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Claire de Lune

(Claire de Lune #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  6,076 ratings  ·  497 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Morgan F
I wasn't expecting much from this book to begin with, so I can't consider myself disappointed.

Claire is having the best birthday of her life. Her pool party is off the chain (people still say that, right?) and Hottie Matthew is starting to show interest in plain old Claire. Emphasis on plain. But when the full moon surfaces, her mother tells her a dark secret, both her and Claire are werewolves. Now Claire life becomes a lot more complicated. Not only does she have to deal with all her bodily c
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Nic
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Rating 2.5 stars

After reading mixed reviews on this book I was hoping for the best. Unfortunatley I'm left feeling disappointed. This book was just okay. It wasn't bad it just wasn't that exciting.

Christine Johnson writing style is good as was her twist on werewolves but the plot was predictable and I felt a little bit bored. When I put this book down I easily forgot about it. I also predicted who the killer was within the first 100 pages. The characters were okay but I felt they were a little b
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Eyehavenofilter
I only picked this up because of the title..Debussy is one of my favorite composers. But unfortunately it's the cleverest part of this book. It had such potential, but fell flat within 20 pages. Insta-love, convenient plot and character lines, that a baked Idaho potato could see coming a million miles away. Claire our intrepid heroine finds out she is budding werewolf, and at 16 her transformation has already begun, heralded by a rash on her palms and ears, ( seriously?) but our self proclaimed ...more
Annette
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always say that I don't do cover buys and that's true. I always read the blurb too. In this case however it wasn't the cover speaking to me. It was the title. Debussy's Clair de Lune is one of my favorite classical pieces ever. A book based on that title? That was a book I had to check out. Since I've always been a vampire girl, I haven't read that many werewolf novels either, so when I read the blurb I grew quite curious.

From start to finish I quite enjoyed this book. Yes, at a lot of points
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~Tina~
(3.5stars)
Given the mixed reviews for this book, I'm surprised that I really liked this one. I'm picky, really picky when it comes to Werewolves, but I liked this particular take on the paranormal.

The idea of women dominating the legend was cool and I liked there abilities, even though it wasn't anything new, it was still pretty neat.
I liked Claire. Her reactions to everything felt very realistic. I also really liked Matthew, there was something very normal about him that I found refreshing. The
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
I couldn't even stomach the rest of this book. I got to page 216/336 and that was it for me. There were just too many eye-rolls to get by.

Claire does NOT sound like a modern teenager. She sounds more like she just stepped out of the 1970s. But my biggest problem with her was that she said "Oh My God" and "Crap" way too much. I guess that's what makes it modern. GAG

The author of course put in your regular YA garb. Electric touch when her Boyfriend (Matthew) was near, butterflies in the stomach wh
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Kirthi
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Title: Claire de Lune
Author: Christine Johnson
Stars: 4
Summary from back of the book
Pages: 352
Release Date: 5/18/10
Thanks for the copy Christine!


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 werewo
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Erica
Aug 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Steph Su
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: debs10
CLAIRE DE LUNE, Christine Johnson’s debut novel, is a good but not standout addition to werewolf lit. The simple way that this twist on werewolf lore is presented will make it a quick and satisfying read to ardent werewolf lovers, though it will have a tougher time winning the hearts of others.

In CLAIRE DE LUNE, Christine Johnson introduces us to a different type of paranormal world, in which only females can be werewolves. It’s not a feminist book, per se, but the dynamic that this sets up allo
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Ellen
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so bad that it was actually kinda good... I struggled through the first pages and rolled my eyes at some of the particularly bad metaphor choices (‘a shock of electricity shot through her as he motioned for her to come over’). I mean c’mon everyone knows, once you’ve passed the age of 12, that using this image is NOT a sign of good writing. But then I realised that I’m reading this as a 21 year old woman and, in fact, my 13 year old self would have bloody loved this book. Therefore ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I really wanted to like Claire de Lune in spite of all of the mixed reviews that I read. Being a werewolf fanatic, I decided that I just had to give-it-a-go anyway. The book introduces a couple of interesting deviations on shapeshifter lore that I was hoping to explore in greater detail as the story progressed. However, aside from a few faster paced action-y parts this novel focuses mainly on Claire's coming of age story rather than on the furrier aspects. Which isn't a b
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Claire  (Jst1MoreChapter)
A solid 3.5 stars for this nice little take on werewolf folklore... it had a novel storyline and the main characters were likeable enough... it picked up towards the end of the book...
Very teen orientated so I'd recommend it to younger readers
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Andrew Sydlik
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Decent read about a teenage female werewolf, who finds herself thrown into the politics of a small werewolf pack, a rogue werewolf killing humans, and antipathy from prejudiced, terrified humans. And wouldn’t you know it, the boy she likes is the son of the scientist. Even though it had a number of flaws, I found myself really enjoying it. I think it was two reasons:
1) all werewolves are female in this world (males apparently cannot survive the condition – this is the opposite of convention, sin
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Kristi
Sep 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Claire de Lune is a unique idea on werewolf mythology. Although personally I would have liked to know a little bit more about the history and a deeper explanation of the ties to their 'goddess'. It doesn't necessarily take away from the story, but it would have been a much appreciated addition.

Claire was a fantastic character. Even if your not a fan of paranormal elements, you can't help but relate with Claire and her struggle to fit in and be a normal teenager. I mean, sure Claire has that whol
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Yin Chien 인첸
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Danielle
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Honestly I didn't even want to finish this book. It was poorly done in my opinion. The story could've been great, but I did not like the wringing style. ...more
Marlon Balraj
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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Am I just angry because of schoolwork or am I just picking up shitty books to read? Like Need, which I wrote about last week, this book has a bit of potential, and I won't deny that, but it is overwhelmingly ruined by a terrible plot, only one decent character, a premise that seems as if this author wrote it for no other reason but to have a female werewolf . . . and the list goes on.

Seriously this book could be fine but why does she hammer in t
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Kayla
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

Every single time I read a supernatural book, I remember just how much I love them! I really did enjoy this novel and I couldn’t seem to put it down. This book is the traditional supernatural book with werewolves, excitement, and my favorite, romance!
Read the Full Review on my Blog
☆☆Hannah☆☆
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was another case of I just wasn't a big fan of the MC. I never got over the way that she treated people. I get that she doesn't like the fact that her mom is gone a lot but treating the people who take care of you crappy like that just makes me angry. The only good thing about this book was the romance. It wasn't great but it at least worked out in the end. ...more
Marie
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can see it, and many more reviews over at the blog.

Well…I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the concept and thought it was original – people know about werewolves, although their identities aren’t known except inside the packs. Only women are werewolves, and it’s passed down through the generations. Nice change from the whole 'Alpha male' thing. It was an interesting mix of paranormal, suspense, and romance.

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A.
Mar 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Claire gets a shocker for her sixteenth birthday - you're a werewolf. Gee, thanks mom for warning me. But Claire's mom isn't the warm and fuzzy type - rather cold actually which makes her hard to like, but she seems to be trying as the book goes on.

It's known that werewolves exist but they try to stay under the radar because society considers them savage beasts. Claire meets the local pack and realizes that this isn't the reality, but when a rogue werewolf goes on a killing spree in town, it do
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Emma
Jan 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bought
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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All Claire wants for her sixteenth birthday is a car, but what she gets is something she didn’t count on. In a world where werewolves are being hunted by the government and the communities, Claire finds out that she is a werewolf, destined to change at every full moon. Torn between the joy of discovering who she is as a wolf, and the struggle to be a normal teenage girl, Claire must find a way to keep her secret and her life. Meanwhile a rogue wolf makes that all the more difficult for her to do ...more
Lea
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 14 and up.
Claire Benoit is celebrating her sixteenth birthday with a pool party when the festivities are interrupted by reports of a werewolf sighting. Everyone knows about werewolves (there are even government agencies devoted to studying them), and everyone fears them. Everyone, that is, except Claire's mother, who later coolly informs Claire that she is a loup-garou, a werewolf, and that Claire too will begin turning into one at the next full moon.

Claire de Lune is a great read, and an exciting new add
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J.Elle
Jun 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
I plucked this off of the library shelf because of the title, which is a song I listened to non-stop almost the entire time I was pregnant with my son. Who is a tiny genius. He's 14 months and if you fart, he says, "fart" and laughs. And he loves books. (Both clearly signs of a genuis in the making.) Clearly, those studies are right, listening to classical music while pregnant does a baby, even in utero, good. If only I could say that reading this book did the same thing. Instead, I was forced t ...more
Skye
Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

Claire De Lune is written in the third person perspective of Claire, who has recently found out she's a werewolf. Claire's a likable heroine, with natural reactions. She takes time to get accustomed to being a werewolf, and sees the downside in it. She acts and thinks like a teenager her age, though matures as you would expect under her situation.

Claire De Lune was set in a world that already knew about the existence of werewolves, and had
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Stacy
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
What an awesomely unique book on werewolves and pack dynamics! This books shakes up what you thought you knew about werewolves, in Claire's world...everyone knows they exist although she certainly doesn't know anyone that is one. Or at least that's what she thinks until on her 16th birthday she starts the change and her mom drops the bomb....yup, werewolf. She is in the process of changing but will take 3 full moons (3 months) to completely change 100%. At first Claire is freaked, her life is o ...more
Katie
Review: Claire is having the best sweet sixteen birthday party ever. Well it could be even better if her mom would get her a car for her birthday. Matthew, her crush, is asking her out when suddenly everything goes wrong. Werewolves are killing people in her small town. A couple if days later Claire's mom tells Claire who she really is. A werewolf. At first Claire runs from her identity but if she doesn't embrace it soon, more people are going to get hurt.

Claire de Lune is one of my favorite typ
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Rachel Louise
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I originally read this book when I was a teenager so reading again almost a decade later was interesting. I remember really enjoying it when I was younger but going back to it I could barely remember anything that actually happened so it was actually like reading it for the first time again. It was fun getting to relive the story with a fresh, older perspective and I actually think I enjoyed it as much as when I originally read it.

One thing I really liked about Claire de Lune was that instead of
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Melanie
Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
I did enjoy Claire d Lune, I felt the story had just the right elements; love, romance, friendship, responsibility and of course werewolves.

I liked Claire's character and loved how Christine Johnson had structured the story so it was most from Claire's point of view but with inserts from the 'other' wolf. I really enjoyed working out who the wolf was and will be honest and say (and I'm usually pretty good at this type of thing) thought it was someone else!

My only grip with the book was that to 2
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