Monday, August 29, 2011

Nocturne by Christine Johnson

Title: Nocturne
Author: Christine Johnson

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
Source: Simon and Schuster Galley Grab

Summary: 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.

Review: Nocturne was a enjoyable book. Yet, it wasn't awesome or extremely horrible. It was a nice read just not what I was expecting.

I was a huge fan of Claire de Lune and it was one of my favorite books at the time I read it. My reading tastes have taken a 180 since that time so that's possibly why I didn't enjoy this one as much as I could have if I read it a year ago.

One of my biggest complaints is that nothing happened. My heart didn't race, there was no mystery. In fact, some of the things and situations that Claire had to deal with just seemed a little silly. The book just seemed like one big filler, if you know what I mean. Some things just had no purpose and it seemed like an extension to the first book.

But that doesn't mean that it wasn't enjoyable. It was very enjoyable and I had fun reading it.

Clare is a very easy character to connect with. She has some insecurities and while I hope teenage girls don't have to deal with being a werewolf, Johnson knows how to make her characters somewhat relatable. The Autumn Ball was a really cool aspect to the story and I enjoyed reading about all the dress shopping!

In Claire de Lune I loved the writing style and in this Nocturne I did, too. Johnson's writing has a beautiful flow to it and sometimes I felt like I was "in the moment."

Nocturne is fun read for one of the last lazy afternoons of summer. With great writing and an interesting werewolf idea this series is definitely a good one! I wonder if there's going to be another book, though?!



Mimi Valentine said...

This book sounds so good! I haven't read the first book yet, but I definitely will soon! I just love the title "Claire de Lune" (how adorable is that?).

I'm actually a big sucker for dances in books, so the Autumn Ball sounds like a blast! :)

Awesome review, Katie!

Christy @TheReaderBee said...

Great review! I have read about half the first book. I need to finish it one day. :) Thanks for sharing!

Ceska said...

Nocturne is a great sequel! One that is filling in writing and in growth. Many characters have changed for the good and others bad. Ms. Johnson wrote a satisfying novel that leaves me hanging for more. I can't wait to see what adventure Claire goes on next. Nocturne is a stunning, breath-taking read that you don't want to miss!

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