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Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune #1)

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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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Simon Pulse (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Aug 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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
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
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
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
Rebecca McNutt
I'm not really a big fan of these melodramatic teen werewolf books, they remind me of Twilight, but on the bright side, at least this one had some good imagery at times.
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
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.
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.

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
Emma Louise
Jan 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bought
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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
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
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
CLAIRE DE LUNE, by Christine Johnson, was a magical and unique look at werewolves and the human society that knew of their existence. This new tale of female werewolves will dig its claws into you and not let go until the very end.

I love werewolf tales. I am always looking out for a new and different perspective on these fantasy characters. Johnson's fresh and feministic look on werewolves will not disappoint female readers. The background of the creatures portrayed in this book were based more
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
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
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
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
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
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I picked up Claire de Lune from the new release shelf at my library, and conveniently it fit with a current challenge requirement. I've been more willing to give the YA genre a chance after reading some wonderful books with the designation, such as Graceling and Shiver.

I'm having the hardest time writing a review for this book though. The premise itself is interesting, with a unique twist in accepted werewolf lore, but I am too removed from the target audience as a reader so I can't decide how t
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I really enjoyed this book. I received it yesterday and haven't been able to put it down since. It is a brilliant introduction what what should be a cracking series.

The book was quite slow to start, introducing both Claire and the world she has found herself in. As is quite understandable she freaks out big time. While it was slow it was nice getting to know some of the characters before launching into the story along with the whole scene being set for the mystery of the killer werewolf. I must
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recently finding out you are a werewolf and trying to maintain a normal teen life isn't going to be easy for Claire. During her birthday pool party Claire finds out Matt has a crush on her. They hit it off so great you can really feel the pull between them. There is one problem and that's Matt's father. He is out to prove his life long research, his "cure" for werewolves works. Through the entire book you keep asking yourself is it a good idea to tell Matt that Claire is a werewolf? You could fe ...more
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I grew up in, moved away from, and finally came home to Indianapolis, Indiana. While I was in the “away” part of that adventure, I was living in Chicago, Illinois, where I went to DePaul University and met my husband. I majored in Political Science. For the record, Political Science is a totally useless degree. But it’s also totally fascinating and I lov
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