Review: Claire de Lune
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?–From Amazon
Christine Johnson’s Claire de Lune has received a lot of hype in the blogosphere lately. I have been intrigued by all the teasers and Waiting on Wednesdays, but werewolf books still tend to be pretty hit or miss for me. (And I have not yet managed to test the waters with any of the recent vampire fiction.) When I saw that Star Book Tours had this book, I was excited to get the opportunity to try it out.
I enjoyed Claire de Lune much more than I anticipated. I think what I loved most was the normalcy of this book. In Johnson’s fictionalized world, humans are aware of werewolves–that is not to say that they are accepting, but at least you get to skip over all the shock and awe at finding out that werewolves even exist. Claire de Lune is as much a coming of age novel as it is a werewolf book. Like any teen, Claire gets into fights with her mom about boys and independence, she discovers the awkwardness and excitement of first love, and she starts keeping a lot of secrets. It just so happens that her secrets are mostly about being a werewolf. (Minor detail, really.) I was truthfully much more captivated by Claire’s humanity than her pack meetings.
Shiver remains my favorite werewolf novel, but Claire de Lune was an entertaining read that sucked me in for a few hours. It wasn’t anything revolutionary; it seems to be getting harder and harder for these type of books to break away from the mold, since they are so plentiful. I’m not sure it offered anything new to the genre, and it certainly left little need for guesswork as the “mystery” of the book was fairly predictable. However, it was certainly enjoyable enough that I will look forward to reading the sequel in order to find out what happens to Claire as she settles into life as a werewolf.