Thursday, December 6, 2012

Daring You To Read… Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

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Daring You To Read is a weekly feature here on Tynga’s Reviews where we dare you to read some of our favorite older releases (at least 6 months old). All the books/series we choose to feature are titles we adored and think you should give them a shot! We think it’s a super awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!

You’ve already read the book? Let’s us know what you thought!

You are accepting the dare? We’d love to know!

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When in comes to YA, BLOOD AN CHOCOLATE is high on my recommendation list. That’s why it’s the book I chose for this week’s Daring You To Read. The fact that I read this book at least five times in high school, proves how much I adore this book. Even if I haven’t read it in a while, I remember being obsessed with the characters, and with each and every scene. It’s shorter than most books so it’s a quick an easy read, but it’s still has some depth and great character interactions.

BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE is probably one of the first werewolves book that I read. And today, it’s probably the reason why I love werewolves so much. There isn’t too much lore and history about this pack of werewolves. What makes the book so interesting is the interactions within the pack and the duplicity of some of the characters. Since the old leader is dead, the pack is looking for a new one even if it means accepting new blood from outside the pack. Vivian, the sixteen year old main character of the novel, isn’t really preoccupied with the leadership (or lack of) since she isn’t in a rush to replace the old leader, her father. Since moving to a new town, she has decided to live a normal life, with as little contact with the pack as possible. And when it comes to her love life, she will have to decided if she truly wants a human as a lover, or if she’s better off with one of her kind.

The book isn’t just about werewolves. It’s also a book about a girl trying to find her place in the world, after losing her place. It’s about starting over even if it means letting go of the past. And it’s about finding what’s more attractive—blood or chocolate.

One last thing. Don’t see the movie. It’s really not worth it since the screenwriters changed the story completely. I rarely discourage people to watch movies based on books, but this is one of those rare times where I will. Instead, enjoy the book!

klause - blood and chocolateVivian 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?

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So what will you do this week? Will you take the dare?

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Stéphanie

Stéphanie is a 26 year old Optometrist living in a small community in Northern Ontario and even if she liked living in Montreal for 5 years, she believes the small town life is more her style. Ever since she was little she loved books and stories. It's no surprise that today, you'll always find her with a book within arm's reach.

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12 People left their mark on “Daring You To Read… Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause”

  1. Annette

    Double Dare! This is still a great book – even though it’s “old.” Also, one of my first paranormal reads. I’ve never seen the movie, so I won’t bother…

  2. Chrystal

    I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet? It’s sitting in my TBR pile. Must be sure to read it in early 2013 or maybe before end of the year?!? *sigh* It’s a must now for me though. ;)

    • Stéphanie

      I’m actually not surprised someone disagrees with me on this one. I don’t know if it’s because of my naive point of view from 10 years ago or if it’s because it’s one of the first werewolf books that I read but maybe if I read it today for the first time, I might not enjoy it as much. I think I have a sentimental attachment to it.

    • Stéphanie

      No need to be sorry about disagreeing! We’re here to have different opinions, right? I’m actually glad some people disagree with me because we’re not made to like all the same things. And plus, it’s a great way to create conversation!

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