Jul 16, 2010

Review | Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

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?.

Thoughts: It took me a little while to actually get into this book, and not because the story was slow. Right from the beginning, Claire finds out she's a werewolf and all the werewolf things start to happen. But I suppose I had a hard time really connecting with her as a character and that sort of made this book drag on for me.

I liked the idea, that only women are werewolves. How often do we see that? Not very, so I really liked that the author did it this way. I also found the explanations very interesting and that made the book unique and different to all the other werewolf books that I've read.

I had a hard time finding the relationships of the characters believable though, and yes, I know this is fantasy and all but at least the relationships with the Claire and her mother or her friends should have helped me enjoy it, but they didn't. Claire just annoyed me throughout the book I guess and that made it less satisfying.

Overall, I think this book was okay. There should have been better character development in my opinion and the plot had a lot of potential, but it kind of fell a little flat for me. I suggest everyone give it a try because there are a lot of positive reviews out there. This one was just not for me.

This book was provided by YA Addict ARC Tours for review.


  1. Thanks for the honest review! I read this one back in May, I think, and like you it took me a while to get into it, but once I was hooked I stayed that way for the rest of the book. It wasn't really my favorite paranormal book nor read this year, but I found it to be decent enough overall.

  2. I have to spare some thought before buying this book now! Thank you so much for the honest review :)

  3. Here from the CEP. :)
    I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book, so I'm really not sure what to think - haven't read it yet myself. I do think the girl-werewolves thing is a cool approach though!

  4. Here from CEP.
    I've only read so-so reviews on Claire de Lune. It does sound like a really interesting concept though, so I might give it a read sometime.

  5. I love a nice, honest review with justification for the rating! Great job there, I've read both good and bad things about Claire de Lune. Actually, now that I think about it, all the good things have been on sites where bloggers give no less than 4 stars to EVERYTHING, so that makes the reviews a lot less valid.

  6. Very honest! I loved Clare De Lune and agreed with some of the things you said in your review! I like the fact that it was justified and balanced =)

  7. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this book so much, I'm hoping to read this myself soon :)

  8. Hi Miss Cindy!

    Great review! I've heard some mixed reviews on it as well... so, unfortunately, I don't think I'll be picking it up any time soon. lol.

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