Reviews for Ninth Grade Slays

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 November

Gr 6-9--Vladimir Tod wants be popular like his friend Henry and cool and carefree like Henry's cousin Joss. He would so enjoy putting bullies Tom and Bill, who have been tormenting him for years, in their place. And, of course, he longs to tell Meredith about his feelings for her. All of this should really be a piece a cake for him. He is, after all, the only vampire "living" in Bathory, and he possesses extraordinary powers. Unfortunately, luck does not seem to run his way. What is working for him is the opportunity to go to Siberia with his Uncle Otis to be trained by Vikas, one of the oldest vampires around. Vikas sharpens Vlad's skills, especially in the area of mind control, and educates him on vampire history, language, and culture. Vlad also learns about the prophecy regarding the Pravus, a powerful vampire born from a human mother who will not only rule over all of vampirekind but also enslave the entire human race. Upon his return to Bathory, he is pursued by a vampire slayer and attacked by another one. Could Vlad, whom readers have come to love, possibly be this evil Pravus? Brewer does an excellent job keeping readers on their toes with an intense plot full of many twists and turns. Her writing style is original, witty, and on target. It has a different intensity than series like Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" (Little, Brown) or Richelle Mead's "Vampire Academy" (Penguin), but teens will eat up this installment and be ready to sink their teeth into the sequel.--Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

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VOYA Reviews 2008 August
Vampire Vladimir Tod has made it to high school, but he has different challenges than most teens. Foremost there is the matter of his half-human and half-vampire parentage, but he also faces a determined and deadly vampire hunter and the unexpected return of old enemies. While traveling to Siberia to learn mind control from a vampire elder, Vlad discovers that many in the vampire community feel he is the fulfillment of a prophecy, called the Pravus. The Pravus, a vampire born of a human mother, is destined to rule the vampire world and enslave humans. Vlad fears what his future-and the fate of all humans-might hold if he is the Pravus. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod continues the story of the series' titular teen vampire with enough exposition so that readers will not need to have read the previous book to enjoy this volume. Fans of the first book, however, will savor delving deeper into Vladimir's story. This second book in a projected series of five has a slightly darker tone as Vladimir faces uncertainty in his future and the possible fulfillment of a vampire prophecy. There is a simmering romance, deliciously gory touches, and puns and allusions to vampire lore that readers of the genre will enjoy. Reluctant readers will be drawn into Vladimir's world, and horror fans will enjoy his quest to grow in his vampire identity as he navigates the perils of high school.-Sherrie Williams 4Q 4P M J S Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.