Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Review: Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause



Title: Blood and Chocolate 
Author: Annette Curtis Klause 
Release Date: August 14, 2007
Source: Bought

My Rating: fullfullfullBlankBlank
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? (taken from goodreads.com)
I decided to read this book after I finally got around to watching the movie. Even though the movie didn't impress me very much, I wondered if the book would expand on some of the potential I saw in the film. However, the book is nothing like the movie. Besides the title and the concept of a werewolf girl falling in love, the two couldn't be more different. 

Blood and Chocolate takes a different approach to werewolves compared to most of the novels I've read. They are much more animalistic. Instead of being humans who happen to grow some fur every now and again, they are more like wolves who can hide behind human skins. They are more wild wolves than humans in many ways. I found it intriguing to see a more original take on teenage paranormal creatures. 

I had very mixed feelings about Vivian. Part of me loved her fire and wild personality. The other part of me found it hard to relate to her. Her character is very consistent throughout the book, which I appreciated. Aiden also impressed me, even though I wasn't drawn to him. I liked the authenticity of his behavior. What human could simply accept the presence of werewolves without being a little freaked out? 

Even thought I enjoyed Blood and Chocolate, I can't say that I loved it. It lacked the spark I was looking for. Vivian and Aiden's romance wasn't everything I wanted it to be, and the writing lags a little at certain points. Overall, I'm glad that I gave the book a shot, and I'd recommend it to lovers of werewolf lore, but it didn't make my favorites shelf or anything. 

“Why me?" she asked, holding on to him.

"Because you cared," he whispered. "You cared so much for your people, it broke your heart to see the pack in ruins. You cared so much for your mother, you risked your life for hers. You cared enough to save someone who wanted you dead. And because you walk like a queen.”