have a way of taking you out of a bad situation for awhile. Thanks for visiting!

  23. The thing I love most about YA is that there are so many different books in YA that I can relate to. YA encompasses so many different themes which can be seen through just participating in this scavenger hunt!!! I’m currently in professional school to become a pharmacist. As you can imagine it takes up almost all of my time. However, when I get a spare minute reading is my serious passion. It always has been since I was old enough to read myself. It allows a mode of relaxation and escape from what is most of the time a very stressful life! I love the idea of this scavenger hunt put on by these awesome YA authors because it helps get people interested in many different books. There are authors that are a part of this that I’ve never heard of before but will definitely be picking up their books ASAP! So thank you for what you do!!!

    1. Okay, Jessica. I have to say that you have officially made my day. πŸ™‚ When I started writing my only goal (and still my singular goal today) was for wonderful readers like yourself to know my characters’story. There are so many wonderful YA books out there – I know because I read them, too – that it’s hard to know what to pick next. This hunt is great because we authors get to meet readers who might enjoy our books. What could be better than that? Good luck in Pharmacy School and that’s for the props!

  24. Hi!!!! Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win and if I don’t I will still add your book to my to read book list! πŸ˜€

  25. What I love about YA, it’s that we can relate to characters, an we can read about any subject. It’s often easy to read. I just love it ! Thanks for your extra contest !

  26. Thank you Rachel for being part of YASH. There’s much more possibility in YA novels than in any other genre. Characters have enough independence but aren’t super tied down to life’s responsibilities (kids/career), so they can go and do something GREAT!

  27. I love all the possibilities. All the firsts, first loves, first kisses, first betrayals. So much potential!

  28. I love to just disappear from the reality for a while some times! YA-books are exelent for those occasions! πŸ™‚

  29. Hmm,not sure, maybe to see (or read) how young people can deal with difficult situations. AND of course the sweet romance including the hot guys (mostly dark haired of course πŸ˜‰ )

    1. Ha! Kathi, that is awesome. Hot, dark-haired guys? What a coincidence that you visited this site and entered this giveaway!

  30. Probably that even if you feel like you might get close to being too old, you actually aren’t! Because the books “for actual adults” often lack the mystery and imagination that you find in YA books.

  31. Thanks for being a part of the YASH! My favorite thing about YA is that it feels so much more alive than “regular” fiction. There tends to be a lot more emotion to it, and it’s so much easier for me to get drawn into the story.

  32. Hi. Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

    My favorite part of YA is the fact that there are so many good books to read and so many good authors that write them. Also, the fact that in YA books, almost anything can happen. (The romances aren’t bad either!)

  33. Yay I love YASH time. So many new books to discover. Thanks for the giveaway!

    What I love most about YA is that there are so many wonderful stories out there in genres that I love. Nothings passes the time better than an escape into the imagination.

  34. YAY! Im so excited!! I love YA novels because they have amazing stories and are just awesome!

  35. I think I enjoy how many great stories their are in the YA Genre now. I love escaping to different places that make me feel young again.

  36. Thanks for the giveaway and YASH!

    I think my favorite thing about YA is that it’s about kids my own age, and so I can relate to them a little better.

  37. It’s currently my age level. Though I’m departing from the “teen” part of YA not too long from now. I love the raging hormones! πŸ˜€

    Thank you so much for being part of the spring YASH! <3

    1. Yes, the hormones are a plus! It’s okay-you can stay YA in your mind. We give you permission! You’re very welcome. πŸ™‚

  38. I don’t know what it is, but the YA authors have this freedom to write about all sorts of awesome things because lets face it, the younger generations (I am 19. it does irk me that they are younger than me and I do crave more mature books.. but I <3 them)are more open to AWESOME things. lol. that answer made no sense. πŸ˜‰ thank you for participating in the Hunt!! Much <3

    1. Ha! I actually followed you just fine Ryan. I think it’s that open mind that let’s authors be so creative. Otherwise, I think in my case I’d bored writing otherwise. You are so welcome! πŸ™‚

  39. I love all kinds of books, but YA represents the newer trends I think in authors and writing. I also work with middle schoolers, so its nice to be able to recommend books for them to read. And well I am young at heart…

    1. Hi Lisa! What a great way to connect with students. They say age is a state of mind so what a great way to be. πŸ™‚

  40. What I most enjoy about the YASH is discovering new authors. Thank you so much for being apart of the hunt and for the giveaway.

  41. I love how easy they are to get lost into. I am a big escapist reader and they match me perfectly.

  42. I’ve been meaning to read your books and am waiting for them because some Goodreads members recommended them to me. Thanks for being in the YA scavenger hunt. πŸ™‚

    1. Aw! That’s so cool! Recommendations are the best thing ever. Please come back and let MW know if you enjoy them. It’s my pleasure-it’s been a blast. πŸ™‚

  43. I like seeing the characters grow in YA books and watching them learn more about themselves.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  44. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. What I enjoy most of the YA?, It’s fall in love again and again. The characters are so real, that allow us to live his fantasy.

    Saludos ?

  45. Thanks for the giveaway, I take part in the YASH because I enjoy finding new authors and books and there is always someone new every hunt. This hunt I’ve discovered you and have added your books to my tbr pile.

  46. Thanks for the giveaway! I love YA for the author’s imagination! Incredible minds, I tell ya!

  47. Oh, gosh, there is so much to love about YA books…like the fact that I’m allowed to read them lol. But most of all, I suppose I love the characters the most, because as you read you fall into their story. You are not only permitted, but you are supposed to become someone else, and you get to believe in an actual love for yourself, even if just for a moment, and you get to discover that anything is possible as you unveil all the secrets that thrive inside the novel. Maybe that’s true for all books, haha, but it’s what I love about YA.

    So there ya go. By the way, I just wanted to say I simple ADORE your covers to your books, and thanks so much for the giveaway:)

    1. Hi Kaylee, I know exactly what you mean. YA is the best! Oh, thank you so much Najila Qamber designed them. She’s a mind reader. <3 her!

  48. Oh, that’s such a hard question! It’s probably either the romance (yeah yeah, I know) or the huge twists that you never see coming that make you throw the book across the room and pace frantically. Yeah, definitely the twists. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. I enjoy reading YA because of the fun, young, page turning mania they induce. Plus it helps me keep my students reading.

  50. Thanks for being a part of YASH! I’m having a lot of fun going to all the blogs and checking out the books. πŸ™‚

  51. I love how the characters in YA are shown having some flaws and We come to love them because of those small imperfections because no one is perfect,right??

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!


  52. I love how YA books let me escape into a different, exciting world for a quick time. Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. What I think is so great about the YA hunt is the NEW Authors well new to me i get to see and great books that are being introduced to me that I get to add to my must read list!!!

  54. I like YA because I’m a YA myself and I like to read about stuff I can relate to. YA is awesome! =P

  55. I love the stories because they’re all so unique and interesting! I may not be able to relate sometimes, but it’s great I can live vicariously through the words of the authors. XD

  56. I think I mainly enjoy the romance in YA and the innocence of it all! (: <3


  57. Geez! I love pretty much everything about YA. I love that the characters are usually at an age where they are able to make stupid mistakes without me feeling ragey for them not having their stuff together. But I think the thing that I love the most about YA is the swoony boys πŸ™‚

  58. I love YA because of the excitement and adventure. It’s also relatable because I am a (dramatic) teenager. I’ve really been into YA dystopian and YA science fiction, so it’s nice to read books like that when I’m sad. Because no matter how bad a day I am having, a YA character usually has it worse!

    1. Isn’t that the truth. In YA there is always someone worse off than you. Thanks for visiting. πŸ™‚

  59. I love the plots of YA, it a great experience and it makes me feel sane or “normal”. πŸ™‚

  60. What I love most about YA is how free it is. Adult is more bogged down by responsibilities and whatnot, but YA is more carefree, fun, and just downright young. I love that outlook on life. Even when the characters are completely stretched thin and have to do so much at such a young age, the fact remains that they ARE young, and that’s something I like.

    I feel like that made so sense. Oh, well.

    Also, the boys are usually extremely hot. How could I object to that? πŸ˜‰


  61. I love how YA always takes me back to the time when everything was just SO. So exciting, so scary, so many possibilities.

    Thanks for being a part of the hunt!

    1. I know what you mean. Anything could happen during that time. πŸ™‚ You are welcome! Thanks for visiting!!

  62. What I love most about YA is the tight-knit community– and there are always more books to read =] Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Yes, I love this group. Everyone always seems so friendly, as well. You are so welcome!

  63. I love the variety and the ability to touch so many people with topics and characters that so many people of all ages can identify with.

  64. The thing that I love about YA is that the characters seem so full of life, they have so many ambitions and dreams, and everything has a new and fresh feeling to it!

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