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Add your rating See all 2 kid reviews. When a rogue werewolf makes a forbidden human kill it puts a whole pack in jeopardy. They're burned out of their reclusive home and forced into the suburbs, where they try to quietly assimilate. Sixteen-year-old Vivian's adjustment is the hardest, having lost her father, the head of the pack, in the fire and suddenly finding herself in high school and attracted to Adrian, a fully human boy.
Just as she gets brave enough to even think about revealing her big secret to him, a rogue wolf kills again.
And Vivian fears that what she doesn't remember about the night before could put her at the scene of the crime. It's funny how a page stand-alone fantasy read is such a novelty now; let's hope mature fantasy fans don't pass this one over, because there's no tantalizing follow-up. The author makes no apologies for the animal instincts of the pack and even shows the beauty in this more sensually charged culture. It's actually what makes Vivian and Adrian's relationship woes humorously refreshing; sweet, perfect boyfriend meets a girl who wishes he'd stop lighting candles around his room and bite her neck already.
While readers are hoping they can possibly work out their cultural divide, Vivian and the pack's troubles mount, the mystery heats up, and Adrian ends up in mortal danger. Yes, all that's wrapped up beautifully and economically in pages. Ah, the good old days. Families can talk about why Blood and Chocolate has been challenged. Do you think the sexual content is too much? Do you think it could have anything to do with the teen girl being the sexually assertive one instead of the boy? Why or why not? Blood and Chocolate , published in , is two things most fantasy books aren't anymore: stand-alone novels and under pages.
Why do you think books are so much longer now and always come in groups of three or more? What influential fantasy series have come out since this novel was published? What does Gabriel means when he says humans can't change into werewolves but believes "that they have a beast within If a person can't give it a safe voice it warps and rots and breaks out in evil ways"? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.
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Blood and Chocolate. Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon , Common Sense Media. Sensual and suspenseful werewolf fantasy for mature teens. Annette Curtis Klause Fantasy War is declared.
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