Review: Once in a Full Moon

Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber, author of the popular Vampire Kisses series is slated for release on December 28, 2010. It will be available in print and eBook formats.

Synopsis from author’s website:

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.

Celeste Parker isn’t quite like her friends. Growing up in Legend’s Run it’s important which side of town you live on. And although Celeste is an Eastsider, she doesn’t have the snobby, elitist attitude to match. Celeste prefers to be kind to everyone, including the less than desirable Westsiders. She volunteers at a retirement community and is an all around nice girl unlike her friends Abby and Ivy or her boyfriend Nash who are more concerned with themselves and their popularity.

All is going well for seventeen-year-old Celeste until loner Brandon Maddox moves to town. Suddenly her lukewarm relationship with Nash is not enough when she finds that she has a powerful instant connection to Brandon. But Brandon is a Westsider and her friends would never understand or approve. And when the myth of the Legend’s Run werewolf appears to be more fact than fiction, who can Celeste turn to?

Once in a Full Moon is author Ellen Schreiber’s first book in this new series about werewolves and is a charming, easy read. The story moves along quickly and is just as much a story about loving a boy from the wrong side of town as it is a paranormal romance.

Although categorized as young adult, the greater appeal will be for a pre-teen and young teen audience. The characters are sweet and the romance is wholesome. And the story, while entertaining, does not have the depth and complexity of the YA novels geared toward older teens and young adults.

Celeste’s character, while kind and selfless does not have the endearing and quirky personality that Raven in Vampire Kisses has, but perhaps as the series continues some of these traits will begin to emerge. There are also some elements to this story that give it an old-fashioned feel, and one not in keeping with the style of a modern day young adult book, such as the author’s usage of the terms beaux, romantically forward, and amorous kisses.

Once in a Full Moon‘s ending, while not a cliff-hanger, does leave the reader with unanswered questions for the next installment.

Readers looking for a light, uncomplicated story will enjoy Once if a Full Moon, but those looking for something more substantive will be left wanting.

Thank you NetGalley and HarperTeen for providing the review copy.

Reviewer gives this book: [rating=3]

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