Review – Twelfth Grade Kills
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  • September 28, 2010

Why can’t I spell twelfth right ever on the first try? Seriously. It’s a problem, my whole life it’s been an issue. I think it’s the lispy L F T H combination. It feels awkward. Truly.

Alright. End rant. Begin gush.

I’ve been a fan of Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod books since the very first one released three years ago. The final book, Twelfth Grade Kills (yes, I screwed up the spelling again), is now out for all to read. I just finished it. It was fabulous. It was exactly what I wanted.

For those who have not read it, a warning. These books are light, especially at the start. Vlad begins the series in eighth grade, which each successive book upping to the next grade level. This means we start with Vlad as a naive young boy. He’s obsessed with video games and the pretty girl in class. He eats a ton and is a little immature. Fast forward four books and nothing has changed! No, joke joke. I kid people. Very much has changed, and with every change Vlad’s level of responsibility goes up a notch, as all good children born of prophecies do. He’s grown into a very fine young man by this book.

Several of my favourite characters make an appearance – Henry, Nelly, Otis, Joss, Snow, Kristoff… even weasley little Eddie Poe. It’s great to be reintroduced to these characters once again. I’m happy to see that Vlad has finally found his Ginny after he’s been chasing Cho Chang for so long. That may be a spoiler, but I couldn’t resist the comparison.

I’m very pleased with the conclusion to this series. It feels good to say goodbye to these characters. 5 out of 5 stars. Thanks very much, Ms. Brewer, for entertaining me most heartily. I look forward to seeing what you pull out of your bag of tricks next.

– BP

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