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Once in a Full Moon (Full Moon #1)

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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 psyc
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books
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OK. I’ll be nice.
I should probably be nice.
I’ll try to be nice...

So Once in A full Moon is probably not the best werewolf YA book I have ever read. In fact, there were so many lines that made me cringe due mainly to the fact that the heroine is a self described “love struck girl.” Consider:

Line one, “I held the cell phone in my hand. I imagined where it had been. In his coat pocket? Maybe at home by his bed. At some point he had held it in his hand, as I was now. “ … cringe

Line two, “Brown w
There were things I liked and didn't like:

Things I didn't like:
-It's good to foreshadow, but... it got annoying, I just wanted to be like "I know it's going to happen, how many time are you going to remind me?"
-I don't think that Celeste and Brandon got to KNOW each other very well...
-Nash. He had his good moments, but my goodness this boy is a annoying.
-best friends...that might leave you because you're talking to someone they don't like??

Things I liked:
-The attraction between Celeste and Brand
While I sit at my computer preparing to write this review, I ask myself one question.

Is my mom ever going to get home so we can go to Taco Bell?

I'm like a savage animal. I need my Taco Bell. I'm starving. But not for this book. No, no. Never for this book. If I was starving to read this book... well, I'd be a Twilight fan. Because that's what this is; the werewolf version of Twilight. If you look at my rating for Twilight, you'll see that(in my eyes, at least) this is a very, very bad thing.


Huh. I thought I was reading someone's debut novel. Evidently, not so much. Apparently this author has written quite a few books. Unfortunately, that knowledge taints my view a bit. 'Cause honestly, I probably would have cut her some slack if this was her first time riding a pony. Since it's not...

It's fairly boring for a werewolf story. Lots and lots of instant attraction between the two main characters, which is only made more annoying because he's "from the wrong side of the tracks". Naturall
⇠ ⇢* Sophie
Title: Once in a Full Moon
Trilogy: Full Moon (book #1)
Author: Ellen Schreiber

Beware of a kiss under the full moon, it will change your life forever

What to expect:

Celeste Parker is used to hear stories about werewolfs and when Brandon Maddox moves to her town, maybe she'll start to believe those rumours, but how can she be with him if she already has a perfect group of friends and a boyfriend who hates Brandon?


This was the first book of werewolfs and high romantic theme mixed in one I'
S.F. Robertson
I loved this book. Period. Discussion over. The end.

It's just that simple, but I'll elaborate because I realize that doesn't actually say much. In the spirit of full disclosure, I wasn't expecting a lot out of this book. I'm not sure why I felt that way, but I was pleasantly surprised by how solid it was in every way. The characters, the world, the plot... it all fit together like an intricate little puzzle. It kept me interested at every turn without trying to be overly complicated.


Holy... friggin... crap. That's what this was. Complete, utter crap. Who wrote this again? A chick who already has a best-selling series under her belt? Then what the hell was she thinking writing this!?

I wanted to hurl this at the wall about halfway through. It was that bad. The main character, I forgot what her name was, but she was the definition of a card-board cut-out character. She is nice, hangs with the popular crowd, and volunteers at the nursing home. Whoop-dee-doo, you are so original

Review first posted on[return][return]I had high hopes for this book. I mean, a new YA werewolf series? By an author who already has a pretty big following? I hoped wrong. And I m going to have to tread lightly here, because there wasn t much for me to like in Once in a Full Moon and I just talked about not author-bashing in a previous post.[return][return]Let s start with the writing. It s a lot of tell and no show. We re told a lot of things about the heroine, Celeste, a ...more
review by Saluki

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

For those of you who faithfully read my book reviews, you know that I generally give positive reviews. I love to read, and I can generally find something that I like in just about any book. Unfortunately, once in a full moon is not one of those books, so this review will be very short.

1. The plot is boring. Boy meets girl. Boy gets bitten by wolf. Girl falls in love with boy and vows to help him find a cure. Blah, been there, read that. With the
Mar 18, 2011 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Jennifer by: I take the 5th on this one
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Arghhhh. A student loaned me this book yesterday (and there's a story in that too) and I thought it might provide a pleasant diversion. I'm fond of werewolf tales (Sharp Teeth, Bitten, etc). However, a few chapters into this, the writing was so horrific (Schreiber, for god's sakes, "Show, don't tell.") that I couldn't continue. I skipped to the end and the last scene was so laughably awful that I'm glad I didn't waste the time getting to it. I'll think of something diplomatic to tell my student ...more
I wanted to read this book because I absolutely adore this cover.... The story sounded interesting enough, so I started with big hopes in this book.

Let's start with the nice things I have to say, the cover is gorgeous right? And..uhm.... the plot is was Ok... There is a werewolf, there is some mystery, there is a girl and some romance.

Celeste has a normal and perfect life, has the "right" friends, dates the perfect handsome guy who's in the Football team. Etc, Etc... Then a Stranger moves to t
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
Marking as DNF. I can read child/young writing when I'm expecting it, such as when I read a Goosebumps or children's story, but this is written too simply for my tastes as a YA. It's a very young YA, I guess, and I'm just not interested. Besides the simple writing style, everything is told to the reader instead of shown, and there doesn't seem to be genuine personality with the characters, more of stereotypes. I'm not that into the plot summary, either, so it's best if me and this book part ways ...more
Heidi (yabibliophile)
My middle schoolers will love it but it was too cliche and "flat" for me. Very predictable. It's basically Vampire kisses turned around and with werewolves. Characters didn't really speak like teens speak. Also, characters fall in love without really having a conversation. There is kind of a love triangle but I found that whole aspect awkward. Again, it will fly off my shelves but I don't know that I'll read the subsequent books.
"Beware a kiss under the full moon, it will change your life forever."

Beware of this book it will make you cry in pain for million of years.

I was in a werewolf book mood so I searched up werewolf at my local library and (sadly) I found this.

The book is horrible. I read the rest of the books too and they are horrible also.

1. Celeste.

She is one of my main problems. I just wanted to punch her so hard to shut up about Brandon who you just met like AN FREAKING HOUR BEFORE!! Idiot. I don't get me
Alyssa hoffmaster
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Couple of things I want to point out that I really liked about this book: I loved how at every chapter there was a picture of the moon, and I loved the cover. It was so intriguing looking. I have been looking forward to reading “Once in a Full Moon” for awhile now. Ever since I read the plot I was hooked.

Celeste and her best friends made a bet to go to the psychic on the other side of town, her two best friends get the normal fortu
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My Opinion : Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever. That's the only reason I read this book. I mean, what's more romantic than a kiss under the full moon? And why would it change someone's life forever? Why beware a kiss? That's how this author's powerful; she makes the reader ask questions that will only be answered by reading the book.

At first, with all the bad reviews on
I'm a fan of Schreiber's Vampire Kisses series, so when I got an ARC for this one, I was excited to see what new adventure she would take readers on. I wasn't disappointed. While the conglomeration of different YA books with werewolf lore and romance are evident, there was enough of a spin and valuable characters to become invested. I wasn't particularly fond of Nash, the arrogant little %#&*$ who felt Celeste would always worship the ground he walked on and am glad that she's choosing real ...more
Katy Rustemeyer
Celeste made no promises that she was deep or complex, she was simply Celeste and I liked that. This book had a bit of an old school feel when it came to the divided town. One side was rich and the other poor, very 1950's, but it worked. Celeste's friends were your typical rich girls, they wanted what they thought was best for Celeste, and that was her quarterback boyfriend Nash. Strongly disliked Nash, but he was important to the story, loved the Teen Wolf element that took place, it was very c ...more
Once in a Full Moon is definitely one of those novels that I can’t decide whether to like or not. While I definitely liked the story, the writing…well let’s just say I was NOT impressed. I was displeased to find out that there are going to be more books. I can’t decide if it’s worth it to continue reading this series or not.

When a novel starts out with “It all started…” it’s just not a good sign. I should have taken the hint right then and there. Alas, I continued. I can’t even fully articulate
This won't be a very long review.

I didn't mind this book but it wasn't great either. As it stands, there just isn't any real depth or development to the story. There is a lot of repetion which caused me to lose interest and gloss over certain parts of the book. The plot is predictable and I didn't care for most of the character personalities.

I don't understand how anyone can choose who they will or will not associate with based on what their friends will think- that has always bothered me and Ce
Screw it. This book...sucked.
What was the plot of the story? A boy running around naked with a goatee, ripped abs and a sprinkling of hair? A girl avoiding her friends just cause she likes someone from the wrong side of town? WHAT?!

Celeste was an awful heroine. Disappointing. Throughout the book, she couldn't stand up to her own beliefs and preferences, and she didn't tell her friends that she liked Brandon....all the way to the end of the book.
Her friends were another matter. It was creepy that
harlequin {Stephanie}
I'll be honest. I cried while reading this... when my mp3 player died in the middle of my Vayden album.

I was really prepared to like this even though I knew it would be a fluff book. About halfway through I tried throwing in the towel, but ended up stranded on the couch with my 80lb pitbull using my lap as a pillow sooo I grudgingly finished it.

First I rented this for the werewolf sighting -what I really wanted!

and what we get is chad Kroeger. No. I am deadly serious.

That is just NOT OK!

The ch
Asch's Anti-Paradigm
Sep 17, 2013 Asch's Anti-Paradigm rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I have no clue. Probably no one.
Recommended to Asch's Anti-Paradigm by: No one. Got them for a series review.
This is a series review for all three books in the Full Moon Series by Ellen Schreiber (Once in a Full Moon
Once in a Full Moon (Full Moon, #1) by Ellen Schreiber,
Magic of The Moonlight
Magic of the Moonlight (Full Moon, #2) by Ellen Schreiber,
and Full Moon Kisses
Full Moon Kisses (Full Moon, #3) by Ellen Schreiber).

******Series Rating: 1 star******

I just. I can't. I don't...

Pull it together, Jenn.



You got this.

I just, I can't even... how did this happen?

I need a minute to get over the fact that this book even got published. I don't even know where to begin dealing with this.

Okay, so, assuming you've read the synopsis of at least the f
Celeste Parker’s life is about to be turned upside down when the stories of her hometown Legend’s Run come to life. She always thought that those werewolf stories only served for a good Halloween scare. But when Brandon Maddox moves to town and saves Celeste from a pack of wolves, everything changes. Celeste is no longer content with her elitist group of friends and perfect boyfriend. She is strongly drawn to Brandon, even though he’s from the wrong side of town and not entirely the person—or be ...more
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"I was frightened and freaked out. Why was he acting this way? A moment ago, I'd been on the other end of his irresistible lips." -p. 139

"I reached for his face. Gingerly, I touched his goatee and stubble. He melted into my tender caress as if he'd been yearning for this touch for a lifetime." -p. 205

"He had fangs that could pierce a girl's soul." -p. 217

"As another full moon approached, I met Ivy, Abby, their beaux, and Nash at Wings and Things. If I couldn't be on the end of Bran
I did not like this book at all. It had so much promise too! But everythng was just horrible. I had to force myself to finish it. The writing was terrible,few things were consistant and it was so cliched.
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
Just looking at the cover alone made me want to read this one. The cover looks dark and intriguing, which contrasts with the lighter tone of the book. Once in a Full Moon reminded me a lot of Vampire Kisses. It had a perky heroine, mysterious love interest, friends who don't understand the heroine's interest in the mysterious/bad boy, and clueless parents.

This book had a slightly middle-grade tone to it, which is good for younger teens, but the lighter feel did not appeal to me as a thirty year
Kate McMurry
Werewolf romance for preteens and young teens

Celeste Parker has it all. She's a pretty girl who's dating the most popular boy at her high school, a handsome jock whose favorite hobby is playing scary pranks. She also has two wealthy best girlfriends who, like Celeste, live in the prosperous East Side of her town. She and her friends have nothing to do with the lowly Westsiders. They are social untouchables at school because their side of town still has the flavor of the rural community Celeste's
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