Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Review: Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

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?
(from Goodreads)


Low Red Moon is an addictive read, I gulped it down in one sitting, staying up way past my bedtime to find out what happened. It is deliciously creepy in that tales around the campfire, shivers down the spine, I'll just check the doors locked, kind of way.

It's also a love story and a gorgeous, heart stopping, swoonworthy one too. Avery and Ben have so much chemistry, and their scenes together are so hot, I'm surprised the book didn't combust. They do have one of those instant connections but it's tempered by the fact that Avery herself questions if it's real or not and doubts wonders whether she can really trust Ben.

I loved Avery, as a character she is strong, determined and independent. Of course, I loved her relationship with Ben but I also liked her relationship with her estranged Grandmother, Reene. It added another dimension to the book. As does Avery's connection to the forest, which is almost a character in itself. I'm really interested to see how that plays out.

The ending is nail biting. I was only one step ahead of Avery in working things out, which meant I was gripping the book mentally shouting out her not do this, or that, or for crying out loud RUN!

If you loved Shiver, Beautiful Creatures or were Team Jacob you're going to love Low Red Moon.


Nothing to do with the story but I adored the cover of the book. I hope they keep it and I loved the little drawings of trees on chapter pages and at the bottom of each page. It's so pretty and it makes it feel a little like the story has been transcribed from folklore, or maybe that's me being made fanciful by lack of sleep.

14 comments:

  1. Great review! I'm really interested in reading this book. :)

    Btw, is the author actually Elizabeth Scott? I can't remember where I heard this, so I was just wondering if it's true or not. ^^

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  2. Oh this sounds delicious. I need to read this! Great review Alexa!

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  3. A.J - I heard that rumour too and having read the book, I'm thinking yes :)

    Jessica - Thanks! ooh delicious is the perfect word for this book. Delicious and atmospheric!

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  4. AJ and Alexa- It is Elizabeth Scott. She was signing copies at BEA and I got one (well, actually two- one's signed, the other's not)! Great review! I'm now even more excited to read it since Grace (at least for me) was a bit of a letdown, even though they're both completely different reads.

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  5. BookChic - Thank you! And I think it is exactly your kind of book! Interesting, did she explain why she's using a pseudonym? I'm really curious or nosey :)


    I can't find a word to express how I felt about GRACE. I didn't love it the way I LOVE her other books but I don't think your meant to feel that way about it. I'm still working on the review, which is slighlty epic now.

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  6. Sounds amazing! And if it's by Elizabeth Scott, I definitely need to read it :) Thanks for the review!

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  7. Meredith - no problem. Ivy is actually giving away two copies on her blog

    http://www.ivydevlin.com/2010/06/bea-wow.html

    If you're interested.

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  8. Officially entered the contest. Thanks, Alexa!

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  9. This sounds wonderful!!! I absolutely love creepy books--as long as they're not TOO creepy. Is this too creepy? :) Thanks for the review--it's on my list of books to read!

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  10. You make this sound like a must read, Alexa! :) I'm very excited now. Thanks for the great review.

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  11. Meredith - excellent good luck!

    Kim - well I am a total wimp but I love being scared this was the perfect amount. :) Although I did read it when Tom was away and slept with the light on LOL!

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  12. Angie - Well I loved it. Did you snag a copy at BEA?

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  13. I love how amazing you make this book sound! It's going on my wishlist right now, your review was wonderful. I'm curious though because it was kind of vague, is this a paranormal novel? Or is that a secret :P Oh, and I seriously love the name Avery!

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  14. Audrey - Thanks. I really hope you like it!! Yes it is paranormal. I try to be careful about spoilers because I hate them! I love the name Avery too, although I don't expect my husband will let me use it if we have a girl next time.

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