Saturday, June 20, 2009
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewer - Review
You would think that tenth grade would be a better year for the half human half vampire Vladimir, no? He survived a stake to the heart, is now officially dating Meredith, and he’s learning so much from his Uncle Otis.
But this is Vladmir Tod we are talking about so he can’t understand why Meredith likes him (pity perhaps?), Henry no longer wants to be his drudge, Otis has to leave AGAIN to find some long lost ritual, Eddie is still trailing after him, and his hunger continues to grow making it harder and harder to rely on bagged blood when he could feed on those around him. Oh yes, and let’s not forget the nightmares that haunt him by night.
So no, it doesn’t seem possible that Vladimir can have a normal year at school. There are too many questions. Is he really the Pravus? Will he really lose his best friend? Is he really a danger to those he loves? And will he always be looking over his shoulder, wondering if someone is following him?
Tenth Grade Bleeds is again funny, thrilling, and a little darker this time. Merging typical teenage high school troubles, family conflicts, and vampire lore Vladimir remains one of my favorite literary vampires “who is so goth he doesn’t even know he’s goth.” Love it!