Blood and Chocolate is a 1997 romantic, supernatural werewolf novel for young adult readers by Annette Curtis Klause.
Her loups-garoux are a separate species from humans, referring to themselves as Homo lupus. Legend says that their ancestors were humans blessed by the moon goddess Selene with the power to shapeshift at will into wolves; the urge to transform becomes painfully irresistible with the coming of a full moon. The loups-garoux are portrayed as glorious beasts who revel in their dual nature, but hide their truth to humans. In keeping with the traditional werewolf lore, silver is a poison when introduced into the bloodstream.
The character Vivian Gandillon relishes 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. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He’s fascinated by the supernatural or unknown, 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.
The entire concept of vampire blood lust is enough to send some parents screaming for a “banning of the book,” if not an actual burning of the book. One South Carolina teacher called the book ”low-level filth that corrupts.”
Blood and Chocolate won the 1998 YALSA Award for Best Books for Young Adults. The novel was adapted into a film in 2007.