Welcome to YASH!



**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.)

blueteamAmalie-Headshot1-233x300Today, it is my distinct honor to host the lovely and talented, Amalie Howard. Let us now turn to Amalie’s official bio, which makes me kinda envious because she’s way cooler than me:

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.

Here’s the description: Alpha-Goddess-9781626362086-200x300

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.”

“How come?”

“I don’t know. Everyone seems to think he’s a bad influence.”

“Is he?”

“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.


Got it?


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!

92 comments to Welcome to YASH!

  • Michael

    The memory I would wipe from my mind and destroy the recording of is what I said when I woke up from getting my wisdom teeth removed. Not one of the better moments in my life… I accused the dentist of being a death eater because she still had on the mask… face palm on my life.

  • Yuliya

    I am not sure what i would wipe away if anything I think all of my memories make me who I am and I would be afraid i would change something about myself if I wiped something away.

  • I would wipe the memory of my next-door neighbor dropkicking a frog across the street when I was little, because it made me so sad to see the way he hurt the frog. :(

  • Jessica Russell

    I would want to forget any time I have embarrassed myself in front of a crush.

  • Alexis Holpin

    I wish I could wipe me being a weird little kid from my memory.

  • Oh, what a great question. I wish I could wipe needing to have my wisdom teeth removed from my memory. :)

  • 1110cg

    I would wipe taking finals from my brain.

  • Megan D.

    Since my life has been a series of embarrassing events one after another I suppose I’d pick one of them. So how about one from my high school days where at a football game my friends and I were asked what a pick 6 was on the local news. I with my total lack of knowledge when it comes to sports brilliantly guessed it was when you pick 6 of the best teams and then my best friend proceeded to list the teams in our area from best to worst in her opinion. My family still loves giving me grief about it.

  • Olivia

    Good question!
    I have had my share of embarrassing moments but I don’t think anything has been horrible enough to be wiped from my memory… So I guess I would say that I would not want to forget anything even though I probably did at one point.

  • Kimberly B.

    My neighbor doing his laundry in a lime green Speedo. Although he will probably do it again, so I doubt it would help. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Tamara

    There are a lot of embarrassing memories I’d love to forget. The one that comes to mind is tumbling down the stairs in front of a bunch of people after taking an exam.

  • Mine might have to be a haircut too! It was a long time ago, but I got this really short, almost-bob that was just terrible. I have some awful pictures that I hide away and pretend to forget about. Note to self: Too-short hair is not flattering on me! Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

  • Rachel

    I think I would probably erase the memory of when my Grade 10 english teacher picked me to read/act out a scene in Romeo and Juliet with the most immature boy in my class, and it was the first kissing scene in the whole play…

  • Elaina Watler

    Hmm thats a hard one maybe the time i thought it was a good idea to audition for Grease in high school.

  • Camilla Leonard

    The many times I opened my mouth to make snide remarks back to people with my dry humor. I always feel so guilty afterwards.

  • Brianna C.

    I would probably wipe away most of my memory of seventh grade… that was definitely the awkward stage of my life! The frizzy hair, braces, and bullies were not fun at all. :/

  • Kellani

    I don’t think I’d erase anything. Everything that I remember hhas made me the person I am today.

  • Therese

    All the mean comments about my apperance when I was little would be nice to get rid of. But at the same time, that transformed me into the person i am today so maybe it’s not good to forget aboput everything…

  • Bailey Orr

    I’d forget about how sad my mom makes me.

  • I really don’t know! Probably the ginormous fight I had with some friends a few years ago.

  • Grace Radford/Anna Pett

    I think I’d like to erase whatever made me so anxious all the time. I’m not sure if it’s just one thing though.

  • Oh my goodness, all the times I’ve made a really embarrassing mistake that I somehow am still today reliving and cringing at constantly… long bus rides commuting are really back for bringing back old memories that you don’t really want to remember!

  • Katherina Vo

    Every awkward and embarrassing moment I’ve every had when talking to a guy. Even now that I think about them I’m cringing. :O

    • Katherina Barney

      This doesn’t have anything to do with the YASH, or your comment. I just wanted to say Hi and how nice it is to actually see that someone has the same first name as you/I do. Because you know what it’s like to have it pronounced wrong (you probably get the same pronunciations I get!), and how Word says you are spelling it wrong and never being able to find it spelt on a keychain in a store.

  • Katherina Barney

    I would like to erase from my memory all the hurtful things not only I said or did to others, but also what was said and done to me.

  • Paola

    I wished I could wipe from my memory that one boy who made my life miserable in high school!

  • I would like to wipe the memory of the time I tried to give a presentation during my high school class and totally froze. I had to return to my seat after mumbling a couple of words.

  • Hmm, I don’t know. Maybe all the awkward speeches I’d had to give throughout my life, lol. HATE public speaking! lol

  • Mary McCormick

    I think if it could be forgotten, I would take back my haircut from like, seven years ago. That was/is one of the worst decisions of my life… But embarrassing memories make us part of who we are, so if I had the choice, I wouldn’t take a memory at all!

  • Hannah M

    I would like to forget the time when I cut my hair right before my uncles wedding when I was a flower girl. My sisters have never let me forget it.(I was only young though)

  • Luisa Valente

    I would like to forget all three middle school. I was really awkward back then and I wish I could forget the times I embarrassed myself.

  • Haha, well my life has been a series of embarrassing incidents but I wouldn’t erase those because they make good fuel for stories. And this might seem harsh, but if I could, I’d wipe away memories from my last relationship :)

  • gabby amorelli

    I think I would choose to erase some bad decision with men.

  • Arlene V

    Thanks for the extra giveaway! Your mullet story reminded me that I had a Lord Farquaad haircut for a while in college so yeah memories be gone!

  • Carolineb513

    Something I wish I could remove from my memory is when I was the main role in a church play and I forgot all the words. Yikes!

  • Kayla DeGroote

    Something I could remove from my memory huh? Try all of 7th grade! *shudders* A total nightmare!!

  • Haily

    I don’t think I’d get rid of any of my memories. Those that manage to stick in my messy mind are important. I want all of them.

  • Lisa

    I would probably say my couple years of high school when a friend of a friend like me that he “stalk” me

  • Carie

    My junior high school years–at least all the silly fights with friends over dumb stuff 😉

  • Jessica Cordero

    I think I would wipe out the memory of the first time I met Jackson Rathbone from Twilight at a concert festival. (Okay, maybe not totally wipe it out completely because he was really nice.)I would like to wipe out the fact that it was a meet and greet and he was signing things. Well, I didn’t have anything for him to sign that was actually relating to him, so I had him sign a cheesy CW tv show poster. He looked at me funny because it didn’t have anything to do with him, but he signed it anyway (and actually doodled on it too!!) He was really nice about it, but I felt really embarrassed. I wish I could wipe out that memory and do a do over memory of that day.

  • Cal

    I have to go with the response that I would be to scared to wipe anything from my memory just because they make up who I am today… Although one time I wore two different shoes to school (on accident I was tired!) and that was insanely embarrassing, so maybe I should erase that lovely memory! Lol!
    Thanks for participating in YASH and for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  • High school. The whole thing. Not that high school was bad for me, it was just that my school had I guess an excess of drama going on with my graduating class. Thanks for the giveaway!


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