Saturday, May 22, 2010

Review: Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

CLAIRE DE LUNE by Christine Johnson
Pub. Date: May 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover, 336pp
Age Range: Young Adult

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?

Newcomer, Christine Johnson enchants readers with a daring tale of werewolves packed with delicious intrigue.

Most sixteen year olds revel in the surprise of getting a new car on their birthday but Claire Benoit is nothing like her fellow teens. She gets the shocker of her life – she’s a werewolf. Claire has to come to grips with the fact that she comes from a long line of shape-shifters. I was so thrilled that I didn’t have to go through a dragged out battle of Claire denying her lineage, however impossible it may have seemed at the time. Soon the pages were flying to see how Claire would handle her new fate. What intrigued me most about this novel? The werewolves are all female. This novel has an interesting take on werewolf mythology and I enjoyed the efforts that Johnson put forth in this novel.

Claire was a well likeable character and her relationship with Matthew was just as enticing. Blossoming young love always has a place in my heart. The forbidden love angle only notched up my love for these characters even more. Claire had some hard choices to make concerning her loyalty to her pack over her relationship with Matthew. Her bravery only made me like her even more.

CLAIRE DE LUNE is a welcomed addition in the YA paranormal genre. I think readers will enjoy Johnson’s spin on werewolves. I look forward to reading more of Johnson’s works. Here’s to hoping for a sequel! Great debut by Christine Johnson!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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45 comments:

  1. At first I wasn't real interested in this one just becuase I'm getting burnt out on all the shape shifter book, but I've read several good reviews, so I might look into it. So glad it doesn't have the pages of angst as the character denies and frets over it - just moves more into the accepting and dealing! Oh and, I do like the cover!

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  2. Sounds like an awesome twist. This one goes on my too read shelf!

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  3. Great review. This sounds like a really interesting book.

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  4. Sounds like this book has a fresh view on shifter storylines. I can't wait to read it. I'm already a follower, but I've linked in my sidebar.

    Thanks for the contest!

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  5. This book sounds really great! Thanks for the review :)

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  6. Ooooh, I've wanted to read this. I love werewolf books and top it with forbidden love? Made of win!

    Great review!!!

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  7. All female werewolves, that's interesting. I've been interested in this book for some time, I can't wait to finally get a copy of it. Great review!

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  8. I'm really loving werewolves right now! This book sounds extra awesome. And it's so encouraging to hear that she has the shock of learning & then just gets on with it! I know everyone can't handle it well, but on the other hand, I'm not interested in reading about a character constantly angsting about something they can't change.

    Thanks for the review (and contest!)

    :)

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  9. This book sounds very interesting, I love that it has unique take on werewolves. I will definitely be adding it to my TBR pile!

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  10. I deff like the cover and i agree about beinga lil burnt out on shape shifters but this one sounds awesome deff want to check in to this great review

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  11. This book sounds good! It is interesting that the werewolves are only women, kinda empowering, no?

    Adding this to the heapin' TBR pile!

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  12. This review has just made me want to read this book even more!
    Margay

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  13. I really enjoy a good werewolf story and the fact that they are all women has me really interested.

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  14. Great review. This is on my wishlist.

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  15. I love the cover and the title of this book. I would love to add it to my TBR pile!

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  16. sounds interesting! i think i'll check it out

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  17. Nice review!! I saw this at the bookstore yesterday and thought about buying it but I wasn't sure if I would like it. After your review though, it seems like something I would like :)

    -Briana

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  18. awesome review! at first it seemed typical, but now i might check it out!

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  19. great review. Sounds like a fantastic read.

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  20. I am completely into werewolves right now. I love reading about them. I can't wait to get my hands on this book :)

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  21. An interesting twist to a very common supernatural creature! This book looks really good! great review!

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  22. I really want to read this one! It sounds great!

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  23. Werewolves are in now! totally interested in this book!

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  24. I think its interesting that all werewolves are females. I really have to read this, it sounds great! Thanks for the review (:

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  25. Oooh, forbidden love, you gotta love it!! Thanks for the awesome review!

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  26. I'm intrigued by the fact that all werewolves are female. That is def. not the norm!

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  27. I've been interested in this book for awhile now. I loved the title and, being a huge fan of Twilight and the small role Debussy plays, the title caught my attention. I really liked the idea of the werewolf aspect in this book and the fact that it entwines forbidden young love...well, how can I not want to read this book? :) Thanks for the review. I will definitely have to read this book!

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  28. Love my werewolves and I love seeing stories that change it up some.

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  29. Oh this one looks great. I will admit that I haven't been a big fan of were's lately, but this one may just turn me around! Can't wait to read it! Happy reading!!

    xoxo
    jennie

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  30. great review! this does sound interesting can't wait to read it

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  31. I'm looking forward to this one. I know there's been a glut of YA werewolf novels recently, but something about the description and the cover artwork caught my attention. I'll be checking it out!

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  32. Great review, I can't wait to read this one and it seems I'm just like you when it comes to being a sucker for new love and especially if there's a forbidden aspect to it, can't wait...thanks for the rec and the contest!

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  33. Great review! I was drawn to the book because of the cover but it also sounds like a good read :)

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  34. Great review! I am very interested in reading this book.

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  35. Fantastic review!

    This has been on my wish list for some time now.

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  36. This is one that keeps popping up in the blogosphere right now. It seems the genre is primed for the paranormal oriented release and so it would only make sense. Why do I want to read it though? Well, for starters the reviews I've read thus far have been pretty good. (score 1) Secondly, I haven't read any more of the werewolf genre in particular (apart from Twilight) so I am curious to see if thie para creature can hold it's own in my reading world. Thanks for sharing....and happy reading!

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  37. I like the recent flux of werewolf novels. One about an all female pack sounds awesome!

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  38. I love werewolves and I'm always happy to see a new twist so this sounds great. I also glad that Claire is likeable. I think it takes some of the fun out of it if you don't like the hero.

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  39. I've seen this book everywhere lately. I'd love to get a chance to read it. It sounds like a really good book.

    Jess

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  40. This book sounds really great and I love werewolves so I can't wait to read it. Thank you for your great review.

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  41. Very cool. It'll be interesting to see a female character as a werewolf.

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  42. This looks like such a good book. I can't wait to read it. It's on my wishlist. For sure. :)

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  43. great review on this book sounds really good can't wait to read it.

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