Heather Brewer
Eighth Grade Bites
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, book 1


Review brought to you by OBS staff member Katie

If you thought eighth grade was tough, try it with fangs and a fear of garlic.

Junior high school really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod, and not in the good slurp-up-the-blood kind of way. A gang of bullies harasses him daily, the principal is dogging his every move, and the girl he really likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has to hide the fact that he’s a vampire.

When the one teacher he really connects with mysteriously vanishes, Vlad is determined to find him. But then Vlad finds an unsettling note scribbled across his essay: “I know your secret.”
Vlad must locate his missing teacher, dodge the principal, resist the bullies’ tempting invitations to Bite me!, and get a date for the dance—all before he is exposed for the teen vampire he is.
Source Heather Brewers Website

I wasn’t too sure what think of this book when I picked it up. I was really attracted to the cover (Haha seems to happen to me a lot). But I was not attracted to the price Tongueout I didn’t like the fact that I was paying almost 8 bucks for a book with only I think 182 pages. I could buy a normal sized novel for 5 dollars. But I really liked how the back of the book made the story sound, so I went ahead and bought book 1 and 2 against my better judgment. Was it a good choice, I’m still not sure.

I felt that first book was okay. The story line of the book has some great potential, I just hope that as I get further in to the series Heather Brewer will deliver more. I enjoy reading YA books, but I felt that the author was targeting even younger kids. The style of writing had a bit of a juvenile feel to it.

When I put down a book after finishing it, I want to feel like I know the main character. And I’m not so sure I actually know Vladimir Tod, I know the basics, but that’s not enough. Hopefully this problem will be resolved because what I do know about the characters so far are pretty interesting.

Anyways enough with my drab negative stuff, to shine some light on this book, it did have a good amount of humor in it. They added a lot of pop culture vampire legends but then would make fun of them. Also it was a quick read which is what I was looking for (okay how could it not be a quick read with only 182 pages.).

I have book two sitting next too me and all I have to say is thank goodness that it is at least 278 pages.

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod does not seem to be a lost cause. If you have younger children I would definitely suggest getting this book for them and then when they have read it, you can pick it up and check it out.