Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin is a YA novel with crossover appeal. The cover is gorgeous and the story quickly draws you in.
Her parents are dead. She can't remember what happened. And now she's in love with the most dangerous creature in the forest.
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. Ben is a werewolf, but Avery trusts him -- at first. Then she sees that sometimes his eyes flash an inhuman silver. And she learns that she's not the only one who can't remember the night her parents died.
Low Red Moon opens with the violent murder of Avery's family. Avery has blocked out most of the details of the attack. The first responders found Avery covered in blood -- trying to piece her parents' bodies back together.
With her home deemed officially a crime scene closed off to her, Avery moves in with her grandmother, Renee, in a house in town. Avery is slow to adjust: she misses the home her parents built and their life in the middle of the woods. The constants of her old life are gone from the solar panels to the walks in the dark and quiet woods. Avery starts out awkward with Renee but as she comes to understand the her family history, things improve. The interaction between Renee and Avery is one of the book's strengths. Devlin captures the nuances and tentativeness of their relationship.
My favorite part of the book is the love story between Avery and the mysterious new student Ben. From the first time that Avery sees him to the excitement and elation when they discover their mutual attraction and their later heartbreak, Low Red Moon a captivating and engrossing story of young love. It's a book to share with teens and adults alike.
ISBN-10: 1599905108 - Hardcover $16.99
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (September 14, 2010), 256 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
About the Author:
Ivy Devlin is a debut author. Learn more about her at http://www.ivydevlin.com