Sunday, October 7, 2012

Review: Claire de Lune

Title: Claire de Lune
Series: Claire de Lune #1
Author: Christine Johnson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: ARCycling
Rating: 1 cube of sugar
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository


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…

(Taken from Goodreads)

There's not a lot of good I can say about Claire de Lune. The only thing that kept me reading was wanting to know who the rogue werewolf was. And if the rogue's POV hadn't been included, even as few times as it was, I probably wouldn't have continued at all. The main character, Claire, and her best friend, Emily, were so very annoying, and would say things like, "OMG! I totally can't believe this is happening!" Claire was less vexing when she wasn't talking to Emily, but there were moments when I just wanted to slap her and say, "GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF! AND STOP OVERUSING THE WORD TOTALLY!"

Other than an annoying main character,  I was about ¾ of the way through the book before anything really happened. Yes, Claire found out she was a werewolf, and yes, she turned for the first time, but most of the book was her talking to Emily, going out with Matthew, the romantic interest, and trying to get information about being a werewolf out of her mother. In the last fourth of the book the rogue hits close to home, and a chapter or two later unveils her identity. That is when things really start to get interesting, but up until then? Very boring.

Over all, I was disappointed with Claire de Lune. The only saving grace was the ending, but even that can't totally make up for the beginning and middle. I gave it a ½ lump rating because I don't think the book is poo, but I would borrow it before you bought it.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way paid for my opinions*


  1. Erin

    Thank goodness I saw your review before I requested it (It's on ARCycling again). Sounds awful! And I don't usually handle vamp/werewolf books well anyway.

    1. Yeah, it was pretty bad, and I think it could have been so much better, but. . .it flopped. :(

  2. I had this feeling when I picked this one up at the library to check it out that I wouldn't enjoy it. Seems that I was right. I can't stand a whiny character, I am not a fan of reading books that have 0 plot. I think I will just pass this one up. Thank you for that!


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