nos·tal·gia [no-stal-juh] – noun:
A sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
This month I picked a book that I’ve been reading since middle school and still reread now and then – Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. I love this book now as much as I did as a child. It’s a paranormal romance (not that I knew anything about genres when I discovered this book) about Vivian, a teenage werewolf struggling to fit in amongst her pack and her human classmates. There’s trouble brewing among her pack and they desperately need a new leader, after the death of their old one.
I remember first discovering this book at the library, and the title and cover drew me in. I’m pretty sure I checked this book out multiple times before buying my own copy – it was love at first read. Since then I’ve read this book more times than I can count. I’m pretty sure I’ve read it more times than I’ve read The Hobbit and Pride and Prejudice combined.
Believe it or not, I’ve never read anything else by Klause, though I do own another book by her. I just love Blood and Chocolate so much (too much?) that I’ve never wanted to move past it. Vivian can be a bit of a brat, but she’s also fierce and remains true to herself, even if it means feeling like an outcast in her own family. Not to mention, there’s a hot werewolf, Gabriel – who doesn’t love that?!
Anyone else read Blood and Chocolate? Or have you read another book from Klause that you liked?