Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nocturne by Christine Johnson

Nocturne (Claire de Lune 2) by Christine Johnson
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: SimonPulse

Some secrets are too dangerous... After the tragic events of the summer, Claire is looking forward to a new school year. All she wants to worry about is finding the most gorgeous dress to wear to the Autumn Ball with her perfect boyfriend.  But as Claire knows all too well, the life of a werewolf is never that simple, or that sweet.  When Claire’s human and wolf lives start to collide, her worst nightmares come true. She is hurting her best friend. She has been caught lying. And then the unthinkable happens: Someone discovers Claire’s secret.  If Claire’s werewolf identity is exposed, everyone she knows will be put at risk. And the pack’s response comes at a cost higher than Claire can imagine. - Goodreads.com

I really expected to love this one.  Claire de Lune was a great story that had intrigue, mystery, romance, and so much more.  So when I heard this sequel was coming out, I expected more of the same.  I have to admit some disappointment though.

Although Claire is still a good character, and I love watching her continue to get to know her wolf side, the majority of the other characters fell a little flat to me.  Matt just wasn't the same in this story, and came across in a not so flattering way.  He spends the majority of the book seeming to want to avoid the fact that Claire's a wolf and that he's their secret keeper, all elements he seemed not to have a problem with at all in the first story.  And then of course, it all gets explained away, as he tells Claire he's perfectly accepting of her wolf side.  Bear in mind, this was a bit unbelieveable after some of his actions throughout the story.

Claire's mom is the most unlikeable character in the series, even from book one.  I know we're trying to build a special persona for her to try and convey her with a certain strength and command that would probably need to be present in the pack's Alpha, but to me, it comes across as just being aloof and unsympathetic.   And when a certain event takes place toward the end of the story, I am more than a little shocked at the casual and uncaring way in which the pack, and Claire's own mom, wants her to perform an act that should be unthinkable.  It seemed like a convenient element put in just to create conflict and shock value because the book had to have a "dark moment" of climax. 

All in all, I still really love Christine Johnson's writing and her talent, but the book fell a little flat for me.  It just didn't live up to the original.

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