The YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2017

Once again, I’m thrilled to be in the YA Scavenger Hunt this fall! And for all my Untamed fans out there, there are some exclusive excerpts from Three Sarr’s journal hidden in this 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 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 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM–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 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 green 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 October 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting Sara Jade Alan on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Find out more information by checking out her author website or find more about the author’s book below!

Life is funny sometimes.

And not always the ha, ha kind. Like that one time where a hot guy tried to kiss me and I fell. Down. Hard. And then found out I had cancer.

I’m trying to be strong for my friends and my mom.

And I’m trying so hard to be “just friends” with that hot guy, even though he seems to want so much more. But I won’t do that to him. He’s been through this before with his family, and I’m not going to let him watch me die.

So, I tell myself: Smile Ellie. Be funny Ellie. Don’t cry Ellie, because once I start, I might not stop.

Buy A Messy, Beautiful Life here



My debut YA contemporary, A Messy, Beautiful Life, releases from Entangled Teen on October 2. Here’s a bit about the story: Ellie was just voted captain of her high school’s improv comedy group, Spontaneous Combustion. When she meets Jason onstage in an improv scene that’s more sizzle than silly, she thinks life is finally starting to go her way. Enter sucker-punch from Life, stage left. So she does what any girl with a tumor in her femur would do: she enters a standup comedy contest. With the help of her improv friends, her music-obsessed stepbrother, and Jason, who’s dealing with a heartbreak of his own, Ellie searches for a lifeline through the punchlines. 
I’m offering a playlist for my exclusive content because music plays an important part in the story. Ellie’s stepbrother, Craig, is a musician, and Jason used to love to sing, before his mom died. Music pumps the audience up before their improv shows. (I put “Can’t Stop The Feeling” first, as the book opens with Ellie and her friends getting ready for their first show of senior year. If you just replace the word “dance” with “improv” it perfectly describes how they feel, but of course, “improv” makes a slightly less catchy verb than “dance.”) I won’t give the reasons behind the other songs because it will give too much away, but the song that at first might not seem to fit the list (“Paloma Blanca”), is the one song that’s actually referenced in the book. It’s fun and silly, and I hope that song makes you laugh as much as it made Ellie and her friends laugh.
And here’s just the list:
1.     Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
2.     Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
3.     Believer – Imagine Dragons
4.     What We Keep – Brittain Ashford
5.     Willow Tree March – Paper Kites
6.     Never Give Up – Sia
7.     Paloma Blanca – Georgie Dann
8.     The Luckiest – Ben Folds
9.     Fix You – Cold Play
10.  Someone to You – BANNERS 


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Sara Jade Alan, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 77. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green 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 next author, Tobie Easton!


Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! 5 people will each win a kindle ebook of my debut novel, Untamed!


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This article has 25 comments

  1. I like them all. Sometimes it is nice just to pick up a standalone and read while other times I like to get immersed in the lives of the characters. Some stories are just made for one book. Others have more stories to them either with different characters from the books or a continuation of the original.

  2. I prefer standalone novels because I like concise stories. Sometimes I barely hear about a trilogy at book 2 while book 3 is coming out so it hinders me from starting that series.

  3. For me, it depends on the book.

    Sometimes, I want to read standalones, because the amount of series’ I have to finish is overwhelming, lol. Especially things like mysteries or contemporaries, usually those stories can be wrapped up in a single book, and due to the nature of the stories, more books jsut drag things out and they aren’t necessary (obviously not always the case)

    But I like a lot of series or trilogies. Especially fantasy, scifi, or dystopias, those make good series.

    honestly though, I just like a good mix of both. I read all kinds of stuff, and mixing it up is my fave part

  4. I really love series! The more, the merrier! But sometimes I find it hard to commit to a long series, and then I would rather pick up a standalone or trilogy. So hard to decide! haha!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. standalones mainly because series/trilogies take FOREVER to come out and usually by that point, I end up forgetting some details.

  6. Hmm. . I like them all depending if the stories should continue or if I love the characters that much. It really just depend on the story itself.

  7. For me, it depends on the genre! If it is a dystopian, fantasy, or something similar, I usually want more than one book. But if it is a more contemporary book, or a romance, one book is fine (but more would be great!).
    I love trilogies though!

  8. I love all books but tend to prefer series. I have a hard time letting go of the worlds and characters I meet in books, so the more books about them, the happier I am.

  9. For my TBR list, I prefer standalones. But if I love the book so much I would love to read more from that world and at that point I hope its a trilogy for the sake of my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. It depends on the book and how the outcome of the story is laid out. Some books are better as a standalone while others should have a whole series to them.

  11. Stand-alones are good but I also like series. The waiting for the next book is a both exciting and a test of patience.


  12. I can never choose if I prefer series or standalone books… Sometimes it’s nice to get the more fully fleshed out world that you can have over several books, but I also don’t always like waiting for the next part of a series to be released.

  13. Hi. Thank you for the great opportunity. I’ve really enjoyed your first chapter. Now I want to know… 🙂

    This is a hard question. I like them all. It really depends of my moment. When the story is really good, I always wish for more, then the stand-alone creates a problem.
    But sometimes, real life is so busy, that I read an amazing book, but it has a few more books to read yet, and I have no time and I really wish that it was a stand-alone. :0) I know I’m crazy!
    Other times, you read this series, that you totally love all the characters. You wanted to be in their circle, you wish they were your friends, so is very exciting to know that more books are coming. This are the ones that really need to be a very long series.

    I hope I have answered your question. Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. It depends on the story. I hate reading books that pack so much information into just a standalone that you end up wanting things more fleshed out. On the flip side I hate reading a book series that could easily fit into one book because there really isn’t that much information and having to read more then one book to get to the conclusion sucks.

  15. If the author has enough story to justify a trilogy or series, I love it! But, if not, I hate when the story feels like it’s been stretched to create a series – with sequel books that feel like filler and a plot that really could have been wrapped up in one book 🙁 In that case, I would have preferred a standalone and am usually kind of irritated that I’ve been roped into a series. I also don’t like when I don’t realize the book is going to have a sequel until the last few pages – this is definitely not always a happy/welcome surprise…unless I love the characters and the story is deep enough to make me excited for more books to come!

  16. I do love a trilogy. I love seeing how everything goes on & unfolds over a trilogy. I get way too attached so standalones are hard for me!


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