A tale of heart-stopping love, death, amnesia . . . and dangerous creaturesReview:
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. When Ben reveals he's a werewolf, Avery still trusts him—at first. Then she sees that sometimes his eyes flash 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. As breathless as Twilight and as spooky as Shiver, this is a book to be devoured in one sitting—by an acclaimed YA author making her paranormal debut under the pseudonym Ivy Devlin.
As soon as I first saw this book I just knew I was going to love it, and as it turned out, my first instincts were completely right, because Low Red Moon is a delightful, romantic, and spellbinding addition to the world of paranormal YA. A read all you YA lovers out there simply can't miss!
From the first page, the reader is transported to the world of Woodlake, a pretty little unknown town in America; one that's been cast the scene of several gruesome murders. Two of those murders were Avery's parents, and ever since the fateful day she was found in between their bodies, she still can't remember what exactly occurred. The only thing she does remember is silver, which is the color of the new boy's eyes- a boy she can't stop thinking of; one who may have her parent's death secret locked inside him.
Avery was a thoroughly three dimensional character because through Deviln's writing you could truly feel her distraught over her parents death to her desire for Ben, the alluring, secretive new boy, to her craving for the life she once had radiating off the page. I found her to be extremely likable and a character who I constantly rooted for. Ben, the alluring new boy, was anther character I liked a lot. I loved how he was so caring when it came to Avery, and I have to admit Avery and his steamy romance was one of my favorite parts of the novel. Though, I personally would have liked more development into it.
Further more, the plot of this one was one that constantly had me on the edge of my seat, dying to know what would occur next. I really enjoyed Ivy's vivid and brief writing style because it never gave the you too much nor too little detail, instead just the right amount to have you enamored in Avery and Ben's world. Also, I loved how she gave took the topic of werewolves and made it her own through new characteristics.
In all, Low Red Moon is a hauntingly romantic read that I highly suggest you pick up, and through this creative read, Ivy has developed herself as a paranormal writer I'll definitely be going back to for more fantastic stories. Especially if one of them is a sequel to this.
Low Red Moon will be released September 14, 2010!
Source: Publicist. Thanks, Kate!
Now, for the Q and A with Ivy....
Q: In your opinion what are the top three reasons why teens, or even adults, should consider picking up Low Red Moon the next time they see it online or in stores?
A: Romance, loss, *and* a mystery--all wrapped up in a very pretty cover (thank you, Bloomsbury!)
Q: Low Red Moon is told from Avery Hood’s point of view so would you tell us a little about her? Also, if you could offer her any advice, what would you say?
A: Avery Hood--and her story--is obviously inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. When the story opens, she's just seen something terrible happen, but she can't remember it, and as she's struggling to remember, she's also having to deal with a new life--and a new guy that's in it.
As for offering Avery advice--I like to think she does a pretty good job of taking care of herself, especially considering what she's been through.
Q: What inspired you to make Woodlake Low Red Moon's setting?
A: Aside from Little Red Riding Hood, I've always loved the woods--I grew up surrounded by trees, and it was lovely to think about the beauty (and shadows) that any forest holds.
Q: If Low Red Moon had a theme song what would it be?
A: The song that stuck with me most as I was writing the book was Fast As You Can by Fiona Apple. You can see a playlist for Low Red Moon on my website, http://www.ivydevlin.com/.
Q: How did the title Low Red Moon come to be?
A: Low Red Moon by Belly was on a cd my editor made for me, and it ended up becoming the book's title! (The original title was Red)
Q: If you were offered the chance to live in any book for one day, which book would you choose?
A: None! I'm happy with my life :-)
Thanks, Ivy! :)