The novel was published in 1997, and it's genre is romance/supernatural. It was made into a movie in 2007, but the movie's plot was only poorly based on the novel and the author was not kept in date about the production (according to a rumor, Klause had to research information from the Internet). Personally, B&C is one of the best books that has ever been written and one of my favorite books that I have ever read. It's meant for young adults, for it has some graphic themes in it (violence, language, etc).BLOOD & CHOCOLATE
Vivian 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?
Loup-garou (pl. loups-garoux) is the French word for a "werewolf". Loup means "wolf", garou means "man".
The name frequently pops up in the novel, as it is the name for the wolf-like creatures the wolf-kind shapeshifts into in the novel. However, in Klause's novel, the characters do not turn into actual wolves; they are larger and stronger than any natural wolf, and they have got longer toes and legs and bigger ears. Their eye color changes into red, gold or green, and they are described as very glorious and beautiful animals. The wolf-people in the book only adopted the term "wolf", because it was more convenient since their form resembled a wolf. In the book Vivian suspects that they were an alien race that was marooned or that some people believed they descended from something much older, perhaps an early mammal; it is never quite revealed in the book what they really are, all that is known that they are a separate species from humans, and occasionally call themselves Homo lupus.
The loups-garoux have the ability to change form at will, anytime when they want, although when it is the time of full moon, every loup-garou has no other choice but to commit the transformation.
In the novel, silver is found fatal to them and can lead to a severe poisoning and later death; also, fire and, according to Vivian: "anything that severs the spine" will do (meaning, that although they are powerful and heal faster than a regular human being, they are not immortal).
According to the wolf-kind legends in Blood & Chocolate, their ancestors performed rituals and sacrifices in the name of the Forest g-o-d, a great hunter that took the shape of the wolf. In exchange, the Forest g-o-d's mate, the g-o-d-d-e-s-s of the Moon, Selene, blessed them with the ability to change into wolf-like creatures at will. Now with their new ability they could "hunt for themselves using their claws and teeth instead of knives of flint, throw aside the pelts of hunted animals, and grow their own." The ability was hidden in the genetics and it was carried down from generation to generation, but everything was subject to the Moon. The Moon forbid them to hunt and kill humans; if they did so, she could turn her light into silver and punish the loups-garoux for disobeying the Law.
Vivian Gandillon - the main protagonist. She is the daughter of the former leader of the pack, Ivan Gandillon, who died in a fire over a year ago from the novel's beginning. She lives in the suburbs with her mother, Esmé, and her uncle, Rudy (Esmé's brother). Vivian is described being tanned, tall and beautiful with thick, and long, tawny hair.
Ivan Gandillon (deceased) - Vivian's father and Esmé's former husband and mate, he lost his live in a great fire while trying to protect and save the members of the pack from the flaming house. In the novel it is revealed that he was a good father and husband and a gentle leader, respected by all.
Esmé Gandillon - Vivian's mother and the ex-alpha female of the pack, the former "queen". She grieves for her lost husband but has taken an interest in the 24-year-old Gabriel, a possible candidate for the next leader of the pack. Esmé is a beautiful woman in her late thirties, with long, blonde hair.
Gabriel - a young man, only 24-years-old and yet chased after by two older women of the pack, Esmé and Astrid. He's handsome and powerful, described as somewhat dangerous-looking, but with humor and patience towards Vivian. He's taken an interest in her, and he's a popular candidate for becoming the new leader of the pack.
The Five - a group of teenage boys, Vivian's "cousins". The fire last year was the Five's fault, and especially Axel's, a boy who killed a human girl at the back of their school. The Five are rowdy and reckless and they consist of five boys; Rafael (Rafe), Willem, Finn, Ulf, and Gregory. Vivian despises them and doesn't want to spend time with them despite the boys' several attempts to befriend and become close to her again.
Astrid - Ulf's mother and a wicked character in the novel, she's a woman with a long red hair and she also wants Gabriel. In the novel, it is stated that Astrid reminds Vivian more of a fox than a wolf.
Persia Devereux - also known as Aunt Persia, the elderly healer of the pack. She is an old woman and highly respected.
Orlando Griffin - the oldest male wolf of the pack, he has a similar status than Aunt Persia, being listened and respected.
Rudy - Esmé's (older) brother and Vivian's uncle. He's got badger-gray hair and he works as a meat cutter. He's calm and somewhat supports Gabriel to become the new leader. The pack usually gathers in his house to discuss about their future and important decisions.
Aiden - Vivian's human love interest, fascinated by magical things and the unknown. He's quite popular in school, and is described to have a tall frame, floppy dark hair, and a crystal stud in his left ear.
Everyone who hasn't read the book but knows about the movie, I'd recommend: Do not watch the movie, grab the book and read it instead.
So, anyone who's read/is reading Blood and Chocolate, feel free to participate in the discussion.