Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

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Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

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Category: Teens
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Catherine Bakes
Reviewed by Catherine Bakes
Summary: Avery's parents died in front of her. Torn apart by something by something inhuman, and all she can remember from that night is silver. When the new boy, Ben, comes to town and his eyes flash silver, Avery starts to question whether fairytales are fictional, or if werewolves really do exist.
Buy? No Borrow? Yes
Pages: 256 Date: February 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1408813980

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Avery's parents have been murdered, they’ve been literally torn apart, and Avery saw the whole thing. But her minds blocked it out, all she remembers is seeing something inhumanly fast, flashes of silver, and blood, lots of blood. Whatever killed her parents is still out there, and is trying to kill her.

The family home is a crime scene, so she is forced to move in with her Grandmother, Renee, who has been estranged from her son, and Avery for years. Trying to cope with the grief of her parents death and building a relationship with a Grandmother she’s never really known is tough.

Then Avery meets the new boy, Ben. There's something about him that draws her in, like they are connected, and he understands when the rest of the school whisper and call her cursed. But then Avery sees something in Ben's eyes – a flash of silver and she's forced to confront things she never thought she would have too. Are werewolves real? Do they really live in the forest surrounding her town? And if Ben is a werewolf, did he murder her parents?

When Low Red Moon came through my letterbox, I was pretty impressed. The production quality of this book is outstanding – the shiny red cover, the red printed picture at the top of every page, and the way whenever the word moon appears it is printed in red. It's pretty snazzy!

Despite my excitement about the physical book itself, I must say I was a little disappointed with the story. The whole thing has an air of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer about it, which really put me off; the way the characters meet is the same as Twilight, the sulkiness of Ben in all a bit too Edward Cullen for my liking and the stay away from me I'm dangerous. I suppose it depends on how much you like Twilight whether you see this as a good thing or a bad thing, but me for it was a bad thing.

Although, this book was easy and quick to read, and quite enjoyable, it didn't really grab me, which I was really disappointed about. In some places I think it really does rely a bit too heavily on being carried on the back of Twilight. The ending, I have to say, was also a letdown, and a bit anti-climatic. I didn't connect with the characters, especially Ben, which made it hard for me to care about his and Avery's relationship. Overall, this book just left me feeling a bit flat, which is sad because I really wanted it to be amazing.

My thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.

For good werewolf reading, check out Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar.

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