Thursday, December 3, 2009
BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE
Klause, Annette Curtis. Blood and Chocolate. Laurel Leaf, 1999 (c1997). 264 p. PBK $7.50 ISBN 978-0440226680
SUMMARY: "Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom."
RISKS: Vulgar language, sensual tone, sexual references, graphic violence
EVALUATION: I think this book had better writing than Silver Kiss (also by Klause), and an equally interesting story. Because the protagonist is female, but she is the supernatural creature, this story gives a slight twist on the common "supernatural being loves a human" theme. I thought it was realistic how Aiden reacted to Vivian’s animal form, but I’m not sure how I feel about the overall message that you should stick to dating your own kind. The ending was exciting, suspenseful, and made for a nice, no-loose-ends conclusion. NB: I don't recommend the 2007 movie version - I think it was poorly done.
READER'S ANNOTATION: Wild desires are sometimes hard to anticipate and sometimes hard to explain. How much of the wolf in Vivian will she try to reveal to the boy she loves?
TOPICS: werewolves; horror; love; sex & sexuality; identity; family relationships; rites of passage;
AWARDS: ALA Popular Paperbacks, 2008; New Jersey: Garden State Teen Book Award Winners, 2000