Shocking events have changed Vladimir Tod's life in ways he never could have imagined or expected. Against all odds, the Elysian Council has found Uncle Otis not guilty of crimes against vampire-kind. Vlad hardly has cause to celebrate as he has discovered the whole trial was just an elaborate ruse designed by the evil D'Ablo as a means to bring Vlad before the Council of Elders. Now Vlad has been condemned to death and given one week to put his affairs in order. Once again betrayed by his friend (and vampire slayer) Joss, Vlad was seconds away from ending the young slayer's life when he heard a voice he never thought he'd hear again - his father's.
Vlad's not sure if his father is still alive or if he is having hallucinations, but the fact that his father may not be dead has given him a brief reprieve. Em and the Elysian Council are willing to give Vlad until the end of the year to produce Tomås. Of course, even if he can produce his father, he is still likely to face execution. Vlad will need to keep his friends close and his enemies closer if he is to survive the explosive conclusion to his chronicles.
Twelfth Grade Kills brings all the best elements of this terrific series together. The blend of Vlad's personal coming of age story with the intrigue and underhanded dealings of the vampire world keeps the reader riveted. The Elysia that Ms. Brewer has created is an interesting, unique take on vampires and their place in modern society. The heart of these stories has always been the characters and I closed this book thinking I would be sorry to let Vlad, Henry, Nelly, Otis and Joss go.