Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
Published By: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal
Date Released: December 18, 2011
Provided By: Netgalley.com
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.
Having read the Vampire Kisses series (up to a certain point) I expected something cliche and well the writing level to be easy (for me). But that's not what I got out of Once in a Full Moon. I thought the writing was good, it was easy to understand, and the fact that Nash is a jerk kinda made me want to read it and see what happened with Celeste and Brandon more.
Celeste is one that hangs around the "popular" crowd, since her boyfriend Nash is the star of the football team. And she's a character that has depth compared to others I've seen like her before. She's just not that nerd that got lucky and the football player likes her. She's smart yes, but shes also involved. And enjoys her time apart from her friends working at the local nursing home. If it wasn't for the nursing home, Celeste wouldn't have her fascination with werewolves or be able to accept some important things in the novel. And when it comes to Brandon, he's a guy I would date (personally), he's handsome, tall, mysterious, smart and likes to keep to himself. All the qualities Nash doesn't have. But he lives on the "wrong" side of the tracks, not the suburbia, but the country like area in the middle of the woods putting him as a uncool student from the start. Brandon's defect in his living situation, doesn't stop Celeste from liking him at all. Infact after he saves her from wolves in a snow storm he's less likely to be a loser in her mind than a hero.
Celeste and Brandon make this book what it is. All the actions between the first page and the last result in what the ending involves. The characters were easy to read and I liked the choice in names (I mean how many girl main characters are named Celeste?). In the end through all the basketball games, wolf attacks at school, and the full moons, I'll still pick up the next book (if there is one) because I want to know what happens to the couple at the end.