364. Sweet Rein, Vol. 1 by Sakura Tsukuba
Nov. 5, 2013, VIZ Media, 191 pgs
"Sad at the thought of spending Christmas alone, Kurumi Sagara goes out for a walk. While she’s crossing the street, a boy bumps into her, and a rein suddenly appears that binds them together. The overjoyed boy tells her she’s his master and that she’s a Santa Claus. Kurumi dismisses him as a crazy person, but then he transforms into a reindeer?!"
Received an unsolicited review copy from the publisher.
I honestly did not think this was going to be my type of thing at all. The plot really sounded lame to me but am I ever surprised to have enjoyed this as much as I did! It is such a cute story. Shojo is not my cup of tea, but Sweet Rein manages to be cute, sweet and romantic without all the "squee" and usual annoying banter I don't like about this genre. A genuine nice book, with lovable characters and such a cute, feel-good plot. After three chapters the book ends with a one-shot story about a vampire whose little daughter arrives at his doorstep, "Sweet Bite Mark", turned out to be a lovely story also and I'm quite impressed with this book. Very light-hearted, but sincere and adorable. Perfect Christmas story for a Christmas gift.
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