August 27, 2010

Review: Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (first published August 2nd 2010)
ISBN: 1599905108 (ISBN13: 9781599905105)

Avery Hood is reeling from the loss of her parents--and the fact that she can't remember what happened to them even though she was there.

She's struggling to adjust to life without them, and to living with her grandmother, when she meets Ben, who isn't like any guy she's ever met before.

It turns out there's a reason why, and Ben's secret may hold the key to Avery finding out what happened to her parents...

But what if that secret changes everything she knows about--and feels for--Ben?


I received Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin for review from 1 ARC Tours. I actually signed up and was really excited to read it. 

Low Red Moon is a very fast paced book. It starts with Avery being found by her parents dead bodies, and how she has no memory of who or what killed her parents. All she can remember is all the blood she had on her hands and her clothes. She lives in a small town so everyone in the town knows what happened to her and how she cannot remember.

Whenever Avery walks into a school it is uncomfortable for her because everyone just stares at her. She tries very hard through out the whole book to try to remember exactly what happened. Avery meets Ben, a new boy in school who is already different from the other students. At first Ben and Avery do not say a word to each other, but that changes one day when Avery decides to take a walk in the woods. She bumps into Ben in the woods and their relationship kicks off from there. 

Low Red Moon is a very suspenseful story. Avery has no idea what happened to her parents and as she continues to try and remember, things just go from bad to worse. Those she thought she could trust are now giving her doubt, including Ben.

To me Low Red Moon was an okay book. I felt that Ivy Devlin did not really give us a lot about her characters for me to like any of them. Ben and Avery's relationship was rushed. I love a book that gets to the point from page one, but I also like it when it all makes sense. With Low Red Moon the more I kept reading the more I felt like something was just missing in the story. I had no connection with Ben or Avery at all. Though you can feel a chemistry between the two, it just did not feel real. Ben does not say a word to Avery and then one day in the woods they bump into each other share two or three words and then kiss.

The Plot of the story is actually really good and that is what kept me reading. Ivy had a very good story to tell, but like I said before, she could have added more to the story and given us more about her characters. I kept reading and felt where Ivy Devlin was trying to take the story, but it just did not get there. It was good enough to keep hold of my attention and continue to read, but It could have been so much better in my opinion. The ending was really good and if there were a part two I would try to read it. 
I do want to say though, that the ARC I have is only 196 pages and GoodReads says it's really 256 pages. So I am hoping that she added more to the story and it all falls into place because I don't think this ARC did the book justice. 

I give this book 3 Stars out of 5 Stars.


  1. I really enjoyed your honest review of Low Red Moon. I know what you are saying about the characters relationships. I had to review a book with a similar problem. But the fact that you said the plot was really good makes me want to give Low Red Moon a try.

  2. Interesting! Thanks for the honest review -- I hate rushed stories -- here's hoping the final version has some more meat on it's bones!

  3. I felt pretty similar about this one (I think I gave it a 3/5 too). I wish the author would have taken a little more time to get me to actually like the characters. I didn't really care for them at all, though I thought the plot was interesting.

    P.S. LOVE your new layout! :D

  4. Thanks for the review. This book sounds really good. I added it to my book wish list.



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