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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Review: Claire de Lune (ARC) by Christine Johnson

where I got my copy: Simon & Schuster
where to buy: BN, Amazon
release date: May 18, 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?.

Claire was a normal 16 year old girl. Crushing on a boy, having a pool party, stressing out about clothes and gossiping with her best friend Emily. Towards the end of the party her long time crush Matthew Engle started showing his interest in her but then the night of her party came into a unprecedented halt. One of her friend's mother came and pick him up, freaking out because of a werewolf attack. That's right in Claire's world werewolf are known to exist and is being feared as dangerous savage and soulless creatures. It was a hassle to a 16 year old's social life but there were bigger problems. That night Claire's mother, Marie told her a disturbing secret, she is a werewolf. Like every other sensible heroine that we've read Claire freaked out but not as bad as I thought she'd be in fact she handled it pretty well.

Now that the revelation of her true self was revealed she now official inherits the pack's problem. Here three note to self:
1. Keeping her identity a secret.
2. Finding out who the rogue werewolf is that is killing in her community.
3. Making sure that she stay away from Matthew's dad, who claims that he found a cure for Lycanthropy.

There are some interesting stuff in this book. It was known that werewolves existed and that there are fresh and new concept about Lycanthropy. One clue:  it is gender base and they are passed on by genes. So no, when a werewolf bit you, you're either dead or mangled. The characters are a bit underdeveloped. It did not really say but there was a goddess who created them, the lack on information on that topic left me unsatisfied. Over all it was a good start. Unique, fresh and exciting.

check out the ARC tour of Claire de Lune soon for more reviews.


elizabeth said...

Great review. I still have mixed feelings about this book, though.

Melissa said...

Good review. I might have to pick this one up.

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Great review, I agree such a fun start to a series, with really unique idea's :)

Anna ♥ said...

I like the sound of the twist on werewolf mythology, it's nice to see something new done with them. It sounds like a promising start at least. :D

TJ said...

I'd like to want to read this book (the cover is gorgeous), but it sounds like too many common elements/tropes to really hold my interest. :(

Book Monster said...

Looks good, but still iffy about this one.

Dwayne said...

NOt sure about buying this one - maybe borrowing from the lib will do :) thanks for the review Pat!

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

I have to confess that it was the beautiful cover that caught ym eye and made me want to read your review. The plot sounds interesting, I would love to give it a go and see for myself what I think. Thanks for drwaing my attention to this book.

misskallie2000 said...

Great review. This book does sound like it could be a winner. I will wait until I read to pass judgement. The werewolf mythology was different.

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Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I go back and forth on wanting to read this one. I don't know if I'm getting burned out on the whole werewolves thing or what. Your review pointed out some of its strengths tho! Thanks!

Candace said...

It sounds really good but it's bad it wasn't a bit better developed. Glad to hear your honest review!

Shy said...

A pack of "female" werewolves -- now that was an interesting part. I'd certainly want to read this book myself and see if it manage to grow in me. I'm not a big werewolves fan, I've to admit, but perhaps this is one of those that could strike my interests!

MUM said...

Thanks for the honest review. I think I'm going to pass on this one as it is not really my kind of thing.


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