Author: Richelle Mead
The pitch: Rose Hathaway, a half human/half vampire and best friend Lissa, a Princess of the Moroi vampires, are on the run from evil dead-soul monsters the Strigoi.
They are found by handsome guardian Dimitri, who brings them back to the Vampire Academy in Montana, and into the hands of the Strigoi...
The pedigree: The Vampire Academy series has boomed in popularity off the back of Twilight’s success, with fans desperate for something else to sink their teeth into.
This smartly written and engaging series has sated the appetite for vampire stories, and become a success in its own right.
Books in series: Four.
Web presence: 183,000 Google hits.
Big-screen potential: No plans yet, but with Twilight raking in the pennies, it can’t be far off.
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