Avery Wood doesn’t remember anything about the night her parents were brutally murdered, she just recalls becoming aware when the police arrived to find her covered in blood. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin is about Avery’s struggle to adjust to her new world, with the death of her parents Avery finds herself living with the grandmother that her father wouldn’t speak to and the few friends she had obtained in high school avoid her. Then she meets Ben, a mysterious new boy in school that she feels drawn to, but Ben is more than he appears. As suspicious events start to happen, Avery’s memory begins to come back and she starts to fear that Ben had something to do with her parents’ death. But Avery finds herself drawn to Ben and senses the loneliness she feels is also felt by Ben.
Devlin’s world where rumors have always existed about creatures living in the forests that surround the town was interesting, as was Avery’s involvement with the woods. I liked the story but Avery’s involvement with the world around her seems a bit disjointed but that may have been deliberate on the part of the author because Avery’s world has been changed in horrible ways. I actually felt like the novel could have gone a bit more in depth then it did, it just felt a little rushed. That being said, I enjoyed the novel and it was a quick read.
The copy I have is an ARC (advance reader copy) and I am very interested to see the finished product. My copy has some of the words in the first chapter printed in red, I am interested to see if the finished product has that also. It also has some beautiful graphics on the bottom corner of each page. I love books and the incorporation of different elements in the finished bound product is interesting and enticing for me as a reader.
Title: Low Red Moon
Author: Ivy Devlin
Page Nos.: 256
Release Date: September 14, 2010
Available for purchase: Bloomsbury, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.