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Review: “Low Red Moon,” Ivy Devlin

February 7, 2011
Review: “Low Red Moon,” Ivy DevlinLow Red Moon (Low Red Moon #1)
Written by Ivy Devlin
Published September, 2010 by Bloomsbury
244 pages
Genres: Werewolves / Shifters
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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.

I was pretty excited to read this book; to say it left me disappointed is an understatement. I wasn’t involved with the plot or the characters at all. I found the mystery to be pretty predictable and cliche… I felt as if Low Red Moon was trying to hard to be like every other YA novel on the market and I couldn’t find anything about it that was unique or enthralling.

I read on goodreads that someone found the only redeeming quality of this story to be the relationship between Avery and her grandmother, Renee. To be honest I didn’t even find that interesting. The characters felt hollow and flat to me and I didn’t find myself becoming tethered to anyone in particular.

The ‘romance’ between Avery and Ben felt fake. I really detest when people fall ‘in love’ with one another within a few chapters and have no qualms about admitting it out loud. It just feels so… young and naive. The only thing I was mildly intrigued by was the werewolf lore; but then there was hardly anything at all about that in the whole book. Whenever Ben would start to explain, he’d cut himself off and Avery hardly asked any questions other than the silly norm; ‘silver bullets’, ‘full moon’, etc.

The thing with Avery’s hair was silly and I could make no sense of it. A connection to the forest? How and why? How is that meant to reflect upon a person through their hair? And why does her hair smell and taste like blood, just that one streak? It all seemed so nonsensical to me. At the end it hinted that ‘something was coming’ and foreshadowed a sequel. I try and keep an open mind when delving into a new story, a new author and new characters, but I just don’t think I even want to go there.

Spoilers ahead for the ending! When the ‘killer’ was revealed at the end I think I actually rolled my eyes a little at the chapter cliffhangers. It was just so… I can’t even describe it! I had no idea how he actually went ‘down’ or anything in the end because I couldn’t make sense of anything I was reading. It was just so silly to me. It felt like there was no substance at all behind it.

I really wanted to like Low Red Moon, but I didn’t at all! I just don’t understand the intrigue… I suppose I’ll go off to goodreads now and read some five star reviews in order to find out what people did like about the story. If you liked it, please let me know what it was you enjoyed.

Recommended to: Anyone looking for a light read, I guess.

About Ivy Devlin

Also known as 'Ivy Devlin', Elizabeth Scott grew up in a town so small it didn't even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. Now she lives just outside Washington, DC with her husband, firmly believes you can never own too many books.

4 Comments

  • Reply Tiger Holland February 12, 2011 at 8:27 am

    *sigh* Same here. This one had so much potential, but then we got instant love, the hair thing, the unsatisfying revelation about the killer…it wasn’t enjoyable.

    • Reply Brittany February 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      I agree! I hired this one out from the library. Something made me NOT buy it – I think it was intuition that it wouldn’t be as good as I’d hoped :(

  • Reply Alice Dwyer February 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    That is very disappointing. I’m reading it now (30 pages in). Thank you for the honest review.

    • Reply Brittany February 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      I’m interested in seeing what you think once you finish it (or get further into it) There are plenty of great reviews for the book, but it just wasn’t my thing.

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