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14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Jaglvr for Teens Read Too

Celeste Parker has the ideal boyfriend. Nash is the popular boy at school. He's also the best friend of her two best friends' boyfriends, so it makes it handy when they want to hang out. The six of them can do everything together. But things subtly start to change for C...
Celeste Parker has the ideal boyfriend. Nash is the popular boy at school. He's also the best friend of her two best friends' boyfriends, so it makes it handy when they want to hang out. The six of them can do everything together. But things subtly start to change for Celeste the night the six of them go camping. Nash tells the gang the story of the Legend's Run werewolf. In the distance, a wolf howls, and they go running in fright from the woods. When the boys make a bet that the girls are too scared to visit a psychic on the wrong side of town, the girls take them up on it. Abby and Ivy get generic fortunes, but Celeste gets one that haunts her: Beware of a kiss under a full moon. It will change your life forever. Celeste decides to walk home from the psychic and encounters a bizarre freak snow storm - and a pack of wolves. It's a newcomer to town, Brandon Maddox, who comes to her aid, but he is bitten in the scuffle. Celeste can't stop thinking of Brandon and comparing Nash to him. Because the girls won the bet with the guys, Celeste forces Nash to invite Brandon to one of his parties. Of course it doesn't go well, and Celeste breaks up with Nash. Slowly, Celeste and Brandon get to know each other in secret. None of Celeste's friends would approve of her friendship with someone from the wrong side of town. But Brandon is everything Celeste wants. Celeste visits Brandon on the night of a full moon and watches him transform into something else. Brandon doesn't know what is happening, nor does Celeste. But over time, Celeste is positive he's a werewolf and tries to convince him, as well. ONCE IN A FULL MOON is only the start of a new series by Ellen Schreiber. I believe there will be mixed opinions with this series. On the one hand, it's by Ellen Schreiber, and she already has such a loyal fan base. But on the other hand, those expecting a story like VAMPIRE KISSES will be disappointed. ONCE IN A FULL MOON reads so differently from her other series that it didn't feel like the same author at all. I feel that ONCE IN A FULL MOON actually has more substance to the tale than Raven and Alexander's story does. This one took a little longer to build up to the action, but it gives the reader time to get to know Celeste and her friends and the background of Legend's Run. Celeste is a positive role model for readers. She's a studious gal who volunteers willingly at a nursing home, and even develops a close friendship with one of the residents there. I can't wait to see more of Brandon in the future. He's kept brooding and to himself as the new boy in town, but I see so much potential in him. The cover is absolutely beautiful and that alone will draw readers to the book. If you like Ellen Schreiber, if you enjoy werewolves, and certainly if you love a little romance, pick up ONCE IN A FULL MOON.

posted by TeensReadToo on January 6, 2011

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Clichéd and Lacking Development

This is the first book I've read by Ellen Schreiber, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I'll be honest and say that I did not enjoy the book. Celeste, the main character, is nothing more than a love-struck teen who becomes obsessed with her paranormal paramour, Bra...
This is the first book I've read by Ellen Schreiber, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I'll be honest and say that I did not enjoy the book. Celeste, the main character, is nothing more than a love-struck teen who becomes obsessed with her paranormal paramour, Brandon. They have one of those insta-love relationships that have little to no buildup and lead to undying love. Aside from that, I don't even know who they are.

Celeste, Brandon, and all the surrounding characters have almost no development. I never swooned over Brandon or even Celeste's ex-boyfriend, Nash. In fact, I found very few redeeming qualities about Nash and Celeste's best friends Ivy and Abby. The three of them aren't nice and Celeste is constantly troubled by her friends ditching her because of her affections for Brandon, who comes from the 'wrong side of town.' Talk about the bestest friends in the whole wide world. *Please note my extreme sarcasm

The werewolf aspect to the story is slightly different from other incarnations that I've read, but not even that makes the book all that worthwhile. The writing is riddled with clichés and gave me more than a few facepalm moments because I couldn't even handle the cheesiness. The plot was rushed and the romance was forced. Celeste and Brandon paw over each other way too much when there are much more important and urgent matters at hand - nothing matters to them, but kissing and giving each other gaga eyes.

Once in a Full Moon fooled me with its striking cover, but younger audiences could still enjoy it. The writing is certainly aimed towards a younger audience and if you can get past the clichés and lack of character development, the werewolf aspect may draw you in.

Opening line: It began underneath the haunting glow of a full moon. ~ pg. 12

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*This is the ARC version and lines, cover art, etc. may be subject to change before official publication. E-book page numbers may not match with physical copies.

posted by Nikkayme on January 3, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    The watcher.

    I am the watcher. If its ok with you, ill watch and probably say my opinion.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Wooooooowwwwwww

    So kool i could read this book forever . It is really kool anyone who has not read it please read this its so awesome..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    abba zoo

    awsome book,gave it a 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Diujgofkgx

    Eaglekit of Blazeclan just died.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    To Brambletalon

    There is somebody that already does this. And it should be on every full moon, not the 25th of each month. Bye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Jadefeather to cat making announcement

    Theres a pokemon rp? I havnt seen a advertisment. Where is it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Next speaker

    *Ballstar stands up to speak*the prey at our camp is about gone we had a storm last week we havw no prey the 2 legs have poisoned the river and the only food we can find will be about nothing we have a small amount of food in the fresh food pile we need more members and my mate painfeather had 3 kits.diggerclaw deputy of zodiaclan stands up.my leader ariestar could not make it she is inthe hospital and is doing somthing whitch i dont know zodiaclan needs more members and the prey is running well in the forest thats it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Silver

    Ok, so im trying to talk peacefully and you stuck up good for nothing cats cant get ut through you thick sculs that i was impostered for l post and you gest want to kill the big bad wolf and be the hero. Well news call for all of ya, YOU CANT SEE AN ALLY WHEN HE LITTERALY SMACKS YOU IN THE FACE!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Shatterstar

    *sits patiently*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Moonflower

    Ok is the gathering over?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Gemstone and Coldnight

    "Im gonna go now," she says and spreads her wings and flys away. Coldnight goes back to MistyClan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Jadekit

    Ima banna

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Stormpaw to froststar

    They r waiting til next time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Silverpelt

    Bed time!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Blacktail

    Mistystar coudnt make it tonight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Dark assasin

    Sits high in a tree and watches over the cats from crystalclan. To protect them from cats that will try to harm them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Marvelstar to Everyone

    Marvelstar starts to talk, "Windclan is dead. The only cats keeping it alive are me, my mate Forevergone, and our kits. Autumnkit, and Squirrelkit. Please join at inky all results" Catoclaw steps up to talk for Blazeclan. "Our leader could not be here, for she is kitting. Same with our deputy. So i will speak. The prey is running well, and we are a strong clan. Thats all." Furystreak steps up to talk. "Wildlife clan is doing well but we need more cats. Join at wildlife all results." Fury steps up to speak. "Silver, our med wolf, was impostered. Anyway we are doing well, and there are pups you can rp if u want at baseball 10th result. They are two female pups. Ask for me or Shadow. Anyway, if u like, join Clawpack at baseball all results."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Bluepebble

    The warrio sits by herself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Dawnpool

    Soon I hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Orbnight, redwing, starkit, flickerflame, lightpool

    We are the only survivors of trintyclan. We miss them. If they are out there, answer here

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