Spring 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Spring 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt!

I’m Breeana Shields, your hostess for this stop on your journey.  Here are some fun facts about me:

I recently got a new puppy, so I’m both sleep deprived and endlessly entertained.

I have a weakness for sweaters. A girl can never have too many cozy sweaters or too many good books.

Lately, I’ve been totally obsessed with home renovation shows. I love all of them–Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Home Town, Flip or Flop.  If the hosts are knocking down walls or redecorating, I’m there for it. The downside is that watching makes me want to do things to my house that I can’t afford.





You are currently hunting on TEAM PURPLE

Looking for exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching! Look for three things as you read: 1) a secret number I’ve hidden somewhere in this post. 2) An exclusive excerpt from the author I’m hosting and 3) a BONUS giveaway that you can only enter here.

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





Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple 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, APRIL 8TH at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Now on to the fun stuff….
Today, I’m super excited to be hosting Madeline Dyer on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 
MADELINE DYER lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes young adult books—sometimes, at the same time. She holds a BA Honors degree in English from the University of Exeter, and several presses have published her fiction. Madeline has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and she can frequently be found exploring wild places. She is represented by Nikki Terpilowski at Holloway Literary.
The book she’s showcasing is

What wouldn’t you do for love?

All her life, adrenaline-junkie Keelie Lin-Sykes has known what she wants: to protect her brother and sisters by killing as many of the soulless Enhanced Ones as she can. Oh, and to have fun while she’s doing it. After all, hiding in a secret Untamed community, while the group’s Seer warns them of danger, shouldn’t mean that life can only be serious, right?

But, when a face from her past suddenly–and secretly–shows up, Keelie’s catapulted back into the very world she’s been trying to escape from for the last ten years: a game full of guilt, lies, and…love. And the deeper Keelie gets, the bigger the risks become.

Now, Keelie must deceive those she values most in order to protect them, even though her actions will destroy everything she knows and haunt her family forever. But she can’t ignore her feelings–not again. And Keelie will do anything to be with the man she loves.

A dystopian Romeo and Juliet, perfect for fans of Suzanne Collins, Moira Young, and Veronica Roth.






A Dangerous Game by Madeline Dyer


— Deleted Scene —

There’s something about seeing Red that makes me feel alive, makes me want to do things—things that Five would call reckless and crazy and dangerous. And I guess what I’m about to do is reckless and crazy and dangerous. Wouldn’t want to disappoint my best friend, would I?

And I need to feel alive more and more now, feel my heart pounding, feel the surge of adrenaline, feel everything—that beautiful moment when my senses are so heightened I can hear and see and feel the world. It’s who I am, who I have to be. Who we all have to be, because we have to feel things. We can’t be like them.

The wind howls around me, soft fingers brushing me, and I grin as I hold my motorbike steady, feet planted on the ground. It’s been hot today, but the night’s going to be cold, and now is the moment when the two are clashing, yelling, fighting, before night’s inevitable victory.

Energy dances through me. I rev the engine as I stare down the slope, pick out boulders and rocks, long shadows and low clumps of vegetation. It’s steep—one of the steepest parts of the mountains to the east of Nbutai—and I know Elf and Bea would just about have heart attacks if they knew what I was about to do. Mila—probably not. She’d grin and watch. But she’s too young, she wouldn’t understand the risks, the danger.

Do you?

My grin gets wider. The bike’s engine seems to get faster.

“Oh, yes,” I whisper, and I make myself count to twenty, feel the anticipation building in me with every number until I’m shaking, trembling, until I can’t stay still anymore.

I push the bike forward, down the slope—with speed, as fast as I can.

Wind rushes against my face, my body, night and day trying to pull me back, hold me back—but they don’t know I cannot be stopped. Not when I’m flying.

I shriek as the slope bumps beneath me, feel blood rush to my head, and I pull the bike to the left just in time to miss a large chunk of stone. The sudden movement jars through me, and my pulse quickens.


Dust flies up around me; everything is a mesh of sounds that twists through my ears. My eyes are wide, smarting with the sudden pressure. Momentum builds, the bike and my body jolting.

My chest tightens a little, and I smile; the terrain’s even steeper than I’d thought. For a moment, I see myself being catapulted over the front of the bike, see my body landing among the darkening sand and rocks where I roll over and over, down the slope.

But I’m too good for that. Way too good.

Power floods me, and I tighten my grip on the handlebar, pull back a little, change my center of gravity just enough to get better control of my motorbike as I skim down the mountain, weaving between boulders. Flying, feeling the pulse of life, the energy, the thrill of being, of existing.

It’s over in what feels like seconds, and I’m at the bottom, breathing hard, my whole body shaking. But this is what being alive feels like, and it consumes me, promises to look after me.

I let out a euphoric scream, want to do it again and again, but I know I can’t. Not tonight, not when Rahn will be on fire duty later. Words with him are best avoided. So I hold onto the adrenaline coursing through me, feel the way it knows me, grin as it fills me, all the way back to Nbutai.

Elf’s the only one in our hut when I pull back the drape. It’s dark inside and it takes my eyes a moment to adjust—a moment in which I’m grinning like crazy and trying to pretend I’m not, trying to pretend I haven’t been out doing anything.

But Elf and I are twins of the stars, and he shakes his head as I sit down. I squirm a little, heart still pounding, and try to ignore the knowing look in his eyes.



You can buy the book HERE.
Find out more about Madeline by visiting her Website, Facebook, or Twitter.

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me and many more! Just check out all these books on team PURPLE!

 To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 77. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.

Five lucky winners will receive POISON’S KISS, the first book in my duology!  Good luck everyone!

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win:




To continue the hunt, check out the next author S.A. Larsen!
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73 Responses to Spring 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt

  1. Jessica says:

    Hi Breanna! The best book I’ve read lately would be Holly Black’s White Cat – a little old, but soooo good. Thanks!

  2. Priyal says:

    The best book I have ever read is The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, because that was the book that intensified by interest in the fantasy genre.

  3. Melissa Williams says:

    Hi, Breeana! Madeline’s book looks really interesting! Thank you for sharing her and her book! Also, my dog keeps me up as well, but he is no longer a puppy. Just likes to wake us up early to eat. 🙂

    • Melissa Williams says:

      Also, best book I have read lately is Melanie Karsak’s Curiouser and Curioser! Though I am really enjoying Flow by Clare Littlemore right now.

  4. Elisa Hutchings says:

    I recently read The Looking Glass Wars and it was really cool!

  5. Shekeilah says:

    Recently read The Crowns of Croswald and it’s just magical!

  6. miki says:

    best book murder on teh sugarland express by angie fox
    thank you for teh giveaway

  7. Suz Reads says:

    I really liked Unhinged by A.G. Howard! Thanks for this giveaway – I would love to win!

  8. Tammy V says:

    I really enjoyed the unique story and characters of The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie

  9. Samantha Wallace says:

    The best book I have read lately would have to be Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. Thanks for the great giveaway!! 😀

  10. Tashia Jennings says:

    Wow, I have read so many. Loved A Tiger’s Offer by Lila Jean. On her secind book in series that just released called The Wolf’s Hunt. Read all of G. Bailey’s books last month. Loved her Winter series.
    Thank you for this wonderful chance.
    P.S. love your cover!!

  11. Megan S. says:

    I read Always Forver Maybe recently and I adored it 🙂

  12. vanessa says:

    Hi!! The best book I’ve read lately has to be A Court of Mist and Fury 🙂

  13. Judy Cox says:

    I am reading Sarah J. Maas series “A Court of” and I have really enjoyed them .

  14. Amy Bernal says:

    I read A Touch of Frost by Terry Maggert.

  15. Nicole Buchholz says:

    The last book that I absolutely loved was A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. That series is amazing!!!

  16. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I recently read and loved Gemina (YA) and The Ambrose Deception (MG).

  17. Summer says:

    The best book I’ve read lately is Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer.

  18. Theresa says:

    I recently read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and I just thought it was phenomenal!

  19. YOU CAN’T MAKE ME CHOOSE A BEST BOOK!!! But I really enjoy The Lunar Chronicles!

  20. Sherry S. says:

    Hello! The best book I’ve read recently was Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  21. Ash C says:

    The best books I have read lately is Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Barduga!

  22. Anna says:

    Magister Trilogy <3

  23. Minta Boggs says:

    Somebody tell Aunt Tillie She’s dead! By Christiana Miller It’s pretty good.

  24. The best book(s) I have read recently is Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

  25. Nancy Storms says:

    I’m into the classics right now and the best so far has been the Canterville ghost

  26. Lillie says:

    Thanks for the chance! My recent favourite read was definitely The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

  27. Stephanie Wang says:

    astonishing color of after!!

  28. Katy says:

    I recently read Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft and love it!


    So far the best books I’ve read are the Harry Potter books. I’m on Half Blood Prince right now & love it!!

  30. Emily says:

    The best book I’ve read recently was To all the boys I’ve loved before!

  31. Christina T says:

    City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

  32. Marisa Fort says:

    The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. He’s my favorite! Just love him!

  33. bn100 says:

    beneath a scarlet sky

  34. Bella says:

    Lately? Geekerella.

  35. Penny Olson says:

    The best books I’ve read lately are the Onyx Webb series.

  36. Samantha D says:

    Recently I read this amazing gem of a book! The Book of Emma Reyes a memoir! Her storytelling is so vivid!!!!

  37. Lívia says:

    Hi! I recenttly finished Obsidio and it was magical!

  38. I really enjoyed Everlife, the conclusion to the Everlife trilogy by Gena Showalter.

  39. Grace says:

    My favorite book I’ve read is Geekerella by Ashley Poston!

  40. Angie says:

    I just finished Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins, the first book in the Sweet series. I loved it and I’m looking forward to finishing the series.

  41. Ariana Velasquez says:

    I recently the novel One Hundred of Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and I LOVE IT

  42. Lainey Harding says:

    I’m halfway through reading Ready Player One and it is amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Alisa Harrison says:

    I really enjoyed the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and I am currently reading the Poisons Cage (i LOVE it). Thanks for this opportunity

  44. Ali Goff says:

    The best book I’ve read lately is Ready Player One. Loved it.

  45. Isabel says:

    I’ve read a number of good books recently! I read an early copy of Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart and I absolutely loved it!

  46. Erin says:

    I just finished Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and it was the best book I’ve read so far this year!

  47. Jessica says:

    The best book I’ve read lately was The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

  48. Debi says:

    I just finished the last book in the Tiger’s Curse series by Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Dream. I’ve been waiting years for this book to come out and it was so worth the wait! Great ending to an amazing series.

  49. Paige O says:

    The best books I’ve read lately were the Shatter Me series!

  50. Sneha Mohite says:

    Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, it was amazing!

  51. Pen and Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp

  52. Shannon Fay says:

    my fave book changes as quickly as I read. I just finished both The Wild Robot, and The Wild Robot escapes, these darling middle grade books about a robot that activates on a deserted island and must survive. To do so, she studies animals, and eventually goes from frightening them, to befriending them. And she becomes wild. It’s adorable, but also has some really great messages about prejudice, acceptance, family, AND the author, Peter Brown, also does the illustrations, which are too freaking cute. One of my fave ones is in the second book where the robot is hugging a goose after a long absence from him (if you know the story it’s really touching), and there’s also one where she’s riding a whale, that’s so cool. Anyway, my head is stuck on that book right now.

  53. PamM says:

    Children of Blood and Bone was one of the best I’ve read lately.

  54. Melissa Adams-Hunt says:

    Hello! The best book I have read lately is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  55. Anika Crayon says:

    The best book I’ve read lately has to be Claudia Gray’s “Defy the Stars”! It was soooo beautifully written with a sweet story to boot!

  56. Thais says:

    The best book I’ve read lately is A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab.

  57. I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  58. Melissa says:

    Change by Elaine Pierson

  59. Cassandra says:

    I still can’t get over Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. That book has stuck with me like none other! Thanks for doing a bonus giveaway!
    – @_cassandrareads –

  60. Brittany Yarbrough says:

    Hi! The best book I’ve read recently is The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. I just got book 2 in and I have wanted to read this series forever!

  61. Cammie says:

    The best book I’ve read lately is “A New Model” by Ashley Graham. I really feel so confident after reading her memoir

  62. adrianna says:

    midnight sins

  63. Megan Coppadge says:

    The Jakaby series has been the most recent books that I would but on my favorites list.

  64. Tamara Kasyan says:

    Best book I read recently was the Tales of a New World series by P.C. Cast

  65. Yun-A says:

    My favorite book so far is Before the Devil Breaks You, the third book in the Diviners series.

  66. Amelia Havens says:

    The best book that I’ve read lately was A Court of Mist and Fury

  67. I am reading Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen, and yes it is amazing! Some great books / authors that come to mind are Kwame Alexander’s Crossover, even a very dated book named Beach Music, still love. Thanks for participating this year!

  68. Artemis Giote says:

    Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, thank you for the bonus giveaway!!!!

  69. The best book I’ve read lately is The Help by Kathryn Stockett! It’s so great, and I’m glad I chose it for my AP Lang class!

  70. Sara Willden says:

    Too many to pick just one

  71. Lily M. says:

    Hi!! I recently read Geekerella, I thought it was cute 😊😊

  72. Christine P. says:

    Tiger’s Dream by Colleen Houck!

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