Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber Published: December 28, 2010 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 304 Series: Full Moon #1 My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
Synopsis:Beware of a kiss under the full moon.
It will change your life forever.
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 the
mysterious Brandon Maddox moves to Legend’s Run. Despite already having
the perfect boyfriend, Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the
handsome new student. After a chance encounter late one night with a
pack of wolves, Celeste is rescued by gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon. Is
Brandon’s transformation a trick of the shadows in the moonlight? Or is
there more to the werewolf stories of Legend’s Run?
that was...how can I put this nicely? For now let's just say that I
won't be continuing this series. Ever. Please if I'm ever considering
reading Magic of the Moonlight someone should remind me how painful Once in a Full Moon was.
I'm surprised I finished this book. I almost gave up on it a few times but I didn't because I can't leave any book except Midnight Sun unfinished and that's not even because its not finished I stopped reading that one after a chapter or two.
Once in a Full Moon
is not even close to the best werewolf book I've ever read. Basically
Celeste falls in love with Brandon. He turns into a werewolf. She vows
to find him a cure. He tells her to stay away from him because he might
be dangerous. She doesn't listen. Weird stuff starts happening in
Let's see my first problem with this book was the
characters. Celeste's "friends" were not friends. Celeste kept saying
how she had to keep her feelings for Brandon a secret because if she
told her friends they would disown her or something. Yeah great friends
you have there Celeste. Also Nash was just plain annoying and strange.
So in the beginning he tells this werewolf story and he scares himself
along with Celeste and her friends. Then when Celeste and Nash break up
he tries to win her back by pretending to be a werewolf so that she
would come running back into his arms. He actually tells her this when
she discovers his costume.
Oh then there's Celeste. My goodness
girl you need help. Serious help. I don't even know how you fell in love
with Brandon. It was just like POOF Celeste loves him. At one point she
says that she can hardly admit her feelings for him but she'd just been
thinking about how awesome he is (he really isn't awesome) for the last
five pages! Then there's the part where she gets lost in a snowstorm. I
have major problems with this. First off she could see her house from
where she was and then she walks off the path and gets magically lost.
Why would you walk off the path in the first place? Then somehow in the
middle of a blinding snowstorm Brandon finds her and saves her from a
pack of wolves. How can he see in the snowstorm when she can’t? She was
also extremely obsessed with Brandon. It was unhealthy.
wanted to use Brandon's coat--not because I was cold, but because it was
his coat. It was close to his skin and cloaked him all day long. I knew
it would smell good, too--like fabric softener or irresistible cologne
or smoke from a fireplace. I wanted to wear it now, wear it all day,
wear it forever."
She also wouldn’t stop talking about how
“heroic” Brandon was and how he saved her life. It got to the point
where I almost couldn’t take it anymore.
Some other parts of the book I didn’t care for:
he stepped out from behind the tree. Brandon’s short, wavy brown hair
was now savagely wild and shoulder-length. His normally clean-shaven
face sported a goatee. His once-smooth chest was now lined with a thin
layer of hair. His stomach was ripped as an Olympic swimmer’s, and his
biceps were cut like a triathlete’s. His eyes were a gorgeous gray. He
was breathing heavy, as if he’d run a marathon. Brandon had fangs like a
I don’t think this was supposed to be very funny but I
couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that he grew a goatee when he turned
into a werewolf. I’ll give the book points for werewolf looks
originality but that only goes so far.
“I know. I have your shirt,” I confessed. “You do?” “Yes. I kept it as proof.” I showed him his folded shirt sandwiched in my bag. “Proof?” “That our time together wasn’t a dream. I know…you must think I’m a dork.” “No—I think it’s really cool.”
“Describe!” she ordered, pointing her mascara brush at me. “Brown wavy hair, royal blue eyes. His lips are full and dreamy. His stare can penetrate your soul.”
people are not normal teenagers. They have to be at least sixteen and I
don’t think I know anyone who would actually think keeping someone
else’s shirt was “really cool”. After that she didn’t even give it back
to him. She kept it the entire book. Also who describes someone by
saying “his stare can penetrate your soul”? Not any teenager I’ve ever
met. If I even described someone like that I think I’d get a few weird
“I just wanted to let you know. You might have a psychic stalker on your hands.” “The only stalker I want is you,” he said. “I’m doing my best.”
What is with YA characters and them thinking stalking is ok? I don’t know anyone who wants to be stalked.
While reading this book I kept thinking this is like the werewolf version of Twilight. So maybe if you like that book you’ll like this one. For everyone else steer clear of this.