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Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Pages: 256

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: A tale of heart-stopping love, death, amnesia . . . and dangerous creatures

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.

Avery can’t remember a thing and the only thing she’s sure of is that her parents are dead. After “waking up” in a pool of her parents blood Avery discovers that life isn’t what it used to be. No more leisurely walks through the woods, no more home made jam from her mother and definitely no more poorly constructed add-on’s to their home by her father. Left with an unfinished sun room, much of Avery’s memories of that fateful day are quite similar…incomplete. For now all she can do is rely on the unusual new bond with newcomer Ben and hope that she too doesn’t fall victim to the predator in the woods.

Call me silly, but I didn’t actually connect this story to the classic, Little Red Riding Hood until nearly the end of the book. Avery’s last name, Hood, didn’t even give it away. A new take on the “Big Bad Wolf” now as a werewolf, Low Red Moon is a unique story with an even more intriguing heroine. Avery isn’t your run of the mill type of girl, she’s special and for some reason she’s connected to the forest in a way that affects her not only emotionally but physically. Her sudden connection with Ben, a new guy who moved in with an Uncle who lives near her parents home, leads to more than she would have first assumed.

What I did know right from the beginning were that there were werewolves in her humble forest and her killer could quite possibly be one. Another thing I knew straight away was who the killer was, though it wasn’t directly stated, it was just something I picked up on. Unfortunately this doesn’t bode well for me, it’s one of those things that I either move past or just accept and I could do either. It could be that Avery continually went back over the event of her parents dieing, her obsession with Ben that seemed a little too similar to Edward and Bella (Twilight) for my tastes, or that she never explored why she felt uncomfortable around certain people in the community. I felt like the story was also a bit choppy at times, as if it could have been expanded in some areas and cut back in others; granted I read an Advanced Readers Copy of the novel and this could contribute to this.

Overall Low Red Moon was a quick, fast paced read that I do believe fans of the paranormal as well as fairytale fans will rather enjoy. For me, it left me wanting in parts. I wanted more of the story about the wolves, more about her Grandmother Renee, more about the killer and less of the romance that at times felt pushed. The ending was left completely wide-open and so I’m honestly waiting to see where the author goes with the story. It may be that many of my issues with the story are resolved in subsequent novels. Low Red Moon is the beginning of what could potentially be a great series if it’s done right and I’m eager to see it progress.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 14 and up. A new take on an old fairytale with an intriguing heroine. A bit graphic in parts, so those easily frightened would be mindful not to read before bed!

For the Comments: What do you think of the recent insurgence of fairytale re-tellings? Yay or Nay?

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8 Responses to Book Review: Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

  1. Shy says:

    I’ve to admit that I am not really a big fan of were books so I am not entirely sure I’ll be reading this one in the near future. While I am a fan of fairy tale re-telling, I would prefer if not so many books of that kind being published closely together. I don’t know about others, but when that happen, I begins to feel bored of the books rather quickly.

  2. NotNessie says:

    Nice, balanced review. I for one am very PRO fairy tale retellings- I love them! I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up, though. It always sort of annoys me to know who the bad guy is right from the beginning.

  3. carol says:

    I like re-tellings, but this sounds like one I’ll be passing on. The Twilight comparison was the nail in the coffin, I think.

  4. Ooooo I should try this. I love wolves and I dig retellings 🙂

  5. Charlotte says:

    Oh good grief–I didn’t pick up on R.R. Hood until I read your review!

  6. Gina says:

    Great job on the review Danielle! Egads, just made the Little Red connection now…. *shakes head* The finalized version of the book (as I understand it) had an additional 50 pages or more so they may have solved the choppy part. I’d be curious to hear from someone that read that version to find out too!

    As for the fairytale retellings….can’t say I have huge feelings either way on it. If it ends up as a good story in the end, I’m all for it….so long as they don’t try to replace the original (they are classics after all for a reason). Happy reading!

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  8. Summy 3 says:

    This book is a fantastic and i have red it over 20 time’s (still continuing to!) I think this book has some dry patches but only a few. It is my favourite book and is an exciting and heart racing adventure!

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