Synopsis: Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he's being hunted by a vampire killer.
Eighth Grade Bites was Brewer’s debut novel in 2008 and is the first book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. I love reading about vampires! Eighth Grade Bites is a middle grade book written from a young half vampire’s perspective in present day. I enjoyed discovering how Brewer’s vampires differ from the general trope. This book was a quick, easy read but was missing something for me to rate it higher than average. It was enjoyable but the story didn’t linger or resonate on any level for me. By the end of the 182 pages, there were enough dangling plot threads that should push me to pick up the next book but I’m not sure I will. After exploring Brewer’s webpage, I found that Eighth Grade Bites has a graphic novel version. That concept feels more intriguing than reading the sequel; Ninth Grade Slays.