Saturday, April 9, 2011

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Published: September 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 244
Copy: From Library
Summary: 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.

I LOVED this book.  A short, quick read, it was never-the-less intense and absorbing.  The story starts off with an extremely graphic bang, and never really seemed to slow down from that point on.  I found myself making all sorts of wild guesses as to who the killer is and while I did eventually guess correctly - I was almost at the end before I was sure.

Avery, the main protagonist, is well written and believable and I found her memory loss rather compelling.  Her trust/distrust of Ben, the new kid in school was very believable and I didn't question any of her choices, as I sometimes find myself  doing.  The romance was wonderful and I enjoyed both the urgency and the restaint.  Something else I enjoyed was the fact that the story wrapped up very nicely, with just enough loose ends to encourage a second book, but nothing to leave you hanging.

To be honest, there's not a lot I can tell you about this book without giving away major spoilers and I don't want to do that, but I'm certain if you are fans of 'The Body Finder' and/or 'Shiver' you'll enjoy this book. One neat feature was that every time the word 'moon' appears, it's in red ink.  Odd, but strangely alluring!  All in all, highly enjoyable and a pleasure to recommend.

1 comment:

  1. Great review. This sounds like it might be really interesting. I love thrillers... especially when you can't guess who it is for a long while.