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New on Shoujo Shelves – July 2012

It’s prime summer! Time to lay out by the water and enjoy a good book. If you’re looking for the most recent releases of shoujo volumes I’ve got them! Here’s what’s coming out this month for all you shoujo lovers out there.



We’ve got a good variety to choose from this month – the final conclusion for manhwa 13th Boy, omnibus volumes of Hana-Kimi and Skip Beat, and the next installments of Itazura na Kiss and Vampire Knight that we’ve waited so long for. After compiling the list, I think I might be looking into Book Girl and Sakuran, and I’ll definitely pick up Jui Jui and tell you how it is.

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13th Boy, Vol. 12   *Final Volume

With the holidays finally upon Hee-So, the season of giving is in full swing! But as she gets ready for her Christmas Eve festivities, Beatrice takes generosity to a whole new level as he prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to give the present of “destiny” to his beloved friend. But if Hee-So realizes the sacrifice her darling Beatrice plans to make in order to bring Whie-Young back among the living, will she be able to look her first love in the face ever again? Hee-So’s search for love concludes in this final volume of 13th Boy!

Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz, vol. 1

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are the “Bloody Twins”, amorous and affable killers who are able to transform themselves into adorable children or suavely handsome adults. As the gatekeepers to the Hatter Mansion, they tried to kill Alice once. Now they are hopelessly in love with her. Will either Dee or Dum win Alice’s affections, and more importantly…will she survive their screwball courtship?

 

Arisa, Vol. 8

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Book Girl Novel 5, Book Girl and the Wayfarer’s Lamentation

While Konoha is aware that he will soon be losing his book-eating club president when she ventures off to college, a new relationship blossoms between him and the once standoffish Kotobuki. The two even manage to spend New Year’s Day together! However, the dawn of the new year also ushers in the return of a familiar face – a girl whose every line Konoha has memorized and one the heartbroken boy thought he would never see again.

Just as she re-enters his life, though, Konoha feels the ties he has established with the people around him begin to sever… Can a simple book girl shed some much-needed insight on the situation before it’s too late?

 

Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 10

A powerful organization that was after Kurosaki’s “Jack Frost” virus suddenly falls apart, but Kurosaki can’t rest easy since Akira was somehow involved. Furthermore, Akira tells Kurosaki that Teru is still a target! Can Kurosaki protect Teru from Akira’s menacing schemes?

 Hana-Kimi Omnibus 3, Vol. 7-9

Mizuki’s big lie gets even messier when her male alter ego starts dating Julia, the transfer student from America. Plus, a certain devious teacher targets Mizuki’s friend Nakatsu and levies charges that could ultimately get him kicked out of school! As she struggles to keep her cover and her cool under pressure, things heat up more than ever for Mizuki and her classmates.

Itazura na Kiss, Vol. 9

Kotoko’s grades have her in danger of failing to graduate, while her beloved Naoki moves forward with his plans to become a doctor. What does this mean for her plans to get herself into the nursing school program? If she doesn’t make it, she won’t be able to remain at his side, even at work! Add in the very real personal dramas of her classmates and it becomes quite apparent: the road to happily ever after sure is rough!

   

Jiu Jiu, Vol. 1 *New Series

Born into a family of “Hunters,” Takamichi’s destiny is to pursue and slay demons. When her twin brother is killed, she is saved from despair by a pair of Jiu Jiu – shape-shifting familiars – in the form of two wolf pups named Snow and Night. Now Takamichi is in high school and an active Hunter. Snow and Night can’t wait to attend school in their human form to “protect” her. But are they ready to go off leash…?

Takamichi’s Jiu Jiu Obedience Training Goals
1. Stop them from following you to work
2. Avoid exposing them to the full moon
3. Save them from execution

My Boyfriend is a Vampire, Vol. 5-6

Being beautiful is never easy, especially if you’re an eighteen year old boy like Gene who is constantly mistaken for a girl because of his delicate good looks. Gene is, in fact, anything but delicate. He is the ringleader of a group of tough kids in an all boy’s school, and he’s quick to beat the living daylights out of anyone who even hints that he resembles a girl.

If that wasn’t hard enough for a regular teenage guy to cope with, his life is about to take a shocking turn for the worse. When Gene stumbles upon strange happenings in the forest, he gets sucked into a world of vampire intrigue and sinister romance that he never knew existed. And he learns that there are worse things than being turned into a vampire: being turned into a girl?!

   

Natsume’s Book of Friends, Vol. 12

Natsume meets a kindhearted yokai who has found a ruined letter he desperately needs to read. There is another yokai who has power over paper who might be able to help him. But this yokai’s name is sealed in the Book of Friends… Will it be willing to help the grandson of the woman who bound it?!

 

Oresama Teacher, vol. 9

The yearly culture festival is coming up fast, and it’s a great chance for Midorigaoka Academy to shine. But disappearing students and rising tensions between the academy and nearby Kiyama High could turn the festival into a full-on disaster! Can a pack of delinquents save the day and the school?

 

Sailor Moon, Vol. 6

Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl – until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is really Sailor Moon! As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evil and enforce justice in the name of the moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!

 

Sakuran  *Josei

Kiyoha may wear the fancy kimono-dresses, but she is not your every-day geisha. The hairstyle may be the same, and she may have some of the finest clientele, comparable to those of the most refined women in all of Kyoto, but she is not in the home of geisha and their maiko assistants. Instead, Kiyoha is in Yoshiwara, the infamous red-light district located in northeast Tokyo. And instead of being a respected geisha artisan, she is an oiran, a courtesan.

Kiyoha didn’t choose this life. She was forced into this world at an early age for one reason… she had spunk. A fire burned within her as a child. She would rather fight than cry, and she caused her caretakers so much grief their best solution was to give her a purpose to be strong and maybe a chance to develop a life on her own. But getting to that point would take years of heartache and misery. Kiyoha’s entire life has been in chaos, and she has blossomed in it.

   

Skip Beat, Vol. 28

Ren’s new roles are dredging up old memories best left buried, and he’s having trouble dealing with the emotional turmoil. But the President was right when he claimed Kyoko was Ren’s good luck charm. Will her strange but good-natured ways be enough to keep him from his own darkness?

Skip Beat Omnibus 3 , Vol. 7-9

Kyoko’s dreams are finally coming true! She’s landed a spot in Sho’s new video, and revenge is in sight! But vengeance isn’t as easy as she thought, and her rage starts to get in the way of her acting. When her performance catches the attention of some important people, Kyoko finds herself working with the terrifying Ren Tsuruga! Can she make it work, or will her growing fame be her downfall?!

Twilight Graphic Novel, Vol. 2

Having uncovered the dark secret of her enigmatic classmate, Edward Cullen, Bella Swan embraces her feelings for him, trusting Edward to keep her safe despite the risks. When a rival clan of vampires makes its way into Forks, however, the danger to Bella has never been more real. Will she make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people dearest to her?

   

Vampire Knight, Vol. 14

The Vampire Hunter Society has imprisoned Aido in order to interrogate him about Kaname’s connection to Sara Shirabuki. Meanwhile, Yuki wants a fresh start with Kaname, but circumstances arise that may force them apart.


Which series are you going to be picking up?

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