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7.16.2010

Review: Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson


Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
Young Adult, Werewolves
Hardcover (SIMONPULSE, 352 pages, $16.99)
ISBN# 978-1416991823
Torn between two destinies?
Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.
As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?

Author Site: www.christinejohnsonbooks.com



A Good Choice For Younger Werewolf Fans (3 stars)

It could be the perfect summer. Claire's sixteenth birthday party is a poolside hit. Her crush, Matthew flirts with her. But then a werewolf is spotted in the woods behind her house and the town's hysteria over the sighting leads to an early end for Claire's special bash. It couldn't get much worse... until Claire finds out the family secret.

Now she's forced to lie to her au pair, her best friend and worse, Matthew. But with Matthew's father, a supposed werewolf expert with a cure, hunting the werewolf who has been killing local citizens, she can't be honest. Too much is at stake for Claire and her pack to ever trust a human with her true identity.

I wanted to like Claire de Lune. Unfortunately too much goes unexplained throughout the entire book for me to say I did in the end. Such as how the world knows there are werewolves, yet they know nothing real about them. Or how there are special paranormal investigations units but no other creatures are mentioned. I felt as if I were dropped into a world built without readers in mind. I did, however, like the idea of the only female werewolves. There is a strong feminist thread to that aspect that I liked very much.

Claire is a likable heroine, I don't think many of the target audience's members would find her hard to relate to. I will say that Matthew was a little too perfect which does make it a little hard to believe he'd be into Claire but this IS fiction and suspending disbelief is part of what makes it enjoyable.

The story wraps up pretty cleanly and without much major conflict. I tend to like my paranormal fiction, even YA stuff, a bit grittier and dangerous but I think this would be a good one for younger readers. I think the age suggestion on this is 7th grade and up but I'm going to see if a 5th grader I know who likes Twilight might be interested in this one.

Other Reviews:

Steph Su Reads @ Feminist Review
Katie's Book Blog
Mundie Moms



Notes: I received this book through the Amazon Vine program.

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