Author: Heather Brewer
Synopsis (Courtesy of Powell’s Books): “It’s another awful year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod. The evil vampire D’Ablo is hunting for the ritual that could steal Vlad’s powers. His best friend doesn’t want to be his drudge anymore. And it’s getting harder for Vlad to resist feeding on the people around him. When months go by with no word from Uncle Otis, and D’Ablo shows up demanding Vlad’s father’s journal, Vlad realizes that having a normal high school year is the least of his concerns. Vlad needs to act fast, and even his status as the Pravus won’t save him this time.”
Thoughts: If you can’t tell, I am a huge fan of this series. I received the first three books thanks to my son’s Scholastic Book Club order and read all three in three days. (I love Scholastic Book Club too, but that is an entirely different article.) There is something so refreshing about Vlad, his troubles, and his growing maturity in the face of ever darker problems. Tenth Grade Bleeds is no different.
This time around, Vlad hits vampire puberty, if you will, with a growing blood lust that is getting harder and harder to satiate. His reaction to it impacts his relationships with everyone around him and adds another layer of complexity to an already complex life. Throughout it all, Vlad remains his typical teen self, trying to remain true to his vampire side without compromising his humanity.
After three books into the series, the overarching story remains as fascinating and blurry as the reader uncovers yet more details about his status as the Pravus and what it means for his future. There is a not-so-subtle building of suspense that ties the stories together while the individual storyline continues to remain fresh and fun. Tenth Grade Bleeds continues the trend of a great story while whetting the appetite of the reader for more of Vlad’s story.