Review: The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 6

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The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 6 by: Jun Mochizuki

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Jun Mochizuki, acclaimed creator of PandoraHearts, continues her epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas!
Showing up without an invitation, an old friend of Noe’s appears and…collars him?! Vanitas can’t very well let his companion up and disappear, but where exactly are his quarry headed??

Find out what happens in the sixth installment of Jun Mochizuki’s latest epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas, the same day as Japan!

Beware spoilers ahead!

After finishing the last chapter I was eager to read this one. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this chapter!

The chapter begins where the last one left off. Noe is doubling over in pain and says that he indeed did see the Charlatan. Dominique a woman claiming to be Noe’s fiancee enters. Noe reveals that he isn’t engaged to Dominique and that she is a childhood friend. Dominique then takes Noe with her leaving Vanitas.

When Noe asks why she came after him she explains that it is because she was worried about Noe. As readers have already seen Noe is absolutely clueless and very child-like. Dominique thinks that Vanitas is using Noe for some personal gain. Dominique mentions that she was able to get an invitation to a party so that Noe can have a word with one of the attenders about curse breakers. Eventually Vanitas finds them and goes with them. The chapter ends with Dominique telling Vanitas Noe’s backstory.

The only reason I rated this 3 stars is because I felt that the chapter was too short. When I got to the end I was surprised and assumed that there would be more. But alas I finished it. What I really enjoyed about this chapter was Dominique. I liked her character. And as usual this was funny. What’s interesting is that Dominique is Noe’s teacher’s granddaughter. I’m really looking forward to learning more about Noe’s past in the next chapter!

Overall a good but too short of a read. I recommend this series to people looking for a unique fantasy. And for anyone who is new to reading manga, who would like to start off with fantasy. 

Review: The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 5

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The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 5 by: Jun Mochizuki

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Jun Mochizuki, acclaimed creator of PandoraHearts, continues her epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas!
Back at Count Orlok’s place, Noe and Vanitas are reunited with a familiar face! But to get what they want, Noe will have to employ a power that no one knew he possessed…
Find out what happens in the fifth installment of Jun Mochizuki’s latest epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas, the same day as Japan!

Beware spoilers ahead!

After finishing the last chapter I was hoping that this chapter would be better. I am happy to say that this chapter was way better!

The chapter begins with a flashback to Noe’s past. Noe is relaxing when someone approaches him. I’m assuming this someone is his teacher. The man mentions that he has noticed that Noe has not been having any blood. Noe says that it’s not necessary therefore he doesn’t see the point. The man offers up his blood. He also tells Noe that Noe won’t see anything different.

Noe wakes up from his dream and Vanitas appears at his window. The two eat breakfast together and decide to visit the Count and check on Amelia. Upon arriving the Count says that Amelia is free to go but he will be watching all of them. Vanitas then asks Amelia some questions.

This chapter was more interesting. We get a little bit about Noe’s past. And the type of vampire he is. When Vanitas questions Amelia you do find out how the vampires realize that they’ve become a curse bearer. Which was interesting.

The chapter was really short. Noe uses his abilities to help Amelia. And it ends with a person from Noe’s life coming in. I would really like to see this teacher of his. It seems that his teacher is everywhere and is going to play a significant role. Hopefully we’ll find out even more information on Noe’s past. 

Overall this was a really good chapter! I recommend this to anyone looking for a unique fantasy series. 

Review: The Case of Vanitas, Chapter 4

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The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 4 by: Jun Mochizuki

My Rating; 3 of 5 Stars

Jun Mochizuki, acclaimed creator of PandoraHearts, continues her epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas!

Noe and Vanitas’s mission to prove Count Orlok wrong has been rudely interrupted by a surprise showdown with a formidable foe! He may claim to have some tricks up his sleeve, but will Vanitas’s bluster turn out to be all for show against a legendary warrior maiden?!

Read the fourth installment of Jun Mochizuki’s latest epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas, the same day as Japan!

Beware spoilers ahead!

At the end of chapter 3 Vanitas reveals that he knows a way to defeat the Hellfire witch. I was looking forward to reading this chapter! I enjoyed the action scenes and the revealations in chapter 3. I was so excited for the showdown to begin! I am happy to report that I did enjoy this chapter as well.

The chapter begins where the last one left off. Vanitas has supposedly come up with a plan to defeat the Hellfire witch. While he goes to execute that plan he sends Noe off somewhere else.

While Vanitas fights the Hellfire witch, he talks to her. He manages to break down some of her defenses in a very cruel way. He continues to break down her defenses until she stops fighting. Overwhelmed by strong emotions Vanitas admits that he has feelings for the Hellfire witch.

Meanwhile Dante has just been informed that Luca and the Hellfire witch are looking for the book of Vanitas. Dante realizing that Vanitas is in trouble runs to his aid. He and the two other people watch the fight from the sidelines.

Throughout the interaction with Vanitas and the Hellfire witch you do get a bit more backstory and you really get to understand the relationship with Luca and the Hellfire witch. It was pretty interesting. And Noe’s part comes in pretty quickly.

This chapter was surprisingly short. While the action scenes were interesting, I didn’t really enjoy this chapter as much as the last one. It especially got weird when Vanitas tried proposing to the Hellfire witch. It seems that Vanitas doesn’t understand emotions. The ending was pretty creepy so here’s to hoping the next chapter is better.

Overall this was a good chapter! I recommend this series to anyone whose looking for a new sort of fantasy.

Review: The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 2

The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 2 by Jun Mochizuki

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jun Mochizuki, acclaimed creator of PandoraHearts, continues her epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas!

Following the incident on the ship, Noe manages to arrive in Paris–but in jail?! To make matters worse, the eccentric Vanitas is still at his side, and it doesn’t seem like getting rid of him will be easy. What is Vanitas up to, exactly?!

Read the second installment of Jun Mochizuki’s latest epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas!

Beware spoilers ahead!

After I finished the first chapter I was pretty excited to read the second one! I like how because it’s just began I can theorize and try to solve some of the mysteries in this series. I found that this chapter was better than the first!

This manga begins with a flashback featuring Noe and some kid whose also a vampire. Said kid is explaining Noe about the vampires who bear curses. Out of the blue they turn violent and start attacking people. When Noe asks what kind of a curse it is the kid explains that its the Vanitas curse.

Back to the present day Noe asks Vanitas why they are in jail. You are then taken a few days back. Vanitas is still trying to convince Noe to help him in his quest. While Noe decides to pick up his cat and belonging’s that was left behind in all the chaos. When he reaches the police arrives and he collapses.

Back to the jail cell Noe says that Vanitas should’ve been arrested because he was the intruder. Vanitas says that it is true. Noe then asks why he is in jail when he did nothing wrong. Vanitas says that it is because he said that Noe is his accomplice. Vanitas also explains that it is possible that Noe was not in his right mind when retrieving his belongings because he has poison in his system. Noe’s body has spent the last three days fighting the poison.

Vanitas yet again tries to convince Noe to join him. When a guard approaches and releases them. The guard gives them a card and says that they have been summoned. Vanitas then tells Noe that humans tend to erase all vampire related stuff. And that a count with the Queen is the one in charge of handling vampire matters. Said count has summoned them.

I enjoyed this chapter more than I did the first! It seems as each chapter is released the readers find out more about the vampire world. At the end you are also introduced to new characters. This chapter was really funny! Vanitas actually cracked me up a couple of times! Even though he’s insane he’s quite humorous. You do get to delve into Noe’s past a little more. And his personal history with vampires bearing curses. Noe also takes some action in this chapter and I’m excited to see where it leads Vanitas and him to!

Overall this was enjoyable! I recommend it to fans of the author, anyone whose finished the first chapter, and fantasy fans.

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Review: The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 1

The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 1 by Jun Mochizuki

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fans rejoice! Jun Mochizuki, acclaimed creator of PandoraHearts, returns with the first installment of her latest epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas!

In a late 19th century Paris plagued by vampires…who is Vanitas, and what secrets does he hold?

Read the first chapter while the ink is still wet!

Beware spoilers ahead!

I had heard about this new manga series through my sister. I was very excited to here that it would be about Steampunk and Vampires! This author is also well known for her former manga series Pandorahearts. Which was brilliant (my sister read it and told me everything)! I am happy to say that the first chapter was pretty good!

Several years before the manga series takes place vampires fought with humans. Surprisingly humans won and ever since then vampires and humans coexist. Vampires are not allowed to attack humans nor have human blood. So far they have existed peacefully.

A man is aboard a high tech looking blimp to Paris. He seems rather excited and explores his surroundings with awe. Just then a woman passes by him and trips. Before she can fall he catches her. They sit together and the woman thanks him. She introduces herself as Amelia. She asks his name and he brilliantly replies his cat’s name.

Amelia does not ask for the mans name again and instead asks whether this is his first time travelling to Paris. He says that it is and that he was raised in a forest. He claims that he has come to Paris for a specific reason. When Amelia inquires about it he says that he is looking for The Book of Vanitas. Legend has it that those who use the book will doom the vampire race. It is essentially cursed.

Amelia is surprised by this and he explains that he doesn’t wish to use it but to see that it exists. It is then shown that two men are on top of a high tech looking blimp (which the man and Amelia are on) and they mention that they are looking for a target. The two men then break into the blimp and it is discovered that Amelia is there target.

This was a good introduction to this series! The legend and vampires are interesting as are the characters. There is a lot of mystery surrounding The Book of Vanitas and I am excited to find out more! The ending was very cliffhanger like. It is written the same way Pandorahearts was. Our main character is recalling all of the events that lead up to the future. The art is really pretty!

I did have some trouble reading this. It’s been a very long time since I read manga’s (Avalon High was my first one) and I kept on paying attention to the words rather than the pictures. Every now and then I would miss the fight scene and have to go back to look at what happened.

Overall this was a good start to a new series! I recommend it to fans of the author and people looking for a new fantasy.

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Review: Noir

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With Urlick imprisoned for the murder of Professor Smrt, Eyelet must find her way back through the Infirm-infested woods, to the forbidden city of Brethren, to free Urlick before it’s too late. 

Along the way, she elicits the help of Crazy Legs, Urlick’s longtime friend. Together they overthrow a travelling freak show train destined for Brethren, with plans to use it to distract the city, so Urlick can make an escape. But Eyelet is lead astray, when a haunting image from her past appears in an abandoned factory at the edge of town. There she unearths a series of ungodly secrets and soon finds herself, imprisoned. 

Will C.L. be able to save them both from their fates? 

Or will he too, fall prey to the tyranny of Brethren’s newest Ruler? 

Rumor has it the Ruler has secrets of her own. 

Secrets she’s determined to keep. 

Seems an heir may have been overlooked. 

The true heir to the Commonwealth throne. 

Beware spoilers ahead!

I recieved this arc via Netgalley and Skyscape and Two Loins in exchange for an honest review.

Going into this book I was worried that it would suffer second book syndrome. But I was happily wrong as this book was amazing!

Noir picks up with Flossie’s point of view where the readers find out that she is alive and has become one of the turned. Readers also get to see from her eyes Urlick’s arrest scene. During the chapter Flossie finds out that she has some leverage over the infirmed and uses them to do her bidding throughout the whole book. We are then taken to Eyelets point of view as she makes her way to Urlick’s place. Upon reaching there the group devise a plan to save Urlick. As a mode of transportation Eyelet suggests they make wings for Urlick’s horse. They all agree. C.L. then suggests getting his old circus friends to help them. His plan is to kill the ring master and convince his old friends into helping them save Urlick. Meanwhile Urlick is in jail and is miserable. A boy whose name is Sebastian agrees to be Urlick’s eyes and ears until his execution and in return Urlick agrees to bail Sebastian out of jail.

It was nearly interesting to read all about the new characters and how they play a role in the overall plot. We get to read new point of views in this book and delve into some of the characters pasts. This book takes place within three days so it is much faster than the first book. We find out more about how the world came to be the way it is. It ends on a cliffhanger which means that there will be a third book.

If you did not enjoy the first book I would still give this one a shot considering how much better this book is compared to the first one. If you don’t want to try this then considering your experience with the first book then I completely understand. For those who haven’t read the series I would definitely recommend this! To be honest this is one of the most unique series I have ever read! I can’t wait for the third book 🙂

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Review: Lumiere

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Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this copy from Skyscape and Two Loins via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Out of all the arc’s that I requested this was the one I wanted to start with first. I was drawn into the explanation and immediately requested it. But because I downloaded A Thousand Nights and Hunter first I had to start with those two otherwise my 50 day countdown would be up.

This book was even better than I had assumed it would be! When I read the explanation of the book I thought it would be a 3 star. Boy was I wrong!

Lumiere is about Eyelet Elsworth the daughter of a very well known professor and Urlick Babbit (more about him later on). Eyelet suffers from seizures and in this world seizures is a sign of ‘Madness’. Her father and mother told her that if she revealed to the world her seizures she would then be tossed into an asylum. After that she has lived in constant fear about getting thrown into an asylum. Her father built The Great Illuminator to some how cure her seizures. In the beginning of the book (Eyelet is 8 years old in the prologue) it is revealed that her father ‘sold’ the machine to a circus performer. After stating that the machine is not the circus performers, her mother ushers her out of the circus. While running they see a flash of light that changed their world forever. It jumps to when Eyelet is 17 years old the audience is told that her father died a day after the carnival show. She lives with her mother and the only reason she has made it into the academy is because her father was a very well respected professor. She goes to school only to run into Professor Smrt. Smrt get under her skin and finds out that she has seizures. While in the process of writing a diagnoses one of her other teachers reveals that her mother has been accused of killing the prince and is going to be executed along with Eyelet. Eyelet escapes and finds her mother dying. Her mother urges her to live and gives her the pendant on the cover. Deciding that she needs to find her fathers machine she sees Urlick stealing it. She jumps onto his carriage in a sense forcing Urlick to take her with him.

Urlick is also the son of a professor who lives on the ‘bad side of town’. He agrees to take Eyelet into his home on the condition that she will do his dishes. He sets out all the rules of the house and then is off to tinkering with the machine. Urlick is actually deformed. He stole the machine so that he can ‘fix’ himself. Later on in the book they agree to work together so that they can get the machine working by getting Eyelet’s father’s journals.

Despite the fact that the explanation says that Urlick keeps secrets, Eyelet is the one that does. I found it odd how Urlick eventually revealed everything to her but she did. I’m assuming this is because she was scared he would judge her. But that still doesn’t make it fair.

This book had a unique plot, good world building, and relate-able and realistic characters. I would’ve given it a 5 star but the ending with ‘Pan’ pushed this to a 4 star.

Overall this an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the sequel!


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