Tuesday, August 24, 2010

YA review: Claire De Lune

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? (summary from goodreads).

My thoughts...As with the tales of vampires, there seems to be an influx of tales about werewolves.  Various worlds seem to reflect each other in a way that makes readers look for something fresh.  Claire de Lune does a good job of offering readers some variety. 

The wolf in this story was female, the heroine Claire.  She was a smart girl who was eager to learn about her new life.  Her mother, who acted like the Wicked Witch of the West, tried to shelter her daughter and caused her to rebel.  I had serious issues with the mother in this story.  She was very cold, cruel, and lacking compassion.  The nanny did a better job of dealing with a confused teenager than the parent did.  However the nanny was a bit unpredictable and left me guessing on more than one occasion.  The most stable character in the book was Matthew, who had plenty of reason to be a wreck. 

The plot of the story moved at good pace.  This was a love story, not of two wolves, but of an impossible love.  The dynamic of the pack was unique, not ruled by strength as I would expect, but by wisdom.  The ending left the reader with a satisfying ending to the current plot, but with plenty of unanswered questions.  I am looking forward to more books in this series. 

For more information, including purchase links, visit Christine Johnson at her website.


Nely said...

I've heard good things about this one but your review finally convinced me to add it to my TBR. :)

Darlyn said...

I love to read about werewolf. And this got my attention. I just need to wait they are sold at our local bookstore. Nice review ;p

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review. I gottta check this out.

Alexander Bennett (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

I so need to read this soon!

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