**Update: Congrats, Brianna C.! You are the winner of my signed ARC of TABULA RASA
Please email at kristen (at) kristenlippertmartin (dot) com and claim your prize!**
Welcome to the Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt!
First things first, let’s make sure you’re in the right place. I’m part of the BLUE TEAM so if you’re looking for Red Team clues here, you be in the wrong place, honey. (Just stay put, and we’ll call your mom to come get you.)
AMALIE grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children.
See what I’m saying? Way, way cooler than me. You can find out more about Amalie (“Cooler-than-Kristen”) Howard and all her books here! The book you’ll be hoping to win from Amalie as part of the YASH giveaway is ALPHA GODDESS.
In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.
Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.
And the bonus content we have from Amalie is a deleted scene from ALPHA GODDESS. Here it is YASHers:
Dev pushed off the edge to swim a lap underwater just as Sera’s phone buzzed. She glanced at it frowning and slid it back into her pocket, her smile fading into a scowl just as Dev’s head resurfaced. “Something important?” he asked.
“It’s just Kyle. He’s running off to do someone else’s bidding,” she said. “As usual. And I’m mad because he bailed on me for the play, too.”
“Why do you like him?”
“What do you mean?” Sera asked, taken aback by Dev’s blunt question.
“Why is he your friend?”
“Seriously, not you too,” Sera groaned. Why did everyone seem to think that Kyle was such an awful person? At Dev’s look, she clarified her comment. “I’m grounded because my parents don’t want me hanging out with him.”
“I don’t know. Everyone seems to think he’s a bad influence.”
“How would I know? And what’s with the questions?” she snapped, irritated by his directness.
“Just making conversation,” he said softly and Sera felt like a total jerk for snapping at him. He was the one keeping her company when she was grounded.
“Sorry, I’m a bit on edge. I had a blow out with my parents earlier, and Kyle’s gone off somewhere with his friends. I know he’s probably going to get into trouble, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I just feel completely helpless.”
“You don’t have to save him, you know,” Dev said quietly. His voice was as soft as the motions his arms were making under the water … soothing. Inexplicably, she felt some of her anger drain away.
“I know. He just doesn’t have anyone else. I don’t know what it is with Kyle—there’s a part of him that is kind, and then sometimes I feel a pull of something else, something dark and ugly. It feels like if I let him go, he’s just going to go under and then he’ll be lost to me for good.” She looked at Dev who was treading water and listening quietly. “I know that probably doesn’t make any sense at all, but that’s how I feel … about him. And you asked.”
OK, so in order to move onto the next BLUE TEAM clue, you’ll need TWO know my favorite number. Look at this picture and tell me how many bats you see next to The Count.
But wait! There’s more!
As long as you’re here, you might as well grab yourself another chance to win an ARC of my debut, TABULA RASA. Leave me a comment below with an answer this question, “What’s something you wish you could wipe from your memory?” I’ll select a winner at random. Open to U.S. and Canada residents. My contest ends when the YASH is over, so that’s 3 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 6!
BTW, my answer to that question would be: the freaking semi-mullet I got back in high school. Good Lord.
Are you ready to proceed with the hunt now? Good. I’m sending you over to see C.J. Redwine!
Off you go then! Have fun!