Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm enjoying this vampire story - it isn't cheeky and the romance is minimal and well-done. I read Eight Grade Bites a few years ago because it was on sale at a book festival. Recently, my pubic library had a used book sale (where books are a STEAL!) and we stumbled upon the books for 10th and 11th grade and so we've rekindled our love for Vladimir Tod.
In the 8th grade, Vlad was just learning about his past. His uncle finally enters his life for good instead of only watching from a far, and Vlad begins to develop this skills necessary to be a successful vampire. However, with success, it seems, comes conflict and Vlad is a special kind of vampire - he was born, not made. His father fell in love with a mortal and thus begins the complicated life of Vladimir Tod.
In the 9th grade, Brewer does a great job of capturing the tediousness and monotoness of starting high school equipped with a boring schedule, bad bullies, and cool jocks. The cliches are there, but not over done. I appreciated the mundane approach to high school life - because let's face it - it's dreadfully dull.
Vlad is anything but dull. You see, at the end of the 8th grade, he took out D'ablo in a fight to the death...or did he? Turns out D'ablo is still lurking around and Otis, his uncle, and Henry, his drudge and best friend, are doing their best to keep Vlad safe from the one vampire that wants to test the Pravus theory. The Pravus is a legendary vampire that once on the earth will enslave the human people and make vampires rule the world...a little silly, but a fun theory.
However, rather than look for Vlad himself, D'ablo has hired a slayer. Joss enters the picture as Henry's cousin, and much to Henry's chagrin tries to kill his best friend. Joss has his reasons, and they are valid, for hating vampires. It's just Vlad isn't like everyone else.
I'm looking forward to reading Tenth Grade Bleeds. But I admit, what I might like best about this series is reading it with my son.
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