Friday, March 25, 2011

Eighth Grade Bites

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

3/5 stars


Vlad is in eighth grade. He’s skinny and pale. The bully’s love to pick on him except when his best friend Henry is around. His parents died three years ago in a house fire and he lives with a family friend who he considers his Aunt. His teacher has disappeared oh and he’s a vampire. Vlad’s parents died before they could really explain about how to be a vampire so he struggles along trying to figure it out on his own. He drinks blood from the hospital blood bank and goes to school like others his age. But he isn’t like others. He can hover in the air and read minds. Being an awkward eighth grader vampire isn’t bad enough though. His teacher has been killed and the substitute seems to know that he is a vampire. And Vlad thinks for the first time that his parents were in fact killed on purpose not in an accidental fire. How will he ever survive this year of school? What about asking the beautiful girl in his first hour to the dance? It’s all very confusing for Vlad.

My thoughts:

This story is a cute look at being a 13 year old boy who doesn’t fit in with the rest. You don’t have to be a vampire to feel that way. But the added paranormal aspects of the book add to the feelings. Being a vampire has advantages for Vlad that help his overcome some of that awkwardness. I liked the world that Vlad lives in. It’s just a normal world only with vampires in our mist. We’ve learned a few things about this world but I’m sure there is more to come as the series follows Vlad through high school. It’s a fast enjoyable read and includes lots of things teens will relate to.

Enjoy the read.

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