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July 24, 2010

Review: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

As my very first book review I decided to pick my all time favorite series by none other than the beautiful, talent, fangtastic Auntie Heather Brewer!! *the crowd goes wild* This is one Proud Canadian Minion, can’t you tell? Just an FYI - Auntie Heather doesn’t have fans, she has MINIONS!!! And we are going to take over the world. Mwahahaha!

Okay enough of my raving of Auntie Heather and onto the review.
There are 5 books in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Series, they are as followed. (Excerpts from http://www.heatherbrewer.com/)



Eighth Grade Bites

If you thought eighth grade was tough, try it with fangs and a fear of garlic.

Junior high school really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod, and not in the good slurp-up-the-blood kind of way. A gang of bullies harasses him daily, the principal is dogging his every move, and the girl he really likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has to hide the fact that he's a vampire.

When the one teacher he really connects with mysteriously vanishes, Vlad is determined to find him. But then Vlad finds an unsettling note scribbled across his essay: "I know your secret."

Vlad must locate his missing teacher, dodge the principal, resist the bullies’ tempting invitations to Bite me!, and get a date for the dance—all before he is exposed for the teen vampire he is.


What first caught my eye about this book series was the trademark vampire smiley. I picked it up because I wanted something that would be a nice short read for me. Little did I know that once I started reading that I would become a Minion for life.

Vlad's character is easy to relate to if you have ever been an outcast in school and were picked on. Vlad has a crush on popular girl Meredith whom he has liked since elementary school but she doesn’t show any feelings towards Vlad. Although beside Henry, Vlad’s best friend, Meredith is the only other person that doesn’t look at Vlad's like he is some freak.

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter I believe you will like this series the first book has a bit of a Harry Potter feel to it but quickly evolves into its own story. I found myself laughing a lot during the series. Nelly Vlad’s guardian and Henry provide awesome comic relief.

Target audience is around Grades 5-9 but is still a great read for an adult or a Momion (mom who is a minion). This is one vampire series that boys will actually like as there is no romance and they can understand what Vlad has to go through on a day to day basis.

Overall Auntie Heather does a fangtastic job of keeping my attention and subconsciously letting her minions know that it is okay to be an outcast and that you are not a freak.

*******POTENTIAL SPIOLERS*******
Please skip to the very bottom for Review Results!



Ninth Grade Slays

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. Find out why author D.J. MacHale calls The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod "Gruesome, heart-warming, spellbinding."


In the second instalment Vlad travels to Siberia with his uncle Otis to learn the “vampire ways”. Vlad still deals with bullies, crushes and the evil D’Ablo. Henrys cousin moves to town which is great for Vlad as he now has a second friend! Yay Vlad! But little does Vlad know Josh has a secret...

Ninth Grade Slays gets the series rolling on becoming one of Cassay’s favourite series! There is never a dull moment. Vlad’s is pushed to the limits and deals with everything Auntie Heather throws at him in the best possible way. Filled with action and comic relief from good ole Henry. Ninth Grade Slays is one book you must got pick up!



Tenth Grade Bleeds

High school can be so draining when you're half-human, half-vampire

It's another sucky year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod. The evil vampire D'Ablo is hunting for the ritual that could steal Vlad's powers. His best friend Henry doesn't want to be his drudge anymore. And as if all that weren't enough, it's getting harder for Vlad to resist feeding on the people around him. When months go by with no word from Uncle Otis and D'Ablo shows up demanding Vlad's father's journal, Vlad realizes that having a normal high school year is the least of his concerns. Vlad needs to act fast, and even his status as the Pravus won't save him this time...

Oh Vlad what have you gotten yourself into this year? Not only are Vlad and Meredith dating (YAY HAPPY DANCE) but Vlad is now hanging out with the school Goths. They introduce Vlad to a hip Goth club where Vlad meets Snow (BOOO! Sorry all Team Snow members I just cannot jump on this band wagon) who is more than willing to let Vlad feed off of her.

I think my problem with Snow is that she is so willing to give herself up to Vlad – I understand that her home life sucks and I truly feel horrible for her but I just can’t see her being good for Vlad.

Tenth Grade Bleeds is my favorite book among the series it is the one that kept me up all night reading. Auntie Heather knows how to keep the tension and action going through out the novel.

If your still reading this you better have gone out and bought the 2 first books now or else!



Eleventh Grade Burns


The penultimate chapter in the thrilling vampire series!
Things have taken a darker turn for the half-human teenager with an appetite for blood. Joss, a vampire slayer and Vlad’s former friend, has moved back to Bathory. A mysterious and powerful new vampire, Dorian, appears with a shocking secret and an overwhelming desire to drink Vlad’s blood. And Vlad’s arch enemy, D’Ablo, has a sinister plan to eliminate Vlad once and for all. With death threatening from every angle, Vlad will have to use every ounce of his skill and training to survive, but nothing can prepare him for what awaits him in the end.


Eleventh Grade Burns made it on the NYT Best Selling Series List! Yay Congrats Auntie Heather!



This is where I start to become sad because this is the 2nd last Vlad Book. *starts crying*
Vlad and Otis are getting ready for their trial which is sooo suspenseful that when it actually happens you so don’t see the outcome – I love that Auntie Heather keeps the results so tightly under wraps. Otis also asked Vlad for his permission to marry Nelly (double YAY!). That scene made me ball my eyes out because I love Otis and Nelly being a couple.
Vlad has to deal with so much this year that it’s amazing that he keeps himself all under control. Auntie Heather creates a wonderful love triangle that has her minions debating on who is better for Vlad. I’m Team Meredith!

The last word of this book will leave you saying WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Auntie Heather does it again by keeping my attention and making me want the last book NOW! I read this book in 6 hours I just could not put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen.

I almost was in tears laughing at evil trick Auntie Heather pulled on Eddie – but he totally deserved it.

And now for the exciting conclusion of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. I proudly introduce....

Twelfth Grade Kills

It all comes down to this.

Vlad’s running out of time. The Elysian Council has given him weeks to live, and that’s if the Slayer Society doesn’t kill him – along with all the citizens of Bathory – first. Then there’s the issue of Vlad’s father, who may or may not still be alive after all these years, and oh yeah, that tiny little detail in the Pravus prophecy about Vlad enslaving Vampirekind and the human race. So much for college applications.
In this epic finale to Heather Brewer’s heart-stopping Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, dark secrets will be revealed, old friends will become enemies, and warm blood will run cold. Just be careful it isn’t yours.



Twelfth Grade Kills releases September 21, 2010 – Auntie Heather’s Birthday. She expects presents so make sure you got out on the 21st and buy this book so we can make her a NYT #1 Best Selling Author! The cover is wondering it is great to finally see Vlad’s entire face. I see all you girls swooning over the dreamy Vlad.

As much as I don’t want to the series to end I know Auntie Heather is going to go out with a BANG! The only thing I can cross my fingers for Otis and Nelly will get there happily ever after and that Vlad will chose Meredith and that no one I love deeply will die. Because you know the title does have kill in it so we know someone is going to be saying bye bye.

The Results:
Rating: 5 out of 5
Would I like my 15 year old sister read: Heck Yes!
No course language or inappropriate sexual references.


Auntie Heather is currently working on 2 new series.
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Spin off Series
The Slayer Chronicles – Book 1 Beginnings

Are you a fan of Joss? Curious about the Slayer Society and their secretive ways? Want to know what transpired during the summers between Vlad's school years? Get ready for a spin-off series of epic proportions, all about Joss and featuring some of your favourite vampires from The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. (Don't forget your stake!)

The other series Auntie Heather is working on is called Bloodbound.

What's worse than being blackmailed to attend a hidden school where you're treated like a second-class citizen? How about nearly getting eaten by a monster when you arrive? Or learning that your soul mate was killed in a centuries-old secret war? And then there's the evil king who's determined to rule the world unless you can stop him...

Meet Kaya, a young woman with the power to heal and the determination to fight. But struggle as she will, she remains tied to three very different men: a hero who has forsaken glory, a tyrannical ruler who wants to use Kaya, and a warrior who's stolen her heart. Kaya learns the hard way that some ties can't be broken...and blood is the strongest bond of all.

I for one cannot wait for both of these series to come out.

All excerpts are curiosity of www.heatherbrewer.com Please feel free to visit Auntie Heather website and www.vladtod.com where you can find ecards, icons and wallpapers.

Thank you for taking the time to read my very first review.


Cassay

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