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New Excerpt from THE GOLDEN LILY, Book Two in the VAMPIRE ACADEMY Break-Away Series

More buzz is building around The Golden Lily, book two in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series, which breaks off from her wildly successful Vampire Academy series and is set to hit shelves on June 12th. EW.com has a new exclusive excerpt for readers to get their greedy hands on, along with an awesome interview with the author. Since it’s exclusive, we can’t post it here, but here’s the link for you to check out yourself!

Curious about this book? Here’s the description from amazon:

The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

Her books are pretty great, so if you haven’t read any and enjoy paranormal romance YA, definitely check them out (but start with the Vampire Academy).

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Vampire Academy Being Turned Into a Graphic Novel!

Things are only looking up for New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy books, among others. Her beloved series is being turned into a Graphic Novel.

Here’s the dish from the USA Today exclusive:

Adapted from [author Richelle] Mead’s prose by Leigh Dragoon, the Vampire Academy graphic novel (Penguin/Razorbill) is slated to be released Aug. 23 — the same day the first chapter of Mead’s spinoff series, Bloodlines, arrives in stores.

“When I first wrote the book, all I was focusing on was the book, but I’ve always hoped other things would come of it,” Mead says. “I was really excited to see this. You suddenly get the pictures that are worth a thousand words.

“I feel very lucky. You hear horror stories from people when things get done with their books, but for me it’s been smooth sailing.”

To read the entire article, click here.

Check out the first 6 panels below. I think it looks pretty great. Fans of Richelle Mead’s world, does it match up with how you see things in your mind? I figure, if the author is happy with it, it can’t be all that bad, right?

(click on the images to see them larger)

 

[via USA Today]

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Review: “Last Sacrifice”

Last Sacrifice, book six in the Vampire Academy series

Richelle Mead

Published: 12/7/10

Warning: Spoilers for the series. Stay away if you haven’t read the previous five!

There is always a lot of expectation when the final book of a beloved series comes out. Ends need tied up, and tasks need to feel like they are completed, or we the reader are left hanging. And of course we can’t say goodbye to the characters, unless we know they will be well-taken care of. Luckily, there were no such problems awaiting the reader in Last Sacrifice, book six in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.

This was a highly-anticipated book. Each subsequent sequel has been desired more than the last, verified by Mead’s outrageously successful book sales. I know I started feeling that way about her books at the end of book 3, with Dimitri’s unfortunate accident. And seeing him in book five broke my heart, right along with Rose. But in this book, he is slowly coming back to himself, step by step, and Rose is there to help him along, even if he doesn’t want her to all the time.

I love Rose. She is one of my favorite female protagonists in more recent YA fiction. There are a lot of females who try to be strong, and in their own way are, but not like Rose. The girl can seriously kick ass, and in Last Sacrifice she doesn’t disappoint. But besides the stints of Rose fighting Strigoi (or other Dhampirs, depending on the situation), there was so much other excellent stuff going on, both with Rose and in general, that I couldn’t put it down. I literally read until 4am and fell asleep with the book open on my pillow, to rise and finish it the following morning.  Because Mead is just that good. She gets inside the characters so well, that I felt like I was truly living within Rose’s skin. Not to discount Lissa, whose head we are also in, thanks to their connection. And that happens a lot in this book, because Rose is on the run, with help from various friends (and enemies) from previous encounters.

At the end of book five Rose was accused of killing the queen, and at the beginning of this book we find out the trial date has been moved up, so that there really won’t be any time for Rose’s friends to find the proof they need to help clear her name of the murder. So she escapes, and though ninety percent of the book she isn’t in court, because of her connection with Lissa we’re able to follow along with all of the investigations and the elections for the new queen. Oh, did I mention that Lissa is running for the seat? It’s only as a distraction, since she has no family (so she thinks!) to help actually elect her, but the controversy of it all is buying more time to help Rose. Plus, we can’t forget about the note that Ambrose slipped Rose at the end of book five. The information on it provides a pivotal plotline that blends seamlessly within all the other turmoil happening around our main characters.

I know, as far as reviews go, perhaps this is a bit convoluted. But to say more is to give way too much away, and if you love this series, I can’t do that to you. It is worth discovering how Mead ties everything up in the end. There are some surprises, some things that were expected, and some ends that are left a little loose, but overall it was a breathless ride on the coaster of YA vampire fiction. I truly hope you enjoy it.

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Richelle Mead Interview

YAreads.com sat down with Vampire Academy author sensation Richelle Mead for an interview two days prior to the release of her highly anticipated book, The Last Sacrifice. This will be the sixth and final book in the Vampire Academy series, coming out this Tuesday, December 7th. Check it out here!

From the Interview:

Since the success of Vampire Academy, how has your life changed? Do you get recognized on the street?

No, I’m never recognized.  I don’t think authors have as much star power as authors and actors.  Sometimes my name doesn’t even get recognized, though fans of the genre almost always know the series title when they hear it.  But it’s still been a life changer.  It’s heady knowing that what you write reaches and affects so many people, and every day, I get a lot of email from readers talking about the series.  Knowing that so many people are waiting for the next book certainly puts a lot of pressure on me, but I’m really grateful do what I do for a living.  I love my job.

[via the Harlequin Teen Panel]

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Preview of Richelle Mead’s Final “Vampire Academy” Book

USA Today got exclusive rights for a preview of Richelle Mead’s newest book, Last Sacrifice, the sixth and final book in the sensational best-selling Vampire Academy series. The book is set to hit shelves on December 7th. USA Today posted all of chapter one, which you can view here.

Here’s some info about the release from the article:

And it’s a book that fans all over the world have been waiting to sink their teeth into since the fifth book Spirit Bound, which debuted atop the USA TODAY best-seller list in May 2010. Release parties will be held at more than 150 bookstores nationwide on the day of release, when Mead launches a 10-city book tour. (Penguin Books will be webcasting the first event of the tour onVampireAcademyBooks.com on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. ET.)

[via Penguin Group (USA)]