Wednesday 1 February 2012

NINTH GRADE SLAYS by Heather Brewer

High school totally bites when you’re half human, half vampire.

Freshman year sucks for Vlad Tod. Bullies still harass him. The photographer from the school newspaper is tailing him. And failing his studies could be deadly. A trip to Siberia gives “study abroad” a whole new meaning as Vlad connects with other vampires and advances his mind-control abilities, but will he return home with the skills to recognize a vampire slayer when he sees one? In this thrilling sequel to Eighth Grade Bites, Vlad must confront the secrets of the past and battle forces that once again threaten his life.

This is the second book in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. And it was a lot of fun!

Vlad is now in the ninth grade, which means he's attending Bathory High School. However, some things don't change. He's still getting bullied, continues to be tongue-tied around the girl he likes, one of his classmates suspects he's some sort of monster, and he's become the target of a slayer. He's also developed a good friendship with his best friend's cousin, who's come to stay for a while.

At least he's now got a vampire uncle willing to teach him the ways of the vampire. Which includes taking him to Siberia so he can meet a very old vamp and start his training on how to read and control minds. Only, danger is always a lot closer than he expects...

Just like the first installment, I had an awesome time reading this book. It was a lot of fun, and introduced some seriously dangerous consequences for Vlad. I still reckon he's a sweet, nice boy. No matter what any prophecy states. ;)

Oh, and one seriously awesome vampire reference was the place where Joss is from, Santa Carla. I loved it! Very cool.

Here's a quote from one of my favourite movies, The Lost Boys: "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach...all the damn vampires". ;)        

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