Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Why haven't I been reading this series already? Vladimir Tod's story is a great vampire story - nothing sparkles, but Tod's half-human, half-vampire nature leads him to claim to prefer to not drink human blood (so kind of a vegetarian). The Slayer/vampire conflict will resonate with any Buffy/Angel fan, but the bromance (sorry, I just couldn't help myself there) will really appeal to male readers.
In this episode, Vlad's struggle with his junior year in high school and the heartbreak he feels over breaking up with Meredith and the confusion over his feelings for Snow, as well as his sense of loss over his friendship with Joss are normal, everyboy things. The vampire parts just add to the teen angst, and the drama. There's the Parvus prophecy, vampires who want to kill him, his uncle dating his aunt (gross, right?) and above all, the Slayer's back.
Now I have to go read about eighth through tenth grade - if you like vampire books that aren't too gory (and don't sparkle), you should, too.
ARC provided by publisher.
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