Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1)Hot
I'm so glad I found out about this series! I loved the first book of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. It
sucked me in from page one (pun most definitely intended). It gives
readers a look into what it would be like to be a vampire teenage boy.
Vlad has all the normal teenage stuff going on, plus the urge to suck
his classmates dry. There's humor, sarcasm, blood...all the good stuff.
I saw the length of Eighth Grade
Bites, I was thinking that the book would be rushed, trying to
fit everything in. But thankfully it wasn't.
This book has pretty
much everything I'm looking for in a good YA book: paranormal,
intrigue, humor, and just a touch of mystery. I enjoyed getting to know
Vladimir Tod, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the
series. A huge thumbs up to Heather Brewer! I would recommend this book
to vampire fans everywhere!
The only complaint I can think of
about Eighth Grade Bites is
that it's too short! I wanted more time with Vlad and Henry. But I'm
glad to see that the other books in the series are longer.
I thought that the book was, over all, fantastic. At first, it was a little hard to get into, but near chapter 5, I really got hooked. I love how Mrs. Brewer uses such descriptive adjectives. For example, images of D'ablo's and Vladimir's fight are vivid in my imagination. In the book it said stuff like "His voice was gruff, and sounded as if it hadn't been used recently," and I'm thinking "How does she think of this stuff?"...Well, it didn't say exactly that, but it did say something similar. The only part that I didn't like was how somtimes the text didn't state who was speaking. I mean, you can make inferences, but still.
Vlad's parents died before he turned ten so now he lives with his aunt Nelly. He is in eighth grade and has to have blood packets hiden in his food so he can eat at school. The week he returns for christmas break his favorite teacher Mr. Craig is missing and his sub. is Mr. Otis a teacher Vlad thinks is werid. Vlad finds his dad's jounal and starts reading it. Mr. Otis comes over to Vlad's house and Vlad swears he is a vampire. Vlad is right Mr. Otis is his uncle.
"Elysia" a sercret vampire organaion is after Vlad because his dad fell in love with a human and had a kid. They come to his house and try to take him but they get Nelly. Otis and Vlad go to Elysia and try to get her back. Otis plays a trick on the councsil and takes Vlad and Nelly to kill them but fakes there death. they get to the car but a guy from the councsil is following them. Vlad kills them with a tool of his dad's he had in his back pocket.
All of them get away back to Vlad's house. Otis says he has to leave at the end of schoolbut will be back if Vlad needs help. Then otis give Vlad a tatoo of Elysia and Vlad knows what it is like to be a part of Elysia. Then Vlad asks if Otis if he will teach he about being what he is ; and Otis says yes.
Put A New Twist On Vampire Lore
Eighth Grade Bites
By Heather Brewer
Pub. Date: August 2007
4.5 out of 5 stars
PG - Violence
Eighth grade bites. Bullies harass him. The girl of his dreams seems to have a thing for his best friend. His favorite teacher, Mr. Craig, just disappears. The principal is keeping a closer than comfortable eye on him. Not to mention hes constantly hungry& for human blood. Vladimir Tod is an orphaned vampire teen whos parents died in a fire three years earlier. Not only is he dealing with teen angst but also the unknown extent of his vampire abilities. Vlad has never really worried about becoming exposed in his little home town, but when a new, odd teacher becomes increasingly inquisitive about Vlad and assigns him an oral report about vampires, Vlad begins to worry. Could this new teacher have something to do with Mr. Craig disappearing? And why does this new teacher seem so set on getting close to Vlad and his Aunt Nelly?
Eighth Grade Bites put a new twist on vampire lore. The author created an interesting main character who was born a vampire, not made. Vlad didnt fall into the temptation of feeding on a human even though their blood was what he thirsted for. He also tried to do what was right. When he did do something wrong he felt terrible and guilty. A vampire with morals.
The mystery of his parents death and his fathers past were both intriguing and suspenseful. I felt a connection with the Vlad because neither I nor him had any idea what happened to his parents or what was in store for him as a vampire. The addition of Otis (the new teacher) into the story was the tipping of the iceberg. Not only was Otis acting strange but he was also threatening at times. He certainly created a more oppressed and chaotic atmosphere.
The ending was a satisfaction. Eighth Grade Bites was extremely like a pilot TV episode. It explored a little into each storyline or character to enable a wide horizon of story plots for future books. I look forward to the next book in the series, Ninth Grade Slays.
Date Reviewed: January 8th, 2009
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This book overall was a good book. It took a while to get into it - I didn't get into it until around pages 50-75. After I hit those pages the plot picked up very fast and it was a quick read after that.
I felt like Vlad didn't change from his experience at the end of the book - which was really good. However, I didn't see any change from Nellie or Mr. Otis, the other main characters, even though they went through pretty much the same experience. It would've been nice to see a little more change from them.
I still plan on reading the next book in the series, Ninth Grade Slays, which has already been released. This book was good for a first time author.