ONCE IN A FULL MOON (Full Moon #1) By Ellen Schreiber [Review]

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Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber is part of HarperTeen’s The Dark Days of Supernatural, and pretty much all I knew about the book was that it was YA, of course, but more importantly, it had some sort of supernatural element to it, and that’s about it.

And so with that in mind, this is how I met Celeste Parker, a seventeen year-old living in Legend’s Run, who had always stuck to her Eastsiders friends. That is until mysterious and Riversider Brandon Maddox moved to town. After a curious encounter with Brandon, who saved her from hungry wolves, Celeste can’t get him out of her head.

Unfortunately, she can’t tell her best friends because they wouldn’t be too keen with her giving up her gorgeous Eastsider boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon. And to make matters worse, it seems like Brandon is changing a bit, but into what? That’s what Celeste needs to find out. Could this be related to the psychic prediction related to “a full moon”?

I don’t want to give too much away from the story, but I can tell you that I loved reading Once in a Full Moon. There wasn’t one dull moment and I was very happy that Ellen Schreiber didn’t just write the typical werewolf/love story. Sure there are some familiar elements, but there were also a few surprises, which kept me interested in the story.

Celeste was a pretty good character. Of course there were things here and there that irritated me, but mostly I liked her. Although the character I loved the most was, surprise, surprise, the mysterious Brandon. He was an easy character to fall in love with and you understood what attracted Celeste to him.

Unfortunately, the end of Once in a Full Moon wasn’t totally satisfying. While I understand that this is the first book in the Full Moon series and they need to keep you coming back for more, I wish it had been more of a cliffhanger “I’m on the edge of my seat” type of thing (although maybe that’s not really the type of book this is) or have more of a closure to that part of the story.

Overall, while Once in a Full Moon might not be one of those books you’ll remember forever, I had a great time reading it and will be there when the second book comes out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: 304 | Pages: Katherine Tegen Books | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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