I recently recommended Blood and Chocolate to someone looking for a good werewolf book. Soon after this, I realized that I hadn’t read the book in ten years, and could barely remember the plot. It became obvious to me that if I’m going to recommend a book to someone, I should probably know what I’m recommending.
Here’s the basic plot. Vivian is a sixteen-year-old werewolf. She is mentally recovering from a fire that killed her father and exiled her pack to a Maryland suburb a year before. As an artist, she submits some of her pictures of wolves to her high school literary magazine. Her pictures are printed next to a poem called “Wolf Change,” and she finds a connection with its words. She seeks out the author; a human boy named Aiden and quickly becomes attracted to him. As the two begin a relationship, Vivian wonders that if the calm and gentle Aiden will be able to accept not just her human side, but her wolf side as well.
Blood and Chocolate is a book that gets recommended to Twilight fans a lot, and it’s obvious why. Both books center on a romantic relationship between a regular human, and supernatural creature. At the same time, Blood and Chocolate can almost be seen as the anti-Twilight. The first difference would be that the female, not the male character, is not human (a twist for this type of novel). Vivian and Aiden’s spicy relationship is much different than the restrained Bella and Edward. Also, Vivian herself is a far different character than clumsy Bella. She is fierce and confident about her beauty to the point of cockiness, and does not let anyone push her around. Although this book has plenty of drama and suspense like Twilight, their difference outweighs their similarities.
I found that after ten years, I still find this book quite enjoyable. The only thing I find different is my reaction to many of the teenage characters. While Aiden and the friends seemed so cool at thirteen, at twenty-three I found myself wondering why Vivian was so attracted to him. This diminished my enjoyment a little. Still, I really liked reading it again. I’m almost inspired to maybe pick up a few more of the books I got into when I was younger, such as Vivian Vande Velde’s Companions of the Night.
Rating: Four and half out of five stars
Similar Books: Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde. The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause.
Other books I've read by this author: The Silver Kiss, Alien Secrets
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