Review: Dark Life by Kat Falls


Title: Dark Life

Author: Kat Falls

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 978-0545178143


May Contain Spoilers

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The oceans rose up, swallowing up the lowlands. Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire regions into the rising water. Now, humans live packed into stack cities. The only ones with any space of their own are those who live on the ocean floor: the Dark Life.

Ty has spent his whole life living deep undersea, helping his family farm the ocean floor. But when outlaws attack his homestead, Ty finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her brother, Ty ventures into the frontier’s rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life . . . secrets that threaten to destroy everything.

In her debut novel, Kat Falls has created a breathtaking world where the deep can be dangerous, the darkness can be deadly, and sometimes it takes extraordinary power to survive.

This book gets a WOW! rating.  From the first page, I was hooked.  I am fascinated by the premise, and I love the way Kat Falls presented her underwater world.  While I would be too freaked out to live beneath the waves, the descriptions of the homesteads made the prospect very appealing.  The underwater landscape of Dark Life is richly imagined, and made me wonder what it would be like to live in this almost magical environment.

Protagonist Ty is awesome! I liked him from the very beginning of the book.  He is daring, confident, and totally dedicated to his family and his way of life.  He loves his home, he longs to work his own homestead, and he has big, big plans for the future.  When a chance encounter with Gemma, a Topsider, turns his life upside down, he gets the adventure of a lifetime.

Dark Life is a fun read.  Ty has to take on a group of vicious pirates who are threatening his way of life.  With the thugs brazenly attacking government vessels, the small colony of homesteaders have been given an ultimatum.  Capture the leader of the raiders, Shade, or face a raft of unpleasant consequences, the most dire being an embargo on any supply shipments to the colony.

I was so caught up in Ty’s world that I could not put this book down.  I stayed up so late finishing it, and I didn’t even mind being exhausted the next day.  The politics are convincing and got me as riled up as they did Ty.  There is so much action and suspense, as Ty and Shade match wits and try to get the better of each other.  Even Ty’s blossoming feelings for Gemma held me enthralled.  Though the book ends with a satisfying conclusion, I want more!  I would even love a book about Ty’s plucky younger sister, Zoe.

Grade: A-

Review copy obtained from the library

Review: The Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer & Steve Wolfhard


Title: The Zombie Chasers

Author: John Kloepfer

Illustrated: Steve Wolfhard

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 978-0061853043


May Contain Spoilers

This is one of the most popular MG books in the library network.  I waited weeks and weeks to make it to the head of the line, and when a copy came in, I was told I could only have it for 2 weeks, instead of the usual three.  Whoa!  Then I realized a very sad fact – there aren’t a lot of books in this age bracket that are so appealing to boys. 

The Zombie Chasers is a fun, action-packed read.  When the zombie apocalypse catches Phoenix unawares, lumbering, rotting corpses take to the streets.  Zack, upset after being humiliated by his sister and her friends, suffers further abuse when the meanest of the girls,  Madison, eats the last piece of his birthday cake.  The thought of enjoying that last, delightful slice of cake kept Zack going all day long, too! 

Quicker than he can blink, everyone on the block, except for vain, bossy Madison, has turned into a murderous, brain-craving zombie.  Now that last piece of cake is the last thing on Zack’s mind, and he is seriously worried about living through the night.  With Madison and his best friend, Rice, by his side, Zack ventures into a nightmare to find someplace safe to hide.

This was a fun read.  Full of comedic gore and sentences that occasionally caused me to cringe due to the tremendous “ick!” factor, I couldn’t put it down.  Zack is a feisty guy, and he rises to the challenge of surviving a zombie infestation with wit and lots of snarky comments.  He even proves to be quite gallant, by refusing to hurt his sister, even though she’s been turned into a zombie and she keeps trying to eat his brains.  Madison turns out to be not so awful, even though she remains bossy and demanding to the last page.  Rice, well, despite being a zombie “expert,” he’s a dweeb, and will remain one until the end of time.

Overflowing with humor and buckets of gore, The Zombie Chasers sets a blistering pace that never slows down.  Steve Wolfhard’s illustrations give the story added depth, both by providing amusing drawings and giving a visual representation of tons of gloppy zombies.  The book even has a zombie puppy!  How cute is that?!  My only disappointment with The Zombie Chasers is the non-ending, but, hey, at least the first chapter to the next installment of the series was included in the the back of the book.  Wonder how long I’ll have to wait to be at the head of the line for that one?

Grade: B

Review copy obtained from the library

Review: The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade


Title: The Ghost and the Goth

Author: Stacey Kade

Publisher:  Hyperion

ISBN: 9781423121978


May Contain Spoilers

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After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck as a spirit (DON’T call her a ghost) in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast who despises the social elite. He alone can see and hear (turns out he’s been “blessed” with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she’s supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She’s not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He only has a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out on his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and the weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?

This was a fun book.  Though I was never totally won over by Alona, she did undergo some much needed character development.  Will, however, charmed me from the start, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him mature and grow as events spiraled out of his control.  He’s dealing with a lot of difficult issues, and the fact that he can see and hear ghosts isn’t helping him much.  They are ruining his life, despite his best efforts to ignore their presence.  When the recently deceased, but lingering Alona blows into his life, things get very rough for him, and even he begins to think that it will be impossible to avoid an extended stay in the local loony bin.

Though both Alona and Will are dealing with some heavy emotional issues, the overall tone of the narrative remained breezy and accessible throughout.  Told through alternating viewpoints, Alona is the golden girl with a bitter secret to hide, and Will is an outcast, who is also harboring secrets of his own.  When Alona discovers that he alone can see and hear her, she is at first aghast.  Here’s a guy she wouldn’t have given the time of day when she was alive, but now that she’s had an unfortunate run-in with the front end of a bus, she doesn’t have much choice but to ask for his help.  Make that demand his help.  Alona, after all, is the school princess, a member of the first tier, and Will should be grateful that she’s addressing him at all.  Yeah, it’s an attitude like that that made me want to slap Alona more than a few times.  She doesn’t ask for help, she demands it, and even now that she’s dead, she still bullies people into getting her own way.  Yes, she desperately needed a major attitude adjustment.

Will, on the other hand, just wants to graduate and get the hell out of dodge.  There are so many spirits lingering around the school that he can’t completely shut them all out, though he does his best to ignore them.  With the nazi principal constantly on his back, waiting for him to screw up, Will is walking a tight rope to disaster.  Everyone thinks he’s nuts because of his little “episodes,” and with Alona there to pester him, things keep getting worse.  Still, he can’t help but be attracted to her; he’s had a crush on her for a while, which made me want to slap him!  

The Ghost and The Goth kept me turning the pages, mainly because I wanted to see how the romance between Will and Alona would work out.  That, and I wanted to see Will get a break, and finally take control of his life.  Because of a promise he made to his dad, he feels that he has to just grimace and bear the awful times he’s experiencing.  He doesn’t trust his mother enough to confide to her, but instead he’s given a chance to work through his issues with Alona’s help.  As she began to see Will in a different light, she began to give him the strength he needed to save himself.

This is the perfect book to pack in your beach bag.  The issues that Will and Alona must face aren’t so weighty that they’ll bring you down, and the swift pacing will keep you glued to the book.  It’s a fun story that kept me engaged in the plot, even though one of the protagonists failed to totally charm me.

Grade: B+

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Review: Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony


Title: Restoring Harmony

Author: Joelle Anthony

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

ISBN: 978-0399252815


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

The year is 2041, and sixteen-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the US, Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse—one of massive oil shortages, rampant crime, and abandoned cities.

Molly is relieved to find her grandparents alive in their Portland suburb, but they’re financially ruined and practically starving. What should’ve been a quick trip turns into a full-fledged rescue mission. And when Molly witnesses something the local crime bosses wishes she hadn’t, Molly’s only way home may be to beat them at their own game. Luckily, there’s a handsome stranger who’s willing to help.

Restoring Harmony is a riveting, fast-paced dystopian tale complete with adventure and romance that readers will devour.

I love the premise of Restoring Harmony.  There has been a worldwide economic upheaval, all of the remaining oil has been seized by the government, and there are shortages of everything, including food.  People have drifted away from cities so they can farm and try to feed themselves, and everyone is learning to do without luxuries that we take for granted.  I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have access to my email or Twitter for the span of a day, I start to get a rash.  Ugh.

Molly is a tough, resourceful heroine who packs up a few of her meager belongings and strikes off for the US to bring her grandfather back home with her.  Her home is an isolated farming island in Canada, where she and her family live a spare, but happy, life.  Her mother is pregnant, but things aren’t going well, and the only doctor on the island has been killed in an unfortunate accident.   Molly’s grandfather is a doctor, and the family has gotten word that her grandmother died, so Molly sets off to make sure he is OK.  Her real mission is to bring him back with her, because their community desperately needs a doctor.

Because of her age, Molly has to sneak into the States with a little help from a relative.  Things go wrong from the get-go, and soon her plans are quickly unraveled.  Through sheer willpower, she finds a way, and the strength, to make it to her grandfather’s house, and what she finds causes her a great deal of dismay.  This future of a decaying landscape is evocatively described, though I didn’t think the individuals who peopled this struggling countryside were painted with enough desperation. 

Molly is in control and at home in her surroundings from the moment the story begins, and I never doubted for an instant that she would successfully find a way to bring her grandfather home with her.  Because she is so clever and determined to complete her task, there wasn’t much in the way suspense.  She is more at home at her grandfather’s house than he is, and she quickly and skillfully begins to work the neighbor’s ailing garden, so she solves their food shortage problem soon after she arrives.  Molly has never known another way of life, so working hard and doing without the modern conveniences that her parents took for granted  is easy for her.  She has never known anything else, so things aren’t really all that difficult for her.  She already has all of the survival skills she needs; it’s some cash to travel back to Canada that is elusive, but even that falls into her lap.

Now, repairing her damaged relationship with her grandfather was tough for her, because at first, they don’t have anything in common.  They may be related by blood, but they have no shared history, and they are basically strangers.  Her grandfather is still mad at her mother for giving up her medical studies and moving to Canada with Molly’s dad, and he just can’t forgive her for that.  Even when Molly begs him to go back with her because her mother needs a doctor or she might die, he is unmoved.  Her grandpa is one tough old geezer!

Little by little, the two learn to communicate, and with that, they learn to care for each other.  The personal relationships in Restoring Harmony are really the heart of the story, and they are what made the book compelling for me.  Molly has many new connections she needs to nurture, and she finds that people are a lot more effort than the plants in the garden.  A little water and sunshine doesn’t quite cut it where her grandfather is concerned, and the evasive, but extraordinarily charming Spill, and his mysterious and dangerous associates, require her to stretch her social skills to the limit.

Restoring Harmony wasn’t the death-defying dystopian read I was expecting. It was instead a thoughtful and introspective tale about a very clever girl, her standoffish grandfather, and a handsome, helpful, but dangerous, stranger.  It proves that though nurturing the seeds of family ties are difficult and time consuming, they are more than worth the effort – the crop you yield will stay with your for the rest of your life. 

Grade: B-

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Blog Tour – Deception by Lee Nichols YA Novel Review


Title: Deception: A Haunting Emma Novel

Author: Lee Nichols

Publisher:  Bloomsbury

ISBN: 978-1599903088


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

When Emma Vaile’s parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can’t shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can’t explain, as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Emma doesn’t trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he’s about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.

Though I thought that Deception got off to a slow start, I was quickly hooked.  Emma is a strong character who is going through a hard time.  Her parents have disappeared, her best friend won’t even return her emails, and even her brother has abandoned her.  When Natalie, her new friend, reports to social services that Emma is living alone, it doesn’t look like things can get any worse.  Then Bennett Stern reenters her life, and she finds out that things can get worse.  Much, much worse.

After Bennett whisks her away from her home in San Francisco to his family home in New England, Emma has a lot to get used to.  First, she is having horrifying nightmares from her childhood, when she was abducted by a scary man with a knife, and then she starts seeing things.  Ghostly things.  When she learns that she’s a ghostkeeper, she feels as though her parents have betrayed her.  They had her committed as a child to suppress her abilities, instead of nurturing them and making her aware of what she can do.  Now she is at a very distinct and deadly disadvantage, as she is caught up in a dangerous game that she doesn’t understand. 

Once Emma started seeing ghosts, the book took off for me.  She is one tough cookie, and her resourcefulness quickly won me over.  She is rejected by everyone she cares about, and when Bennett strolls back into her life, her crush on him is reawakened.  Too bad he disappears for days at a time, leaving her alone and defenseless in a strange new place.  Nothing is working out like it’s supposed to, and to make matters worse, she thinks she’s going insane because she keeps having flashbacks into someone else’s life.

I felt a connection with Emma, and instantly sympathized with her.  She is isolated from everyone she loves just when she needs their support the most.  She doesn’t whine, she doesn’t complain, and while she may occasionally feel sorry for herself, she quickly finds the gumption to solve all of the unsettling mysteries surrounding her.  She finds strength in her adversity, and that is what I liked the best about her.  She isn’t a quitter, even when events spiral quickly and frighteningly out of control. 

Despite the slow start, Deception quickly turned into a book that I couldn’t put down.  The characters grew on me, and the suspense kept me turning the pages.  What don’t I like?  The wait for the sequel!

Grade: B+

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Monster Slayers by Lukas Ritter MG Novel Review


Title: Monster Slayers

Author: Lukas Ritter

Publisher: Mirrorstone

ISBN: 9780786954841


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

When vicious, dog-headed gnolls kidnap everyone living in the small village of Hesiod, only Evin and his fighter friend Jorick manage to escape. With help from an ancient guidebook of magical beasts called A Practical Guide to Monsters, the two boys and a new friend–elf wizard Betilivatis–must trek through ancient ruins and face one menacing monster after another in order save their families.

But Evin soon realizes that not everything is as it seems. Someone–or something–has taken leadership of the gnolls and has dangerous plans for the kidnapped villagers. Betilivatis often disappears mysteriously and has strange conversations with someone only she can see. And Evin is having unusual dreams of a place he’s never been, a place that feels more and more real with each passing day.

The pace never falters in this page-turning adventure, as Evin, Jorick, and Betilivatis bravely battle gnolls, a chimera, an ormyrr, and a lich, and it ends with a shocking twist that will make readers want to start the story all over again.

I was pleasantly surprised with Monster Slayers.  This is the first book in a new series based on A Practical Guide to Monsters, and it was a fun, fast-paced read.  Perfect for the start of the summer reading season. 

Evin longs for adventure, but after a band of gnolls attacks and destroys his village, he starts wishing things weren’t quite so exciting.  Everyone in the village except Evin and his best friend Jorick have been abducted, and now the two boys must quickly rescue their friends and family.  Before the gnolls eat them all!  Talk about scary! 

Along the journey, Evin and Jorick meet up with a plucky elven wizard, Bet, who decides to accompany them and help them in their quest to save their families.  As they move from one dangerous encounter to the next, Evin begins to grow suspicious of Bet; who is she, really, and why does she want to help them?  What he uncovers is a plot that could destroy the lands he thinks he’s defending, and leave him a blood sacrifice for an evil, power mad wizard!

Though at times the plot devices were a little too convenient, the blistering pacing doesn’t allow much time to question them. Evin and Jorick are quickly initiated into the terrors of being warriors, where death or dismemberment are only an instant away.  They must also shoulder the burden of saving their families, after they turned tail and ran away during the gnoll attack.  With Bet to there to back them up with her magical powers, the three form a tough team, and they are ready to tackle all adversaries to save their friends and family.

I didn’t see the twist at the end, which left the door open for another journey with Evin and his friends.  During the course of their adventure, the three developed a friendship that seemed natural, despite their differences.  When they discover that they have been pawns from the beginning in a very dangerous game to change the structure of the world as they know it, they quickly set aside their squabbles so they can make things right again.   They inadvertently unleash some very, very nasty monsters that quickly take advantage of their mistake to prey upon helpless humans.  It is only right that the three shoulder this burden, too.  Instead of running away from the consequences of their actions, they own up to them, and agree to make them right. 

Monster Slayers sets a blistering pace from the first page, and never slows down.  Not without its flaws, this is still a great summer read.  Action!  Adventure!  Monsters!  The book has it all, in spades!

There is a role-playing game based on the book, Monster Slayers: The Heroes of Hesiod, and you can learn about it here.  Everything needed to play the game is available for download, except for a pencil and dice.  Oh, and a couple friends to go exploring with.

Grade: B

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The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride YA Novel Review


Title: The Tension of Opposites

Author: Kristina McBride

Publisher: Egmont USA

ISBN: 9781606840856


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

When Tessa’s best friend Noelle disappears right before the start of eighth grade, Tessa’s life changes completely–she shies away from her other friends and stops eating in the cafeteria. Now, two years later, Noelle has escaped her captivity and is coming home, in one piece but not exactly intact, and definitely different. Tessa’s life is about to change again as she tries to revive the best-friendship the two girls had shared before Noelle–now Elle–was kidnapped; puts up a futile resistance to the charming new guy at school; pursues her passion for photography while trying to build the bravado to show her photos to the public; and tries to balance her desire to protect and shelter Elle with the necessity to live her own life and put herself first.

I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.  This is one that I approached with a great deal of caution, because I wasn’t certain how I felt about the subject matter.  It could have very easily come across as exploitative or sensationalist, but by telling the story through the eyes of Noelle’s best friend, Kristina McBride produced a touching and thoughtful story about friendship and learning to move forward in life. 

Tessa was twelve when her best friend Noelle disappeared.  Only her bike was left behind, and it was as though Noelle had vanished into thin air.  Ever since that day, Tessa has been stuck in reverse, unable to do anything other than keep looking backwards.  There is no forward for her, only the constant glancing back into her past.  Everything came to a screeching halt that day, and only her camera keeps her company now.  Tessa is assailed by guilt and loneliness, and she can’t believe that Noelle is gone forever.

Two years later, Tessa gets a call from Noelle’s brother.  Noelle is alive, and she’s coming home.  Now Tessa has so many other feelings to deal with; elation that her friend is still alive, bewilderment that it took her so long to contact her family.  When they are reunited, things don’t go as Tessa has envisioned all this time.  Noelle is like a different person, and she is on a path of self-destruction. Tessa feels that it’s her responsibility to save Noelle from herself.  What she hasn’t counted on is that Noelle doesn’t want to be saved.

I liked Tessa.  A lot.  While her single-minded devotion to Noelle was occasionally irritating, she is a character I could empathize with.  She’s got a lot of issues to deal with herself, including guilt and and an inability to open up to others.  Losing Noelle was like losing a chunk of herself, and she doesn’t want that to happen again.  Plus, how do you just carry on with your life when such a large part of it 3is suddenly missing?  These overwhelming feelings torment Tessa, and keep her from forming close relationships with other people. 

When Tessa meets Max, her life changes again.  Here is a guy who is determined to draw her out of her shell and get to know her better.  Tessa resists, and their courtship stutters along.  How can Max ever hope to compete with Noelle for Tessa’s affections?  Max has got to be the most understanding guy in YA fiction, because he puts up with a lot of rejection from Tessa. 

Tessa’s struggle to find herself felt very real.  Even when Noelle was gone, her world revolved around her friend.  Noelle was always at the back of her mind, holding her back and keeping her confined within a shell of herself.  When Noelle returns, Tessa is forced to re-evaluate who she is and how much Noelle means to her.  Noelle is having a hard time adjusting to her new normal, too, and the clash between them kept me glued to the book.  There are so many emotions for them to work through, emotions that neither one of them wants to acknowledge.  

The Tension of Opposites delivers an emotion packed read about what it means to be a friend, and about finding the courage to live for yourself.

Grade: B+

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Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson YA Novel Review


Title: Claire de Lune

Author: Christine Jonson

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

ISBN: 9781416991823


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Torn between two destinies?

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she’s the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she’s a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire’s new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?

Claire de Lune is a paranormal romance with my favorite slobbering beasties, werewolves.  I was really hyped to get into this book, but ultimately, it left me disappointed.  I love the premise and the setting, but the stilted, unconvincing dialog quickly grew wearying.  But I’m getting a little ahead myself, so let me back up a little here.

The story starts as Claire, a shy and quiet young woman, is celebrating her 16th birthday.  Everything is going perfectly, and she even gets her secret wish when Matthew, her handsome classmate, flirts with her, ignoring all of the other girls at her party.  When the news of a brutal werewolf attack brings her party to an abrupt end, Claire’s euphoric mood is hardly disturbed.  Matthew came to her party, and he even promised to call her later.  Score!

Claire’s happy mood quickly comes crashing down when she learns the awful truth her mother has been hiding from her.  Claire is a werewolf, and now that she’s attained the ripe old age of 16, she is going to transform into one of the furry critters.  Suddenly, the irritating and itchy rash that has been driving her crazy for the past few days is the least of her problems.  She’s soon going to be sprouting hair everywhere, and that is going to make hanging out at the beach with a boyfriend very, very embarrassing.  Not to mention that learning you aren’t human will really, really wreak your day.

I love the premise of Claire de Lune, and enjoyed Christine Johnson’s take on werewolf lore.  She adds some unique twists to the mythos, and ratchets up the tension by creating a very real sense of danger that is spiraling out of control.  There is a rogue werewolf preying on humans, and Matthew’s father is a scientist intent on ridding the world of the werewolf threat.  Claire and Matthew encounter one roadblock after another, and each new obstacle challenges their blossoming romance.

So, what didn’t I like?  The character interactions were very stiff and awkward, and the dialog didn’t feel real to me.  The tension between Claire and her mother felt especially flat, and it didn’t draw me in to the conflict between them.  The dialog didn’t move the story forward, and instead bogged it down.  It rendered Claire and her cast mates bland and dreary imitations of what should have been vibrant and fiery characters.

While Claire de Lune didn’t knock my socks off, it does offer up an interesting take on the werewolf mythos, and Claire is a refreshing heroine who learns to accept herself for who, and what, is she really is.

Grade: C+

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