It’s another awful year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod. The evil vampire D’Ablo is hunting for a ritual that could steal Vlad’s powers. His best friend, Henry, doesn’t want to be his drudge anymore. And it’s getting harder for Vlad to resist feeding on the people around him. With the threat of D’Ablo looming closer and nightmares haunting him each night, Vlad realizes that having a normal high school year is the least of his concerns. He needs to act fast, and even his Pravus powers won’t save him this time.
The third book in the series, Tenth Grade Bleeds definitely manages to up the plot, action and character interaction.
Vlad has entered tenth grade. He and Meredith – the girl of his dreams – are officially boyfriend/girlfriend, but his best friend and drudge Henry is pulling away and his uncle Otis has once again refused to stick around for good. Throw into this a visit from D’Ablo, horrific nightmares and a growing hunger for blood straight from the source, and Vlad’s school year is not looking good. Oh yeah, and it looks like he might be the Pravus after all.
Vlad is definitely growing from the first book. He’s coming into his vampire powers and realizing that he has big issues to deal with and big decisions to make because of them. His interactions with Otis, Meredith, Henry and Nelly are great. We’re getting to see more of their characteristics through him. We get introduced to a few new characters in this installment, including a goth girl names Snow who quickly becomes very important to Vlad – but not in the way you would think.
The plot line, while similar to the first two books (D’Ablo wanting Vlad brought to him, Pravus powers, etc.) is unique in the fact that Vlad is receiving nightmares from D’Ablo – or so he thinks. We’re also introduced to a new hunter who has been told to bring Vlad to the Council at all costs. And this hunter is plainly sadistic. The ending was a shock, and sets up things for the next book nicely. Everything seems to be moving along at a fast pace now and it’s just going to get more intense.