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White Night Melody: Volume 1    by Selena Lin order for
White Night Melody
by Selena Lin
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TOKYOPOP, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

For cute, innocent shojo fun, Selena Lin's White Night Melody is a great manga filled with loveable characters. The two leads, Colleen and Jing Ping, are actually dolls that have been brought to life through magic charms. Having lived as dolls for the last century, both are happy to be human again, although Jing Ping is a little more cautious than Colleen. As they enroll in school, their days are spent trying to not turn back into dolls and running into multiple strangers who seem to know them from the past.

The storyline of White Night Melody is a little flimsy at times, but the artwork is constantly cute and lively. Lin is a master of the chibi character, but she also does a wonderful job with the typical starry-eyed, elaborate hair and clothes shojo-look. The only thing that detracted from the volume was the omake (sidebars from the author) which most of the time made absolutely no sense, especially when it seemed the author was talking about herself in the third person but using a different name.

If you are looking for a simple, just-plain-fun shojo, White Night Melody by Selena Lin is a perfect summer read. However, I would suggest ignoring the omake.

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