Book Review: Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles Of Vladimir Tod#1) By Heather Brewer

530848Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles Of Vladimir Tod#1) By Heather Brewer

Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: August 16, 2007

Pages: 172 (Ebook)
Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod#1)

 

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.

(My Opinion)

Eighth Grade Bites isn’t your typical vampire story. There aren’t vampires trying to go ‘vegetarian’ or that kind of insta-love thing going on. Told in third person and mostly focuses on Vlad the half vampire who doesn’t know much about his vampire side comes a funny yet dark read.

The whole book moves a bit too fast for my liking. Because of this, the characters don’t jump out at me as much as I would like them to. They just go through the motions without lingering on the important topics and the friendships that go on in the book. Although this book is quite mysterious, the clues given are not. They are pretty mediocre and not exciting as they should be with a plot about death and family secrets.

Otis is an awesome character. He’s the kind of guy who is completely unpredictable. When I thought I had him all figured out, he does something that leaves me in the dark again. I like the writing style because even though most of the characters didn’t catch my attention, the writing is smooth and certainly did. Another thing I like is the humour. Because the book is somewhat funny with relationships between the characters that seems real and sweet.

Overall, Heather Brewer does a good job with this. It’s not perfect, nor does it start off on a great note, but I did enjoy it. I recommend it for fantasy lovers who love vampires. Or even if you’re looking for an innocent romance because the romance in the book is so sweet it broke my heart.

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For quotes from the book click here.

2013 Book Challenges: February Edition

Alright, SOME progress this month. I’m hoping March will be a heck of a lot better when it comes to books. I managed to kill two birds with one stone (Being Henry David) which rocks!. Maybe I’m not as fucked as I thought.

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 3

Total: 3

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50

Read:4

Total: 4

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod#1) by Heather Brewer

Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

Stoner and Spaz (Stoner#1) by Ron Koertge

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha#1) by Leigh Bardugo

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 1

Total: 2

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 0

Total: 0

 

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#16

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

10861195Favourite Quote:

That’s what moving so often can do to you. It makes you continually question your place in the world, and seek out those few who understand what you’re going through.

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod#1) by Heather Brewer

530848Favourite Quote: Because teachers, no matter how kind, no matter how friendly, are sadistic and evil to the core.

Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

6344423Favourite Quotes:

1. There might be a girl inside his head, but he wasn’t a wimp.

2. “I’m aware that fear of consequences causes us to guard our secrets. But it’s our actions when faced with temptation that define who we are. It’s our courage in admitting what we’ve done wrong that makes us forgivable.”

3. One thing he’d learned over the years was that there was no honour in fighting. You did whatever was necessary to win, even kick someone when they were down–especially when they were down–or you suffered.

4. People revealed their secrets when they were ready. Pushing them only gave birth to bitterness.