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Claire de Lune

A book by Christine Johnson

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Cute and Light..

  • Jul 27, 2010
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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 earrings, she also sprouted hair and began craving rare venison. Claire's legacy isn't a penchant for sweets, or saddle bags - it's the lycanthropy gene. Which is severely cramping her new social life and her serious boy crush Matthew.

On top of her personal dramas her town is going berserk as a werewolf terrorizes the populace by randomly attacking and killing people. The killings are inciting an uproar in the town which seems to have only one conclusion - the capture and death of a werewolf - and Claire believes they won't care if the wolf is guilty of the killings or not.

Like I said earlier it is a strange mix. The wolves are out in this novel, but there is really no back story that reveals how "out" they are. There are agencies that regulate werewolves, but it doesn't seem like they know much about the werewolves. The overall novel has a very juvenile tone and the romance, while cute, didn't have me all agog with lovey emotions. I know I often complain about the lack of parental awareness in YA novels, but this one seemed to be the exact opposite. Too much influence gave the impression that Claire couldn't make a decision of her own. In fact her parental unit, one Marie, was maddening. I just didn't like the Mom at all.

What I did like about the novel was the character development, Claire was a very well written character and so were the secondary characters. The evil werewolf was also well played, I really didn't have a clue as to who it was going to be until right before the reveal. I also liked the boy, he was cute and crush worthy.

Entertaining, and a good novel to pass the time, it didn't evoke strong emotions in me either way. Much like some of the more lighter YA novels out there, Claire de Lune was quick to finish and refreshing but not as full-bodied like some of its memorable counterparts (Shiver, The Dark Divine).

RECOMMENDATIONS: Young adult suited for younger teens. Fans of Never Cry Werewolf and book so that ilk will enjoy.

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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 . June 02, 2010
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 …
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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