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I Belong


Review: Claire de Lune  by Christine Johnson

Title: Claire de Lune

Author: Christine Johnson

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Series: Claire de Lune (Book 1)

Publication Date: May 18, 2010

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1416991824 (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13:  978-1416991823 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed by: Shirene

Synopsis

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…

Quick & Dirty: Coming of age has never been so complicated as when becoming a werewolf is added to the equation.

Opening SentenceShe killed him in the darkest part of the night, before the dew had settled on the grass.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This book has left me on the proverbial fence.  I honestly have no strong emotion for the story or the majority of the characters that take place in this world.  On the other hand the author does strongly portray the angst and frustration between the main character Claire and her mother.  This relationship grows the most during this story and changes from a distant and almost neglectful relationship to something much more.

Claire’s relationship with her best friend, Emily was more of a chore than a relationship I felt any desire to even see continue.  Emily’s character is so obsessed with her immediate world that she really grated on my nerves after her fourth entrance into the story.  When her parents finally send her to visit her aunt and uncle I couldn’t help but do a happy dance that I wasn’t going to have to see her for a few pages of the story.

Matthew develops into a fully rounded character by the end of the book but seemed a little one dimensional at first but maybe this is due to the fact that we are only seeing him through the eyes of a 16-year old girl with a crush.  His relationship with Claire is one of the two high points of this story.  As we get to understand more about the world and consequences of becoming a werewolf, we are then given an insight into Matthew’s core values that extend beyond his own family dis-functionality which is a mirror image in many respects as Claire’s relationship with her mother.

The last major character in this story is the mystery of the werewolf that is killing innocent humans.  We are taken on a bit of a roller coaster journey until we discover the murderer but I felt this one coming from the very beginning.  So no shock to me when we discover who has gone rogue.

Overall, I’m neutral on this book which I didn’t expect.  I have high hopes for Nocturne which is book 2 in the series and will let you know if I have had a change of mind after I finish that book.

Notable Scene:

“You come from a long line of proud women.  Women who have survived, who have passed down a secret from mother to daughter.”  She twisted the sheet around her fingers.

Claire crossed her arms and waited.

Her mother’s eyes darted up to meet Claire’s.  “Like me, like your grandmother before me and her mother before her, you are what we call loup-garou.”

Claire cocked her head to the side.  She hated it when her mother slipped back into French.

“A werewolf, chérie.  You–we–are werewolves.”

Claire de Lune Series:

1. Claire de Lune

2. Nocturne

FTC Advisory: Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Claire de Lune. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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