Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pandora Hearts, Volume 1 by Jun Mochizuki

Oz Vessalius is about to turn fifteen years old and to have his coming out celebrations.  Relatives and friends are gathering to celebrate what should be a milestone for Oz.  But all goes wrong when creatures from the Abyss, an eternal prison where there is no escape, come and take Oz for a sin that he is not aware of committing.  While in the Abyss, Oz meets Alice who wants to get out of the Abyss as badly as he does.  But to get out, Oz must form a pact with Alice and once they do life is never the same for Oz.  Oz must now figure out what sin he has committed and who he can really trust.

Pandora Hearts is a twisted take on Alice in Wonderland.  Mochizuki has taken characters from Lewis Caroll’s classic tale and places them in interesting situations.  While some of the characters come from classic literature, this story is so much more.   Fans of the classic Alice will enjoy seeing their favorite (or not so favorite) characters in another light and those not familiar with the tale will enjoy the story for itself.  The artwork has clean lines and even with action, the reader is transported into the story. The first volume hints at a very compelling story with some beloved characters from classic literature doing not so classic things.  This title is for teens and adults and does include some mild violence and very few instances of adult language.   Pandora Hearts is a very compelling read that persuades the reader to continue on in the series.

You can find Pandora Hearts, Volume 1 by Jun Mochizuki on the VBPL Catalog.  If you enjoyed Pandora Hearts, you may want to try Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose or Black Butler by Yana Toboso.

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