Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer

Title:  Eleventh Grade Burns
Author:  Heather Brewer
Genre:  Young Adult
Publisher: Penguin Aus
Publication Date: 30th August 2010 (Australia)
ISBN:  978-0-14-320517-3
Stand alone or series:  Series
Pages:  320
Book Received from:  Penguin Group (Penguin Books Aus) 
First Lines:  The vampire spun around, a wild, unhinged look in his eye. 

Possible spoilers if you haven't read the previous books!!

Synopsis:
It's another awful year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod.  Joss, a professional vampire slayer and Vlad's former friend, has moved back to town.  The powerful vampire Dorian has an overwhelming desire to drink Vlad's blood.  And his archenemy, D'Ablo, has brought Vlad's Uncle Otis to trial for crimes against vampires.  When the tables turn on Vlad, he has just enough time to return to Bathory for his final goodbyes.
My Thoughts
I've just finished reading this and I'm just blown away.  Yet another totally awesome read from Heather Brewer.

If you think things couldn't get any worse for Vladimir Tod.  Think again.  Vladimir Tod starts off at an all time low.  Dwelling in his misery over the actions he had to take to protect the love of his life.  He finds out from Henry that Joss is moving back to Bathory.  Which can only mean one thing.  He's come to finish what he started. Vlad is torn between his lost friendship to Joss, and the fact that they may always be enemies. 

Otis is now living in Vladimir Tod's parents house, and after a meeting of sorts Vlad finds out that his uncle has been put to trial for crimes against vampires.  After only havings Otis around for such a short time, it looks like Vlad may have to make the most of what time he has left with him.

With every installment of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, it just keeps getting better and better.  Vladimir has so many obstacles to deal with, his evergrowing appetite, his secret he is keeping from everyone he knows, not to mention the annoying pest a.k.a Eddie and now Joss who is determined to send Vlad to his grave.  D'Ablo is still haunting him and now there is new threat by the name of Dorian.  It doesn't seem like Vladimir will ever get a break. 

I found the action comes fast and frequent throughout and I'm amazed at how well Brewer brings it all together, to finish with an awesome cliffhanger.  There is so much at stake for each of these characters and I was definitely sitting on edge the whole time. 

The story takes on a darker and more mature tone than the previous three.  The consequences for doing wrong in the vampire world are delved into more deeply and we get to find a little more history of both Vlad's backstory as well as a few other characters and I found it helped to understand certain motivations and traits that show through.

Heather Brewer can now officially count me as another fan to her writing.  I especially loved the Exclusive bit at the back of Eleventh Grade Burns.   

There is only one more book left in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Twelfth Grade Kills and I CANNOT wait to see what will become of Vladimir Tod.

A Must Read Series!

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