Monday, January 3, 2011

Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Title: Once in a Full Moon
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
e-ARC (via Netgalley), 189 pages
Date Published: December 28, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

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.

This is the first book I’ve read by Ellen Schreiber, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I’ll be honest and say that I did not enjoy the book. Celeste, the main character, is nothing more than a love-struck teen who becomes obsessed with her paranormal paramour, Brandon. They have one of those insta-love relationships that have little to no buildup and lead to undying love. Aside from that, I don’t even know who they are.

Celeste, Brandon, and all the surrounding characters have almost no development. I never swooned over Brandon or even Celeste’s ex-boyfriend, Nash. In fact, I found very few redeeming qualities about Nash and Celeste’s best friends Ivy and Abby. The three of them aren’t nice and Celeste is constantly troubled by her friends ditching her because of her affections for Brandon, who comes from the ‘wrong side of town.’ Talk about the bestest friends in the whole wide world. *Please note my extreme sarcasm

The werewolf aspect to the story is slightly different from other incarnations that I’ve read, but not even that makes the book all that worthwhile. The writing is riddled with clichés and gave me more than a few facepalm moments because I couldn’t even handle the cheesiness. The plot was rushed and the romance was forced. Celeste and Brandon paw over each other way too much when there are much more important and urgent matters at hand – nothing matters to them, but kissing and giving each other gaga eyes.

Once in a Full Moon fooled me with its striking cover, but younger audiences could still enjoy it. The writing is certainly aimed towards a younger audience and if you can get past the clichés and lack of character development, the werewolf aspect may draw you in.

Opening line: It began underneath the haunting glow of a full moon. ~ pg. 12

No favorite lines this time
*This is the ARC version and lines, cover art, etc. may be subject to change before official publication. E-book page numbers may not match with physical copies.
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
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Another Book Junkie said...

No one seems to have good things to say about this one. The cover is beautiful but I think I'll take everyone's word for it, and pass. Sorry you didn't enjoy it! :(

Mavie said...

I so agree with you... it's way to cliche for me and there was really nothing too special about it. Anyways, it's sad to see a cover like that and get a disappointing read... thanks for the honesty! :)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I really had high hopes for it, but I think it's directed more towards a younger audience. There are people out there who will love it. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of those people.

~The Book Pixie said...

Everyone I know who has reviewed this has felt pretty much the same way about it as you. I had really been looking forward to it but, eh, not so much now. After reading all the mixed/negative reviews, I don't think this is one I'd enjoy. Thanks for the honesty! Much appreciated. :D


Joann said...

Great, I received this book from a swap, and from the sounds of it even my teen wouldnt like it! Ugh, I dont read YA anyhow! Thanks for the review

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Joann - I hope your teen enjoys the book. It really was not for me, but I've seen some others who absolutely loved it.

magico said...

i didn't like it so much ..
it's nothing like vampire kisses ,really Ellen Schreiber write it???

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