Low Red Moon (ARC) by Ivy Devlin
Release Date: September 14, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
The Story: 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.
My Review: If you are like me, you probably think you've read all about werewolves and that there couldn't possibly be a new take on them that you'd enjoy. While Low Red Moon is about werewolves, it's also about so much more. The author, Ivy Devlin, brings new elements to the table that are mysterious and kept me guessing for much of the book.
Avery has just lost both of her parents and she apparently saw it all - she just can't remember it. She's suffering from the grief of losing them and the forest home she has grown up in but has to continue on somehow. She moves in with her grandmother, Renee, and goes back to school right away. She isn't particularly close to her grandmother since her father stopped talking to her years ago and their relationship is very uncomfortable in the beginning. It's obvious that Renee really cares about Avery and is heartbroken over the loss of her son and I was really touched by the way their relationship changed during the course of the story.
When Avery meets Ben, there is an instant connection and she learns that Ben has just recently lost his own parents as well. Their connection is intense as they find themselves feeling things for one another they can't control. There are some steamy moments between the two of them that I thought were great but I do love a little smooching in my books. Ben tells Avery that she is in danger and she believes he will do anything to protect her. But when another family in the forest is murdered she realizes there is very little she truly knows about Ben. The murderer is a surprise twist that I was just figuring out as Avery was. The ending was a cliffhanger that left me wondering what will happen next. Can Avery accept the connection she has with the werewolves and the forest? I guess we will see. :-)
I really enjoyed this book. It's shorter than most YA paranormal books as of late and I kind of liked that. It didn't need a lot of fluff to fill it out. I did wish there was a bit more history about the forest but I can see that fitting in nicely with the next book in the series so I didn't mind it too much.