Friday, January 16, 2009

Blood and Chocolate

author:Annette Curtis Klause
pages: 264
stars: 3.5
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?
Yes, I know, the cover is really ugly but the story makes up for it. And hey, if you read the story you won't be able to keep looking at the cover. The writing was good, with none of the awkwardness in dialogue that you see with some authors. And let's face it, it's easy to make werewolves seem cheesy. I figured out the ending before hand and it seemed like a bit of a cop out. By the time I actually got to the ending it wasn't. Well, maybe a little.
I liked the main character, Vivian, because she was different from many of the teenage heroine's out there. She actually had confidence, which seems to be forbidden in most YA nowadays.
there was one problem I had with the book though. The werewolves spoke very demeaningly about humans. I mean, ooh you're a werewolf, stop thinking because you can beat us up you're better than us. Some of the story was about how humans need to be more open minded but the point wasn't brought across in a way that would convince me because of the werewolves us vs. them mentality. They complain people don't accept them and then they look down upon them. Practice what you preach buddy.

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