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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Claire de Lune :)

Overall, Claire de Lune was a really good book. It takes a while to get into and the writing is a little hard to get used to but the story really gets going a few chapters in. I loved the authors new approach on werewolves and I didn't know who the villian was until it ...
Overall, Claire de Lune was a really good book. It takes a while to get into and the writing is a little hard to get used to but the story really gets going a few chapters in. I loved the authors new approach on werewolves and I didn't know who the villian was until it was revealed and I was verrrry surprised! Do NOT give up on this book!! I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series. :D

posted by Sms829 on January 22, 2011

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Claire da Loon

I wasn't expecting much from this book to begin with, so I can't consider myself disappointed.

Okay, okay. I know this is a fantasy book. I know it has very little basis in the real world. But I can't help but bring forth some logical impossibilities this book passe...
I wasn't expecting much from this book to begin with, so I can't consider myself disappointed.

Okay, okay. I know this is a fantasy book. I know it has very little basis in the real world. But I can't help but bring forth some logical impossibilities this book passes off. There will be some spoilers ahead, although I shall try to use hypothetical situations only.

Say everyone knows werewolves exist. Say everyone thinks werewolves are bad, without even one PETA activist to wave a mighty pickett sign. Say there are enitre government organizations dedicated to researching and controlling lycanthropes. But despite all this, people know nothing about werewolves, at all. They don't know, or suspect, that they are all female (one thing I did like about this book was all the werewolf girl-power), and don't know their habits or anything. So instead of, I don't know, researching and studying one of the few werewolves they manage to capture, they lock it up in a cage in some unguarded lab, until they can "cure" it. Now, does this make sense? What kind of respectable lab, holding some a valuable specimen, doesn't even have surveillance cameras and puts the key to the cage of this valuable specimen IN THE REFRIDGERATOR!!!!!!

Oh, and say, you were a bloodthristy werewolf. You like sunflowers right? And after killing some poor dude, you get your picture taken with a sunflower blocking your face. Uh-oh. I would be careful now. Because some ditzy teenager will walk aimlessly into your house, see a sunflower (which could or could not be the same one), and when they later see the incriminating picture, they will automatically link you to the scene of the crime. So be careful in the future.


Oh, and apparently bodies smell enough to be gag-worthy after 15 minutes of being deceased, and lupine body language is diverse enough to have complete nonverbal coversations with specific wordchoice and every thing. Even when you are not even freaking LOOKING at the werewolf you are having a conversation with.

Okay, with that off my chest....on to the characters. I have decided I dislike the name Claire. It just is a soiled name. Every time I hear it now, it brings to mind some annoying teenage "heroine". No offense to the Claires out there. You can't help what you are named at birth. So even though my first impression of you is shot to peices, you still have the possibilty of growing on me. All the characters in this story were just so completely underdeveloped. Not a likable or memorable face in the bunch. Everyone just filled their stereotypical role. Claire the "sweet" and quiet narrator, who only wants to protect her friends and family. Hottie Matthew, the attractive and understanding love interest who inexplicably falls for Plain Janes. Emily, the talkative and bubbly biffle. And Marie, the type-A mother. Mix in some wolves and bad guys, and there you go.

The plot was poo. I would say it was predictable, but I did fall prey to the red-herring for the longest time. I am acutally quite ashamed I didn't figure it out sooner. So props there. And there was just no action or suspense. Just Claire fretting and worrying. I had no problem putting this book down.

Oh, and what is the mysterious Goddess that created werewolves?

Don't let my moanin' stop you from reading this book if it sounds interesting, really. It's just books like these make me bitter.

posted by Awesomeness1 on June 19, 2010

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

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    Claire da Loon

    I wasn't expecting much from this book to begin with, so I can't consider myself disappointed.

    Okay, okay. I know this is a fantasy book. I know it has very little basis in the real world. But I can't help but bring forth some logical impossibilities this book passes off. There will be some spoilers ahead, although I shall try to use hypothetical situations only.

    Say everyone knows werewolves exist. Say everyone thinks werewolves are bad, without even one PETA activist to wave a mighty pickett sign. Say there are enitre government organizations dedicated to researching and controlling lycanthropes. But despite all this, people know nothing about werewolves, at all. They don't know, or suspect, that they are all female (one thing I did like about this book was all the werewolf girl-power), and don't know their habits or anything. So instead of, I don't know, researching and studying one of the few werewolves they manage to capture, they lock it up in a cage in some unguarded lab, until they can "cure" it. Now, does this make sense? What kind of respectable lab, holding some a valuable specimen, doesn't even have surveillance cameras and puts the key to the cage of this valuable specimen IN THE REFRIDGERATOR!!!!!!

    Oh, and say, you were a bloodthristy werewolf. You like sunflowers right? And after killing some poor dude, you get your picture taken with a sunflower blocking your face. Uh-oh. I would be careful now. Because some ditzy teenager will walk aimlessly into your house, see a sunflower (which could or could not be the same one), and when they later see the incriminating picture, they will automatically link you to the scene of the crime. So be careful in the future.


    Oh, and apparently bodies smell enough to be gag-worthy after 15 minutes of being deceased, and lupine body language is diverse enough to have complete nonverbal coversations with specific wordchoice and every thing. Even when you are not even freaking LOOKING at the werewolf you are having a conversation with.

    Okay, with that off my chest....on to the characters. I have decided I dislike the name Claire. It just is a soiled name. Every time I hear it now, it brings to mind some annoying teenage "heroine". No offense to the Claires out there. You can't help what you are named at birth. So even though my first impression of you is shot to peices, you still have the possibilty of growing on me. All the characters in this story were just so completely underdeveloped. Not a likable or memorable face in the bunch. Everyone just filled their stereotypical role. Claire the "sweet" and quiet narrator, who only wants to protect her friends and family. Hottie Matthew, the attractive and understanding love interest who inexplicably falls for Plain Janes. Emily, the talkative and bubbly biffle. And Marie, the type-A mother. Mix in some wolves and bad guys, and there you go.

    The plot was poo. I would say it was predictable, but I did fall prey to the red-herring for the longest time. I am acutally quite ashamed I didn't figure it out sooner. So props there. And there was just no action or suspense. Just Claire fretting and worrying. I had no problem putting this book down.

    Oh, and what is the mysterious Goddess that created werewolves?

    Don't let my moanin' stop you from reading this book if it sounds interesting, really. It's just books like these make me bitter.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    A new take on werewolves: Unlike most novels I've read about wer

    A new take on werewolves: Unlike most novels I've read about werewolves, Johnson provides a fresh idea where the only werewolves are female and they have closely knit packs. The world also knows about werewolves and have organizations, whose goals are to "cure" the werewolves of their "curse." Similar to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, the werewolf gene isn't triggered until around the age of sixteen. Overall, it was the idea of humans thinking they knew what werewolves really were that kept me reading.

    Believable characters: The main character, Claire, is sixteen and dealing with all the problems of a teenager along with finding out she's a werewolf. I was able to relate to her and those problems so easily as I was reading, almost as if I was walking in her shoes without actually being her. Claire's reactions to this new secret, and then the idea that someone--a werewolf--is killing humans in her town, are exactly how I'd expect a teenager to react in those situations.

    Didn't keep my attention: I read a good portion of this book before receiving another book in the mail. I chose to read the second book first before finishing this one. Afterward, I let this book sit on my shelf for a while before finally sitting down to finish it. I just didn't feel like finishing it. For some reason, I couldn't keep with it. That's the main reason why I gave it such a low rating.

    I think Johnson had a good idea with the book but it needed that extra something to keep me entertained and reading to the end.

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