April 2011, Razorbill,
298 pages, Paperback
Children's, 11 years +
Themes: high school life for a unique boy, vampires, blood, teenage angst and challenges, difficult decisions, fear, moderate amount of gore and a little fighting, lying, teen romance, some humour
Summary from Penguin
It's another dark year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod...
The evil vampre 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 those around him. But when D'Ablo shows up demanding his father's journal, Vlad realises 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...
Vlad sturggles with issues that readers can relate to. He isn't perfect, and does end up regretting his action. Additionally he finally admits he needs help. This vulnerability helps make it easier to relate to him. There isn't so much of Meredith in this book, so it gets 8/10 from me.
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Definitely check out the other books in the series, including Ninth Grade Slays