blo Teens Read and Write: Blood and Chocolate

Monday, January 11, 2010

Blood and Chocolate

Blood and Chocolate
by Annette Curtis Klaus
pub: Aug 2007
288 pages

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 feel lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs live 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 logs 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?


I was doing a bit of reorganizing on my bookshelf this weekend and found one of my old favorites.

Blood and Chocolate is a great read for urban fantasy lovers. The story is blast with the kicker being that it's the girl who is the wild werewolf trying to contain her wild side in order to have a successful relationship (and not eat him) with her civilized and sweet human 'meat-boy' as the pack calls him.

The love story is very well done. Vivian is tough and vicious when she has to be, but also smart and loyal. She has to deal with pack politics as well as hot hungry wolves wanting her for a mate. Vivian's grown up in this wild world of werewolves but it is the sweet and sensitive human boy, Aiden, that captures her heart.

Their romance has it's complications. It puts him in mortal danger and she is the one that has to protect him. But the adorable Aiden has his strengths too. He helps Vivien find the power and determination to be the girl/wolf she longs to be.

Engaging romance, engrossing characters, fast-paced action, a bit of mystery and fun twists on mythical lore.

Pick up Blood and Chocolate for a quick winter day read. You won't be disappointed!

As a side note, they made it into a movie and I was so excited. Unfortunately, the film was nothing like the novel and it sucked. Don't bother. But the book...it's worthy of your time.

22 comments:

Book Monster said...

I remember reading this along time ago and loving it. I saw the movie after reading it and despised it for being so different,lol. Great review :)

Shweta said...

I have this book but for some reason didn't read it . I need to go find it now. Great review..

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I have seen this one but have never read it! Thanks for the review.

brizmus said...

Wow! This sounds absolutely fabulous! It's winter, so I guess it's time for me to be reading it! :-)

Book Crazy Jenn said...

OHHH - I have this LOL I am not sure where I got it, or why - but now I am glad it's on my shelves - I loved your review, and I cant wait to go pick it up, it sounds like my kinda book.

One reason I had not read it yet was the cover and the name sorta threw me LOL but LOVED your review so I will pick it up soon! :)

Thanks

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fantastic review. I loved this book!

Orchid said...

I loved Blood and Chocolate. Great review. :)

Icejewel said...

Love the book cover !!! Its wonderful !
Thanks for your wonderful review.I'm sure this must be a very heart-warming book!
Oh yes, very few can make fine movies based on books !

inthehammockblog said...

I had no idea they made this into a movie! I've read Freaks by her but I've heard this one is much better!

April said...

I read this a really long time ago along with The Silver Kiss and enjoyed both. Thanks for bringing some book nostalgia to my day :-)

Great post, although I must say I did enjoy the movie - perhaps that's owing to my crush on Hugh Dancy!

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Melissa said...

Good review. I have this one on my TBR! :)

Catie S (Book Bound) said...

I think I may be the only one who didn't really like it. Not that it isn;t written well, I just wasn't a fan of the violence being described in as much detail as it was. I did like the ending though.

Blodeuedd said...

I wat5ched the movie but it sucked so much! I am glad to hear the book is better

Jessilyn said...

I really love this book it is one of my favorites it completely sucked me in to it. I own the movie as well but I was very disappointed with it considering they changed the characters around and many other things.
Very good review !!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I've read some mixed reviews on this one, but I'm happy you enjoyed it so much. I've never read it before, but I may pick it up in the future.

oO Mariana Oo said...

This book is on my wishlist xD, it looks pretty good, I already watch the movie and I like it ;)
Great Review

Jessica Secret said...

Awesome review! I really enjoyed this too.

Kirthi said...

I loved this book, great review!

Teddyree said...

Loved your review, this one was on my radar 18 months ago then I forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder Alyssa

PS thanks for your get well wishes too {hugs} Sheree

Ladytink_534 said...

I remember hearing about the movie but I never watched it fortunately. The book sounds interesting though!

confessionsofabookjunkie said...

Sounds very interesting! Dropping by to let Alyssa know that she won The Last Surgeon contest over on my blog!

mariska said...

i haven't heard about this book before. it published 2007 ? i hope my book stores have it. thanks for the review Alyssa !

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