- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Speak (March 13, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142411876
- ISBN-13: 978-0142411872
Vlad has to keep his vampire urges under control while dealing with the pressures of middle school.
Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. 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: HeÂ’s being hunted by a vampire killer.
When I first picked up this book at our local drug store, I thought maybe I would try a tween novel. Yes it says young adult, but the reaction I got from the back of the book made me think of the tween crowd. Boy, was I wrong. Another example of don’t judge a book by its BACK cover. This was a great young adult vampire read! Vlad was born half vampire and half human. The first of his kind. At first we see Vlad deal with normal 8th grade things such as homework, bullies, and first crushes. Then it gets exciting when the new teacher on campus gets suspicious of him. The ending left you with a twist that you don’t see coming, which was great! It leaves you wanting to rush out and get the rest in this series to see what happens when Vlad starts high school. Another new author for me to add to my fave list!
Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf