Sunday, July 1, 2012

Blood and Chocolate Annette Curtis Klause

Vivian is the daughter of the previous leader of her loup-garou (werewolf) pack, who died in a fire set by zealot humans. She is beautiful, strong and owns her wolf –side, as a sexual 16 year old and a predator.  For this Vivian is valued and sought after by all the younger males in the pack, especially Gabriel, a 24 year alpha ready to assume leadership.  In typical teenage fashion, she rebels against her family (her pack) and scorns the advances of the loup-garou males. Instead Vivian falls for Aiden, a hippie boy who’s seduced by magic. When mauled bodies begin to show up, Vivian is a suspect and races to find the true killer.  Who will Vivian choose the human Aiden or the strong Gabriel, but does that really matter if she is the killer?

I really had trouble with this book. The author wrote about this 16 year old girl like she was a full grown woman and I had trouble thinking of an adolescent in terms of a sexual woman. Also adding in all the angst and complaining that Vivian does, it really detracted from the story.  However,s much as my own personal views skewed my enjoyment of the story, I have to give Annette Curtis Klause her due.  She creates a world of images and colorful characters. If you are in the mood for a torn teenage werewolf this is the story for you. I give this book 3 out of 5 Nerds.

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