Dark, solitary, and just a little bit brooding, Vladimir Tod sounds just like any other mall-goth teenager right? Well, sort of, but with a really big difference: Vlad is a vampire. No, not the kind that sparkles in the sun (though he does have to wear sunscreen outdoors), or the kind that hunts down humans as a life source (though he does know a few that do that, he prefers to drink from plastic bags his Aunt brings home from the hospital).
In fact, life was going pretty smoothly for Vlad. Well, as smoothly as one can go when your parents died in a mysterious fire that had no cause, everyday you have to hide the fact that you’re half-vampire from your peers, crush, and school bullies, and the new teacher is more than a little bit suspicious. Up until this point, that hasn’t been a problem for Vlad, but then again, up until this point Vlad hasn’t been the target of a murdering vampire who’s tracking his father down on orders from the Vampire Council, but he’s dead, and Vlad’s the only one left.
The first in a series, there isn’t very much to this book, language, length, or plot wise: all are fairly average. If you like vampires (or even just underdog protagonists like myself), and aren’t looking for a read that isn’t very complicated, nor will take you long to read, it’s worth picking up.
Title: Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1)
Author: Heather Brewer
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
Publication Date: August 16, 2007
Page #: 172