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Blood and Chocolate

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  33,447 Ratings  ·  1,960 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Vivian Gandillon is trying to fit in to her new home in the suburbs, which isn't easy since she and her family are werewolves. When she falls in love with a human, she must sort out her loyalties.
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Published 2007 by Recorded Books (first published August 11th 1997)
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River Wolfsiren THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! I loved it! It's a book for everyone. If you want to understand a complex girl and how she might possibly think, this book is…moreTHIS BOOK IS AMAZING! I loved it! It's a book for everyone. If you want to understand a complex girl and how she might possibly think, this book is amazing(less)
Lindsey Albright I don't think the author will expand on this particular story. It was published back in 1997. I wish she would keep going with it (if she can keep…moreI don't think the author will expand on this particular story. It was published back in 1997. I wish she would keep going with it (if she can keep that same gorgeous tone and depth). If you want another read from her, she has a vampire book out that seems to center around fulfillment (in lieu of healing and self-discovery) called Silver Kiss. It's very nice. Another book out in the world that has an interesting, everything isn't as it appears (in YA fiction) is Look for Me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn. As far as werewolf fiction goes, I don't have a lot of options to suggest to sate that need for more from this one. There are a few wonderful werewolf or were-animals stories out there, but nothing that's really in the same category as this one in my eyes. You might be able to find some solace in The Kiesha'ra Series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. It's wereanimals and it has a really intriguing plot throughout,... but it's not "Blood and Chocolate".(less)
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karen
**this is not a float - i have been ordered to edit this review to include something "necessary"

i was watching the runaways last week, and in the bonus-feature interviews, dakota fanning was all wide-eyed exclaiming how she was so excited to finally get to act in a period piece.

and i died a little inside.

but so this book, from 1997, predates twilight but somehow it involves a werewolf love story. WHAAAAAT??? (her previous novel, silver kiss, from 1992, is about a vampire - suspicious*) so, to da
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Cory
Oct 28, 2011 Cory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Gracie
Mar 19, 2008 Gracie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gracie by: Linet Rabelo
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 t
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Kat Kennedy
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
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Wendy Darling
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-ol
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Scribblegirl
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 b ...more
Gail Carriger
Jul 21, 2014 Gail Carriger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ya, werewolves
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.
Avis
Now, let me tell you a story about a girl that had a dream. This girl wanted something that everyone has been looking for. She wanted something that is, obviously, impossible; she wanted to read a good YA fantasy/paranormal book.

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I know, Selena. I know. I might as well reached for the frickin' stars.

I really thought that this was a book that I was looking for. As you can see from my rating, it wasn't.

I'm just... I'm just going to write down a couple of quotes from this piece of shit thing bo
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Penny
Dec 12, 2010 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 slutt
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Brooke
Mar 08, 2008 Brooke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, fantasy
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 ow
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Mariel
Oct 18, 2010 Mariel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: home is anywhere you hang yourself
Recommended to Mariel by: I hope I'm happy now
The message of this book creeped me out the eff out. Stick with your own kind, people will never accept what is different. Blood and Chocolate is a hate crime of a book. I was liking it until then. The selfishness and sexualization didn't bother me. I didn't feel threatened by their differences. There was a nice parallel about kids who hang with the wrong crowd (I'd recommend reading Life Without Friends for a great ya story about a girl who hung with kids who go to prison for bullying and murde ...more
Loederkoningin
Blegh..such a rad title! So much possible awesomeness! Yet Klause didn't pull it off. She had quite the story in her hands, but all I ended up with were vague promises and hints at something better.

Now Gabriel, ahh I think he had some potential. As in: rawr baby! Unfortunately he was pretty much condemned to the periphery. Not that it would've mattered all that much. Because the heroine, Vivian, had just as little luck escaping her cardboard persona. Klause spent a lot of time fussing about her
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Nikoleta
May 15, 2015 Nikoleta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Αυτό το βιβλίο δεν μου άρεσε. Δεν είναι ότι δεν ανυπομονούσα απλώς να το διαβάζω, αλλά ότι βαριόμουν να διαβάζω ολόκληρες τις σελίδες, οπότε πηδούσα αρκετές! Οι λόγοι είναι πολλοί, οι ήρωες, όλοι τους, είναι αντιπαθητικοί, πχ. η πρωταγωνίστρια πολλές φορές συμπεριφερόταν σαν εμμονικό σχιζοφρενικό πλάσμα. Η αφήγηση είναι πεζή, η ατμόσφαιρα… ποια ατμόσφαιρα; Δεν έχει ατμόσφαιρα! Δεν έχει ωραίο love story, ούτε γενικώς η πλοκή με κέρδισε. Θα το πω, η ταινία είναι κλάσης ανώτερη. Μεσαιωνική μυστηρια ...more
SuperHeroQwimm
Jan 14, 2016 SuperHeroQwimm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-2
Wow. This was a book I didn't want to read. My book club voted for it so I thought to myself 'fiiiiiine' and as it turns out I absolutely loved it.

Side note; Is this really a stand alone?! I disapprove.
Jasmin
Aug 22, 2010 Jasmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Definitely anyone other than a young adult
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

Does this sound like a book for 13 year olds?
Was she Aiden's soulmate? Vivian wondered up in her room. Wouldn't she know if she were? Maybe
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Victoria
Jul 06, 2009 Victoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know a lot of people like this book, and the author is a fairly well known dark fantasy writer, from what I can tell. But I didn't care for it...something just really rubbed me the wrong way.

First of all, I actually disliked the main character, which is rare for me. Although she was a strong person, she was far from nice, far from decent. I just couldn't relate to the aggressive, arrogant, overtly sexual outlook she took on a lot of things. The werewolves in her pack were out-and-out jerk-offs
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
EDIT: I just wanted to note that this review contains slut-shaming and I'm sorry about that. I was 15 when I wrote it, and at the time I did slut-shame frequently. I no longer believe in slut-shaming and I'm not proud of my word choice in this review. So, just a quick disclaimer.

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Original review (12/17/08):

Uhh ... Not much to say. I didn't really get anything more from it than I expected, except I hoped that it would be a little more interesting. I mean, how can you manage to make a bo
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Ariel
Feb 06, 2010 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone .
I really liked this book , I thought it was much , much better than the other one I've read by her The Silver Kiss . Some people will probably be against this book being categorized under YA because of the sexual content ; but I thought it was really good for the main character to know that she's pretty/ hott and not be all self-doubting like girls in a lot of other YA books . Vivian knows what she wants and how to get it , she's not some damsel in distress . I loved her as the main character be ...more
Kelly
Jan 26, 2011 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Will Never Give a Second Thought...until right..now.
This was about as realistic as there being any sort of real justice in the world. Like the kind I want right...now.
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Oh, photoshop. What a comfort you are to me in these weary days! But still. Definitely never going to happen.

Though having that special someone being taken out? I'll bet on that.
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Andre
This book read like some teen soap opera, and definitely not of the good kind. The “heroine” Vivian was some stupid teenage drama queen and it looked like stuff was made up over the course of the story without paying attention to consistency and believability. I know how old the protagonist is supposed to be, but is that level of recklessness and stupidity really normal or even realistic considered the circumstances?
The reaction especially of the human characters seemed often pretty forced (resp
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Amalie
The weather being very bad here these days, I'm depressed. I put Anne Frank aside and start reading this two days ago, being a fast reader I finished it but now I'm creeped up!

The writing was bad, Anne Frank writes better for a 14 year old. This may be about a teenager & categorized as a young adult/over 12 but I'd I wouldn't suggest to anyone younger than 14/15, over that age I don't know, may be, but if I had a teenage daughter I'd tell her to pick a different book because I won't pay for
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Kwoomac
This book is a werewolf story, written way back in 1997. Vivian and her pack are trying to survive in a world where there are fewer and fewer places for those like her to live.Her mother's name is Esme! They have made a pact not to kill humans so that they won't be exposed. Someone in the pack has a taste for human meat and this has gotten the pack chased from New Orleans to West Virginia to Maryland. Living in a quiet suburb in Maryland, 16-tear-old Vivian finds herself longing for typical teen ...more
Jill Myles
Sep 19, 2009 Jill Myles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book. The perfect example of Young Adult Urban Fantasy. Vivian is a teenage werewolf in a splintering pack. Still torn apart by her father's death a year ago, she is struggling with who she is and her place in the world. And because the pack is a mess, she turns to a human boy (a meat-boy) to focus her attentions on.

The focus of the story is Vivian and what path will she choose. She *loves* being a werewolf, but hates the conflict in the pack as a new leader struggles to
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Hilda
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Stephanie
Aug 05, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book is nothing like Twilight. I found it on a booklist for Twilight read-alikes, and I understand why it was included, I’m just saying – it’s not like Twilight. In fact, if you didn’t like Twilight, you may like this book. The protagonist is as full of self-confidance as Bella is full of self-doubt. Whereas Bella’s relationship with her family is peripheral, Viviane is surrounded by family. She’s part of a pack after all. She’s a werewolf. In the end Viviane’s dilemna is not far from Bella ...more
Izzy Nickole
Blood and Chocolate is a supernatural romance book about werewolves, in the Maryland suburbs in a town called Riverview. Annette Curtis Klause makes you feel as if you are right there with Vivian watching her life a year after her father had died.

Vivian Gandillon is a werewolf whose father had died in a fire. After his death the pack was leaderless and had to move to Riverview to live with Vivian’s uncle. Since her father’s death, Vivian does not get along with her mother.

Vivian goes to school
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Chris
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Nina ♥
So I recently saw the Blood and Chocolate movie, and I absolutely, positively LOVED it. It was just something about it being so dark and sexy (totally my thing, y'know?) that I just had to read the book. And I'm so glad I did. I can honestly say that this was one of THE BEST books I've ever read. Annette Curtis Klaus is a genius. It was just one of those rare books-made-into-movies that the movie isn't a total screw-up and the book a million times better. I loved them both equally (not to mentio ...more
Robert Beveridge
Annette Curtis Klause, Blood and Chocolate (Laurel Leaf, 1997)

After all the flap over the film version of this novel (and its subsequent bombing at the box office), I figured I'd give the book a shot to see just what all the fuss was about. And fussworthy it is, though I'm not entirely sure I found it such for the same reasons as most folks. I will warn you at the beginning of this that in order to talk about what really bugged me about this book, I will have to reveal its ending, in part; I wil
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Sharon L
WOW! JUST WOW!

This is not your average book in the genre. why, you ask?

well, Vivian is a wolf shape shifter. in this story, they are a comepletly diffrent spicies that can't mate with humans.

V is sure of herself, describing the change. and her description is so beautiful, it's almost like a song. making you want to change. V develops a relationship with a human boy named Aiden. also, we have Gabriel, the young new leader of her pack that shows interest in her.

on the one hand, a lot happens i
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Annette Curtis Klause broke new ground in young adult literature with The Silver Kiss, a book that is at once "sexy, scaring, and moving," according to Roger Sutton writing in the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. A vampire love story, Klause's first novel is a darkly seductive thriller with heart and message.

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“I'd like to give you my heart, but since that might be inconvenient, I've brought you someone else's.” 208 likes
“Why me?" she asked, holding on to him.

"Because you cared," he whispered. "You cared so much for your people, it broke your heart to see the pack in ruins. You cared so much for your mother, you risked your life for hers. You cared enough to save someone who wanted you dead. And because you walk like a queen.”
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