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Blood and Chocolate (original 1997; edition 1999)

by Annette Curtis Klause

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Title:Blood and Chocolate
Authors:Annette Curtis Klause
Info:Laurel Leaf (1999), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
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Tags:Keeper Shelf, Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Werewolf

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Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause (1997)

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”I will teach you to be less polite,” (p. 52)

Wow. This is a steamy one for a YA title! This is a beautifully written, sexy, electric werewolf story. I was a little surprised by how unabashedly gorgeous and sexy the main character is - and knows she is - but it’s a bit different and it gets her in some trouble, too.

Pirate of the flesh
throw back your head
and part your jowls
to sing a lunar song.
The forest paths are dark
the night is long.

- (p. 16)

Vivian is a teenage werewolf, her family have always been werewolves, or loup-garrou and part of a pack that has been on the move since they were attacked by humans who set fire to the family inn a year before the story begins. Vivian’s father, the pack leader, was killed in the attack and the time has come for them to choose a new leader via trail by combat. Vivian, tired of the violence in her wolf life, is drawn to a human “meat” boy named Aiden who writes poetry and wants to believe in magic. But when Vivian reveals her true form to him, how will the human boy react? At the same time an older werewolf, twenty-four year old Gabriel, is vying for pack leader and has made his interest in her quite plain and not a bit creepy. Then, when humans begin turning up dead and it’s apparently a werewolf doing the killing, but who of their pack would put them in danger again? Vivian finds herself blacking out in her wolf form and begins to doubt her own sanity or control over her inner wolf.

I loved reading this book - I found it utterly absorbing and couldn’t put it down. However, I have to admit I was not that pleased with the ending especially in that Vivian ends up with Gabriel, who had been such a creep for most of the book. Also he is too old for her - she is only seventeen and he acts even older than twenty-four. I don’t mind a big age difference if both parties are consenting adults but Vivian is quite clearly underage and scared of Gabriel. Vivian seemed to give in to him at the end as a result of being worn down by everything that had transpired and seeing it as her duty to the pack, which I found it pretty damn gross. But, damn it, I still can’t hate this book - it’s a really well written, engrossing, entertaining werewolf story with horror, passion and mystery wrapped up in a tightly written, concise little novel. The worldbuilding was also well thought out and interesting, giving the werewolves their own laws, customs, myths and spirituality in worship of a Moon-goddess. If you are a werewolf fan I definitely recommend this book, despite the problematic ending, there is a lot of really good stuff here. ( )
  catfantastic | Nov 28, 2016 |
Here is a novel that continues to stay on my bookshelf instead of being resold to Half Price Books. I read it years ago in high school and rediscovered it later to find it just as fresh and delicious as the first time. It also happens to be so much better than the movie version. I recommend this as a must read for anyone else who wants to learn how to write a first class work of fiction! ( )
  JSilverwood | Aug 27, 2016 |
Loved this book. Great story about accepting who you are and finding where you belong. ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
It’s not about vampires but about werewolves and that makes it a bit different, vampires are smooth beautiful and eternal people but werewolves, as Maya pointed out, are monsters, the kind that looks monstrous. Not to Vivian, the teenager werewolf who’s just moved to town, who feels her transformations and her wolf form are the incarnation of powerful animal beauty. And not to Aiden, the sensitive (meat)boy who writes a poem about the transformation so good that it makes Viv wonder if he knows. He doesn’t, actually, but this doesn’t stop Vivian from believing he would find her double-nature as marvelous as she does. Meanwhile, a series of killings put the pack, Viv’s family, in danger of being discovered yet again. The movie, to put it simply, totally sucks, if that wasn't enough, it sucks ripping the book apart.

First read: 2005.

Second read: 07.03.2011 (still quite nice!) ( )
  askajnaiman | Jun 14, 2016 |
A nice, semi-sweet but also a bit surprising story of a young werewolf woman torn between love of a human and duty to her pack. Not quite your typical romance, I really enjoyed this coming of age story that had a decent (but not over-the-top) amount of angst, and an enjoyable ending (without being utterly predictable). ( )
  LocoLibros | Mar 28, 2016 |
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In fear I hurried this way and that. I had the taste of blood and chocolate in my mouth, the one as hateful as the other. - Hermann Hesse, "Steppenwolf"
Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man! - Rudyard Kipling, "The Law of the Jungle"
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A book for Mummy, although I'm sure she'd prefer cuddly, polite creatures.
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Flames shot high, turning the night lurid with carnival light.
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Seit Seth endlich mit seiner geliebten Ashlyn zusammen ist, will er nur eins:
für immer bei ihr sein. Doch Ashlyn, die Sommerkönigin der Elfen, ist
unsterblich - und die Ewigkeit wird sie nicht mit Seth, sondern mit dem
schönen Elfenkönig Keenan verbringen. Es sei denn, es gelingt Seth, ebenfalls
Unsterblichkeit zu erlangen ...

Wild entschlossen sucht er sich Verbündete unter den unheimlichen, zum Teil
bösartigen Elfen. Als er erfährt, dass nur die Königin des Lichts ihm seinen
Wunsch erfüllen kann, macht er sich auf den Weg an ihren Hof. Doch weiß er
noch nicht, welches Opfer von ihm erwartet wird ...
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440226686, Mass Market Paperback)

Characterizing the adolescent experience as monstrous is not exactly a new idea. M.T. Anderson's woefully confused teen vampire in Thirsty and Jean Thesman's reluctant young witch in The Other Ones serve as excellent examples of this metaphor set to fiction. But no one really captures how our hormones make us howl as well as Annette Curtis Klause. Blood and Chocolate chronicles the longings and passions of one Vivian Gandillon, teenage werewolf. Her pack family, recently burned out of their West Virginia home by suspicious neighbors, has resettled in a sleepy Maryland suburb. At her new school, Viv quickly falls for sensitive heartthrob Aiden, a human--or "meat-boy," as her pack calls him. Soon she is trying to tame her undomesticated desires to match his more civilized sensibilities. "He was gentle. She hadn't expected that. Kisses to her were a tight clutch, teeth, and tongue... His eyes were shy beneath his dark lashes, and his lips curved with delight and desire--desire he wouldn't force on her... he was different." But Vivian's animal ardor cannot be stilled, and she must decide if she should keep Aiden in the dark about her true nature or invite him to take a walk on her wild side.

Klause poetically describes the violence and sensuality of the pack lifestyle, creating a hot-blooded heroine who puts the most outrageous riot grrrls to shame. Blood and Chocolate is a masterpiece of adolescent angst wrapped in wolf's clothing, and its lovely, sensuous taste is sure to be sweet on the teenage tongue. (Ages 13 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:32 -0400)

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Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

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