Foreign Friday: Millenium Snow

This week’s Foreign Friday title is Millennium Snow, by Bisco Hatori.

The Story

Seventeen-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems, and her doctors say she won’t live to see the next snow. Chiyuki makes the most of the time she has left, even though things aren’t that exciting–until she comes across a recluctant vampire late one chilly night. Toya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood and refuses to make the traditional partnership with a human, whose life-giving blood would keep them both alive for a thousand years. Can Chiyuki teach Toya to feel passion for life, even as her own is ending?

The Characters

Chiyuki is an intriguing young woman who faces her limitations with bravery and even some humor. Her inner strength is the driving force of her whole being. Toya is an adolescent vampire; moody, angsty and directionless. The two make a striking couple (maybe more so than Edward and Bella).

What I Thought

Millennium Snow is another take on vampire/human romance (with a werewolf to make a nice triangle). What makes this one interesting is really Chiyuki  – her perspective at death’s door. There’s some enjoyable humor, although the overall plot isn’t particularly deep, since it stops at volume 2. If you’re looking for a complete series, this isn’t for you, but if you’d like a nice peek at another spin on paranormal romance, check it out! Both volumes are available in English in the U.S.

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