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Ninth Grade Slays

(The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  23,797 ratings  ·  1,085 reviews
High school totally bites when you’re half human, half vampire.

Freshman year sucks 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

Hardcover, 278 pages
Published April 17th 2008 by Dutton Children's Books (first published April 1st 2008)
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May 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
(*SPOILERS*) I really loved this book, as it intervened with another series by this author, Heather Brewer. Vlad is a daring person. Vlad is a confident person. On the other hand, there is Joss. Joss is Vlad's best friend's cousin. Joss is ruthless. Joss is determined. He will stop at nothing to find Vlad. There was a part where Joss literally stabbed Vlad in the back with a wooden stake. I can relate to this because I have felt "stabbed in the back" by some of my friends before, some of the ...more
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was ok
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
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
5 Stars:
The epic story continues while the girls swoon over Vlad and the boys hide their excitement.

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 were well balanced and done with properly
For introducing Joss McMillan to the world, this one gets five stars from me every time.

No, seriously. This second book of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod introduces the best character that Z Brewer ever gave us, ever, and don't you forget it!

But aside from Joss being around, this book also introduces a few elements that are more important to the remaining three books, like the crew of goths who hang around at Bathory High (and one of them, Vlad remembers his pre-goth self and we're led to
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, ...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 ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick fun read that I really enjoyed. In the second novel Vlad is all caught up in life threatening drama again. Vampires are hunting him still and there is now a slayer after him too. He's exploring more and more of his vampire side and making new friends, allies and enemies. I can't wait to start the next book.
EDIT: Changed Brewer's name and pronouns.

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
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
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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
Linda Cholakian
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...more
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Despite being extremely busy lately, I did manage to finish the second book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. Just like the first one, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not anything like the books I typically read, but I still find it heartwarming and definitely humorous. I laughed quite a few times while reading this.
Brandon Fischer
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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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
Melissa Satran
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kandice Dover
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 21, 2009 rated it liked it
This review is by my brother, Gregory

9th Grade Slays is the second book in this series and follows the further adventures of teenage vamp Vladimir Todd.

Vlad is still trying to keep his identity secret and struggling to find his teenage-vampire place in the world. Only best friends Henry and Nelly know his secret. Vlad continues to develop all of his wicked cool powers - two of my favorites are levitation and mind reading/control.

Brewer did a good job writing a novel that will appeal to younger
Glittery Mango (Ealee)
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Brianna Delbridge
May 29, 2015 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 ...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
Tyler Crews
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i picked this book because it is about vampires. this is an horrow book kinda. this book takes place in vald home and school and russisa. the main chacter is and half vampire and half huinman. this book is about how vald is going to get past life as an teenger adn a vampire but now he has a vamprie slaer hafter him!!! well the promble dont really get fix he gets stab in the heart and lives because heis the .......... i cant tell you. this book sshould be read by all ages of people
Molly Mortensen
My favorite book in the series!

Henry, Vlad's best friend's, cousin moves to town. I liked Joss and his relationship with Vlad. Vlad had to hide that he was a vampire from Joss, and I always love the whole secret identity thing.

Vlad also travels to Siberia and meets other vampires. Vikas was a great character! And Vlad gains mind reading abilities! And practices mind control. (Very cool!)
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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

Other books in the series

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod (5 books)
  • Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1)
  • Tenth Grade Bleeds (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #3)
  • Eleventh Grade Burns (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #4)
  • Twelfth Grade Kills (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #5)
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