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Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
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May 12, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: best-fantasies, magical-realism
Read from June 06 to 22, 2011 — I own a copy

In writing this review, I'll have to agree with my good friend Juju. "Blood and Chocolate" may sound like your typical, "Twilight"-esque novel (a supernatural being falls in love with a young human). But there's actually much more to the story, which is always a good thing. "Blood and Chocolate" is a rarity in young-adult fantasies: a complex, richly compelling story with three-dimensional characters and honest emotions. Themes of community, loss, survival, loyalty, and finding one's place run from start to finish. The dangers are very real and the narrative doesn't insult the reader's intelligence. Each character (be they werewolf or human) gets their chance to shine. Vivian herself is a wonderful heroine. She desires a normal life, yet is justly proud of her dual identity. She's assertive but not overly aggressive. (In our modern society, weakness is often confused with decency. So it's refreshing to see a character who's strong *and* reserved.) You sympathize with her throughout because she's such a genuine character. I highly recommend "Blood and Chocolate" to anyone who's tired of the "Twilight" knock-offs; anyone who wants good, young-adult entertainment.
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extraordinary ordinary whimsy Ooo I LOVE this book. Enjoy!


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