Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

February 23, 2011 2 flames 0

Author: Christine Johnson
Source: Personal Purchase

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse; 1 edition (May 18, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416991824
ISBN-13: 978-1416991823


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?


I have had this book for a while now, and finally took the time to read it.  The cover is actually what attracted me to this book in the first place and that alone made me want to buy it.

When Claire turns sixteen, she is expecting a car.  Well, she doesn’t get the car but gets fur instead.  It seems her mom has been keeping Claire’s true heritage a secret until now.  After finally getting the attention of Matthew at her birthday party, Claire discovers that she is actually a werewolf.  With a rogue werewolf hunting people, a hot boy who wants to be more than friends, and a mother who refuses to embellish on the details of her heritage, Claire is confused and wondering what to do.

I really had a hard time enjoying this book.  While I think the plot was a great idea, I feel the book to be just written in the ‘okay’ category. I never could get into Claire’s character because at times she was whiny and weak, then she would be strong and independent.  Her personality was flat, and the relationship between Claire and her mother felt forced.  Her mother was hardly around and when she was, she acted cold and unloving to me.  The secondary characters were not much better in my opinion.  They seemed like characters that just filled text on pages with no reason at times.

The mystery of the book was fairly easy to figure out early on which left the story lacking the suspense it needed to keep the book going from beginning to end.  Overall a book that passed the time and was okay, but not a memorable read that leaves me anticipating the next book.


  If the library doesn’t have it, don’t worry about reading it! 2 STARS

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