Dec 9, 2011

Book Review: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
(The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1)
Release Date: March 13, 2008
Publisher: Puffin Books; 182 pages

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.

When I first started reading this book, I was thinking that it was going to be more of a childish vampire book, only because the main character was quite young. I was mistaken, but I am glad I didn't stop when I first started reading. It wasn't bad by any means, but I wasn't sure what to expect from it. It was harder for me to read about such young characters, but that soon faded away and the book got really really good.

The story moves pretty well, a little slow in the start, and almost childish, but they are very young characters like I said before, but it gets to the point pretty fast. There were a couple of parts in this book where I was surprised and didn't see things coming. I have to say, the class report part of the book was awesome!! I really like how Heather wrote that part. It made me chuckle as I was reading it, you can just see Vlads face as he is doing this report. Anyway, as I was getting towards the end and I just fell in love with Vlad. I cannot wait to read what lies ahead for Vlad, if the end of this book is any indication, the next few books are going to be amazing!!

I'm also very intrigued to see how Heather develops Vlad in the coming books and see if anything happens with a certain lady! It will be awesome to see how Vlad grows up with this new Vampire world he is discovering!!

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