Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Vivan 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 hot on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the subarbs 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, and her actions may endanger both. What is she really-human or beast? Which tastes sweeter-blood or chocolate?
Klause' writing is pure poetry, like chocolate melting on your tongue. She propels her bloodthirsty tale with dark,sexy prose and suspenseful storytelling. The world created by Klause is interesting and well described, pulling the reader in and making them wish they could were no longer homo-sapiens, but loup-garou. Vivian is a hot-blooded heroine who puts all other riot grrls to shame and Aiden is the guy all girls wish they could have. Blood and Chocolate is a masterpiece of adolescent angst wrapped in wolf's clothing, and its lovely, sensuous taste is sure to please high school teens.