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Not your average teenage fiction
on May 28, 2001
I do not usually read books from the so-called "teen fiction" genre, and the alleged theme of Blood and chololate did not entice me to buy the book at first. "Teenaged female werewolf trying to blend into her human life in the suburbs".It sounded like a low-budget Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff at first, but once I started reading it it seemed quite the opposite.
The main character Vivian, despite her superficial perfection, is a person many youths can relate to, and her increasing infatuation with the wonderfully poetic, romantic Aiden Teague is also no alien emotion to the average fifteen year old, either. Near the beginning, Vivian strives both to be original in her artistic endeavours and to also be accepted into the student body and to make friends with at least someone.
Her human life is counter-reacting with who she really is, however, and that is a loup-garou. Her mother is putting increasing pressure on Vivian to become a prominent member of the Pack, if not then somebody's mate. The only youths her age are part of a dumb biker-gang that had no regards for order and women's rights, I'm afraid, and for her, Aiden is the sole refuge from her alternate life.
Klaus tells the storey with a wonderful fluid simplicity, and while the ending took a comprimising twist, Blood and Chocolate is a book well worth reading.