Summer 2012 YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the summer YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Victoria Strauss, and I write fantasy and historical fiction for adults and teens.

The tri-annual Scavenger Hunt 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 signed 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 until noon PST on Sunday, August 5th.

There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter either one or both. I’m on the BLUE TEAM. There’s also a red team, for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books.

To find out more about the Hunt, see links to all the participating authors, and view the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.



Directions: Somewhere below, I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up. Hint: the secret number is highlighted in RED.

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: The YA Scavenger Hunt is 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 August 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

That takes care of the technical stuff. And now, I’m excited to introduce the author I’m hosting on this hunt:


E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised in Yonkers, NY by his mother and the public library. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. In the rare moments when he isn’t writing, he blogs about Star Trek at, reads constantly, plays video games, watches films and television, sleeps as little as possible, and spends far too much time on the internet. Fair Coin is his first novel.

Too much time on the internet, not enough sleep…hmmm. I can definitely identify!

E.C. Myers’s debut novel, Fair Coin, is out now (what a FABULOUS cover):

Sixteen-year-old Ephraim Scott is horrified when he comes home from school and finds his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. The reason for her suicide attempt is even more dis­turbing: she thought she’d identified Ephraim’s body at the hospital that day.

Among his dead double’s belongings, Ephraim finds a strange coin–a coin that grants wishes when he flips it. With a flick of his thumb, he can turn his alcoholic mother into a model parent and catch the eye of the girl he’s liked since second grade. But the coin doesn’t always change things for the better. And a bad flip can destroy other people’s lives as easily as it rebuilds his own. The coin could give Ephraim everything he’s ever wanted–if he learns to control its power before his luck runs out.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Even better, it’s science fiction–something I’m always looking for more of in the YA market.

To find out more about E.C. Myers, visit his website: And be sure to check out the exciting sequel, Quantum Coin, which will be out this October.

You can buy your very own copy of Fair Coin (and pre-order Quantum Coin) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound.

And now, without further ado:


The Summer 2012 YA Scavenger Hunt has ended, so the bonus content is no longer available. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

Remember to click back here to visit the next blog in the Hunt.

I’ll bet you’re thinking I forgot the secret number. Au contraire! It’s 155.

Before you go…I’m offering a bonus contest! 10 lucky entrants will win a signed ARC of my forthcoming YA historical novel, Passion Blue (out this November). Enter the Rafflecopter below! (Book bloggers and reviewers: I’d love you to enter the contest, but please feel free to request an ARC for review instead. Be sure to provide your mailing address–you won’t be added to any lists–and to tell me something about your blog or review publication. Contact me.)

Thanks so much for visiting, and for participating in this summer’s YA Scavenger Hunt!

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    99 comments to Summer 2012 YA Scavenger Hunt!

    • Tonnelle Driesen

      I would love to win this book because i have been dying to read it!

    • Hannah McCormick

      it sounds like such a good book and i really need new reading material

    • I’d love to win this book because it sounds like it would be an amazing read, and you can’t go wrong with historical fiction!(:

    • I love to win your book because I love getting lost in the past. The cover too is just enticing for me to read it!

    • Kristen F.

      I would love love to win this contest because I always wanted to read it and I love to read so much and because I want to be a writer one day.

    • Because the cover looks amazing and the story sounds awesome!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    • Sarah Green

      Would love to read this one!

    • Lisa

      because I sound like something I would read…

    • Kimberly B.

      Hi there!

      I would love to win a copy of Passion Blue because I am a history buff, I love stories about girls and women who go against societal expectations, and it sounds reminiscent of some of my favorite novels!

      Thanks for the great giveaway!

    • Cassie

      I haven’t read any of your books yet, and I think this would get me sucked in. It already sounds amazing and I have a thing for historical fiction!

    • I would love to read a historical fiction book! It sounds really great!
      Brittany S

    • Natalie Cleary

      Thanks so much for the chance. I have to say the cover is amazing!! I want to win because I love the sound of this :)

    • Cassandra

      Thanks for the extra giveaway! :) After reading the bonus material, I got hooked! I can’t wait to read your novel! :)

    • Anubha

      thanks for the hunt and the bonus giveaway…
      you book sounds a nice read… :)

    • Kaitlin Snider

      I love historical novels! Thank you for the chance to win!

    • Thanks for participating in the Hunt and offering us a chance to win your book, Passion Blue!

      I would like to own Passion Blue because I have not read any of your works and it sounds interesting! I love reading from different authors :)


    • Kaylee Mortensen

      This book looks amazing!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    • Katie O'Brien

      First of all I just want to say thanks for participating in the YA scavanger hunt! These always make my day/week :) !
      The reasons I would love to win Passion Blue? For one, look at that cover! probably said a lot but that cover is undeniably BEAUTIFUL! Two, I can’t deny that books seem to have some more depth when there is research behind it (such as historical books) and finally I just would love a new book. Im always on the hunt for new books and this one is more than deserving! :)

    • Myra White

      I *LOVE* historical novels. I haven’t read hardly enough, I struggle to find ones that I can really sink into and Passion Blue sounds amazing! It would be incredible to win!
      Thank yo for the giveaway. :)

    • Katherine

      I’d like to win a copy of your book because the whole point of this scavenger hunt is discovering new authors and I have just discovered you as an author and I now want to read your book!:) Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in the hunt:)

    • Catherine M.

      Really eye-catching cover! I know the whole “don’t judge a book…” thing, but we all sort of still do. I would definitely pick yours up.

    • Anna

      I love historical fiction books, and you don’t find many books that are are YA and historical fiction. I think that Passion Blue is going to be really good!

    • Kaylee V

      Thanks for the giveaway :) )

    • Pam

      I really enjoy historical romances, and Passion Blue sounds like something I would enjoy.
      Thank you for the chance to win an ARC.

    • Zoe

      I love historical fiction, can’t wait to read this book!!!! It sounds impeccable!

    • Sara Gordon

      I love to read and this book sounds amazing and different from other books I have read! I love YA!

    • Gaby

      I love historical fiction and your book looks so interesting, I’m pretty sure it’s my kind of thing!
      I’d love to read it!

    • Mary Shoemaker

      I would love to read this book. I love idea and creativity behind it. Also loving that it setting is Renaissance Italy.

    • thanks for the extra giveaway! :) your book looks awesome!!!!

    • Michelle Greer

      I think that the look looks incredibly intruiging. The cover alone would make me pick it up off the shelf. I don’t always read books like this but I am always wanting to branch out and find the next great thing!

    • Catalina L. L.

      Why do I want to win Passion Blue? The cover and the title could win anyone’s heart, but I’ll try for a less shallow reason. It’s historical fiction, which I always end up learning a lot from. I am an avid honor roll student, so this is a major plus to me. Yet it has magical talismans and forbidden romance, so it won’t suffer from the textbook feel some historical fiction has. It is about a girl with limited choices, which is good, as it brings to light the sad fact that true gender equality is rare. I want to read this book to see if it does this issue justice (and every review I’ve read says it does) and then recommend it to my friends and family as a great read. I am also considering beginning a book blog, and if I do Passion Blue would be a perfect book for it. If I don’t start a blog, I will review it on goodreads.

    • cristina escalante

      I would like to win ” Passion Blue” because it os different to what i usually read.

    • aidanadia

      Would love to win Passion Blue because it has been recommended by Megan Whalen Turner. If she thinks this book is superb, then I’ll be clamouring for a copy!

    • Camila

      I’d love to win the ARC of Passion Blue!! The cover is amazing, and the book look so interesting!!
      Thanks for the giveaway and been one of the YA Scavenger hunt Authors!!

    • Donya Pedigo

      I want to win because I love to read. I also have a surgury coming up so this would be a great book to add to my recoup time of reading…

    • Margie M.

      I’d love to win one to make it an awesome addition to my small library and be able to pass it on to others who would love to read it.

    • Juana A

      Thanks for being one of the YA Scavenger hunt Authors !!!!!

    • JaredSwentik

      Thanks for participating in this this giveaway! I would be happy with anything but I am having fun just doing this too! Reading all the bonus material is awesome!

    • Ashley Orellana

      I would love to win your books because I love any kind of romance and this being a historical romance it just gives it a little twist. I love romances from back in the day!!

    • Kelly Hung

      I’d love to win a book because I really like historical romances.

    • Charlotte

      Thanks for participating in the scavenger! Gosh, I love finding new books.
      I’d like to win your giveaway because of all the YA books I read, historical romance doesn’t show up much in my already-read list. Your book looks so interesting!

    • alicia marie

      I would love to win Passion Blue because it looks like an awesome book, and I always am looking for more historical fiction!! Thanks for being part of the YASH and for the extra giveaway!!

    • Juana A

      I would love to win a sing copy of your book because I would love to read Passion Blue and it would be awesome. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    • I’d love to win Passion Blue since I love Astrology! It always intrigues me(:

    • Hey :) What a great copmetition! Thank you for being a part of the Scavenger Hunt, as well as creating your own giveaway! I’d love to own a signed copy of your book :D Thank you

    • Kassandra Fuentes

      I would love to win Passion Blue, because Historical romance is one of my favorite genres to read.

    • Holly Forbes

      Really want to read PASSION BLUE!

    • Amy Logg

      Thank you so much for being part of YASH + the extra giveaway – so much fun!!!

    • Katherina Barney

      I would LOVE to win Passion Blue because I love historical fiction, and I find the Italian Renaissance fascinating and would love to have more books of that genre on my book shelves to enjoy over and over and over and over and over and over………

    • Lillie Moss

      I’d love to win a book cuz I LOVE ya historical novels! And blue passion sounds quite good :)

    • Mary

      I would love to read passion blue because historical fiction is my genre and there is and empty spot on my book shelf with PAssion Blue’s Title on it. The story seem very captivating and i can’t wait to learn new historical facts

    • Crystal Craig

      I’d really like to win Passion Blue because I’m just in love with the deleted scene of the book and the synopsis! I just know it’s a wonderful story and I’d love to get my hands on it haha.

      Also, thank you so much for sharing this information of another great author! I really enjoy science fiction as well. :)

    • Micaela Swentik

      I am beyond excited about this giveway! I love finding new books, for me to fall in love with! thank you!


    • Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt. I think this is a fantastic idea (fun, too!)

    • solange

      i would love to read this book because i love historic fiction a lot!
      it also seems like it is a very interesting story and i can’t wait to read it, whether i win it or buy it :D

    • Cordelia Fitzgerald

      Lovely cover and the story sounds captivating!

    • PamM

      I love to read an it sounds very interesting. Thank you for taking part in the hop.

    • I want to win because it sounds AWESOME plus…how can anyone resist that gorgeous cover?

      Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Thanks for the giveaway! Passion Blue sounds great, I can’t wait to read it.

    • I’d LOVE to win Passion Blue because I LOVE the idea of a secret magical art workshop in a monastery, and the astrologer’s warning and I also love Giulia:)

      Thanks so much:)

    • Because the cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the summary sounds fascinating :)

    • Cheryl

      Passion Blue sounds fabulous! I can’t wait to read it.

    • I’d like Passion Blue because it’s different than what I usually read and I like to have all kinds of books on my overflowing, glorious bookshelf.

      Thanks for the giveaway and being in YASH!

      Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

    • Thalia

      This looks so good! I’d love a chance to read it! (:

    • Thank you, so much for participating in the epic YASH this year. It’s always so much and I love discovering author’s and being re-introduced to other’s that I loved before the new. I really would LOVE to read Passion Blue, because I’m fascinated with historical fiction and Renaissance Italy. It is pretty much my dream to actually go there one day to Italy and take in the sights and experience the history and soak in the beautiful architecture.

    • Elizabeth Harmon

      Thank you for this giveaway!!!

    • I love reading, but almost never have the money to go book-buying. It’s always great to have a book on hand so you can read it when you have a sudden urge to read a certain book, instead of having to place a hold on it in the library and wait for X time for it to arrive. Best of luck to everyone else in the giveaway contest!

    • Allison Medina

      Feeling lucky!!! Allison Medina for the win porfavor!!!!

    • Erica Boyd

      I would love to win your book. Sounds really good.

    • Emma M

      Haha forgot to say why i want to win the book!!!! I love astronomy, and especially historical romance!!!!! The book is also very pretty, and that’s always a draw!!!!

    • Emma M

      That book so is soo pretty!!! Thanks for taking part in the scavenger hunt, I love them!!!!

    • I could go with the usual spiel, I love YA Historical books… Blah blah blah, but I’m going to say

      I’d like to win because the cover rocks, and I have a great home here in Aus to put it (after I read it of course)

      Thanx for being in the hunt!!

    • Desiree Thompson

      I would like to win because it sounds like a really origenal idea. I am always searching for the more origenal YA books.

    • Caroline B.

      I absolutely love historical romance and I love to read!! I would love to win a ARC of passion blue!!

    • Sarah

      Thanks for this awesome contest :) Can’t wait to read this book!!

    • Heather Alexander

      I want to read the book because I love to read.

    • It sounds really interesting, would love to read it!

    • I just wanted to say that I’m excited to read another historical YA!

    • Michelle Hart

      Can’t wait to read it!

    • It sounds really interesting and I’m trying to read more YA historical fiction! Thanks for the giveaway and for being a part of YASH!

    • Heather Panella

      Love YA historical fiction…can’t wait to read!

    • I’d love to win your book! Interesting premise. :)

    • Tiffany

      Thank you for the giveaway!!

    • Kathryn

      I’d love to win the book! It sounds like it’ll be great if I can mange to get my hands on it!

    • shialo

      I love YA historical novel and yours sound wonderful and I would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway!

    • i’ll like to win the book because it has a great plot!

    • I’ve yet to read any of your books but I am very interested! Thanks so much for being a part of the hunt! :)

    • Tal

      I would love to win your book because I love to read XD

    • Wendy

      I love ya historical books!

    • Kate

      Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway!

    • Ileana A.

      Historical is my favorite genre! And I haven’t read a book set in Italy!
      Thanks for the giveaway! Fingers crossed!

    • Katie

      i would love to win your book because i love historical fiction and the book sounds really interesting, plus the cover really drew me in!

    • Thanks for participating in the YASH and for offering this additional giveaway opportunity. As for the answer to your question, I’d be a liar if I didn’t say your cover is gorgeous and initially drew me in. But I’m also looking to branch out more into historical fiction, something I don’t read enough of these days.

      Thanks again!

      The Book Hookup: Eat. Breathe. Read!

    • Molly Frenzel

      I’ve been dying to read this book!!

    • I’d love to have a copy of your book because I think it would be an honor to read it (plus I;m pretty pumped for your book!)

    • I want to win Passion Blue because historical fiction is a genre that I really really want to read more of. Not to mention the fact that my favorite color is seriously blue <3

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