Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: Claire de Lune

Claire de Lune
By Christine Johnson
Published 2010 by Simon Pulse

So, I picked this one up because I have an ARC of the sequel that I got from ALA. Obviously, I wanted to read the first before I delved into that one, so, ta-da. Anyway, this book is about Claire, who, shortly after her 16th birthday, finds out that she is a werewolf. Not only that, but the boy she has been crushing on forever (and who finally expresses interest in her, too) is the son of a man determined to "cure" the werewolves at any cost. Now, after reading Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, I was a little burned out on werewolves. I don't really like them that much to begin with. So I really just wanted to burn through this as fast as I could. It was a pretty quick read, so I was happy about that. I also liked the twist of all female werewolves and the French slant. It made me wonder if that's actually French werewolf lore. If I had more time, I might actually look into that. Anyway, the book was okay. I didn't care all that much about the characters but the action was well-paced. My biggest issue here is that there is absolutely no need for a sequel. I'm just getting annoyed that everything has to be a series. I understand that perhaps authors have enough ideas about a character to create a series around them and it creates a built-in audience. But sometimes it's okay to write stand-alone novels. The only reason I'm interested in finding out what's next for Claire is because I already know there's another novel. I don't know. I don't think I'll keep reading beyond that.

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