YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2016: Out of the Shadows


Note: The hunt is now over. Thanks for playing!

Welcome to the 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 (including a copy of WAX). On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue at each stop. 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. Somewhere along the way is a deleted scene from WAX, too – but play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until Sunday…

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all. I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM–but there a whole bunch of other teams, with chances to win a whole different set of signed books!


If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, get links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Somewhere below, you’ll find my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange team, and then add them up.

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

I’m hosting Adi Rule. Let’s learn more about her!

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Adi writes YA novels, short stories, and funny essays. THE HIDDEN TWIN and STRANGE SWEET SONG are out now from St Martin’s Press. She lives in New Hampshire with three cats who hate each other.

For more information, check out her website , and buy her books here!

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For eighteen years, Redwing — who some say is a mythical monster in human form — was hidden away while her twin sister Jey lived free as a normal girl. But when two priests track her down and attack, she calls forth fire to protect herself and her secret is out. When Jey is caught up in a struggle between a cult, a band of rebels, and the royal family, Redwing must prove herself more than a monster if she is to save her sister and her home.


And here I’ll hand it off to Adi:

Thanks for having me, Gina!

For my bonus content, I decided to delve into that mystical, hypnotic realm known as Pinterest. With the help of my brilliant artist cousin (who’s working on an amazing new series of images inspired by The Hidden Twin!), I created mini-boards for five of the major characters. I hope you enjoy them!


The Redwing is a monster out of mythology. Funny how she looks and feels just like a teenage girl — until she starts calling forth fire from the earth. Maybe there is truth to the legend after all.

“We’re very modern. In so many ways. But fear and hope are eternal. Every morning, the people gather in High Ra Square to mouth the meditations along with the priests, dazzled by the sparkling incarnations of long-dead emotions. If someone were to ask the crowd, in all honesty, ‘Do you think redwings are real?’ I think most of the people would shake their heads and say something vague that sounds very much like no, but that isn’t actually no. Most people are just waiting for the first person to say yes.”


Fir is a Fog Walker problem-solver. She gets called in when all else has failed, and likes it that way.

Elena speaks calmly. “You were meant to persuade her, Fir.”

“I was meant to produce her,” Fir hisses. “And when I get a job, it’s because persuasion has failed.”


Corvin, like his fellow Fog Walkers, would do almost anything to protect Caldaras City. But he prefers subtlety to spectacle.

“Tell as much truth as you can,” Corvin says gently. “That makes it easier.”


Nara tends to keep her sharp eyes hidden behind reflective lenses. She loves her newspaper and her city — sometimes too much for someone so dangerous.

Something in me knows she is good, in the way a just law is good. But good doesn’t always mean right. Or kind.


Zahi is second in line for the throne of Caldaras and hopes to keep it that way. Outwardly, he’s too frivolous for politics and too decadent for the priesthood. What he does when he disappears is anyone’s guess.

“I thought you cared for me.” The heat in my face stings tears into the corners of my eyes. I look for understanding in his face, for resolve. For regret. But I find nothing but stillness.

“I do,” he says. “But that doesn’t mean I’m not your enemy.”


Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by Adi, me, and more! Maybe you’ll win upwards of, I don’t know, 28. 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.


In addition to all of the fabulous prizes you can win throughout the hunt, I am giving away an additional signed copy of WAX, along with some swag.  To enter, fill out the form below – and get as many bonus entries as you want by following me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, this blog, signing up for my mailing list, or by leaving a comment telling me about who you think might be a monster in human form. Good luck!

Giveaway closed. Thanks for entering!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, head over to the website of the next author: Cynthia Hand!


  1. I think I’m a monster in human form. But not the scary lurking type, but the misunderstood questionable ones that may or may not help you fight the scary lurking sorts. It depends on how tired I am.

  2. I often dream that I am a monster in human form. However I feel it’s more like a cat. I get all fluffy and hiss but really I’m sweet and just want some love.

  3. Hello! I just wanted to say thank you for taking part in YASH-it’s such an amazing contes and all the authors like you are what makes it so awesome!

    Also, as far as the whole demon thing goes, I’ve got to point the finger at my cat. I understand you were probably angling for a human… But at least this way you’ll be prepared when he takes over the world.

    Thanks again!

  4. Not even because he writes in the horror genre, but I want to say Stephen King is a monster in human form. And like, he’s barely passing. He terrifies me. Have you ever met him? He’s a weird dude. And not necessarily in a bad way. Just, a terrifying presence.

  5. Gary Busey. There’s no way that dude isn’t something non-human. Thanks for doing a bonus YASH giveaway!

  6. Thanks so much for being a part of YA Scavenger Hunt! It’s so fun to learn about new books to read! I don’t know about the monster in human form. That’s hard! I’m at a loss. Haha

  7. Thanks for this post!

    I believe screaming toddlers and children in movie theaters are monsters in human form. They might be changelings!

  8. Hi thank you so much for this opportunity :) I think a monster in human form is probably someone who hides it well, someone who is evil but you would never guess that they are really evil. Someone who enjoys being evil and hurting others.

  9. Monster in human form. Hmmm. I would have to say anyone who works at a Plasma center. What are they really doing with it? Bwah ha ha!

  10. Obviously there’s bad people around, but calling them monsters is a bit much imo. Although I think soe people are…
    Jack the Ripper though. Monster!

  11. Trump, definitely! I hate to repeat what others have said, but he immediately popped into my head when I read the question.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway — Wax sounds delightfully creepy! I have to agree that our worst monsters seem to be in the political arena these days, or the trolls commenting about it all.

  13. I automatically love you because you used Livin’ on a Prayer for your tagline. When you’re called Gina I guess it’s too good an opportunity to pass up!

    I’m thinking monster in human form not necessarily a bad thing, so I’ll depart from the obvious politician answers and say another YA author – Victoria Aveyard, because surely no one human can have that much sass, and because I sure wouldn’t like to be on the wrong side of an argument with her.

  14. I was going to ask whether answering “Donald Trump” would be inappropriate, but I see he’s already been mentioned several times. HA! (And those who said “Bullies” are arguably in agreement with us…)

  15. thanks for participating in this fun hunt!!!
    I’m going to agree with a lot of the answers already given about a monster in human form. To me, child molesters fit that description.

  16. Trump is definitely a monster in human form…or something resembling human? I think his true self definitely shows on the outside too. Ick. And as he’s the common answer here, it definitely says something.

  17. Thanks for participating in the hunt this year. It is so great to see authors get just as excited as the readers.

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