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Book 2 of 2 in the Claire de Lune Series

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"An intense, compelling tale of love, loyalty, and friendship... "Nocturne "is a must-read!"

-Cyn Balog, author of Starstruck"

"[A] teen everygirl turned werewolf is torn between hernewfound role as a member in a pack of the centuries-old loup-garou and herfriends in the human world.....[A] solid story with an undeniably likableheroine."

--"Kirkus"

"Johnson once again spins a tale with unique werewolflore that is authentic and original. Claire's conflicting emotions, self-doubt, and need to stay true to herself while obeying the pack ring true." -SLJ

""Nocturne "is a rich melding of the ordinary and the fantastic-- most of us don't know what it's like to be a werewolf, but we all know what it's like to juggle family, friends, school and more. Christine Johnson captures both with warmth, wit and authenticity."

-Saundra Mitchell, author of The Vespertine"

About the Author

Christine Johnson grew up in, moved away from, and finally came home to Indianapolis, Indiana. She lives there with her husband and two children in a creaky old house with a creaky old dog. Visit Christine online at ChristineJohnsonBooks.com and follow her on Twitter at @CJohnsonBooks.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442407778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442407770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pacey1927 VINE VOICE on March 3, 2012
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I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed Claire de Lune. I read the second book "Nocture" in two days. I ended up liking it even better. "Nocturne" focuses more on Claire coming to terms with the fact that she is a werewolf. The first book had a huge mystery central to the plot. Claire was on a search to find out who was killing town residents while they were in their werewolf form. There is no such mystery here and that was a good thing. This book slows things down. It makes the characters the focus. This time around Claire is struggling with the secret life she must keep from her best friend Emily. There is a new girl at school named Amy who seems really nice but Claire resents her friendship with Emily. They seem to grow closer by the day as Emily and Claire seem to grow more distant from each other. I felt horrible for Emily. All she knows is that her best friend is starting to make excuses to be around her and she can't understand why. Amy is trying to make a real effort to befriend Claire but she is rebuked time and time again. Then there is Claire's boyfriend Matthew. Matthew found out about Claire in the previous novel and has been made into the pack's secret keeper. He is vowed to protect the pack's secrets even from his own father who is scientist trying to find a cure for lycanthropy. Now though, Matthew is acting distant from Claire. Is he second guessing his decision to protect the pack's identity or even his decision to date Claire?

"Nocturne" delves into these characters in such an entertaining way. I genuinely felt for each of the teenagers who were so impacted by Claire's secret. But Claire matures in this book. She was so taken off guard by discovering she was a werewolf that she became self centered.
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The first book in the Claire de Lune series was just okay but unfortunately, as far as the second installment is concerned, it didn't even achieve that much. The saving point of book one was the action which Nocturne severely lacks. Also, Claire transforms from being a lovable character to being down right annoying. Basically, this novel is similar to its predecessor minus all of the elements that made Claire de Lune a passable read.

The plot line was monotonous and nothing really significant happens until the end. It seemed to me that this book revolved mainly around Claire learning to use her werewolf fire lighting skills. She spins this minute task into a massive, insurmountable undertaking that was just insulting in its ridiculousness. This young wolf is worried about the repercussions she will face if she fails which are laughable in my opinion. In her position, I would have been like screw it, do what you have to do. Claire's supposedly struggling to find a balance between her human and werewolf selves but is failing miserably. She lets all of her human life fall to the sidelines and focuses on her furry side. I found it hard to believe that a sixteen year old girl would value a pack of old ladies' (whom she just met) opinions more so than her BFF's and boyfriend's. Where's the teenage rebellion!? When I was her age, my mother didn't ask of me anything close to what Marie asks and I still never hesitated to give her a piece of my mind and do my own thing regardless of how she felt. I wasn't a bad kid either. Claire's actions are just so far from believable that I had a hard time finishing this book.

The ending just added insult to injury.
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I like it when I sit down to read a sequel and it begins not long after the previous book, which is exactly how Nocturne starts. Nocturne continues with Claire's story, only this time it focuses more on her struggles with trying to find balance within both the human and wolf world, something that's becoming harder and harder for her to do.

As if being a teenager and dealing with high school wasn't complicated enough, keeping her wolf side a secret and living in the human world at the same time proves to be a tougher feat for Claire. She struggles with feelings of insecurity throughout the story, as she wants to be the perfect wolf and complete a task that if she fails will have her removed from the pack and she's also not as close to her best friend Emily anymore. She wants to remain close to her friends, yet she's constantly having to lie to them to keep her wolf side a secret. Claire is constantly waging a battle within herself on whether or not she should follow in her mother's footsteps and have as little contact as possible with humans or try an almost impossible feat and keep doing what she's doing.

With Nocturne I felt I was able to connect more with Claire on an emotional level than I did in Claire de Lune. I felt sympathetic towards her struggles and wanting to maintain some sort of normalcy in both worlds. I like Christine's writing with this series. The story line flows well, and the characters have become a little bit more in-depth. The only thing I felt was missing was some action. However, Christine did keep me invested with the story through Claire and the choices she makes. I also really like Christine's unique twists with her wolf mythology.
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