I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2010-09-14
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
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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 by Ivy Devlin gets off to a crazy start. The reader finds oneself in the middle of the immediate aftermath of the murder of Avery’s parents who live in the secluded area of the woods. Some insane stuff is going down. Avery, who witnesses the murder has suppressed her memory of it and cannot remember who the culprit was. She then leaves her home in the woods and goes to live with her estranged grandmother. From there, the rest of the book is about how Avery is trying to remember who committed the murder.
As with the crop of paranormal young adult novels lately, in Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin there is a mysterious boy hiding a secret. Ben, our mystery boy, falls for Avery without any real explanation. I mean, he shows up in school, wearing moccasins, then 20 pages later they are making out, for some odd reason. Par for the course, I guess.
While reading Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin, I always felt that Avery was just out of arm’s reach. I was not able to fully connect with her or truly care about her relationship with Ben or the deal with her parents. I mean, the book progresses in a linear fashion, the things occurring do get explained, but I was still left slightly confused. I mean, I would have been so on board if more plot elements had been explained, or if we had a slower development with Avery and Ben’s relationship. I just felt Avery was bland. I mean, okay, I get she is dealing with so much stress. But she’s got one friend, who isn’t really a very good friend, and her boyfriend. We don’t see her interact with very many other people, and it’s a whole lot of internal reflection. Which is fine and dandy, but just not what I prefer in a book.
Now, I think the writing was stylistically better than what I have read with other paranormals. I tend to see this type of book as brain candy or guilty pleasure. Now, don’t get me twisted, because I do enjoy this sort of book. However, I thought Low Red Moon lacked a certain X factor that I like with my PNR.
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