Mondays with Megan: Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson Review

The clock is ticking…3 more days of schools and 1 more week until Summer Reading kicks off with a dance party. Local DJ Bence Toth will be here providing the music. There will be pizza and popcorn and prizes to raffle off AND if you return overdue materials the fines will be forgiven. You can also reduce some of your existing fines just by dancing. It’s going to be a great time! Next Monday is also the first day you can sign up to participate in Teen Summer Reading. Here’s how it works:

1. Sign your name, phone number and age on the clipboard at the Reference Desk (back by the movies side)
2. Receive a small treat, just for signing up (remember, if over 200 kids sign up, I am going to work in a costume for a week!)
3. Read and listen to audiobooks
4. For every book you read or listen to fill out an entry slip and put it in the raffle box. Every week I will draw a winning name from the box. At the end of the summer I will put all the entries back in and draw for the grand prize, so the more you read the better your chances of winning. (And of course there is the whole dyeing my hair pink thing…if you all read more than 1,000 books, which think you can!)

If you are looking for summer reads, try one of the books I read over the weekend.

Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson offers a new twist on werewolves. Claire is a pretty typical teen until her 16th birthday, when she learns that she is a werewolf. I liked how Claire kind of freaks out when she learns about her destiny. She really struggles to accept this new part of her and what it means about her identity. All the while that she is coping with her new heightened sense and fur, she is also trying to nurture a new relationship with Matthew. If THAT wasn’t enough, there is a rogue wolf killing humans and Matthew’s dad is leading the hunt for the werewolves (in this book humans know that werewolves exist, they just don’t know all the details, such as there are only female werewolves). I liked this book a lot. Claire is a very realistic and lovable character. I enjoyed the process she went through to accept herself as a werewolf. I liked that it was a struggle for her, rather than her just blindly accepting that she was not who she always thought she was. It wasn’t like she found out she was a werewolf and said was cool with it right of the bat. She had to learn and grow and get used to the idea. She also had to come to terms with the fact that she was still Claire, no matter what.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is a story about a fallen angel. If you read Fallen by Lauren Kate you’ll want to check this one out. Patch is a mysterious bad boy.  Joy is in danger but she can’t figure out who is after her. Her best friend thinks it’s Patch, but Joy is not convinced. This book had A LOT going on and there were times when Joy was a bit annoying in her indecisiveness, but sinister Patch…mmmm. Anyway, if you are looking for creepy, paranormal, adventure, and romance, here it is, all in one.

I also read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer, and honestly, I was not impressed. Maybe she should stop fooling around with short stories about extremely minor characters and get cracking on Midnight Sun. What do you think?

Currently Reading: The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Currently Listening to: Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer
To Read: Alanna, the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

That’s all for now! Happy Reading



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