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 Esm exchanged knowing looks, their lips plump,curved, and smug andShe 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.andThe 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 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 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 Esm said She sat at the kitchen table There was a leaf in her hair, and Vivian was jealous of Esm 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 nochance 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, Esm argued.Rudy set Esm s coffee in front of her and sat down himself Stop being awkward, Esm 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 Ever The similarities are somewhat startling Willem Jacob JudeAstrid and Rafe Victoria and Riley Drina and RomanGabriel Edward Damon SamVivian Bella EverI 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 true The smile left Esm 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 andBecause I, too, have a double edge, she thought.And you should run from me as fast as your legs can carry you andHis velvet smile forgave her.andDear Moon, he s sweet, Vivian thought in anguish.andEsm 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 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 Ever, 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. 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 WouldVivian 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 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 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 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. 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 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 thisthe 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 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 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. 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. 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 than your average teenager If anything she struggled with it, with getting her heart broken, 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 to love then physical attraction and or like mindedness And above all she learns to love and accept her whole self. 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 gr ce 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 oldtells the copsthat 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. Si quieres leer sobre hombres lobo, pero no desde el t pico punto de vista que todas las pel culas tienes, este es tu libro Primero por que est contado por una chica y segundo, por que tiene elementos mucho m s coherentes al describir su forma de vida entre los humanos Tiene su dosis de romance, pero es muy entretenida,y seguro que al final te deja sorprendido A mime pas Se los recomiendo.