Thursday, April 2, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt!

The YA Scavenger Hunt is over!  But my giveaway will be active until midnight, Pacific Time, Sunday, April 6th.


Hello, I am Katherine Longshore, hostess of this leg of the hunt!  I love travel, history and chocolate (though not necessarily always in that order) and am the author of three novels of friendship, love and betrayal set in the court of Henry VIII (GILT, TARNISH, and BRAZEN) and the "Downtonesque" MANOR OF SECRETS.  There will be a super-secret, exclusive deleted scene from BRAZEN on another blog stop, so keep searching!

You are currently hunting on Team Gold!



SCAVENGER HUNT RULES

During 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 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 72 hours!

Directions: Somewhere in this post, I have listed my favorite number (HINT, it is highlighted in GOLD.). Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold 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.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM--but every team offers chances to win entirely different sets of books!

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 Sunday, April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

But be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post--I'm hosting an additional giveaway and I'd love it if you enter!

P. J. HOOVER!

Today, I am hosting the fabulous P.J. Hoover for the Scavenger Hunt!

After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer, P. J. Hoover started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her middle grade novel, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life (Starscape/Macmillan, September 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who's been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen/Macmillan, June 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. 

Find out more by checking out P.J's website and find out how to buy SOLSTICE here



Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.


Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.





Tricia is sharing with us the exclusive opening chapter of a sequel to SOLSTICE, and I, for one, am hooked...


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Tricia's exclusive YASH content is no longer available, but I hope you'll still look her up, and check out SOLSTICE!


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CONTINUE THE HUNT

Continue the hunt and enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, P.J. Hoover, and more!  Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you'll have 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, Alexandra Monir!

And as you go through the hunt, be sure to 



ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY!


As you go through the Hunt, you will learn more about my book, BRAZEN (and read a deleted scene from the original manuscript), on Amy McNulty's blog, but I wanted to give all the hunters an exclusive opportunity to win a full set of all FOUR of my books--GILT, TARNISH, BRAZEN and MANOR OF SECRETS. The stories feature love and death, manipulation and romance, loyalty, loss, and most importantly, learning to be yourself.  As an added bonus, the Tudor books are the matching paperbacks printed only in the UK.

Entering is easy--all you have to do is one (or all!) of the things listed in the Rafflecopter below.  But while you're here, the easiest of all is to comment!

I'm always on the lookout for a fabulous new read, so tell me:

What is your favorite YA or coming-of-age novel?  And if you've got the time, tell me why!


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99 comments:

  1. So many I have no idea what to choose!! Matched by Ally Condie, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Blood Red Road by Moira Young and so many more! I love dystopian YA in general. I like seeing how people envision the future and how people adapt. Its fascinating.

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  2. I believe my favorite YA series would have to be The Iron Fey. Meghan Chase was an amazing character who seized her destiny!

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  3. One of my favorite YA Coming-Of-Age novels is Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, because we really got to see Samantha develop as a human, and the writing was lovely and honest. I love your books! Thanks :)

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  4. favourite Ya is throne of glass by sara j maas, i love her writing style and all the mysteries

    thank you a lot for this generous giveaway

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  5. I'm not sure if it counts as a coming-of-age YA book but I really love The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It was the first YA books I've read and got me really invested in YA books~ The world's fascinating and the characters are so great :)

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  6. I just finished Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and really enjoyed it. There are so many it is hard to pick one.

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  7. Not sure if it is a coming-of-age YA novel but I really enjoyed After the End by Amy Plum. I loved the synopsis (group of people who survived the apocalypse and then all of them disappear but one girl who finds out this whole apocalypse never happened). I really loved the idea and all the characters (how they interact with each other and grow and change because of everything that happens).

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  8. I enjoy a lot of YA but Cheree Aslop's Silver series really stuck with me. I love how real and emotional her stories are.

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  9. For a coming-of-age novel, I really enjoy Rainbow Rowell's books. Fangirl really hits home for me because I can relate to the main character quite thoroughly. I mean, yeah, I love books but let's face it: fan fiction is life.

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  10. It is hard to choose, but one of my favorite YA series is The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. She is such a wordsmith! I find that with each book I have read I get even more caught up in the story; I love reading about their adventure/quest, the Welsh mythology, and the romantic tension between Blue and Gansey. I can't wait for book 4!!!

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  11. It's really hard to pick just one so I will go with the most recent one I have read and enjoyed: Bound By Duty by Stormy Smith, This one was so amazing (it's sequel, Bound By Spells was even better!) It takes something that is done often, and makes it feel completely new. I recommend this book to everybody!

    Melissa H.

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  12. I don't even know how to pick favorites, I love so many books, so I will go with a recent favorite! Ally Carter's newest book, All Fall Down, was a fantastic unreliable-narrator tale with a badass heroine and a fascinating mystery, and I loved it :)

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  13. One of my favorite YA books are the Infernal Devices trilogy. The world is so amazing in those books and it's impossible not to love the characters. I was reduced to a pool of tears while reading the last book, something that only happened once, with Harry Potter, so that's a big deal.

    Thanks for the giveaway. You didn't mention if it's INT, so I'm entering and hoping that it is.

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  14. If I had to pick just one - which is really hard by the way - I would have to say Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.

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  15. Special Topics in Calamity Physics is my all-time favorite book. It has an intimidating title, but it is very close to YA. It's about a teenaged girl named Blue Van Meer. The book is narrated by her as a research paper going over her senior year of high school. It's the first year she and her dad will stay put in one city, the first year she can make friends. Blue ends up joining a clique of students who hang out with the film teacher. Then the teacher ends up dead in what looks like a suicide, and Blue is the only one who thinks it was murder. It's all about high school politics, boys and kisses, and lots of growing up and discovering of truths.

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  16. Morgan ~ drewblythe2004@yahoo.com

    I would have to say Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi and The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

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  17. It's really hard to choose! Recently, I've REALLY loved The Mark of the Hummingbird (and book #2 of that series) by Jessica Gollub and The Black Mage (First Year and Apprentice) by Rachel E. Carter!

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  18. I would have to say Robyn Schneider's THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. ♥

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  19. I love The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden. Thanks for the giveaway - I love your books!

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  20. omg there are too many amazing books to chose from, but so far this year my favorite has been either red queen by victoria aveyard or mind games by teri terry because theyre both just awesome!!!!!

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  22. My fav YA book is Inquest by DelSheree Gladden, It's awesome, with head strong characters with flaws and the whole setting of the book, just hooks you in.

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  23. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Not only is it a fantastic coming of age story, but it's my absolute favourite book as well.

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  24. Loved the Eon duology!!! The writing was exceptional and there's something about fantasy that's so exhilarating!

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  25. That's hard, but I guess Paper Towns is my favourite, because it changed something in me when I read it, stayed with me until now.

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  26. the fault in our stars because I felt connected to the characters

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  27. I liked '52 Reasons to Hate my Father' by Jessica Brody.

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  28. I would say some of my favorite Coming of Age YA books would have to be: The Mara Dyer Trilogy, Fangirl, and In Honor

    Thanks for the bonus giveaway!

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  29. Bloodlines and Vampire Acadamy series by Richelle Mead :)
    Thanks for the amazing opportunity!
    Happy Easter :)

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  30. Favorite YA/Coming of Age will always be Winger by Andrew Smith.

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  31. My favorite YA novels would either be The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare or Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. They are both very creative and they are able to suck me into the world that they are set in.

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  32. My favorite YA novel always changes but right now it is I Was Here by Gayle Forman because it is such an inspiring and touching story.

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  33. My favorite YA novels change sooo many times but currently I'm reading the Blood of Eden trilogy by Julie Kagawa!!! :)

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  34. It's so hard to pick a favorite! Mine changes all the time! But I'd have to say that right now it's the Dorothy Must Die series, because the Wizard of Oz was (and still is) my favorite movie growing up, and I absolutely love the spin on it.

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  35. The Fault In Our Stars; I sob everytime!

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  36. Probably the Mortal Instruments
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  37. I have to pick ONE? Oh man... I love everything Harry Potter... I really enjoyed The Hunger Games... but those are both so well known, so maybe I should pick a lesser known one:

    The Saving Mars series by Cidney Swanson. I picked up the first one as it was free, and I was hooked. I bought every other book in the series and devoured them. I want more and more!

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  38. Oh goodness this is a hard question... My favorite "coming of age" YA would have to be Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty.

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  39. This is a difficult one! One of my all time favourites would be the Shatter Me series :)
    Liezl

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  40. Ooh, tough one. Maybe His Dark Materials. Or, like, half a dozen things by Diana Wynne Jones!

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  41. I loved The Fault in Our Stars. I was always a sick kid, so I identified with the story.

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  43. TWILIGHT will always be one of my absolute favorites. It really got me into reading and writing. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Chime by Franny Billingsley. It's practically the most brilliant YA novel I've ever read. Lyrical prose, strange and fascinating setting, twins...it's everything I could want in a novel and more.

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  45. My favorite YA novel is Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren, because it is placed in medieval Italy and I absolutely love Italy!

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  46. I loved the book These Broken Stars by Kaufman and Spooner. Its Lost meets the titanic, but even better!

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  47. I love the septimus heap series because it's all things magical and coming of age that I love

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  48. I love A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray because I like the invention of the Firebird (which is awesome btw) and the scenes of Marguerite and Paul in Russia that will make you fall in love with them even more. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  49. I gave this lots of thought. It was a really hard question because there are so many good ones. Sooooo ... I had to go with the book that re-excited reading for so many kids/teens in this generation ... Harry Potter! What an amazing masterpiece of creativity and fun. We read them out loud as a family and counted down the days until the next one came out. We went to every midnight book release party and mourned when the series came to an end. However, we grew up with the Harry Potter kids. They were a part of our childhood and lives! Definitely the best!!!

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  50. I'm hooked on The Academy: Ghost Bird series by CL Stone. I rarely ever re-read and I've read these 3 times already while waiting for the next one to come out. I don't know what it is about them, but they're good!

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  51. ahhhhh to many to choose from but I will go with the one that started it all Twilight. I know it gets a bad rap now but it will always hold a special place in my heart.

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  52. The Fault in Our Stars or Looking for Alaska by John Green. Although John Green's writing style isn't really my style, these stories are nonetheless breath taking and really life changing.

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  53. It would be Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell cause I could relate to it easily!

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  54. impossible question. maybe i can give my favorite read from the last year, and that was hands down ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

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  55. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater because there were some parts in the book that made me laugh.

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  56. Loved the Embrace series by Jessica Shirvington-maybe it's because it's the first YA novel I read, and got me hooked on reading other books

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  57. There's too many to choose! I love Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor for it's gorgeous prose; The Agency series by YS Lee because it's a detective series set in the Victorian era and Mary is a fantastic MC; Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins because Lola is sassy and fabulous; The Day After Forever by Erin Skiffington because it's heartbreaking and beautiful and was one I read in high school...the list can go on and on!

    Kim Waters

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  58. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen. I just loved her imagery and incredible characters. The FEELS I got from that book were intense too!

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  59. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! I identify with the main character and I love the story :)

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  60. Currently, it's probably the Jewel by Amy Ewing, just because it's captivated me so much recently.

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  61. Definitely The Fault in Our Stars.

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    1. Sorry, forgot to answer the second part. I loved the book because it was so well written and because the characters were so realistic that I forgot I was reading fiction.

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  62. I love the Divergent series (I actually think I'm the only one who loves Allegiant!). I think Tris changes a lot from the beginning, she grows up and finally learns how to be selfless

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  63. I'd have to say the Bloody Jack series because I started reading them as a young teen and am finally finishing the series as an adult, but I still love them. It's great that even though Jacky has aged slower than I have, that she still resonates with me.

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  64. It's so hard to pick a favorite! Aah, for now I would have to say the Winner's curse series!

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    1. Oops forgot to say why! I love them because the main character is so independent and strong, she's someone I would love to be!

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  65. I would have to say To Kill a mocking bird is one of my favourites.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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  66. any ya book that has a strong female character like in Tiger's Curse, Divergent, hunger games and so on

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  67. My favorite YA novel is Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins, but honestly, it's super hard to choose!

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  68. Either the Tiger's Saga by Colleen Houck, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, or The Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins.

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  69. This question is too hard, no way I could choose one, the last really good YA book I read is The Bane Chronicles (because of course Cassandra Clare is great).

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  70. Uh, I love so many! The Kiss of Betrayal is one of my current faves.

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  71. It's the Legend Series by Marie Lu. They're awesome!!

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  72. Wow. that is a really tough question. Since I can't choose a favorite, I'm going to go with my most recent read: THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord. It has everything everyone could ever want: hot nerdy guy, bestest best friends, and dealing with loss and heartbreak. LOVE it! Great post! Thanks for participating in the YASH! xo

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  73. I love The Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Code Name Verity. Totally different, but both so well written they kept me on my toes with unpredictable twists

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  74. I could never choose! I do have a few I recently enjoyed Between the Spark and the Burn and another by Cat Winters. I read a lot of genres but I tend to favor dark mysteries or action.

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  75. I don't think there's any way I could pick just one favourite YA novel! There are way too many fantastic ones to choose from. I guess I'll go with the one I read and loved most recently, which is The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough. I'm almost finished and it's something very special, that one.

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  76. It will be Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because it relates to me as if the book speaks to me :)

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  77. no fav; don't really read them

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  78. I'll Give You the Sun is by far my favorite YA book. I just LOVE the idea, and how the chapter switch from different years, but in the end the story comes together. It's wonderful!
    I also loved All the Light You Cannot see. You MUST read it. It's just... Just... I'm unable to put its WONDERFULNESS into words. Some parts are a little boring, I must admit, if you aren't into historical-like fiction. But by the end you'll be crying and laughing and crying even more.

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  79. I have so many, its impossible to pick just one!

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  81. Not sure... love many author by many books, but at this point there are two whose books i read just because.. (they have been with me a looooong time). jennifer estep and richelle mead. I mean it... I read them all!! And it's because no matter what they write about, they always suck me in.. i know there are more author like them out there... i looking to see who else to add

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  82. Oh geez, favorite YA book? Next to impossible to name just one, but some of my favorites include I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson, HALF BAD by Sally Green, the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series by Beth Revis and The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  83. I have so many that I really like but one of my favourite series is the Fire and Thorns Trilogy!

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  84. I really enjoyed The Duff by Kody Keplinger

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  85. i really enjoyed the raven boys

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  86. VA! I have a weak spot with bad ass heroines!

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  87. This is one of the most difficult questions to answer, as I'm always adding more books to my favourites list. My recent favourites include Seraphina, Grave Mercy and Prisoner of Night and Fog - all because I love the world-building in both fantasy and historical fiction novels :-D thank you for the giveaway!

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  88. Vampire Academy series is my favorite because it was the first YA series I read

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  89. Too hard to pick just one! Growing up, some of my favourites were: Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty (for its distinctive characterization and side-splittingly funny humour), Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (one of my all-time comfort reads with the perfect blend of Regency manners, magical plots, and romance), and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (technically MG I guess, but there's definitely some coming-of-age involved and overall my favourite retelling of Cinderella!).

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  90. Where the Red Fern Grows. I don't want to spoil it, but I think experiencing loss of a loved one is an important step to appreciating life.

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  91. Ummm, such a hard question. I would have to go with Navigating Early...the innocence, friendship, and magic.

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