Thursday, February 3, 2011
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
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?
This is an older werewolf story. The copyright is 1997, but it doesn't lack for anything just because it's older. All the elements are there. The pack has moved to a more suburban area where they really don't belong because they've been burned out of their last home in West Virginia where Vivian lost her father, her mother lost her husband and the pack lost their leader. The pack is uneasy without a leader and out of control. In the midst of this, Vivian falls for a meat boy, a human. Over the course of the summer their romance heats up but the pack all warns her against being with him. And she questions herself. Will she hurt him if she loses control?
Then there is the fight for power and an unexpected turn of events that Vivian did not expect nor want. The new leader is Gabriel and he takes control of the pack with brute strength but also intelligence. Murders start occuring and someone reports to the police it's the work of a werewolf. Vivian thinks she is the one betraying her pack in more than one way. Then, in one awful night, everything changes and she must make a choice that affects the whole pack, but most importantly her.
The conclusion is almost anti-climactic, but there is a lot of tension in the novel with incredible fight scenes that had me leaning forward like I was watching it and holding my breath. Vivian's choice of whether to be and live as a human or a werewolf is a tough one, but not because of what you're thinking. This really is a different book than anything out there today. I think it's a must read for werewolf loving fans. It's very quick and has it all, violence, sex, romance, drinking, lack of parental supervision. And for this reason I would be hesitant to call it YA. A very mature teen would be okay. Definitely in the seventeen and up range. It was great, but just had too much of all of that for me to feel comfortable to say it's YA.
Heather in Sandwich