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Twelfth Grade Kills

(The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #5)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  15,634 ratings  ·  732 reviews
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 ens
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
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Why can’t I spell twelfth right ever on the first try? Seriously. It’s a problem, my whole life it’s been an issue. I think it’s the lispy L F T H combination. It feels awkward. Truly.

Alright. End rant. Begin gush.

I’ve been a fan of Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod books since the very first one released three years ago. The final book, Twelfth Grade Kills (yes, I screwed up the spelling again), is now out for all to read. I just finished it. It was fabulous. It was exactly what I
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
What a disappointing way to end the series. Once again, 12th grade suffers from the same problems that Heather has refused to address in her writing throughout the entirety of the series, either from sheer laziness or stubbornness I can't say which, and in no other book was it so apparent as here - namely shoddy pacing and childish rendering of motivations and feelings. I wish I could remind her first hand that the best way for any author to relate what their character is feeling on the page is ...more
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The wait for this book was absolutely nerve racking and it was even worse since I desperately wanted to know what happened next after the last book ended in the worst ever cliff hanger. But with this final book- and the way it ended I honestly don't see how it can be the final book- was worth the wait. I absolutely loved it. And seeing that I've only read it in two days I'm extremely exhausted but extremely happy I didn't wait to borrow it from the library or allow myself sleep this past couple ...more
Aug 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
I didn't warm to this series fully until the fourth book, when I could overlook Brewer's sometimes-clunky writing and flat portrayal of teen angst in favor of a strong arc involving Vlad's father and Vlad's place in the vampire realm. Then this book ruined everything. After leaving readers to dangle at book four's end with a great (though not unexpected) twist, Brewer picks up in this final book and tosses in another twist so rotten, I felt like she played a dirty trick for the sake of making th ...more
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it
I haven't finished reading the book, but I have decided how I feel about it. And I already know the basic ending. (Spoilers don't actually spoil the ending for me; they only encourage me to discover them for myself.)

As a teenager, I could relate to Vladimir; but, I don't know if I'm the only one who feels this way, I have trouble imagining Vlad as a twelfth grader, 17 or 18 years old. The narrative provided portrays him as the young boy he was when he started in the series. I honestly see no gro
Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I didn't realize this was the last one in the series, I thought there would be more, this changes my opinion on it a bit concerning the ending, but I'll come back to that in a bit.
I started this series curious, and I enjoyed it but wasn't wowed, I kept coming back to it though, I couldn't seem to stay away and as each new book came out I found myself bringing it home from the library, it was the same with this one. I did think to myself 'do I really want to read it, I have so much else
Princess J. Antoinette
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great YA series... I truly enjoyed it!
Jackie Kessler
Oh boy, everyone. Oh boy. Just WAIT until you read this one!!!
Joana (The Boundless Booklist)
Characters: Vladimir Tod, the main character, is half vampire and half human and he struggles a lot with the fact that he does not fit perfectly into both worlds. His parents die in a house fire when he is very young and he blames himself for that. He is a very nice, smart and caring boy. My only complaint about him was the fact that, to me, he didn't seem like he was 18 in this book. I had a really hard time picturing him and his friends as seniors in high school and had to keep reminding mysel ...more
May 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vampires
SUCKED SOOOOOO BAD!!!!!!!!!! What is up with killing off all the characters just like that! I had spent all my time reading those freaking series just to find out they all DIE and what is up with the main character being so weak, naive, and stupid he lets so many people just push him around! WHO said had to suck that Eddie Poe's blood, if I were him with all that power I would of just snapped his freaken neck right there and then, plus what is up with him crying all the time I mean jeesh I felt ...more
Apr 08, 2010 marked it as to-read
The coverrrrr...The freakin' COVERRRRR!!
it's beautiful... Beautiful, I declare! Vladimir, you are amazing. <3
...anyways, everytime I see the cover I get a jittery and stuff... I'm sooo stoked about this book!! Clearly, the series has come a LONG, LONG way, and the books are such cliff-hangers. It's absolutly torturous and horrible, it makes me cry. :D I'm on Eleventh Grade Burns right now, so maybe I'll just purposely go slow so it won't seem like a long wait... But then again, that's nearly imp
Apr 29, 2010 marked it as to-read
Omygod. Vlad is soooooooooooooo sexyyy!!! Best. Hair. Ever.!.
I really wanna know why the hell he ever liked Meredith. Snow is soooo much better for him.
EDIT: Changed Brewer's name and pronouns.

At last we get to the last book in Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series with Twelfth Grade Kills. I can say with certainty that I’m glad to finally be washing my hands of Zac Brewer and his mediocre vampires.

Vladimir Tod has spent four years trying to survive being a half-vampire that has been spoken about in an ancient prophecy. Everything that has happened in the past four years of Vlad’s life is now coming to a close as not only are the Sla
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I just hate it when I read an entire series and then I don't like the ending.
This is the last book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod.
I liked the series a lot.
But, this last book -Sucks.
Yes, there was Bites, Slays, Bleeds, Burns and Kills, and to me, the ending - Sucks.
I really liked the series - it follows the life of Vladimir Tod from 8th through 12th grades and his experiences as a teenage vampire living in the normal human world knowing little about the vampire world since he was bor
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
Sand to see the series ending. Sure to be a classic in its own right.
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a great way to end the series. My heart broke a little, but it was a fantastic story. I loved watching Vladimir grow up and find his way through life's challenges.
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! It's definantly my favorite book of the series!!!! It was filled with action packed scenes, and intense romance. It was EPIC!!!!!!! i loved the ending, heather brewer really tricks you by making you think that vlad's one true love, Snow is dead. When i read that chapter where she dies, i was ssssoooo sad and felt like the book was incomplete... like that wasn't suppose to happen and the idea that i had for the ending, should've been right. But then on the last ...more
Gabbie Casey
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Vladimir Tod series is amazing, but I think my favorite book out of the series was Twelfth Grade Kills. Vlad has had a tough life in the past 17-18 years being teenaged half-vampire half-human, and everyone keeps trying to kill him; even when they know he can't die.

When DiAblo tried to steal Vlad's invincibility/immortal traits/life, there's a ritual in which you steal the essence and kill the sacrifice. But he wasn't stronger than Vlad; Vlad was able to leave the Council building with his
Just Me
Nov 13, 2010 rated it liked it

It seems as if I have to state this every time a write a review: I strongly believe in God.

That being said, I'm very glad that Ms. Brewer made Vlad choose the side of good over evil. However, I don't like how she made the "Pravus" all-powerful (ultimate mind-control, the ability to make men forget things, striking people down with a single word, etc.). That just doesn't sit right with me, that sort of power is reserved for God, and He alone. I hated how abysmally EVIL his father
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People looking for that special YA series
Recommended to Laurel by: My super sister
I'm too overwhelmed to properly make a review.
And I won't. Because everything I say at all will be a spoiler.

I just...I have to wash my face.
I think my eyes are bloodshot.

So much pain. SO. MUCH. PAIN.

The writing still didn't have the poetry, but it wasn't needed. Brewer's's all the same. But that's a-okay. It all worked. AND I MUST GIVE A MESSAGE TO ALL THE CRAZY CHARACTERS.

Vladdy, you are so wonderful. Never change. Enjoy Stokerton U (though I wish I saw a scene of you doing college
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I love Heather Brewer's writing. LOVE it. I read each of these books in less than entire day. This book is a piece of pure genius....however, the ending drives me insane. For one, what purpose does it serve that Nelly died? Granted, it gives her some points for making the reader feel certain emotions...but this was just too far. Nelly didn't deserve what she got and it just makes me sick.

However, the near death of Snow
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod conclude (for now, though I hope Uncle Z returns to this world someday, whether it be a prequel centered on Otis or a sequel about Vlad's college years and beyond) with blood, gore, guts, and delights everywhere. Not to mention what is, by far, the twistiest plot this author has ever come up with - even from the very beginning, when a major villain is unceremoniously killed off in the prologue, followed by the first steps towards the resolution of the many cliffhan ...more
K.D. McQuain
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, vampire
The final instalment was the best of the series. Vlad started making use of his abilities to achieve his goals, and many of the errant story threads were drawn together. A few lose ends were left open for future spinoff series.
May 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
My daughter liked it, but I thought it was predictable and not as exciting as the 10th and 11th grade books.
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, series
Vladimir life was at stake (literally). but he couldn't be worried about that now, not when he just saw the ghost from his past and he had to find him at all cost.
not just that, there's a lot of things he couldn't left behind. like the fact that the place he'd grown up might be gone in the end of year. or that Eddie tried once more to made Vlad wanted to kick his butt, much. or about his stupid heart and mind which cooperated to keep Snow not too far away from him.
bad enough, he had to see Snow
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series and I'm so sad that there are no more books. This books series is emotional. This book series is powerful. This book series is romantic. And so much more. (*SPOILERS*) I was really surprised about the part that Vlad's father was actually evil, and the leader and founder of the Alumno. The Alumno is a secret organization that is dedicated to find the Pravus, a special half-human vampire that is immune to sunlight, impossible to kill, and ridiculously fast, strong, and powerful ...more
Cyndy Aleo
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, young-adult
At the end of Heather Brewer's Eleventh Grade Burns , Vlad has beaten up his sometimes-friend and wannabe vampire Slayer Joss, and seen what appears to be his father. The Keeper of the Prophecy about Vlad's status as Pravus, the "one to rule them all" if you will, is also dead, and Vlad has drunk his blood. That left us with a lot of loose ends to tie up in this, the last book in the Vladimir Tod Chronicles.

::: The Plot :::

As you can tell, there's a lot going on in this book. Apparently, Vlad
Apr 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Hate to say, but I think this was my least favorite of the Vlad books. I really liked the series, but didn’t care for this book as much as previous books. I thought the stuff with his dad was great (and disturbing), but I was very lukewarm about the Snow stuff--and I detested the ending with her.

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Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Twelfth Grade Kills is a book about Vladimir's last year at high school. After reading the whole series, I think this book did not have a good ending. Overall, the book was just average. One thing I disliked about this book was that it was really easy to tell what was going to happen later in the book. It would have been better if the author kept the reader guessing more, rather than giving away the plot. I also didn't like that the book jumped around and didn't seem to finish one scene before g ...more
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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)
  • Ninth Grade Slays (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #2)
  • Tenth Grade Bleeds (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #3)
  • Eleventh Grade Burns (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #4)

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