Title: Blood and Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Synopsis: 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?
Before there was Twilight and even before Vampire Diaries there was Blood and Chocolate. This book came to my attention when I watched the god-awful movie made of this and thought, this book cannot possibly be so horrible. Well, for starters this book has as much in common with the film as Percy Jackson has with its movie.
This is a story for mature young adults, there’s sex, there’s comfort in one’s sexuality, there’s raunchiness and there’s themes usually white-washed in most teen literature now days. Our story follows our heroine, Vivian, who despite the tender age of sixteen she uses her desirability to land herself the boy of her desire. Vivian is the daughter of the late leader of the werewolves, making her a sort of wolf-princess and all the ‘cubs’ born during the same age mate with one another. Vivian just happens to be the only girl in the pack of five boys but she doesn’t want any of them, they’re immature and she finds them incredibly annoying and out of control. So she sets her sights on a ‘meat boy’ – a human boy which she entices with her beauty for her to own him. This follows the story of her having him and it’s incredibly refreshing. This is not a story of a nice sweet girl, but the story of a selfish girl with human faults that make her compelling and great to read.
I highly recommend it if you enjoy this genre and want something different, it’s a very quick read.