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Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt


Welcome to the Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt!
Begins at Midnight, Pacific time, March 29, 2016
Ends at Noon, Pacific time, April 3, 2016

I’m Nina Berry, your host for this leg of your hunt. I work by day in television and write by night from my secret lair in Los Angeles, surrounded by cats (well, two of them). I write stories about underdogs, and I love animals, Ancient Egypt, and bodysurfing. I tend to wander, in body and in mind.

You are currently hunting on:

Team Purple

Looking for exclusive bonus content and the secret number that will allow you to possibly win a serious LOAD of books plus a separate special giveaway from me?

Keep reading…

What is the YA Scavenger 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 72 hours!

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 PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

Directions & Rules
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number in the midst of all this text. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). Hint: the secret number will be a BOLD numeral somewhere in this post.

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 Sunday, April 3, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Now, onward to the exclusive content, and the author I’m hosting….

Joshua McCune!


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Joshua McCune was born on a navy base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He grew up in London and Washington, D.C., went to college in Texas, and got married in New Zealand. He worked as a telemarketer, an SAT instructor, and a robotics engineer before becoming an author. He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, writing stories of people and places just beyond the reach of planes, trains, and automobiles (but not dragons).

(Nina stepping in here to let you know that., contrary to prevailing rumor, Joshua does not have 7 toes on each foot. Ok, just had to let you know that. For no apparent reason.)

Joshua’s latest book is this awesome adventure:

Talker 252

The second book of the TALKER 25 dragon trilogy:

Finally free after spending three months locked in a secret government facility where she was forced to torture and assassinate dragons for the popular television series Kissing Dragons, all Melissa Callahan wants is a quiet recovery. Hiding in an Alaskan cave with fellow escapee Allie (known as Talker 21) and a silver dragon named Baby, Melissa does her best to stay out of the dragon politics. However, when a group of bloodthirsty insurgents called the Diocletians comes looking for them, Melissa must put everything on the line to protect those she loves.

Top Secret Bonus Material Ahead!

I’ll hand the page over to Joshua to tell you about it.


This is one of my favorite scenes in T25: IM. Melissa has infiltrated the ruthless dragon-riding insurgency group known as the Diocletians in hopes of rescuing her friend and fellow telepath, Allie (Talker 21, from book 1). She and a group of Diocletians are sent on a propaganda mission to film assassinations and terrorist acts to incite fear in the general public. This was the original final scene in the propaganda mission. I ended up cutting it because the book was running long and the purpose of this scene had already been achieved in previous scenes.


A day later we’re in middle-of-nowhere, West Virginia. A place called Stonewall Jackson Lake. A crisp breeze blows through the trees. Leaves rustle, crickets chirp, birds wake. Night fades into dawn.

I chamber a bullet in my rifle as James tells me how to adjust for the wind. He lies beside me on a wooded embankment that shelters us from view but gives us a clear shot of the lake.

“He’s coming,” Evelyn says through the CENSIR. She and Grizzly B are out in the woods somewhere with their own rifles. Backup in case we miss.

The dull thrum of a motorboat reaches my ears. Sweat slickens my palms. My breathing sharpens.

“You look terrified,” Joto snaps from where he’s videoing our assassination.

“You need to calm down,” T-Clef says from the opposite side. She glances at me, even though she’s supposed to keep her vid-lens focused on the lake. “You okay, Missy C?”


James looks at me. Makeup hides the bruises, but it cannot hide the darkness. The rays of morning light that fall across his face somehow magnify the underlying fury. “Remember what he’s done. Remember what he did to Cartha.”

Old Man Blue. I’ve been thinking about her since I woke this morning. Thinking about how I was forced to execute her for the cameras.

And when I couldn’t kill her, the last person I expected to help me stepped up and did it for me. It was the smallest thing, probably didn’t mean anything to him, but he was one of the few people who actually treated me like I was something other than a puppet to be manipulated and controlled.

Then he’s there in front of me, magnified through my scope. Evelyn says something in my head that I don’t hear. My heartbeat quickens as I track him. He looks exactly the same, and I wish he didn’t.

He stops in the middle of the lake, starts baiting his line. He fished in a lot of the Kissing Dragons episodes, but I always figured that was just green-screen make-believe bullshit to make the fab four seem normal. Why does he have to look so normal –

James nudges me. “I got Frank. You better take the kid, okay?”
Kid? I pull back from the scope. The boat’s no larger than my hand at this distance, Frank a thick finger on one side. A thumb sticks out from the other. I look into my scope, swing my rifle a hair to the right.

The boy’s ten, maybe eleven. A younger version of his father.

“He has a kid,” I mutter.

“Imagine that,” Joto says, sarcastic.

“He’s not part of the plan.” He wasn’t supposed to be here. Oren told us Frank always went on these fishing trips alone. It’s why we targeted him. “I’m not shooting a kid.”

Joto spits. “A scalechaser in the making. They didn’t give a flying flip when they killed all the dragon children.”

“You’d be doing him a favor,” James says, more to himself than me, more sad than angry.

I shake my head. “I’ll take Frank.”

“You’re too jittery for that,” James says. He lowers his voice to a whisper. “You won’t even hit him. Just make it look good for the cameras and we can go.”

Go? Just go. Like this is an onerous errand to be suffered through then forgotten.

“You guys got your marks?” Evelyn asks.

Marks. Plural. When I miss, they’ll shoot the boy.

I can try to intervene – probably fail – and give up any chance of rescuing Allie, or I can add another black mark to my soul, more dead faces to my nightmares, and hope there is a piece of salvation at the end of this seemingly endless tunnel.

Two choices. Always the same two choices. And I am paralyzed.

“You guys ready?” Evelyn says, annoyed.

“Radio on. We’re waiting for the wind to settle a bit. We’ll let you know. Radio off,” James says. He’s looking at me. How long’s he been looking at me? He sets down his rifle, places his hand on the barrel of mine, pushes it to the ground. “You’ve got to let go.”

I’ve got a death grip on the gun, but a moment later, I realize that’s not what he means.

“We don’t have time for this romantic bullshit,” Joto says.

“Shut up, Joto,” T-Clef says.

“I can’t,” I say. “I can’t let go.”

“We should open up her link with Praxus,” Joto says. “Oh, wait, that’s right, she fucked that up, too.”

“Shut up, Joto,” T-Clef says.

“Think about Baby,” James says softly. He waves an arm toward the boat. “They would kill her in a heartbeat.”

They tried. Tried to kill all the children. But Cartha and the other Blues sacrificed themselves to prevent that. Thousands dead and Baby’s all that’s left. Was she worth it? Is any of this worth it? What’s one more dead kid on the list?

Fuck it. I lift my rifle, take aim, put my finger to the trigger.

“Wait!” Joto says as James scrambles into position. “Radio on. We’re about to –”

I fire. The bullet whistles through the morning calm and smashes into the side of the boat.

“Get down, Henry!” Frank shouts. The boy’s frozen. Frank throws himself at him, but the boat’s rocking too much and he loses his footing before he gets there. He regains his balance –

A gunshot from my left catches him in the shoulder. He spins a quarter turn, wobbles, lurches sideways for his son. A second shot from the right hits him square in the chest. He topples backward, hands reaching out. He disappears behind the hull.

The boy stands up. One hand on the gunwale, he edges his way toward the spot where his father fell. Through my scope, I can see his face. His mouth is slack, his eyes don’t blink.

“Who wants it?” Evelyn says.

“Radio on. All mine,” James says and fires. I swallow a scream. The bullet slashes the boys upper arm, a glancing blow, but it breaks him from his trance. Two more shots echo from the treeline, but he’s already ducked out of sight.

“Dammit,” Evelyn says. “Get your gear and let’s go.”

“Wait. We can blow that shit up with our railshots,” Joto says. “An epic conclusion scene.”

“Go for it,” Evelyn says. She’s walking by the sound of it. I hear twigs snapping, the crunch of leaves. “Hurry it up, though. We got police chatter already.”

“Fish in a barrel.” He draws his railshot.

I reach for my own, but James intercepts me.

He scrambles to his feet. “You’ll give our location away. We should bail.”

“It’s a quick hit,” Joto says.

T-Clef steps in front of him. “Jesus, Joto, he’s just a kid.”

His gaze tightens. “So were we. Move out of my way, Tonya. You’re wasting time.”

“You do this, we’re through. For real this time.”

He curses, then holsters his railshot. “We’ll be back for you, you lucky bastard!” He stalks away. T-Clef chases after him. My heartbeat calms.

“You coming?” James asks.

“In a second.” I look back through my scope.

“I think he’s gonna stay down,” James says, pulling the rifle from my grip. I don’t resist. He helps me to my feet, looking at me the entire time. The anger’s gone from his eyes. “Your marksmanship is about as good as your ability to follow orders.” He snorts. “That was a horrible shot.”

I nod. “So was yours.”

He shrugs. “Damn wind.”


Nina here. Dang! Can’t wait to read the stuff that didn’t get cut!

Add INVISIBLE MONSTERS to your Goodreads list here or buy it here!

Check out more on Joshua’s Website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages!

And don’t forget to enter the contest to win books by Joshua, me, and others on Team Purple.

Look at all these delicious books!


To enter, you need to write down my favorite number (if you read this whole huge blog post, you’ll find it!), find all the other numbers on Team Purple, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.

To enter my personal giveaway, see the widget below. Five people will win both a hardback of The Notorious Pagan Jones + and an advance reader copy (ARC) of City of Spies! Five other people will win my entire Otherkin trilogy. That’s all three books (Otherkin, Othermoon, Othersphere). All ten winners will get their books personally signed to them, or to anyone they want, plus bookmarks and Pagan Jones swag.

Note: my contest runs midnight March 29 through midnight, April 5. So it runs a little longer than the YA Scavenger Hunt, which ends Noon, Pacific time, on April 3, 2016. But enough of me babbling – go, enter! (And, P.S., if you comment, it’ll ask for your email. That’s just to make sure you’re not a spammer. I will never use your email for any other purpose or give it out to anyone.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author Beck Nicholas’s page.

Link to the next blog here.

Good luck!




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117 Responses to “Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Thejmeela says:

    I finished the hunt! hope to win some books.

  2. Cindy says:

    It was fun learning about new books!

  3. Merisha Abbott says:

    It is fun and love reading about new books!

  4. Michelle R. says:

    It’s going well, but I’m running out of time :-)!

  5. Beatrice says:

    It’s fun but my eyes are being challenged big time. HAHA!

  6. Rebecca says:

    It’s going great! I’m loving all the new authors I am finding and hopefully I win at least one of the many giveaways I have entered!

  7. Roz May Balidio says:

    Thank you for asking! It’s going great so far. I coaxed my special friend to hunt with me and now we’re a team! Well, in a competing way.

  8. Hailee Hogan says:

    It’s going great! So many amazing books to add to my reading list!

  9. Kat Stiles says:

    Getting through it, one author site at a time. 🙂 YASH is always a blast!

  10. Sarah says:

    Good so far I think. I just hope I can visit all the teams before the contest ends!

  11. Khayzelle Cayabyab says:

    It is great, but I am in a bit of hurry now. Even in a short period of time, I get to know new authors who joined this year’s hunt. So happy to see that the authors try to communicate with the readers.

    Hope you’re having a lovely day! 🙂

  12. Stephanie says:

    It’s going well. I’m just about finished. 🙂

    So much to do, but so worth it! I happen to be in farmland in Wales this weekend and have found the only place with wifi, so I’m trying to catch up before the deadline!

  14. Cindy C. says:

    It’s going great and I’m having fun! :3

  15. Debi says:

    I love doing this, but it is frustrating that some of the give aways from the authors are already closed before this contest is over. Just my opinion but I think everything should stay open till the end of the contest.

  16. Rebecka J says:

    YASH is going great, but it’s a lot to do! 🙂

  17. Jennifer says:

    It’s going awesome! Having so much fun discovering new authors!

  18. Anubha Agrawal says:

    Better than the last time, this time I think I will be able to visit all the authors 😀

  19. Carolyn says:

    I feel like I walked down a tunnel papered with bookish information: covers and snippets and music playing and videos going. I should have done this spaced out instead of all in one sitting. Almost literally one sitting. BOOK OVERLOAD. But I loved so much of what I saw so I can’t complain too much. Now for the fun of waiting to find out the winners. 🙂 Thank you for being part of YASH!

  20. Sneha Mohite says:

    Thank you! It’s fun! So many new books and authors, enjoying the hunt.

  21. Amber Walker says:

    Having so much fun during YASH and loving discovering new authors and books to add to my TBR list!

  22. Angelica Leon says:

    Runnning out of time…. gotta work in a while T.T

  23. Rachel B says:

    YASH is a ton of fun and I’m enjoying it a lot!

  24. Jessica Jackson says:

    I LOVE YASH! But now it’s getting to the point that I’m scrambling to enter the last few giveaways! I normally finish YASH the first day, but I was so busy this week!
    Still, I love going to all the author blogs and my poor TBR list is crying due to all the books I’ve added to it this week!

  25. Rachel P says:

    It’s my first time participating in YASH and I’m having an awesome time!

  26. Penny Olson says:

    I’m having fun, but alas, I need more time! Thanks for participating!

  27. Yuliya says:

    It’s going well I have only 2 teems left!

  28. Baggins says:

    YASH is going great for me. I’m powering through all teams and am enjoying learning about a pile of awesome new reads! 😀 Thanks for taking part and for the giveaway.

  29. Theresa says:

    I’m having a lot of fun with this scavenger hunt! not sure if I’ll get thru all of them as I wasn’t able to start until Sat. morning! best part is finding so many more books I want/need to read!

  30. Belinda Outwater says:

    I’m a YASH newbie, but I’m having a great time!

  31. Karin S says:

    My hunt is going great!

  32. Emma A says:

    It’s going slow, but well. I have been participating between class and homework, so this is day three of the hunt.

  33. Kira F says:

    I’ve had a successful hunt! I’ve got over 30 books on my TBR list now! I just have to find away to afford all of them…

  34. Kendra says:

    The hunt is going great so far! I’m on my 6th team right now.

  35. Sabrina Joy says:

    It’s been going great so far! At this point, I have two teams left to go through!

  36. Anna says:

    I am loving it because I am discovering SO many new to me authors! My TBR is growing!

  37. Cassandra says:

    It’s going really well! I had a work trip to Minneapolis on Thursday and Friday, so I lost two days of hunting. I’m powering through, though! Purple team is my 7th team, so the end is in sight! Thank you for doing a bonus giveaway!

  38. Ginger betty says:

    Brilliantly! Nearly done and found so many new authors:)

  39. Yun-A says:

    I love YASH and it’s been a blast so far.

  40. Kirstie says:

    YASH is going exhaustingly well for me so far! Powering through all the blog posts and being thoroughly entertained by all the extra content!! (I was so excited when I saw you were participating!!). Thanks so much for hosting a giveaway 🙂

  41. It’s going GREAT! So many new books to find! 😀 Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  42. Ruzaika says:

    This is my first YASH experience and I’m LOVING it so far! My TBR has never grown faster 😀

  43. Katlyn says:

    The scavenger hunt is going well for me! So much fun! Thanks for the bonus giveaway! 😀

  44. Veronica M says:

    It’s going great so far, thank you so much for being one of the authors on the hunt. I’ve loved the Otherkin series since I met you at a book signing at the Grove last year. Thank you for the giveaway as well 🙂

    • nina says:

      Thank you for coming to that signing and for loving the Otherkin series! So nice to “see” you here too. 🙂

  45. Agustine says:

    I am totally enjoying YASH! 🙂

  46. Sabrina Sahler says:

    Thank you so much for joining the YA scavenger hunt! I have loved it for many years

  47. Emily Huff says:

    The hunt is going great!

  48. Hannah P says:

    This hunt is awesome!

  49. Liliana says:

    I’ve been doing YASH for a while now, and I love it every single time! I used to be able to hunt down all the numbers for all the teams in one day way back when, but how awesome is it ALL the authors that are participating now! This is my 3rd day on the hunt, and I am loving it! I am actually 2 teams away from hunting ALL the numbers and that makes me kind of sad. But boy is it fun!!

  50. Paige O. says:

    The scavenger hunt has been so much fun! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  51. Judy Cox says:

    I am enjoying the hunt. Every now again I have to back tract but I usually get it back with not many problems.

  52. Stephanie H. says:

    This hunt is exhausting but a lot of fun too! Thanks for the giveaways!

  53. Artemis Giote says:

    This is so fun!!!! I have a great time.

    Thank you for the chance.

  54. Erika says:

    The scavenger hunt is going good lol it takes time but it’s fun.

  55. Jo Anne V says:

    going good — finding new authors and books

  56. PamM says:

    I always love these hunts! I find so many new authors.

  57. Rebecca says:

    I LOVE YASH! It’s so much fun! Love reading about new-to-me-authors and their books and reading some sneak peeks. My to-read list on Goodreads has definitely grown a lot! Thanks for participating! 🙂

  58. Ashley White says:

    I’m on a roll!! I’m a Scavenger Hunting fool!

  59. Ramona Price says:

    It’s going great! Thanks for participating!

  60. Kayla Tirrell says:

    Whew! It’s going! I love seeing all these new authors, but am starting to get double vision! HA!

  61. jess says:

    it is going ok, and i love the way that its do you get to find out about new authors and books

  62. Isabel says:

    The hunt is going really well! I only have one team left after purple!

  63. Nicole Johnson says:

    I love doing YASH because it allows me to discover new authors and new books to add to my TBR!

  64. Veronica says:

    YASH is going great for me, I hope I have the right numbers!
    Thanks so much for being a part of it.

  65. miki says:

    going slowly for me but i love discovering new authors
    i hope your bonus gioveaway is open to international because it wasn’t noted

  66. Crazy awesome, as always! Two more teams to go and I will be through 😀

  67. Shanti says:

    This was SO FUN!! Thanks for hosting! and of course I would love to have some of your awesome looking books 🙂

  68. adrianna says:

    so far so good. takes so much time though… needs to be like over a month or something. really. too hard to read so many different excerpts at one time.

  69. Sharon says:

    Almost done with the searching and cannot wait to read all of these books!

  70. tatiana says:

    my yash is going great! for some reason purple is my last team but i love all the books and all the new authors, everything is going awesome 🙂

  71. Diane Paterson says:

    I’m having so much fun reading and finding new authors.

  72. Pamela says:

    It’s going well. I’m enjoying the opportunity to look at the different authors and books.

  73. Gabs says:

    It’s going really well. Thanks for hosting.

  74. Aylea says:

    This takes a long time, but it’s so fun to get to know so many others!

  75. April says:

    The hunt is going great. Thanks for being a part of it.

  76. Kimberly says:

    The hunt is going well. It takes a while but I love discovering all of the new books and authors.

  77. Nicole Hoefs says:

    It’s time consuming, but so fun! I’m almost done with the 7th team. Then only 2 more to go!

  78. Luisa Oliveira says:

    This scavenger hunt is amazing! I’m getting to know so many new authors, it’s incredible.

  79. Elisa says:

    I love YASH! So much so that I created a special excel spreadsheet to keep track of the numbers for each blog… super crazy.

  80. Ashfa says:

    Loving it!!

  81. Thais Pampado says:

    YASH’s being really fun! I’ve already added a lot of books to my TBR.
    Thanks for joining and for the extra giveaway 🙂
    (if it’s not intl then please disconsider my entries)

  82. Mary Beth says:

    This YA Scavenger Hunt has been a great way to discover new authors!

  83. Kailey Bradley says:

    I have a chart of all the teams and I’m writing in the numbers with colored markers for every team! I love making lists and charts, so this gives me the perfect excuse! I’m loving all these giveaway!

  84. Denise C. says:

    It’s great! I’m discovering new books to read and new authors. 🙂

  85. Elisa Panjang says:

    This is my first YASH, and I enjoyed it.

  86. Carmel says:

    The YASH hunt is fun! It’s my nth time to join and I always have a great time hopping to different blogs. Discovering new books!

  87. Kirby says:

    It’s going really well 🙂 it’s really time consuming, but i’m having a lot of fun, and discovering lots of new authors and amazing sounding books

  88. yessenia Hernandez says:

    My hunt is going great. I’m really excited and happy. Thank you so much for being a part of this!

  89. Kester Nucum says:

    It’s going great!

  90. Vickie says:

    YASH is so great – I have so many new books on my TBR list that I can’t wait to read!! 😀

  91. Carrie says:

    My scavenger hunt is going well so far. I’ve already added a lot of new books to my to be read pile.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  92. Dominique says:

    I’m almost done with all the teams!! All I have is PINK, SILVER, and the BONUS team and I’m finished!

  93. Gloria says:

    I’m having a blast learning about all the great books coming out! Thanks for being a part of this and for your giveaway!

  94. almost done with them all!!

  95. Emily says:

    The hunt is going great so far! my TBR list is a couple miles longer…

  96. Tiffany Webb says:

    The Hunt is going great. Finding so many books that I’ve never heard of before. I love it!

  97. Ashley M says:

    I love the hunt. It’s going good!

  98. Amanda Galliton says:

    Thanks for participating! I love the hunt! I’m working on it at school…shhhhh. Tumblr is blocked so I can’t make to all the pages today.

  99. Nicole Anaya says:

    It’s going awesome! Purple team is the first one I’m hunting down 😀 It’s been so much fun!

  100. Angela says:

    So far it’s going pretty well. Really hope I’ll win something!

  101. Tiffany Holme says:

    I think my hunt is going good 🙂 I’m at purple right lol Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome event and hosting you own epic little giveaway <3

  102. I’m really having fun so far! Lots of new authors and new books to add to my TBR! Now I just have to work and save up so I can actually afford them. LOL

  103. I am loving finding out about authors I did not previously know about (like you! yay!) and adding so many wonderful books to my want-to-read list!

  104. Melissa Paschal says:

    Its been a blast exploring all these authors pages and getting to know authors I didn’t know existed. Thanks for participating in the hunt!

  105. Thanks for participating in YASH! I have slowly been working my way through the hunt, so I have only looked through 3 teams

  106. Kaci says:

    It’s been so much fun. I love YASH!

  107. Tammy V. says:

    Been at it for 6 hours so far while watching Walking Dead reruns. Found some new authors and a ton of new books to add to my TBR.

  108. Kelsey Miller says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!! Your books are amazing! 🙂

  109. Kathy Weaver says:

    This is so much fun.

  110. I love doing YASH! Thanks for hosting an extra giveaway!

  111. Nicole Wetherington says:

    My hunt is going great! I love your books so much! I just need a copy of City of Spies! <3

  112. Bridget Howard says:

    I just started but it is fun so far!!!

  113. Mary says:

    I am having a blast on the scavenger hunt! Thanks for participating!

  114. Whitney Baer says:

    Thank you for the chance!! Your books sounds great!!

  115. Betul E. says:

    It’s going pretty well! It’s still early so not everyone has posted their scavenger hunt post yet