Belinda Reviews: Ivy Devlin's "Low Red Moon"
Avery Hood cannot remember too much of the night her parents were murdered. Her brain is protecting her from the horrid memories that lurk just under the surface. Ben is the new boy and he’s beautiful, he’s different and his eyes flash silver. He only has eyes for Avery, but when he can’t remember the night Avery’s parents were murdered, it sets off warning bells. Who is the guilty party, and what really is the truth behind the local stories of strange creatures in the forests?
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It has ample suffering from the grieving Avery and the struggle she has with making nice with her estranged grandmother, Renee. There’s a small bit of romance and it is sweet enough to outshine the gore of the opening scene, where we see the pieces of the fateful night as Avery remembers it.
I had to do a double take in a couple of places where I thought I was rereading Twilight all over again, but thankfully, Ivy dodges out of those particular scenes rather quickly. Avery and Ben are not Bella and Edward, by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t think you would catch Ben dead in a Volvo, and Avery is no victim. Even if you borrowed this one from the library, it’s worth the day or two it’ll take to get through it. I think I’ll even go see if I can find the second book in the series, Moonrise, it looks like it’ll be fun.
Ivy Devlin – Low Red Moon
ISBN: 1599905108 (ISBN13: 9781599905105)
Published September 14th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Paperback, 244 pages