Review: Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

“Claire de Lune is the perfect book for the new generation to embrace werewolf lore.”

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Title:Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune 1)
Author:Johnson, Christine
Publisher:Simon Pulse
Pages:336

From Goodreads: 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 de Lune is a fantastic updated version of classic werewolf lore. Johnson didn’t try to do anything fancy like have her wolves chant Latin as they changed, or have them changing in a puff of glitter madness to be unique. Johnson was able to be unique without tearing apart the meat of the wolf lore.

Character development is the true arc of this story and the characters were written well. Claire is a very likable character albeit a bit on the whiny side about her mother’s secrets. You change your views on Claire’s mother several times throughout the novel and I really enjoyed the back and forth.

Matthew as a love interest was believable and very Romeo and Juliet in it’s forbidden nature. I quite enjoyed watching Claire and Matthew discover each other and themselves as each plot twist unfolded.

I have only one complaint and that is at times the development of the story seemed a bit choppy. The train of thought broken up a bit but not enough to turn me away from the book or upset my reading pattern.

Claire de Lune was a book one and book two Nocturne comes out in May. I am highly anticipating the sequel.

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book at my local indie at full jacket cover price.

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    Very helpful review. Just by title I figured it was a werewolf story, but did not realize it was the first in a new series. Am glad that the character development is there. That’s one of my “must have’s” for books in a series. Thanks!

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