Friday, December 3, 2010

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Book:  Low Red Moon
Author:  Ivy Devlin
Published:  September 14, 2010 from Bloomsbury
My edition/number of pages:  ARC/256

Age group:  Young adult
Source:  Author
Series?:  I don’t believe so.

The only thing Avery Hood can remember about the night her parents died is that she saw silver—deadly silver, moving inhumanly fast. As much as she wants to remember who killed them, she can’t, and there’s nothing left to do but try to piece her life back together. Then Avery meets the new boy in school—Ben, mysterious and beautiful, with whom she feels a connection like nothing she’s ever experienced. When Ben reveals he’s a werewolf, Avery still trusts him—at first. Then she sees that sometimes his eyes flash inhuman silver. And she learns that she’s not the only one who can’t remember the night her parents died.Part murder mystery, part grief narrative, and part heart-stopping, headlong romance, Low Red Moon is a must-read for teen paranormal fans. As breathless as Twilight and as spooky as Shiver, this is a book to be devoured in one sitting—by an acclaimed YA author making her paranormal debut under the pseudonym Ivy Devlin.

Low Red Moon is a promising start to Ivy Devlin’s paranormal career.  While it lacked in some areas it definitely made up for it in others.

Avery Hood is the only one who knows what happened to her parents but she can’t remember.  All she can think of is a flash of silver, like the new guy, Ben’s, eyes.  She can’t help but think he might have had something to do with their murders.  She also can’t seem to help the feelings she has for him.  She knows he’s not human but can that keep her away from him?

Avery was a lot stronger than I ever expected.  She watched her parents be murdered but instead of going crazy she determined to catch the killer.  She knew going back into her blocked memories would be painful but that didn’t stop her.  She was a very determined girl and not only with her parents murder.  She was determined to be with Ben.  Their relationship was super intense and kind of out of nowhere but Ben was a good guy.  Their relationship seemed good for Avery.

The plot for Low Red Moon was very fast-paced.  It was a short book but it did seem to answer all my questions.  All the key pieces were discovered and I liked the neat ending.  It does seem like there might be a sequel but I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary.  Of course, I wouldn’t turn down some more Ben!

Overall, Low Red Moon is a quick, interesting book to read.  There are some brutal scenes though so I would recommend this one for older teens.

First line:  I was covered in blood when the police found me.

Writing:  5

Characters:  4

Plot:  5

Ending:  4

Originality:  4

Overall:  22=B+

Cover:  5=A++

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3 Comments

  1. Bere

    Excellent review, Katie! I’ve actually been wanting to read this book for a while but I just haven’t picked it up. I’ll definitely be on the lookout. Thanks, Katie! =)

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