Saturday 5 June 2010

ARC Review: Low Red Moon - Ivy Devlin

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.

Part murder mystery, part grief narrative, and part heart-stopping, headlong romance, Low Red Moon is a must-read for teen paranormal fans.  A powerful YA voice makes her paranormal debut with this breathless, spooky novel - a book to be devoured in one sitting.

Low Red Moon is released in the US in September 2010 and in the UK in February 2011.  I'd like to thank Ivy Devlin for sending me this ARC for a UK book tour.  If you're a UK blogger there is still time to sign up for the tour - click here for more information and to sign up.

For more information visit Ivy Devlin's website

Avery was the only witness to her parent's brutal murder but because of the trauma she has blocked the event from her memory.  All she can think of when she tries to remember what happened is blood and something silver moving impossibly fast.  Everything changed for Avery after that one night - used to living deep in the woods with her parents she is now forced to move into town to stay with the Grandmother she hardly knows.  She is grieving for her parents and desperate to find out what happened to them.

When she meets the new boy at school Ben there is an instant connection between them but Avery quickly recognises something is different about him and soon finds out his secret - he's a werewolf.  Despite the attraction she feels she is unsure if he can be trusted, especially when she sees his eyes flashing an inhuman silver.

I've always been a big fan of werewolf stories so I couldn't wait to read Low Red Moon, I'm so glad I did as I absolutely loved it!  Avery is a fantastic character and I could really feel her confusion and anger over the death of her parents.  I thought her grief was realistically portrayed and I loved the way her relationship with her Grandmother was slowly built throughout the story.  Avery is such a real character that it feels like you're reading about one of your close friends.  Ben was another character I loved and I liked the fact that despite the connection between him and Avery she didn't immediately trust him implicitly no matter what.  That and the fact that Avery refused to just accept whatever Ben told her made their relationship much more believeable. 

The descriptions of the forest made it possible to step into the book and I literally couldn't put it down.  I adored Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater but I think I actually enjoyed Low Red Moon even more - this paranormal debut has everything you could want in a book, it will take you on an emotional roller coaster and leave you desperate for more.  Although the ending wraps things up nicely I really hope Ivy Devlin hasn't finished with these characters - I want to spend more time in the world she has created!  Low Red Moon is a must read for fans of young adult paranormal romance.

Source: Thanks to Ivy Devlin for sending this ARC for a UK Tour

Other Reviews:
Magic Bean Review
So Many Books, So Little Time
Nayu's Reading Corner
Trisha's Book Blog
If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.


  1. Great review Sarah. I have to raise this issue because it has been bothering me this week. What is it with new guys? Why are they hot? Surely it is the newbie at a school that gets picked on. Anyway, I'm thinking this is just a literary device but it is one that bothers me.

  2. Hi Becky, I'm glad you liked my review :o) I have to say I think I can understand the attraction with new guys. The kids you grew up with you watched go through their awkward spotty phases and know most of their embarassing secrets. That makes the mysterious new guy that you don't know anything about even more attractive. That isn't to say that the guys you grew up with aren't attractive but there is something to be said for mysterious LOL :o)

  3. Oh, this sounds fantastic! I enjoy a good werewolf book. I will have to add this to my TBR list. Great review!

  4. Awesome review - really sold this one to me! Just signed up for the book tour, yay!x

  5. @ Christina - I have a bit of a thing for werewolves too & I definitely liked Ben LOL :o)

    @ Carly - yay welcome to the tour! I hope you enjoy Low Red Moon as much as I did :o) Can't wait to see what you think of it

  6. Here is my review:

  7. Thanks for adding my link Trisha :o) I've added yours too!



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