If you’ve been paying attention, you know that I’ve got a thing for Christian. So of course I needed to sink my fangs–my imaginary fangs– into Dom’s interview with Just Jared.
The moment I saw this was happening, I was excited. I used to check Just Jared every day just a few years ago. It was my source of information, my 411 (I wrote a 9 page paper yesterday. My brain is still recovering. Ignore me.) back when I was a puny little preteen, teenager, whatever I was.
(Still a teenager, I suppose. Eighteen and eight months is a teenager? Why is aging complicated? Maybe I’ll write my next paper about this)
(What? I should stop talking about myself and get to Dom? RIGHT. Of course. Moving on.)
JJ: Did you take anything from the set?
DS: No! I really wanted my fangs! We just finished re-shoots about three or four days before Halloween and I went off to Prague with some of my best mates, we spent the Halloween weekend there. I really wanted to bring my fangs, but they didn’t trust me with them. I took lots of pairs of socks, though. I always take socks from set. (laughs)
This is the part where I giggle and picture Dom dressed like a ninja, tip toeing with a sack full of socks.
JJ: If you were to put the Vampire Academy characters into the Hunger Games arena, who do you think would survive? How about the cast members themselves?
DS: Oh, good one! The characters who I think would survive are: Rose [Zoey Deutch], Dimitri [Danila Kozlovsky], and Alberta [Dominique Tipper], they would all survive. As for the people who would survive: Cameron Monaghan, Danila Kozlovsky, and Zoey Deutch. Definitely not me and Lucy! We’d be long gone, I don’t think we could do it. (laughs)
Someone should ask them what Hogwarts houses they would be in. Thank you, Just Jared. This is how you bring up other YA titles in a friendly, positive manner.
I don’t know what is going on here, but hi.
JJ: You also loveCarrie Underwood? Do you have a thing for blonde country stars?
DS: I don’t know, maybe! Now that you’ve just put those two in my head, maybe! For me, with Carrie Underwood it’s more about the music than anything. I live in a place in South London where if I am playing that in my car with the windows rolled down, I’ll get some weird looks. I try and play her music when I’m on my own, so I can rock out and have a private jam session. It’s a guilty pleasure.
This is the moment I lament being brunette and tone deaf for .3 seconds.
JJ: What are the top five songs on your iPod right now?
DS: I’ll have a look, I have no idea! It’s probably really embarrassing, but I’ll tell you exactly what they are. Please don’t be embarrassing! Ok, so they’re: I Bet That You Look Good On The Dance Floor by The Arctic Monkeys, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love from the Blues Brothers soundtrack, the Boyce Avenue cover of Grenade by Bruno Mars, Gorilla by Bruno Mars, and Flat On The Floor by Carrie Underwood.
But then I find out about I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor and commence immaculate happy dancing over our shared love of that beautiful, wonderful song. Anyone who hasn’t heard it, RUN NOW.
Today marks 100 days until the Vampire Academy Movie hits Australia and New Zealand cinemas! While we’re sad that we have a delayed release date, we are so excited to even be getting a movie. For some people, it’s been a long 5+ year wait for the movie to happen, and now we’re just 100 days away from release!
So, to celebrate this milestone, we’ve joined with our friends from Her Royal Guardian and we want to know:
Simply share the image above on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. with the tag #100daysVAmovie AND the thing you’re most looking forward to seeing on the big screen next year.
As tempting as it is to say EVERYTHING – we all did at first – try and think about what quote, scenes, characters, settings, plots, etc. that you’re excited for. We’ll then add them to a big 100 things list!
To get the ball rolling, we’ve come up with a few things.
Rose realising she’s got the hots for Dimitiri
Rose and Lissa’s bond
Lust Charm Scene
Dimitri calling Rose “Roza” *swoon*
Lissa and Rose’s friendship
Natalie going all ‘cray’
Rose calling Dimitri “Comrade”
Mason – just anything Masi=on
The explanation of the vampire races and mythology
Seeing compulsion in the act
Christian and Rose’s sarcastic banter
The portrayal of the moroi elements
St. Vlad’s classes
Rose: “You got cheap foreign labour to protect Lissa?”
Dimitri: “If I let myself love you, I want throw myself in front of her. I’ll throw myself in front of you.”
We really hope you’ll join in and have some fun! Happy 100 days!
Penguin Teen Australia have the new Vampire Academy Graphic Novel – the Shadow Kiss Graphic Novel – on their desk today, hot off the printer!
The Shadow Kiss graphic novel, which hits bookstores 31 December in most english speaking countries, looks so pretty! Emma Vieceli has worked so hard on this novel and we just can’t wait to get our hands on it!
Zach, our in house reviewer, reviews The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead – there are LIGHT SPOILERS – you have been warned!
Zach also has his own review website, which you can visit, read his reviews and enter competitions and a lot more - Zach’s YA Reviews
Protagonists: While Sydney’s prejudices about vampires have practically disappeared, she still has some developments to make over the remainder of this series. With this installment there’s more of a focus on her family and her relationships with them. Now that Zoe’s an active and fairly major player in the plot, we really get to see how she and Sydney interact and try and find a common ground. While we saw some of Sydney’s family drama in the series opener, Bloodlines, I really enjoyed seeing how she handles herself around her sister and what she’s willing to do to protect her. In addition to dealing with her family, Sydney’s also doing whatever she can to help Marcus and his band of rebels, which leads her back to a bit of magic. While her development isn’t hinged on her use of magic, it does play a vital role in two very major discoveries for this world. Adrian’s development comes from his addiction, not only to alcohol, but to Spirit as well. While I totally admire Adrian’s impulses to help others, I’m in agreement with Sydney that it’s not worth him losing his mind, or worse his life over. I appreciated seeing his battle with Spirit and seeing what he, and other Spirit users such as Lissa, have to go through to use their potentially self-harming talent. Adrian also plays a very key role in a monumental discovery that could potentially save his race, but what was required of him to make that discovery could also lead to his undoing.
Romance: Fairly early on in the story Sydney compares the lives of her and her friends to that of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and as always she is fairly on point. I find the romance between Adrian and Sydney just wonderfully written, in this installment it comes to a sort of dating stage, though with Zoe’s ever watchful eye there’s not much actual dating going on. This was a great thing to see, especially with the dual POVs, because we can actually see the relationship develop from both sides as they work and fight to be together. I’m really interested to see where this forbidden love will go. With Rose and Dimitri all they had to do to get rid of the forbidden part was for Rose to turn 18 and graduate, Sydney and Adrian not only have to survive the prejudices and control of the Alchemists, but also the expectations of the vampire community While their romance was the star of the show the supporting characters also got their own romantic developments including a love… well hexagon I guess. It was fun watching them on the sidelines working through their own love troubles and still ending up in much better situations than the ill-fated “Sydrian” might.
World-Building: With the addition of Adrian as a narrator there’s a whole new depth and perspective added to this world. For the first time we get a real look inside of a Moroi’s head, and not just any Moroi, a Moroi with an affinity for Spirit. While there’s always been a general understanding of how Spirit affects it’s user, the depths of that near insanity weren’t really revealed until now. In addition to seeing new things, old characters make a return as we finally get some interaction from Lissa and a scene or two with Christian, usually in the Adrian chapters, and we get to check in with Rose and Dimitri. It was great seeing these characters again, and even better seeing them from Adrian’s point of view. While we don’t learn too much more about the Alchemists, and witch business is kept rather small in the grand scheme of things, we do see and learn a bit more about Marcus’s special Indigo ink and how it’s able to withstand and repel an Achemist’s lily compulsion.
Predictability: I was rather shocked at how I was unable to predict most of what went on during this book. Usually Richelle lays down foreshadowing like there’s no tomorrow and, in Marcus’s words, leaves a trail of breadcrumbs to fairly easily predict what will happen and what revelations will be discovered later on in the story. However, this time not only was it hard for me to predict what would come next, but I picked up on some false, at least for this installment, foreshadowing that I thought would contribute to the cliffhanger. I must say I’m really surprised at this turnaround and while I do miss how easy the previous books were to predict, I did enjoy a fairly unpredictable installment in this series.
Ending: The ending, or should I say the cliffhanger, of this installment actually surprised me. While I had sort of guessed how the book would end, I would have guessed it would end two chapters earlier than it did. Much like Shadow Kiss, this book ends with an insane cliffhanger, however it doesn’t end at a very high and shocking point of the book, in fact it goes beyond that point to really numb the shock of it. That’s what surprised me though, I was expecting it to end with a lot of shock, but instead it was curbed and while it’s eight months until the next installment releases, I’m not overcome with the need to read the next installment right away. Would I if I could? Of course, who wouldn’t, but since I can’t I don’t see myself agonizing until the end of July.
Rating: While I stand by my rating of 5 stars, this wasn’t my favorite in the series so far, in fact that title still remains with The Indigo Spell. That being said though, there was a lot about this I really loved, Adrian’s POV, the forbidden romance and sneaking around, and even Zoe as a larger part of the story, aggravating as she was. But still there was something missing from this installment that dimmed it compared to a couple of the previous installments.
Zach also has his own review website, which you can visit, read his reviews and enter competitions: Zach’s YA Reviews
Hello and welcome back to my living room! If you don’t remember the last time you were here, it was during Comic Con. Today I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about The Fiery Heart, minus spoilers.
Page 7: Awww, Hopper! (He’s my favorite character)
Page 56: What a beautiful, happy book.
Page 69: Sydney’s got a plan!
Page 95: ha…ha…ha… Should I be amused? Or weirded out?
Page 106: It just got real.
Page 112: Sexiest goodbye ever.
Page 115: ROSE AND DIMITRI!
Page 115 (later): WTF?
Page 120: Yay, Adrian!
Page 127: Ugh, Zoe. WHY ARE YOU EVEN HERE?
Page 135: AHHHH, SYDNEY, YOU’RE SO AWESOME. I love you, bby.
Page 147: Steamy.
Page 150: Oh no.
(IT HURTS TOO MUCH)
Page 161: GO TO HIM.
Page 165: Don’t cry. Don’t cry.
Page 172: I only feel pain.
Page 187: Awww! He took the thing! You go, bby.
Page 198: Well, you’re a horrible human being. Sydney did not get her amazingness from you. Go away.
Page 207: Please, don’t be foreshadowing. Creeeeeepppy.
Page 232: IS THIS REAL LIFE??? IS THIS JUST FANTASY???
Page 234: Did she just say what I think she did?
Page 239: Typical.
*30 seconds later*
Page 254: A TOAST! I love this book!
Page 281: I’ve been waiting for you to tell, but LIKE THAT?
Page 289: Do you two want to be alone?
Page 290: DON’T RUIN THE MOMENT
Page 294: I can’t look (but I kinda want to).
Page 296: SHE DID THE THING. IN FRONT OF NEIL.
Page 299: She… she… he… they… why is there an old lady sitting next to me NOW? She’s going to think I’m reading 50 Shades of Grey.
Eh. Who cares? BOM CHICKA WA WA.
Page 319: Goddamn. *aggressively wishes she was Sydney*
Page 321: Plot twiiiiist. And I thought Neil wasn’t important lol
Page 322: Mason
Page 331: WILL SHE FIND OUT?
Page 338: “A partial silver moon gleamed down at us through some branches.” DOES IT MEAN SOMETHING?
Page 348: This is not going to end well. WHY WOULD YOU TELL HER THAT? SHE’S CRAZY.
Page 353: THEY MADE THE THING. THE THING WORKS. OH MY GOSH, YOU BEAUTIFUL BABIES.
Page 355: The cavalry has arrived! *group hug*
Page 357: FINALLY
Page 375: Uh oh…
Page 376: The pain is coming…
Page 377: THE PAIN IS HERE
Page 378: The pain is unbearable. AND THEY SAID THE THING.
Page 384: No, Sydney! IT’S A TRICK!
Pages 388-395: This is too much. BRING ME MORE ICE CREAM.
Page 396-397: If you hurt her I will cut you. (featuring my mail opener inspired by The Hobbit)
Page 398: *BLOWS NOSE*
Page 401: THE SHIRT. HE’S TAKING THE SHIRT. SOMEONE HOLD MEEEEE.
Page 412: CENTRUM PERMANEBIT. RICHELLE, YOU’RE SHREDDING MY HEART.
(Have tissues and ice cream handy, I swear. I am not being overdramatic)
Page 420: Oh, Sydney, you wonderful badass. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
I am in emotional distress.
Please send help.
Someone build a time machine so it can be July.
Happy reading, everyone! I hope you enjoyed The Fiery Heart and you found this post fun. I understand the pain you’re all in, and if you haven’t finished yet, you’ll understand soon.