Sunday, April 03, 2011

Review: Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Title: Once in a Full Moon
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Release Date:December 28, 2010
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Overall: 4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee
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.
Review: I loved Ellen Schreiber’s Vampire Kisses Series but I was a little hesitant about reading Once in a Full Moon. I felt that the VK Series was oriented towards the tween reading group so I wasn’t sure how I would like it. I loved the cover and the story sounded interesting but I still wasn’t sure about it. After reading the book, I can say that it wasn’t as bad as I had thought it was going to be.

It’s been done before. The new, “bad” boy who moves to town and the girl with the boyfriend who’s a big school athlete begins to fall for the new guy. This is what happens and I was a little put off buy it. The one main difference and the thing that made me continue to read it? Celeste and Brandon don’t fall for each other just off the back. They become friends and hang out and have a weird meeting in the woods. I liked this change and it made the story better. The werewolf stories were a great addition to the plot and I have to admit, I loved them. Overall, it wasn’t the worst plot and was much better than I had thought it was going to be.

Schreiber has her own writing style with the spunky, quick witted but still down to earth girls and their way of speaking. I mean, Celeste has a defined personality; something I was able to connect with Raven from Schreiber’s other series. Honestly, this gave Celeste such a trademark of Schreiber’s writing style. Schreiber has spunky dialogue on a few pages which quickly changes to scary or romantic-awkward dialogue in the next. I did feel that some of the dialogue was cliché and teens Celeste’s age wouldn’t say but that was about all.

Celeste was a great character but I didn’t feel she was developed enough. Neither was Brandon for that matter but I think and hope that Schreiber will develop them more as the series continues. Celeste, I felt, had somewhat of a tween-teen way of talking. She talked like a teen and then said something that a tween would say…Okay, this is confusing. Basically, I felt that Celeste wasn’t acting or talking her age. Yes, teens can act childish but they’ve got a different way of talking than tweens. She did get kind of annoying at times but that was about all. Mr. Worthington was great. I loved his stories and his character added a lot of background to the plot. Not only that, but he’s related to Brandon. Brandon, by the way, was more different than I had thought he was going to be. He wasn’t as clichéd as I had thought.

It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. Yes, it was a rather fast paced, quick read but it was an enjoyable one. Again, I hope for more character development in the next books and more explanations on the werewolf legends. It’s an enjoyable read and something I think everyone should give a chance!

Plot: 4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee
Characters: 4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee
Ending: 3.png Three Stars image by Adaleelee
Writing: 3.png Three Stars image by Adaleelee
Cover: 4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee

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