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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 werewolf?

Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He's fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.

Vivian's divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really--human or beast? Which tastes sweeter--blood or chocolate?


From the Paperback edition.

Characterizing the adolescent experience as monstrous is not exactly a new idea. M.T. Anderson's woefully confused teen vampire in Thirsty and Jean Thesman's reluctant young witch in The Other Ones serve as excellent examples of this metaphor set to fiction. But no one really captures how our hormones make us howl as well as Annette Curtis Klause. Blood and Chocolate chronicles the longings and passions of one Vivian Gandillon, teenage werewolf. Her pack family, recently burned out of their West Virginia home by suspicious neighbors, has resettled in a sleepy Maryland suburb. At her new school, Viv quickly falls for sensitive heartthrob Aiden, a human--or "meat-boy," as her pack calls him. Soon she is trying to tame her undomesticated desires to match his more civilized sensibilities. "He was gentle. She hadn't expected that. Kisses to her were a tight clutch, teeth, and tongue... His eyes were shy beneath his dark lashes, and his lips curved with delight and desire--desire he wouldn't force on her... he was different." But Vivian's animal ardor cannot be stilled, and she must decide if she should keep Aiden in the dark about her true nature or invite him to take a walk on her wild side.

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

Customer Reviews:

  • In fear I hurried this way and that.......
    "In fear I hurried this way and that. I had the taste of blood and chocolate in my mouth, the one as hateful as the other." Steppinwolf

    I had been putting off reading this book for a long time because everything I heard about it was that it was almost nothing like the movie. Now that I've read it I'm glad. If the movie had kept to the book I'm sure it would have done much better.

    While reading review's to determine if I wanted to try this book I noticed a little talk about Gabriel, but almost no information. If you want to be spoiled wikipedia describes this book to it's ultimate conclusion. But, I'm just going to give a little more detail. Gabriel is 24 years old, hot and muscled, tough. Alpha male. You don't feel hatred from him in this book like in the movie. He has experienced tragedy and he is only stronger, little sadder and much more wise. He was one of the first to get a job to start earning money to support the pack after they had lost almost everything. He does not support killing humans and has had to enforce it, knowing that dead humans will lead to attention that could endanger the pack, and the safety and survival of the pack is his main concern. He has a few older ladies lusting after him and Vivian is running the other way. He win's in a bloody fight to become pack leader and informs Vivian that he will wait until she is ready to accepts him, which of course she makes up her mind to never do. His strength saved the pack.

    I'm not sure why Vivian went after Aiden. She said that she wanted something gentle after the rough way's of teeth and blood that came with her pack. But, he seemed too soft. She compared him with the momentary satisfaction of eating chocolate. She wasn't sure if she prefered that to the sweet, savage, totally satisfying taste of blood. She is very confident in her strength, but a little unsure when it comes to how humans look at her. She wants friend's and this is more or less the trigger for this story. That and the savagery of some of her kind, who believe they were meant dominate humans, to walk in the light.

    I felt like smacking her around a little, but in the end I found myself admiring her. She was willing to go through the ultimate sacrifice to save her pack.

    Recommended...more info
  • Very unexpecting
    After seeing the movie I knew I had to read the book and from page one I found it to be NOTHING like the book! I was a little uneasy about going on to finish it but I had worked up such an...appetite, if you will, to read Blood and Chocolate that I made myself finish it. After a few chapters it really started getting good and I completely forgot about the movie and became totally capivated in the novel. I love the ending, it was completely unexpected. I was just very surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it. If you do read this book you must keep the story line in the movie totally separate. Though they are similar they both are very different....more info
  • I liked it but...
    This is my first all-werewolf-book (no vampires)and I wasn't disappointed. The details about werewolf "culture" were really well developed. The story started great, but somewhere in the middled the book lost its pace. The end seemed a bit rushed and left me feeling something was missing. It was a fun read though....more info
  • Blood and Chocolate
    Easy to read. If you like werewolves, especially if the werewolf is a girl, you'll like this book. The main character has issues w/dealing w/hiding her secret and being a teenager female, liking boys and dealing with male werewolves....more info
  • Meh
    Blood and Chocolate, in my opinion, was a book not to waste your time with. The whole "love" situation with Aiden and Vivian is not real love. It's lust and sexuality, and is telling teens that it's perfectly fine to go and have sex with someone that you don't give a crap about. All the teens in this book did drugs, smoked, and had sex. That's it. There wasn't one, what they would call, "goody two-shoes". What, is it cool to go out and get drunk and doped up now? I thought drugs were illegal.

    I'm 15 years old, and I hated this book. It makes teens look bad, and gives them the okay to be doing stupid crap that they shouldn't be doing.

    Not to mention the overall writing was just horrid. I didn't like the way she wrote, and you can tell Anette is one of those women who misses her teenage hood so bad, that she writes about being a teen so she can re live those days.

    I don't know. The book was horrid. I definitely reccomend "Twilight" and "New Moon" by Stephenie Meyer if you're looking for Vampire/Werewolf fantasy. This book had nothing but sex and swearing and drugs in it. Whoo hoo. Cause we don't get enough of that on a daily basis. ...more info
  • Fantastic!
    I love this book, this is the second book I read from this Authur. She gives a different perspective to werewolves. The movie that is comming out looks bad and I hope it doesnt discourge people to read the book. ...more info
  • Loved this book
    I bought the book after seeing the movie trailer.

    I have to say that the book is definitely better than the trailer. It seems to miss everything that made the book interesting.

    This book has spicy complicated character development, who often do the wrong thing, that make this book so very unlike other books out there. It does have a strong sexual base which is just as steamy as any romance novel, only it is better because it is just loads of build up and none of the smut. It was more explicit that I thought a teen book would be, but if I think back to being a teenager, I was ready for it. ...more info
  • Something other than VAMPIRES. =]
    i really liked this book and the character. i like her allot because she is a very strong werewolf. she falls in love with a human and it goes on from there. Its a really good book and i reccommend it to any1. Dont expect to watch the movie and think you got the book down...the movie is totally different. Has different endings so read the book! its really good. ...more info
  • Good Quick Read
    The characters were well developed. I wished there was another chapter just to give me more closure at the end but otherwise it very good. Vivian's mother Esme was an annoying character in that she did not care much about her daughter problems and was not trustworthy but I guess that can be expected of a wolf mother. I would love to read more about Vivian and her new mate, see where their new home is and what troubles they encounter there. The mystery part of the story was easy to figure out but Klause kept enough evidence there that I kept doubting own conclusions till it was revealed. ...more info
  • bloody and sweet
    This was a very insightful novel, fresh and different. The main character, teenage Vivian, expressess her pain from loving a human, who is her natural prey, as she lives in a modern world as a girl who is also 'wolf.' For a young adult who enjoys romance and violence, this is a surefire read - just don't try it right before bed....more info
  • UUUUummmmm great
    A werewolf falls in love with a boy and well he returns the feeling until she puts too much trust in him. Soon you learn that an ---- whole can be someone completely different and in dearing.
    If you want to read a book that makes everything fit into place perfectly and give you a feeling of completeness and quit pleasure this IS the perfect book. I enjoyed it, hope you will too....more info
  • this book is great!
    When I found this book online I was looking for vampire and werewolf books that were based on love storys. I Love these kinds of books and I have never read any of Annette Curtis Klause's books.

    When you first start reading it takes a couple chapters to really get into it, but when Vivian (the main character who is a teen-werewolf) first starts to get involved with her human boyfriend things really start to heat up! Don't get me wrong, this book is not at all vulgar, the intimate scenes are very PG-13 and there is much more to the book than teen hormones.

    The main story is not at all about the happenings with Vivian's human boyfriend but about the power struggle in her "family" or wolf pack. They currently do not have a leader and there is a big fight between the men for the place as "king". There is also a fight between the women for the place of "queen". And durring these two fights Vivian finds herself in the middle, participating when she did not even notice.

    Things take a very different turn in the end and things don't end the way you think, but the end is happy. Vivian's choice is much better than the one you would predict she would make and things work out well for her wolf pack.

    I would strongly recommend reading this book, especially if you plan to see the movie. I promise you the book is one million times better than the movie could ever be!
    ...more info
  • Something other than VAMPIRES. =]
    i really liked this book and the character. i like her allot because she is a very strong werewolf. she falls in love with a human and it goes on from there. Its a really good book and i reccommend it to any1. Dont expect to watch the movie and think you got the book down...the movie is totally different. Has different endings so read the book! its really good. ...more info
  • Blood and Chocolate
    The book was a quick and easy read. Completely different from the movie, but very enjoyable....more info
  • I tried. I really, really did.
    I'm a vampire girl, I'll admit it. I decided to try giving werewolves a chance, so I picked this book up.

    If anything, this made me more "team vampire." It didn't make me want to read more about werewolves. In fact, I had to force my way through this book.

    I understand that everyone has their own opinion and everyone has different taste, but I don't know how anyone could give this book 5 stars, or say it's a favorite. There's no depth to it, at all.
    ...more info
  • Blood and Chocolate
    Easy to read. If you like werewolves, especially if the werewolf is a girl, you'll like this book. The main character has issues w/dealing w/hiding her secret and being a teenager female, liking boys and dealing with male werewolves....more info
  • Which is sweeter...blood or chocolate?
    I honestly found this book great! I really enjoyed reading it...the ending is bit of a strange twist, but I still loved it just as much as before. I also passed the book around for my friends to read also...and I also got great feedback from them on how much they enjoyed the book....more info
  • Disappointed
    WARNING: HUGE SPOILERS AND ANGRY RANTING AHEAD

    For some reason I've been having bad luck with werewolf novels lately. They all seem to bring out the angry feminist in me. Maybe I should go back to vampires?

    First the pluses. I liked Vivian (at least when she wasn't being neurotically jealous and possessive, but hey, everyone has faults). I liked that the author had the courage to write a teenage girl who thought frankly and unsentimentally about sex, who knew who she was and could hold her own. I liked how the author captured the joy and sensuality of becoming another creature, of running wild and free in the night. And I found Aiden to be a quirky, intelligent and endearing character despite being kind of a stereotypical goth...well, until the ending.

    Reviewers for this book seem to be sharply divided about the ending. I am one of those that thought the ending completely ruined the novel. Basically (and here's the spoiler) Aiden finds out Viv is a werewolf, is horrified, disgusted, et cetera, Vivian is heartbroken and eventually accepts that she can never have a relationship with a human. I can see how this would appear daring and unusual--it certainly flies in the face of the idea that love conquers all--but beneath the surface, the ending is actually deeply conventional, and all the more disappointing for it. I'd never seen a male human/female werewolf pairing before this point, because so many authors are skittish about writing a relationship where the female is stronger in any way. Heaven forbid we have a female character who is capable of outrunning her boyfriend, and heaven forbid a woman fall in love with a man for reasons other than his overwhelming physical power and alpha-ness. In the literary arena, it's acceptable for a woman to be strong, as long as her mate can still dominate her, physically and otherwise. I thought I was about to see a rare exception to the rule, but I was wrong.

    I could accept Aiden's shock at Vivian's transformation--I mean, who wouldn't freak out? But of course the author had to go the extra mile and make him thoroughly unlikeable, so he then proceeds to spread lies about Vivian and even tries to kill her, despite having never shown any violent or malicious tendencies up to that point. Bad enough that the author completely mutilates his character and turns him into a hateful little twit, but having Vivian shack up with Gabriel was just salt in the wound. I didn't even care about the age difference thing, I just hated him. For most of the novel his behavior toward her is incredibly creepy, and would have probably warranted a restraining order if Vivian had the option of getting one. He stalks her, makes unwanted sexual advances toward her, breaks into her house to menace her and make more unwanted advances, and then all of a sudden...confesses his undying love? Give me a break. If he cared about her all along, why did he treat her so badly? Their relationship, and Gabriel's magical, instantaneous transition from arrogant cad to caring lover, felt completely unreal and did nothing to erase the bitter taste of Aiden's betrayal. What is the theme supposed to be, anyway? Don't open up to people because you'll only get hurt? Don't hang out with people who are different from you? Do whatever your family expects of you, because following your heart will get you in trouble? Maybe that's not what the author intended to convey, but that seems to be what the consequences of Vivian's actions demonstrate. What awful messages to send to impressionable teenagers!

    As for the rest of Vivian's pack, they're incredibly dysfunctional. The Five are callous, obnoxious brats who kill things for fun, Astrid is almost cartoonishly evil, Gabriel's a jerk, Vivian's mom is an infantile flirt who sleeps with everyone. Why Vivian would want to hang around with such unpleasant people is beyond me. If she couldn't have a relationship with Aiden, I wanted to see her just run off on her own in search of a better life.

    I don't feel good giving it less than three stars because the writing itself was good, and it certainly kept me turning pages--I finished it in two days--but overall I was left with a sour taste in my mouth.

    Next time, I'll buy a vampire book....more info
  • Romance Novel Cliche
    Vivian is a teenaged werewolf. She has lived her entire life with the pack, including her parents and extended family. Vivian loves being a part of them and being able to change into a wonderful night creature at will. She has gotten a bit tired of her agemates recently, though, a group of boys who call themselves the Five. They are all trying hard to win her for their mate, but they are getting far too competitive.

    To make matters worse, their pack is in turmoil. They are forbidden to harm humans but at their last home one of their members was hunting humans and was caught. The hunter was killed but rumors of what they were leaked out and the inn the family ran as their business was burned down. Vivian's father was killed in the fire, and she is still angry and unsure about the pack, especially the Five, with their impetuous ways. She just wants to find someone she can count on.

    At school Vivian meets Aiden, a kind and gentle boy who seems open-minded about dark types of magic. The pack is against her dating him, as they think it's ridiculous to date someone she could never mate. But Vivian finds herself drawn to Aiden and his love for her.

    But when Vivian accidentally wins a pack fight to earn the right to mate Gabriel, a powerful and intense wolf, her life becomes much more complex.

    I liked the way the author was able to imagine the pack mentality, and what it would be like to be part wolf. These descriptions of mating and sex through the wolf mind were interesting. I liked seeing the relationships Vivian had with those around her, and it was interesting to see the ways in which her relationship with Aiden didn't match up with her relationships with the pack.

    However, there was a distinct feel of a romance novel to this book, with the brooding, dark and dangerous character of Gabriel, the one the heroine hated but then would grow to love, of course. I thought that part was much overdone....more info
  • In fear I hurried this way and that.......
    "In fear I hurried this way and that. I had the taste of blood and chocolate in my mouth, the one as hateful as the other." Steppinwolf

    I had been putting off reading this book for a long time because everything I heard about it was that it was almost nothing like the movie. Now that I've read it I'm glad. If the movie had kept to the book I'm sure it would have done much better.

    While reading review's to determine if I wanted to try this book I noticed a little talk about Gabriel, but almost no information. If you want to be spoiled wikipedia describes this book to it's ultimate conclusion. But, I'm just going to give a little more detail. Gabriel is 24 years old, hot and muscled, tough. Alpha male. You don't feel hatred from him in this book like in the movie. He has experienced tragedy and he is only stronger, little sadder and much more wise. He was one of the first to get a job to start earning money to support the pack after they had lost almost everything. He does not support killing humans and has had to enforce it, knowing that dead humans will lead to attention that could endanger the pack, and the safety and survival of the pack is his main concern. He has a few older ladies lusting after him and Vivian is running the other way. He win's in a bloody fight to become pack leader and informs Vivian that he will wait until she is ready to accepts him, which of course she makes up her mind to never do. His strength saved the pack.

    I'm not sure why Vivian went after Aiden. She said that she wanted something gentle after the rough way's of teeth and blood that came with her pack. But, he seemed too soft. She compared him with the momentary satisfaction of eating chocolate. She wasn't sure if she prefered that to the sweet, savage, totally satisfying taste of blood. She is very confident in her strength, but a little unsure when it comes to how humans look at her. She wants friend's and this is more or less the trigger for this story. That and the savagery of some of her kind, who believe they were meant dominate humans, to walk in the light.

    I felt like smacking her around a little, but in the end I found myself admiring her. She was willing to go through the ultimate sacrifice to save her pack.

    Recommended...more info
  • LOVED IT!!!!!!!!
    I really liked the ending despite other's criticisms. Sometimes it's easy to take the high road and try to shove morals in people's faces but I think this story is much better because it was much more realistic. Maybe people SHOULD do the right thing but they most often DON'T and that is just a fact of life that everyone has to learn to deal with. I don't agree with previous reviews that state that one of the characters was dramatically altered because the story was told from Viv's perspective. As we all know, we may think we know someone but things can happen which reveal that we were wrong all along. I think that's what happens in this story. I just hope the movie version is faithful to the book....more info
  • Not a Great Book for Young Teens
    My daughter loves fantasy books and vampires and werewolves in particular. On a trip to Barnes and Noble, she excitedly bought this book. Well I decided to go ahead and read it for myself beforehand, because we enjoy sharing books. I'm really glad I did. It was pretty sexually charged and my daughter is uncomfortable with a lot of that in her reading material. The main character wasn't anyone my daughter would want to hang around. At 16 years old, Vivian was arrogant, vain and sexually permissive, would drink, claim she smoked pot (who knows if she didn't) as an excuse for lying about why she was grounded. Vivian would continually try to get in a situation where she could have sex with her boyfriend. She had a very clear idea that she could exude power through sex and would tease older men at the bar where her mother worked and even teased her boyfriends father. She ends up in the role of Queen of the pack to a 24 year old King with all that entails. At 16, having a sexual relationship with a 24 year old is out of hand. Vivian thinks she killed someone, but chooses to keep this to herself. Morals are thin if they exist at all. Right and wrong doesn't occur to the characters in this book.

    The good aspects of Vivian's character just weren't enough to equal out all the other behaviors. She was loyal to her mother, even though her relationship with her was usually strained. She could be loyal to her pack (but usually just when it suited her) and tried to be loyal to her code of the Moon.

    As a Mom I get really torn with decisions like this. This book was really well written. A lot of kids her age seem to really love it according to book reviews on Amazon. It won a lot of awards. It was chosen for the Junior Literary Guild selection, which we're members of, so we get the selected books for her age group. So on that hand, I was tempted to let her read it.

    On the other hand, the main character in this book isn't someone I would want to come to my house. She's not someone I would want my daughter to be friends with. She emulates behavior that isn't acceptable for us. Books are friends. And this isn't a good friend for my daughter.

    I worry about all the kids her age that read this book and think Vivian is wonderful! I read the reviews on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and these girls think Vivian is fantastic because she's so powerful! She can get away with anything. She can party. She can have sex. She can be a Wolf Queen and live with no consequences. Kids in reviews say they love this book because it's about cliques in school and all kids have to deal with that. Um. No. School is mentioned when she meets her boyfriend and she does have to deal with his friends later on, but I wouldn't say this book is a great relationship tool for helping your kids deal with social issues.

    If I wasn't reading this book with my daughter in mind, I could have enjoyed it more. But I find it disturbing to read about a 16 year old and her permiscuity not only with boys her own age, but men much older. I hate to focus on that, but the book does, so I have to. Not all kids in this age group are ready for books with this subject matter. Mine is embarassed to read about it, and was glad I let her know before she cracked the cover....more info
  • Not for me...
    I tried to read this, but found the crudity (lust) and cussing a little too much, especially for a young adult novel. I'm surprised it's so popular, really... the characters weren't even likeable.

    If the story would have been good enough I would have read it anyway, but it wasn't THAT good....more info
  • Better than the movie is an understatement
    This book is wonderful. Full of emotion, action and romance. The movie only uses names and the fact that they change into wolves. This book grabbed me and held tight. I couldn't put it down. If you love vampires that of course you love werewolves and this is a must read werewolf book....more info
  • Blood and Chocolate. Which to choose?
    Blood and Chocolate by: Annette Curtis Klause was absolutely amazing! It was easy and fast to rea ,but you'll never get tired of it!
    Blood and Chocolate is about a werewolve girl named Vivian who's father (old pack leader) had recently died from a fire that forced the pack that Vivian ives in to move.
    She accidently takes an interest for a human boy named Aiden. If anyone in her pack knew she would be in petrifying trouble. At the same time her pack has to decide , in a violent way , who will be the new pack leader. On top of all this Vivian's mother just isn't quite the same since Vivians father died.
    Vivian goes through some sneaky and exciting adventures while really just trying to find out who she truely is.
    You will find yourself stuck into the story untill the very end and I recommend it to readers 13 and up. It's a great book!...more info
  • Blood and Chocolate
    This book first introduced me into the world of mythical creatures such as werewolves, vampires etc. This is the first book I've read though that doesn't make werewolves or lycans seem like dreadful creatures. I'm a big fan of love stories and this one had me on the edge of my seat. Once I finished it, I just had to re-read it. And they're coming out with a movie too!...more info
  • Better than the movie is an understatement
    This book is wonderful. Full of emotion, action and romance. The movie only uses names and the fact that they change into wolves. This book grabbed me and held tight. I couldn't put it down. If you love vampires that of course you love werewolves and this is a must read werewolf book....more info