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Tenth Anniversary Edition of Vampire Academy

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As many of you know, I am a huge Vampire Academy fan (Dimitri *swoon*) and as such, I am super excited about the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Vampire Academy being released late November.  Ten years – wow.  It seems like just yesterday that we were introduced to Rose, Dimitri, and Lissa. 🙂

The Tenth Anniversary Edition of Vampire Academy will feature the original novel – plus bonus stories, expanded scenes, and prequels all set during Vampire Academy.

Check out the new cover below:

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Vampire Academy Tenth Anniversary Edition (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

Book description (from Richelle Mead’s website) –

Richelle Mead celebrates 10 years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players:

The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty…

Hello My Name is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt…

The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri’s eyes…

From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearths the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires–the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be prepare for a life fraught with danger. Rose and Lissa must navigate their treacherous world and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. But soon Rose finds herself gripped by temptation of forbidden love, leaving Lissa exposed to Strigoi attack. Now she must choose between the best friend she lives for, and the man she can’t live without….

Published by: Penguin Random House
Release date: 29th November 2016

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So excited for this book.

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More information about the Vampire Academy series and author Richelle Mead:

goodreads ~ website ~ blog ~ facebook

If you would like an autographed copy of the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Vampire Academy or any of Richelle Mead’s books, check out the University Book Store website. 🙂  Also, check out point ten in this post, in which Richelle explains how to order an autograph copy from University Book Store (and they do ship internationally).

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VA Family to Help Fund Frostbite

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Hi all. *waves hello* As some of you are probably aware, I am a huge Vampire Academy fan.  I loved the Vampire Academy film and would love to see the sequel, Frostbite, become a reality – which brings me to the topic of this post: the VA Family has been asked by the producers of the Vampire Academy film to help finance part of Frostbite’s budget through fan funding.  If the VA Family can raise $1.5 million dollars, Frostbite will go ahead. *yay*

Fans have until the 5th of September 2014 to raise $1.5 million and currently the VA Family has raised just over $200,000.  It is still possible to raise the $1.5 million – we just need to spread the word about the fan funding campaign.

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Check out this awesome video below in which some of the cast and crew talk about the fan funding campaign:

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Doesn’t that video make you excited for Frostbite?

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So, you may be thinking ‘why should I donate’?

Well, there are awesome perks for donating such as:

  • a pdf copy of the script
  • a digital copy of Frostbite
  • Richelle Mead will follow you on twitter for a year
  • a Frostbite poster
  • VA clothing
  • on set visit
  • signed photo of the actor portraying Adrian
  • and so much more

(which perk you receive depends on how much you donate)

Why is it so important to donate?

The financial backers of Frostbite will only green light the project if they can see that the VA Family really want this film.

I can only donate a few dollars, will that really make a difference?

Absolutely, if every Vampire Academy fan donated just one dollar, we could have this movie.  You can donate just one dollar by clicking on the ‘contribute now’ button on the Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Film page at indiegogo, you don’t have to select a perk to donate.

We’ve only reached just over $200,000, what is the point of donating? – there is no way we will reach $1.5 milllion by the 5th of September.

There is a major possibility that the VA Family will not raise $1.5 million by the deadline – but the more fans that donate, the more it will show the financial backers just how much we want this movie.  That is why $1 donations are so important – they will make a difference.  And if by some chance the Frostbite movie does not go ahead, you get the money you donated refunded back to you.

I was disappointed in the first movie, why should I help fund Frostbite?

Personally, I loved the Vampire Academy film, but not everyone did – that’s totally fine, we all like different things, but doesn’t the Vampire Academy movie franchise deserve a second chance?  The producers have listened to the fans, a new script writer is on board and it looks like this writer has written a script that follows the book very closely.  Just look at these sneak peeks at the script:

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How do I donate?

Just head over to indiegogo to donate.  You can also check out the Official Vampire Academy Movie page on facebook for more info.

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Dimitri fans have had the opportunity to see Dimitri Belikov brought to life – we’ve been able to hear him say ‘Roza’.  Don’t Adrian Ivashkov fans deserve the opportunity to see him brought to life – to hear him say ‘Little Dhampir’?

*All Frostbite images and the sneak peaks at the script used in this post remain the property of Kintop Pictures/Reliance, Angry Films, and Preger Entertainment.  The opinions expresed in this post are my own and are no way endorsed by Kintop Pictures/Reliance, Angry Films, Preger Entertainment, or the producers of Vampire Academy.

Win an Amazing Vampire Academy Prize Pack

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Win a Vampire Academy Prize Pack

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Thanks to StudioCanal Australia (big thank you to the lovely Caroline), I have one amazing Vampire Academy prize pack to giveaway in celebration of the Australian release of the movie.  I have seen the movie and it is amazing – loved it. 😀

To enter, all you have to do is follow the instructions below.

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Vampire Academy Prize Pack

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Competition Details:

Prize:

One luck winner will receive a Vampire Academy prize pack containing:

  • 1x Vampire Academy bag
  • 1x Vampire Academy i-phone case
  • 1x Vampire Academy notebook

How to enter:

First, leave a comment below answering the following question:

In 25 words or less, tell me “if you were Moroi, what elemental magic skill would you like to posses and why?

Then, fill out the entry form below.

Requirements:

You must be a blog follower to enter the competition.  You can follow via Link Followers or through email subscription.  Please note that if you follow the blog via email, you must activate your subscription to be considered a blog follower via email.

You must also be an Australian resident to enter the competition.

If you have never entered a Treasured Tales for Young Adults competition before, please read the competition/privacy policy before entering.

More info:

Competition is open from now until 11:59pm AEST, Friday 14th of March, 2014.

The most unique and creative entry will win.

The winner will be notified by email.

Good-luck 😀

Competition is now closed.

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Check out the official Australian Vampire Academy trailer:

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Valentine’s Day Book Giveaway: Nymph by Tonya Alexandra

  Happy Valentines Day everyone 

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I have three copies of Nymph (The Love Oracles #1) by Tonya Alexandra to giveaway thanks to Walker Books Australia (big thanks to Jaclyn).  To enter, just follow the instructions below.  😀

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Nymph (The Love Oracles #1) by Tonya Alexandra

Book description (from Goodreads) –

An idyllic Greek island.

Obsessed demigods.

A fallen nymph.

A mortal boy.

Merope, a beautiful but faded star nymph, is banished to Earth for displeasing the gods. She tries to fit in, go to school and live a normal “human” life. And then she meets Lukas … but relationships between men and goddesses are forbidden. Will their love grow? Or will Merope and Lukas feel the wrath of the gods?

Published by: Walker Books Australia
Release date: 1st February 2014

Competition Details

Prize:

Three winners will each receive one copy of Nymph (The Love Oracles #1) by Tonya Alexandra.

Requirements:

You must be an Australian resident to enter.

You must also be a blog follower to enter. You can follow the blog via Linky Followers of through email subscription. Please note that if you follow the blog by email, you must activate your subscription to be considered a blog follower via email.

How to enter:

To enter, just leave a comment below telling me which fictional book character you would love to spend Valentines Day with (mines Edward Cullen ♥).

Please also leave your email address in the comments so I can contact you if you win. Please write your email address in the following way: username[at]email-domain[dot]com

More info:

The winners will be chosen using random.org and notified via email. The competition is open from now until Thursday the 26th of February, 2014 11:59pm Australian EST.

If you have never entered a Treasured Tales for Young Adults competition before, please read the competition/privacy policy before entering.

Good-luck 😀

Competition is now closed.

Blogger Guest Post: Alison (from Alison Can Read) [Twilight 5th Anniversary Celebration]

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Today, Alison (from Alison Can Read) has stopped by with a guest post to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the cinematic release of Twilight.  Welcome to Treasured Tales, Alison.  Thank you for the post. 😀

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Hi everyone! I’m Alison from Alison Can Read, a young adult and manga books blog. Thanks so much to Alishia for asking me to write a guest post in honor of the fifth anniversary of the Twilight movie.

I’ve been an unabashed Twilight fan for just over five years. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I read all four books in October 2008. At the time I was vaguely aware that a movie was coming out but mostly because there were rumors that the Harry Potter movie had been delayed because of the Twilight movie. I was annoyed about that. I fell in love with the Twilight series the moment I read them and then waited with bated breath for 6 weeks for the movie to come out.

I adored the first Twilight movie. I saw it twice in the theaters and watched it on DVD multiple times. After a total of five Twilight movies, the first one is still my favorite. There’s a few reasons for that. First, I loved the edgy atmosphere that Catherine Hardwicke established for the film. It was a low budget movie and looked like it, but it had an energy that the later movies didn’t achieve. Also, I enjoyed watching the actors. They were young and mostly not famous. They all seemed like they were friends, they were having fun, and they were grateful to be there. As the group became more famous/infamous as the years went on, the collegial feeling amongst the actors seemed to go away. You can feel that even when they’re pretending to be other people. And of course, a significant reason that the first movie felt so fresh is that the hatred wasn’t as prominent. Plenty of people complained about the books and movies, but the popular consensus hadn’t yet reduced the word Twilight to a sneering joke.

The movie was far from perfect. Even I, a huge fan, laughed at the movie numerous times rather than with it. The acting was so so. Rob Pattinson hadn’t quite gotten an American accent figured out. The pacing wasn’t perfect. I forgive all of that. The fun and the wonder that I experienced watching the movie outweighed all its flaws. The subsequent movies were better shot, better plotted, better scripted, and better acted. Still, none of them have quite achieved the love I have for the first film. Congratulations to Twilight for reaching its fifth anniversary.  It’s been quite a ride.

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Thank you, Alison, for sharing your thoughts on Twilight.  You can visit Alison’s blog by clicking on the icon below –

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Competition

Don’t forget to check out the competition page for your chance to win a Twilight prize pack.

Previous Twilight post:

My Twilight Story

Next Twilight Post:

Yara (from Once Upon a Twilight)

Happy 5th Anniversary Twilight

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Five years ago today, on the 21st of November 2008, the Twilight movie was officially released at the cinemas in the U.S.A, and while Australia had to wait until the 11th of December 2008 to see Twilight on the big screen, Twilight was officially out in the world – the wait was over, Bella, Edward, and Jacob had been brought to life on the silver screen.

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the cinematic release of Twilight, Treasured Tales for Young Adults is having a Twilight celebration.  Over the next few days, bloggers will be stopping by to share their thoughts on the Twilight movie.  There is also a Twilight prize to win – just click here for details. *competition is now closed*

Before Alison (from Alison Can Read) stops by with her thoughts on Twilight, I would like to share my Twilight story.

I hope you enjoy the celebration.

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My Twilight Story

twilight_aussie_ posterIn July 2008, I discovered the Twilight books.  As I read Twilight, I became more and more enthralled by Bella and Edward’s story.  After reading Twilight,  I went back to my local bookstore once a week for three weeks and bought the next book in the series.  I remember shopping one day after I had just finished reading Breaking Dawn – I walked through the grocery shop in a dream-like state as I was thinking about the book.

While I was reading Twilight, I discovered that it was being adapted into a movie; I was thrilled.  Over the next few months, I spent hours on the internet watching the teaser trailers, discovering Twilight fan sites, and reading articles about the movie and the cast.

I was counting down the days for the Australian release of the movie, and then the moment arrived – it was finally time to see the movie!!!!  I remember sitting in the movie theatre being so excited.

From watching the teaser trailers, I was quite sure that I would love the movie and that was confirmed from the moment I saw a flash of Edward hunting a deer in the forest.  The way the movie started just seemed so right, so perfect.  As I watched Bella leave Phoenix and saw the landscape of Forks appear, I knew that the movie would be perfect.  Director Catherine Hardwicke, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and the production team had stayed true to the books, perfectly capturing the essence of the novel – from the greenery of Forks to the intense connection and attraction between Bella and Edward – it was all there.

I remember smiling as I watched the Cullens walk into the cafeteria as Jessica gossiped about them to Bella, and I also remember smiling from ear to ear as Robert Pattinson walked into the cafeteria as Edward Cullen.  I still smile when I watch that scene.

As I think of Twilight now, I remember my favourite scenes, those scenes that held me captivated – when Edward follows Bella into the forest, their time in the meadow, and the beautiful moments of Bella and Edward dancing under the pergola surrounded by thousands of fairy lights at the prom (so beautiful).  Everything about the movie was perfect to me.

Nothing I say will truly capture just how much I love the movie.  The Twilight Saga means so very much to me;  I deeply love the story.  It’s romantic, passionate, beautiful, and heartfelt.  These books gave me back my love of reading – they changed my life.  I will always and forever be a proud Twilighter.

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Next Twilight post:

Alison (from Alison Can Read)

*Twilight movie stills remain the property of Summit Entertainment.

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa – Giveaway & Aussie Trailer

Hi Treasured Tales followers.  Today, I am really excited to be sharing with you the Aussie trailer for The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa, as well as announcing a really cool giveaway.

Here’s the trailer:

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I love this trailer.  Doesn’t it make you want to read the book right now?

Did you love the first Iron Fey series – with Meghan, Ash, and Puck?  Are you excited about the new series featuring Meghan’s brother Ethan?

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The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1)

Book description (from Goodreads) –

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

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Win a copy of The Lost Prince

Thanks to Morey Media and Harlequin Teen Australia, Treasured Tales for Young Adults is giving away three copies of The Lost Prince.

Competition is now closed.  Winners have been notified.