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Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?

Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He's fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.

Vivian's divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really--human or beast? Which tastes sweeter--blood or chocolate?


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WAY better than I expected. A refreshing change from the typical YA formula.more
This was one of the books that the movie was better. I don't know about you but I just couldn't see her ending up with a jerk.
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One of my all-time favorite YA novels.more
You may have noticed that I don't actually like young adult romances involving supernatural creatures. So why do I love this book so much that I've read it no less than five times?

For one thing, it's full of great details: the werewolf slang which peppers the story is my favorite touch. It sounds awesome and organic and exactly how teenage werewolves would talk, without sounding contrived.

More compellingly, it's the most unabashed celebration of female sexuality I've yet seen in a young adult book. The werewolf heroine is strong and brave and sexy. Her sexuality and her strength frequently make regular people nervous, but she doesn't waste time feeling ashamed or guilty, because how people react to her is not her problem. She won't even tone it down for the chicken guy she falls for, who is clearly terrified by her athleticism and her poise. She is a young woman who enjoys her strengths and enjoys her sexuality, and meets the men in her life on her own terms. It's sort of sad that this is such a rare quality in YA books.

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Let me start off by saying this is not a bad book but I do not think that it is teen fiction. The main character is to sexual and cruely calculating to be a character for kids to read mature or not.As for the story its self i like the over all theme and concept of the book. I enjoyed seeing what the character would do faced with each new hurdle. The end being my favorite part. Had I reviewed the book before reading the whole thing I would not have rated it as high as I did. But as with many good stories the beginnings are rough but only better the ending.more
very good ,well written book. I loved it!!!!! more
This book is the anti-Twilight. OK, it's about a teenager who is a 'monster' (although this time it's a wear-wolf) falling in love with a normal human. But beyond that... not so much. There are structural differences - the genders are reversed, and the story is told through the eyes of the wear-wolf girl. But the moral differences - instead of going from 'I saw him and immediately he was my Tru Luv and we overcame all difficulties to be together' we get 'I was madly in love with him, but he couldn't understand who I was, and was scared of me, so eventually I moved on to someone who knew me better'. It was very... disturbing. It suffered from a lot of Mills-and-Boonitus (she ends up with the Powerful Man whose Advances she has been resisting all book). And the lead character is a bitch figuratively rather than literally - she dresses as though she is far older, she is jealous, she enjoys the power she has over men - all of which is slightly problematic. But it is addictively enjoyable, quick to read, and the very honest reactions when her boyfriend finds out the truth make a refreshing change from 'oh, you are a vampire, well, I love you anyway'.more
Title: Blood and ChocolateAuthor: Annette Curtis KlauseGenre: YA FantasyPublishing Information: 264 pages; August 11th, 1997 by Laurel Leaf Series: Stand aloneWhere I got it: E-book from the libraryOne sentence: Werewolf Vivian Gandillon feels torn between her love for her wolf-body, and her desire to be normal; so when she falls in love with the human Aiden, she finds her loyalties tested to the limit. Themes: Urban fantasy, romance, werewolves, mystery, murder, suspense, Main character: 4.5/5Vivian was such a different character than what I am used to in YA fiction. She came off initially as arrogant and brusque, simply because she was incredibly self-confident. I loved how passionate she was about who she was- it a refreshing change from the protagonists who based their self worth only on their love interest. Further, her manipulation and sexuality is so different from countless other main characters that I’ve read. I enjoyed how open Klause was about Vivian’s downfalls, which made me enjoy her selfless and sweet moments even more.Secondary characters: 3.5/5I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t particularly like any of the secondary characters, except maybe Aiden. Vivian’s mom was ridiculous: over-the-top in her sexuality and attempts to be at the top. The Five were childish and rude. I was turned-off by Gabriel’s ease at letting the women fight over him and at his lack of respect for his elders. Still, I found it realistic with the premise and I didn’t find it distracting to the point where I couldn’t read any more. Each of the characters had their own redeeming qualities which allowed me to see past some of their faults. Aiden himself was sweet and kind, but also a fully developed character with a background and faults that became obvious. Writing style: 4/5The pacing was perfect- the description was light but illustrative, the action was intense and spaced well, and the balance between the two was just right. Vivian’s dialogue fit her character perfectly, and I never had that moment where I scoffed at something. I loved the separations based on the month and moon descriptions, and the wolf-colloquialisms that pointed to a werewolf-culture.Plot: 4/5While certainly nothing new, I found Klause’s spin on the werewolf-novel fascinating. In particular, the plot wasn’t necessarily human-centric. While Aiden was an important catalyst of change for Vivian, the novel focused on her and her struggles with being a werewolf. The world-building was also particularly outstanding, and I found that it added another, deeper level to the book that made it all the more enjoyable to read. The clash at the end was also stunning, especially this little character/plot twist, and the solution to the mystery was thrilling.Ending: 3.5/5I’m not sure how I felt, just because it was kind of out-of-the-blue. However, it didn’t feel wrong in any way, and I enjoyed the romance. Best scene: The final clash at the riverPositives: Original characters, writing style, plotNegatives: Plot originality, unlikeable characters, out-of-the-blue endingFirst Line: Flames shot high, turning the night lurid with carnival light.Cover: Pretty! For the ‘90’s. Fits the book particularly well- the moon phases, girl-wolf, chaotic colors.Verdict: A fascinating and sexy read that predates many of our YA favorites, but is just as good.Rating: 7.9 / 10more
I read this over a decade ago so I think of it as one of the early birds in the young adult, urban fantasy genre. A well-crafted, imaginative story; strong female lead with an compelling voice. Not too angst-y, even though it is centered around star-crossed love between a werewolf and a human.P.S. Definitely better than the movie.more
Okay, so I picked this up at the library because it fit with June's Genre of the Month, Supernatural. Well, I'll start with the things I didn't like. In the beginning of the book, the way Vivian spoke seemed sort of crude. Overall, the writing in the beginning was not very poetic at all. BUT as the book went on, I didn't hate Vivian as much, and the writing did pretty well. And even though Aiden did not seem like someone I would have liked, his character was pretty loveable. Again, my only complaint with the characters was Vivian, she was very crude and open. But I guess the author was just illustrating the werewolf side of her, so I understand. One thing I LOVED though was the plot. It had so many twists and turns! It was predictable, but not too predictable. Like, there was a teensy bit of foreshadowing and you got clues from the characters' behaviour. All in all, this book was pretty good. I only wish there was a sequel, because the ending was unexpected and I wanted to know what happened next. But still, I'd recommend this book.more
I have heard excellent things about this book and have been meaning to read it for quite some time. I really enjoyed Silver Kiss by Klause. Finally I got around to reading it and it was a very good book.Vivian is loup-garou, a werewolf of sorts. She lives with her mother and the rest of a pack who are struggling to survive. Vivian's father was the pack leader and when he was killed in an accident they were left leaderless. It also appears that someone is killing humans, and the wounds look suspiciously wolf-like. With all the tension over these issues the pack is a mess. Vivian just wants to fit in somewhere and finds solace in a boy at school named Adrian. But can he ever accept the real Vivian? In the end Vivian may have to choose, does she want to embrace her human side? Or stay true to her loup-garou roots? Which will she decide ultimately tastes better blood or chocolate?This was a very well done book. As far as books done about werewolves it was one of the better young adult books out there. The description throughout is beautiful; although Vivian isn't the most likable heroine you end up really feeling her pain by the end of the book. Klause did an excellent job in having events unfold in a way that they really would. I loved how Klause brings a lot of mythology around the moon into this story and how when Vivian runs as wolf you can really feel the beauty of the night that she feels.The above being said I did have one big problem with this book. That problem is that almost all of the characters are complete jerks at one point or another. I actually started reading this book last year and had to set it aside because I just disliked all of the characters so much. I am glad I finally stuck with it though and read this book; in the end I did learn to sympathize with these characters, but I still didn't like them much.Overall this was a very good young adult werewolf book. There are scenes of beauty and descriptions of the night that are very lyrical. While I didn't find the characters to be likable, there was a brutal honesty to them that was refreshing. If you enjoyed NIghtshade you would probably enjoy this book; if you loved this book I would recommend reading Nightshade.more
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone with a taste for the unusual. If you enjoy this book then you should also try "Blood Trail" - which has a vampire as well as werewolves. The movie didn't do it justice.more
I got this book from a library book sale, seeing that it was a previously banned book. I wondered what could be so horrible in this young adult book, that it had to be banned. The story follows Vivian, a werewolf, and her pack in a suburban town, where Vivian feels restless with the rest of her pack, namely The Five. The only other pack members who are her age, yet act incredibly immature. Out of loneliness and curiousity, Vivian seeks out a "meat-boy" named Aiden. He wrote a poem in the school newspaper called "wolf change" and she was fasinated how could he know all that. She falls for him, and he in return, but then as she struggles with the two parts of her, wolf and girl, she wonders if she can reviel herself to him in her wolf form. To make matter more complicated, the pack is in shambles with no leader since her father was killed in a fire. So now a new choosing of the leader must happen, along with a new queen for him to become mates with, and Gabriel the strongest one with a drive for leadership is now eyeing Vivian.I actually loved this book. It was a quick read, and you get sucked in right away.more
I would recommend twilight fans to read “Blood and Chocolate”, it has the same concept of a mystical love, but this a time between a werewolf and a human and it's the girl (vivianne) who is the werewolf and the boy (Aiden) who is the human. So it’s kind of the opposite of twilight. Like Edward has to change places all the time and be aware of people while this time it has to be Vivianne who is the “special” one. In my opinion, I think this story is different from most other romantic novels, the reason for this is because even though Vivienne is a girl she seems to be the strong bold character, where as Aiden has a more weaker form. The setting of the story also makes the story more peaceful, because it is set in a place where there are forests and the people are not too crowded or in the city. Thus, we as readers can be more focused on the relationship between the characters rather than the setting. For instance, if the story was set in New york it would be very different.This book may not have a complicated and long storyline, but I think it’s a good book to have the same feeling as what you might feel while reading twilight, with all the heart beating, anxiety and content but in a bit more simpler version. When I read the book I thought it was really interesting and it somehow had the urge to make you want to read more and know what’s going to happen. There also seems to be a wave in the book, where you expect something to happen but then it’s not what you expected at all. Especially , at the end of the book where there was a twist to the story. I hope there is a sequel to it!more
I though that the first pages of the book were sort of boring, but I kept reading and I'm glad that I did. It got more interesting as the book went on, and though I couldn't relate to the protagonist at all in the beggining I began to like her more and care what happened to her. The only problem was that it endered to quickly; I wanted to keep reading! This book is written for young adults. It's a quick read- it took me less than a day to finish- but definitely a worthwhile one if you like werewolves and mystery.more
The book is written for young adults so its more basic easy reading, but a good story. I actually read it after seeing the movie (which was excellent!) and its one of the few book turned movies that I've actually liked both dispite the huge differences. It was a decent ya fiction and a quick beach read.more
Author last name, first name. Title. Year. Publisher: City.Klause, Annette Curtis. Blood and Chocolate. 1997. Delacorte Press: New YorkGenre: Juvenile Fiction, SupernaturalThemes: Acceptance of oneself and others, destiny, dealing with death of an immediate family memberAge / Grade Appropriateness: 14 and olderAwards: ALA Best Book for Young Adults – 1998 South Carolina Childrens Book Award - 2000 Garden State Book Award - 2000(LibraryThing.com)Censorship Issues: Violence, Sexuality (though no explicit sex scene), underage drinking, and what could be considered “loose” moral behaviorPlot Summary (Summarize the plot in 250 words or less): Vivian Gandillion, a 16 year old half human, half warewolf, comes to terms with her fate in this novel. Vivian grew up in West Virginia, but her family is forced to move when a series of fires plagues her town. Her father is killed in one of the fires, and the family moves to Maryland. Maryland is supposed to be a new start, but Vivian has difficulty adjusting to her new life, particularly her mother’s reaction to her father’s death. Vivian meets and befriends a few local humans while in her human body, much to the dismay of several in the pack, particularly The Five, young boys who are her age. Vivian and Aiden, a local boy, fall in love, and Vivian struggles with whether or not to reveal her true self to him. Since he is enamored with the supernatural, she feels comfortable showing him her wolf side. Aiden reacts with fear, and believing she is responsible for the acts of violence around town, decides has to kill her to free her from herself. In the woods by the lake, Aiden, Vivian, and others in the pack (including the true murderers Astrid and Rafe) meet. Gabriel, to whom Vivian is betrothed due to her winning a fight, appears to defend Vivian and kill the true murderers. At this meeting, Vivian is shot with a silver bullet, and rather than dying, is stuck in an in-between physical state: not completely human, but not completely warewolf. Gabriel, the leader of the pack, comforts Vivian and she sees a new side of him, one which to which she can relate and makes him more desirable. Finally, Vivian gives in to her fate, and she leaves to be Gabriel’s mate.Critique (Consider if the book fits the bill of a YA book as we have discussed /read. Include your opinion of the book here as well): This book definitely fits the description of a Young Adult work. Vivian feels she knows how to deal with her current situation without the aid or input of her mother. In fact, she seems to resent her mother’s reaction to her father’s death, and as a result, the two are not as close as they one were. This does not mean that they are not deeply dependent on one another; they simply have differences of opinions, which almost every adolescent can relate to. All teenagers have some feeling of isolation or that they don’t quite fit in. Vivian, despite being told not to, tries desperately to fit in with the human crowd at her school and succeeds, for a while. After she falls out of their good graces, she has to deal with rumors and gossip, which is another factor to which most YA can realte.Curriculum Uses (Possible uses in the classroom / school library / public library)This novel could be used in the science class to explain differences among mammals, specifically the difference between wolves and humans. It could also be used to discuss the ways wolves hunt and track prey. It could also be used to discuss the hierarchy of the pack in wolf culture.more
After falling in love with a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs.more
Blood and Chocolate lived up to the hype as an outstanding piece of Young Adult literature. The story unfolded perfectly as you quickly became attached to Vivianne's story of love and betrayal by the one she loved. Vivian and her pack are forced to move to an east coast suburban town after a fire set to drive out her kind, killed her father, the pack leader. Viv falls in love with a human --a meat boy-- and she begins to wonder if she can keep her secret for much longer. Added to that, while saving her mother in a superiority battle among the women of the pack, Viv herself becomes the head female and finds and deeper connection to the new pack leader than she ever wanted. Which will she choose...human or wolf? Like most life decisions it never an simple question and the answer surprises even Vivianne.more
Blood and Chocolate takes a much different tone than so many YA books these days; the main characters are far from perfect in very realistic ways, even while being totally unrealistic creatures. Vivian, the werewolf lead, is strong, but at times kind of hard to like. She tries to fit into a normal world that has never accepted her while balancing the sense of duty she feels for her pack. I expected this to go one way, hoped it would go that way even, but it veered off on a much different path than I expected. The actual ending was great, and sent a strong message of staying true to yourself and being happy with what has been right in front of you the whole time.more
Blood and Chocolate is the best one could hope for within the genre of supernatural teen fiction, abundant with strong writing, believable characters, and plenty of page turning suspense. The work stays true to the animal and sexual overtones of werewolf lore without becoming overly horrific or erotic, avoiding the bubblegum banality and preachy moralistic overtone present in a certain popular work of the same genre that succeeded it. This book doesn't end happily ever after, and presents its readers with a valuable lesson: You must be who you truly are, no matter what the cost.more
This is a great work of literature. Klause takes a favorite topic of the ages and makes it brand new again. The story will keep readers guessing, eager to find out what new twist will pop up to shock them. The writing style is great, and the characters have an amazing feeling of life that will make you believe they are real.more
Blood and Chocolate is a great novel about knowing yourself and embracing your differences (in this case being a werewolf) rather than trying to be something you're not (human). It also highlights the folly of fearing what we don't understand and the heartbreak that can result. It is a great book - not preachy at all - and is great for tweens and teens who enjoy fantasy or werewolf stories.more
One of the best werewolf books I have ever read. I did not like the movie but the book is one of my all time favorites. Vivian is a strong heroine and it was easy to picture her as I read it. Defintely a read again!more
I read this after reading the Silver Kiss and was just as impressed. Annette Curtis Klause makes believable characters that feel and make you feel with them, even ones like Esme that will make you angry. Vivian's struggle with who she is and who she will become resonates with the just-entering-high-school crowd, in my opinion, because these are kids who are trying to get away from what they've always known, the way she does. Good young adult drama.more
Do not let the cover or the title stop you. A great read for teens 15-18. It addresses the issue that many teens face of feeling that you belong with an exciting twist that will entice fantasy readers.more
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WAY better than I expected. A refreshing change from the typical YA formula.more
This was one of the books that the movie was better. I don't know about you but I just couldn't see her ending up with a jerk.
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One of my all-time favorite YA novels.more
You may have noticed that I don't actually like young adult romances involving supernatural creatures. So why do I love this book so much that I've read it no less than five times?

For one thing, it's full of great details: the werewolf slang which peppers the story is my favorite touch. It sounds awesome and organic and exactly how teenage werewolves would talk, without sounding contrived.

More compellingly, it's the most unabashed celebration of female sexuality I've yet seen in a young adult book. The werewolf heroine is strong and brave and sexy. Her sexuality and her strength frequently make regular people nervous, but she doesn't waste time feeling ashamed or guilty, because how people react to her is not her problem. She won't even tone it down for the chicken guy she falls for, who is clearly terrified by her athleticism and her poise. She is a young woman who enjoys her strengths and enjoys her sexuality, and meets the men in her life on her own terms. It's sort of sad that this is such a rare quality in YA books.

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Let me start off by saying this is not a bad book but I do not think that it is teen fiction. The main character is to sexual and cruely calculating to be a character for kids to read mature or not.As for the story its self i like the over all theme and concept of the book. I enjoyed seeing what the character would do faced with each new hurdle. The end being my favorite part. Had I reviewed the book before reading the whole thing I would not have rated it as high as I did. But as with many good stories the beginnings are rough but only better the ending.more
very good ,well written book. I loved it!!!!! more
This book is the anti-Twilight. OK, it's about a teenager who is a 'monster' (although this time it's a wear-wolf) falling in love with a normal human. But beyond that... not so much. There are structural differences - the genders are reversed, and the story is told through the eyes of the wear-wolf girl. But the moral differences - instead of going from 'I saw him and immediately he was my Tru Luv and we overcame all difficulties to be together' we get 'I was madly in love with him, but he couldn't understand who I was, and was scared of me, so eventually I moved on to someone who knew me better'. It was very... disturbing. It suffered from a lot of Mills-and-Boonitus (she ends up with the Powerful Man whose Advances she has been resisting all book). And the lead character is a bitch figuratively rather than literally - she dresses as though she is far older, she is jealous, she enjoys the power she has over men - all of which is slightly problematic. But it is addictively enjoyable, quick to read, and the very honest reactions when her boyfriend finds out the truth make a refreshing change from 'oh, you are a vampire, well, I love you anyway'.more
Title: Blood and ChocolateAuthor: Annette Curtis KlauseGenre: YA FantasyPublishing Information: 264 pages; August 11th, 1997 by Laurel Leaf Series: Stand aloneWhere I got it: E-book from the libraryOne sentence: Werewolf Vivian Gandillon feels torn between her love for her wolf-body, and her desire to be normal; so when she falls in love with the human Aiden, she finds her loyalties tested to the limit. Themes: Urban fantasy, romance, werewolves, mystery, murder, suspense, Main character: 4.5/5Vivian was such a different character than what I am used to in YA fiction. She came off initially as arrogant and brusque, simply because she was incredibly self-confident. I loved how passionate she was about who she was- it a refreshing change from the protagonists who based their self worth only on their love interest. Further, her manipulation and sexuality is so different from countless other main characters that I’ve read. I enjoyed how open Klause was about Vivian’s downfalls, which made me enjoy her selfless and sweet moments even more.Secondary characters: 3.5/5I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t particularly like any of the secondary characters, except maybe Aiden. Vivian’s mom was ridiculous: over-the-top in her sexuality and attempts to be at the top. The Five were childish and rude. I was turned-off by Gabriel’s ease at letting the women fight over him and at his lack of respect for his elders. Still, I found it realistic with the premise and I didn’t find it distracting to the point where I couldn’t read any more. Each of the characters had their own redeeming qualities which allowed me to see past some of their faults. Aiden himself was sweet and kind, but also a fully developed character with a background and faults that became obvious. Writing style: 4/5The pacing was perfect- the description was light but illustrative, the action was intense and spaced well, and the balance between the two was just right. Vivian’s dialogue fit her character perfectly, and I never had that moment where I scoffed at something. I loved the separations based on the month and moon descriptions, and the wolf-colloquialisms that pointed to a werewolf-culture.Plot: 4/5While certainly nothing new, I found Klause’s spin on the werewolf-novel fascinating. In particular, the plot wasn’t necessarily human-centric. While Aiden was an important catalyst of change for Vivian, the novel focused on her and her struggles with being a werewolf. The world-building was also particularly outstanding, and I found that it added another, deeper level to the book that made it all the more enjoyable to read. The clash at the end was also stunning, especially this little character/plot twist, and the solution to the mystery was thrilling.Ending: 3.5/5I’m not sure how I felt, just because it was kind of out-of-the-blue. However, it didn’t feel wrong in any way, and I enjoyed the romance. Best scene: The final clash at the riverPositives: Original characters, writing style, plotNegatives: Plot originality, unlikeable characters, out-of-the-blue endingFirst Line: Flames shot high, turning the night lurid with carnival light.Cover: Pretty! For the ‘90’s. Fits the book particularly well- the moon phases, girl-wolf, chaotic colors.Verdict: A fascinating and sexy read that predates many of our YA favorites, but is just as good.Rating: 7.9 / 10more
I read this over a decade ago so I think of it as one of the early birds in the young adult, urban fantasy genre. A well-crafted, imaginative story; strong female lead with an compelling voice. Not too angst-y, even though it is centered around star-crossed love between a werewolf and a human.P.S. Definitely better than the movie.more
Okay, so I picked this up at the library because it fit with June's Genre of the Month, Supernatural. Well, I'll start with the things I didn't like. In the beginning of the book, the way Vivian spoke seemed sort of crude. Overall, the writing in the beginning was not very poetic at all. BUT as the book went on, I didn't hate Vivian as much, and the writing did pretty well. And even though Aiden did not seem like someone I would have liked, his character was pretty loveable. Again, my only complaint with the characters was Vivian, she was very crude and open. But I guess the author was just illustrating the werewolf side of her, so I understand. One thing I LOVED though was the plot. It had so many twists and turns! It was predictable, but not too predictable. Like, there was a teensy bit of foreshadowing and you got clues from the characters' behaviour. All in all, this book was pretty good. I only wish there was a sequel, because the ending was unexpected and I wanted to know what happened next. But still, I'd recommend this book.more
I have heard excellent things about this book and have been meaning to read it for quite some time. I really enjoyed Silver Kiss by Klause. Finally I got around to reading it and it was a very good book.Vivian is loup-garou, a werewolf of sorts. She lives with her mother and the rest of a pack who are struggling to survive. Vivian's father was the pack leader and when he was killed in an accident they were left leaderless. It also appears that someone is killing humans, and the wounds look suspiciously wolf-like. With all the tension over these issues the pack is a mess. Vivian just wants to fit in somewhere and finds solace in a boy at school named Adrian. But can he ever accept the real Vivian? In the end Vivian may have to choose, does she want to embrace her human side? Or stay true to her loup-garou roots? Which will she decide ultimately tastes better blood or chocolate?This was a very well done book. As far as books done about werewolves it was one of the better young adult books out there. The description throughout is beautiful; although Vivian isn't the most likable heroine you end up really feeling her pain by the end of the book. Klause did an excellent job in having events unfold in a way that they really would. I loved how Klause brings a lot of mythology around the moon into this story and how when Vivian runs as wolf you can really feel the beauty of the night that she feels.The above being said I did have one big problem with this book. That problem is that almost all of the characters are complete jerks at one point or another. I actually started reading this book last year and had to set it aside because I just disliked all of the characters so much. I am glad I finally stuck with it though and read this book; in the end I did learn to sympathize with these characters, but I still didn't like them much.Overall this was a very good young adult werewolf book. There are scenes of beauty and descriptions of the night that are very lyrical. While I didn't find the characters to be likable, there was a brutal honesty to them that was refreshing. If you enjoyed NIghtshade you would probably enjoy this book; if you loved this book I would recommend reading Nightshade.more
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone with a taste for the unusual. If you enjoy this book then you should also try "Blood Trail" - which has a vampire as well as werewolves. The movie didn't do it justice.more
I got this book from a library book sale, seeing that it was a previously banned book. I wondered what could be so horrible in this young adult book, that it had to be banned. The story follows Vivian, a werewolf, and her pack in a suburban town, where Vivian feels restless with the rest of her pack, namely The Five. The only other pack members who are her age, yet act incredibly immature. Out of loneliness and curiousity, Vivian seeks out a "meat-boy" named Aiden. He wrote a poem in the school newspaper called "wolf change" and she was fasinated how could he know all that. She falls for him, and he in return, but then as she struggles with the two parts of her, wolf and girl, she wonders if she can reviel herself to him in her wolf form. To make matter more complicated, the pack is in shambles with no leader since her father was killed in a fire. So now a new choosing of the leader must happen, along with a new queen for him to become mates with, and Gabriel the strongest one with a drive for leadership is now eyeing Vivian.I actually loved this book. It was a quick read, and you get sucked in right away.more
I would recommend twilight fans to read “Blood and Chocolate”, it has the same concept of a mystical love, but this a time between a werewolf and a human and it's the girl (vivianne) who is the werewolf and the boy (Aiden) who is the human. So it’s kind of the opposite of twilight. Like Edward has to change places all the time and be aware of people while this time it has to be Vivianne who is the “special” one. In my opinion, I think this story is different from most other romantic novels, the reason for this is because even though Vivienne is a girl she seems to be the strong bold character, where as Aiden has a more weaker form. The setting of the story also makes the story more peaceful, because it is set in a place where there are forests and the people are not too crowded or in the city. Thus, we as readers can be more focused on the relationship between the characters rather than the setting. For instance, if the story was set in New york it would be very different.This book may not have a complicated and long storyline, but I think it’s a good book to have the same feeling as what you might feel while reading twilight, with all the heart beating, anxiety and content but in a bit more simpler version. When I read the book I thought it was really interesting and it somehow had the urge to make you want to read more and know what’s going to happen. There also seems to be a wave in the book, where you expect something to happen but then it’s not what you expected at all. Especially , at the end of the book where there was a twist to the story. I hope there is a sequel to it!more
I though that the first pages of the book were sort of boring, but I kept reading and I'm glad that I did. It got more interesting as the book went on, and though I couldn't relate to the protagonist at all in the beggining I began to like her more and care what happened to her. The only problem was that it endered to quickly; I wanted to keep reading! This book is written for young adults. It's a quick read- it took me less than a day to finish- but definitely a worthwhile one if you like werewolves and mystery.more
The book is written for young adults so its more basic easy reading, but a good story. I actually read it after seeing the movie (which was excellent!) and its one of the few book turned movies that I've actually liked both dispite the huge differences. It was a decent ya fiction and a quick beach read.more
Author last name, first name. Title. Year. Publisher: City.Klause, Annette Curtis. Blood and Chocolate. 1997. Delacorte Press: New YorkGenre: Juvenile Fiction, SupernaturalThemes: Acceptance of oneself and others, destiny, dealing with death of an immediate family memberAge / Grade Appropriateness: 14 and olderAwards: ALA Best Book for Young Adults – 1998 South Carolina Childrens Book Award - 2000 Garden State Book Award - 2000(LibraryThing.com)Censorship Issues: Violence, Sexuality (though no explicit sex scene), underage drinking, and what could be considered “loose” moral behaviorPlot Summary (Summarize the plot in 250 words or less): Vivian Gandillion, a 16 year old half human, half warewolf, comes to terms with her fate in this novel. Vivian grew up in West Virginia, but her family is forced to move when a series of fires plagues her town. Her father is killed in one of the fires, and the family moves to Maryland. Maryland is supposed to be a new start, but Vivian has difficulty adjusting to her new life, particularly her mother’s reaction to her father’s death. Vivian meets and befriends a few local humans while in her human body, much to the dismay of several in the pack, particularly The Five, young boys who are her age. Vivian and Aiden, a local boy, fall in love, and Vivian struggles with whether or not to reveal her true self to him. Since he is enamored with the supernatural, she feels comfortable showing him her wolf side. Aiden reacts with fear, and believing she is responsible for the acts of violence around town, decides has to kill her to free her from herself. In the woods by the lake, Aiden, Vivian, and others in the pack (including the true murderers Astrid and Rafe) meet. Gabriel, to whom Vivian is betrothed due to her winning a fight, appears to defend Vivian and kill the true murderers. At this meeting, Vivian is shot with a silver bullet, and rather than dying, is stuck in an in-between physical state: not completely human, but not completely warewolf. Gabriel, the leader of the pack, comforts Vivian and she sees a new side of him, one which to which she can relate and makes him more desirable. Finally, Vivian gives in to her fate, and she leaves to be Gabriel’s mate.Critique (Consider if the book fits the bill of a YA book as we have discussed /read. Include your opinion of the book here as well): This book definitely fits the description of a Young Adult work. Vivian feels she knows how to deal with her current situation without the aid or input of her mother. In fact, she seems to resent her mother’s reaction to her father’s death, and as a result, the two are not as close as they one were. This does not mean that they are not deeply dependent on one another; they simply have differences of opinions, which almost every adolescent can relate to. All teenagers have some feeling of isolation or that they don’t quite fit in. Vivian, despite being told not to, tries desperately to fit in with the human crowd at her school and succeeds, for a while. After she falls out of their good graces, she has to deal with rumors and gossip, which is another factor to which most YA can realte.Curriculum Uses (Possible uses in the classroom / school library / public library)This novel could be used in the science class to explain differences among mammals, specifically the difference between wolves and humans. It could also be used to discuss the ways wolves hunt and track prey. It could also be used to discuss the hierarchy of the pack in wolf culture.more
After falling in love with a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs.more
Blood and Chocolate lived up to the hype as an outstanding piece of Young Adult literature. The story unfolded perfectly as you quickly became attached to Vivianne's story of love and betrayal by the one she loved. Vivian and her pack are forced to move to an east coast suburban town after a fire set to drive out her kind, killed her father, the pack leader. Viv falls in love with a human --a meat boy-- and she begins to wonder if she can keep her secret for much longer. Added to that, while saving her mother in a superiority battle among the women of the pack, Viv herself becomes the head female and finds and deeper connection to the new pack leader than she ever wanted. Which will she choose...human or wolf? Like most life decisions it never an simple question and the answer surprises even Vivianne.more
Blood and Chocolate takes a much different tone than so many YA books these days; the main characters are far from perfect in very realistic ways, even while being totally unrealistic creatures. Vivian, the werewolf lead, is strong, but at times kind of hard to like. She tries to fit into a normal world that has never accepted her while balancing the sense of duty she feels for her pack. I expected this to go one way, hoped it would go that way even, but it veered off on a much different path than I expected. The actual ending was great, and sent a strong message of staying true to yourself and being happy with what has been right in front of you the whole time.more
Blood and Chocolate is the best one could hope for within the genre of supernatural teen fiction, abundant with strong writing, believable characters, and plenty of page turning suspense. The work stays true to the animal and sexual overtones of werewolf lore without becoming overly horrific or erotic, avoiding the bubblegum banality and preachy moralistic overtone present in a certain popular work of the same genre that succeeded it. This book doesn't end happily ever after, and presents its readers with a valuable lesson: You must be who you truly are, no matter what the cost.more
This is a great work of literature. Klause takes a favorite topic of the ages and makes it brand new again. The story will keep readers guessing, eager to find out what new twist will pop up to shock them. The writing style is great, and the characters have an amazing feeling of life that will make you believe they are real.more
Blood and Chocolate is a great novel about knowing yourself and embracing your differences (in this case being a werewolf) rather than trying to be something you're not (human). It also highlights the folly of fearing what we don't understand and the heartbreak that can result. It is a great book - not preachy at all - and is great for tweens and teens who enjoy fantasy or werewolf stories.more
One of the best werewolf books I have ever read. I did not like the movie but the book is one of my all time favorites. Vivian is a strong heroine and it was easy to picture her as I read it. Defintely a read again!more
I read this after reading the Silver Kiss and was just as impressed. Annette Curtis Klause makes believable characters that feel and make you feel with them, even ones like Esme that will make you angry. Vivian's struggle with who she is and who she will become resonates with the just-entering-high-school crowd, in my opinion, because these are kids who are trying to get away from what they've always known, the way she does. Good young adult drama.more
Do not let the cover or the title stop you. A great read for teens 15-18. It addresses the issue that many teens face of feeling that you belong with an exciting twist that will entice fantasy readers.more
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