Yuuri Watoh keeps a little shop to which no one goes. She sells teas and other herbal option for deal with ailments. However, she’s known as a Misfortune Devouring Witch, so she receives no customers. Until a fateful day Count Ernest Travis Selden visits her shop on the behalf of the king after being recommended to him. Despite the price he has to pay, he keeps coming back to Yuuri’s displeasure.
The expectations I had… When you see “vampire” there is something you expect. We all know the stereotype(s), but we all have individual ideas, still. That slight variety of expectations because we fixate on some details that is frequent. This vampire wasn’t the one I expected. Yuuri has the traits of a vampire, that’s for sure, but there was something that just sat oddly to me with her but I can’t pinpoint it.
That was actually much of my experience of the book.
I don’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. That wasn’t a bad thing, though! It was an interesting read, and I really enjoyed it. But at the same times I have the strangest of mixed feelings. Something about the book itself disappointed me, so it didn’t get my top score. Since I can’t say what exactly I assumed of the book, it’s difficult to pinpoint what disappointed me though.
However, the cute romance and the interesting tasks Ernest came with for seemingly no reason (to Yuuri) made up for it for sure. The “witch” aspect was also one of how one category of witches work, rather than a fantasy sort of witch. That combined with making Yuuri more realistic as a vampire was a pleasant surprise to me. I felt this story had a depth I just hadn’t expected, with both bitter and heart-warming moments.
I think people who want that down-to-earth, realistic approach to vampires and some romance of what is definitely an adorable couple could enjoy this more than I did. It was a good book, just not fully my cup of tea. I did find it really good while reading it, but at the end of the day it also fell short, leaving me with a mixture of feelings I can’t quite put into words.
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