Saturday, 27 August 2011

Review: Once in a Full Moon

Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Pages: 292, hardcover

ISBN: 9780061986505

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Date Released: December 28th, 2010

Genre: YA / paranormal / romance / werewolves

Source: library

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.
(Taken from Goodreads)

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Wow, I was not expecting myself to like this book as much as I did.

The writing is simple, yet gets to the point. It's easy to read, and really fast-paced. It could easily be read in just a couple of hours--which is exactly what I did--and, it's actually fairly enjoyable and entertaining.

I liked Celeste's character a lot. She was flawed and did some silly things sometimes, but it was human. She has a heart that some may say is too big, and she's smart at times. This is in the beginning, though. After she falls in love with Brandon, she acts like a pathetic, lovesick puppy.

The romance started out nice and slow and teasing, and it wasn't necessarily insta-love. Until they kiss. When she and Brendan actually do become an item, all the traits that made Celeste an awesome character: the way she would visit the old folk's home, and write notes in her journal, she ceased doing them, only visiting Mr. Worthington once in several months. It just felt like she forgot who she was, and what was important to her once she focused on Brandon.

I liked Brandon. He was cute. he was a bit bleh and overly romantic at times, but I'm kind of trying to pretend that the last quarter of the book doesn't exist, and up until that point, he's a massive hottie.

The story was pretty fantastic, for what I was expecting. It kept me on the edge of my seat for the most part, and was really... fun.Yeah, I had a lot of fun with this book. The werewolf concept was woven really well into the story, especially when it comes to the part where the town starts to panic, and the myth of the werewolf seems very real to them. The fear of the town was so embracing, and I felt myself feel scared alongside them. 

So, if you're looking for a quick and entertaining read, with an interesting werewolf romance, I'd recommend this. It's not the greatest of books, but it's not too bad.

10 Second Review: Quick, hot romance, that sizzles out in the end, but the story will keep you hooked.

Cover Art: 2.5
Plot: 3
Characters: 3.5
Writing: 3
Level of Interest: 4

Total Rating: 3/5 stars

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