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Blood and Chocolate

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  40,731 ratings  ·  2,278 reviews
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 wer ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 7th 1999 by Laurel Leaf (first published August 11th 1997)
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Bieke De Klerck I realy loved the book and read it a couple of times. I was so excited to know there was a movie from this book. But what a disapointment! The movie s…moreI realy loved the book and read it a couple of times. I was so excited to know there was a movie from this book. But what a disapointment! The movie sucked big time!(less)
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Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
**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
Aug 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Kat Kennedy
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shifters, ya, favorites, coop
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. ...more
Mar 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, 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
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Frank Phillips
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actually read this well after I had watched the movie but still could not put this down! This is different enough from the movie that I would recommend anyone that even moderately enjoyed the movie go pick this one up!
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
I originally read Blood and Chocolate in 2007, but I've been wanting to read it again for a while now to see if it was as good as I remembered it. It was still good, although since I knew how everything was going to turn out, I wasn't as shocked at the outcome with Gabriel and Aidan. I still stand by it being a 4 star book, if only because it doesn't go where you expect it to go. Most of the paranormal YA books out there are pretty cookie cutter when it comes to the love stories, and this one is ...more
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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? Ma
Tricia (TellHerAStory)
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-and-na
Reread Review 5/15/18: 1 / 5 stars

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May 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 09, 2016 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.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Blood and Chocolate basically jumped from the shelf, straight into my hands… and without really knowing what or why, I figured it was probably meant to be and was determined to find out what this was all about.

I have to admit, it took me a while to get into this story. As I am quite stubborn, it doesn't happen very often that I put down a book and never finish it. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with Blood and Chocolate, though. Perhaps I just skip the blood and find myself a piece of choc
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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Destiny Henderson
Feb 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had to read a banned book for school, so I chose this one from the list.


Blood and Chocolate by Annette Klause (264 Pages) is about a werewolf girl, Vivian, who falls in love with a human boy. In the beginning, Vivian has concerns about her werewolf pack. The boys are becoming murderous and her mother is becoming callous and using sexual escapades to hide her grief. To add to Vivian's worry, most of her pack is dead. She desires non-werewolf friends because her wolf friends see her only a
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 thi
Silver Thistle
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: werewolf
I've bypassed this book quite a few times when I've come across it at a bootsale or in a charity shop etc and it's been overlooked because of one thing....I didn't realise it was about werewolves. Had I known that, I'd have snapped it up long before now. How I missed this one I'll never know.

I was drawn into this within a few pages and the story just grabbed me. It's a story about teen angst and love and decisions and betrayal and loyalty and just generally growing up and coming of age.... but w
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
Will Never Give a Second Thought...until
This was about as realistic as there being any sort of real justice in the world. Like the kind I want
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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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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
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I liked this perspective on the theme and characters. It's a very charged and a bit raw book. Almost a guilty pleasure reading material. Intriguing use of the chocolate motive. ...more
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