My Review: 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 how amateur this writing was. It was choppy, with minimal descriptions, and the emotional content was nill. For example, Celeste gets lost in a blizzard and attacked by wolves. Don’t worry she survives. Yet when she returns home her parent’s reactions were just unbelievable. I literally just can’t describe how bad it was. It’s like the parents jumped from being concerned, incredulous, back to concerned, to admonishing her, and then back to being incredulous again. I mean, uh huh? Am I missing something here? Since when are human emotions so flip floppy? Especially parents? And her friends were the same way! Moments of intense emotion were just utter crap. I literally think this is the most horribly written book I have ever come across. I don’t mean to be harsh, just wow. It was BAD. I felt like a twelve year old wrote this.
Okay I’m done bashing. I just can’t understand how the writing could be soooo god awful yet I REALLY liked the story. Bit of a conundrum is it not? The romance was really good! I adored Brandon and Celeste. And hey guess what?! Another story without instant love! Their feelings for each other developed slowly, and they genuinely care for each other. Brandon is just an all around wonderful guy, and I liked Celeste most of the time; even though she had the backbone of a jellyfish. *rolls eyes* Celeste stays with Brandon no matter what, and that’s something I really admire. They’re both experiencing something new and profound in the paranormal area yet they both don’t let it affect their feelings for each other. It was just really sweet. If anything the author has a talent for writing teenage romance.
Another aspect of the book I loved was the original take on werewolves. I mean it’s an actual WEREWOLF. Not a shapeshifter! A werewolf! Half man, half wolf! Don’t you just miss the days of American Werewolf in London? I felt like I was transported to a time in paranormal literature without gimmicks. It was a wonderful feeling. I really liked that Brandon still could talk and was relatively human, aside from the extra hair and pointy teeth. Werewolves weren’t “bad” or blood thirsty creatures. And it wasn’t just full moons that triggered the change. A waning or waxing moon that still looks full also triggers the change. It’s funny how the werewolves in this book, and the werewolves in Sisters Red could be polar opposites and yet I enjoyed both versions.
So in summary? Loved the story, hated the writing. The positive and the negative just cancel each other out, leaving me with no firm reason to continue reading these books. Oh and the highschool drama crap going on? I am sorry, but those cliché groups of cliques DO NOT EXIST! Trust me, I’m living it! Celeste’s friends were the bitchiest most stuck up fictional characters I have ever come across. Another strike… So will I continue reading these? The next one I might read out of curiosity for the story. Might. Would I recommend it? That would be a firm no. Unless you like the authors other series, Vampire Kisses, I would definitely not suggest you read this. Maybe I’m a literary snob, but hey tis my honest opinion. It sucks that the writing was so bad, because I really did enjoy the story. Such a shame.