Thursday 6 December 2018

Book Review: Twilight Vows by Maggie Shayne and Shion Hanyu (Manga/PNR)

Title: Twilight Vows
Author: Maggie Shayne & Shion Hanyu

Publication Date: 1 November 2018
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley

After graduating from college, Rachel is returning to her hometown. She’d lost her parents when she was young, and when she was still a child, her aunt and uncle decided to murder her for the insurance money. Fortunately, a beautiful man saved her life, promising her that she was not alone, that she had him. The man shared his name with a legendary vampire from the area, and when she grew up, Rachel decided she would seek out the enigmatic man who’d saved her life.

I have read a few bits of manga and some graphic novels over the last few years, but they are not one of my principal focuses. However, the blurb and cover of Twilight Vows caught my eye, so I decided to give it a try. The story is pretty light and highly predictable, but I don't think that's a major issue with this style of work, which plays to tropes and expectations. Overall, it was a quick and easy read, though once or twice I was briefly confused until I realised we had gone into a flashback. The best thing about this book for me was the gorgeous illustrations. I would have fallen in love with Donovan too. So, while the story didn't blow me away, on the whole I had a lot of fun reading this book, taking in the beautiful artwork, so I would give another work in this series a try in the future. Dedicated fans of manga with paranormal elements will doubtless find something to appreciate in Twilight Vows. Three stars for the story, but bumping my rating to four stars thanks to the artwork.

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