Monday, May 31, 2010

Review: Claire de Lune

Claire de Lune
By: Christine Johnson
ISBN: 1416991824 (9781416991823)

Summary from Google Books:
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... With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?.

For me this book was decent but not very good. I felt the story was very cookie cutter and missing all the bits that make it an amazing "cookie". The writing was good because it was in the new style that is very journal/blog like. The characters are relate-able but the story was predictable with only one twist that I saw coming though it did add a nice element to the story.

As far as werewolf stories go this didn't add much to the werewolf mythos. The idea of werewolves being born and not bitten is not uncommon is today's werewolf stories. What was different was, that werewolves only being female, and the transformation taking three moons (months). Other then those things the world knowing about werewolves, the idea of becoming a werewolf (both the means and the reaction), and the very basic story line wasn't as innovative as I hoped.

The pack dynamic in this story was only slightly different than that of a primarily male pack. Realistically, I think that a female pack would differ in a much bigger way due to the big difference in the way men and women communicate. I liked the idea of it taking three months to finish the transformation because it was a more natural progression like that of puberty. What was driving a lot of the story was the dynamic between the mother and daughter but once again nothing we haven't seen before.

Overall, this book to me rates as a two. It was slightly enjoyable but for the most part pretty bland. I would borrow it from the library, etc. but I wouldn't buy the book. If you are looking for a story like this but much better look up Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.

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