Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Review: Low Red Moon

Title: Low Red Moon
Author: Ivy Devlin
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page Number: 244
Series: Low Red Moon Series - Book 1
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

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.

MY RATING:
Reeled In!

MY THOUGHTS:

Wow, two werewolf books in a row. How'd that happen? In any case, Low Red Moon is quite different from Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver. While Shiver is a love story to the core, Low Red Moon is like a murder mystery mixed with paranormal romance. If you loved Shiver, I'm sure you'll love this too. This was a quick read. I finished it in one sitting.

Avery's parents were murdered, but all she can remember from the night it happened is a flash of inhuman silver. When Avery meets Ben, the new boy revealed to be a werewolf, she feels a connection with him she's never felt with anyone else; a connection with the forest.

I really liked the bond that Avery and Ben had. What I liked even more is that Avery doubted it. She saw a connection between the night of her parents murders and Ben, and she questioned it. Avery was a very determined character. She knew she needed to find out what happened to her parents at any cost. She's struggling with her own blocked mind, the truth of what Ben is and what they have together, and of course one night that changed her life forever.

Ben was, in a way, the classic paranormal YA boy. He was very worried he would hurt Avery, he loves her, and he can't live without her. Renee, Avery's grandmother, was an interesting character. I hope to see more of her story in the next book. Avery's relationship with the forest was like a character in itself. I really hope we get to learn more about that in the next book, too.

The only thing that drew me away from the story was the plot development. The murder mystery aspect and the paranormal aspect didn't really mesh together very well. Also...

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While I'm glad Avery had some doubts about Ben, believing he was the murderer didn't fit well with the story. They spent most of the book talking about how much they trusted each other, but when it was revealed that Ben couldn't remember the night of the murders, Avery ignores her feelings and starts doubting him. This hurt her character in my mind.

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 In the end though, I was reeled into the story and totally ready for the sequel. I can't wait to see where the relationship between Ben and Avery goes, and what will happen next in the world Ivy Devlin created.

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