Monday, March 15, 2010

Eighth Grade Bites - Review

Eighth Grade Bites
Title: Eighth Grade Bites
Author: Heather Brewer
Series: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod
Rating: 4/5 stars

Vladimir Tod isn't your normal thirteen-year-old. Instead, he's a half-vampire. Vlad's parents died when he was ten and he has no idea of the extent of his powers. The only people who know his secret are his aunt Nelly and his best friend Henry - whom he bit when they were eight. When one of his teachers mysteriously vanishes and the new substitute begins questioning him a little too much, Vlad begins to fear for his life.

You'd think after all the hype over Twilight, I'd be sick of vampire books. Well, actually I am. Except this one was actually pretty good. It was more of an action novel than a love filled vampire-romance novel. It's a little bit juvenile, but you can't expect a deep, though provoking YA vampire novel. The plot kept me interested and I was curious to see what was going to happen next throughout the novel.

I liked the characters of Vlad and Henry. The two really seemed to go well together and the playful banter and jokes added depth to their relationship. I didn't really like the way Vlad opened up to Otis near the end of the book. It seemed forced and I didn't like how trusting he was.

I can't wait to read the sequel and see what happens next. Brewer did a great job of getting her readers excited for the next book. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA vampire novels that don't follow the same romance plot of Twilight. (And hey, at least this one wasn't badly written.)

Have you read this book? What are your opinions on it?


  1. I've been drawn to this series a few times from the graphic cover illustrations, but I shy away from YA as they tend to leave me hanging emotionally.

    Its good to read a review like yours. It doesn't give too much away and analyzes the feel of the story. I will certainly give this series a second look the next time we are in the same vicinity.

    Miranda ~ Sweet Vernal Zephyr

  2. I really enjoyed reading this. I'm not a big vampire fan, especially the low quality ones being pumped out since Twilight. For some reason, though, I liked this. I think it was because it read as more of a journal and it felt more personal.