[Review] Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

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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 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.

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Hm, where to start…? Not a really good book. I mean, ok, it’s about warewolves and I am obssesed but this book was a… do not read. I gave it 3 stars in Goodreads because it was a decent try but I will be strict here.
First of all, I am ok with the fact that Brandon is turns to a half wolf, half man because not all warewolves turn into a full wolf but… the way the author describes the first turn, it’s unrealistic for some reason. She makes the scene sound… ok and… it’s not supposed to be. It is supposed to be painful and not a pretty scene.
Anyway, I seriously dislike Celeste… I want to slap her accross the face. Ellen wanted to show us that Celeste is the kind, caring girl who wants to protect Brandon and his secret. Hell to the no! She is selfish and she only cares about what people think. Why would she keep a secret her relationship? Why would she lie to her friends? Why would she make Brandon sad? That’s wrong! And yes, this happens in real life but it’s not what I want from a “fiction”. I read a book because I want something different. I want to believe that people are not that cruel. I needed some kindness and romance and all…
Also, Celeste’s friends are mean and awful. They care about themselves and they try to control Celeste. They’re not supportive and definitely not caring. I wanted her friends to be good. Not that…!
The plot seemed to be rushed and kinda messed up. There are some things left like that, without an explanation. I mean, why are westsiders treated that way? Because they’re poor? Because they’re bad? Because what? I’m confused. Why is Brandon a warewolf? Was it in his genes, was it because of the bite? Did that first warewolf bite him? What the hell?
And this thingy about the prediction… please! Be aware of the kiss under the full moon? Be aware of the woods? Etc, etc! What? Nothing really happened. She found the love of her life. Anyway call me however you want but this book for me is a no.


[Ellen Schreiber]

Before I took pen to paper, I was an actress. I attended a local university majoring in theatre and spent a summer in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where I learned about the “Old Bard” from amazingly talented teachers.

When I returned from London, I relocated to Chicago where I lived for five years. There, I graduated from the Second City Training Center and performed improv, Shakespeare, comedies and dramas–I even sang and danced on a cruise boat–without falling in Lake Michigan! A classmate of mine from Second City and I created and performed a two woman show for a year before I braved it alone doing stand-up comedy. It was during this time I began to write an adult novel about a rock star–I had always enjoyed writing…

Fast forward a couple of years along with a move home where I was performing “stand-up” at comedy clubs in the area. On a plane to LA to decide my fate– “to move to LA or not to move to LA” that is the question, my big bro, Mark, coincidentally with the same last name as mine (author of PRINCES IN EXILE, DREAMS OF THE SOLO TRAPEZE and STARCROSSED) handed me a young adult book he found at the library he thought I’d like to read during the flight.

As I read the book, I thought, ‘I can do this!’

I returned from LA, and instead of moving there, I wrote my story about the rock star as a young adult novel and called it JOHNNY LIGHTNING.
Mark, my writing mentor, edited JL for me. He was kind enough to send the manuscript to his publisher in Belgium–Facet–and they published it! In Dutch!

I was now on a new life path!

In 2001 HarperCollins made me an offer I couldn’t refuse! Not only was HarperCollins going to publish TEENAGE MERMAID, but it was in a language I could read and book stores I could walk into! HarperCollins also bought VAMPIRE KISSES and COMEDY GIRL.

It was a dream come true!

Since beginning my new life path, VAMPIRE KISSES, TEENAGE MERMAID, and MY MOTHER, THE CLOWN have been published by Facet in Belgium and JOHNNY LIGHTNING has been published in Germany by Ravensburger.

Then my fabulous editor at HarperCollins asked me for a sequel to VAMPIRE KISSES!
HarperCollins published VAMPIRE KISSES 2–KISSING COFFINS and now the soon to be released VAMPIRE KISSES 3–VAMPIREVILLE. I am currently writing VAMPIRE KISSES 4!

When I’m not writing about the love affair between vampire obsessed, goth girl Raven and my favorite mysterious dark-eyed hottie, Alexander Sterling, I enjoy working on my other novels, shopping for Hello Kitty items, and attempting to gain control of the remote from my boyfriend.