Those of you who follow my blog probably know that in some respects, I live under a rock. There are some series out there that just about everyone besides me has read. Until recently, Vampire Academy was one of those series. Okay, I’ve actually only read the first book. A recent opportunity to meet Richelle Mead encouraged me to start at last.
Richelle Mead visited the Twin Cities on May 22nd. Her original visit was scheduled for December of 2010 but the day she was supposed to come it started snowing at 6 a.m. and didn’t stop until around 8 p.m., leaving our area covered in roughly two feet of snow (which is a buttload in twenty-four hours, even for Minnesota). Thankfully May tends to be snow free, so I went over to the Mall of America where the signing was held.
The signing itself was held by Barnes and Noble. They sold the books and their employees worked at the event. However, instead of being held in the store, a stage was set up outside of Sears, along with a roped off area for readers to wait in line (Richelle has some great pics on her blog). Before getting in line I ventured over to Barnes and Noble to purchase Vampire Academy, Frostbite and Shadow Kiss. After that I hopped into line and cracked open Vampire Academy, making my way through the first two chapters before Richelle came out.
Richelle was very excited to finally be in Minneapolis. As it turned out, this was her only real singing of the year (she did not count BEA as it was a convention) due to her impending motherhood. Richelle started off by reading a couple of pages out of the Vampire Academy spin-off Bloodlines. I didn’t totally get what was going on having only read bits of Vampire Academy, but did my best to follow along anyways. The reading was followed by a raffling of five copies of Bloodlines and Richelle answering questions.
After that, it was time to get some books signed, which was very efficiently run. When my turn came, I confessed that I was only just starting Vampire Academy, but that I had decided to buy the books because so many bloggers gave them positive reviews. She was very kind and said that it was nice of me to come out on just two chapters, and I thanked her for coming.
I had to put Vampire Academy down for a few days to finish another book, but spent Memorial Day devouring it. I am so glad I went out and got myself signed copies of these books. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series, and so glad I had the chance to meet Richelle!