Monday, May 11, 2009

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer


Synopsis:

Vlad has to keep his vampire urges under control while dealing with the pressures of middle school.

Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging 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, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer.


I was inspired to read these by two different people. First of all, my little cousin Wade who read and enjoyed the book and then Heather Brewer herself who stopped by the bookstore where I work last week. I'm so glad I followed the advice of these two awesome people.

Eighth Grade Bites was so much fun. It put a new spin of the classic vampire tales that we have all become so used to. Vladimir is just a normal middle schooler, he has to deal with bullies, he's crushing on the popular girl, and he drinks blood. Okay, so that last part isn't so normal, but that's the beauty of the series. In Brewer's world, vampirism is just one more part of growing up that Vlad has to put up with.

He's a great character and you can't help but be drawn into his world of vampire intrigue and teenaged hi jinks. I love Vlad's best friend Henry who knows and keeps Vlad's secret. He's a great character and always keeps the mood light. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. There is much more to be learned about Vlad's heritage and the secrets of the vampire world known as Elysia.

The second book is entitled Ninth Grade Slays and is already available in paperback. The third book will be available June 25th from Dutton and is entitled Tenth Grade Bleeds. I recommend these titles as a light fun and easy read.

22 comments:

  1. This is the first guy-vampire book I've heard of. Most vampire lit I've sen (Twilight, Sucks to Be Me, etc) is mainly focused towards girls. It sounds funny and perfect for a middle-school boy!

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  2. This book sounds like a fun read :)
    Thanks for the review.

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  3. my sister has both of those books

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  4. This book is really good!

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  5. I have both eighth grade bites and ninth grade slays! Theis really good!

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  6. i love this series it rocks and go emo d:

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  7. i have to do this book for a report and its a fun book every1 who has struggles with middle school sould read this book its AWSOME :D

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  8. I LOVE THE CHONICLES OF VLADIMIR TOD AND YES IAM A GIRL. VLADIMIR IS SO AWESOME. I HAVE EIGHT GRADES BITES.I HAVE READ NINTH GRADE SLAY AND TENTH GRADE BLEEDS I CAN'T WAIT FOR 11TH GRADE BURNS AND 12TH GRADE KILLS. VLADIMIR TOD IS THE BEST BOOKS EVER.BYE

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  9. I love The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. Vladimir Tod is way better than Edward Cullen; Vlad could beat Edward any time.

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  10. OMG. Vladimir Tod is awesome!!!!! But Ihate how he dumps Merideth in the 3rd book. How sad...oh well! I LOVE VALIMIR TOD!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. AMAZING. They are really good and easy reads for any gender. I know a am a girl who just loves Heather Brewer's work. I highly recomend them, Eighth Grade Bites, Ninth Grade Slays, Tenth Grade Bleeds, Eleventh Grade Burns, and soon to come out, Twelth Grade Kills.

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  12. yeah it is an awsome series heather brewer is spectacular the way she captures the character of vlad is inspiring

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  13. vlad is way better than edward cullen in twilight it ust make edward look like a prick but vlad is like a genuine person

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  14. When does the last one come out ?

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