Sunday, March 27, 2011
Once in a Full Moon
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Once in a Full Moon #1
Published by HarperTeen
My Rating: 2/5 stars
Summary: (From Goodreads)
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. Let's just say that Once in a Full Moon was not my idea of a great book. It mostly fell flat for me, and I was quite dissapointed. I will consider reading the second one, but it is not at all at the top of my reading pile.
I'm going to talk about the things that I actually liked in this book first. Start off on more of a positive note. I didn't have any big issues over finishing this book, I just read and finished it. Then I sat there and thought about all my issues with it, and I realized it wasn't actually that good. But I did love the creepy and supernatural mood set in this novel...with the werewolves, the physchic, and the full moon. At first, it gave me shudders.
But, sadly, the creepy mood that I thought was going to turn into a very awesome story of werewolf lore.....fell flat. I felt like the werewolf lore in this book wasn't carried out well, but maybe that's just because I really did not like the werewolves in this book. I just was not a fan of how they were half wolf-half human...it did not fly with me.
I also had an issue because I never thought that there was any action, and there wasn't much of an exciting plot. There were no moments of adrenaline, and it was not exciting in anyway, even at the end.
The last thing that I absolutely did not like was the characters. They were very, very flat. I thought Celeste was way too sweet....that girl needs more personality and needs to think more for herself. Her friends, and the group she hung out with annoyed me so much. If she thinks her friends are so great, the best friends ever...why should they care if she likes Brandon? Why should they try to keep her with Nash, her ex-boyfriend? The characters in Once in a Full Moon was the thing that I disliked the most.
Overall, I was quite dissapointed in Once in a Full Moon. I loved werewolves, and I thought this book was going to be exciting. I think there will definitely be people who really will love this book, and in that sea paranormal YA, for me, I liked other titles way more. You might like it, but I do not recommend it. Pick it up and see for yourself.