'Blood and Chocolate' by Annette Curtis Klause
Published on Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 9:20am
Considering that October is a month where everything spooky and scary comes out to prowl, reading a book with supernatural creatures is a pretty safe bet. And one of the best books in that category would be Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.
Vivian Gandillon was born and bred a werewolf. She loves her life, but understands the dangers of it if humans find out about them. Less than a year ago, Vivian learned that lesson in the worst possible way when wanton killings by a pack member led to a mob descending on the inn where the pack lived, and the death of her father.
Now the pack is transition, waiting in Maryland to move on to a safer place, and tensions are very high. Vivian can’t stand the members of her pack, especially those her own age who desperately want to be her lover. Instead, she starts going out with a human named Aiden who is interested in the occult and seems to understand her. But when he recoils in horror upon finding out what she is, Vivian must choose whether or not he lives or dies, and worries that he might expose the pack when a murderer is again on the prowl.
Like all good horror novels, this work has a lot of blood and gore that will appeal to fans of the genre. Vivian’s conflict between fitting in with the pack or the human world will resonate with all readers, although some may be disappointed when they see which side she ultimately chooses. The dual plots of the pack finding a new leader and Vivian dealing with the murders parallel each other nicely.
Some readers may be put off by the promiscuity of Vivian and the other pack members, but it makes sense for the kind of creatures they are and the world in which they live. The setting of the book as a place does not give enough details to really stand out to most readers, but the intense action will ensure that horror fans enjoy this title. Fans who have seen the movie adaptation of this book will find it to be radically different, but ultimately just as appealing.
Blood and Chocolate is recommended for late-teen and young adult readers. Check it out along with other titles by Annette Curtis Klause at your local DC Public Library today.
-- Brandon Digwoood