Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Published:  September 14th 2010
Book Tour Provider:  Star Book Tours

Hardcover, 256 pages

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?

Ivy Devlin opens up her book right into the action… Avery wakes up, surrounded by blood and her dead parents.  Unfortunately, Avery can not remember what happened to her parents, no matter how hard she tries.  The only thing that she can remember is a sudden streak of a silver flash, that she knows is dangerous and the cause of her parents death.
With her parents dead, Avery goes to live with her Grandmother, who has been absent from her life for some time.  That is not the only new thing in Avery’s life either.  There is Ben, the new boy at school.  She feels oddly connected to Ben, and can even feel what he is feeling.  But there is something off with him: sometimes Avery can see a flash of silver in his eyes, but there is something else that she doesn’t know what to think of.  Avery doesn’t know if she should be afraid of Ben and what he is all the while trying to remember what exactly happened to her parents….

Ivy Devlin did a great job in presenting Avery’s heartbreak and confusion.  You really do feel that you are in the mind of Avery, thinking and feeling as she does.  Ivy Devlin also did an amazing job at describing Avery’s surroundings:  as the reader you feel both afraid and comforted by the woods/forest that is home to Avery (you know something bad lurks out there but you also know that is where Avery feels the safest).

I was a little confused at the sudden connection that Avery and Ben had in the book – I feel that it came on too quickly without much development.  Avery’s reactions to Ben’s sudden appearances wasn’t completely believable (at least I would be a bit scared if some boy, no matter how cute he was, suddenly appeared at my side and told me to go home). 

Overall, this was a good book.  I am not a huge fan of werewolf fiction but Ivy Devlin did a great job.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes Paranormal Fiction and those who are even looking for a break from all the Vampire Fiction.

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