Thursday, January 20, 2011

Low Red Moon - Ivy Devlin - 2010

Title: Low Red Moon
Author: Ivy Devlin
Year: 2010
Date Read: 1-20-2011
Overall: * * 1/2 (2.5/5)

GoodReads Blurb: 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.

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My Review: Avery witnessed her parents' murder, though she doesn't, or can't, remember a thing about it. This story follows the week or so following the murder as she tries to piece together the missing bits, and as she meets the new, sort of strange, boy who might know more about that night.
Avery and Ben have a very quick relationship. The whole book is very quick, actually. It is hard to get to know the characters when the time span is so short and we don't get to experience them in a lot of different situations. Avery was a bit bland, she wasn't terrible by any means, but she wasn't particularly special, and though Ben is supposed to be a hottie, I couldn't really picture it.
Her "blood red" piece of hair was a bit weird, and creepy. Especially when it smelled or tasted like blood. Also, the whole "trees can feel and are mourning" thing was a bit forced, and it didn't really fit in with the rest of the story. It could have been explained better.
I wish there had been more about Louis, Ben's uncle, in the story. He seemed like an interesting character with a good story to tell. A lot more background could have been added to make sense of all the characters, actually. What happened with Louis and Renee, what happened with Renee and Avery's parents, and maybe more of an explanation as to what led Ron to do what he did.
I thought it was amusing how Devlin (aka Elizabeth Scott) avoided using the term werewolf at all costs. Characters who were about to say it or even think that word had their words or thoughts immediately cut off by someone else speaking. It's bad when it feels like even the author is ashamed of the creatures in their own book. And, I am not quite sure where the title came from. The moon was mentioned a few times, but no more than any other book. So I am not really sure of its significance. The ending was left a little open, so I am wondering if she will attempt a sequel or not.
I did like a lot of the story, though. It wasn't as predictable as I was expecting it to be, even though some parts were very Twilight-ish. I liked that Avery had some special sort of sight when it came to wolves, and I liked how she needed the forest and needed to see her old house to find out what happened to her parents. Her grief and confusion was really well written.

To Buy: Amazon

Currently Reading: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Bleed by Lauri Faria Stolarz

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