Claire de Lune #1
by Christine Johnson
Published on May 18, 2010 by Simon Pulse
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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orn 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….
A new take on werewolves: Unlike most novels I’ve read about werewolves, Johnson provides a fresh idea where the only werewolves are female and they have closely knit packs. The world also knows about werewolves and have organizations, whose goals are to “cure” the werewolves of their “curse.” Similar to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, the werewolf gene isn’t triggered until around the age of sixteen. Overall, it was the idea of humans thinking they knew what werewolves really were that kept me reading.
Believable characters: The main character, Claire, is sixteen and dealing with all the problems of a teenager along with finding out she’s a werewolf. I was able to relate to her and those problems so easily as I was reading, almost as if I was walking in her shoes without actually being her. Claire’s reactions to this new secret, and then the idea that someone–a werewolf–is killing humans in her town, are exactly how I’d expect a teenager to react in those situations.
Didn’t keep my attention: I read a good portion of this book before receiving another book in the mail. I chose to read the second book first before finishing this one. Afterward, I let this book sit on my shelf for a while before finally sitting down to finish it. I just didn’t feel like finishing it. For some reason, I couldn’t keep with it. That’s the main reason why I gave it such a low rating.
I think Johnson had a good idea with the book but it needed that extra something to keep me entertained and reading to the end.