Sunday, June 13, 2010

Claire De Lune by Christine Johnson

Book:  Claire De Lune
Author:  Christine Johnson
Published:  May 18, 2010 from Simon Pulse
My edition/number of pages:  ARC/256

Age group:  Young adult
Source:  Publisher
Series?:  Not that I know of.

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?

Claire De Lune is another debut novel that I have read nothing but great reviews for but I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would.  There was just something about it that I didn’t like and it got in the way of me fully enjoying the book.

Claire Benoit is finally happy with her life.  She didn’t get the car she wanted but she did get a date with the guy of her dreams.  The summer of her sixteenth birthday couldn’t be better.  That is, until she finds out she is a werewolf.  How can things possibly work with Matthew when his father is trying to hunt her down?  And who is the werewolf that is really killing humans?

Claire was a pretty good main character.  She was kind of shy and nervous with Matthew but brave when she was a wolf.  I love characters that have more than one side to them.  The only problem that I had with her was that she was whiny sometimes.  I guess it was understandable though because she had just found out she was a werewolf.  Other than Claire, I didn’t like any of the wolves, not even Claire’s mother.  They were rude and seemed to look down on Claire just because she was younger.  It got old after a while.

The plot was kind of boring a lot of the time which I was not expecting.  The most entertaining parts seemed to be when Claire was with Matthew and I found myself looking forward to those parts more than anything else.  It did pick up towards the end though.

Overall, Claire De Lune was pretty disappointing to me but I know others have enjoyed it.  If you are a fan of werewolf stories than it’s probably a book for you.  This was just one that I could not get into.

First line:  She killed him in the darkest part of the night, before the dew had settled on the grass.

Writing:  4

Characters:  4

Plot:  4

Ending:  5

Originality:  4

Overall:  21=B-

Cover:  5=A++

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  1. Lizzy

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been seeing really good reviews online, too. I hadn’t picked it up, because I wasn’t 100% sure that I would enjoy it. It seems interesting, but sometimes I can’t handle a whiny main character.

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