Avery Hood's parents have been murdered, and she can't remember what happened except for a flash of silver. It's all she can do to pick up the pieces and try to make sense of her new life. When Avery meets the new boy at school, everything is different. She's still dealing with the grief over her parents' deaths, but now there's a new distraction. But despite her intense attraction to Ben, there's something about him, something silver in his eyes, that makes her doubt him. When other residents of the forest are found killed, it becomes more important than ever for Avery to recover her memories, even if she is afraid the killer is someone she knows.
Low Red Moon is a strange combination of paranormal mystery and something else mystical. This story just didn't flow well for me. Devlin tries to weave together so many different parts of the story, such as Avery's grief, her relationship with Ben, her desire to remember, and her relationship with her grandmother. Unfortunately, the transitions in between were not very smooth, especially at the beginning through the middle of the story. It took a while for me to get into the story, and by that time, I already started to figure out the outcome of the story. The thing that sat the least well for me, though, was Avery's mystical connection to the forest. Devlin doesn't explain its purpose well, so it seems more an accessory to the story than an important element. The action at the end of the novel was exciting to read, but overall, I wasn't very taken with this story. Low Red Moon was not one of the better paranormal books I've read.
Low Red Moon may appeal to fans of Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Death at Deacon Pond by E.M. Alexander.
I really did not like Low Red Moon. A girl, mourning her parents' vicious murder must race to discover who is behind them because her life is in danger. This is mostly a mourning and coping narrative. Huge chunks of plot seem too convenient and others unnecessary. The werewolf part of the story is rather asinine and really didn't belong there. The story could have been told without it. The dialogue and narrative echoed a cheesy romance … more
Avery remembers nothing from the night her parents died. One day she's just a normal girl, living deep in the woods, and the next her her parents are murdered, she's sent to live with a grandmother she hardly knows anymore, and is plagued my vague recollections of flashes of silver and whispers of creatures that are part human, part wolf. Then she meets Ben, who seems to know exactly how she is feeling and shows up whenever she ventures into the forest. His dire warnings and the itching feeling … more
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Seventeen-year-old Avery Hood has lived a peaceful yet isolated life deep within the woods until the night of her parents' violent murders. Suddenly orphaned and living with her estranged grandmother, Avery's memories of that night are fragmented. Then Avery meets Ben Dusic, a sexy werewolf with his own tragic past. The two are fatefully connected, able to sense one another's feelings and desires, which leads to intense make-out sessions. Ben senses that Avery is in extreme danger as her parents' home sits empty on valuable land. As Avery reclaims some of her memories, her connection to Ben and her suspicions about his involvement intensify. Avery's first-person narration often seems repetitive as she tries to come to terms with her loss, and the initial pacing seems slow—until things really start to heat up after Avery and Ben make contact. While Twilight comparisons cannot be avoided, this lusty yet somber romance has merit on its own. Grades 7-10. --Kimberly Garnick