Book Review of Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

Title: Claire de Lune

Author: Christine Johnson

Release Date: May 18th, 2010

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?

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: This is one of those books that, for me, set the tone from the very beginning.  In the prologue as a reader you already have questions swimming through your head and you are hooked because you have to know who is doing these things.   We are seeing through the eyes of the rogue wolf in the prologue and it gets the story off to a running start.  The story for the most part revolves around Clarie, but every now and then we get a peak into the mind of the rogue wolf and those brief glimpses for me are very intriguing.  The prologue sets a dark tone to the book, which does carry throughout the story, there are rays of sunshine beating into Claire’s life periodically, but when you discover you are a werewolf at sixteen, you light is snuffed out just a little and I think the book reflects that well.

Claire is a good character, she is easy to relate to, and you are rooting for her from the beginning.  You are also analyzing her love interest Matthew, because while he may like Claire, his father would forbid him from seeing her if he discovered what she truly was.  That is what made me apprehensive about Matthew in the beginning.  If he has had to listen to his father scream words of hate at the top of his lungs most of his life would it be so hard for some of that hate to seep through? Well, you will just have to read to figure that out for yourself because I do not want to ruin it for you.

This story also reminds me of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, wondering where I am going with this aren’t you?  Ok, well there is a line from there “Who is the monster and who is the man?”  Well in this case it would be woman I guess, but this quote felt very appropriate to me for this book.  While the main focus of the book spins around Claire and her dealing with being a werewolf, there is always that sub-plot of Matthew’s father hunting the werewolves and assuming that they are all vicious creatures before getting all the facts.  He has no care to find out the truth or be humane about it, he only wishes to kill the unknown and destroy anything foreign in his world.  People like that just anger me, which was most likely how Christine meant for him to be, so in that respect she did a fantastic job.

I also like that in this book the werewolves are women.  In almost all the other books I have read that deal with “were” of any kind, females are scarce, if not non-existent.  So it was interesting to get new lore in this genre and a new outlook on werewolves.  While the book does tie up most of the loose ends nicely I am still left wondering if there is more to Claire’s story.  There are still quite a few questions that linger for me and I wonder if there will be another book or if this will be a stand alone novel.  Either way, it is a great debut for Christine and you should check it out if you have not already done so.

Language Love:

“Misery shimmered around her like an aura”

I like thinking that an emotion could radiate off someone so much that you can almost see it.  That is why I like this line from the book.

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