Reviewed by Jennifer J.

16-year-old Claire’s poolside birthday party is a success–until a werewolf’s murder spree results in all of Claire’s guests leaving early to get safely behind doors. But who cares about werewolves when Matthew Engle has just asked Claire out? As if going through puberty wasn’t enough, Claire starts going through changes that she’s sure aren’t normal. Suddenly she is growing hair at an accelerated rate on the backs of her hands and the tops of her ears. Claire’s mother Marie finally reveals to Claire that she is turning into a werewolf, and introduces her into the werewolf pack she’s kept secret from Claire for the last 16 years–a secret that Claire must keep from all of her friends, including Matthew.

To make matters worse, Matthew is the son of a bloodthirsty scientist who will stop at nothing to rid their town from werewolves. Forbidden from dating Matthew, Claire tests her mother’s and her new pack’s boundaries as she chooses to follow the lure of her very human heart. When Claire’s mother is captured pursuing the rogue werewolf, Claire is forced to jeopardize her own secret identity to save her mother. Matthew is the only one who can help Claire, but can she trust him?

Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson is an exciting, new twist on werewolves. In Johnson’s imaginative world, only females can ever be werewolves. If a werewolf becomes pregnant with a male child, it will abort itself. Werewolves worship a Goddess, the Creator, instead of the Christian God, and participate in rituals that have something of a Wiccan feel to them. Some of the mystery behind the werewolves is taken away when the author tries to describe how the werewolf teaches herself to shift between wolf and human form. I would have preferred if the author had left this part out, however, to add to the mystery and magic behind werewolves.

I enjoyed the innocent flirtation and budding romance between Matthew and Claire, and can’t wait to see how it is developed in future novels. Both Matthew and Claire have complicated relationships with each of their parents, which will certainly add thrill and suspense to plot development. Though I didn’t care much for Marie, Claire certainly does, despite their differences. There is room for improvement in the dialogue exchanges between Claire and Marie, though some of it could be attributed to English most likely not being Marie’s first language. Though it might be premature to say, Claire de Lune just may do for werewolves what Twilight did for vampires.

For more information, please visit Christine Johnson’s website.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Simon Pulse. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.