Saturday, 1 October 2011

Eighth Grade Bites

Vlad aka Vladimir Todd grows up like any normal human boy would his age. Going to school. Having friends. Crushes. But whats sets Vlad apart form the others is the fact that he's part vampire, part human. Vlad's mother was a human and his dad was a vampire. Both died in a fire, and now Vlad is raised by his aunt, who was a nurse to his mother, and lives a nice quiet life on blood bags. All this changes when Otis enters Bathory Junior High. He looks suspicious and Vlad does not like him. Vlad suspects that he just might be the killer of his favorite English teacher, Mr. Craig, because Vlad found Mr. Otis's top hat and a strange symbol inside Mr. Craig's house. This freaks out Vlad and he starts to hate Mr. Otis. Who is Mr. Otis and what happens to Vlad when he discovers more secrets about his family and Mr. Otis? You will have to read the book to find out.
Vlad is strange for a vampire and a human. He has the best of both worlds. He feeds on blood and normal food at the same time. Nelly puts blood inside Vlad's food almost everyday. He lives outside in the sun because his mother was a human, and his best friend Henry is not scared of him. Although, he struggles alot since he has a crush and he can't quite fully commit to it since he is part vampire. Nevertheless, he does try to ask her out and he does succeed at the end. However, the tension with him being a vampire still brews somewhere in the darkness as Vlad struggles to live a normal life as well as his vampire life because he can't fully enjoy one or both of them.
Heather Brewer doesn't create a vampire love story. She adds adolescence/pre-teen themes in here too. This story is not like your other vampire stories. This story is told in third person point of view with the main character being a boy who wants to live a normal life, but at the same time preserving his identity as a vampire too. With each turning page, we are introduced with more tension and suspense. Heather Brewer writes a simple, yet complex and mysterious story about Vladimir Todd who is ordinary yet more extraordinary than any other. Even though he thinks that eighth grade bites.

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