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Review: Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Shreiber

Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Shreiber
Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Release: December 28, 2010
Hardcover $16.99
Ebook $9.99
Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN# 006198650X

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.

Author Site: www.ellenschreiber.com

Best for Tweens, Not Recommended for Hardcore Genre Fans (3 stars)

In Legend's Run whispers of werewolves are common folklore. Celeste Parker and her friends are familiar with the legend but they have better things to think about. Like basketball games and essays or the trio of best boy friends the girls are dating. When a mysterious new kid comes to Legend's Run High he's not noticed—in spite of his good looks—as more than just another Westsider by Celeste's Eastsider friends. But when Brandon comes to her rescue after an ill-fated visit to a psychic winds up with her lost in a blizzard in the woods and chased by wolves, she finds herself obsessed. As her feelings for Brandon grow and her relationship with her boyfriend, Nash, gets complicated she'll discover there's more to the werewolf legends than mere fiction.

Once in a Full Moon, simply put, sounds better than it is. It isn't unenjoyable just very mild in the world of paranormal romance for the young adult audience. As an adult fan of the genre I found myself quite bored after the first half of the book went by. Celeste seems much younger than she is and her immaturity shows in a lot of her decision making and how romantical she is about things. None of that is bad, it just didn't work for me as an adult reader. This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved when I was in the 12-14 age group this book is targeted for. There's some kissing but otherwise this is a very clean, age appropriate read I'd be happy to give to my tween if she were interested.

Overall I just couldn't bring myself to care what was happening by the end of the book. The characters were likable but a little bit too cookie-cutter. Older teens and adult readers should probably skip this one. I enjoyed Shreiber's Vampire Kisses mangas but this lacks the funny, cutesie vibe those possess. I would suggest this one for the younger readers starting to dabble in werewolf books, it's not very scary, there's no cursing (that I can recall) and would be appropriate (in my personal opinion as a parent) for most tweens.

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Notes: Received ARC via Amazon Vine Program.


vvb32 reads said...

too bad. the cover looks cool though.

Rhianna said...

Yeah I liked the cover a lot too. The book definitely didn't have the edge I was expecting. It wasn't bad really, it was just so very "clean" for lack of a better word. I thought it was more for a younger kid (say 11-13) who's parents said Twilight was too mature.


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