Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. Pub. Corgi 1999.
It is the story of a settlement of werewolves living peacefully and secretly within the human population. They have curbed their desires for human blood and flesh but still run wild in the woods when the moon is high or when they feel like it. They have a code of behaviour like any society and severely punish any werewolf who breaks the code.
Competition for dominance amongst the young men within the werewolves unsettles things and when a human is mutilated in the forest, all hell breaks loose and the action is thrilling.
Into this scenario comes Vivian a sixteen year old who loves the change into a werewolf. In fact the first description of the change in the book is a superb piece of writing rivalling John Landis’s film of Michael Jackson turning into a werewolf in Thriller.
Vivian falls for a human boy and their romance is one of the big pluses in the novel, but it breaks the code and is strictly forbidden. This romance tangles up with the power struggle within the werewolves and the action is just brilliant.
If you think Twilight was just a little wet and want to read something with teeth, give this excellent novel a chance, you will not regret it.
Suitable for Intermediate, Secondary young Adult readers