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Title: Blood and Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
Publisher: Published September 7th 1999 by Laurel Leaf (first published August 11th 1997)
ISBN: 9780440226680
Status : FREE Rating :
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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 wer 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?

30 review for Blood and Chocolate

  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    **this is not a float - i have been ordered to edit this review to include something "necessary" i was watching the runaways last week, and in the bonus-feature interviews, dakota fanning was all wide-eyed exclaiming how she was so excited to finally get to act in a period piece. and i died a little inside. but so this book, from 1997, predates twilight but somehow it involves a werewolf love story. WHAAAAAT??? (her previous novel, silver kiss, from 1992, is about a vampire - suspicious*) so, to da **this is not a float - i have been ordered to edit this review to include something "necessary" i was watching the runaways last week, and in the bonus-feature interviews, dakota fanning was all wide-eyed exclaiming how she was so excited to finally get to act in a period piece. and i died a little inside. but so this book, from 1997, predates twilight but somehow it involves a werewolf love story. WHAAAAAT??? (her previous novel, silver kiss, from 1992, is about a vampire - suspicious*) so, to dakota fanning these books are practically vintage, and would be the historico-literary predecessors to the sparkly ones the kids are loving today. it's all about perspective. i never considered werewolves to be sexy. the shedding, the dogbreath, the teeth and claws; just not my particular fetish. however, the way this young teenage shewolf describes the changes her body undergoes during the full moon... woah. hot stuff. even when she is in human form, she completely owns her sexuality, and is aggressive and believes herself to be the most beautiful thing on either two or four legs. until her human lover sees her change, and does not agree with her ideas of beauty. (this is like a dude i dated once who wished i would dress "more feminine", when i used to only wear combat boots and assorted badassery.and i didn't change then, but now i only wear dresses,too late for you, guy - but i still say "fuck you, cichowicz!! fuck your standards of beauty!!")(i have given up writing on-point reviews. deal.) but so werewolves... this book is actually quite good. i may have to give it an extra star because there were a lot of elements i liked in it, and i had to read so many just mediocre books last week, this one is surely one-star better than most of them. she is an excellent stylist, and i was very glad she did not give the expected ending, but was willing to disappoint a whole lot of lovestruck teenie girls with the more "appropriate" ending. it also has one of the most romantic mid-coital lines, "i want to lay my kill at your feet". this makes me swoon,but makes elizabeth roll her eyes and scoff. maybe you have to read all the surrounding clawing and nipping and rolling around on the bed bits. (science fact learned from this book: when two werewolves bang, they can either be human or wolf or some sort of inbetween. convenient.) i don't know what else, but any teen fiction book that starts out with quotes from both hesse and kipling has gotta be good, right?? right??? add to that a vicious female protagonist who will literally claw your eyes out if you get in her way, and i think we have a winner. * also suspicious is the mother in this book is named esmé like the mother in that tremendously popular teen vampire series; a name i used to love. salinger is forever sullied for me, thanks, supernatural teen fiction moms... ** i have been told "you really CANNOT write a review of a book with that title and NOT include some reference to Elvis Costello. I suggest this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcU38D... please go add this to your review now!!" woof! i obey connor. come to my blog!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cory

    Just a note of warning: I didn't like Blood and Chocolate. I read it on a high recommendation from a friend and it bored me to tears. But I persevered, hoping it would get better. It didn't. Our protagonist, Vivian, looks kinda like Megan Fox, only blonde. Vivian thinks of men like they're meat. Here are a few of her thoughts that we're privy to. A female on the loose was a dangerous creature; she could challenge another bitch for a male she fancied. Some of those male eyes strayed to Vivian, too Just a note of warning: I didn't like Blood and Chocolate. I read it on a high recommendation from a friend and it bored me to tears. But I persevered, hoping it would get better. It didn't. Our protagonist, Vivian, looks kinda like Megan Fox, only blonde. Vivian thinks of men like they're meat. Here are a few of her thoughts that we're privy to. A female on the loose was a dangerous creature; she could challenge another bitch for a male she fancied. Some of those male eyes strayed to Vivian, too, and she preened at the thought of being a threat. She and Esmé exchanged knowing looks, their lips plump, curved, and smug. and She was staring, she knew, but his face was delicious. His eyes were amused and dreamy, as if observing life from the outside and finding it vaguely funny. He seemed languid, not intense like the Five -- those jangly, nervy, twitching, squirming, fighting, snapping, sharp-edged creatures who demanded so much from her. She noticed his tall dancers frame and his long-fingered hands, and the thought crossed her mind that she would enjoy him touching her. and The boy to Aiden's left noticed her first. He was a burly blond with a good-natured face and eyes that glazed over slightly at her approach. Vivian couldn't resist, she winked, and his cheeks turned pink. It was so easy. The other kid, wearing some kind of funny lopsided haircut, kept on yakking away, but the girl looked over and wrinkled her nose. She was small, with close-cropped dark hair -- the sort of girl that wore black stockings even on days like these.I'll put a few more runs in those tights, honey, if you look at me like that again, Vivian promised silently. We're not dealing with a girl of astounding intelligence here. In this universe, werewolves only have two goals -- to kill things and to sleep with things. Notice I said things in both categories. I don't think these werewolves are very particular. Our love interest is Aiden, a rebellious, Satan worshiping, faux emo. Yes, you read that right. Our other love interest is Gabriel, a twenty-four year old weirdo. He reminds me of Edward, only creepier. You think Edward was a creeper? Check out what Gabe does to sixteen-year-old Vivian. "Or ..." His hand lashed out, grabbed her, and whipped her into his arms, where he held her tight. "We can take it fast and rough." His mouth came down on hers and his hot tongue parted her lips. She pulled back, but he caught her hair in his fist and pressed her close. She pushed on his chest and struggled in his arms, but he wouldn't let go. Damn him, she thought, tears forming.I don't want fierce, I want gentle. This doesn't seem very romantic to me. This guy makes Jacob, Sam, and Edward look like cushy Teletubbies. Seriously, if any of them were ever in jail with Gabe I'd advise them to not drop the soap. You think I'm kidding? This guy couldn't control himself when he was with his girlfriend in bed and he phased. Then, when she was scared, he smacked her upside the head. Of course he was sorry right? But being sorry doesn't exactly bring her back from the dead. Taking the words right out of Vivian's head here. "Who cares?" She thought briefly of slicing his hand but dismissed the idea. He [Gabe] was much bigger than her and didn't mind hitting females. If all werewolves are like this, and Gabe is pretty mild, Emily got away easy. Sam could have done much worse. Gabe is a creep, yet somehow this book gets praised as being everything Twilight isn't. I'd kill myself before recommending this book over Twilight. Edward might be a stalker, but at least he isn't a murderer. And let's remember, vampires need to kill humans to survive. These werewolves do it for fun. But I'll leave Gabe alone for a while. After all, there's much, much more to hate about this book. I'm not much of a feminist myself -- I really just believe in equal rights for everyone -- but some of the stuff in this book really disgusts me. For instance, "Why aren't females allowed to compete in the Ordeal?" Esmé said. She sat at the kitchen table. There was a leaf in her hair, and Vivian was jealous of Esmé's night in the open. "Gimme a break!" exclaimed Rudy. "Isn't it obvious? It's purely physical. Females are in a different weight category. Their muscles don't develop to the same degree. Why risk injury or death with no chance to win?" Vivian took the cup of coffee meant for her mother from Rudy's hands and leaned back against the counter to drink it. Rudy rolled his eyes, but poured another cup. "But some females are smarter than some males, craftier fighters," Esmé argued. Rudy set Esmé's coffee in front of her and sat down himself. "Stop being awkward, Esmé. It's only a way of matching fairly and protecting our own. You females get your chance. It's only the top female who mates with the victor. She has to be the strongest and the smartest to ensure our survival." "Yeah, great, some chance. It's a male's world, isn't it? A female may be queen bitch but she doesn't get to choose her king." "You loved Ivan, didn't you, Sis?" Rudy asked. "You didn't beat the crap out of every new girl who came along with a challenge just for the status." In this world, male werewolves are twice as big as female wolves. This is certainly awkward. Now in reality, male wolves are only a few inches bigger than female wolves. Keep in mind that wolves are animals, werewolves are half-human. In this world, a male werewolf can practically rape any woman he wants. There isn't really anything stopping him except for the other males, and they only intervene if they wanted to rape the woman first. Moving on. In addition to being anti-feminist, this book is also somewhat of a misanthrope. Like Twilight, I get the feeling that it promotes hate towards humans. Or interracial marriage. Guess what we learn? Being different is bad. If you can't get along with another species because they're afraid of you, it's alright to ditch them instead of trying to talk it out. Don't try to have a relationship with someone of another species because your only purpose in life is to breed with the alpha-male. At least, I got that's what I got from this book. Feel free to say otherwise. Besides the one-dimensional characters, the rapists, and the overall stupidity of our main character, we're treated once again to a plot fail. Like Twilight, this book doesn't gain an actual plot until the last fifty pages. Vivian is a moron. She makes Bella look like Hermione Granger -- an intelligent female character. In fact, as I was nearing the end of this book, I go bored. So I drew up a character comparison chart for those who have read Twilight and Evermore. The similarities are somewhat startling. Willem = Jacob/Jude Astrid and Rafe = Victoria and Riley/Drina and Roman Gabriel = Edward/Damon/Sam Vivian = Bella/Ever I forgot Aiden, but he's a cowardly loser so I can't really put him anywhere. The only character I like is Willem, and he speaks like three times. Also, we get a lot of weird relationships in this book. Astrid and Esme, both around forty, are lusting after Gabe, who is twenty-four. He gets with Vivian, who is sixteen. Astrid gets with Rafe, who is also sixteen. Rafe is best friends with Urf, who is Astrid's son. Yeah, we got some weird stuff going on around here. Blood and Chocolate was published first, in 1997. Sadly, we haven't progressed much. Instead of the blonde, beautiful, sex-obsessed idiots that L.J.Smith and Annette Klause write, we get the shy, ugly, idiotic twits that Stephanie Meyer and Meg Cabot write. The prose in this book isn't that great either. It reads like an amateur fanfic. I've said that before, but never has it been more true. The smile left Esmé's face. "Baby, I know you're lonely for kids your own age, but I wish you'd be careful. If you gotta wag your tail, wag it for one of the Five." and Because I, too, have a double edge, she thought.And you should run from me as fast as your legs can carry you. and His velvet smile forgave her. and Dear Moon, he's sweet, Vivian thought in anguish. and Esmé laughed. "She's a teenager, for Moon's sake. She's supposed to rebel." and Aiden didn't say anything else for a while, but just when she thought he had nothing to add to the topic, he spoke. "You're, like, so beautiful and cool and sure of yourself, I think the kids at school were frightened of you." If you're like me, you've read a lot of Avatar:The Last Airbender fanfics. And if you're dumber than me, you actually liked more than 90% of them. If you're really stupid, you read a few Greek/Roman fanfics and thought they were brilliant. Brace yourself for this nugget of truth -- they all sucked. And this book reads just like them. I forced myself to finish it because I wanted to write a review. I skimmed it last year, thought it was pretty bad, and decided to move on. Then I picked it up again. I didn't think it could get worse. Boy, was I wrong. I thought I had missed something. I missed nothing. This is like a bodice ripper in disguise. It's full of misused adverbs and adjectives, and the stupidest metaphors you'll ever read. I will never second guess myself again. I almost feel sorry for anyone who liked this and then turned around to hate Evermore, Blue Bloods, and Twilight. This is worse. Granted, it came first, but it's much, much worse. At least the Lying Game kept me interested, even if it was vapid garbage. This was boring. I give this .5 stars because I liked Willem and the cover. This had so much potential. It had the mythology, it had the premise, but it failed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gracie

    I read Blood and Chocolate when I was 14 but it's stayed with me since. It was the first time a seemingly simple plot with overdone fictional monsters actually dealt with what it was to be human. I hold much respect for Vivian, the protagonist. Yes, she does stupid things. But what teenager doesn't feel what she feels? Are we all not trying to hide a part of ourselves from the world? Don't we not fight with our parents and try to rebel for no real reason? Do we not take simple comforts for all t I read Blood and Chocolate when I was 14 but it's stayed with me since. It was the first time a seemingly simple plot with overdone fictional monsters actually dealt with what it was to be human. I hold much respect for Vivian, the protagonist. Yes, she does stupid things. But what teenager doesn't feel what she feels? Are we all not trying to hide a part of ourselves from the world? Don't we not fight with our parents and try to rebel for no real reason? Do we not take simple comforts for all they can serve us? I loved that she wasn't skinny, awkward, or socially inept. She had a family, a close one. She was a real beauty, curvaceous and more classically female. She was flawed in her self-assurance, which made her careless, but she was still confident without being in denial of her situation. As for the writing itself, the book was a step up from Curtis Klause's The Silver Kiss. It had its own sense of internal dialogue, a way of connecting the protagonist's beliefs and the writing. Yes, it was awkward at times but it is not supposed to be our world. It's Vivian's. The thoughts of the characters were more easily identifiable also. Her previous work didn't have the same insight into the characters. ----- SPOILER: My friends have criticized the ending for not fitting to their ideals of modern love but I personally loved it. Why would she stay with someone that clearly couldn't handle her? Gabriel loved her and watched out for her. He forgave her for turning from the pack. He was like her and valued her after all was done. I think it's the instinct of the modern teen to go for the ill-fated romances but I believe she deserved a man, not a boy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kat Kennedy

    It was a big day for incest yesterday with me. And not that I mean that I tracked down some closely related blood relatives to make out with, either. First it was How I Live Now and then I read Blood and Chocolate, a cautionary tale against werewolf in-breeding. Did you ever read Bitten and find yourself wistful of their carefree lives, money, and culture? Well, meet the badside of werewolf culture. You know, the side where your teenage friend is shagging your Mum, and you Mum and someone else's It was a big day for incest yesterday with me. And not that I mean that I tracked down some closely related blood relatives to make out with, either. First it was How I Live Now and then I read Blood and Chocolate, a cautionary tale against werewolf in-breeding. Did you ever read Bitten and find yourself wistful of their carefree lives, money, and culture? Well, meet the badside of werewolf culture. You know, the side where your teenage friend is shagging your Mum, and you Mum and someone else's mum are publicly lusting after and fighting over the same guy who is TOTALLY way too young for them. Then the good part comes when your sixteen year old self is fated to match said young specimen who still manages to be six years older than your sixteen year old self. I imagine their wedding will look something like this. [image error] Not pictured: shame. Of course werewolves aren't my favourite supernatural creatures to read about. I only really like them in Bitten and the Mercy Thompson series so perhaps my perception is unfair. I could be reading about worse mythological creatures after all... Yeah... something like that... The writing was pretty good and the pacing was of the story was actually pretty good. My main problem came with the ending which was a big let down for me, and the total lack of sex. Then again, I'm still angry at the dictionary for its lack of sex scenes too but at least the dictionary was only kind of a tease whereas this book keeps promising and promising and dressing up sluttily before pulling out at the last minute and claiming it has a meeting to attend. I think I'll stay away from any blood relatives today, just in case...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    This was an appalling book on so many levels. Vivian-the-werewolf lusts after an unsuspecting human boy (MEAT boy, mind you) who is embarrassingly weak and supremely uninteresting. She's also fighting off advances from numerous other men who just randomly grab her breasts and has birthdays where her mom and 6 men watch her open gifts of lingerie. And creepiest of all, Gabriel, the 24-year-old head wolf, is after her to be his mate--although that doesn't stop him from sleeping with her 40-year-ol This was an appalling book on so many levels. Vivian-the-werewolf lusts after an unsuspecting human boy (MEAT boy, mind you) who is embarrassingly weak and supremely uninteresting. She's also fighting off advances from numerous other men who just randomly grab her breasts and has birthdays where her mom and 6 men watch her open gifts of lingerie. And creepiest of all, Gabriel, the 24-year-old head wolf, is after her to be his mate--although that doesn't stop him from sleeping with her 40-year-old mom throughout the book. *shudder* Vivian is also a self-centered, vain, out of control teenager who calls her mom a bitch and who is surrounded by people who curse all the time for no reason. Every man in the book is a hormone-driven jerk and the few females in it are selfish and unlikable. (Gabriel is actually the most interesting and likable character, except for that icky sleeping with mom thing.) I don't care if you're a werewolf or not, bad behavior is bad behavior. And on top of all this...the book is written in a melodramatic tone with very poor structure and awkward phrasing. After being rejected by the boy she loves, for example, Vivian runs into the woods and screams "I am beautiful! Why can't he see that?" and then drinks a full bottle of booze (given to her by an adult), destroys the room of a girl she's jealous of, and then later (view spoiler)[tries to kill herself by lighting herself on fire (albeit to help "save" the pack) (hide spoiler)] . I can't adequately express how awful scenes like this are, and how surprised I am that more people are not taken aback by the book's content and writing. This book would be an annoying enough if it were written for adults, but being that it's meant for teenagers, I find the whole thing pretty outrageous.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scribblegirl

    This book is wrong on so many levels that I don't know where to start, and I definitely don't think it belongs in the teen section of the bookstore. Vivian, the main character and narrator, is far too calculating and sexualized for a 16-year-old girl, I don't care if she IS a werewolf. She's also mean-spirited and nasty, and frankly, I didn't find much about her to like for a good deal of the book, which contains entirely too much sexuality and vulgarity. With the exception of Aiden, the human b This book is wrong on so many levels that I don't know where to start, and I definitely don't think it belongs in the teen section of the bookstore. Vivian, the main character and narrator, is far too calculating and sexualized for a 16-year-old girl, I don't care if she IS a werewolf. She's also mean-spirited and nasty, and frankly, I didn't find much about her to like for a good deal of the book, which contains entirely too much sexuality and vulgarity. With the exception of Aiden, the human boy Vivian wants to bed, every character in the book behaves like a rapaciously sex-starved porn star locked permanently in his/her 40's. Vivian seems to be intended as the young conscience of the book, alone and confused and trying to find her way, but she by and large fails miserably, as when the chips are down - and most of the time otherwise - she is just as greedy and selfish as the rest of them. I truly believe Annette Curtis Klause has some seriously distorted views of young love and the appropriateness of certain relationships. The book takes a few interesting turns, but for the most part, I found it nothing more than a story of instant gratification run violently and horribly amok. Not to mention the incredibly inappropriate relationship between Vivian and Gabriel, the 24-year-old head of her clan. He spends most of the book bedding both Vivian's mother and another woman in the clan and leering lecherously after Vivian, until with the book's resolution, he finally makes her his permanent property - with her happy acceptance. It really skeezed me out, and I can't tell you how shocked I was to google Klause this morning and find out the woman is not only a librarian who "specializes" in young adult fiction, but is actually head of children's services at a Maryland community library. Good GOD, I would not want this woman recommending books to my children. Nor will I recommend her books to my customers. Blood and Chocolate is one of the worst-written, most misogynistic and wrong-headed books I've ever had the misfortune to read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gail Carriger

    This brilliant, sexy YA, did urban fantasy before we knew that's what it was called. Please don't judge it by the abysmal movie version, the book is nothing like that dross. It's romantic, fast paced, a true insight into what it might be to be a teen girl, and a werewolf. The main character is strong, powerful, and has a genuine path to self actualization and independence. We should be so lucky as to have young girls read and want to be Vivian. I adore this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Avis

    Now, let me tell you a story about a girl that had a dream. This girl wanted something that everyone has been looking for. She wanted something that is, obviously, impossible; she wanted to read a good YA fantasy/paranormal book. I know, Selena. I know. I might as well reached for the frickin' stars. I really thought that this was a book that I was looking for. As you can see from my rating, it wasn't. I'm just... I'm just going to write down a couple of quotes from this piece of shit thing bo Now, let me tell you a story about a girl that had a dream. This girl wanted something that everyone has been looking for. She wanted something that is, obviously, impossible; she wanted to read a good YA fantasy/paranormal book. I know, Selena. I know. I might as well reached for the frickin' stars. I really thought that this was a book that I was looking for. As you can see from my rating, it wasn't. I'm just... I'm just going to write down a couple of quotes from this piece of shit thing book and then, maybe, people will understand why I hate this so much. "Vivian filled with rage every time she remembered what he did. She was assured he killed her because she turned him down. And he could have had me, she thought bitterly." I'm going to repeat what I said in my status update: Vivian. Sweetie. That's the man who is responsible for death of your father. AND YOU ARE UPSET BECASE HE ASKED A GIRL (view spoiler)[(WHOM HE LATER MURDERED) (hide spoiler)] OUT INSTEAD OF YOU?! "Vivian was burning with desire to go to them [ 8 year old triples] and smack them until they start moaning." "A female on loose was a dangerous creature, she could challenge another bitch for a male she fancied." "She fell on her knees next to the bathtub, turned her head and drank some of the water Aiden bathed in." Oh and let's not forget this one: "He usually goes for girls that wear combat boots and dark makeup. I'm glad he brought someone normal for a change." Combat boots: Now that I wrote this wonderful aspiring quotes, let's talk about characters. Vivian: Yes, ladies and gentleman, this is Vivian, our heroine. She is kind of crazy. From the moment she met Aiden, all she wanted to do was him. And I would probably be okay with it, if she didn't think about it in such a creepy way. She was literally one step from being like this: [Jesus Christ, that girl scares the shit out of me.] I disliked Vivian at the beginning of the book because, besides being creepy as fuck, she was a jealous, insane bitch girl. After she saw Aiden, she wanted to hurt a girl simply for standing next to him. She saw that guy once. In her entire life. Once. Fuck. Like I said, I strongly disliked Vivian at the beginning, but I hated her with burning passion towards the end. The decision she made at the end of the book was one of the worst I ever saw. Esme: Vivian's mother. Probably as crazy as her daughter, if not crazier. At least she is in this book, I'll give Annette that. At least she is not missing, dead or there-but-not-really-there, like parents are in most YA books are. Instead, Esme is neglecting her kid. She is always out in a bar, drinking or she is having a fight with another 'bitch'. She is never there for Vivian and to me, she seems like a textbook example of a bad parent. Oh, and let's not forget this: (view spoiler)[After Vivian accidently proclaimed herself as Gabriel's mate, she was hiding in her room, terrified. And you know what Esme did? She told Vivian that she needed to grow up and deal with it. Excuse me, but what the fuck? Your kid is hiding from a man that obviously scares the fuck out of her and your advice is "Grow up and deal with it."!? (hide spoiler)] She also has terrible double standards: it's okay if she sleeps with somebody who is 20 years younger than her, but if someone else does it, they need to be crucified. Aiden: Truth to be told, I liked Aiden in the beginning. He was cool, funny, different in a good way and I loved the fact that he was a hippie and did more than just smoke weed (unlike every other hippie in every other YA book). And you know what I loved the most? He was a normal teenage boy. He went to the parties, drank alcohol, got turned on when he was rubbing against a hot girl. After books and books of teenage boys who sound like my great grandma meeting Queen Elizabeth II, you have no idea how refreshing it was to see someone who acted normal. But in the end: (view spoiler)[he was a complete douche. After he discovered that Vivian was a werewolf, he told all his friends that she was a crazy bitch (which she kind of was, but, come on. She didn't deserve to lose her friends in that way.) Oh, he also tried to kill Vivian with silver bullet because he wanted to release her of her torture. I don't know about you, but to me, that seemed ridiculous coming from a boy who was fascinated with witches, vampires and werewolves his entire life. (hide spoiler)] Gabriel: I'm just going to write down this quote: "His mouth came down on hers and his hot tongue parted her lips. She pulled back, but he caught her hair in his fist and pressed her close. She pushed on his chest and struggled in his arms, but he wouldn't let go. Damn him, she thought, tears forming. I don't want fierce, I want gentle." What the actual fuck is this? I don't care if you're human or werewolf, molesting someone=NOT OK. NO MEANS NO. FUCK. This book was originally going to get 2 stars because I liked Aiden, writing was pretty good (besides the constant use of verb danced; that really annoyed me) and let's face it, there are books worse than this. But then shit happened (and not good kind of shit), Aiden turned into a douche bag and everything fell apart. And the end. DEAR GOD THE ENDING IS SO FUCKING RETARED THAT I JUST WANTED TO SET THIS BOOK ON FIRE. So yeah, book: P.S. I just realized that Annette has another book called Silver Kiss. Will I read it? Hell no. Why?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    Update: In October I finished this book a third time. Turns out this is one of those books that gets better with every read. I'm going to go ahead and up the rating to four stars. Blood and Chocolate was a book that I didn't totally like the first time around--I wasn't exactly sure how I felt about it, to be honest. It's well written but much darker than most YA fiction. Overall I felt positive about the story even though I didn't quite care for the protagonist, Vivian--she comes across as slutt Update: In October I finished this book a third time. Turns out this is one of those books that gets better with every read. I'm going to go ahead and up the rating to four stars. Blood and Chocolate was a book that I didn't totally like the first time around--I wasn't exactly sure how I felt about it, to be honest. It's well written but much darker than most YA fiction. Overall I felt positive about the story even though I didn't quite care for the protagonist, Vivian--she comes across as slutty and entirely too sure of herself. Because Blood and Chocolate left me feeling so perplexed, I needed to read it again (which I did, months later). The second time I read it I finally understood why the main character was so sure of herself and overly sexed. She's not entirely human--a fact that I was aware of the first read through but I didn't really think about. She was raised to be comfortable with her sexuality, but not necessarily in a dirty way, just not in a human way. And I realized she was so sure of herself because she grew up in the Alpha's household. Just being daughter of the Alpha was a position that demanded respect, and Vivian had been treated accordingly--in fact, until her father died the entire pack celebrated her birthday. The thing is, during my second read, I realized I quite liked that Annette Curtis Klaus allowed her main character to suffer, struggle. To not get what she wanted when she wanted it. Vivian, so sexual and so sure of herself, didn't understand love any more than your average teenager. If anything she struggled with it, with getting her heart broken, more than your average teen. In fact, she reacts in a downright scary manner. In the end, I came to the conclusion that I liked Blood and Chocolate because the main character gets over her heartbreak and even moves on. It isn't often a YA novel takes this route, which, if you ask me, is quite unfortunate, though I digress. Vivian learns there is more to love then physical attraction and/or like-mindedness. And above all she learns to love and accept her(whole)self.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    Blood and Chocolate is a well-loved YA werewolf novel, and I've been meaning to read it for the last decade. Now that I have, I'm really disappointed. Vivian is a 16-year-old werewolf who's torn between her pack and fitting in with the human world (and a human boy). Vivian is also selfish, arrogant, dramatic, and stupid. Over and over we hear her thoughts on how beeeeaaaaauuuuutiful she is and how all the boys want her. Every action she takes endangers someone and she only ever focuses on her ow Blood and Chocolate is a well-loved YA werewolf novel, and I've been meaning to read it for the last decade. Now that I have, I'm really disappointed. Vivian is a 16-year-old werewolf who's torn between her pack and fitting in with the human world (and a human boy). Vivian is also selfish, arrogant, dramatic, and stupid. Over and over we hear her thoughts on how beeeeaaaaauuuuutiful she is and how all the boys want her. Every action she takes endangers someone and she only ever focuses on her own needs, despite the other characters cooing over how she shows such concern for the pack. I was ready to rip off her "tawny" hair before I was halfway through the book. The writing is painful too; Annette Curtis Klause writes like some of the teenage fanfiction writers I've encountered. The dialogue is unnatural, and people act in ways that they just wouldn't in real life. She uses awkward terminology (such as referring to a gift from Vivian's boyfriend as a "love gift"). And for the coup de grâce of stupidity, when Vivian is accused by the police of vandalism, a 24-year-old pack member provides an alibi - he tells the cops that they were having sex all night. A 24-year old...tells the cops...that he was screwing an underage high schooler. And the cops thank him and leave. Huh? What? YA novels can be written much, much better than this. Werewolf novels can be written much, much better than this (see Kelley Armstrong's Bitten). Don't waste your time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    Actually read this well after I had watched the movie but still could not put this down! This is different enough from the movie that I would recommend anyone that even moderately enjoyed the movie go pick this one up!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mariel

    The message of this book creeped me out the eff out. Stick with your own kind, people will never accept what is different. Blood and Chocolate is a hate crime of a book. I was liking it until then. The selfishness and sexualization didn't bother me. I didn't feel threatened by their differences. There was a nice parallel about kids who hang with the wrong crowd (I'd recommend reading Life Without Friends for a great ya story about a girl who hung with kids who go to prison for bullying and murde The message of this book creeped me out the eff out. Stick with your own kind, people will never accept what is different. Blood and Chocolate is a hate crime of a book. I was liking it until then. The selfishness and sexualization didn't bother me. I didn't feel threatened by their differences. There was a nice parallel about kids who hang with the wrong crowd (I'd recommend reading Life Without Friends for a great ya story about a girl who hung with kids who go to prison for bullying and murder). The baddie werewolf kids who want to kill humans, and how she wanted to get away from that and see what else was out there was promising. I hated that after the human boy and his friends turn out to be haters, that somehow equals: never venture outside anything that is different. It didn't feel like accepting yourself for being what you are if you have to lump absolutely everyone else into one category and hide with only those who are the same. That's giving up. People change, anyway. How can you know they'll always be the same? People can be scary, society is scary. Their werewolf society was definitely fucked up and scary (like compounds with guns scary). What started out a good story about a werewolf girl venturing outside known violence and primitive rules turns giant steps backwards to hiding in fear of what is different. What the fuck?

  13. 5 out of 5

    SuperHeroQwimm

    Wow. This was a book I didn't want to read. My book club voted for it so I thought to myself 'fiiiiiine' and as it turns out I absolutely loved it. Side note; Is this really a stand alone?! I disapprove.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Irina Villacis

    antes de la lectura Por álla por el 2013 o cuando tenia 13 años /2007 seria entonces. Yo vi en televisión pagada una pelicula que se veia interesante llamada BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE o tambien besos de sangre o la marca del lobo. recuerdo que fui la primera pelicula que vi COMPLETA EN TELEVISION PAGADA y que sea digamos del género que me gustaba . la pelicula narraba la vida de Vivian una mujer loba que vivia en Rumania con su tia y que pronto iba ascender a reina loba porque el lider de la manada la antes de la lectura Por álla por el 2013 o cuando tenia 13 años /2007 seria entonces. Yo vi en televisión pagada una pelicula que se veia interesante llamada BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE o tambien besos de sangre o la marca del lobo. recuerdo que fui la primera pelicula que vi COMPLETA EN TELEVISION PAGADA y que sea digamos del género que me gustaba . la pelicula narraba la vida de Vivian una mujer loba que vivia en Rumania con su tia y que pronto iba ascender a reina loba porque el lider de la manada la habia elegido ya que esta jovencita , 19 años, y guapa. recuerdo incluso que vi la pelicula 3 veces. me gustaba la narración , los paisajes , los personajes. siempre me pregunté si habia una segunda parte. luego me enteré que era basado en un libro de Anne Curtis . lo obtuvé pero al final no lo leí. durante la lectura. este libro lo habia pospuesto por mucho tiempo , lo que sucedia es que cuando lo obtuve era muy joven , muy digamos positiva. aun no me habia enterado acerca de que los libros no son iguales a las peliculas . mi unica experiencia CREPUSCULO habia resultado lo bastante fiel a las obras asi que no sabia que esperar. luego investigué lo suficiente años atras como para saber que casi todo era modificado asi que debia ir con mente imparcial a leerlo y no esperar nada mas hace varios dias me dije , es hora de leerlo y lo hice sumamente rápido. el libro es mediano y fácilmente me engachó en la lectura. un libro adecuado. no tenia abrumadores descripciones ni lenguajes complicados o dialogos sin sentidos. cosas sencillas que de hecho bien podria haberlo leido a los 13 . me ha gustado mucho Vivian , a diferencia de la pelicula aqui tiene 16 . es una menor de edad que sabe perfectamente como ser loba. lo que no sabe es como ser humana. como parecer humana. y se siente sola. Adrien en la pelicula es un pintor que viene de viaje desde Estados unidos a Rumania mientras que en la obra esta situada en MARYLAND de Estados unidos. Vivian posee un acento francés . y asi podria contar un montón de diferencias desde los cambios de personalidad hasta personajes pero enfoquemonos en esto no mas. el libro es bueno , de hecho a medida que leia lo veia como una trama sencilla pero honesta. mas que un libro de licantropos habla acerca del primer amor , de la soledad , conocer a si mismo y las tentaciones. el lobo , el lobo de ella la parte de ella que no quiere ser mostrada es expuesta de muchas formas . pasión , lujuria y sangre. me recordó a la caperucita roja. para variar este libro no tiene NADA DE ESCENAS DE SEXO. existe si , claras insinuaciones de que alguien tuvo o tiene sexo pero solo eso. la mera mención de esa palabra. me ha molestado de sobremanera la forma en como la pelicula cambió muchas cosas del libro. creo que ahora tendré que separar la pelicula del libro. ambas son buenas si . pero son dos cosas distintas. como si fuera dos realidades. Gabriel es genial , un hombre adecuado que tiene problemas pero los intenta superar no quiere cosas fáciles sino cosas ganadas ni robadas. no me hizo llorar el libro pero senti un pesar tan duro que senti que de nuevo tenia 15 años y me partia el corazón como fue esa vez que lei ELEANOR AND PARK. esta obra es buena pero no merece 5 , porque es un poco sencilla . creo que es orientado a un público adolescente. un poco mas de sunstancia y de 20 hojas hubiera sido perfecto. de todas formas creo que es algo que recomendaria leer a alguien enojada de 15 años que no sabe bien si es vampiro o extraterrestre o Nini.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Loederkoningin

    Blegh..such a rad title! So much possible awesomeness! Yet Klause didn't pull it off. She had quite the story in her hands, but all I ended up with were vague promises and hints at something better. Now Gabriel, ahh I think he had some potential. As in: rawr baby! Unfortunately he was pretty much condemned to the periphery. Not that it would've mattered all that much. Because the heroine, Vivian, had just as little luck escaping her cardboard persona. Klause spent a lot of time fussing about her Blegh..such a rad title! So much possible awesomeness! Yet Klause didn't pull it off. She had quite the story in her hands, but all I ended up with were vague promises and hints at something better. Now Gabriel, ahh I think he had some potential. As in: rawr baby! Unfortunately he was pretty much condemned to the periphery. Not that it would've mattered all that much. Because the heroine, Vivian, had just as little luck escaping her cardboard persona. Klause spent a lot of time fussing about her long blond hair, long legs and overall prettiness. Speaking of fussing: as far as I'm concerned this book is PERFECTLY suitable for young teens. I don't get this "fuzz" about inappropriate (sex) scenes. The sexual tension was there - hello to life! - but I didn't detect a single scene that got even close to explicitness. These werewolves - trailer trashy as they were - still were more tame than most humans. I'm just glad I wasn't confronted with the moral police when I first read Blood and Chocolate as a kid. I probably would have been stuck with Little House on the Prairie material instead.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nikoleta

    Αυτό το βιβλίο δεν μου άρεσε. Δεν είναι ότι δεν ανυπομονούσα απλώς να το διαβάζω, αλλά ότι βαριόμουν να διαβάζω ολόκληρες τις σελίδες, οπότε πηδούσα αρκετές! Οι λόγοι είναι πολλοί, οι ήρωες, όλοι τους, είναι αντιπαθητικοί, πχ. η πρωταγωνίστρια πολλές φορές συμπεριφερόταν σαν εμμονικό σχιζοφρενικό πλάσμα. Η αφήγηση είναι πεζή, η ατμόσφαιρα… ποια ατμόσφαιρα; Δεν έχει ατμόσφαιρα! Δεν έχει ωραίο love story, ούτε γενικώς η πλοκή με κέρδισε. Θα το πω, η ταινία είναι κλάσης ανώτερη. Μεσαιωνική μυστηρια Αυτό το βιβλίο δεν μου άρεσε. Δεν είναι ότι δεν ανυπομονούσα απλώς να το διαβάζω, αλλά ότι βαριόμουν να διαβάζω ολόκληρες τις σελίδες, οπότε πηδούσα αρκετές! Οι λόγοι είναι πολλοί, οι ήρωες, όλοι τους, είναι αντιπαθητικοί, πχ. η πρωταγωνίστρια πολλές φορές συμπεριφερόταν σαν εμμονικό σχιζοφρενικό πλάσμα. Η αφήγηση είναι πεζή, η ατμόσφαιρα… ποια ατμόσφαιρα; Δεν έχει ατμόσφαιρα! Δεν έχει ωραίο love story, ούτε γενικώς η πλοκή με κέρδισε. Θα το πω, η ταινία είναι κλάσης ανώτερη. Μεσαιωνική μυστηριακή ατμόσφαιρα, οι χαρακτήρες είναι πιο συμπαθητικοί και ταίριαξαν κάπως την σοκολάτα του τίτλου (στο βιβλίο πάντως δεν κατάλαβα πως κόλαγε)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tricia (TellHerAStory)

    Reread Review 5/15/18: 1 / 5 stars Spoiler free review/discussion/gripe can be found here: https://youtu.be/ZN2DXVxI4JI

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jasmin

    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 Does this sound like a book for 13 year olds? Was she Aiden's soulmate? Vivian wondered up in her room. Wouldn't she know if she were? Maybe 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 Does this sound like a book for 13 year olds? Was she Aiden's soulmate? Vivian wondered up in her room. Wouldn't she know if she were? Maybe if she made him the mate of her flesh first, then she would know. Aside from that, there us also mentioning of biting off of buttons and searching for dark corners in the theater. Doesn't sound like a book for young adults, right? And it is definitely not suited for anyone of 13 years old. And overlooking the part where Vivian is presumably sixteen or a little older than that, we have a pretty decent love story. Vivian Gandillon, is far from a normal teenager. She's a loup-garou/ werewolf. She's trying to fit in within normal society but fails, since she has zero friends. Until, she approaches Aiden, the poet/ meatboy. She feels the connection. She feels that Aiden understands her, despite not knowing what she is since he did write a poem about werewolves. They date. Vivian is in love. Everything was perfect. Until she decided to tell Aiden the truth of what she was. She thought she was beautiful in both her skins. Human and wolf form. But Vivian in her wolf form wasn't enough for Aiden to love her. ____ However, despite me not recommending this book to young adults, this book is enjoyable. At times, sweet like chocolate. And at times, bitter like blood (or rather coppery). But still, a book to be devoured by romance enthusiasts like me. :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    I really liked this book , I thought it was much , much better than the other one I've read by her The Silver Kiss . Some people will probably be against this book being categorized under YA because of the sexual content ; but I thought it was really good for the main character to know that she's pretty/ hott and not be all self-doubting like girls in a lot of other YA books . Vivian knows what she wants and how to get it , she's not some damsel in distress . I loved her as the main character be I really liked this book , I thought it was much , much better than the other one I've read by her The Silver Kiss . Some people will probably be against this book being categorized under YA because of the sexual content ; but I thought it was really good for the main character to know that she's pretty/ hott and not be all self-doubting like girls in a lot of other YA books . Vivian knows what she wants and how to get it , she's not some damsel in distress . I loved her as the main character because of her strong will and personality . The ending made me happy tooo (: the way it was heading towards the middle I thought it would be bad , then it changes and becomes happyy ! I would recommend this book to whoever , as long as you like stuff about werewolfs ,ect . Initally I had this as four stars , but I just keeep thinking about it even when I'm reading something else . Soo I'm changing it to five stars !

  20. 5 out of 5

    Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI. Oh, and accronyms :P}

    I've bypassed this book quite a few times when I've come across it at a bootsale or in a charity shop etc and it's been overlooked because of one thing....I didn't realise it was about werewolves. Had I known that, I'd have snapped it up long before now. How I missed this one I'll never know. I was drawn into this within a few pages and the story just grabbed me. It's a story about teen angst and love and decisions and betrayal and loyalty and just generally growing up and coming of age.... but w I've bypassed this book quite a few times when I've come across it at a bootsale or in a charity shop etc and it's been overlooked because of one thing....I didn't realise it was about werewolves. Had I known that, I'd have snapped it up long before now. How I missed this one I'll never know. I was drawn into this within a few pages and the story just grabbed me. It's a story about teen angst and love and decisions and betrayal and loyalty and just generally growing up and coming of age.... but with werewolves. I very easily got caught up with the story of Vivian, who has as many problems, if not more, then your average teen. This book may be geared towards a young adult audience, but it can definitely be enjoyed by those of us who are young at heart and can still remember their youth. Klause pulls off a sensual story about the supernatural without making it seem cheesy. The characters are believable, the shape shifter culture is well rounded and Vivian's world comes alive on the page. I've got the film on DVD here too but I haven't watched it yet. I don't know the first thing about the film other than it's nothing like the book, I've avoided reading anything about it so I'll be going in blind :D I'm looking forward to it though...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I know a lot of people like this book, and the author is a fairly well known dark fantasy writer, from what I can tell. But I didn't care for it...something just really rubbed me the wrong way. First of all, I actually disliked the main character, which is rare for me. Although she was a strong person, she was far from nice, far from decent. I just couldn't relate to the aggressive, arrogant, overtly sexual outlook she took on a lot of things. The werewolves in her pack were out-and-out jerk-offs I know a lot of people like this book, and the author is a fairly well known dark fantasy writer, from what I can tell. But I didn't care for it...something just really rubbed me the wrong way. First of all, I actually disliked the main character, which is rare for me. Although she was a strong person, she was far from nice, far from decent. I just couldn't relate to the aggressive, arrogant, overtly sexual outlook she took on a lot of things. The werewolves in her pack were out-and-out jerk-offs, and yet they were almost portrayed as being sexy for it. Gabe, who ends up being the leading man, is made out to be the epitome of an arrogant, lustful, possibly abusive older guy...and yet you're supposed to believe the main character later becomes intensely attracted to him, pretty much because he's rough with her. The only people with redeeming qualities were Aiden's human friends, and the shy, bespectacled werewolf Willem. It was a pretty dark fantasy all right, but the morals and characters just seemed skewed and unlikable to me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen • Just One More Page

    This review is also posted on my blog. (view spoiler)[Well, I’m glad I reread that. I’m also kind of disappointed, though. I read it for the first and only time at 14, and I remember ADORING it. It was my very first paranormal romance ever. It’s been a favorite ever since, and I figured I’d give it another go around now that I’m older and understand more. And I have to say I’m really kind of let down. While there are several things about it I really liked, enough to give it four stars - the writi This review is also posted on my blog. (view spoiler)[Well, I’m glad I reread that. I’m also kind of disappointed, though. I read it for the first and only time at 14, and I remember ADORING it. It was my very first paranormal romance ever. It’s been a favorite ever since, and I figured I’d give it another go around now that I’m older and understand more. And I have to say I’m really kind of let down. While there are several things about it I really liked, enough to give it four stars - the writing style, Vivian herself as a person and as a character, how werewolves were given form, the fact that I still have memories of how much I originally loved it and what it did to me - there were several other unforgivable flaws. Like the complete overflowing of toxic masculinity and typical male entitlement and sexual harassment that went entirely unaddressed other than blanket statements of ‘you’re a jerk’ 'he’s a jerk’ 'men are jerks’ that leave the whole point of the problem ignored and untouched. And how consent is something that is COMPLETELY DISMISSED. MORE THAN ONCE. And the age differences??? Between Esme and Gabriel wasn’t *so* bad, but Rafe and Astrid? ???? And Gabriel and Vivian being the couple that ends up together at the end that you’re supposed to actually feel for and support, despite how he acts and treats her – and every other woman – throughout the entire fucking book? I mean, there’s that aspect of it alone, but he’s 24 and she’s 17. Get OUT of my face with that disgusting shit. I mean, the things he was saying *were* in fact arousing, but - I’m 26. That’s actually IN MY AGE RANGE. That’s *okay*. Of course, that’s if I were to ignore what a fucking objectifying womanizer he’s been the entire time, but, yanno. Oh, and the complete LACK of *any* kind of positive female relationships. Between Vivian and Esme only goes so far, since that’s not really what I would call positive, and between Vivian and Bingo only lasted *maybe* a chapter before Bingo turned on her. *Every single other* female-female relationship in this entire book was toxic and negative and marred by jealousy and hatred. And how the entire ceremony of choosing a leader of the pack was handled, concerning females. It was very strict and specific that only males were allowed to lead the pack, and the women were allowed to 'fight each other’ for the right to mate with the leader (hoo boy). They let only one woman participate amongst the males after she insisted, and only after dismissing her and not taking her seriously. Before the fight starts for real, the biggest male darts out and scratches her nose to draw her blood and disqualify her, and she is ganged up on to 'be gotten out of the way’ when she stays to fight regardless. When she gives in and slinks back to the ranks, even the other females growl at her to show their disapproval. Even Vivian. And, this one woman is the one that has been seen by the reader as traitorous, crude, and disrespectful to the point of dangerous, so even as the reader you’re supposed to be disapproving of her attempt. Not at the way her attempt was handled, but at the fact that she even had the gall to try. Oh yeah. And the multitude of slut shaming, even though Vivian herself is no stranger to her sexuality, and even though none of what the *guys* are doing is called out. Ever. At all. Holy internalized misogyny, batman. There were a small handful of redeeming moments, though. Such as - Vivian did not end up with Aiden. Which is good. That wasn’t love, and never felt very healthy, or even real. He ends up being terrified of her by the end, actually, and it’s implied they never speak again. I would have been happier if she did not end up with anyone, but. Alas. And Vivian’s utter refusal to submit to Gabriel after she accidentally won as the top female. And Vivian’s attitude and utter confidence and knowledge at how strong and beautiful she is. And, honestly, the entire writing style. It was erotic and sensual and delicious and a pure joy to read. And, aside from the traditionalized misogyny, I did deeply enjoy how werewolves were depicted, as I’d mentioned before. I don’t know, I have a hard time giving it a rating any less than a four. I feel like, with all the issues I named, it shouldn’t get more than a three. But there WERE a lot of parts I really DID like, and it *did* spend the last ten years or so spending its time in my brain as a favorite book. Maybe later, given time, I’ll knock the rating down, but then again, maybe not. I’m just glad it’s finished, and I’m glad I reread it now that I’m of a better age, and I’m glad I know better now. I don’t regret the reread and the dethroning of its status, but I am glad I can put it down now and move on to something new. I’m not sure if I’d recommend this to anyone else or not. There were so many flaws interwoven in with each other, I’m not sure how many other people would be able to catch them all and identify them for how bad they really are, which really, is pretty important. So, really, I suppose I’ll say it’s entirely up to you. I won’t influence a decision one way or another. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    Blood and Chocolate basically jumped from the shelf, straight into my hands… and without really knowing what or why, I figured it was probably meant to be and was determined to find out what this was all about. I have to admit, it took me a while to get into this story. As I am quite stubborn, it doesn't happen very often that I put down a book and never finish it. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with Blood and Chocolate, though. Perhaps I just skip the blood and find myself a piece of choc Blood and Chocolate basically jumped from the shelf, straight into my hands… and without really knowing what or why, I figured it was probably meant to be and was determined to find out what this was all about. I have to admit, it took me a while to get into this story. As I am quite stubborn, it doesn't happen very often that I put down a book and never finish it. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with Blood and Chocolate, though. Perhaps I just skip the blood and find myself a piece of chocolate in the kitchen instead? It’s THEN when I started scrolling through the reviews here on Goodreads. And how much do I owe you people. A BIG Thank You goes out to the (over-)conservative readers! “Not fit for teens”, “incest”,… It gave me that extra push I needed. Oh, I read like a maniac! Eager to find out what was soooo ‘bad’. As you could already guess when I used ‘(over-)conservative’ to address myself to certain reviewers, it never came. Cos let’s be honest… A condom in somebody’s pocket? A description of a kiss? Incest? They’re not all related in blood! They just the usual ‘cousin’ or whatever to the outside world, so they wouldn't have to explain themselves, taking a risk to get caught! ((shakes head)) Sorry to say, but you’re hitting the ball wrong! If you think you are protecting your teens or try to warn others, it’s YOU who needs the wake up call! Let them read it and use it to communicate with them! In the end, they see a lot worse than this in their favorite music clips or the lyrics are far more explicit than what they’d read in this book! Another big thank you! Without you, I might have never discovered this beautiful story! (yes, it DOES gets better and better towards the end!)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book is nothing like Twilight. I found it on a booklist for Twilight read-alikes, and I understand why it was included, I’m just saying – it’s not like Twilight. In fact, if you didn’t like Twilight, you may like this book. The protagonist is as full of self-confidance as Bella is full of self-doubt. Whereas Bella’s relationship with her family is peripheral, Viviane is surrounded by family. She’s part of a pack after all. She’s a werewolf. In the end Viviane’s dilemna is not far from Bella This book is nothing like Twilight. I found it on a booklist for Twilight read-alikes, and I understand why it was included, I’m just saying – it’s not like Twilight. In fact, if you didn’t like Twilight, you may like this book. The protagonist is as full of self-confidance as Bella is full of self-doubt. Whereas Bella’s relationship with her family is peripheral, Viviane is surrounded by family. She’s part of a pack after all. She’s a werewolf. In the end Viviane’s dilemna is not far from Bella’s; she wishes she could have a friend outside the pack. The theme is a perennial favorite with young adult fiction – finding where you fit in outside the stifling structure of one’s family. I didn’t like this one because it’s too transparent. Too obvious. The angst is spelled out too clearly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Will Never Give a Second Thought...until right..now. This was about as realistic as there being any sort of real justice in the world. Like the kind I want right...now. [image error] Oh, photoshop. What a comfort you are to me in these weary days! But still. Definitely never going to happen. Though having that special someone being taken out? I'll bet on that. [image error]

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andre

    This book read like some teen soap opera, and definitely not of the good kind. The “heroine” Vivian was some stupid teenage drama queen and it looked like stuff was made up over the course of the story without paying attention to consistency and believability. I know how old the protagonist is supposed to be, but is that level of recklessness and stupidity really normal or even realistic considered the circumstances? The reaction especially of the human characters seemed often pretty forced (resp This book read like some teen soap opera, and definitely not of the good kind. The “heroine” Vivian was some stupid teenage drama queen and it looked like stuff was made up over the course of the story without paying attention to consistency and believability. I know how old the protagonist is supposed to be, but is that level of recklessness and stupidity really normal or even realistic considered the circumstances? The reaction especially of the human characters seemed often pretty forced (respectively out of character) and Vivian didn't come along as very likeable as well. I came to this book because it was mentioned in a thesis paper as being very progressive and feminist and I must say that I don't see that, at all. The book is incredibly patriarchal and sexist. I think what some readers might forget is that these are mostly werewolves and so they must be judged compared to their own kind and there these werewolves revealed themselves as totally patriarchal and the whole book as incredibly misogynistic. The end could have been from the worst kind of chick flick. That wasn’t romantic; at all it was cheesy, at best. This book had the necessary ingredients for a good thriller or horror book but the way it is, this is at best second grade romance fiction. (view spoiler)[ Before I get to the concepts of this book let us look at our four main characters (the rest is basically filler anyway): Vivian: She is stupid. That is pretty much all there is. In the book she starts a relationship with Aiden (more on that later) because he wrote some poem that reminds her of her own kind and she has no friends she likes among the werewolf kids, even though we learn, rather as a side comment, that there are other werewolf colonies out there, so why didn't she go to one of them? No idea, the more I think about it the less her actions make sense. But to show her level of stupidity, apart from the scene where she wrecks the room (while drunk) of a "rival" human girl, we just have to look at her attempt to reveal her secret to Aiden: In a room full of candles and him in bed (he probably thought she wanted sex, to be honest I doubt at his age I would have thought different) she wants to reveal her secret to him and basically does it by shifting right in front of her and is then shocked and hurt when he is afraid and throws something at her. And of course she jumps out of the window leaving plenty of evidence and what comes next and all with these two is pretty stupid as well. But to the basic idea: I know she is 16 but this is so stupid that a 10 year old could do better. The transformation might actually twist her body so much it could look horrible (not sure since we are never told how it looks like) and even if not, when your girlfriend suddenly turns into something that is the stuff of horror movies you are surely not going to react positively. And even without that she turns into a big predator right in your room, so she not only ignores the facts of centuries of cultural baggage but also millions of years of evolution which pretty much hardwire every human being to be afraid of something of that size and with such teeth. A good idea, which again a 10 year old could think of, would be to drop some hints here and there, earn his trust in human form, form a strong bond, maybe even approach him in wolf-form (possibly with a collar around your neck so he thinks you are a dog, they don't look exactly like wolves anyway) and show you are not dangerous and then reveal yourself when you think he can handle it. You would think someone like her growing up in an environment where secrecy is so important would spend some more time thinking about her plan, but apparently not. And for some reason she later on is so confused between her human and her wolf side that she cannot transform out of her hybrid shape. Why? I have no idea, that is what I meant with stuff being made up. By the way her love for Gabriel comes out of nowhere as well, throughout the entire book she cannot stand the guy and at the end she suddenly loves him. This is lazy and cheesy even for YA romance standards. Aiden Now some people describe Aiden as weak and all, but to be honest he is ok, he simply isn't the jock type and thank God for it since we have enough of those with the werewolves already. But the book, and many readers, practically vilifies him for his more passive nature and later on panicked behavior. I actually can understand his reactions, being a fan of werewolves, somewhat, is different than seeing one and when you are practically thrown into this stuff you might come up with some pretty crazy ideas (like healing Vivian with a silver bullet). And to be honest he and Vivian, she more than him since she knew what was going on, are both responsible for this mess. Gabriel as well since he never came clean to Vivian about the danger she is facing and acts like he knows everything, but nonetheless he totally blames Aiden, the one of them all who was the least equipped to handle all of this properly. Gabriel What a dick! There is the stuff I said above and the fact that he acts totally patronizing, sexist and idiotic, but here it is portrayed as sexy, I guess. I also guess he is supposed to be some natural born leader and truly loves Vivian. Small problem, he got his leadership via combat, barely shows any actual people skills and before the end of the book he never even hinted that he actually loves Vivian, not that we ever get to know why. And speaking of the end: that is when he, after all the shit had gone down, spoke to her about the dangers a relationship with a human has because he was in one as well, instead of doing that at the start. What I mean with him being a dick? Like Vivian he, in his words, mistook the desire to protect and dominate for love, no idea how, and so had a relationship with a human girl/woman. Apparently when it all came out she freaked out and he hit her with such force that he killed her. His only true response is that a werewolf woman would have survived that. Apparently the fact that he used totally unnecessary violence doesn't even cross his mind. When I would have to do that it might be justifiable, should I not be able to restrain said woman. Sure not how it should be but sometimes you have no other choice when you want to keep people from hurting themselves and so you must physically restrain or somehow stop them, also a punch of mine would not kill most adults. However Gabriel does not have this reasoning on his sight, at all. He is much stronger than any human and should he not be able to calm his ex girlfriend down with words he would still be strong enough to restrain her until she stops freaking out. So there was absolutely no reason for him to hit her to make her stop, not one. But the book never brings that up, it downright excuses his violent behavior and sexist attitudes. And this is where we come to our last main character. Astrid When it turns out that I side with the obvious villain of a book than clearly the book does something wrong. Astrid is the only woman that openly defies patriarchy and she is vilified, ridiculed and demonized for it. She is even infantilized via the comparison to the male werewolves during the fight (where she is likened to a child by Vivian, due to her size) and made fun of for her attempt to become pack leader and not just Alpha bitch. As if this misogynistic treatment of hers is not enough she is physically and mentally a total stereotype. It is her rallying others behind her, for some time, that causes a looming threat of the werewolves going blood crazy, further stating, like so many other books/movies etc. that a woman as a leader is a danger first and foremost. She basically uses nothing but trickery and sex to get what she wants, which is both looked down upon in this book, and her making out with a much younger male (who is her partner in crime, yes she can't do it on her own) is frowned upon while the relationship of Gabriel and Vivian is openly accepted. And with the sex part we come to the last part on why she is a stereotype. She is quite literally a vixen, truly she not only uses sex and trickery, no she is slight, small, has red hair, and thereby red fur, and her whole werewolf appearance is described as more fox-like than the others. She is thereby total cliché in every sense of the word. But of course the main characters are not the only problem here. The basic concept of the werewolves already seems pretty flawed: It could never work. They are blood-thirsty monsters, not predators and it looks like the two concepts of the “Beast within” (1. The primal instinct driven part of the human mind, 2. All the self-destructive and antisocial urges of a person) got mixed up again. And the werewolves were based on and filled with stereotypes, wrong ones very often: human, wolf, male, female, urban, wild and so on. And that "the beast within" concept is in my eyes a convenient excuse for violent behavior ala people just are that way, which is stupid since even with their regenerative powers a species that violent would have died out a long time ago. It is obvious that they are just time bombs waiting to explode since sooner or later one of them becomes a man-eater and I am not talking about a man-eater every few years but rather every few months unless they are restrained or isolated from humans. Coupled with that they are incredibly short-sighted and have no coping mechanisms and tactics to deal with their current situation. The only thing that comes even remotely close to it is a strict "pack" structure and moving away from humans. And although living close to humans is more stressful to them they still chose a leader by bloody combat. Which is completely ridiculous since this only shows the best, or luckiest, fighter and someone with obvious fighting abilities but not someone with leadership qualities. Love and affection? The book had some seriously screwed concepts of love and affection. Seriously, mistaking the will to dominate and protect for love? There was no hint that Vivian wanted to dominate or protect Aiden. Are we to believe that her jealous acts (totally in character considered how the werewolves were portrayed) were due to her desire to protect? When you want to dominate a person you show that not with actions that are similar to those done out of jealousy. How can anybody mistake the desire to protect and dominate with love? Maybe it would have been believable in-book if it had shown us how that “real” love between Gabriel and Vivian looked like if the one with Aiden was false. I guess that might be the reason why it stopped with the scene of Vivian being kissed by Aiden back into her human form and Gabriel confessing his love and all since there is no alternative concept. And the end was the old “Prince Charming comes along and rescues Sleeping Beauty.” The book is feminist? I guess the fact that Vivian seems to enjoy her own body is considered progressive and would she be human it probably would but I think people forget that she is a werewolf and so of course she would be more confident around humans since she is physically superior to them. But among her own kind this is not the case, especially in the scene shortly before the fight where the character of Astrid was described to be looking like a child next to the huge males in line. And this scene (among others) clearly demonstrates the books misogynistic nature since the later leader Gabriel "shows" why there is no rule against women fighting for pack leadership since in his mind, and others, they cannot fight men to begin with and so a rule would be ridiculous. He does it by suddenly hitting Astrid while she stands in line with the others and thereby drawing blood meaning she is disqualified. She calls him a cheat and everyone laughs it off and the reader is supposed to join in. But here is the problem: it was clear cheating. The official fight had not yet started and he only used this tactic on her, not on anyone else. He could have easily trying to hit a man first and then show that Astrid is too slow in her reactions to have a chance. But that is not what he did, he hit her first. Maybe the fact that Vivian can become "Alpha bitch" already at the age of 16 years might be considered progressive but in truth that would be double standard here (since males are considered adult at 18), but not only is her role pretty passive and she is basically there for support (like the typical female in a patriarchal system), nope she, just like the alpha male, only becomes leader via fight (and technically it was rather coincidence here) and nothing else. And after the fight Gabriel and everyone else expects Vivian to submit to Gabriel. That's right she is supposed to submit to her husband. Which is the most common and fundamental aspects of patriarchy there is. And one thing: Vivian is 16 and Gabriel is 24, there is 8 years age difference between them and that is not like the difference between 30 and 38, but between 16 and 24 there are literally worlds between them, very unlikely that these two think anything alike. In other words these two being the Alphas is basically robbing the cradle and pretty close to child brides. The books basic message I can understand when people think that the overall message is “don’t be with someone that cannot fully appreciate you” because it is thrown in the readers face more than once, literally, but if that really was what the book was supposed to bring across it failed miserably. Since Vivian finds "happiness" at the end of the book by practically doing exactly like she was told throughout the book, in my eyes the message is clear: Stay with your own kind and follow the rules and paths laid out for you. If you don’t, you will only get punished and suffer for it. Follow everything you are told and happiness will be guaranteed and you will get your charming prince, who is basically a misogynistic asshole. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dora Laura

    *Osnovni podaci: Broj stranica: 225 Žanr: fantastični, ljubavni roman Američka književnost *O čemu se zapravo radi u ovom romanu? 1. Površno - fantasy roman o vukodlacima i „ljudskim narescima“ 2. Dublje - nema *Osobni osvt Da imam priliku postaviti jedno pitanje ovoj spisateljici, pitala bih je zna li što je to karakterizacija likova. Ne mislim biti bezobrazna, ali zaista nisam potpuno sigurna shvaća li spisateljica to jer likovi u ovom romanu ne samo da su plošni, nego uopće nisu vjerodostojni. Jedina *Osnovni podaci: Broj stranica: 225 Žanr: fantastični, ljubavni roman Američka književnost *O čemu se zapravo radi u ovom romanu? 1. Površno - fantasy roman o vukodlacima i „ljudskim narescima“ 2. Dublje - nema *Osobni osvt Da imam priliku postaviti jedno pitanje ovoj spisateljici, pitala bih je zna li što je to karakterizacija likova. Ne mislim biti bezobrazna, ali zaista nisam potpuno sigurna shvaća li spisateljica to jer likovi u ovom romanu ne samo da su plošni, nego uopće nisu vjerodostojni. Jedina osobina koju sam ja uspjela pronaći kod glavne protagonistice je da voli seks. To je jedino što se može zaključiti iz opisa. A što se tiče ostalih likova, o njima znamo još manje (čitajte: ništa). I što onda imate u cijelom romanu? Radnju koja je u redu za jedan fantasy, čopor vukodlaka, nekoliko ljudi i..? Ništa. U redu, da sad ne pretjeram, ima tu trenutaka borbe, ljubavi, zapleta, nije dosadno. Osim što likovi nemaju osobine, stil je katastrofalan. Roman je pisan u trećem licu, što ja inače volim, ali ovdje je to kaotično. Svaka treća rečenica počinje s „Vivan je...“. Nema nikakve forme. Čak sam se borila sama sa sobom, pokušavala ponaći nešto da joj mogu dati barem ocjenu 2 pa sam pomislila da je možda problem u prevoditeljici (iako je nemoguće da baš čitav roman preveden užasno). Išla sam čitati citate, odlomke, na engleskom i uvjerila sam da je u potpunosti isto. To je samo bila potvrda i zato je moja službena ocjena 1. *Za kraj nekoliko citata „Vivian je budno promatrala majčino lice.“ „Esme je oborila pogled...“ (tri rečenice ispod): „Da, pomislila je Vivian.“ (osam rečenica ispod): „Esme se nasmijala.“ „Vivian se nakostriješila.“ „Esme se nacerila i namignula joj.“ Ovo je sve sa stranice 60. „Ovo je igra, pomislila je, glumimo da ne žudimo za seksom.“ „Ona je stavila svoju ruku na njegovu i natjerala ga da je jače stisne dok se njezin jezik šuljao u njegova usta. Zašto uvijek mora biti tako prokleto pristojan?“

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amalie

    The weather being very bad here these days, I'm depressed. I put Anne Frank aside and start reading this two days ago, being a fast reader I finished it but now I'm creeped up! The writing was bad, Anne Frank writes better for a 14 year old. This may be about a teenager & categorized as a young adult/over 12 but I'd I wouldn't suggest to anyone younger than 14/15, over that age I don't know, may be, but if I had a teenage daughter I'd tell her to pick a different book because I won't pay for The weather being very bad here these days, I'm depressed. I put Anne Frank aside and start reading this two days ago, being a fast reader I finished it but now I'm creeped up! The writing was bad, Anne Frank writes better for a 14 year old. This may be about a teenager & categorized as a young adult/over 12 but I'd I wouldn't suggest to anyone younger than 14/15, over that age I don't know, may be, but if I had a teenage daughter I'd tell her to pick a different book because I won't pay for this. This contains pretty outrageous stuff. Here are some examples: (view spoiler)[ Gabriel, the 20 something head wolf, wants Vivian, the protagonist, to be his mate, meanwhile he continues to sleep with her 40-year-old mother, Vivian at one point licks the sweat off Aidan's face, Vivian is obsessed with sex and her mother watches her opening gifts of lingerie for birthday?! (hide spoiler)] No, I'm no longer depressed! I want to return to the human world! Plus points: A surprising ending (for those who are aware of the Twilight plot) The love story is in the sub plot The story does carry a massage. Rather than rebelling, you must love your own kind/family and they will be the ones who'll stick with you to the end. P.S. Feminists will hate this book - the only female in the "pack" that dares stand up to any of the men turns out the be "the bad guy/girl" whatever.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kwoomac

    This book is a werewolf story, written way back in 1997. Vivian and her pack are trying to survive in a world where there are fewer and fewer places for those like her to live.Her mother's name is Esme! They have made a pact not to kill humans so that they won't be exposed. Someone in the pack has a taste for human meat and this has gotten the pack chased from New Orleans to West Virginia to Maryland. Living in a quiet suburb in Maryland, 16-tear-old Vivian finds herself longing for typical teen This book is a werewolf story, written way back in 1997. Vivian and her pack are trying to survive in a world where there are fewer and fewer places for those like her to live.Her mother's name is Esme! They have made a pact not to kill humans so that they won't be exposed. Someone in the pack has a taste for human meat and this has gotten the pack chased from New Orleans to West Virginia to Maryland. Living in a quiet suburb in Maryland, 16-tear-old Vivian finds herself longing for typical teen things and wants some normal friends. When she decides to pursue a boy at school, things start to fall apart in her world. What I think I enjoyed most about the book was the portrayal of the werewolves. They are earthy, comfortable with their bodies and sex. None of this pure young thing who also happens to turn into a wolf. Vivian's no innocent. I will say I didn't much care for reading about her licking the sweat off Aidan's face or lapping at his bath water. Other than that, a fun read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hilda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love the ending! Vivian surely has made her decision and picks up the right guy. "Why would we even be attracted to one of them?" she asked. "Lots of reasons," he said absently as he gazed longingly at her lips. "They look like us, at least what we look like sometimes, and when you're lonely—” "But they're not like us," Vivian broke in. The characters above are werewolves. They are talking about human, and finally, they choose their own kind. Definitely not like other Young-Adult, which always se I love the ending! Vivian surely has made her decision and picks up the right guy. "Why would we even be attracted to one of them?" she asked. "Lots of reasons," he said absently as he gazed longingly at her lips. "They look like us, at least what we look like sometimes, and when you're lonely—” "But they're not like us," Vivian broke in. The characters above are werewolves. They are talking about human, and finally, they choose their own kind. Definitely not like other Young-Adult, which always seem so fond of making match between two different creatures. Vampire-Human. Ghost-Human. Werewolf-Human. Dhampir-Human. Fairy-Human. Shapeshifter-Human. Witch-Human. Well, as you can see, we human always get the major part in most book. So let's take a new experience. Blood and Chocolate invites you to get into a young werewolf's mind, how she struggles to choose between sweet blood and comforting chocolate.

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