Chiyuki, a seventeen-year old heart patient, has been hospitalized for what will probably be the last time, when she meets Toya, an eighteen-year old vampire who has sworn off drinking blood. It is during their eighteenth year that vampires generally form a bond with the partner they will feed off of; in return, the partner lives as long as the vampire, a thousand years. When Chiyuki hears this, she becomes determined to stay with Toya, regardless of the fact that Toya is not interested in forming relationships at all, afraid of losing the people he has become attached to as he outlives them all. Naturally, the two become close, Toya (an emotionally distant hottie) resisting at every turn. When Chiyuki recovers from her illness and returns to school, new characters are introduced who also have commitment fears having to do with love and loss.

Millennium Snow is a highly predictable story, but fun, nonetheless, as Chiyuki gradually wears down Toya’s defences. One of the author’s early works, the long-limbed characters, dynamic facial expressions, and flashes of laugh-out-loud humor are similar to those that make Hatori’s Ouran High School Host Club so successful. The extra story included at the end of the volume is a sweet and slightly twisted story about a girl who falls in love with her best friend’s hidden personality. If you are in the mood for a formula romance with a little humor and not much angst, Millennium Snow may be just what you’re looking for.

Millennium Snow, vol. 1
By Bisco Hatori
ISBN: 9781421512020
VIZ, 2007

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    Eva Volin is Supervising Children’s Librarian for the Alameda (CA) Free Library. She cowrote “Good Comics for Kids: Collecting Graphic Novels for Young Readers” for Children & Libraries and is a contributor to the forthcoming ALSC Popular Picks for Young Readers. She has served as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. She has also served on several YALSA committees, including Great Graphic Novels for Teens and the Michael L. Printz Award. Eva is a regular contributor to School Library Journal’s Good Comics for Kids blog and is an occasional reviewer for Booklist.

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