Jennifer's Book Review: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
Vladimir Tod lives with his aunt and is still struggling with the loss of his parents, even though it’s been three years since they died in a bizarre fire. He's in eighth grade, dresses like a vampire for Halloween and has a crush on fellow eighth-grader Meredith. Sounds perfectly normal, right? Except in his case he's also figuring out how to be a normal half-vampire kid, which is quite difficult because as far as he knows, he's the only one.
His last year of junior high seems to be progressing along smoothly, other than the normal flack he receives from the principal and school bullies. But when a strange new substitute appears who is throwing some not-so-subtle and vaguely threatening hints about knowing Vlad's secret, Vlad starts to get a bit nervous—and then a bit scared. To further complicate matters, Vlad discovers the existence of a new society, Elysia, from which his father appears to have been hiding, and Vlad’s vampiric powers seem to be expanding.
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer is a very quick read and a great opening to a middle-grades vampire series. The timeline progresses quickly - beginning at Halloween and scurrying along toward the end of the school year in the blink of an eye - but the tale doesn't suffer too much for it.
I would definitely recommend this series to all readers who love supernatural reads but are tired (or uninterested) in the current crop of paranormal romance flooding the market.