Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Eighth Grade Bites - Heather Brewer

Junior high really stinks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. 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 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 a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he realizes he has a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer who is closing in . . . fast!


This was such a fun read.  So many YA titles out there these days are from a female's point of view.  It's a great change to see this one told from the male's point of view.  That, and I just really liked Vlad.

This book wasn't so much about Vlad discovering he's part vampire.  He's known that for ages.  It's part of his daily life.  He drinks blood (nearly-expired bloodbank blood, that is, he tries to avoid biting humans) and slathers himself with sunscreen every day.  This book is about him finding more about his family's history, and trying to solve the mystery of his missing--probably dead--teacher.  That, and trying to get the attention of his crush, who totally seems to be into his best friend instead, all the while trying to make sure his classmates, and his creepy new teacher, don't figure out his secret.

This was a really great start to a series.  I can't wait to pick up the next one and follow Vlad as he goes to highschool, which, as everyone knows, sucks.

Happy Reading!
-geekgirl

2 comments:

  1. This one looks really cute, I've added it to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I've had this on my shelf for months. I just haven't been feeling vampires. After this review though, I think I'm beginning to think differently. Great job! :)

    Also, I've just started a YA review blog. If you have time, stop by :)

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