Claire de Lune
Simon Pulse 2010
Claire is nice enough as a character, but nothing new. She can be quite funny but in general just moans a lot about being a wolf (fair enough) and wonders if she can still make it with the lovely Matthew – whose father is a bit anti-lupine, to say the least. Matthew is also pleasant, but pretty two-dimensional. Very likeable, though, and I certainly found his actions and reactions to be slightly more believable than Claire's as the story progressed. Claire's mum is nothing less than irritating. Even when the author attempts to inject her character with signs of warmth, I found her to be cold and aloof. While there are attempts to explain this, none of them rang particularly true to me – I still thought she was a pretty crappy mother. The character of Lisbeth seems completely superfluous and Matthew's father is a flat villain who could have done with some padding.
The plot isn't one of particular depth, although it's fine if you don't think about it too much. The storyline moves along fairly pacily and the story of a rogue wolf would be interesting if it wasn't so entirely predictable. I'd figured out what was going on within three chapters and was absolutely right – the the very last detail. And I wasn't even trying. Saying that, there are some interesting aspects surrounding the werewolves. They are all female, for one thing, which surprised me – although the whole Goddess circle palaver started to get old really quickly. The final pages seemed to leave open a lot of loose ends and the inevitable sequel (Nocturne) is on it's way next year.
I should state however, that despite all of the flaws that I have mentioned, Claire de Lune was an enjoyable enough way to pass a few hours. It falls into the easy, escapist pleasure category of books and that is not necessarily a bad thing. While I wouldn't actively seek out the sequel, I would certainly read it if it were to fall into my lap. This is partly to do with the fact that I am aware that this is a début novel, and the first of a series so future instalments offer definite room for improvement and partly to do with the fact that, slight as they may have been, I genuinely liked Claire and Matthew and would like to find out what happens to them next. If you are looking for something new and exciting in the werewolf range, then this is not it, but if you want a fun story to pass a quick afternoon with then pick this up. Just don't expect to be overwhelmed by any genre-busting ideas.