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Ninth Grade Slays #2: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Heather Brewer

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Title:Ninth Grade Slays #2: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod
Authors:Heather Brewer
Info:Speak (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 278 pages
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Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer (2008)




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Vladimir Tod is back in Heather Brewer’s follow-up to Eighth Grade Bites. Vlad may be starting high school, but he is still harassed by bullies and getting nowhere fast with his dream girl, Meredith. He and Henry are still tight, but a threat to their friendship is on the horizon – Henry’s cousin Joss is moving to town and Vlad is afraid they may not get along. Fortunately Joss turns out to be cool and (when he rescues Vlad from the bullies) a handy friend to have. But then Vlad learns from Uncle Otis that a vampire slayer has been hired to track him and, even worse, Joss and Meredith are beginning to like each other! When an old enemy reappears and Joss shares a dangerous secret with his new friend, Vlad discovers Ninth Grade Slays.

Heather Brewer continues to delight with the characters of Vlad, Henry and Aunt Nelly while adding in the unpredictable Joss. I really liked Joss and how his friendship with Vlad developed. It seemed natural for them to bond, since they were essentially outsiders with common interests in video games and pretty girls. It was unfortunate that they both had a liking for Meredith as well, and found out how easily a girl could come between them. I was totally surprised by the secret Joss was hiding and saddened that it endangered their friendship even more.

Vlad also begins to learn more about his powers as a vampire in Ninth Grade Slays, and a visit with an old friend of his father’s helps him strengthen his abilities. It was interesting to see how other vampires lived, and how their beliefs differed from the way Vlad was raised by Nelly. Vlad truly feels his human side, and is just as excited playing his “Race to Armageddon 2″ video game as learning how to control minds (mostly Henry’s). Unfortunately, his blood-sucking urges are beginning to strengthen as well, and there are hints that bagged blood may not be enough to satisfy them. However, Vlad is determined that a biter of humans is not the type of vampire he wants to be.

As he continues to research his father and to learn more about vampires, Vlad discovers the legend of a vampire who would be born not made and would eventually rule all vampire kind – The Pravus. And many believe Vlad just may be it. Brewer begins to add another level to the series with the introduction of this legend and Vlad’s possible part in it. It looks like this is going to be the thread tying the rest of the books together, and I look forward to seeing how it plays out. Between the slayer out to kill him and the legend of the Pravus, Vlad’s story is starting to take a darker, more serious turn.

I still enjoy the way Vlad, Nelly and Henry work to disguise Vlad’s vampiric nature but (as Vlad and Henry find out) something as simple as bringing lunch to school is not without peril. It is also fun to see what a teenage boy Vlad is, with raids on the kitchen for snacks and blood and sneaking off to movies such as “Psycho Slasher Chainsaw-Guy from Hell” (I love that title!) with Henry. These moments add humor to the story and emphasize Vlad’s human side.

Ninth Grade Slays is the entertaining second installment of Heather Brewer’s “Chronicles of Vladimir Tod” series. Our favorite characters return and are joined by a new favorite in the form of Joss. The author continues with her natural, breezy style in a book that is appropriate for younger teens to adults, but the story takes on a darker tone in the final chapters indicating Vlad’s life is about to become even more complicated. I can hardly wait to see how Tenth Grade Bleeds. ( )
  eomalley | Apr 13, 2013 |
The tale of Vlad the teenage vampire continues. I am still pleasantly surprised at this series. It is not bad! The storyline is interesting, the characters are likable and it just simply works. A great book for teen boys but my tween daughter is reading the series and really likes it also - so good for both boys and girls. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 9, 2013 |
A good follow up to the first book, but it took a little (lot) too long to actually get into the action. There was lots of build up, but only very little at the climax and no real "mini climaxes" before that. ( )
  benuathanasia | Dec 11, 2012 |


Vlad wants to get the girl of his dreams Meredith Brookstone. He has more important things to worry about. There is a slayer after him and some other people finding out he might be a vampire. He’s worried his best friend might hang out with his cousin coming into town more than hanging out with him. Vlad finding out that Henry who is Vlads best friend, his cousin is trying to get Meredith behind his back. Vlad is having a lot of issues to deal with. The biggest of them all is that he finds out his biggest enemy is back!
I found this book amazing! There is rarely a part in the book where i get bored. There is lots of action parts that are very descriptive. Heather Brewer did a nice job with the series so far. Since this book was so good i will continue reading her series ( )
  br13coen | Oct 4, 2012 |
This book is the following book of Eighth Grade Sucks. After Otis (Vald uncle) has to leave because of safty ressions. His best friend Henry tells Vald that his cousin Joss is coming to town because his parnets are leaving to Greece for work. When Vald first finds this out he is worried because what if Joss doesn't like him. When Vald meets Joss, he is relived that he is cool and not what he was afferad he was. Soon Vald and Joss became as good as friends as Vald and Henry. Even that Vald and Henry have this bond because Vald bit him when they were eight. Now Henry is Valds drudge (a type of slave, but to vald and Henry is better friendship then ever). Then Vald starts seeing this man watchin ghim at night which frecks him out. A couple days later is the Halloween party. Vald ends up going out side to get air and sees a boy named Eddie. Eddie is a nord and Vlad ends up feeling bad so he gives Eddie his costume so he can go inside and party. But that Vald put his hand on his tatoo which turns his eyes purple. Eddie saw and went crazy and was deturmend to find out what Vlad's secert is. Vlad was worried. Soon after Vlad got a letter from Otis which said to him that he should watch out for a slayer someone sent to kill Vlad. Vlad puts this at the back of his mind because he found out that his new best friend was going to the dance with his dream girl Meredith. Vlad liked Meredith ever sence third grade. Vlad was mad at this and claimed that it was all his falt because he didn't ask Meredith sooner. Then everything goes into the heavens when Meredith tellls him she like Vlad to, and she kissed him. This was so great that nothing could rune it. And to put a cherry on stop Otis comes and wants him to learn his powers by going to see the wisest vampire ever. Vlad learns lots of his powers, and finds out how skilled he is. When Vlad comes home he finds out the shocking truth of Joss. Joss is the slayer that was sant to kill Vlad. Vlad finds out Joss is still finding out who is the vampire he must kill, and Vlad is tarifid. Joss takes Vlad with him on his way two find the vampire when Vlad sees that his old enamy that he thought he killed that year was still alive. D'Ablo. D'ablo sent the slayer two find out if Vlad is the Pravus(a Pravus is a half human and half vampire that can never die, and will inslave human kind). Joss is upset he must kill Vlad but ever sence a vampire killed his little sister in front of him he would not stop killing until every vampire is dead. Joss ends up stabbing Vlad with a stick in the heart. Surpriseingly Vlad didn't die. He was still alive and was healing fast. When Vlad goes back to school Meredith ends up asking Vlad to the spring Harvest. A prefict ending to a heartbreaking and untursting friendship bettween a vampire and one of his best friends, slayer.
I liked this book for one because I love vampire books. This book was good because it was mixed bettween a normal highschooler and a vampire. I also like the twits it brought in almost every chapter. Also how the story was put onto the same topic, like how Joss ended up being the Slayer. Also it made me feel for the charters. I really get into the books, kinda like i don't want to put them down. I am exited to read the next book "Tenth Grade Bleeds." ( )
  Alexis.Goodro | Feb 7, 2012 |
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If middle school stunk for Vladimir Tod, high school is a real drain. Besides being a punching bag for bullies, he’s still stalled with dream girl Meredith, and he’s being tailed by a photographer from the school newspaper. Needless to say, practicing his vampire skills hasn’t exactly been a priority for Vlad — until now. A monumental trip to Siberia with Uncle Otis is Vlad’s crash course in Vampire 101.

Training alongside the most gifted vampires is exactly what Vlad needs to sharpen those mind-control skills he’s been avoiding. And he’d better get it right, because the battle brewing back home with the slayer who’s been stalking him could be Vlad’s last.
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Freshman year stinks 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.

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While half-vampire Vlad, his best friend Henry, and Henry's cousin Joss make their way through their freshman year at Bathory High, a hired vampire slayer seeks to destroy Vlad.

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