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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
An Apple for an Eye, a Seed for the Tooth by Armani Viera is an action-packed young adult fantasy novel. Teenager Mimei Tsukoki's life turns upside down when a mysterious woman named Eve tells Mimei that she is one of the Decorations, people whose duty was to rid the world of monstrous creatures. Decorations also hunt down Seeds, i.e., Decorations who turn to the dark side. After Mimei is abruptly attacked by a Cerberus, a monstrous creature from the netherworld, a boy called Shi rescues her. Forced to leave her regular life, Mimei begins training alongside Shi and his friends, becoming particularly close to Shi. However, one of Shi's friends isn't who they say they are. Meanwhile, Adam, Eve's ancient nemesis, is hell-bent on coming back to wreak havoc.
If you're a fan of Japanese Shonen Manga, you're going to love An Apple for an Eye, a Seed for a Tooth. Author Armani Viera's writing style reminds you of manga a lot, whether with the in-depth inner monologues describing the protagonist's motives or the vividly detailed action sequences that paint quite a picture in your head. The characters are colorful and full of life, with distinct personalities that pop out of the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between Mimei and her friends and adored Mimei and Shi's relationship. The plot moves at a blistering pace, filled with twists and turns that you never see coming. I recommend this book to young adult readers who enjoy their share of comic books.