Saturday, August 11, 2012

Once in a Full Moon - Ellen Schreiber

Title: Once in a Full Moon
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Release Date: December 28th, 2010, Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins
Group: Young Adult Literature
Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend's Run is famous for them. She's used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend's Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who's from the wrong side of town. But she can't deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste's hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend's Run.

Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.
Once in a Full Moon is the new werewolf series by Ellen Schreiber. You might know her as the author of Vampire Kisses. I have a special connection with that series. I read them a long time ago with my friends and they were always so fun and quick to read. I loved the characters and the town they lived in. I thought that Ellen Schreiber was a talented writer. So I wanted to give her new series a tried. I have wanted to read this for a while, but just did get around to it when I went to one of her book signings. I bought the book so I could have a sign copy. I read this right after the last Vampire Kisses book, Immortal Hearts, and that could be some of the problem. I felt little sad and depressed that this adorable series was over, but hoping that I would feel the same way about this series and that it could replace it. That was an unfair judgment that I shouldn't have placed on this book.

This is the story of Celeste Parker; a pretty popular girl at the high school. She has always heard story about werewolves because her hometown Legend's Run is famous for them. She is somewhat content with her life but when she meets Brandon Maddox she because instantly attracted to him. Then finds out that those stories about werewolves might not be so false after all.

There were things that I liked about Once in a Full Moon and there were things I didn't like. To be fair, I think this book is meant for a younger audience. I could see my middle grade year old self-loving this book. They also advertise this series as being a "new clean paranormal" story. So I could see this being a hit when middle grade girls.

The one aspect that I loved about the story was a certain secret about Brandon. I was actually really surprised. I don't want to say what it is because a huge spoiler, but it made me like the book a whole lot more. I also really liked Celeste. At times she was difficult to handle, but I could see myself being friends with her. However, I can't say the same for the secondary characters. I couldn't stand Celeste's friends. I just wanted to punch this most of the time. There was this one scene in the book that really made me hate them. It was when Celeste's boyfriend Nash kissed another girl, they tried to make it seem like that was okay that Nash did that and they Celeste should give him another chance. Um, WHAT? Those are not good friends. That is all that I can say.

The things I didn't like were that it was majorly predictable. I can usually predict things in books, but this was ridiculous. And the number one thing that I didn't like about it was the cheese. I could seriously smell cheese just rolling off of Brandon and Celeste. It was so cheesy! I usually don't mind cheesiness from time to time, but I just couldn't take anymore with this book.

Overall, I did like this book and will continue on with the series. I adore Ellen Schreiber she is really nice and I like her writing style. I recommend reading this book in the fall or winter. I feel like it would make the whole storytelling better!

1 comment:

  1. This book didn't do it for me. I could not stand Celeste! She def. could have used a backbone. :)
    But, I'm glad you liked it! :)


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