Thursday, December 4, 2014

10th, 11th, and 12th Grade - Vladimir Tod, The Series by Heather Brewer

I've lumped the last three books in the series together because I've read them at lightening speed. CJ started this series and wanted me to read it with him - let me be clear when I say there is not an English teacher on the planet that apparently can out rival my son in pushing a novel. Every day he questioned how much I'd read, but I didn't mind. I'm quite a proud mom - he was so excited to talk to me about the books that he just wanted me to finish already. And so I have.

Overall this is a really cute vampire series. I don't say that to degrade the quality of the text or writing. In the entire series I only found one typo, and the prose was solid throughout. Just enough description to get a sense of Bathory, but not so much that I wanted to stop reading. The characters are well-drawn and fleshed out (literally sometimes) throughout the build of the plot. I had a hunch there was a "bad vampire" amongst us, but Brewer does a good job keeping the reader guessing.  I'd recommend this read to a Middle School student; I think they would enjoy it.

For a final plot summary I'm just going to give you the series wrap-up from Goodreads mostly because at this point they are blending for me:

In Tenth Grade Bleeds, it’s another sucky year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod. The evil vampire D’Ablo is hunting for the ritual that could steal Vlad’s powers. His best friend Henry doesn’t want to be his drudge anymore. And as if all that weren’t enough, it’s getting harder for Vlad to resist feeding on the people around him. When months go by with no word from Uncle Otis and D’Ablo shows up demanding Vlad’s father’s journal, Vlad realizes that having a normal high school year is the least of his concerns. Vlad needs to act fast, and even his status as the Pravus won’t save him this time . . .

In Eleventh Grade Burns things have taken a darker turn for the half-human teenager with an appetite for blood. Joss, a vampire slayer and Vlad’s former friend, has moved back to Bathory. A mysterious and powerful new vampire, Dorian, appears with a shocking secret and an overwhelming desire to drink Vlad’s blood. And Vlad’s arch enemy, D’Ablo, has a sinister plan to eliminate Vlad once and for all. With death threatening from every angle, Vlad will have to use every ounce of his skill and training to survive, but nothing can prepare him for what awaits him in the end.

In Twelfth Grade Kills, it all comes down to this.

Vlad’s running out of time. The Elysian Council has given him weeks to live, and that’s if the Slayer Society doesn’t kill him – along with all the citizens of Bathory – first. Then there’s the issue of Vlad’s father, who may or may not still be alive after all these years, and oh yeah, that tiny little detail in the Pravus prophecy about Vlad enslaving Vampirekind and the human race. So much for college applications.

In this epic finale to Heather Brewer’s heart-stopping Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, dark secrets will be revealed, old friends will become enemies, and warm blood will run cold. Just be careful it isn’t yours.

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