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Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  31,274 Ratings  ·  2,599 Reviews
Junior high really stinks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers and no one to teach him, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. Wh ...more
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published March 13th 2008 by Speak (first published August 2007)
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Mar 30, 2009 Jacki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure Heather Brewer thought she was pretty damn clever when she named her main vampire character Vladimir (as in "The Impaler"); or when she named another (pretty much non-existent) character Edgar Poe; or when she named the big, scary, dressed-all-in-black, bad guy D'Ablo. And then, of course, she just had to throw in that the street that the vampire family lived on was Lugosi Trail (the only street name, or spacial reference in the whole book).
The plot and build of the story was rather th
Aug 22, 2011 Sita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, paranormal, reviewed, nl
This has got to be the best out of the whole series, I remember buying and reading these at the start of year 8, I loved them then, sped through all the books and bought and read the last one the day it came out. I recently read them and I was a little disappointed. I thought they were amazing in my mind, not so much in real life.

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But in saying that, I still found them slightly entertaining, and after re-reading them all. I again concluded that the first one was the best. This is why
Feb 04, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vladimir Tod is no ordinary 8th grader. Like most 8th graders, he is trying to negotiate the trials and tribulations of middle school, including a pair of bullies, an unrequited crush, teachers and homework, and oh yeah, the fact that he is a vampire. On top of all this, his English teacher is missing and they get a bizarre new substitute. His mother was human and his father was a vampire but they died in a tragic and mysterious fire when Vlad was 10, therefore he has little guidance to help him ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
“Whoever had decided that school should start so early in the morning and last all day long needed to be hunted down and forced to watch hours of educational television without the aid of caffeine.”

I met this author at a movie convention and bought this book, had it signed, planned to read it soon…but then it sat on my shelves for years for some reason. That’s the story of my life with books.

The writing style is simple and humorous, which should be enjoyable for the middle school age. It was a l
A quick read, but a surprisingly good one, even for an adult. Typical of a kid's book, the plot is a bit simplistic, but it was a good story with believable characters. A lot of background had to be covered & it was well done. This is mostly Vlad figuring out what he is, which fits rather well with his age, too.

One of the more interesting points is the characterization of the various people. They're not as simple as in most books of this type & even the bad guys have redeeming qualities
Bethany Crawley
Aug 31, 2007 Bethany Crawley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a complete sucker for vampire stories and "Eighth Grade Bites" did not disappoint me. The story is about a boy named Vladimir Tod an eighth grader with a deep dark secret -- he's a vampire. After his parents died mysteriously and tragically in a flash fire, Vlad was taken in by his "aunt" Nelly, his mother's best friend. As far as Vlad is concerned, he's the only vampire in the world, aside from his now deceased father.

We follow Vladimir through the mysterious disappearance of his English t
Jan 26, 2009 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vladimir Tod doesn’t have much to look forward to in school. As a skinny pale boy in eighth grade, he is often subject to taunts and bullying. To make matters worse, the principal probably hates him and his crush probably likes his more popular best friend Henry. But puberty and teen angst aren’t all Vlad has to worry about; in fact, those are the lesser of his problems because Vlad is only half human—the other half is vampire. The disappearance of a well-liked teacher and the appearance of not ...more
Julie Suzanne
It's unfortunate that this enticing book cover and concept (an 8th grade vampire) were wasted in this way. I didn't think I'd make it through, and only did so out of sheer determination, but the ending turned out to be suspenseful and exciting, causing me to bump my 1 star to a two. The first 120 pages, however, were like having to read an 8th grade student's first draft of a "book".

Not only did the writing fail to engage, but it actually grossed me out. Imagine an 8th grade vampire who eats fr
Apr 22, 2009 Alexis added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-10 year old boys absolutely desperate to read about vampires
Vladimir Tod is an eighth grade vampire born of a human mother. His parents died when he was ten, so he lives with his Aunt Nelly, a human who knows his secret. His best friend Henry also knows, but Vlad hides his bloodthirsty ways from the general public. It's bad enough that he gets picked on by two jerky guys in his grade and can barely work up the courage to say hi to the girl he's crushing on - just imagine if they also knew he was a vampire!

But when Vlad's favorite teacher goes missing, a
Wendy Darling
A fun, fast, and fluffy read with lots of humor. I liked Vlad's voice, but the story was a little simplistic for my taste. Hoping to see more plot development in future novels!
I wanted so desperately to like this book - I work with books for a living and I'm always on the look out for good reads for younger teens, especially ones that appeal to boys. So after hearing so many good things about this series I decided to give this a shot. The premise and characters all sounded so fun and the book started out with a definite bang but sadly that's all it really has going for it.

I wish I could give this book two reviews - one for how I think it should be viewed in the eyes
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
5 Stars:
A classic tale of coming of age with a supernatural bite that even the guys will secretly love.

Among some of my favorites. Outstanding literary work. The characters are well developed, interesting. The liked characters are likable and the hated are unlikable. The writing is captivating enough to keep you interested until the end and leave you wanting more. It has a fairly original or uniquely well-developed plot. The pretense and romance was well balanced and done with properly distribut
Mr. Z
Mar 10, 2009 Mr. Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school boys
Several students recommended this book for me to read. The vampire genre has regained popularity, with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga and now Heather Brewer's The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. Vlad is a middle schooler born to a vampire father and a human mother. He is not your typical vampire from legends, feasting on bags of blood his aunt gets from a hospital instead of killing humans to feed. At school, Vlad has trouble with his principal, teacher and bullies. It seems life couldn't get more ...more
Alicia O'Carrick
First off, an ode to Heather Brewer: you are awesome. Not only are you from my home state, you also are a role model to all of those that are questioning their sexual identity. I fully support you on your transition, and I can't wait to meet Zac in a couple of months. Go YOU. <3

Now, a short review for a short book: I think that I am a little old for it, but despite that and some other cliches--Lugosi street? Really?--I quite enjoyed myself. I love Vlad, and I like the more casual approach on
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Lit Fest Magazine

I love me some vampire stories. I own every one of Charlaine Harris's rather mediocre Southern Vampire Mysteries series. In high school, I was in the Lestat crowd. I own most of the Buffy and Angel DVD collections. I even watched Daybreakers. Vampires are serious business in my house, and part of the charm of any new vampire series is how the vampires function in the new world. What is true, and what is laughable myth in this particular portrayal?

So then, there's EIGHTH GRADE BITES the first boo
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Grandma Bev for

Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod is being raised by "Aunt" Nelly, his mother's best friend. His human mother and vampire father were both killed in a fire, leaving their young vampire son an orphan. Life is not easy for Vlad...the school bullies harass him, the principal seems to have it in for him, and the girl he likes best and wants to ask to the dance seems to prefer his friend, Henry.

Aunt Nelly understands his problems and helps him to hide the fac
Sep 15, 2011 Lala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fantasy
"If I concentrate, I can make my body float, and sometimes I can read people's thoughts. But for the most part, being a vampire bites."

Adorable. This was such a cute story...OMG. I read some not so kind reviews and I think people's expectations were too high. If you're looking for an earth shattering read...skip this. It's not going to rock your world.'s damn cute. It's exactly what I expected it to be. Vlad is adorable and super sweet...crushing on a girl, hanging with his BFF Henry (R
Apr 08, 2010 Leaf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I have to say is two things:
One: TCVT is better than Twilight! First, vampires dont flippin' "sparkle" in sunlight, mmkay? They burst into flames and end in a pile of ashes, never to return to the face of the earth ever again! (Lesson learned from D'Ablo in the...Third book. :P)
Two: I wishhhh the characters were REALLLLL~~ Wait, what am I talking about, in my world, I go out and kidnap my favorite characters from books and have them live with me! (so far my house is full of kidnapped presenc
Mar 06, 2012 Michael.herrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I have read,is about a boy named Vladimir Tod and he is a vampire. His parrents died in a car crash or so they thought. His best Freind is named Henry and he knows Vlad'd secret ever sence he was seven. They both go to the same high school and they are both bullied by bullies, nagged by his teachers, and the girl he likes would rather be his friend. Vlad struggles each day with blood, he lives with his aunt Nelly who also knows his secret. Each day Nelly gives him blood bags which is ea ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I really liked the sense of humor in this book and all of the references. It served as a good introduction to Vlad's world, as well, but at points I thought it got a little too predictable concerning Mr. Otis despite all the twists and turns. I was confused as to why the mark was given near the end regardless of the sense of community/family it offers because wasn't that what the father needed to get rid of if he didn't want to be found? Anyway, I look forward to more plot development and cultur ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book of a series that you can really sink your teeth into ;) and read quickly. I'm looking forward to learning more about the first ever born vampire Vlad.
Primo capitolo della nuovissima saga urban fantasy per giovanissimi (10/14 anni) dedicata all’affiscinante figura del “vampiro”, elemento fantasy ormai decisamente inflazionato e che sembra non aver più nulla da “raccontare” ai lettori. Heather Brewer, invece, riesce a fornirci un romanzo (-etto, visto che conta meno di 200 pagine) in grado di affascinare i giovani lettori grazie alla sua fresca ironia. Qualcosa di divertente e innovativo che potremmo affiancare, quasi, al lavoro di James Patter ...more
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
Two confessions: I love a good vampire story that doesn't take itself seriously. And I had to wrestle this book away from my 6th Grade son.

You see, my son's school requires him to read a book and complete a four page report on it every two weeks. Generally, I try to read his selections first. I'm one of "those mamas" who wants to make sure I know what my children are reading at all times. But I didn't pre-read Eight Grade Bites so there was a bit of a tug of war and many exclamations ending wit
Dec 21, 2009 A.E. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is by my brother, Gregory.

8th Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod) tells the story of...well...8th Grader Vladimir Tod. He has his typical junior high problems; getting picked on by bullies, pining over cute popular girls, making sure he's gotten enough blood to eat for lunch, and turning in that English assignment.

Oh yeah! He's also a vampire. Well, half. His mother was human but his father was a vampire. He doesn't know the extent of his powers, he has a craving for blood a
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer is such fun. First book in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, we see our hero through eighth grade. And middle school isn't easy on anybody. It's such an awkward year and everyone's unsure of themselves, no one more so that Vlad Tod. He has reason to be, as a he's half-vampire.

Vlad is such a great character, he's a very different vampire than I've read before. Uncomfortable with himself and unsure of where he belongs. No moodiness or angstiness. Instead I could
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This is probably more 3.5

This book follows a 13 year old boy, Vladimir Tod, a vampire, through his first year of high school. Vlad is a human-vampire hybrid with a human mother and a vampire father. Vlad deals with the usual dilemmas in highschool like crushing on the pretty girl at school, putting up with bullies and having your aunty hide your blood fix in your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…

Vlad has to deal with a creepy subsi
Dec 27, 2008 R.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My apathy toward vampires is nigh-legendary, but I keep finding books that make me reconsider. The last one was Claudia Grey's Evernight, and I thought that was just a fluke; but now that I've met Vladimir Tod, it seems that I now have two vampire-related series of books to follow.

Vladimir is a sweetheart. Not in a wimpy way (though he does get picked on by a couple of lunkheads at school, but he finds his own ways of dealing with that), I just mean that he's a really nice (yet normal and believ
Mar 12, 2010 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
Vladimir Tod isn't your normal thirteen-year-old. Instead, he's a half-vampire. Vlad's parents died when he was ten and he has no idea of the extent of his powers. The only people who know his secret are his aunt Nelly and his best friend Henry - whom he bit when they were eight. When one of his teachers mysteriously vanishes and the new substitute begins questioning him a little too much, Vlad begins to fear for his life.

You'd think after all the hype over Twilight, I'd be sick of vampire books
Rachel Lightwood
I was out at the library on Sunday and needed something to take to my Nan's that night. I wanted something short and sweet, light-hearted, something that I could skim through that night and not have to worry too much about. When I saw Eighth Grade Bites sitting on the shelf I thought to myself What the hell, its been on my TBR list for awhile now. My as will give it a go... I didn't expect it to turn out to be such a treat. I loved it!

Eighth Grade Bites was hilarious, delightful and simply fun.
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Heather Brewer is the pseudonym of Zac Brewer…but you can call him Z.

Zac is the NYT bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, as well as The Slayer Chronicles series, Soulbound, The Cemetery Boys, The Blood Between Us, and more short stories than he can recall.

He grew up on a diet of Twilight Zone and books by Stephen King. He chased them down with every drop of horror he could
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“Whoever had decided that school should start so early in the morning and last all day long needed to be hunted down and forced to watch hours of educational televison without the aid of caffine.” 393 likes
“Because teachers, no matter how kind, no matter how friendly, are sadistic and evil to the core.” 329 likes
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