Book Review: Blood and Chocolate by Anette Curtis Klause

If you’ve read Twilight and it left a bad taste in your mouth, I recommend Blood and Chocolate as an antidote. I won’t go so far as to say it’s a literary masterpiece, or anything close, but the best compliment I can give it is to say that, for a paranormal teen book, it takes a pretty firm grasp on reality.

Vivian is an annoying character. She’s proud to a fault, rash, emotional, petty, jealous, and not very likeable for much of the book. I’m okay with that because at least she was realistic and not a cardboard cutout. Besides, as all good characters do, despite her weaknesses she has redeeming qualities, like loyalty, ferocity, and passion. She also grows and changes over the course of the story to become much more sympathetic than she was in the beginning.

I appreciate that she also experiences realistic results from her actions. She makes bad choices and people are hurt. She herself suffers for her behavior. Her status as a werewolf doesn’t immunize her from real world consequences. Her "epic" love for Aiden won’t solve all her problems either. In fact, it tends to exacerbate them. Unlike in so many YA novels, love does not cure all in Blood and Chocolate. Sometimes, even werewolves are just people with all their idiosyncrasies, prejudices, and incompetency. Love’s ability to transcend the vastly disparate is the stuff of fairy tales. Don’t let the fact that this book has werewolves fool you into thinking this will be one.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucy
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 02:03:42

    I’ve had this on my TBR since I joined Goodreads. You do make it sound like a better than average YA paranormal. And I like that it reads realistic and that there is character growth in the main character. Thanks for reminding me about this one! Gorgeous review.

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    • squee1313
      Apr 13, 2013 @ 17:16:38

      Thank you. Be prepared for the fact that the main character, Vivian, isn’t immediately likable. But she’ll grow on you. Also watched the movie version of this book. Skip it! It’s horrible and has almost nothing to do with the original story.

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