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Book Cover Image: Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather BrewsterTitle: Eleventh Grade Burns: Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #04

Author: Heather Brewer

Synopsis (Courtesy of Powell’s Books): “Eleventh grade at Bathory High is draining Vladimir Tod. Joss, a professional vampire slayer and Vlad’s former friend, has moved back to town. The powerful vampire Dorian has an overwhelming desire to drink Vlad’s blood. And his arch enemy, D’Ablo, has brought Vlad’s Uncle Otis to trial for crimes against vampires. So much for dating. When the tables turn on Vlad, he has just enough time to return to Bathory for his final good-byes…”

Thoughts: This is my last read for Carl’s R.I.P. Challenge, and I have to say I picked a good one. I’ve enjoyed the entire series from the very first page of the first book and feel that it has definitely picked up speed through the next three books. With one book left in the series, Eleventh Grade Burns lives up to its predecessors and remains a breathless read.

There has been a not-so-gradual descent into darkness that is only natural as Vlad matures and as the Pravus prophecy becomes closer to coming true. This is an especially description for this fourth book. The comic relief provided by Henry is paltry at best this time, only because of the seriousness of Vlad’s situation. Much of the novel is spent with Vlad coming to grips with balancing his vampire and human natures, which is necessary to set up the final installment.

Having spent so much time over the past few weeks raving about the Vlad Tod series, there isn’t much more I can say. Eleventh Grade Burns leaves the reader with one amazing cliffhanger and definitely sets up the last book quite nicely. The lack of hormone-fueled drama is a refreshing change from other young adult novels. The result is a novel that continues to answer questions about Vlad’s potential future, setting up the final showdown quite nicely. I can hardly wait to see how it all ends!

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