I just finished reading Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber for an Around the World Tour.
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.
Okay, I'll admit it. I'm one of those people who sometimes judges a book by its cover. Or at least a cover can make me want to read a book. And that's how this book was for me. I just loved the cover--the colors and picture are beautiful to me. Unfortunately, I couldn't say the same about the story.
There were so many times that I rolled my eyes in this book or put it down in my lap thinking "really??" There were so many cheesy and corny lines. It was almost written immaturely. Like Celeste's thoughts of Brandon and love were something a younger teen would think and say.
And I don't feel that there was really any substance in the book. Yeah, Celeste falls for a guy from "the wrong side of town" but having to hide it from her so-called best friends is not the greatest idea. And we don't really get to know that much about what Brandon does when he's a werewolf. The ending definitely left off at a place where it seems like there will be a sequel, but honestly, I'm not sure that I'll read it. This is the first book by Ellen Schrieber that I've read, although I have all of the Vampire Kisses books in my TBR pile. I sure hope they're better than this one. Maybe tweens will like it better than I did.
I gave this book a rating of 2.5/5.
Once in a Full Moon will be released on December 28, 2010.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 152
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 117
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 106
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.