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Reviewed by Grace Soledad

Nocturne, the sequel to Claire de Lune, is the story of a girl named Claire. She’s nervous about her boyfriend asking her to the Autumn Ball, tangled friendships, and most importantly, the fact that she’s a werewolf.

With the date of her confirmation as a complete werewolf looming, she’s worried that she won’t be able to do her part. What if she’s incomplete? Something that should come naturally is causing her to struggle.

Her best friend may be drifting away from her, her boyfriend may be uncomfortable about his role in the pack, but these are the least of Claire’s problems. When somebody discovers Claire’s secret, she could lose everything.

Christine Johnson manages to convey a sense of culture and ceremony when talking about the werewolves. I felt like I was right there when she described the full moons and hunts that Claire participated in. The naming ceremony was another scene that she hit perfectly. She is a talented writer and knew exactly when to put in tension or emphasis on parts of the hunt.

I also loved how in both Claire de Lune and Nocturne Christine makes the condition of being a werewolf a well-known position. Like in the House of Night series, people know that these paranormal creatures exists, and it give the setting that little oomph. Not to mention that it makes everything a constant game of Guess Who?

For me, a lot of second books are kind of blah and read like fillers, like bridges from the first book to the third book. For me, one of the major reasons why I liked Nocturne was that everything that occurred in the book was plausible, filled with action, and actually important to the overall story.

The pacing in Nocturne was perfect. It wasn’t all action or paranormal; some problems were simply social or came with the territory of being a teenager. The romance was fantastic, the friendships were tangled, and there was a delightful little twist at the end. Nocturne is utterly delicious.

Rating: 4.5/5

Check out our review of Claire de Lune

Grace Soledad is a teenage bibliophile who runs the blog Words Like Silver. She is described as “antisocial” because she constantly has her nose buried in a book or a notebook. When not reading, she can be found dancing, writing, or at the beach. 

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