Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Still a Better Love Story Than Twilight - My review of Vampire Knight

I only discovered manga last year and that was only due to a friend of mine lending me the first five books of Black Butler. I fell in love! How can I have been reading all my life and have never read any manga. I felt like I had missed out and so I have been trying to read as much as I can since then.

When I go to the library I always look for first volumes so that I know that I'm reading things in the correct order (unless I've already read volume one obviously) and this week, there were a couple in that jumped out at me, the first book was Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. It caught my eye as my husband had mentioned that he had seen an anime that he would like to watch and had added to our Anime-Planet account and I was pretty sure it was the same name. (I have confirmed that it was that since).

I will start by saying that the art throughout the book is gorgeous. I genuinely love how manga is drawn and the fact that almost everyone is beautiful. It makes a nice change to look at something that is pretty.

As to the story, I have to admit I struggled with following what was going on in a lot of panels and had to repeat some pages more than once to ensure that I knew what had happened before moving on. I think something may have been lost in the translation as the English in some scenes is just not very good. I do genuinely believe there is a good story in there somewhere but I'm not 100% sure yet as to whether I'm going to stick with this series.

From what I have seen so far, I love the characters Kaname and Zero as they both seem to have really interesting back stories and I would actually look forward to going into greater detail with them. Yuki however, the main female, is painful! Yuki seems to be so strong for about 5 minutes and then the rest of the time, she's a helpless little girl. I hope if I do choose to continue that she comes into her own and develops a more definite character.

As an overall view of this so far, the story is fast paced but has got nowhere fast.

I started reading this book on the 12th of January 2015 and completed it the same day
I gave this book a 3 star rating on Goodreads

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