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Claire de Lune

A book by Christine Johnson

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Fresh & Mysterious

  • Jun 2, 2010
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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 learning that she's a werewolf, and her struggle with this new part of herself (the physical change, keeping it a secret, et cetera). Claire definitely didn't ask for this, and it was easy to see that at first she was so upset about it all. Claire is a very likable protagonist, and I found it easy to relate to her.

The plot moves along nicely, keeping the suspense rolling as to who is attacking people in the town (and the pack tries to locate this rogue werewolf), while Claire struggles with all her different relationships (friends, love interest, et cetera). At times, a bit more action would have been nice, but overall, Claire de Lune was spectacular.

Highlights: There were plenty of mysterious moments, and the description was wonderful. I loved the moments that Claire was changing into a werewolf, they were always so intriguing. I couldn't help myself but to keep flipping the pages, curious as to what would happen next, so this is definitely a great aspect to the story and the writing. I really loved the relationships in this novel as well, especially the moments between Claire and her mother, when they really (and finally) started to understand one another as the barriers between them fell.

Lowlights: I felt like the rogue werewolf was presented very obviously (which bothers me, because I usually love the guessing game where I keep switching ideas of who it is), and I also really disliked how some of the pack members weren't fully delved into. I honestly kept forgetting about the other pack members entirely, which is such a shame since I really enjoyed reading about the pack.

As a whole, I really, really enjoyed the story and hope that Johnson's next one it just as incredible!

RATING: 4.5 out of 5

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review by . July 27, 2010
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 …
review by . July 14, 2010
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, …
review by . May 19, 2010
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 …
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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
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ISBN-10: 1416991824
ISBN-13: 978-1416991823
Author: Christine Johnson
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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