Book Review: Vampire Dormitory Vol. 1 by Ema Tōyama

Vampire Dormitory

Author: Ema Tōyama
Series: Vampire Dormitory, Vol. 1
Publisher: Kodansha Comics Digital-First! (August 20, 2019)
Kindle edition, 161 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga


For Mito, being the thrall of a vampire is the least of her worries. Mito’s lived life on the streets since she graduated from middle school, dressing as a boy to stay safe. She’s managed to eke out a grungy, friendless existence, but when a handsome vampire, Ruka, rescues her from sure-death, he makes her an offer that sounds too good to be true: become his subservient thrall from which he can feed whenever he wants, and she can live with him—in the boys’ dorm. Because her very existence depends on her secret not being found out, every day is a new danger—to say nothing of what living with a vampire could mean! Ruka, not knowing Mito’s a girl, dotes on her night and day in an attempt to ripen her “disgusting male blood,” but the closer he gets to her, the more likely her secret could get out…and the closer she gets to having her new, wonderful life come crashing down around her… A heart-pounding, (blood)-thirsty new romance from the award-winning Ema Toyama (Missions of Love, Aoba-kun’s Confessions)!


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I LOVE this manga. The art style is beautiful and the story is my catnip. I love a good woman-disguised-as-a-man trope, especially when there’s a bit of a love triangle involved. This has slight Ouran High School Host Club and also Hana-Kimi vibes in that Mito is a very cute “boy” at an all boys school. I love the added vampire element, and the reasons Mito needs to keep pretending to be a boy. There’s a bit of a comedy/rom-com element in this, as well as some really hot scenes where the leads’ hearts go ba-dump. Just love it entirely.

Did I read this first one and then immediately buy the next six volumes in this seven volume series? You bet I did. And that’s about the highest recommendation there is!

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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