Sydrian Feels are Coming… again!

We are all getting a bit anxious, you know, with the release of Silver Shadows coming in just a few months – this means one thing – Sydrian feels are back!

Richelle shared this amazing quote, direct from her publisher – which just made us squeal with excitement. and dread. there was dread.

Guys. This book. I dont even…

And not only did Richelle get some Sydrian feels coming back, but Jemina (amazing artist and huge VA & Bloodlines fan) shared this stunning “artist’s block” sketch of Sydrian and Adrian.

Sydrian - by artist Jemina Venter

OH GOD JEM. You don’t have artist block – you just want Sydrian as much as we do!

Vampire Academy: The Other Titles

Richelle Mead is back blogging after a well deserved break, and shares for the first time ever, all the suggested titles for the Vampire Academy series she made.

What brought this blog post on for her was the amount of people seeing the movie or reading the book, either old or new fans, and having a reaction along the lines of ‘Wow.. I did not expect that from the title of the book.’

In her blog post Richelle goes on to explain that there are so many reasons why the title of the book its so important, but most of all it has to be marketable. We loved the original title, Kissed by Shadows, but are so in love with Vampire Academy that we wouldn’t want it any other title

Richelle shares her list of nearly 80 other titles that she suggested to the publishers for Vampire Academy! Here are a few more of our favourites:


There are MANY more though, check out the full post of Richelle’s over on her blog now.

Which ones are your favourite?

Unremembered by Jessica Brody Acquired by ‘Vampire Academy’ Producers

The Hollywood Reporter got the exclusive on Reliance Entertainment’s newest acquirement Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Unremembered, the first book in a YA trilogy by Jessica Brody, has been acquired by Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures.

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Deepak Nayar (Vampire Academy, Paranoia, Bend it Like Beckham) and Tabrez Noorani (Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi,Slumdog Millionaire) of Tamasha Talkies and SoumyaSundaresh of Citrusmuse are attached to produce.
via Hollywood Producer

Richelle Mead shares books that changed her!

The Sydney Morning Herald interviews Richelle Mead’s and she shares the top five books that changed her.

Looking over these books that changed her, we definitely can she how and where she gets inspiration and her writing style from.  few of these you might have had to read for school or otherwise – did you like them?

The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley

I stumbled onto this gem when I was starting high school. I’d expected it to be just another retelling of the King Arthur legend, little knowing how it would completely change my outlook on life. Aside from opening my 14-year-old world to religion and spirituality in a way I’d never imagined, it also challenged my views of gender, showing me most stories have both male and female sides. I’ve since read this book countless times and always learn something new.

Buy The Mists of Avalon 1st by Bradley, Marion Zimmer

The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel

I think what was most extraordinary about this book was that my mother let me read it (and its increasingly graphic sequels) when I was nine years old. That might have been a bit too young for some of the sex and violence, but it was the perfect age to be reading a tale of a young girl surviving in the wilderness. All the other books of that nature I’d found had male heroes, so it was empowering to see a girl battling the elements and taming cave lions.

Buy The Clan of the Cave Bear

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

True fact: I don’t like many classics. I grew up reading modern genre novels and still stick to them. This coming-of-age book, however, is one I make an exception for and one that everyone should read. Lee’s cutting insights on race and prejudice, not to mention human nature, are just as relevant today as they were in her time – which says something about both her brilliance and modern society’s shortcomings.

Buy To Kill a Mockingbird

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

This is a very recent favourite. In my profession, I’m surrounded by writers and readers alike who mesh better with fictitious worlds than they do with the real one. The internet has intensified this, allowing people to separate themselves even further, making it difficult to connect with people who aren’t on a page or screen. Rowell gets this in a beautiful, funny, and at times heartbreaking way, while also doing a spot-on job of describing the wonders and newness of the university years.


Dragons of Winter Night - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

I pilfered this from my older brothers when I was in middle school. It’s the second book in a series meant to sell Dungeons and Dragons modules in the 1980s. What could have been a fluffy book of swords and sorcery turned into a gritty tale with amazing emotional depth in its characters, which taught me hard lessons I bring into my own writing today: not everyone gets a happy ending. Readers who’ve thrown my books in rage over my love of cliffhangers have this one to blame. I mean, thank.

Buy Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy Set

Have you read any of these? Did they change you?

NZ ONLY: Win 1 of 4 Double Passes to Vampire Academy Movie

Are you from New Zealand? Then nzgirl and Studiocanal NZ have a treat for you!

As i’m (laura) based in New Zealand, I was lucky enough to head along to a media screening of Vampire Academy last week – all I can say is I can’t WAIT for you all to see it! AND I’ve scored four double passes to any session of Vampire Academy for our New Zealand readers, all thanks to nzgirl and Studiocanal NZ

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Valid for any Vampire Academy movie session from March 6th.
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Winner drawn on Monday 10 March.
Total of 4 winners, each receiving a double pass each.

We love you Rayane

RIP Rayane - Vampire Academy fan dies, VAfamily MournThis morning I woke up and discovered some heart breaking news. Rayane Aquilino (@readinggirl21), a fellow Vampire Academy family member, fangirl of Zoey and everything VA passed away in her hometown in Brazil.

Rayane was outspoken, passionate, funny, crazy, lovely, and amazing. She was a beautiful soul that got taken too soon.

While I didn’t know her personally, Rayane and I chatted on twitter and facebook a lot. We became more than just acquaintances, and this was all because of the love of the Vampire Academy Series.

Honestly, sitting here writing this I am so sad, so heart broken that the world has lost someone as amazing as Rayane. You could count on her to make you smile, and say the things that you were too shy to say yourself.

RIP Rayane - Vampire Academy fan dies, VAfamily Mourn

If you’d like to learn more about what happened with Rayane, Ana from Kozlovky Brazil have a blog post you can read. Ana and Rayane were very close and it was a hard blog post to read.

RIP Rayane. We love you.

and the rest of the team at Shadow Kissed.

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