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!
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULES
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!).
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
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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.
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.
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: