Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My heart breaks for all the loss that Vlad has experienced at such a young age. In Ninth Grade Slays Vlad starts his first year of high school. While four years have passed loosing his parents is still very present and time has not made it easier. Vlad blames himself for the death of his parents and as a result he carries so much guilt with him. So many times I wanted to reach out and hug him!
Uncle Otis sends letters often, but hasn’t visited since the last book. Vlad hopes that Otis will move to Bathory and have a relationship with his aunt Nelly. Otis makes it clear to him that his dating Nelly would be against vampire law and could not do it. In similar luck Vlad can’t find the courage to tell Meredith how he feels.
Henry, his best friend and drudge, is spending more time with the popular crew and is a little girl crazy. This creates a distance between the two and Vlad wishes Henry would make their friendship a priority. Henry’s cousin Joss moves to town and he and Vlad become instant friends. Joss even saves Vlad from high school bullies.
During winter break Otis comes to take Vlad on a trip to Russia so that he can learn more about his vampire skills. Otis doesn’t mention that the man who will teach him also taught his father. Not being taught about the vampire ways Vlad doesn’t feel comfortable using many of the vampire powers. While in Siberia they honor his father and Vlad grieves among vampirekind.
With new and old enemies Vlad is finding his secret is harder to keep. I found Ninth Grade Slays to be a great book that both male and female readers will enjoy. I can’t wait to read Tenth Grade Bleeds!
For more on Heather Brewer: www.heatherbrewer.com