Once in a Full Moon
Katherine Tegen Books (2010)
Reviewed by Tracey Rock for Reader Views (10/10)
The history of the town of Legend’s Run is one filled with tall tales of werewolves. To Celeste Parker, a skeptic-at-heart, she would have to see it to believe it. As far as she was concerned, these made-up stories were merely due to the occasional sighting of a wolf or two in the outlying wooded areas around town. As a bet she made with her friends, Celeste goes to have her fortune told by a psychic. Oddly enough, the psychic gives her warnings to heed with specific events. Not the usual fluff about her personality, she thinks. As she is walking home from her visit with the psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves. Fortunately, she is saved by a new kid from her school, Brandon Maddox, who rushes to help her chase off the wolves. In helping her, he is bitten on the hand by one of the wolves. In a gesture of appreciation, Celeste helps bandage his hand. Seeing Brandon really for the first time at that moment, she realizes she has a certain connection with him.
Once Celeste is back home, her thoughts turn to the psychic who had just hours before, predicted what just happened to her. Afterwards, sightings of werewolves and news reports of animals missing begin to pop up. Not wanting to believe it, she realizes that the timeliness of these events follow a pattern that was also predicted by the psychic. If, along with the psychics’ warning, any part of the myths of Legend’s Run is correct, then, she ponders, could Brandon really have turned into a werewolf when he was bitten? Could she have prevented it? After all, she was told about this before it happened. Wait a minute, Celeste doesn’t believe in werewolves or anything supernatural – or, does she?
Ellen Schreiber’s “Once in a Full Moon” is a light read and quite timely as the wave of werewolf and vampire books is still heavily in demand and I am no exception. I do enjoy reading these. This is the first book in the series, so most of the book is spent developing an understanding of the characters. For fans of her previous series, or those who enjoy reading a series (and don’t mind waiting for the next one to come out), you will be right at home. While this first book was a bit predictable, I enjoyed getting to know Celeste and her friends. This is a fun book and will suck you in and make you want more.