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Blood and Chocolate Mass Market Paperback – September 7, 1999

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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

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When a 16-year-old werewolf falls in love with a human, she begins to live uncomfortably between two worlds. Klause propels her bloodthirsty tale with "darkly sexy prose and suspenseful storytelling," said PW. Ages 14-up.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (September 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440226686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440226680
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tons and tons of books for teens carry this message: Love is the bond that breaks all prejudices and fears. You know the kinds of books I mean. These tend to contains plots in which people of different races learn to love one another after undergoing some sort of a trial. Very few books, as a result, carry this message: Love your own kind. Oddly enough the incredibly popular (and oft banned) "Blood and Chocolate" carries this very lesson at its core. An alternative message might be: You can't deny your true self. Whether or not you agree with what the book says depends greatly on how engaging you find the story. And it is an interesting little bugger, no question.

Vivian's not happy. A tragic fire killed her father a year ago, and now her mother (partly out of grief) has started flirting with men half her age. The Five, a group of adolescent boys her age, are completely immature around her and she doesn't have any friends at school. And then there's that problem with being a werewolf. Normally it doesn't bother Vivian. After all, as a member of the loups-garoux, she and her tribe (including the aforementioned mother, Five, and even her dear departed father) keep mostly to themselves. They mingle with humans to some degree, but soon they'll have to find a place outside of civilization where they can be themselves. There's mutiny stirring amongst the pack, however. Without a strong leader factions are struggling to gain control, and no one knows where it will all end. And then Vivian falls in love with a human boy...

The book's a well written fantasy that makes the idea of werewolves just a touch less silly than usual. Vivian is an uncommonly self-assured young lady.
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This is one of my favorite books ever! I own it and I have read it at least 7 times. It is about 16-year-old Vivian, a "werewolf" who lives in a city with many other members of her "pack," including her mother and 5 boys who are her age that she used to be friends with but now are too rowdy for her. Her father, who used to be the leader of the pack, died about a year ago when the pack was living in West Virginia, and humans found out about them and set their Inn on fire where they worked. Vivian's father was trying to save everyone left in the building, and in the process he was killed. Now the pack has no leader, and everyone is quarreling about who the new one should be. Meanwhile, at Vivian's new school (I forget where they live now that they have left West Virginia), she has no friends, but she sees a poem in the school magazine about werewolves, written by a boy named Aiden. She falls in love with Aiden, but is it safe to tell him what she really is? Vivian tries to ignore her mother Esme, who says that Vivian should only date members of the pack. Vivian must choose between her human side (chocolate) and her wolf side (blood). Sizzling with mystery and romance, this book is definitely a must-read for every teenage girl, even if you are not into fantasy.
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Of the many books I read in a class about children's and young adult literature, "Blood and Chocolate" ranks as one my favorites. Teenager Vivian Gandillon comes from a family of "loups garoux," or werewolves. After a massacre in which her father was killed, Vivian and members of her pack begin life elsewhere. She also develops an attraction for poetic Aiden Teague, a "meat boy" (a loup-garou euphemism for a human) at her new high school.
Vivian's struggles to live as a "normal" human and lycanthrope, as well as the pleasures and pains of her relationship with Aiden, provide the book with its primary strengths. Vivian is also a fully-developed character, with readers able to know her thoughts. From them, we learn she is strong, vulnerable, sardonic, and in touch with her feelings. Vivian is also worthy of the reader's sympathy, even empathy: "Blood and Chocolate" provided me with the vicarious experience of feeling for Vivian, especially after she reveals her hidden self to Aiden in a scene filled with psychological and sexual symbolism. (Her mounting desire for total acceptance from Aiden reminds me of the words of another "dangerously" sensuous sixteen-year-old from literature and opera, addressed to the severed head of the man she desired: "If you had seen me, you would have loved me.") Of course, this is one one of many scenes that symbolize the perils of adolescence: the angst, insecurity, and desire for acceptance that occur no matter how beautiful one may look, or how confident one may act.
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Vivian and her clan are loups-garoux, werewolf kind. She absolutely loves the feel of being a midnight creature, hunting and running under the moon. But in Maryland, where they dwell, is becoming too taxing for the health of the pack. Humans are everywhere, and when you have the Five, Astrid; the backstabber, and no leader, its very dangerous. Vivian ends up connecting to an open-minded artist named Aiden, and he loves her dearly, till she shows what she truly is. She is duality at its finest, but he cannot accept the fact and breaks up with her. Treachery, lust, love, and knowing oneself are themes in this book. The clincher and message is sometimes you cannot be with someone who cannot accept all of you. But chance comes along when the brooding and strong Gabriel becomes leader, he's obnoxious, but he proves to Vivian that her tale is close to his. He wants her. Maybe she'll realize that her need to feel accepted resides in the person she fears and despises most.

I love this book! It took me two hours to read and the complexity of the themes had my heart racing. Vivian is the perfect semblance of beauty, strength, and sensuality. Blood and Chocolate impresses me because Annette makes werewolves seem so tangible. And that being so in touch with their primal needs and actions resides, though repressed, in all of us.
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