- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Hardback | 244 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 25mm | 363g
- Publication date: 14 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1599905108
- ISBN 13: 9781599905105
- Sales rank: 512,861
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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By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012
Avery, our main character and narrator, is as plain as the story she's telling, revising the murder of her parents the whole time. Her thoughts are mostly marked by iteration loops of questions and thoughts. This girl has talents and because they are paranormal they need no further explanation, still they seem so weird.
We witness an immediate attraction between Avery and Ben, the male protagonist. I am a fan of magical first sight attractions but the relationship between Avery and Ben comes out very unreasonable and annoying. The make out scenes, although without further reason behind, are good but at some points a turn-off.
Secondary characters are also weakly constructed elements that only help to delay the already very short story a bit. During the whole read I didn't get to like one single character enough to care for his end. That might be because Devlin doesn't offer a profound background to their story or only involves them in hollow dialogues and meaningless actions.
Devlin's writing style is average, defined by a low vocabulary diversity and a series of the same or similar phrase structures.
The murder case does have some potential, but Devlin only developed an obvious and boring conclusion. From the beginning I knew how LOW RED MOON was going to end. Facts and details that are hyped throughout the entire novel turn out to be rational explanations in the end, nothing paranormal. So I was confused about the involvement of paranormal creatures where it does not even fit or would be necessary to realise the plot.
I have got no idea what the low red moon is supposed to mean and why each time the word "moon" is mentioned in the text, it's highlighted in red ink.
What I appreciate is that Bloomsbury created a costly graphic design, working with the colors black, red and white and the picture of a forest.The story is set in a wooded landscape, so the layout definitely fits the story of LOW RED MOON.
An average writing cannot save Devlin's hollow characters and dialogues. In this case I would suggest less trying to incorporate paranormal elements and a higher focus on the establishment of a serious murder case. Unfortunately not a 2011 UK debut I would recommend, but in the end you should try it yourselves to find out if you like it.
By Gaby @ Starting Fresh 13 Oct 2010
Low Red Moon opens with the violent murder of Avery's family. Avery has blocked out most of the details of the attack. The first responders found Avery covered in blood -- trying to piece her parents' bodies back together.
With her home deemed officially a crime scene closed off to her, Avery moves in with her grandmother, Renee, in a house in town. Avery is slow to adjust: she misses the home her parents built and their life in the middle of the woods. The constants of her old life are gone from the solar panels to the walks in the dark and quiet woods. Avery starts out awkward with Renee but as she comes to understand the her family history, things improve. The interaction between Renee and Avery is one of the book's strengths. Devlin captures the nuances and tentativeness of their relationship.
My favorite part of the book is the love story between Avery and the mysterious new student Ben. From the first time that Avery sees him to the excitement and elation when they discover their mutual attraction and their later heartbreak, Low Red Moon a captivating and engrossing story of young love. It's a book to share with teens and adults alike.
ISBN-10: 1599905108 - Hardcover
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (September 14, 2010), 256 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
By TeensReadToo 02 Oct 2010
Avery Hood's parents suffered a gruesome death - and she was there. But she doesn't remember anything about that horrifying night. Living with her grandmother, she learns the world is full of secrets. When she meets Ben, she realizes he's different. And something evil is trying to get to her. Ben helps her find out just what happened that night and her memory slowly comes back. But does she remember in time?
This book was a little weird for me. I read it all in one sitting, but several times I found myself looking up and thinking that I wasn't sure if I was enjoying the book or not. But now that I'm done with it, I really did enjoy it.
It was hard to get into at first. The writing seemed a little choppy, like it didn't flow that well. Then I got used to it and didn't notice it at all. At the same time, it was very easy to picture in my head. I could see it being made into an action/horror movie and I think it would translate well. And the ending, well, let's just say that I didn't figure it out until only a couple of pages before Avery did (which is a good thing - I like being surprised).
The characters themselves were good. I liked Avery and Renee. There is definitely more about Renee that I want to know about. And Ben was okay, but I have to say that I didn't really like their instant connection. It was too fast for me, even knowing that they're bonded.
That being said, there has to be a sequel! I am left wanting to know so much more! Like I said before, I want to know more about Renee. I want to know WHY Ben and Avery are bonded. I want to know more about Avery's power. And I want to know just what is coming! Please let there be a sequel!