Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature co-hosted by Never Too Fond of Books and The Housework Can Wait. This is a fun way to write about and review beloved books we haven't read in a while.
Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!
This week, my throwback is Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Horror)
My Review: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?
Blood and Chocolate is one of those books people seem to either love or hate. I fall more on the love side. I decided to read this book after seeing the movie several years ago. I never knew it existed until I saw the movie. Let me go ahead and tell you, the two are completely different, but I enjoyed them both. Because I saw the movie first, there were many parts in the book that completely shocked me. The book is a coming of age story with a twisted dark side. Vivian is a confident and at times concieted young lady and wolf who is coming to terms with new feelings, changes, and first love. She definitely has a vicious side to her. Her first love happens to be human, and of course, that is a no no among her pack. So, it has the whole forbidden love appeal. This book is technically young adult, but I think it fits in well with adult fiction too. I think some of the content would make it more appropriate for an older young adult age group rather than younger.
To learn more about Annette Curtis Klause and her books, visit her blog. You can also find her on Goodreads.