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Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
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Apr 10, 2010

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bookshelves: mystery, romance, identity, family, fantasy, youngadult, relationships, library-science, coming-of-age
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Vivian and her pack have the gift of transformation. During the day they appear to be human, but at night they can morph into a creature like a wolf, only more powerful. After one of the pack kills a human, the family business is burned down. The fire kills her father, the pack leader, and they all move temporarily to the suburbs. Everyone expects Vivian to connect with one of The Five, a group of males her own age, but Vivian feels an intense attraction to Aiden, a human boy. Aiden feels drawn to Vivian as well, but he doesn’t know the truth about her. Meanwhile, the males of the pack fight in an ordeal to determine a new leader of the pack. The winner is Gabriel, who is twenty four, attractive, and aggressive. Despite his attentions to her, Vivian doesn’t like him. While all this is happening, someone is the pack is committing violent murders, and Vivian is convinced she is the killer, though she has no memory of the killings.

This novel is a modern fantasy with a contemporary setting and contemporary issues. Vivian’s wolf-like perspective is different and interesting. Her view of the world is animalistic, focusing on food, mating, and pack concerns. She wants to be different, but she can’t really understand how the humans interact. She uses her self-confidence and sexuality to win Aiden, but she is frustrated with what she perceives as timidity. The essential conflict of the book is Vivian’s struggle with her own nature. She feels repulsed and attracted by the aggression and wolfish playfulness of her pack mates. She questions herself and her own nature. Is she a killer, an animal who can’t control her own impulses?

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