Review: Nocturne (Claire de Lune #2)

With Nocturne, author Christine Johnson continues the story of Claire Benoit, a teenage werewolf trying to successfully live a human and a werewolf life.

The original story in the series, Claire de Lune, was packed with action, so that is what I expected from Nocturne.  The sophomore novel, however, focuses on Claire’s struggle to stay friends with Emily and make her relationship with Matthew work amid the complications that become with having a secret double life.

Pack duties and a boyfriend keep Claire from spending as much time with Emily and a new girl, Amy, begins to take Claire’s place in Emily’s life.  Constantly lying to her friends begins to take its toll on Claire as do tension in her relationship with Matthew.  Claire’s life as a werewolf is far from perfect, too.  She has trouble learning skills that are essential to a fully functional wolf, does not see eye-to-eye with her mother on certain subjects, and has tenuous connections with some of the pack who do not seem to approve of her.

Because most of the story’s conflict is Claire’s internal struggles, it has much less action than the debut novel.  In fact, there is little to no action.  Reading Claire complain about her boyfriend and how hard her life is got old after a while and finishing the story became a chore.  Certain parts of the story gripped me, but overall, I felt that this plot was fairly lackluster.  The ending was exciting and left the series off on an interesting note, but I hope the third book, if there is a third, has more happening and less complaining.

Rating: * * 1/2 stars out of 5


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