Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blood and Chocolate By Annette Curtis Klause Book review

Blood and ChocolateName of book:Blood and Chocolate
Publisher:Delacorte Press 
Age group:13-16
Number of Pages: 264

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

Maybe in the beginning I really didn't like this book at all. But as I went along, I understood it better, dug myself deep into it. Blood and Chocolate was so mysteriously freaky, that I had to put it down and read a different book when I was going to sleep. Frankly, it was pretty hard. I loved Annete Curtis Klause's main character-Vivian. She was described as beautifl and the only teenage girl in her pack. No pressure, huh?

I loved how Vivian was so unique, and that when she turned in her drawing because her art teacher told her it was a good idea, she was shocked that her drawing of wolves wasn't next to some trashy poetry-a poem of wolves instead. (Not that poetry's trashy, just that that's how Vivian would intercept it.) Imagine how shocked you would be that a human could think up something like that, when they didn't know the feeling of running through the forest like the wolves did.

This was an amzingly riveted story full of love and lust. If you like romance and action, this book is certainly for you.


4 stars-good



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