Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons, and devoured every book in sight. She hasn't changed much. Today, Heather can be found writing in her funky, black Happy Bunny jammie pants, dancing under a full moon, devouring every book in sight, and attending renaissance faire in full costume (and in character).
When Heather's not writing, dressing up, dancing and reading, she's answering email, which she loves to get over at her website.
Gr 6-10-Never judge a book by its cover or a vampire by his fangs. Vladimir Tod, 16, is not your ordinary vampire. He struggles with homework, teachers, and girlfriends (or lack thereof). And while it's impressive to have the ability to read minds and travel with superman speed, neither can help him pass his tests or buy a car. Vald's greatest struggle is with Joss, his best friend since childhood and current member of the Slayer Society, who has recently returned to Bathory High with the sole purpose of permanently staking Vlad. That's just the beginning. Vlad and Otis, "a man who entered his life as a threat and was now his uncle, friend, and mentor," are awaiting the fateful trial with the Elysian Council that is sure to give Otis the death penalty for crimes against vampires. Also, the powerful and feared Dorian desperately wants to drink Vlad's exotic (half-human, half-vampire) blood. Heather Brewer's latest volume (Dutton 2010) in the series features some of her strongest writing and plot-twisting moments, including the disclosure of the final piece of the Parvus prophecy and a mind-spinning ending that will have listeners eagerly awaiting the final installment. Kevin Pariseau is spot-on in his voicing of a soul-searching, confused teenage vampire, a wise uncle, and evil vampire enemies. Numerous references to previous books are helpful, but not enough to make this a stand-alone title. A wonderful series for readers who want to sink their teeth into a blood-thirsty vampire saga.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.