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Once in a Full Moon Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 28, 2010

3.3 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Full Moon Series

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Ellen Schreiber was an actress and a stand-up comedienne before becoming a writer and moving to her own Dullsville. She is the author of Teenage Mermaid, Comedy Girl, Vampire Kisses, Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins, Vampire Kisses 3: Vampireville, Vampire Kisses 4: Dance with a Vampire, Vampire Kisses 5: The Coffin Club, Vampire Kisses 6: Royal Blood, and Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites. She is also the author of the fully illustrated manga series about Raven and Alexander, Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, and a new series about werewolves, beginning with once in a full moon.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1st Printing edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006198650X
  • ASIN: B005DI6HXS
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,410,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Randi Morse VINE VOICE on November 14, 2010
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The problem that occurs when a book becomes popular, like the Harry Potter series or the Twilight series, is that authors then start jumping to copy the format, hoping that they can achieve fame themselves or at least profit off of the hype. That is, I feel, what inspired Once In a Full Moon.

Read the synopsis and you'll find out that Once in a Full Moon is about a girl named Celeste who lives in a fairly small town. She has a fairly normal life - two best friends who love her and a boyfriend who is the captain of the basketball team. But then Celeste meets Brandon, a newcomer to town who is from the "wrong side of town" (at least in respect to those who are on the "right" side of town). She's instantly drawn to him, and the attraction deepens when he saves her from a pack of wolves. The two become closer and then interesting things start happening to Brandon.

THE PROS:

While I have serious issues with this book, there are a few pros. Pre-teens and teens are being given a good role model. Celeste volunteers at her local elderly folks home and she tries to see the good in everyone. Brandon is even a good role model as well, and tries to do what is right. And, of course, any girl or woman who loves to read romance will enjoy the sweet scenes between Celeste and Brandon.

THE CONS:

And there are a few. Firstly, there's no substance to the story. I felt like I was watching the previews for what could be a great movie, but instead of finally getting to experience something fun and amazing from what looked to be a promising story, I was completely let down.

Secondly, the "warewolf". Warewolves have been written about for hundreds of years, and have been described in a myriad of different ways.
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This book is a little thicker, and a little more mature than Shreiber's "Vampire Kisses" series. Still it is fluff. There is not a lot of substance to the story. But it is fun.

"Once in a Full Moon" is the first in a series that focuses on werewolves. Celeste just wants to date popular jock Nash and keep hanging out with her two best buds and their boyfriends, who are friends with Nash. She is surprised to find herself infatuated with the new kid Brandon who is from the wrong side of the tracks. Then Brandon saves her and suddenly he is also her hero. But did saving her come with a price Brandon will have to pay?

I loved Celeste. In fact if Celeste was written differently I probably wouldn't be able to award the story this high of a rating. She is such a nice girl, she gets good grades, and she volunteers at the nursing home/retirement community. She wants everyone to give the kids on the wrong side of town a chance to be friends. I really liked her. Her friends, eh not so much. I thought both of her besties weren't deserving of her. I hope they come around in the future.

While the book doesn't break any new ground as far as werewolves or their folklore goes, I thought she presented it in a slightly different way. Just like the vampires in "Vampire Kisses" aren't too scary, neither are these werewolves. Still a good book, and I am hopeful for this new series. This book is very clean and Celeste is a great role model. I would suggest this book for ages 11 or 12 and up. I enjoyed it and I'm an adult.
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Once in a Full Moon was a quick, light read. I admit, I was drawn in enough to read it in one sitting, probably because I kept waiting for the "really good part". However, the ending was abrupt, and I felt like the two main characters, Celeste and Brandon, were not nearly worried enough about the events of the final scene. The whole book felt underdeveloped and lacking in chemistry and intrigue, but it was a fun, light way to spend an afternoon.

I loved Celeste's voice and her caring ways. I appreciated her attempts to bridge the social gap between the Eastsiders and the Westsiders; however, I think she missed the strongest statement she could have made: publicly announcing Brandon was her boyfriend. I kept waiting for Celeste to show her friends and her classmates that she was going to date Brandon and who cares that he's a Westsider, but all we saw was Celeste defending him when Eastsiders made fun of him. Ultimately, the message of "it doesn't matter where you come from" fell really flat because Celeste was only ready to admit that truth in private to Brandon and not with her public actions. She was so completely and utterly in love with him, and yet she wouldn't even be seen with him at school? I found it hard to believe that Brandon would go along with that--it was like she was too embarrassed or cared too much what her friends thought to publicly acknowledge that she liked him. I understand that she didn't want to lose her best friends, but if your lifelong best friends will desert you over something like dating a Westsider, are those really friends you wanted anyway?

Celeste provided an interesting narrative, but at times, some of the dialogue felt a little contrived and stiff. I can't really imagine teenagers really saying a lot of it.
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