Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mega Manga Giveaway: Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino Vol. 1 - 15

Today, I'm excited to share this giveaway with our WinterHaven followers. I've been addicted to the Vampire Knight manga series for a few years now. This is one of the only shojo manga series I've continued to read, and I always find myself looking forward to the next book! I love the story line; the art work is amazing; and the endings always have me pining for more. If you've never tried a manga before because you think you might not get the hang of the flow or feel the graphical representations will be too distracting, I can only encourage you to give just one a try before you get hooked. I love them!

Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino
Publisher: VIZ Media

Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy's secret. Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

My Thoughts
In the Vampire Knight manga series, there are two groups of students who attend Cross Academy. There's the Day Class, where Yuki Cross and Kiryu Zero serve has Guardians, and the Night Class that is full of vampires. Yuki was attacked by a vampire ten years prior and has no memory preceding that event. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy and guards the Day Class alongside Zero, who has secrets that haunt him and his existence. Despite her past, Yuki believes that vampires and humans can peacefully coexist, but Zero feels differently.

As each installment is released, I continue to be amazed with the artwork and the detailed story that is masterfully depicted with such few words and intricate drawings. Matsuri Hino has a gift as a storyteller and artist. She does a flawless job of infusing back-story at just the right moments to hook the reader even further into her series. If you’ve never tried a manga series before, Vampire Knight is definitely the way to go.

I give this entire series 5 Snowflakes!!
Today, I am offering one lucky WinterHaven follower the chance to win the first FIFTEEN volumes... YES 15 installments. Simply fill out the rafflecopter and be sure to read the giveaway policy. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Policy: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age and older to enter. Open to US and Canada residents. The retail value of the books are $9.99 each USD. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners will be selected after July 16, 2013 randomly by Rafflecopter. Entries will be reviewed for accuracy. WinterHaven Books is not responsible for lost or damaged items received through mail. This giveaway is sponsored by WinterHaven Books and will be shipped out by us. If the items are not claimed via email within 24 hours of receiving notification, the item will be forfeited with no winner or an alternate winner may be selected at blog’s discretion with email verification by July 19, 2013. WinterHaven Books has the right to obtain and publicize the winner's name and likeness. Void where prohibited by law.

67 comments:

  1. Cool review. I've always wanted to read the manga for this one cause the anime is so popular. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. You're welcome Shane. This is a great one to start with if you've never tried a manga before.

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  2. I read all kinds of manga, all the time! My favorite series right now are Kamisama Kiss and Skip Beat, and I'm really getting into Blue Exorcist as well.

    Thanks for the epic giveaway! :)

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    1. Thanks for the manga recs Skye! I"ll have to check those out.

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  3. I love this series. Although I came in and out from reading the manga because I was reading the japanese ones before they came here

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    1. I wish I could read Japanese. I bet the storyline sounds better in it's original language.

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  4. I have read manga before. I usually start with the anime though and if I like it I'll read it. I've read Bleach, Kamisama Kiss, Black Butler, Naruto, Berserk, And so on, I just love them!

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    1. I have to check those out Nancy! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Actually me -no- i like the artwork though.. My niece however loves manga,these books, and Japan!!

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    1. Glad to hear your niece enjoys them. :)

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  6. I've read A TON of mangas *manga junkie* and have LOVED so many of them. I've read up to Vol. 13 of Vampire Knight. Some I've read recently & loved were: 1000% love, CodeBreaker, Yurara, and Fruits Basket! They all have great artwork and great stories behind them just like VK.

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    1. I have to start Fruit Basket. I have the first two volumes. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  7. Yes, Bleach and Naruto. Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!

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  8. I've read a little bit of many manga series, but the only one I really kept with was/is Fruits Basket. There's this one I started called Children of the Sea. I LOVED it.

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    1. Hmmm... that's the second time FB was mentioned and I have the first two I have to start them soon!

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  9. I love reading manga!! I just started Pandora Hearts, and I really like it so far! :D And I there was no box to put in my email for the follow entry, so I'll just leave it here. animefreak902@yahoo.com Just so you know I actually follow or whatever... Anyway, thanks for this amazing giveaway!!

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    1. Sounds good! Thanks for the email addy Angela. You're welcome and good luck!

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  10. I have never read any mangas. My boyfriend has been trying relentlessly to get me into them so I figured I'd give it a shot. :)

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    1. LOL! Well I hope you enjoy it! They are fun. :D

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  11. I've read a lot of manga series and most of them are still ongoing. I read Death Note (a really good one!), Shugo Chara, Naruto, Bleach, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Watashi ni xx Shinasai, Clannad, Fairy Tail, etc. I really love this series! Yuki and Zero! ❤.❤

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    1. I love this series too! Good luck Alenette!

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  12. I have read the first two manga in this series, the first 8 in Angel Sanctuary, Ghost Hunters (something along those lines), and the entire Death Note series! I'm sure there are a few manga I have left out, but I can't remember them.

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    1. Death Note has been mentioned a few times. I need to try them!

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  13. I absolutely LOVE Vampire Knight. I'm OBSESSED with Kaname. I have the fanbook, which is very cool, lots of extras. What I really want- besides this awesome collection of course, is the amazing hardcover art book for the series. This is by far my favorite manga but I also love Black Butler, Claymore, and xxxHolic.

    Thank you for this absolutely incredible giveaway.

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    1. Oh the fanbook was fun to read! I enjoyed it and glad you did too. :)

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  14. I read a lot of graphic novels but have never read a manga series before! I've wanted to though, and have been curious! I have a lot of graphic novel collections but I would love to get this series they look so good I adore a vampires!! ^_^

    Thanks!!

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    1. This one is a good one to start with. I love it. Good luck Diamond!

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  15. I'm just starting to get into manga. My girlfriend introduced me to Death Note as well as Death of the Endless.

    Thanks so much for this super generous giveaway!

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    1. You're welcome Jillyn! Good luck. :)

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  16. I've read the first couple books in this series but it's been quite awhile since the first time I've read the series, what I remember of the first couple of books was that they the start of a pretty good series!

    Another good series that I've enjoyed is the Inuyasha series, I've also loved the anime series as well, I'm so glad I've found both of these series!

    Gabby

    fallschangingheart@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks for the rec Gabby. I haven't heard of Inuyasha. I will surely check it out. :)

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  17. I used to read manga all the time! I read Vampire Knight, actually, but I fell out of it and had actually forgotten about it until now--now I need to catch up and see how my beloved Yuki and Zero (I will always ship them!) are :)
    I also read Fruits Basket (obvious choice), Paradise Kiss, and Hot Gimmick (my friend literally forced me to read it because she loved it so much).

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    1. I've heard Paradise Kiss is awesome. Glad you love it. Good luck Christine!

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  18. I've never read manga, but this actually sounds really interesting! I'd love to try it out :)

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    1. If you've never tried it, this is a good start. Good luck Kayla!

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  19. I can't join (not from the US/Canada) but I was delighted to see the prize! Love VK, and Hino Matsuri's art is really pretty (even though it's not that obvious in the cover).

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    1. Sorry Satchmo! I wish I could ship internationally, but the postage would break my budget. Thank you so much for stopping by!! :)

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  20. Several actually. Manga/GN are my favorite reading material.
    http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/9861836?shelf=mangas <.....Here's a link to my mangas shelf on GR.

    BTW, I am a faithful Yaname shipper. Love me some Kaname!

    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

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    1. Oh!! Thanks for the link Holly! I'll be sure to check out your manga shelf. :)

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  21. Awesome giveaway! Love manga and love this series, however I don't own any of them so I haven't gotten that far into the series. The anime is SO good too!

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  22. I read all sorts of manga! I've been meaning to read this one for quite some time, I hope I win. Series I love are: Pandora Hearts, D.Grayman, and XxxHolic

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  23. My daughter loves manga and it has improved since I read it so many years ago when I remembered how to speak and read Japanese.

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    1. That's great to hear! I'd love to check out one of the earlier mangas to see how they've improved. :)

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  24. I have never read a manga series!

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    1. They are great! I hope you get to one soon. Thanks for stopping by Celena!

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  25. I think I have read manga before but I don't remember the series because it was probably over 20 years ago and I read it in Japanese, lol.

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    1. How exciting! I bet they are better in their original language.

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  26. A few that I've read are Demon Love Spell, Black Bird and a some of Vampire Knight. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. You're welcome Jennifer. Good luck!

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  27. I've never read a manga series. This could be my first. It sounds amazing.

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    1. It really is amazing. Great series to start with Rodney. Good luck!

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  28. I loved manga when I was younger! Chobits was my favorite, but I like most shoujo manga. :P I've been wanting to read this series for a while! Thanks for the giveaway! <3

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    1. I have the first four volumes of Chobits. I need to jump into those. You're welcome and good luck Chey!

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  29. I really loved the review. I am a big manga addict, and vampire night was and will always be my greatest manga addiction. I really hoped that the giveaway was opened internationally. Well Good luck to all of the members.

    Gambate Ne! (>.o)b

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  30. Oh God, have I been too late?? I absolutely ADORE Vampire Knight and just came across this giveaway and I got sooo excited! Wish I was lucky :3

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  31. I haven't but I would LIKE to!

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  32. I have never read a Magna Series, but have been wanting to for a long time. It interests me very much and this one is one that I have looked at when searching for the one I would read if I did read a Magna series, so i hope I win. Free is always better than paying for it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  33. Umm where to begin.... I <3 anime and manga. I actually have not read Vampire Knight but have wanted to. I have read Chibi Vampire (novels and manga), Fate/Stay Night, Death Note, High School of the Dead, Ballad of a Shikigami, Inuyasha, Fruits Basket, Is this a Zombie?.... (also have seen the anime for all too!) All are really good and I would recommend!

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  34. I read Sailor Moon before and it's good!

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  35. I have yet to read any Manga series, but like you said, this one sounds like a great place to start! :)

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  36. Not yet, but I've been meaning to because my husband and daughter are obsessed with them and I'd like to be able to talk to them about it. Thank you!

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  37. My oldest son (17) loves Manga. He and I devote at least one Saturday a month to watching whole series' on Netflix or on the internet. Together we will read books and the argue/discuss which is better. We joke around about how we should just create our own. He has my 7 year old hooked on High School of the Dead right now. I find it is an enjoyable break from reading novels and better than soap operas, lol. This is a series he mentioned we should check out.
    Thanks for having a giveaway opportunity 8)
    Michelle Hofacker - michelle68314@yahoo.com

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