Papercuts Podcast Episode 9 – Blood and Chocolate

blood and chocolate cover 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?
Hey guys! We’re back with another Papercuts Podcast, this time with an actual book review. We took a look back at one of my ye-olde-pre-Twilight paranormal romance favorites, Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klaus, to see if it held up to our now old and jaded brains.

How did it fare? Find out in the podcast!

Papercuts Podcast Episode 8 – Book Review: Blood & Chocolate

As usual, if you have any suggestions or thoughts or critiques, leave them in the comments!

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Also, gah, to regular readers, sorry about the lack of blog content lately. Second jobs and podcast obligations have been taking the lion’s share of my time. BUT! I’ve finally got a couple books in the pipeline that aren’t Papercuts-related, including a certain Marvel tie-in, so look forward to those. If, you know, that’s a thing you do. XD


4 Responses

    • Kayla + Cyna

      July 2, 2013 3:15 am, Reply

      Thanks, Nadine! I’m glad you liked it.

      I vaguely remember that post by Foz, but I’ll have to go back and take a better look at it. Alphas are one of my (many) pet peeves. Thanks for the link!

  1. DM

    June 29, 2013 7:16 am, Reply

    This is the first time I listened to a podcast on this site (it’s difficult for me to adjust to listening over reading), but I’m really glad I did, I enjoyed it. Blood and Chocolate was one of my favorite novels when I was a teen, and I still enthusiastically rec it to other werewolf lovers, but the flaws you guys pointed out were spot-on, some of them I hadn’t even considered (like how Vivian has her moment of victory over Astrid ripped away by Gabriel). Gabriel in general always made my skin crawl even when I was a kid, and I resented how he struck such a sour note in what I considered a really well-written and intense YA novel for the time (and today, really). Still, one of best werewolf and werewolf pack portrayals I’ve ever seen – like you guys said, they really seemed like wolves in human skin, not regular humans with poor impulse control playing at wolf. The less said about the movie, the better. God, why.

    Anyway, great podcast, and I think might try out more in the future.

    • Kayla + Cyna

      July 2, 2013 3:23 am, Reply

      Thanks, DM! I’m glad you gave the podcast a chance, we’re having a lot of fun with it so it’ll probably a big part of the content on here from now on ^^;

      Yeah, Ollie’s point about Vivian vs Astrid was one I hadn’t considered, either. I kind of took it for granted both back then and now that, well, Gabriel is pack master, so that’s what he’s there to do, right? But she’s absolutely right about keeping Viv “clean” and sort of on a pedestal as a love interest for Gabe.

      Yeah I wasn’t in to him too much as a kid, either, it’s like “okay, adult, you were just dating her mother…”. It’s like a skeevy uncle swooping in, you know. Which is exactly what he was in the movie, lol xD

      Yeah, it’s a shame that such a good book has such huge flaws and awkward themes (I’m a little sad we didn’t get to touch on the “sticking with your own kind” theme on the podcast, cuz LOL NO THNX), but man, the good stuff is really good. And yess yay the wolves were awesome, I wish more writers could get that sort of feel down. Most werewolves just seem to act like assholes with anger management issues.

      Thanks again, and I hope you can find some others you enjoy!

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