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Low Red Moon

A book by Ivy Devlin

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  • Sep 1, 2010
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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 that he knows more than he is letting on leads Avery on a search for the truth that will uncover much more than just her parents' killers.

Low Red Moon is a tense and electric mystery whose supernatural elements and haunting, beautiful prose will remind readers of Shiver. Devlin writes very convincingly of grief and confusion as Avery explores her memories and struggles to make sense of what happened the night her parents died. Avery's pursuit of the truth uncovers some surprising facts and leads to some great romantic tension with Ben, though their romance does fall a little flat as Devlin doesn't give much of a basis for the intensity and passion behind their sudden connection. However, her parents' deaths do lead her to repair the relationship with her grandmother that Avery gave up on a long time ago, and that aspect of the book is great to watch develop. The plot does seem to meander a bit toward the climax, though Devlin does throw in quite a nice twist that isn't without irony and packs in plenty of suspense. However, the ending paragraphs seemed completely uncharacteristic of the entire book, and leave the reader with a smile, but also make the book seemed disjointed. Devlin's Low Red Moon is an atmospheric and intriguing paranormal read, but it doesn't quite flow right, making it fall flat.

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review by . September 23, 2010
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 …
review by . August 09, 2010
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 …
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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
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ISBN-10: 1599905108
ISBN-13: 978-1599905105
Author: Ivy Devlin
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
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