Friday, October 22, 2010

Review: Ninth Grade Slays: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Published: 02/08/2010
Format: Paperback , 288 pages
RRP: $14.95
ISBN-13: 9780143205159
Imprint: Penguin
Publisher: Penguin Aus.

Review By Eve Wilson

If middle school stunk for Vladimir Tod, high school is a real drain. Besides being a punching bag for bullies, he's still stalled with dream-girl Meredith, and he's being tailed by a photographer from the school newspaper. Needless to say, practising his vampire skills hasn't exactly been a priority for Vlad - until now. A monumental trip to Siberia with Uncle Otis is Vlad's crash course in Vampire 101. Training alongside the most gifted vampires is exactly what Vlad needs to sharpen those mind control skills he's been avoiding. And he'd better get it right, because the battle brewing back home with the slayer who's been hunting him could be Vlad's last.

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I'm impressed with this new series about Vladimir Tod. In this book he returns to school, this his first year at Bathory High. I like how the titles of each book make fun of the grade he is in at High School, as a teenage I can understand it completely.

Another year and Vlad encounters many of the same obstacles he did in 8th grade, like the girl he likes but is too shy to talk to, (come on guys you’ve got to come up and talk to us, we’re just as shy to), there’s the two bullies that won't leave him alone; trying to hide the fact he is a vampire from his classmates) but the author does a great job of weaving in even more conflicts and twists and turns in the plot.

Vlad’s character is even stronger and more likeable in the second book in this series and I can’t wait to see what he gets up to in the tenth grade.

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