March seems to a slow month for books! Here’s what I’m looking forward to!
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – Lisa See
Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.
The Wanderers – Meg Howrey
In four years Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshi Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the job by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation every created.
Mississippi Blood – Greg Iles
Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his family and his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, once a paragon of the community that Penn leads as mayor, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover.
Himself – Jess Kidd
Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahoney assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother’s disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago.
Hanover Falls hasn’t had a werewolf problem in over one hundred years. Seattle, Copenhagen, Osaka–they’ve had plenty of attacks. But when humans begin dying in Claire Benoit’s town, the panic spreads faster than a rumor at a pep rally. At Claire’s sixteenth birthday party, the gruesome killings are all anyone can talk about. But the big news in Claire’s mind is the fact that Matthew Engle–high-school soccer god and son of a world-renowned lycanthropy expert–notices her. And flirts with her. A lot.
That night, Claire learns that she is the latest in a long line of Benoit werewolves, and that contrary to popular belief, all werewolves are female. Killing humans is forbidden by the code of the pack, but a rogue werewolf has been breaking that law, threatening the existence of Claire’s new pack. As the pack struggles to find and fight the rogue werewolf and Claire struggles with her lupine identity, her heart and her loyalties are torn in two. Claire must keep her new life a secret from even her best friend–and especially from Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt…and with whom Claire is impossibly and undeniably falling head-over-paws in love.
Debut novel, Claire de Lune (2011), by Christine Johnson was an impulse buy based on the cover and a small excerpt. I ordered it from Book Outlet and it was only $2.95 so I decided to give it a go and added it to my cart! (Check out my mini haul)
As an impulse buy, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. I liked the idea of werewolves all being female, passed on through the family lines and known to society as a whole; if not exactly who the werewolves were. However, the writing and plot weren’t overly exciting. Ms. Johnson seemed to just take stereotypical YA scenarios/ language and jam it into 352 pages. (Yes, I realize this is a YA genre novel, but I know some YA authors that have written wonderful books without resorting to blatant stereotyping) Combine that with a predictable plot and this book was ho-hum. Unlike some Good Reads reviewers, I did actually finish the book. The end was the only interesting thing about it and did actually take me a teeny tiny bit by surprise.
Is the ending a reason to go through 350 pages of mediocre novel? No. It’s not. Since this purchase wasn’t planned or researched (and more importantly cheap) I wasn’t disappointed by the verdict of my opinion. I will say, the cover is really pretty! The paper is white and shimmery and the contrast of the black print with red accents makes it very pleasing to the eye and will look great one my dark wood shelves. I will not be purchasing the sequel, Nocturne.
Have you read Claire de Lune or any other Christine Johnson books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!