Rummanah Aasi
   It's time for Manga Mondays! Manga Mondays is a meme hosted by Alison at Alison Can Read where bloggers can share their passion for reading mangas. It's a great place to get new manga titles to try and to meet new bloggers. One of my favorite manga series, Vampire Knight, seems to be coming to an end. After a few lackluster volumes lately, Volume 17 picks up on the pace, and racks up the suspense and tension!

Description: Kaname has returned to Cross Academy to kill Sara Shirabuki. Zero has joined forces with Sara, leaving Yuki in the middle of the conflict. Even if Kaname's ultimate goal is to kill all purebloods, is Yuki ready to fight him?

Review: The seventeenth volume of Vampire Knight is filled with so much nonstop action and emotions that I had to read it twice in order to grasp everything. There are a lot of twists that I didn't expect and the epic battle of Kaname and Zero draws incredibly close.
  Unlike the other volumes of Vampire Knight, this volume is told from multiple perspectives, giving us the different angles of the vampire ruler Kaname. Kaname is on the hunt to kill all pureblood vampires and his biggest target is Sara Shirabuki, a a female vampire who has slowly seduced many followers in order to gain protection from Kaname. She has even convinced Zero to feed from her in order to gain more strength so that he can fight Kaname in exchange for his protection. What Zero doesn't know until much later is that the cost of Sara's blood comes at a very high cost. Was his decision worth the price?
  Zero and Kaname have had an antagonistic relationship from the start. At first their hatred was based on the fact that they both loved Yuki then it morphed into a vampire hunter vs. vampire relationship once we found out Zero's backstory, but in this volume their hatred takes on a new level when we see how truly conniving and manipulative Kaname really is- as if he is the puppet master moving his marionettes in a disturbing fashion. I don't quite understand Kaname's nihilistic philosophy and his drive of wanting to kill all purebloods now. What happened to his goal of vampires and humans co-existing? What changed his mind?
 In addition to the building tension between Zero and Kaname, there also snippets of romance running through the novel. Some of which are unrequited that makes your heart ache for those involved while others are a creepy, obsessive kind. There are tender moments between Yuki and Zero which makes me very hopeful as a member of Team Zero and confident that Yuki will pick a side when the battle between Zero and Kaname begins. Overall this volume of Vampire Knight definitely makes up for the slow starting previous installments and it also ends on a horrible cliffhanger which I'll have to until May 2014 to see what happens. I haven't read any news but I suspect volume eighteen will be the last volume of the series.

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: There is some strong violence. Rated T for teens.

If you like this book try: Vampire Knight Volume 18 by Matsuri Hino, Black Bird series by Millennium Snow series by Bisco Hatori
2 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    Yay! Glad this one really picked up Rummanah, it sounds like things are going to get intense with the battle between Zero and Kaname brewing. The horrible cliffhanger is a shame though, those hurt so bad! Especially when you have to wait months and months for the next one! Hope you find lots of good books to tide you over in between:):)

  2. I really do want to try a manga. I enjoy some of the movies. Must read one!

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