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2016 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt Kick-Off

Join the 2016 Contemporary Challenge!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to kick off the 2016 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt. Tons of awesome authors are participating and there's an amazing grand prize giveaway along with a few individual ones along the way :) 

The way the scavenger hunt works is that each post will feature a code word (it'll be fairly obvious what the code word is). Write down or remember the words as to enter the main giveaway, you'll have to use those words to figure out the quote or message. You'll basically have to put together all the words you've gathered along the hunt! 

When you have all the words, head over to the website to enter the amazing grand prize giveaway! :)

So far, these posts are up:

Rebecca Podos
Kathryn Holmes
Emily Albright
Danika Stone
Kim Culbertson
Mindi Scott and Michelle Andreani
Robin Constantine
K.C. Held
Marieke Nijkamp
Shannon Parker
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Emily Martin
Leah Konen
Sarvenaz Tash
Jessica Love
Ashley Herring Blake
16/18


Erin and Anna will both have their posts up soon, but until then their respective code words are: I & books. Shannon's word is way!

Good luck and happy scavenger hunting! :)



The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa Book Review


To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness….

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.
Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

See How They Run by Ally Carter Book Review


See How They Run (Embassy Row, #2)
Inside every secret, there's a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions--from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter. 

Grace's past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down. 
The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row.

January Contemporary Challenge Link-Up and Giveaway

Hi everyone! First off, I want to apologize for the delay in getting this post up. I ended up getting really sick when I got back to school and have been out of commission for a few days. I'm working on getting back on track and there'll be an exciting contemporary scavenger hunt post up Saturday ;) The following challenge link-up is open to participants of the 2016 YA Contemporary Challenge, which is still open for sign-ups! You can link up your review for any contemporary book you've read & reviewed in January. This giveaway is international and here is what you can win:


The Distance from A to ZThe Year We Fell ApartA Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)


-1 e-book copy of The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt (This is such an adorable book!)
-1 hardcover of The Year We Fell Apart by Natalie Martin
-1 preorder of A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro


Also, the winners of the end of the year contemporary challenge wrap-up giveaway are the bloggers at City of Fandoms and Overflowing Bookshelves! They each will receive a preorder of their choice and expect an email later today :) Here's the link-up:





Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan Book Review


Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.
Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.