Valdimir Tod, when you first look at him you might find his name a little strange, or the fact that he's a bit pale, or that he has blood packets put into his lunch each day. The truth is that he is a half human half vampire. His father was a vampire who fell in love with a human woman, which is forbidden by vampire law. Valdimirs parents were killed 3 years ago in a strange fire that was contained to one room in their house. Since then he's lived with his Aunt Nelly. All Vald has is pictures of his parents, and yearns to know more about them. He goes to school like any normal teenager and the only one who knows he's part vampire is his friend Henry. When Valds English teacher disappears Mr. Otis comes and fills the position. Mr. Otis likes mythology and each week presents a different mythological creature, which includes fairies, werewolves, and of course vampires. During this time Vald finds a book in his Aunt's attic which belonged to his dad, and that leads him to the house where he used to live. He finds his dad's journal and reads about Elysia, where the vampires live. As he learns more about vampires he believes that Mr. Otis is trying to kill him, but as it turns out Otis is his Uncle, and will do anything to protect Vlad from the vampires who want to punish Vald for his father turning his back on the vampires and falling in love with a human. Otis also agrees to teach him all about vampires and the vampire way.
I enjoyed this book as it mixes elements of Harry Potter, Cirque Du Freak, and Vampire lore to give the readers a good read. Just as you think you've figured out things here comes a twist and throws you for a loop.