Book Review : Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

Claire de Lune, by Christine Johnson

Product Details:
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (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 the 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...


When I first saw the cover and the title of this book, I knew that I had to read it. It was about a girl, Claire, whose life was about to change when she reached her sixteenth birthday. She found out that she was actually a werewolf. At first, she resented the idea of being a werewolf. She even tried to shave her fur. But eventually, she accepted her identity and fate and found out the benefits of being a werewolf.

The romance that blossomed between Claire and Matthew started at the beginning of the novel. It felt true and nice, but not overboard. I think that's what teenagers like to read about. I liked Matthew's character; he was such a good guy. I mean, really good guy. He's handsome, nice, kind, supportive and is good in sports. He opposed his dad's idea that all werewolves were evil.

This novel was mainly about Claire's huge transformation: from a normal girl to a werewolf and her attitude concerning the fact. Christine included a bad werewolf who hunted humans to add the suspense element in the story. Actually, I already figured out who the bad wolf is in the first half of the story. But it didn't make the story seemed dull. The story got more and more exciting towards the end of the novel.

Claire de Lune altered our previous concept of werewolves. In this novel, werewolves are all females, and humans are well-aware of their presence. In a nutshell, it is fast-paced, exciting and fun to read. I really enjoyed it. As a debut novel, Claire de Lune is quite promising. I hope to read more books by Christine in the future!

Rating : 8.5/10

I'd like to thank Christine Johnson and the representative of Simon Schuster for sending me a signed ARC for this review. Thank you!

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About The Author:
Christine Johnson grew up in, moved away from, and finally came home to, Indianapolis, Indiana. She lives there with her husband and two children in a creaky old house with a creaky old dog. Claire de Lune is her first novel.

4 creative remarks:

vvb32 reads said...

i like that we get a female werewolf story. looking forward to reading this with your positive review.

Anne Pages said...

I love your blog and reviews. Trust me, You are honest in your reviews. Keep up the good work.

TayteH said...

"She even tried to shave her fur."
Wow, that has to be a lot of shaving. :D
Thanks for the review. Love it. :D

karen Maldonado said...

It felt true and nice, but not overboard. I think that's what teenagers like to read about.

I think you are very much right, I enjoyed this book because their feelings felt pretty much real, without being too intense or too obsessive, sometimes authors seem to believe we want a romance that is too intense since the beginning.