Junior high really stinks 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 and no one to teach him, Vlad struggles daily with blood cravings and enlarged fangs. When a strange substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. And then he realises he's being hunted by a vampire killer, and suddenly hunger, girls and bullies seem not quite such a problem after all.
My Rating: 4/5
This is my second time reading this book. I have decided to read the whole series again so I can start the spin-off series The Slayer Chronicles.
This is a great first book in a series. It sets up the rest of the series perfectly. Vlad is such a fascinating, likeable character.
The plot was interesting enough, there isn't much depth to it but it was fast paced enough that I found that I didn't mind.
There are a few secondary characters that are quite developed such as Henry, Nelly and a few other students at Vlad's school.
The whole vampire aspect is a little overdone with vampire references absolutely everywhere but it is done more in a light hearted, fun way that I didn't find it as annoying as some other reviewers have.