Once in a Full Moon by Ellen SchreiberOnce in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Once in a Full Moon

byEllen Schreiber

Paperback | December 27, 2011

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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 drawn to him, much to the chagrin of her friends and perfect boyfriend. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover if the stories are more than legend. He 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.

Ellen Schreiber was an actress and a stand-up comedienne before becoming a writer. She is the author of the first two books about Celeste and Brandon,Once in a Full MoonandMagic of the Moonlight, as well asTeenage Mermaid,Comedy Girl,Vampire Kisses,Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins,Vampire Kisses 3: Vampireville,Vampire Kisses 4: Dance...
Title:Once in a Full MoonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:December 27, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061986526

ISBN - 13:9780061986529


Rated 1 out of 5 by from So Bad Wow. What did I think. Okay, so two stars is almost laughably generous. But that's the thing about this book. Everything about this book was so laughable, I feel like giving it props simply because it did so much for me in the humor department. "I felt a presence behind me and my breath stopped. Just like that, I was surrounded...I realized that in my seventeen years, I hadn't experienced the one thing that had always eluded me - true love." Honest to goodness quote. I laughed so hard, my stomach hurt. Please, Celeste, tell me more about your doomed love life. How difficult it must have been, these last teenage years, having true love "elude" you. It almost makes me mad. Is this what adult authors think young women do when faced with imminent danger? Bemoan our lack of true love? Is that really all that matters when you're staring down a wolf (although, I really need to mention - the wolves didn't seem all that dangerous. She kinda just freaked out. Even though Brandon got bit when he fought them off, he did kinda go after them with a stick. Sorry, not really feeling the peril.) I feel like the message here is that it doesn't matter what else you do with your life, if, at the end, you've never found "true love," then it was pretty much meaningless. That's a messed up message and not something I like the thought of impressionable people, people who don't laugh when they read this, reading and internalizing. Another quote: "Abby was distraught."(because her dog is missing.) "We tried to console her with talk of new fashion trends, but nothing was distracting her." Another belly laugh. It's cute how confused she is that meaningful feelings and events can't be smoothed over by talk of fashion. This must be really serious if fashion can't pull her out of it. Golly gee, it's time to take this seriously. Everyone in this book has the depth of a teaspoon. It was so horrendous. Everything about it. The fact that she digs into the whole "werewolf" thing because she has to write a school paper on, you guessed it, local legends. The fact that her sister is literally so good at "getting guys," that when she says "I'm hanging out with Dan," and her mum's like, "I thought it was Steve," she's like "oh, he was so two hours ago, I've been through three since," everyone just laughs like, "oh, you so silly!" NO. This is not something you should be painting as funny or flippant! Go ahead and write characters who are sexually promiscuous but don't have it be their sole defining trait (see "depth of a teaspoon") and if you're gonna have her little sister look up to her, give her something other than sexual promiscuity to look up to! Gah. That descended into ranting territory, but it really bugged me. Finally, perhaps the most laughable of all was the werewolf. I don't even know where to start. For one, I have no idea how he actually turned into one. Was it genetic? It's sort of maybe says it is, but not really. Is it because he got bit by a run-of-the-mill wolf? Or maybe it's secretly radioactive. Or is it because he was kissed by a beautiful, clueless girl under the full moon, thereby entangling her and making her feel responsible while at the same time sexualizing his transformation and adding supernatural kissing skills to her long list of talents? Nobody knows. Also, as far as I can tell, the werewolf transformation entails spontaneously sprouting a goatee (which she continually refers to as "sexy" - gag), developing widdle baby fangs (that apparently simply serve to make kissing more fun - double gag) and mutating his personality from sweet, sensitive boy-next-door to dark and brooding bad boy. Schreiber did the impossible, in that she stuck both sides of the horrible YA love triangle - bad, mysterious supernatural boy vs. normal, lovesick cutie-pie - into one goatee'd body. She deserves a round of applause. The werewolf is supposed to be dangerous - scary. Yet any scare factor was immediately disposed of. Part of it was our heroines amazing ability to ignore any and all common sense in the face of true love, following him in his werewolf form even though it seems a bit suicidal. We see him at his "most vulnerable," and "most dangerous," although that really means a lot of staring at each other as the moon shines down on his goatee. Still, we got some great kissing scenes out of it - sexy goatee very much present - and no harm done, right? There's also the fact that the werewolf manages to summon all the dogs in the town to him. So now he attracts fluffy animals, like a fluffy Disney princess. And yet he still thinks he's dangerous enough to deserve -dun dun DUN - locking in a barn, which our heroine cries herself to sleep over. Poor baby. Stuck in one place all night long, no more moonlit smooching sessions. It's a miracle they both survive. There's also the little matter of Celeste's extreme stupidity. I think my favorite example involves her confusion after watching her true love sprout a goatee for the first time. She actually goes to her older sister - the one who has "dated" a lot, you remember - and asks her if that's something that happens in the midst of a kissing session. Maybe she's just too inexperienced, and the rational explanation for his hyper-goatee-growing is that he was so passionate he grew an explosion of facial hair because he's just so manly and passionate. Then she's even more confused when her sister said that no, none of her beaus ever spontaneously grew facial hair. So, in conclusion, after that long and ranty review, read this book if you can spare the time in your life to have a good long laugh at a truly awful book.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved :) This was my first werewolf book and I really enjoyed it. I could not put it down and stayed up later than usual just to finish reading it. It got my attention from the beginning and I loved the fact that the werewolf in his actions and appereance is different from all the werewolves we are used to hearing about. I am glad I purchased this book it was worth it it's a very fast read but it keeps your attention and you want to know more. Of course, there is the usual love story which is pretty predictable but that's in almost every book, just to give us a warm fuzzy feeling! I can't wait to read the sequel to this book and see what happens :)
Date published: 2012-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick light reading. Ok. I admit, there is a flaw of having a couple instantly just fall in love with each other and thinking they’re going to be together forever. Without properly knowing each other, it seems far fetched and even silly but I couldn’t help but love Brandon and Celeste being together. They had that chemistry between them. You certainly didn’t feel the same way when Celeste is with Nash. However that being said, I’m biased as I’m a sucker for hockey boys and Brandon happens to be one. I liked that a lot because you do get tired of reading the same kind of guy who plays basketball and football. Hockey was a nice change to see. The plot was not that bad, but it wasn’t the best either. It provided a good entertaining read and I was able to read the book in one sitting (it was short in length too). I would say, it’s not the kind of book to deeply mull over rather, it’s really one to read to pass the time, or for avid voracious readers, it’s a book you read ‘in between’ heavy reads. I rather enjoyed it despite a few flaws here and there, but the cliffhanger at the end got me so I will be looking forward to the next book. The characters aren’t really that special. Celeste’s friends are rather empty headed typical popular girls you see in nearly every YA book there is. Celeste isn’t that bad herself as she’s different from the in-crowd. I am not a fan of Nash as he’s a typical egotistical jock and he was not the greatest boyfriend to Celeste anyways. I did feel bad for him though, because he was in his own little world and oblivious to Celeste and her feelings. I really did like Brandon (however as mentioned before, that’s a biased opinion). This is a short read, and the ending of this book does leave everything out in the open, it may not be the best read, but I thought it was entertaining enough to make it one of those ‘light reads’. I don’t think this is for those that are wanting something deeper and with more development. You won’t really find it here. Otherwise, do pick this up if you’re wanting something light before you jump into something heavier.
Date published: 2011-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Been dyein to read a good wearwolf book and it was great did not want it to end
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review Celeste was always trying to make her friends feel happy and not doing what would be best for her. She really likes Brandon but is so afraid of her friends finding out about their relationship. I understand why she might be afraid and possibly putting a thorn in her friendships but on the other hand if they’re truly her friends they would want her to be happy. So a part of me really wanted her to reveal it to her friends and see what their reactions would be. Another thing about Celeste is that she’s too naïve and trusting. For example, Dr Meadows kept badgering Celeste and trying to get proof of the werewolf on video and it’s obvious what she’s up to when she wants “video proof” but Celeste never realizes that is the case. I get that there are cliques in the school and in the town itself but that point was reiterated over and over too many times. The main conflict was pretty dismal. It was Celeste trying to keep Brandon’s secret and deflecting the attention of the community off Brandon. I didn’t feel any big tension or buildup so was disappointed that was the case. It says the hardcover version is 304 pages but I read an e-galley version on my e-reader and it seemed really short and I finished in about a day. The story wasn’t as dark as I expected to be so would probably be a good fit for younger teen readers looking for a paranormal read.
Date published: 2010-11-14