Sunday, March 25, 2012

Review: Eighth Grade Bites

by Heather Brewer

My Rating:  3.5 peaches

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. (description by goodreads)

I have been wanting to read these series since I saw a middle schooler carrying them around. I have really been enjoying books written from a male point of view lately and decided to see what vampires look like from their eyes. This first book is a great middle grade book, especially for boys! 

The Juicy

Vlad has a great voice, he sounds/thinks just like most of the middle school boys I know. He isn't quite sure of himself yet but you can see his confidence grow through the book. His friendship with Henry is interesting enough that I want to read the rest of the series to see where it goes. Some new vampire lore is introduced that is hilarious. especially the snack packs and sunblock! Good doses of action mixed in with the ho-hum and humor of everyday school life. 

The Pits

It's a middle grade novel and the first in a series so it's somewhat simple for the adult reader but that makes it just right for its intended audience. 

Awkward Fuzz

~ supernatural aspects (vampires, obviously)
~ violence
~ death of parents
~ bullying

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