August 18, 2011

Review - Nocturne by Christine Johnson


Description from author's website
"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. Claire will be forced to determine just how far she is willing to go to protect her family, her identity and her life, before she loses it all . . . ."
Having read and enjoyed Claire de Lune last year, I looked forward reading Nocturne. Luckily I was able to get an early copy through GalleyGrab! Nocturne is a compelling read with relatable characters. Claire is struggling to balance her human life and her werewolf life. Her secret is making her distance herself from her best friend, and her boyfriend is acting funny lately. Claire is also under tremendous pressure to perform well at an upcoming gathering with her pack in which she must demonstrate her werewolf skills. I think everyone can relate to the insecurities Claire faces as she deals with the changing nature of her relationships and her fear of not measuring up to expectations.
While I would have liked a little more action in the plot, I kept reading because I was rooting for Claire. I thought the way everything worked out in the end was a little predictable, but I still enjoyed reading it. I love the twist on the werewolf mythology in this series, and I am looking forward to reading the next installment. Nocturne releases on August 23. 


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