Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review: Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

Claire de Lune
Author: Christine Johnson
Publication: Simon Pulse; 1 edition (May 18, 2010)

Description: 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?

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My Thoughts: This book was an entertaining new twist on werewolves. In Ms. Johnson's mythology only females are werewolves. Claire is surprised and not at all pleased to discover that she is a werewolf. She hates the idea of keeping secrets from her friends and wonders what will happen to her relationship with the boy she really likes. Claire's character was realistic. Who wouldn't be upset to find that everything they believed about themself was wrong? Matthew is also a very realistic character. I like that he can think for himself even when confronted by the vast certainty of his father.

This book had two villians. Dr. Engle was the scientist who was more than willing to twist the facts to satisfy his unique version of the truth. His son Matthew came to see just how hypocritical his father was. The identity of the rogue werewolf, who is the second villian, came as a surprise to me. I had thought I was following clues only to find that I had been distracted by red herrings. I like it when a book isn't so predictable that I know who the bad guy is much sooner than the main character in the book. 

I enjoyed this book very much. I am eager to see if we have any more adventures for Claire and Matthew in the future. Please note that the book is complete. No sequel is required to complete the story. But it is a measure of how realistic the characters are that I want to know what is next for them.

Recommended to MG and HS students who love a good werewolf book.

Challenges: 2010 YA Debut Author, 2010 YA Reading Challenge, RYOB Reading Challenge

 

2 comments:

  1. I love werewolves so I'm looking forward to reading this book. Glad to hear it isn't predictable and the characters are realistic!

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  2. I really enjoyed this book and the all female werewolf dynamic. I wasn't a huge fan of Claire's mother for most of the book but I began to like her more towards the end. I am eager to see where the series will go. Great review!

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