November 15, 2010

Claire de Lune, by Christine Johnson

Title: Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune, #1)
Author: Christine Johnson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release: May 18, 2010
Source: Bought

Hanover Falls hasn’t had a werewolf problem in over one hundred years. Seattle, Copenhagen, Osaka–they’ve had plenty of attacks. But when humans begin dying in Claire Benoit’s town, the panic spreads faster than a rumor at a pep rally. At Claire’s sixteenth birthday party, the gruesome killings are all anyone can talk about. But the big news in Claire’s mind is the fact that Matthew Engle–high-school soccer god and son of a world-renowned lycanthropy expert–notices her. And flirts with her. A lot. That night, Claire learns that she is the latest in a long line of Benoit werewolves, and that contrary to popular belief, all werewolves are female. Killing humans is forbidden by the code of the pack, but a rogue werewolf has been breaking that law, threatening the existence of Claire’s new pack. As the pack struggles to find and fight the rogue werewolf and Claire struggles with her lupine identity, her heart and her loyalties are torn in two. Claire must keep her new life a secret from even her best friend–and especially from Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt…and with whom Claire is impossibly and undeniably falling head-over-paws in love.

Why on earth did I wait so long to read this? It was sitting on my shelves for what I now understand was way too long of a time. I should have read this the moment it was in my hands! Claire de Lune is a fast-paced adventure that had me on the edge of my seat, and now I am regretting not reading it sooner!

Claire was a great, strong character. Once she gets past the initial shock of her situation, she strengthens and becomes the strong-willed and confident character that I now love. Marie wasn’t a great mother, but I ended up loving her as well. Matthew was a phenomenal love interest, and he was a perfect match for Claire, even though the laws of her world say otherwise.

I loved the writing style Johnson uses in this novel. I was enchanted from the beginning and once the story really got going, there was no way I was able to put it down, even for a second. The rich plot and unique story were more than enough to keep me reading, and they were fueled by fantastic writing.

Werewolves aren’t my forte, but thanks to Claire de Lune, I plan on checking out other werewolf literature soon. I loved the uniqueness of the werewolves in the world Johnson has created, and I am glad that the harshness of their world was not sugarcoated. I am looking forward to discovering more in regards to the werewolves in future novels in this series.

Claire de Lune did a great job setting up the rich world and engaging characters for future novels in this sure to be fantastic series. I cannot wait to read more about Claire and her world. Christine Johnson wrote a fantastic debut, that I was happy to be reading each time I turned a page.


  1. I wasn't too happy with this one but I am glad you enjoyed it. Great review :)

  2. I'm kind of excited to read this now! Thanks for the review.

  3. This isn't the sort of book I'd typically take an interest in, but your enthusiasm is somewhat contagious! I'm adding this to my to-read list!

    Thanks, Alex!


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