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Eighth Grade Bites by Zac Brewer

Eighth Grade Bites

by Zac Brewer

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    sherrie87: For a teen vampire story from a boy's point of view, try "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod". The first book is "Eight Grade Bites". This is one of my favorite young adult/teen vampire books, I recommend it very highly.
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Primo capitolo della nuovissima saga urban fantasy per giovanissimi (10/14 anni) dedicata all’affiscinante figura del “vampiro”, elemento fantasy ormai decisamente inflazionato e che sembra non aver più nulla da “raccontare” ai lettori. Heather Brewer, invece, riesce a fornirci un romanzo (-etto, visto che conta meno di 200 pagine) in grado di affascinare i giovani lettori grazie alla sua fresca ironia. Qualcosa di divertente e innovativo che potremmo affiancare, quasi, al lavoro di James Patterson con il suo “Daniel X”. Differenza essenziale fra i due romanzi? Vladimir Tod si regge perfettamente, come trama, e non traballa come un trepiedi zoppo. Non ci sono fastidiosi deus ex machina, punti morti o incongruenze; un romanzo senza troppe pretese ma che regala ai lettori tutto ciò che promette.

Il linguaggio è molto elementare, diretto e immediato, così come lo sono anche le scene d’azioni e le parti descrittive. Le vicende sono narrate in prima persona, il punto di vista di Vlad è decisamente ben reso e l’autrice è riuscita a riproporre un gergo giovanile che non risulta forzato (merito anche dei traduttori, possiamo supporre?) riuscendo a suscitare spesso il sorriso.

In quanto primo di una serie, come sempre, vengono lasciati in sospeso molti punti e i caratteri dei personaggi vengono approfonditi il minimo indispensabile, giusto quelle poche pennellate necessarie affinchè non diventino semplici marionette in mano all’autore.

Vladimir Tod è un vampiro, un vampiro orfano che sembra vivere con una donna, sua zia, che benchè umana risulta perfettamente a suo agio con le necessità del giovane adolescente dai canini accuminati. Leggiamo di bicchieri di sangue, dolcetti con le gocce di sangue, bistecche al sangue, barattolini di ketcup che in realtà contengono ben altro… Insomma la vita di un normalissimo ragazzino americano dalla dieta un po’ particolare.

Vlad crede di essere l’ultimo, se non l’unico, della sua specie e questo lo turba anche se, alla fine, il suo cruccio più grande sembra essere in realtà la ragazza che ama ma con la quale non riesce a parlare, i bulli della scuola, il suo migliore amico e la sconparsa dei suoi genitori; anche in questo molto “normale”.

Un giorno, però, il suo professore sparisce, il sostituto sembra essere inquietante e pericoloso e suo padre, dall’aldilà, sembra volergli far arrivare alcune informazioni sottoforma di diario, diario in cui passo dopo passo Vlad scoprirà del suo passato.

Ovviamente la figura del vampiro, soprattutto quella del giovane Vladimir, è ben lontana dall’invincibile macho senza macchia e senza paura che ormai imperversa le nostre librerie. Vlad è una ragazzino giovane, fragile ma forte e ben deciso a non arrendersi, grazie anche al suo cervello.

Un nuovo eroe, quindi, per i giovanissimi che non potranno non amarlo, per un lettore più adulto potrebbe risulta invece troppo semplice e un po’ scontato ma non dobbiamo mai dimenticare a “chi” è diretto il romanzo. Non sarà il nuovo “Harry Potter” ma sicuramente potremmo avvicinarlo alla figura di “Daniel X” (J. Patterson) e “Percy Jeckson” (R. Riordan). ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
i'm only going to do a review on this first book, i liked the series, and surprisingly i enjoyed reading a whole book from a guys POV but it got weird in places and whenever i..."lose my place" in a book i instantly feel thrown off balance, its like when I read it i got to some places where it seemed like a part of the story had been left out and i had to hurriedly fill in holes for what should have happened to give me the info i need... BUT i liked the storyline as a whole, probably won't read it over and over again like i do some books though haha ( )
  KendraFitz | Feb 27, 2017 |
Honestly, I only sought this book out because there were so many people carrying bags with cute little vampire smiley faces at SDCC last year. I made it a mission to figure out what that darned face meant, and while I wasn't blown away by the story or anything, it wasn't bad.

This is basically a typical YA story paired with a typical YA writing style. Brewer certainly is no J.K. Rowling, but the story was cute and interesting enough. I could stop right now and never think about Vlad again in my life, but I might try the second book in the series. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
Cute, quick read. ( )
  keindi | Jan 23, 2016 |
Although he was a centuries-old vampire, Tomas Tod fell in love with the beautiful and human Melina. Forced to choose between Melina and remaining in Elysia with the vampire society Tomas chose love and he and Melina moved to the small town of Bathory where he tried to hide from vengeful vampires who were commissioned by the Vampire Council to find Tomas and destroy him. Tomas and Melina became the proud parents of Vladimir Tod the first half-human vampire. The Tod's raised Vlad in as normal a childhood as the were able forbidding him from telling anyone what he really was or from feeding on humans (Melina's best friend, Nelly, was a nurse and brought Tomas and Vlad expired blood bags from the hospital where she worked). When Vlad was 10 his parents were killed in a mysterious house fire and Vlad went to live with Nelly who loved him as if he were her own son.

Now 13 and in the 8th grade Vlad is bullied by some of the boys due to his pale complexion and slight frame (apparently blood from a bag is not as nutritious as fresh blood). Fortunately, Vlad's best friend Henry is the most popular boy in school so Henry is quick to defend his friend (oh, and yeah, Henry knows what Vlad is due to a quick bite during a wrestling match when the two boys were little). Vlad is smitten with the beautiful Meredith but is tongue-tied when she is near. He desperately wants to be a normal teenager with a girlfriend but his vampire side is aware that dark forces are closing in on him. A favorite teacher and a female jogger are found murdered and the police believe a pack of wild dogs may be the culprits. Vlad is certain that vampires are in the area and that his life and the life of those he loves are in grave danger.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this YA book. Vladimir is a sweetly naive young man who has been sheltered from the vampire side of his life. He truly believes that he is the last 'living' vampire on earth until the mysterious dark creatures invade his life. There is a great deal of humor in the book as well and I have not done it justice in my review. When Vlad travels to the vampire realm of Elysia he is confronted with a modern office tower and as he waits in the lobby the Musak is playing "Who Let The Dogs Out". That made me laugh. Apparently this is the first book in a series and I will definitely read the rest of them.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. 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: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer.
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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: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer.

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For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents' deaths, than he could have guessed.… (more)

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