YA Scavenger Hunt – Spring 2017 Edition


Welcome to the Spring 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Clara Kensie, author of the super-romantic RITA-award-winning DECEPTION SO DEADLY series, and the dark, ripped-from-the-headlines YA thriller AFTERMATH. 

I’m so glad you’re here! YASH is one of my favorite things in the whole world. 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! At 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 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 five days!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are five contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, a purple team, and a pink team for four additional chances to win four whole different sets of books! Here are the Blue Team 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 hidden 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!).

Note: you could just skip down to the bottom of each post to find the numbers, and I know some of you will, but I encourage you all to read the entire posts first, because 1: each author is giving you exclusive content that you can’t get anywhere else, 2: the posts are awesome, and 3: you’ll discover some really cool new books by some amazing authors. When I was a reader doing YASH, reading the posts is how I found most of my current favorite authors!

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 9 2017 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I’m pleased to host my Simon & Schuster/Merit Press pub-sister MARGO KELLY  for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Margo Kelly’s critically acclaimed debut, Who R U Really?, was published by Merit Press (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) in 2014. Her second novel, Unlocked, was published by Merit Press in October 2016. Margo loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She enjoys writing thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give readers the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things.

Learn more about Margo at her website. Her latest book is UNLOCKED:

17-year-old Hannah is losing her grip on reality, which is affecting not only her but her friends and family too. She wrecked the car when bugs crawled over her hands, but were the creepy things even real? Now someone is moving Hannah’s possessions around in her room, or is she imagining that also? Why does she feel like she isn’t in control of her own brain anymore? Hannah is terrified she’s headed for a horrible life in and out of the mental institution, just like her dad. When her friends bail, Hannah is left floundering. Her boyfriend, Manny, doesn’t believe her wild stories, and new girl Chelsea is practically replacing her at school. Only artsy outsider and self-proclaimed occult expert, Plug, agrees to help Hannah discover the truth, but even he can’t help Hannah reclaim her mind from whatever is taking over. She’ll have to do that on her own, especially if she wants to save her friends, her mom, and herself.


When I was in college I attended my first hypnotism show.

In an auditorium along with a couple hundred other students, I watched as fifteen guys and girls went on stage and participated in the show. The audience laughed and clapped and hooted when the hypnotized students did ridiculous things such as quack like ducks or sing like rock stars. It was great. Terrific. Until the end.

While the participants were still completely hypnotized, the hypnotist turned to the audience and spouted his political views. He didn’t even try to hide what he was doing. He spoke clearly and abruptly. The people to my left and to my right sat in shock. My own mouth dropped open in disbelief. The hypnotist went so far as to tell everyone exactly how to vote in the upcoming election. I was dumbfounded. I felt like my trust had been violated, and I wasn’t even on the stage. I was not hypnotized. I was not in any sort of suggestive state. But those students in the show still were. And I bet there were plenty of others sitting in the audience who were impressionable from watching the hypnosis being performed.

That’s the exact moment I decided I would never willingly take part in hypnosis. Sure, that was an isolated incident. Some hypnotists are trustworthy. But not all. Some do not have a very high ethical code. And because of that, to this day, I hate giving up control to anyone, under any circumstances.

I’ve never forgotten that college night, and it inspired my novel, UNLOCKED.

Sounds amazing, right? Learn more about UNLOCKED here!


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Margo, and the other authors on the Blue Team! My favorite number has always been 46. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Blue Team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

But wait! Before you continue the hunt, I have an additional, individual giveaway of three hardcover books from Simon and Schuster/Merit Press! Trust me, you’ll love these books!

*US/Canada only for these books. If the randomly-chosen winner is not in the US or Canada, they can choose any book from Book Depository.

Enter via the Rafflecopter link below:


Click here to enter Clara’s additional giveaway for YASH Spring 2017!

Edit, April 12 2017: 

The giveaway is over! Winner:


Congrats! *throws confetti*

If you didn’t win this time, keep in touch! I love doing giveaways. Follow me on Instagram, join the Insiders, and friend me on Goodreads to be the first to hear when I have a new giveaway.


by Clara Kensie

Goodreads Most Popular Books Published in November 2016
Young Adult Books Central’s TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016

You can purchase AFTERMATH at your favorite bookstore
or order it online from AmazonB&NBAM, and Indiebound


To keep going on your quest, you need to check out the next author, the amazing and talented Julia Ember!

Best of luck on the hunt, and have fun. YASH rocks!


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One Response to YA Scavenger Hunt – Spring 2017 Edition

  1. Artemis Giote says:

    Honestly, all of them. The top of my list is Nemesis by Brendan Reichs.
    Thank you for the chance!!!!

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