When I first was asked to do the blog tour for The Glittering Court, I was excited – not only because I am a lifetime fan of both Bloodlines and Vampire Academy, but because it asked for a gemstone – themed photo board that conveyed elements of the story. I immediately decided I didn’t just want to collect photos for the board, but take them.
I’ve always been interested in photography, and this gave me the excuse to embark on multiple little photoshoots with my friends and sister (thanks, Ella and Alyssa!) to collect photographs. Only two of these photographs are taken by others, but they are of me- the last on the second row and the last on the fourth row by Preston Watts. Yes, these were edited to create the green color tone. You could probably guess by now that my theme for the photos is the gemstone emerald.
I tried to mimic the luxurious tone of the story. Much of the novel describes lush, ostentatious balls and dresses, so I wanted to convey the element of elegance and glamour. However, I also wanted a few glimpses into the suspense, intrigue, and adventure that lie in wait between the pages, thus the photo using the green smoke ball and the one behind a tree.
In case you wanted to see a little behind the scenes, yes, the dress is actually blue. I used an editing software to change the color, although don’t look too closely – you’ll see mistakes. My Photoshop trial is over and so is my photography class so I’m now forced to use horrible editing tools that make it hard to escape error.
If I were in The Glittering Court, I would love to tag along with some fictional buddies. Namely, America Singer (her spunky attitude would keep it interesting!). I would also love to hang out with Alyssa Gardner, because I love her unique style; but of course, no group is complete without Rose Hathaway being a badass as per usual. Finally, Katy Blake and Hermoine Granger. Both are hilarious and share my interest in books!
So, that’s my photographic interpretation of The Glittering Court. Behind the pages sparkles romance, intrigue, and suspense – I strongly recommend you check it out.
Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.
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Available April 5, 2016 from Razorbill/Penguin
About this Book:
A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.
Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.
Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.
But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .