May 14, 2010

Claire de Lune (Christine Johnson) Review


Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 18, 2010)
Hardcover: 256 pages
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? (Source)

Review
CLAIRE DE LUNE, by Christine Johnson, was a magical and unique look at werewolves and the human society that knew of their existence. This new tale of female werewolves will dig its claws into you and not let go until the very end.

I love werewolf tales. I am always looking out for a new and different perspective on these fantasy characters.  Johnson's fresh and feministic look on werewolves will not disappoint female readers. The background of the creatures portrayed in this book were based more on heredity and instinct. The ceremonies and magic that were bestowed on these women was fascinating to experience.

I do admit a lot of the book was predictable for a seasoned YA reader, but it was enjoyable at the same time. The imaginative background of the werewolves were enough to keep me wholly interested. Also, I thought the conflict between Claire and Marie was very realistic. Not every parent/child relationship is perfect, but in this book the overprotectiveness and the purposeful gap in communication between these characters added to the suspense. The rebellion of Claire taking Zahilia's side instead of her mothers kept me questioning different loyalties to the wolf pack.

I liked the relationship between Claire and Matthew. The secrets that Claire had to cover created more internal turmoil for her, and I anxiously waited to see how Matthew would handle it if he found out. Although this relationship was angst-filled and dramatic (what high school relationship isn't?), I think where it ended up was very sweet.

The cover of this book was really great. I love the model, dark colors, and overall backdrop of the full moon. I think this was a great introductory book to this series, giving a lot of background of the characters. The final showdown was good but I see more action in the future for these characters and I can't wait to see what Johnson comes up with for the next installment.



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