Blood and Chocolate
Annette Curtis Klause
I'll admit it - I've never read this book, but I had a copy of it in my classroom library several years ago. Around Christmas time I had talked about getting books for gifts. One student looked appalled at the idea and even voiced that thought. Later he read this book and said to me "If someone gave me this book for Christmas I'd be ok with that." It was a HUGE turn around in his attitude toward reading. For that I'm am ever thankful for this book.
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?