Thursday, October 2, 2014


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! 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 for 72 hours!

Go to the YA ScavengerHunt 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 TEAM ORANGE but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed 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 YAScavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I have listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)

Entry Form: Once you have 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 October 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today I’m thrilled to be hosting Adi Rule for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Adi Rule is the author of STRANGE SWEET SONG (St. Martins) Adi writes in a studio apartment filled with cats who hate each other. When she's not writing, she sings in the chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops and plays Triple Yahtzee with her grandmother. She has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. To find out more about Adi and her books visit her website or buy The Rules for Breaking at Barnes and Nobles!

Music flows in Sing Da Navelli's blood, but she is still intimidated by her new school, the prestigious Dunhammond Conservatory. As Sing struggles to escape the long shadows of her famous parents and prove her own worth, she is drawn to the conservatory's icy forest, a place steeped in history, magic, and danger. With the help of a dark-eyed apprentice who has secrets of his own, Sing must unravel the story of the forbidden forest and the strange creature who lives there -- and find her own voice.

Check out this exclusive content from Adi’s book STRANGE SWEET SONG

This is a drawing Adi did of the Dunhammond Conservatory campus early in the writing process. (The drawing, fittingly, was ripped up by her cat, but she taped it back together.)

And here are never-before-seen words to Angelique's second aria from Angélique, written by her dear friend Béatrice Clerc. She'd written the first two lines, which are all that appear in the novel, and she ran with it. Merci, Béatrice! (English translation included for those of us who don't parlez le français)

Quand il se trouvera dans la forêt sombre,
Il comprendra ce que c'est que d'être seul.

Voilà mon beau prince qui m’a quitté,
Parti affronter le Félix, cette bête immonde,
ce monstre cruel et sans pitié,
que jamais personne n’a pu vaincre.

Mon beau prince, fier et courageux,
Ignorant la peur et le froid,
tu chevauches dans le crépuscule,
avec pour compagnie les animaux de nuit.

Mon beau prince valeureux,
seul dans le froid, tu veux sauver le village,
seul dans le noir, tu te crois invincible,
seul dans la lutte, ne compte que sur toi.

Mon beau prince en danger,
qui n’a connu que richesse et confort,
tu connais l’adversité des joutes,
mais sauras-tu vaincre le Félix,
s’il te faut lutter corps à corps ?

Mon beau prince généreux,
nous étions faits l’un pour l’autre,
nous nous sommes cherchés longtemps,
enfin unis par le sentiment,
rien au monde ne pourra nous séparer.

Mon beau prince mortellement blessé,
si la mort décide de t’emporter ,
promis, tu ne partiras pas seul,
où tu iras, je te rejoindrais,
et tous deux unis dans les cieux,
nous nous embrasserons pour l’éternité.

When he finds himself in the dark forest,
He will know what it is to be alone.

There is my handsome prince who left me,
Gone to face the Felix, this filthy beast,
this cruel and merciless monster,
that no one could defeat.

My handsome prince, proud and courageous,
Ignoring fear and cold,
you ride at dusk,
accompanied by night animals.

My handsome, valiant prince,
alone in the cold, you want to save the village,
alone in the dark, you believe you’re invincible,
alone in battle, counting on you.

My handsome prince in danger,
who has known only riches and comfort,
you understand jousting competitions,
but can you defeat the Felix,
if you must fight hand-to-hand?

My handsome, generous prince,
we were made for each other,
we searched for each other for a long time,
at last united by feeling,
nothing in the world can separate us.

My handsome prince, mortally wounded,
if death decides to take you,
it is promised, you will not go alone,
where you go, I will join you,
and, united in heaven,
we will kiss forever.

Wasn’t that AMAZING?! I haven’t read STRANGE SWEET SONG and I’m psyched to add these to my TBR list! And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books from TEAM ORANGE! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the orange team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

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! 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the amazing Jaye Robin Brown author of NO PLACE TO FALL! 

What’s YOUR favorite number? Tell me in the comments and HAPPY HUNTING!!!


  1. Great post! Thanks! :) My favorite number is 16! :)

    1. 16...add one and six and you get favorite number!

  2. Great post! Thanks! :) My favorite number is 16! :)

  3. 42! It's the answer to life, the universe and everything!

    Melissa M.
    (seriously cannot figure out how to get it to stop posting as "anonymous"!)

  4. Thanks for participating in the YASH! My favorite number is 2.

  5. Favorite number is 8. It's slightly less than 10, but still more than half a dozen. Perfect amount of cookies to eat without feeling guilty of decadence.

  6. Thanks for being part of the hunt - I am hoping that the mention of the blue team under your lucky number was a typo as I'm adding your number in the orange team.
    My lucky number is 9 :)

  7. I don't really have a favorite number, but the numbers that keep popping up in my life is 11 (whenever I look at the clock), and 13 (which appears in my home phone, my cell phone and home address both add up to it).


  8. 16 for my birthday! ;) Those lines in french where so beautiful <3

  9. My favorite number is three! I have two siblings and we're each three years apart. It's a family thing :) (Thanks for the bonus giveaway!)