First off, I made a confusing error when reading the synopsis. Turns out that “meat-boy” and boy that works at a meat packing plant are not synonymous. Aiden is a poetic and “troubled” high-schooler. Vivian becomes interested in him because of his interest in the unknown. And we are left to wonder whether Vivian’s desire for Aiden is indicative of her lack of confidence and need for validation or genuine taste for bone marrow.
No, she does not want to kill Aiden. But the sentences in this book really sing in such a way as to sometimes make one think that the most routine description could erupt into bristles and bone marrow. Say for instance, as Vivian looks over the other, scared boys at her school, she asks herself, “could they see the forest in her eyes, the shadow of her pelt? Were her teeth too sharp” ? The answer is a resounding no. These details are hardly ever taken into consideration or even noticed during the daytime hours. But Annette Curtis Klause pays particular attention to smells, bites, and as you have seen in the novel’s title, tastes.
So what are some pet peeves for the novel? The pack mentality that fuels one half of the book, (I am going to go ahead and pretend a divide exists between Aiden and Vivian’s world), is often troubling. Not only does the pack number so many but it is also deployed in claustrophobic scenes where twelve get named at once and then drop out immediately following said meeting. This makes it very hard to keep track of their names. It is easier when Vivian’s younger wolves, the ones as it says in the synopsis are “on her tail”, are referred to as the Five. Then in Aiden’s corner, we have the Amoeba which as he describes is “a large amorphous mass that keeps on changing size, hasn’t much apparent use, sometimes makes you sick, and occasionally breaks off into smaller parts that act exactly like the parent” which makes one only wonder why we are inundated with such names as Peter Quincey, Bingo, and Jem only to have them fall out of the book’s consciousness following the event.
I know that this is hardly a fair complaint to take the book to task with. It is as I said a pet peeve but the murder mystery that crops up in the third act of the novel really makes it drag. I mean I’ll be honest what I was interested in was the outcome of Vivian and Aidenís courtship, not the aftermath of blood struggles within the pack. So it was really quite a wait to have Aiden and Vivian brought back to the fore.
I will only go so far as to say the ending is surprising. The workings of the plot were never obvious or vanilla, although some characters did get thrown under the proverbial bus, namely being nothing but bad. But others were lights in the dark, redemptive faces.
All in all, I was very impressed by the language of the novel, intrigued by the plot, and stimulated by the transformation and love story at its root.
|Recommendation:||A great coming of age story that illustrates the furrier side of prejudices.|
|Like this, like that:||The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, the Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter and the 13 to Life Series by Shannon Delany.|
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