Read way too many times. Great for children and for adults. Written plainly; easy read. There is a sweetness to the voice rounding out the entire storRead way too many times. Great for children and for adults. Written plainly; easy read. There is a sweetness to the voice rounding out the entire story. I've read this with each of my children, and each loved it in their own way....more
It's a fun read, lighter than a lot of other vampire stories I've read.
From the opening scene, I was hooked. Heather Brewer does a great job of conveIt's a fun read, lighter than a lot of other vampire stories I've read.
From the opening scene, I was hooked. Heather Brewer does a great job of conveying the 'normalcy' Vlad craves. She places him in every day, normal settings any eighth grader would have to butt up against. He has the best friend, crushes on the cute girl in school, and has Aunt Nelly--the responsible guardian. Of course as the story progresses, he finds himself in a few unusual situations which is expected of any paranormal story.
Vlad is an articulate kid with a thirst for blood. Although his thirst is quenched through blood bags brought to him by his aunt, he does desire blood. Real human blood. He's not bound by some animal or vegetarian diet. This is a sweet coming-of-age story, despite Vlad's genetics being half human/ half vampire. Sweet...yup, I said that. I think Vlad is sweet. He grows stronger, smarter, and more courageous and in the end must face a few tough choices. He grows between the pages.
Although this book is considered young adult, I would recommend it to a selective middle grade audience. Those kids who are avid readers and relish in the paranormal. There is nothing vulgar or sexual about any scene or word. It's tastefully, and yes, sweetly done. Bravo, Ms. Brewer.
I look forward to reading the next installment: Ninth Grade Slays....more
Read it so long ago but from what I remember...I loved it and hated it for so many reasons. It did what it was supposed to do. Guess it got me. Love SRead it so long ago but from what I remember...I loved it and hated it for so many reasons. It did what it was supposed to do. Guess it got me. Love Stephen King....more
A Unique & Clever Journey Through Greek Mythology!
Love this new play on well-known Greek figures and even some that are less regularly concentrateA Unique & Clever Journey Through Greek Mythology!
Love this new play on well-known Greek figures and even some that are less regularly concentrated on! Some of them are so interesting, even funny. There's much to uncover and learn as the story progresses and the mythology tweaks and changes. The explanations are plausible and real, and the world building is specific and special to itself. Under and around each new character hides a new mystery to be revealed. An enticing read mingling the old with the new, mythology forgotten with the average of today to create a fast-paced, intriguing tale from multiple point-of-views. This was a really fun read.
At times, the writing has an almost poetic flair, a rhythm that's as easy to follow as it is addictive. The author also used an array of writing methods to egg me on, almost daring me to keep reading. It worked.
The opening scene is a brilliant mixture of details and flare from a young girl who is bound and determined to meet her goal. What goal is that? I didn't know at the time, but it was mysterious and had the markings of dire consequences in the future. Hints of mythology and some legacy this character wants to cling to makes the reader keep reading. And that's just the beginning of the tale!
The story then fast-forwards years and sprinkles clues throughout the rest of the tale tying to that opening scene. I really like the way this unraveled. We meet Sophie, the story's main character, who's always felt a bit off, but has never had any reason for it. That is, until now. She learns she's not the average, emotional teenage girl, but a Muse in the making. Yeah...a Muse from Greek mythology. Talk about a hormonal challenge.
And, as you might expect, this runs in the family - sort of. So YAY! she has her mother and grandmother to fall back on. Um...maybe, maybe not. Her mom shunned her true self years ago and her grandmother is kind of a tyrant; again, sort of. Lot's of elements within this story aren't as they appear on the outside, so you must read and pay attention, mentally banking the clues for further dissection. From mirrors that transport people to a host of gods and a hierarchy that has more twists and curves than your average roller coaster, this tale pulls all the punches. Some of the magic has a magical realism feel, always giving off a mysterious air. We have a cast of mythical creatures that bring this tale life and depth, and real struggles from the main cast.
Soon we're left with a family triangle between mother, grandmother, and daughter/granddaughter that drives the story full force, upping tension, mystery, and an old alliance that causes all sorts of problems. Of course all this sets up an even bigger conflict and ultimate story goal that includes Sophie pushes beyond her means and sacrifices what could be everything.
I would recommend this story to any mythology buff, reader who appreciates twists on familiar characters and mystery, and young adult and adult readers....more