Original Title: Eighth Grade Bites
Year Published: 2007
Published by: Dutton Children’s Books
Number of Pages: 182
First Sentence: “A tree branch slapped John Craig across the face.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer.
I wish I had discovered this when it first was published, because then it might have suited my age a little better. That is not to say that it wasn’t thoroughly entertaining now, just that it did at times feel like I was reading a children’s book (which it sort of is).
I loved Vlad and seeing how he had to cope with being a vampire trying to blend into normal society. I really liked how Brewer approached the vampire thing. It didn’t feel like too much of a cliche, but it also never felt too outlandish. It actually came off as believable, which of course made Vlad as a character more believable.
The plot was quite interesting and really entertaining. Same thing here, it actually felt kind of believable. There were some things that had me wanting to roll my eyes in exasperation, but it wasn’t too often, and the rest made up for it.
Do I recommend it?
Sure, it is a good book but do note that this is more of a children’s book than ya.