Spring 2020 YA Scavenger Hunt

Posted March 31, 2020 by elizatilton in Uncategorized / 89 Comments

It’s the 20th YA Scavenger Hunt. Are you ready to YASH?

Don’t know who I am?

I’m a corporate girl by day, YA Author by night, and mom to 4 kids under 11.

A few fun facts:

  • I’ll never leave NY because of the pizza
  • I HATE ZOMBIES…and yet I have three books with them in it.
  • My books are fast-paced with magic, romance and bad guys that’ll win you over.
  • I worked part-time at Gamestop just for the discount
  • I met the “man in black”,my childhood dream guy from the Princess Bride, twice–the second we hugged : ) I shared a pic as proof–I’m the one on the right aka the girl with the long hair which his hand is in.

Before we get into the hunting, make sure to enter my giveaway. I live in New York, and it’s definitely a scary time. To put a smile on someone’s face, I’m doing a $25 giveaway–venmo, paypal, or an Amazon GC–it’s up to you 🙂

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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! 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! 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 for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one e-book or audiobook 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 FOUR 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, and a blue 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.


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


Today, I am hosting Amanda Marin on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

When Amanda was a child, her father traveled frequently for business, always bringing her back a book as a present. Whether she was getting lost in the pages of a tale about far-away knights, girls with supernatural powers, or kindly giants, she was quickly hooked on stories. Nowadays, she writes books of her own. Her favorite things include Starbucks lattes, lazy summer afternoons at the beach, and books with characters that make you go “awww.” She lives in the northeastern US with her family and furbaby, Snickers the Poodle.

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


Nine muses. Nine signs. Nine chances to save the world from darkness.

Flunking out of Brightling Academy–a prestigious finishing school for Muses-in-training–isn’t an option for Bianca Harper. But if she doesn’t master Poise and Charm or stop tripping over her ballgown, failure is inevitable. Then he shows up: Sebastian Greenbriar, the first male student to walk through Brightling’s halls in decades. For extra credit, Bianca agrees to help him settle in–even though putting up with his self-absorbed attitude feels more like a punishment than a chance at redemption.

But just as Bianca begins to make good, she discovers an even bigger problem lurking in the shadows. As foretold by ancients, the Well of Imagination–the force from which Muses draw their powers to inspire–is running dry, threatening the future of Muse-kind and the beauty they bring into the world. Sebastian’s connection to this danger is impossible to miss, but when he isn’t who or what he claims, can Bianca rely on him to help her stop the impending darkness?

Amanda’s created a special sneak peek page on her website.You can checkout that and a few giveaways on the link below!


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Amanda Marin, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 33. 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!

If you’re on goodreads, go ahead an start adding all the books from the hunt! You can find them on thsi list. Go ahead and vote for the oneyou’d like to read.



To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author Cecil Castellucci!


* here’s the official hunt form, if you missed it above http://www.yash.rocks/p/enter-here.html


89 responses to “Spring 2020 YA Scavenger Hunt

  1. Marcia Monteiro

    One thing that I’m thankful for is my cat, Teco, because he’s always there for me and cheers me up when I most need! I love my big fat orange cat! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    • elizatilton

      My pit died on his bday this month. My guy lasted 14 years ???? I could really use him now.

      My 1yr old dog is a pain in my butt, but she’s really fluffy so I’m using her as my stress ball lol

    • elizatilton

      Awesome! My husband gave me the okay to get two main coone cats, but they are really expensive…I think I’ll wait until my kids are older and I can afford to spoil myself.

  2. Gracelyn Deutscher

    I’m thankful my dad who is a front line worker (Paramedic). Today he woke up sick and is going into quarantine.

  3. Isabella Miles

    I’m thankful for Netflix, cause’ its keeping me occupied during quarantine.

  4. Paige Hildebrand

    I am so thankful for my family who have continued to support me in grad school during this 🙂

  5. Theo Adelberg

    I’m thankful for my friends who have made me feel so loved today. It’s my 25th birthday and with the pandemic I couldn’t celebrate it, but my friends and family have found ways to remind me that I’m loved.

  6. Vivian Torres

    I’m thankful to be around my loved ones and extremely grateful to all essential workers during this time.

  7. Rachel Osterloh

    Honestly, I’m thankful I was able to stay in Germany for my study abroad despite CORONA VIRUS. Also reading your comment about not like zombies yet having them in your books…I felt that! I wrote a short story (that I really want to continue!!) with pseudo-zombies as the antagonists, and yet I can’t stand zombies in any sense…

  8. I’m thankful that I made the decision to sell my brand new condo and move to an older house with a fenced yard last year. Now that I’m stuck in my house, I’m able to be outside in the backyard with my dogs and not only with them having to be on a leash.

    • elizatilton

      Same here. This is our second year in our new home and having my own space has been a huge blessing.

  9. Stephanie Reyes

    I would have to say I am thankful for my family right now. If I did not have my husband and 4 kiddos to go through this Coronavirus stuff with, I would be mad by now!

  10. Aline S.

    I’m thankful for books to keep me occupied during this period of isolation! And the sunshine.

  11. Ash

    I am thankful for my health, my books, my family and my love. And for YASH this year to give a nice distraction from everyday!

  12. Michelle Fowler Morris

    I’m thankful for my job and my pending job. I’m tired but thankful.

  13. Karen

    I’m thankful for the continued good health of my friends and family during this crisis.

  14. Elisa

    I am thankful that my family is healthy and that my husband can still work from home through all this.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Christina T

    I am thankful that I still have a job during this crisis and I can still provide for my family

  16. Katherine Paschal

    I am thankful for masks and disinfectant wipes since I work in the medical field and have to go to work everyday and see patients during this crazy time.

  17. Brandi Slater

    I’m thankful for my family during this scary time, thanks for the chance and being so generous!

  18. Sarah

    I’m thankful for my family right now helping me through this troubling time supporting me and helping me with essential things while i still have to work also thankful for all the wonderful books i’m reading.

  19. Jackie Nichols

    I am thankful for the books that are currently keeping me sane while my 4 littles are home with me!

  20. Hailey Steensen

    This is my first year doing the YA Scavenger Hunt. I’m really excited because my reading list is already growing! I cant wait to go to the library after our current situations are over!

  21. Betul

    Besides my family and friends, I am thankful for the amazing and generous book community.


  22. Jeanette Neff

    I am thankful for my family.. My husband is working from and watching our daughter. I’m always happy when I get to see them after I’m done working.

  23. Melissa Williams

    I am thankful for friends who are checking in on me during this time, and also for my employer, which is currently allowing me to work from home.

  24. Maggie

    I’m thankful for the ability to workout to burn off stress. I had surgery last year and couldn’t do anything for a long time, so thankful I can now during this crazy time.

  25. Caleigh Master

    I am thankful that i can still continue my education during this pandemic!

  26. Minecraft builds

    I’m thankful for my family – all two-legged and four-legged of them. My favorite color has been blue since I was a little girl but have to say there is some awesome authors and books in every team so I have to say all the colors if I am choosing a team

  27. Megan Coppadge

    Other then family, pets and health I’m extremely thankful for the book groups I’m in on Facebook. They are keeping me grounded and my spirits up during all this craziness.

  28. Lily M.

    Thank you so much for this opportunity :):):) I’m thankful that know that I know is sick, and that they are well 🙂

  29. Nicole

    I am so thankful for the people in the world who live to make other people’s days better in even the smallest of ways.

  30. theresajs

    I’m so thankful for books and all the friends I’ve made in the past few years because of my love of books!
    (I’m also thankful that YASH still happened this spring – great distraction right now!)

  31. Tammy Hudson

    I am thankful that my family and myself are safe and healthy through this pandemic

  32. Brianna Clay

    I’m thankful for YASH, every year, and I am also thankful for my family and friends.

  33. Birgit L.

    I’m thankful for my health – this is the most important thing there is, especially in times like these!

  34. Mary McCormick

    I am thankful that my university has implemented a “safety net” policy. I’m a final year student and university has cancelled the summer term, and all events associated with it. I’m not getting a summer ball, I’m not getting a graduation. But I’m thankful that they have taken students’ physical and mental health into account. Now the lowest grade I can get is the average of 60 credits worth of modules (half a year’s worth). I know it’s a selfish thing to be thankful of, but I am.l beyond grateful.

    • elizatilton

      I’ve thought about all the kids missing graduation and prom and end if year parties…very sad.

  35. Beverly Gordon

    in this uncertain time i am thankful for my family and books to keep me sane

  36. Karen DeVaney

    I am thankful for this YASH dash! I do it every time but it is especially nice to have this as positive distraction during this enforced time at home. Thanks for finding a way to make it happen!