Thursday, March 10, 2011

Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer

Genre: Young Adult
Publisher:  Penguin Aus  
Publication Date: 28th February 2011
ISBN: 9780143205180
Stand alone or series: Series (Book 5)
Pages: 336 pages
Book Received from: Penguin Australia
First Lines: D'Ablo's flesh had almost completely healed from his blistering battle with the sun a year and a half before, but his hand... his hand was gone for good.
Possible spoilers if you haven't read the previous books
Synopsis:
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.

My Thoughts:
After a long and painful wait for the very last book in the Vladimir Tod series, I finally got my hands on this one and devoured it within a single sitting.

I've absolutely adored Vlad from the very first book and while I was sad to finish this series, I was also happy to finally have answers to the questions that had been building up.

I can't believe Vlad's father turns up after all these years.  Admittedly I was kind of annoyed that he is back from the dead (so to speak lol) and trying to make amends with those who believed he was gone all these years.  The emotions are flying, and secrets are emerging. 

I was impressed to see Joss with a little more substance in this book as well.  I liked all the characters but at times I thought Joss needed that little bit more, and Twelfth Grade Kills definitely delivers.  Vlad has grown as a character too.  With the newfound knowledge he has he still is the awesome character we met in the first book.

Twelfth Grade Kills is full of twists and turns, some expected and some not, secrets revealed, Vlad is betrayed and a character we absolutly love dies!  A great end to the series.  But is it?  I kind of get the feeling that Heather has left the ending open for possibly Vlad Goes To College??  I could be wrong, but fingers crossed she does :)

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