Grade 7 Up—For Claire Benoit, life in Hanover Falls has been pretty normal and uneventful. But all that changes on the night of her 16th birthday when she discovers a secret that will change her world forever. Her mother explains that she is a werewolf, descended from an extensive line of strong, female wolves. After being introduced to the pack, Claire learns that her full change will occur at the next full moon when she will be initiated into the pack. Claire has never been close to her mother, so this revelation leaves her totally lost and alone. Struggling with her new identity, she turns to Matthew, the charming, hunky soccer star who has been recently flirting with her. As their relationship begins to heat up, events seem to work against them. Werewolf attacks are occurring at an alarming rate in Hanover Falls, creating a state of panic. This unrest is further fueled by Matthew's father, who is a lycanthropy scientist and has organized the hunt for the rogue werewolf. Overwhelmed with trying to balance her old and new life, Claire must make decisions that alter her behavior and have ramifications for her future. Johnson weaves a page-turning tale of forbidden love, loyalty, friendship, and deception that will leave readers eager for more. Strong characters and major plot twists coupled with a new twist on werewolf mythology make this a fun and entertaining read that will satisfy fans of the genre.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A deceptively cute young adult novel, Claire de Lune pairs a quaint tale of young love offset by a crazed, serial killing werewolf. While it did entertain, the fluctuation from cutesy young lovers to throat ripping wolf chomping was a bit outlandish and I felt at times the novel dragged in a day to day recitation of mundane tasks that the protag engaged in. REVIEW: On Claire's sixteenth birthday she got more than a date with the cutest boy in school and a pair of sapphire … more
I was rather surprised by "Claire de Lune". I was not expecting much from the book, but it surprised me. The story was interesting and somewhat addictive. Just how I like them. On her 16th birthday, Claire learns she is a werewolf. This happened at the worst time, just when Matthew, the guy she likes, starts showing interest in her. Then, things get worse as people start getting killed by werewolves (yes, this is a world here werewolves exist and people know about them). Now, … more
Claire de Lune was nothing like what I expected, but in a great way. At first, I was a bit perplexed that everyone seemed to know about the werewolves, but I kind of liked how Johnson really made it her own story that way. There's a bit of romance mixed into the story, which definitely complicates Claire's life even more. Despite the werewolf aspect, it seemed to be fairly realistic, which kind of caught me off guard. The beginning starts out with Claire … more
Claire has never been very close to her mother. Marie's busy work schedule that requires her to travel has always kept her away, leaving Claire with an au pair, Lisbeth. But now that she's sixteen, Claire thinks she's old enough to be left alone a bit more, and is hoping to find freedom in a car of her own and perhaps a date with cute Matthew Engle. Instead, her party is cut short by a spotting of a malicious werewolf, and Marie divulges a shocking secret: she and Claire … more