Vampire Knight vol. 4 - Matsuri Hino
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Zero warns Yuki to stay away from Maria Kurenai, the new Night Class transfer student, although he won't tell Yuki why. Kaname is also wary, and he sends Ichijo to watch Maria so she doesn't start trouble. Who is this girl, and why does she have the entire Night Class on edge. (courtesy of Goodreads)
*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.
Maria, the new student, has set Zero and Kaname on edge, for different reasons. Both are desperate to keep Yuki away from Maria. But Yuki is tired of being protected - she even deigns to scold Kaname. Maria is definitely not at Cross Academy for academic ambitions. She wants to get rid of Kaname and use Zero and Yuki as puppets. There are some great action scenes towards the end of this book as things begin to play out between Zero and Maria.
Yuki demonstrates once again how daring and selfless she is. She is willing to sacrifice a great deal to save Zero. There are some beautiful scenes between them, as Yuki really begins to understand what she means to Zero. I don't think she knows how she feels about him yet, but she knows that she will do anything to save him from becoming a Level E vampire, doomed to death.
On a side note, we learn that Yuki's guardian duties really cut into her schoolwork. Her classmates are furious that she, as usual, gets poor grades on exams. As a result of her performance, her class scores the lowest in the school and has to be the volunteers for the school ball.
As the volume ends, Zero's family is introduced in greater detail. It is interesting to understand his background as a child of vampire hunters and his life before his family was killed. I'm curious to see what role his family plays in future volumes.