Monday, November 8, 2010

Review: Once In A Full Moon

Title: Once In A Full Moon
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Published: December 28th 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: NetGalley

Synopsis: 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.

Thoughts: I wanted to love this book. I mean, the cover is lovely, and who doesn't love a good werewolf story? Sadly, Once in a Full Moon fell a bit (for lack of a better word) flat.

The fact that I've been trying to finish this book for the past month alone should be a clear indicator I just wasn't into it. I hated the West Side, East Side discrimination. I'm guessing the discrimination was there to create drama and while sometimes I can appreciate that, it was more annoying than interesting. As for the main character, it seems like Celeste just runs around, saying the same things over and over. While I loved how she did not discriminate someone because of where they're from or social status, I still could not relate to her. I did love how she volunteers at the retirement home. That was nice.

The romance was cute, but it lacked chemistry. She falls for the new kid in town, Brandon. Sadly, he is also from the wrong side of the tracks. He's quite and different from everyone she's ever known. Normally, I don't mind the brooding bad boy, but he's neither brooding nor bad. And it seems like Celeste suffers more from hero worship and wanting someone different than actual love. Their whole relationship can all be summed up in one word: insta-love.

As for swoon-worthy boys, while I found Brandon to be cute and some of the other boys adorable (in their own way), I would not necessarily deem them crushable. They could just a bit more character developement. Maybe that's what the sequel is for?

Overall, I did enjoy the history of werewolves in their town. And I did enjoy the background on how werewolves are created. There were some interesting scenes, but to be honest, this just wasn't the book for me.


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