Saturday, September 13, 2008

Eighth Grade Bites - Heather Brewer

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Vladimir Tod:
Normal Eighth-Grade Student?
Or Powerful Vampire?

Summary (from jacket flap):

Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dagging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers and no one to teach him, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a strange substitute teacher begins to question him too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he realizes he has a bigger problem: he's being hunted by a vampire killer who is closing in . . . fast.

The first book in this ghoulishly funny series by first time author Heather Brewer leads readers on a nail - biting adventure that is filled with dark characters and mystical glyphs, secret identities and hidden agendas, unearthly powers and teenage angst.


This book overall was a good book. It took a while to get into it - I didn't get into it until around pages 50-75. After I hit those pages the plot picked up very fast and it was a quick read after that.

I felt like Vlad didn't change from his experience at the end of the book - which was really good. However, I didn't see any change from Nellie or Mr. Otis, the other main characters, even though they went through pretty much the same experience. It would've been nice to see a little more change from them.

I still plan on reading the next book in the series, Ninth Grade Slays, which has already been released. This book was good for a first time author.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to read this for awhile. Got it from the library several times but keep having to return in unread!