Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 10, by Kotoyama

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Ko and Nazuna have their final showdown with Kyoko, the vampire hunter.

The vampire hunter arc comes to an end and I’m mixed about adding the hunter as a permanent addition to the cast. It was written well but Kyoko did a lot of damage and it’s clear her story is far from over. This is taking some intriguing turns and I like how it’s all coming together. They keep the story going in an entertaining way. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Little Monsters” Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen & Steve Wands

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A group of children believe they ate the last survivors on the planet and they are vampires. They were told to wait until come others return but it’s been many years. Thinking they’re alone, they are shocked to learn some humans still exist; humans they were told to promise never to eat.

This is a taste of a larger story that sets up a lot of information in a creative way without a bunch of info dumps. The art for this story is fitting, the slightly muted colors bringing out the red of the blood, but it feels lacking. It’s very short and predictable if you’ve ever read any other story like this but it’s not bad. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 9, by Kotoyama

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The secret we’ve been building up to in Nazuna’s past puts all vampire kind in danger as Uguisu sets her sights on killing Nazuna and her vampire friends and Ko as well.

I have to say Uguisu’s backstory and her dealings with vampires was not what I expected it to be but it’s interesting. It fits in well with the unique way vampires function in this universe. It presents a problem that makes me wonder if the solution will be satisfying to the plot. Uguisu is set on killing all the vampires and doesn’t fear putting crazy stunts in crowds of people. We’ll have to see what Nazuna decides to do in the next volume because all this exposure is clearly not a good thing. 4 out of 5.

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Anne Rice Giveaway!

My first novel in the First Brood series Dreamhunter is part of a massive giveaway honoring Anne Rice. The event starts Sunday, May 1st, and will end Sunday, May 15th, at 12 PM UTC and is open to USA and Canadian residents only.

You can win an autographed copy of Prince Lestat or a bonded leather edition of The Vampire Chronicles! It’s my first time being part of a giveaway like this and I hope it’s successful!

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 8, by Kotoyama

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Ko and Nazuna go to Nazuna’s old school in order to learn more about her forgotten past. When there, they meet Nazuna’s former teacher, Niko. Niko gets Nazuna to remember her old friend, Kyoko, who may have more answers if she can get in touch with her. Meanwhile, a current student; Rila, sets her sights on making Ko her boyfriend.

The bulk of this volume is a flashback to when Nazuna toyed with the idea of attending school like a human girl. Since we spend so much time on this backstory, we don’t get to more forward. I like learning about Nazuna but again, I want to know about the hunter and how she will get involved further. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 7, by Kotoyama

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In order to keep Detective Uguisu from hurting them, Ko and Nazuna search for items important to Nazuna’s past which brings them to Kabura, who has a major piece of the puzzle.

There are some big revelations in this volume that I won’t spoil but it gives this series a unique take on vampires. There’s also some humor here with Midori and her geeky boyfriend looking for her item to keep her safe but I would have liked if we had more about Uguisu and her mission to destroy vampires. I just want to know this character better and I’m sure it will come to light but I’m impatient for it. This series has been pretty lighthearted so far and I can tell this character is going to make it darker. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 6, by Kotoyama

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With a vampire hunter on the loose, Ko and Nazuna go looking for a way to keep Nazuna safe while wondering what it would mean for them to be in love; as that is the only way for Ko to achieve his dream of Nazuna turning him into a vampire.

I like the way this series establishes a vampire’s weakness being connected to a personal object in their past. It’s original and a way to find out more about our main characters. It’s really interesting and I look forward to more. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 4, by Kotoyama

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While Nazuna and Midori have some maid café shenanigans, there is also the looming threat of a vampire killer using their pasts to kill them. Ko is determined to save Nazuna so she can eventually turn him as he’s been hoping for since the beginning.

There’s a big theme of putting on a face to the public to appear normal and what it means to lose your humanity in this volume but it seems the focus should have been more on the vampire hunter after the more lighthearted story with the maid café. But hey, it makes me wanna grab the next one so, it did it’s job! 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 2, by Kotoyama

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Ko is still roaming about at night and feeding his vampire friend, Nazuna in hopes of eventually being turned into a vampire himself. When a schoolmate of his, Akira Asai, also happens upon Nazuna, she makes Ko give more thought into his mission to fall in love so he can become a vampire. We also learn how Nazuna makes her money; as a professional cuddler.

For me it makes total sense for Nazuna to be a professional cuddler. She’s a go with the flow type person so it makes sense she would have a job where she can make money on her own terms without set hours and her clients wouldn’t want people to know they see her. And we also get to meet one of her clients; who has much the same feelings about being out at night and just being able to be alone with your thoughts. I like that Nazuna being a vampire isn’t really the main focus; it’s the freedom of being out at night with out the pressures of the day. It’s interesting. 3.5 out of 5.

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