Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewer

Tenth Grade BleedsIt’s another awful year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod. The evil vampire D’Ablo is hunting for the ritual that could steal Vlad’s powers. His best friend doesn’t want to be his drudge anymore. And it’s getting harder for Vlad to resist feeding on the people around him. When months go by with no word from Uncle Otis, and D’Ablo shows up demanding Vlad’s father’s journal, Vlad realizes that having a normal high school year is the least of his concerns. Vlad needs to act fast, and even his status as the Pravus won’t save him this time. (From Amazon.ca)

**Spoiler Alert! You’ve been warned***

Oh, it doesn’t get any easier for Vlad does it?

Again, this book was a great read like the last two. It carries on from the previous book (reading them in order is greatly recommended) and Vlad is always ever developing. The plot this time was just as good, and it kept the page turning. I notice Brewer’s writing just keeps getting better and better with each passing book.

I was scared for Henry and Vlad when Henry had that little moment where he wanted out of his drudge role. Although it’s understandable, I had to be a little irked at first because of the way Henry was trying to get out of the friendship. WTF Henry, ignoring Vlad just like that is..not cool. Not to mention out of character (never thought Henry was a prissy type to do such a thing, I thought he was the all around popular nice guy) and, well I’d have to say it’s petty. But, when everything just came out into the open I was glad Henry wised up and just let Vlad know how he felt.

The ending nearly had me pulling my hair. I can’t BELIEVE Vlad did that to Meredith. Despite her fondness for the color pink, and how she oozes of bubblegum candy goodness, I was ready to accept her and Vlad together. But noooooo. Vlad just turns that upside down – although it was well intended, the way he went about it was not cool.

More plot development, and much more to look forward to, fans of Vlad Tod are going to love this book. Those who haven’t started, get to it now. They’re excellent so far.

I give it a 10/10


Review of Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer

Ninth Grade Slays

Ninth Grade Slays

It is recommended to read Eighth Grade Bites before jumping into this book to get a better understanding on what’s been going on in the storyline so far.

If middle school stunk for Vladimir Tod, high school is a real drain. Besides being a punching bag for bullies, he’s still stalled with dream girl Meredith, and he’s being tailed by a photographer from the school newspaper. Needless to say, practicing his vampire skills hasn’t exactly been a priority for Vlad — until now. A monumental trip to Siberia with Uncle Otis is Vlad’s crash course in Vampire 101. Training alongside the most gifted vampires is exactly what Vlad needs to sharpen those mind-control skills he’s been avoiding. And he’d better get it right, because the battle brewing back home with the slayer who’s been stalking him could be Vlad’s last. (From Goodreads)

I thought this one was much better than the first. I think because there’s more to the story and plenty of background information provided. Although a little predictable, (especially when it came to who was the vampire slayer in the neighborhood) it was a fun read and interesting to go through.

What I found especially interesting is the slight cracks you see that will eventually come to the surface and quite possibly create problems for Vlad. For example; his friendship with Henry. It’s good, but you notice Henry’s changed a bit. He’s hanging out with the popular kids more and Vlad is just on the sidelines being the observer. I’m not entirely sure if I like this change in Henry. He’s such a great guy and provided the comic relief in the series. If he turns out to be a jerk I’d be sorely disappointed. Let’s not forget the other vampires that are hounding Vlad down, and the vampire slayer that’s out for him. It looks like Vlad is about to have a lot on his plate soon enough.  This is what I liked about the story so far. There’s underlying problems which are bound to explode sooner or later and this is what makes me want to continue reading the series until its’ conclusion.

I had to admit I went all mushy with Vlad and Meredith. They do make a cute couple despite Meredith being a “Barbie” (ie; always described with the color pink) which I think is the total exact opposite of what Vlad would like. Then again, I suppose it’s interesting that they both like each other despite their high school “labels”.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next one in this series. The ending got me curious as to what’s in store for Vlad.

I give it a 9.5 out of 10.

On a side note: I’m really wondering what’s up with the pink stuff and Meredith? what in the world is she supposed to be? a Barbie? argh. DEATH TO THE COLOR PINK!!!

Review of Eighth Grade Bites

Eighth Grade Bites

Eighth Grade Bites

Note, if you follow the Vladimir Tod series, the latest book (Twelfth Grade Kills) will be released this year in September. However, if you’re a beginner like me, you start with this novel; Eighth Grade Bites.

Eighth Grade Bites, is about a young teenage vampire named Vladimir Tod, who had a human mother, and a vampire father. Your typical average teenager except for his appetite for blood. Yet despite that, he still goes through the same agonies and dramas that engulf a normal teenager his age. Bullies won’t leave him alone, he has an enormous crush on a girl but she’s interested in his best friend, and sometimes having to hide his vampire features can get difficult, especially when he’s hungry. Despite these, his teacher suddenly disappears without a word and the substitute teacher beings to question Vladimir – questions of a personal nature. Vladimir fears his cover may be blown…

It’s a quick read, less than 200 pages. It’s certainly an enjoyable read, and Vladimir Tod is your typical teenage protagonist who is easily likable and fun to read about. He does have a sense of humor despite being different from his peers at school, but on the other hand, he feels alone and has moments of emotion. The plot is very quick and fun to read, there’s plenty of wit and plenty of references towards vampires and vampire culture. (Examples such as: Vlad’s school being called Bathory Junior High, a place that’s called Stokerton, and of course Vladimir is a reference to Vlad the impaler).

The characters surrounding Vlad are likable (except his bullies and enemies), and Henry is a perfect sidekick for him – even though Vlad lives in his shadow at school. (Henry is the direct opposite of Vlad, who has girls admiring him from near and far, is part of the student council, but also happens to know Vlad’s secret). Mr Otis surprised me a couple of times during the novel, at one time I was ready to hate him, yet like him the next. The only criticism I have of this book is, it does tend to get a little overboard with all the references to vampire culture (I think I read there’s a street named after Lugosi – which induced a little bit of eye rolling on my part).

The ending was good, and yet I’m still left with questions that haven’t been answered. I will be definitely be pursuing the rest of the series, as this book was an enjoyable quick read, perfect reading especially after reading big large “heavy” novels. If you’re looking for a light read, and are into vampires but don’t want to get into the “heavy stuff” then take this novel, it’s perfect.

I give it a 9 out of 10.