★★★★★: What tastes sweeter, blood or chocolate?
Vivian Gandillon is still reeling from the loss of her father and the pangs of loneliness in her new hometown are not damped by the locals who view her as an outsider, and a bit weird to boot. Vivian doesn’t shy away from this, as she believes her differences are wonderful; who would want to be a mere human, when they could be werewolf anyway? But when a boy catches Vivian’s eye at school, she throws caution to the wind and decides to find out what it’s like to be a normal high school girl. Dates, concerts, movies with friends, Vivian thinks she’s doing well. But in the end, can she separate the animal from the girl? And what does she truly crave: blood, or chocolate?
This is a wonderful coming of age story. Vivian, our gutsy protagonist, decides to test whether her fate is predestined, or if she has a hand in choosing who she must be. The details are gritty, the passion is raw and the characters are so well fleshed out I half expected them to jump from the page. Vivian’s not perfect (none of the characters are), and she definitely has her moments of weakness, but even as she shrinks away from the idea that she is a wolf, Vivian never forgets to be herself, never hides her weird quirks and qualities and large personality from the humans at her school. I find that admirable in a heroine, especially one as loyal and loving as this one.
Perfect for fans of fantasy, werewolves and young adult with a bite!