So there's an EPIC-SHIT-TON of plot-shocks in Volume 8. Like, I didn't think plot twists could get any twisty-er than they did from Volume 7, but damn...moreSo there's an EPIC-SHIT-TON of plot-shocks in Volume 8. Like, I didn't think plot twists could get any twisty-er than they did from Volume 7, but damn.
I was wrong! THERE IS THE FACT THAT (view spoiler)[Kaname is apparently Yuki's brother! (hide spoiler)] TOTALLY HAPPENED! There's the fact that OH MY GOD CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT (view spoiler)[Yuki was a vampire all along?! (hide spoiler)] WE NEVER SAW COMING! Okay, so, yeah, basically just two big deals with this installment, but come on! Those are two damn big deals!
Side note! So, umm...I noticed something this Volume. My favorite panel art? Yeah. They kind of have a theme. See if you can spot it!
God I'm so transparent.
Addendum: For those who know The Big Plot Point That Must Not Be Named For Fear Of Spoilers, yes it shocked me, and yes I'm a sick bastard for still being okay with it.
Yeah. Volume 7 kicked so much ass. It's kind of shocking that three main characters, a slew of back...moreUmm. Damn. Like, holy-baby-chocolate-bunnies DAMN!
Yeah. Volume 7 kicked so much ass. It's kind of shocking that three main characters, a slew of background and secondary characters, and just vampires in a school is a cliche mixture of stuff. You'd think shiznit would get boring, but nope! 7 brings along some more ARE YOU FREAKIN' SERIOUS?! plot-shocks, and some pretty fun playtime with Kaname and Yuki. I mean just LOOK at that!
I still ship Zero and Yuki harder than anything, but damn. I am not unaffected! These two definitely have serious angst when on panel together, and me like! Though, as much as I adore their lovey-huggy selves, umm...Can I just...can we just fangirl over THIS PANEL ART THAT HAPPENS THAT I HAVE TO MAKE A CLICKABLE HIDEAWAY BECAUSE SPOILERS BUT OH MY GOD AHHHHHHHHHH!
Screw you, that's hot. And I can't stop staring! If for no other reason (and JESUS there's other reasons like (view spoiler)[Yuki probably being a vampire, a new bad guy is possessing Shiki, and the Kaname-Yuki ship is setting sail! (hide spoiler)]) than that single panel above, THAT is why Volume 7 is my favorite and kicks all of the ass.
I mean, I know that we all love Zero and everything, but is it possible to love him MORE even when a volume hardly focuses on him? IS IT POSSIBLE?!
Volume 6 definitely shifts its attention back to Yuki, exploring more of her backstory and examining a little bit more into her psyche. Additionally, we get to play more in the minds of the secondary characters, namely the Vamps like Aido and Ichijo and Senri AND IT'S AWESOME! Unlike the previous volume, Zero does feel regulated to more of a secondary character, and even though the focus isn't on him he still dominates every panel he's on. (Then again, that could be because I fangirl so hard over him.)
Like Volume 4, there is a LOT going on. We've got holiday travel and some sneaky background characters and a monster and Yuki's past and a love reveal and SO MUCH. While I won't lie and say that the flip-flopping between storylines sometimes can get a bit jarring, once your brain gets into the story you get used to it fairly quickly.
Lastly, I mean, guys. LOOK AT THAT COVER!
Seriously, that thing is a work of friggin' beauty!
I don't know what it is specifically about Matsuri Hino, but dear GOD I love that woman's art style. Just...damn!
So you know how last volume I said, "Pfft. Who needs plot. GIMME FEELS!" Well, as much as emo-awesome as Volume 3 was, that's how fa...more
HOLY! EPIC! STUFF!
So you know how last volume I said, "Pfft. Who needs plot. GIMME FEELS!" Well, as much as emo-awesome as Volume 3 was, that's how fan-damn-tastic Volume 4 rocked the house down! I don't want to spoil it for you but OH MY GOD (view spoiler)[Zero has a brother! We meet Zero's vamp master-ass! Kaname kills Zero's master for Yuki! (hide spoiler)] and yeah.
There is a LOT going on story-wise with Volume 4. It is non-copious-stop from opening page and I swear there's like five subplots running through this installment. FIVE DAMN SUBPLOTS! (I'm estimating. Shut up. I'm bad at math.) Admittedly it's a bit chaotic but oh my GOD it's exciting. Hell, even the back cover warns you, "The real drama begins in..." this thing. And best of all, there's adorlableness!
I mean, really! Just how can you not...
So we all know I'm a sucker for the cuteness, but I LOVE me some gory awesomeness, too! The following image may or may not be a spoiler (don't kill me, please!) but it's too damn awesome not to include! I MEAN LOOK AT THAT BADASSNESS!
And can we all just stop, collaborate and listen to the rockin' kick-ass that Zero embodies? CAN WE?!
I just, damn. I mean, I'm a fangirl over this series so hard but come ON! If you're not in love with Vampire Knight after Volume 4 what is wrong with you, human!?
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I LOVE me some character-spectacularness when it comes to my Shoujo. Plot's well and good enough, and we gotta have it, but nothing beats getting to s...moreI LOVE me some character-spectacularness when it comes to my Shoujo. Plot's well and good enough, and we gotta have it, but nothing beats getting to spend just angsty emo-tastic time with our girl Yuki. Throw in some more time spent with Zero and Kaname and I'm all of the euphoric.
Interestingly Volume 3 spent a lot more time focusing on the world, with Yuki kind of feeling pushed to the background more often than not. She was front-and-center, but the story was more about her rather than being with her. Yes that makes no sense, but screw it because vampy-vampness was ALL about this edition! I mean, my favorite spreads literally were nothing but this...
See what I mean about Volume 3 being ALL about vampy-vampness? Yeah. Either way it was good and awesome and I glommed the thing in under 30 minutes.
You know what sucks? Ass holes. Ass holes suck. You know what sucks worse than ass holes? Ass holes who never learn to wipe the shit from their own sp...more
You know what sucks? Ass holes. Ass holes suck. You know what sucks worse than ass holes? Ass holes who never learn to wipe the shit from their own sphincters. Can ya tell I'm angry? 'Cause I'm fuck-tons angry. "Why the rage-face, Jacquie?" Oh I'll tell ya. But, before I vomit my rant-words all over the place, let me set the scene for ya.
Any Man Of Mine by Rachel Gibson. Quick run down: Hero dude hokey player Sam sees tall curvy redhead heroine Autumn in a Vegas bar, the two get drunk, bump uglies, have a quicky impromptu wedding, hero dude Sam bails, heroine chick Autumn ends up preggers, Sam orders a paternity test and a divorce, fast forward six years, and Mr. Jack Ass decides he wants a do-over. Best synopsis ever. Also fuck you, Sam.
Surprise, surprise I hate this book, and isn't that just shocking? Normally I have indepth analytical chunky word bits to throw at you for explaining WHY I hate-face on a book. This time around, nope. This book sucks all of the ass and their subsequent turds for one reason and one reason only: the hero is a majestic prancing trout-faced cockstorm piss experiment! Sam LeClaire is a full-on, ass-flaps engaged, douche nozzle and there aren't enough words in the all the languages in all the world to convey to you my hatred of this character.
Any Man of Mine is basically a second-chance-together/reformed-bad-boy story set up, and I'm okay with that. What sick bastard doesn't love a reunion story, with a kid thrown in? No one, that's who. But! When your story features a hero whose only notable characteristic is, AND I QUOTE: "...a good-looking son of a bitch." When your story has a plot-muppet in place of a human child. When your story literally has your hero getting all ass-hurt because "OH MY GOD how dare Autumn not forgive me for me for abandoning her six years ago" then ugh!
While I hate this character to colossal levels, it's noteworthy that, hey, he doesn't stalk our heroine. He pays his child support. And he shows up to be a dad. Sometimes. Okay, so fine, he's not an Edward Cullen psycho-ass. But when faced with no other insights into him as a human being, when denied all context but a some half-assed sad backstory and, "Hey, me like Hockey!" what the hell else am I supposed to do with this guy? Throw in the fact that our author never once really redeemed this dude by the end of the book, and just no.
"But Jacquie!" you're ranting at your computer screen, "Shut up about the hero! What else about the book?! Plot? Heroine? Writing? Pacing? Dialogue? Setting? ANYTHING!" Well, um...I got nothing. See, realistically everything else with this book was okay...until. The heroine was relateably likeable...until the very end for taking back a jerk who apparently stopped being a jerk but ya could've fooled me. The writing was brisk and lively...until the middle where it lulled and dragged like a damn tank in the ocean. The pacing was even keeled and slow building....until it jumped spastic, choppy, and rushed in the last 100 pages. Hell even the plot-style couldn't make up its mind whether it wanted to be just a slow-burning emotionally driven reunion story or a Penthouse Forum Special.
So, at the end of the day, if I hated this thing so much then why the hell did I do this to myself? Well, mostly because Rachel Gibson tricked me and I'm mad about it. I spent 317 pages with this book, convinced by the tone that, before I got to page 373, hero-guy was gonna do something to demonstrate this magical love he suddenly felt for our heroine. Or, somehow we as the reader were going to witness SOMETHING in the way of why the hell these two love each other. Did that ever happen? Nope. But, as bad as the hero was, and as boring as the courtship and romance turned out to be, the heroine was all of the awesome!
Yes, Autumn pulled a few TSTL moments, but throughout the story she was interesting and dynamic and strong and likeable. Our heroine owned her own business and rocked it, she was believable as a mother and friend, as a woman and an individual. But, as fun as she was, her counterpart sucked. This suckage wrecked the novel and destroyed any happy feels I might have experienced.
There book had instalove without grounding, an asshole hero without redemption, and a told-not-shown love story that hurt my brain. Rachel Gibson tricked my ass and somebody better invent a fictional-character-to-IRL machine quick, 'cause I wanna punch Sam LeClaire in the face.
No wonder it took me a damn month to finish this damn thing.(less)
Whoa, there you awesome piece of manga, you! Yeah, to say that I enjoyed this installment of the series is like ALL of the hella-understatement! I kno...more
Whoa, there you awesome piece of manga, you! Yeah, to say that I enjoyed this installment of the series is like ALL of the hella-understatement! I know this is only my second volume of Vampire Knight, but I'm hardcore on the This Shit Is Awesome fangirl train.
Volume 2 is DEFINITELY all about some Zero up in here, which frankly makes me ecstatic. Between him and Kaname, and hell even in comparison to Yuki, Zero gets top billing in my book. I really enjoyed how more of the focus is shifted to him and we're given a little bit insight to his backstory. Plus we totally get to see him be emotastic and all bitey-bitey on Yuki!
I love the relationship between these two characters, and I find their connection as friends to be so damn adorable. But, while I love this Volume for exploring more of Zero's character, I have to say one fight sequence cinched this as being a 5 star read. A vamp gets Samurai-ed in twain, and while that's awesome in its own right, the fact that we switch to the gory POV made it all of the more badass!
So, yep. All the subsequent volumes for Vampire Knight?