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Ninth Grade Slays (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #2)

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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 ...more
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Published January 22nd 2009 by Speak (first published April 1st 2008)
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May 05, 2010 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Last year, we had exams.

Now, they're not particularly hard exams. Most of us students finish them in twenty minutes. The problem? It's supposed to take two hours. So that leaves us with a lot of time on our hands.

I needed a book, see. So I went through the shelves at my local book store to find a thin, quick read. Normally, I would have opted for a fluffy Sarah Desson-ish book, but something caught my eye. It was a thin, titless cover on display beside a Twilight counter. Picking it up, flipping
If you aren't familiar with the series. Vladimir Tod, or Vlad, is a unique guy. He is half human, half vampire. Living in the small town of Bathory, a fictitious town and not sure if purposeful but shares a name with a Swedish heavy metal band but more likely a reference to one of the bloodiest serial killers in history who legend says, believed that bathing in the blood of virgins would keep her young and beautiful - this is probably not true but she did torture and murder at least 80 people.
Sep 05, 2008 Pandora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror vampire fans
Shelves: horror-2nd-floor
It was filled with blood and gore to make a young horror fan happy. Still don't get the humor - I guess it is for a teen boy. That said, I found the series troubling after the second book.

My problem is the book only skims the vampire world and its code. It does not provide a lot of details why the audience shouldn't be on the slayers side. Though the vampire may be nice people to talk with. There is no getting around what they feed on. Darren Shan did provide a dividing line between the good an
Mr. Z
I'm impressed with this young series (see the first book, The Chronicles of Tod: Eighth Grade Bites)! Vladimir returns to school, this his first year at Bathory High. He encounters many of the same obstacles he did in 8th grade (a girl he likes but is too shy to talk to; two bullies that won't leave him alone; trying to hide the fact he is a vampire from his classmates) but the author does a great job of weaving in even more conflicts and twists and turns in the plot. I thought it was a quick, e ...more
Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads)
The epic story continues while the girls swoon over Vlad and the boys hide their excitement.
This is the second book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series.

Now we join Vladimir Tod in his first year of high school. The worst four years of your life with the added bonus of being a half-vampire. Not only that but now with the added threat of a vampire slayer and a nosy student who wants to reveal what Vladimir is to the world. If Vlad thought the only thing he had to worry about being fresh meat and his love life then he's going to be dead wrong.


The plot in Ninth Grade Slays is pre
I had to take a few days to gather my thoughts on this book before reviewing it because for the most part I really must admit I am deeply dissappointed in Vlad. I'm not used to reading about wimpy whiny vampires and that is just how I felt about him. I kept gritting my teeth everytime I read he let the bullies bully him and then poor Meredith...she really really likes Vlad and he likes her but he is just so ignorant and wont even talk to her! I mean if I liked somebody I would at least try to ex ...more
When it comes to vampire novels, I admit I am rather easy to please. Give me a plausible back story as well as a creative twist on the vampire myth, and I am happy. So, to say that I enjoyed a vampire story is not a surprise to anyone. Yet, when I can gush about a vampire story, now you know the story is special. I gushed about Eighth Grade Bites several days ago, and Ninth Grade Slays is just as deserving of any praise I may bestow.

Dark but fun, with enough Buffy references to make a Buffy fan
Linda Cholakian
I chose this book because I read the first book from the series and decided to continue it. It's about a boy name Vlad that's starting ninth grade and he is also a vampire. He goes to Siberia to learn about his special vampire powers and when he comes back, he learns that there are many dangers he has to face. My favorite quote is "The worst pain in the world goes beyond the physical. Even further beyond any other emotional pain one can feel. It is the betrayal of a friend," because I think it' ...more
I loved...loved this book. I enjoyed the first one, but this one was even better. I can't wait for the third books to come out this summer. Heather Brewer's writing is witty, thoughtful, and humorous. When I read the the first book, I thought maybe it was more for boys than girls. I was wrong. I think anyone can relate to the emotions of growing up, trying to figure out who you are, and loyalty. I think these books are fantastic. I also helps the all the characters are likable. Too bad I'm not s ...more
Brandon Fischer
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Brianna Delbridge
May 29, 2015 Brianna Delbridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vladimir Tod is half human and half vampire. But,no one in the town excpet for his aunt Nelly and his best friend/drudge Henry (caused by an accidental biting) know what he truly is. A few years ago, Vlad's parents died in a house fire that killed them yet left the rest of the house in tact. Vlad doesn't bite people, but he does drink blood. Vlad just wants to be a normal kid but runs into vampire slayers and people who are trying to kill him. This is the second book in the series out of four an ...more
Mel Satran
Nov 12, 2014 Mel Satran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "Ninth Grade Slays," the sequel to "Eighth Grade Bites," Vlad is still facing bullies and being called the freak and weirdo in school, but this year he has more to worry about. With his Uncle Otis warning him about how a vampire slayer is after him life couldn't get any worse. Well atleast he thinks. With the Council's former President, D'Ablo, the one Vlad had thought he had killed, is still alive.
Vlad must outwit D'Ablo and his hired vampire slayer. With D'Ablo thinking he is the Pravus;
Yolanda Sfetsos
This is the second book in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. And it was a lot of fun!

Vlad is now in the ninth grade, which means he's attending Bathory High School. However, some things don't change. He's still getting bullied, continues to be tongue-tied around the girl he likes, one of his classmates suspects he's some sort of monster, and he's become the target of a slayer. He's also developed a good friendship with his best friend's cousin, who's come to stay for a while.

At least he's n
Kandice Dover
Oct 01, 2012 Kandice Dover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Honestly I have no idea what to say. I'm still in shock at how this ended.

In all honesty this bored me a little. I found it a little hard to focus at certain points in this book. The plane ride for instance.

I really didn't like that Vikas and Otis tried to change Vlady, his eating habits and how he used his abilities. But it's not like Vlad spoke up against it either. Which really bothered me because in my opinion he should've been a little more "if I don't wanna, I don't have ta." But that's
Initial reaction: Huh, I actually enjoyed this way more than the first book. Greater stakes, competing interests and the return of a villain. I think I will see this series out until its end, but I really enjoyed both the story and audio reading.

Full review:

It's been a while since I picked up Heather Brewer's "Chronicles of Vladimir Tod" series, and actually - the second book in the series came across as pretty cool when it was all said and done. I'm surprised how much I liked it, though it migh
Apr 01, 2013 Caitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vladimirtod
Starting high school has its own challenges, but when you're a vampire things can really get out of hand. There is a bit of excitement about starting the new school year because that means Vlad will see Meredith more. Unfortunately, thoughts of Meredith are gone to soon when Vlad finds himself facing a couple of bullies. Henry's, Vlad's best friend and drudge, cousin Joss moves in and he and Vlad become friends quickly. Other problems begin to stir when Eddie, an eager reporter for the school ne ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Elliot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read was ninth grade slays the second book in the chronicles of Vladimir tod series it was a fantastic book it was very bloody and mysterious but still some part of the book were horror scenes it was a perfect combination of all to make the book tremendously good. If I were you I would read this book if you’re a young fan of horror/thriller books if. You’re not after reading this book you will become one.

So in this book its Vladimir tods first year at Bathory high school, Tod faces th
Andrew Wizig
The transition from middle school to high school is tough for Vlad and he is finding it hard to cope. Girl problems, bullies, and a kid stalking him from the school newspaper are making it hard for Vlad to concentrate on learning his vampire skills. To worsen matters a slayer has arrived in Bathory who seems intent on ridding the world of Vlad and all other vampires. Vlad needs to strengthen his vampire skills quick if he wants to stay alive.

This book is a good read for anyone who likes fiction
Jul 29, 2014 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inhalt: Nachdem Vlad in vor einigen Wochen seinen größten Feind getötet hat, glaubt er sich in Sicherheit und sein Leben könnte nicht besser laufen. Wären da nicht ein Mitschüler, der um jeden Preis Vlads größtes Geheimnis offenbaren will oder ein Unbekannter Vampirjäger, der nach seinem Leben trachtet. Und als wäre das noch nicht genug, bringt auch noch die schöne Meredith seine Gefühle durcheinander.

Meine Meinung: Da mich der erste Teil der Vladimir Tod Reihe positiv überrascht hat, habe ich m
Sep 21, 2010 JJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started (and finished) reading this in my car before work, forgot to turn my lights off and my car battery died. But, despite standing in the rain having to jumpstart my car, it was worth it. I loved this book. It's number 2 in the series, and was just as captivating as the first. The ending could have been a lot more horrific and frightening, and it felt almost skimmed over. But it is MG...

Regardless, NINTH GRADE SLAYS gets 4/5 stars from me from me because:

a) I read it in one sitting and cou
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod approaches vampire lore more in the spirit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer than in the Anne Rice/Bram Stoker or Stephenie Mayer vein. Note the Stephanie character here is a perky flirtatious cheerleader not a romantic author of vampire romance. And the cousin named Joss has nothing to do with Joss Whedon the Buffy creator. Although we also have an Eddie Poe I don't know of any stories that Edgar A Poe wrote that dealt with vampires...

That being said... These tales are
K.D. McQuain
The main character seems to consider the moral ramifications of using the powers he is developing more than a typical teenage boy. I think the author has kids but doesn't seem to get what motivates most hormone driven, self obsessed teens.
Glittery Mango (Ealee)
Holy cow, this book is amazing. And so is the cover. I love Vlad, his humor, his thoughts, his panic, the way he worries is the same way I think and worry about daily stupid stuff. Usually, the second book in a series isn't as good as the first, but this book was way better. I love, love, love The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod so far, and the first and second book have both succeeded in sending me into my own pit of despair and silently crying into a pillow (hey, no judging, book characters are lik ...more
Not as good as the first one, even though it was kind of expected. This is the second book and it's twice as long as the first one, after all. But it was kind of sloppy. One thing that also really annoys me about Vladimir Tod is the relationships between the characters. They haven't even been drawn out long enough and yet we're hit over the face that 'oh yeah, they're in love' or 'oh yeah, the fact that he's a slayer is the terrible end of their friendship' and are expected to care about it. It ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Alicia.Hernandez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the young adult novel The chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer the readers are entertained with Vlad starting high school for the first time after the death D’Ablo. The story begins with Vlad a teenager trying to survive high school like any other teenager. Vlad is not your typical average teen ,but is half vampire and half human. You think passing your classes is hard, trying doing that when there a vampire slayer on the loses looking for vampires to hunt and kill. Also a boy named ...more
Cd Granie
So this book is the 2nd book in the Vladimir Tod series. Series of books written by Heather brewer and is fictional series.So just to catch you up Vlad is vampire who goes to bathory high in Bathory. His parents are dead they died in a fire. He lives with his aunt and finds friends,family, and enemy's. The story line is extremely good. It takes many sharp unexpected turns that keep you on edge wanting to continue turning page after page. Yet at the same time gets slightly emotional at times. The ...more
Brandon Evans
The Chronicles Of Vladimir Todd
The Chronicles of Vlidmir Todd was an awesome book about a vampire-human teenager who lives with his vampire-human bestfriend, Henry. Vlad ( short for Vladimir ) and Henry where secretly half vampires that tried to live normal lives, much like humans. They both were freshmen in high school, attending Bathory High.
At the beginning of the school year, Henry’s cousin, Rodney, who was also a vampire, ended up moving to Bathory and attending Bathory high, along with V
Joshua Stanley
Nov 18, 2014 Joshua Stanley is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Joshua Stanley
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“The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod 9th Grade Slays “ by Heather Brewer is a fiction novel about a freshman vampire in high school named Vladimir and the struggles he faces trying to be normal and a vampire at the same time. One of the struggles Vladimir faces is that there is a slayer in town and he doesn’t know what to do about, as he’s never faced a slayer before. His friend Henery, his Uncle, Otis and his uncle’s friend Vikas has his back as they are hel
Christopher Lopez
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Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons and devoured every book in sight.
She hasn’t changed much.

Today, Heather can be found writing in her funky, black Happy Bunny jammie pants, dancing under the full moon, devouring every book in sight, and attending Renaissance Festivals in costume (and in character).

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