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Low Red Moon (Low Red Moon #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,053 Ratings  ·  529 Reviews
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 li ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury UK (first published August 2nd 2010)
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Benji Young Not really. So far (about 1/4 in), I haven't seen any language at all. Written at about a 14/15 YO level.
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The cover of “Low Red Moon” is positively enchanting. When my friend and I spied it on the shelf, we immediately picked it up, startled at how the book glowed. I am not immune to beauty, and I certainly was not immune to this book. Despite my reservations toward the book’s contents, I couldn’t walk away fast enough with it in my hands.

My fascination ended with the cover, for face-deep beauty cannot possibly hope to redeem the ugliness inside. The blurb describes this story as “part murder myster
I felt like this book had a really promising start--Avery is found in the woods covered in her parents' blood after they've been murdered and mutilated and though she was there, she can't remember a thing. I was really interested in the mystery of what happened and why, and also in finding out how Avery would deal with the loss and horror of it.

Low Red Moon turned out to be a real mish-mash of things--paranormal romance, murder mystery, environmental mysticism... Unfortunately, they didn't real
The only thing really working towards this book was the building mystery that surrounded it and it's probably the only reason I finished the book since I wanted to know the ending, which ended up disappointed me, since I didn't think the motive behind the actual act was believable or enough.

While I can surely sympathized with the lost that Avery was going through when she lost her parents in a horrific way, her pain and sorrow dragged on way to much, stretching it from chapter to chapter.
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The Woodlake Daily

by reporter Demi Luv

Late Monday night, officials came across the remains of a teenager deep in Woodlake forest after the Thantos' (a local family) reported hearing screams. The body was ripped limb from limb, as well as decapitated and with its large internal organs missing (lungs, heart, liver, stomach wall). After an autopsy and a chat with Deputy Sharpe, the cause of death has been declared a wolf attack. It seemed to have happened at approximatel
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Sep 16, 2010 BOOK BUTTERFLY rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the premise of Low Red Moon as soon as I watched the trailer and read the synopsis. The setting seemed eerily perfect—small town community, a family living practically "off the grid", superstitious murmurings about creatures in the forest and a dangerous new guy at school. A teenage girl survives a brutal attack on her family but is left with no recollection of what happened. I had to know why she couldn't remember what happened to her parents. But more than that, I wanted to ...more
Steph Su
Sep 15, 2010 Steph Su rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I should’ve known better. I’ve grown more and more wary (no, not quite weary) of paranormal romances, because so many of them use the exact same formulae, with the same underwhelming results. LOW RED MOON may be an interesting enough read for the eternally paranormal romance-happy, but the number of conventions it uses unfortunately did not win me over.

Is it really even necessary to talk about the many paranormal romance conventions that appear in this book? I will just start listing them in que
Katieb (MundieMoms)
This book is the whole package, as not only did I love the story, but the book's layout is amazing! I absolutely love the cover, which may not be the final cover, and the details on each page of the book. I'm a sucker for a good wolf story, and Low Red Moon has great werewolf mythology.

Ivy hit her mark with me, as her paranormal, murder mystery is set in a small town, out in the forest, which has more than just wolves in it. I love this setting. I really like that the forest is a character in th
Jul 09, 2012 Rebekah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This book is the whole package, as not only did I love the story, but the book's layout is amazing! I absolutely love the cover, which may not be the final cover, and the details on each page of the book. I'm a sucker for a good wolf story, and Low Red Moon has great werewolf mythology.

Ivy hit her mark with me, as her paranormal, murder mystery is set in a small town, out in the forest, which has more than just wolves in it. I love this setting. I really like that the forest is a character in t
There're only a few things I like about Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin--aka Elizabeth Scott, according to the information I found on, first the pretty book cover and the fine book design. That's it.

I picked up the book mostly because I found the recommendation from Melissa de la Cruz, author of the Blue Bloods series, but how I regret reading this book now! Dear Miss de la Cruz, you fail me big time! *sighs*

Okay, instead of vampires, Low Red Moon offers us werewolves. We get a 'forbidden'
Jan 13, 2012 Frankie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to die a tragic death.
Dare I say that this book was...WORSE than Twilight!?

At least Stephenie Meyer attempted to broaden the vocabulary in her sentences.

Low Red Moon had such basic sentences, a sloppy and boring storyline and turned out to be just a book about a horny teenager with beastiality issues. Please do NOT even get me started on the sheer lack of descriptive language!

Here's a summary of the story according to Frankie (If you are easily offended I suggest you don't read it):

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Jan 06, 2011 Ruby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on[return][return].... This was not my favorite book. For one thing, it was incredibly rushed. Though the book clocks in at 244 pages, they are pages with fairly large print, wide margins and double-spacing. It's basically a short story in hardcover, a la Linda Howard's Ice. It's got a pretty cover, though. All red and shiny.[return][return]Low Red Moon tells the story of Avery Hood, a seventeen year-old girl whose parents have just been murdered. Although ...more
Nov 13, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Low Red Moon — not to be confused with the Caitlin R. Kiernan novel by the same name — is Ivy Devlin’s entry into the field of YA paranormal romance. The protagonist is Avery Hood, a teenage girl whose parents have just been murdered. Avery remembers only brief flashes from that fateful night. Now, she’s trying to deal with her grief, adjust to her new life with her grandmother, and piece together her memories to solve the mystery. Then, she learns that her new boyfriend, Ben, has a secret — and ...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
I have to start this review off by talking about how gorgeous the copy of the book I received is. It has a shiny metallic red cover and has a lovely red illustrated page immediately inside. Every mention of the word 'moon' is in red ink. I literally swooned over this when it arrived! This is the sort of book that you see on the shelves and you just want to touch it. It is very covetable!

I was really intrigued about this book when I first heard about it because Ivy Devlin is a pseudonym for Eliza
Greta is Erikasbuddy
With the new "Red Riding Hood" movie coming out I've been wanting to sink my fangs into some retellings of the classic girl meets wolf story.

While this was a modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood it wasn't anything to howl at.

Sure there were similarities to the old story... but with a twist ---

For example: The girl's name was Avery Hood

She and her parents lived in the woods

Grandma was there but her fam didn't dig her

Parents were murdered

Avery goes to live with Grandma

She meets a mysteri
Apr 21, 2013 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is a real shift in the balance between presentation and content for this book. I think that the cover and pages are far too artsy and yes it kind of grabs you through that, but the content is very disappointing. To be honest, if a book has a good plot and reads great with complex characters e.t.c. I won't care at all about if every time "moon" is written it is in bold red. Nor will I care if there are a bunch of patterns on the pages. I buy a book to read it, and sure the artwork was prett ...more
Jun 01, 2010 Alexa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, read-in-2010
Low Red Moon is an addictive read, I gulped it down in one sitting, staying up way past my bedtime to find out what happened. It is deliciously creepy in that tales around the campfire, shivers down the spine, I'll just check the doors locked, kind of way.

It's also a love story and a gorgeous, heart stopping, swoonworthy one too. Avery and Ben have so much chemistry, and their scenes together are so hot, I'm surprised the book didn't combust. They do have one of those instant connections but it'
Tanya Nekrasova
Mar 26, 2015 Tanya Nekrasova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Эйвери Худ ничего не помнит о ночи, когда были убиты ее родители. В ее памяти остались только серебристые вспышки – нечеловечески быстрые и несущие смерть. Она пытается выяснить, что же произошло, но у нее ничего не выходит. И все становится еще запутаннее, когда в маленьком, тихом городке под названием Вудлейк, полностью окруженном лесами, где каждую ночь слышится волчий вой, появляется Бен. Новый парень красив и загадочен, а его глаза словно светятся холодным серебряным светом.

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Sadly lackluster and predictable

In Ivy Devlin's debut, LOW RED MOON, the story starts in a tragic place: seventeen-year-old Avery Hood has recently witnessed the gruesome murder of her parents, but she can't remember what happened. All she remembers is blood and a repeated flash of silver. Now living with her previously estranged grandmother, Avery tries to go back to school, but the students ignore or reject her, all except the new, mysterious Ben. Avery encounters Ben again and again, and desp
The Bookologist
Low Red Moon is a heartbreaking story that explores Avery's grief all the way throughout. It's a different and a new twist into the idea of werewolves. I wouldn't really say this book would be 'paranormal romance', more like a 'werewolf romance'. Devlin creates a creepy and eerie atmosphere full of a mysterious plot, a romantic relationship, and a bit of a paranormal theme.

Although mysterious and paranormal, this novel was way too much on the paranormal side. Devlin focused a lot on Ben and Aver
Amy Jacobs
I had such high hopes for this book. I have been reading more and more books about wolves lately and this book had captured my interest. When it arrived a few months back, I wanted to read and review it immediately, but I knew I needed to wait closer to release day.

The book starts off with Avery grieving about her parents death. They had been brutally murdered, but Avery can't remember who did it or why. All she remembers is being found afterwards, sitting next to her parents and trying to put t
Oct 06, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like mysteries.
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Low Red Moon was a decent debut novel.

I thought the premise was promising and interesting, Avery was a quirky girl not often found in YA literature, and I am enjoying the combination of murder mystery and paranormal.

I felt like the characters, the character development and an aspect of the paranormal element could have been fleshed out and delved into more completely.

Be that as it may, I did finish it in a single afternoon and hopefully the sequel will have the things this was lacking.
Mar 28, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While probably not the best of the genre, definitely well worth the read for those who like paranormal YA fic. I was a tiny bit annoyed at a certain aspect of the plot, but there is no way to tell it without spoiling, so I'll leave it be. It's not enough to ruin my opinion of the book and I doubt it would keep most from enjoying it thoroughly.

Hope to see the author do more, perhaps even with these characters.
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
Once I finished it, I thought about how much it could have been. The entire "mystery" was so eye-rolling predictable and I could not follow half the plot because the pages were overloaded with paragraph upon paragraph useless "memories" of what used to have been. If they actually had something to do with the plot they might have been semi-interesting. I had to force myself to finish this one.
In a Sentence: Though the characters seemed a bit flat to me, Ivy Devlin is a promising new voice in YA paranormal fiction.

My Thoughts

A huge thanks goes out to Kate at Bloomsbury for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

Being a fan of paranormal fiction, Low Red Moon immediately caught my attention when I saw it in Bloomsbury's fall catalog. I was a little bit wary at first because, werewolves, like vampires, have been done over and over (and over....and over) again recently,
This book was too short. Avery watched her parents get brutally murdered, and she can't remember anything that happened. Now she is living with Renee, a grandmother she has avoided for many years and trying to adjust to living in town. There is also Ben, who she feels strongly connected to.

I did like the story and I loved learning about Avery. She was a very interesting character and I liked seeing how her nontraditional upbringing had made her stronger. There was a great twist and I would never
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Low Red Moon was okay, I guess, but certainly nothing special or memorable. I didn't *dislike* it, hence the three stars, but it didn't really do anything for me, either.

Reading notes:
- This was a very fast read for me - I read it in just a few hours. The story intrigued me from page one and had me hooked until the very last page. Definitely an enjoyable reading experience in terms of action and excitement
- Characterization was okay. There were times, though, when the MC (Avery) and the love i
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LOW RED MOON is the Twilight version of Little Red Riding Hood. At least it really, really wants to be.

The main character’s name in Avery Hood, she literally goes through the forest to her grandmother’s house, there’s a wolf (although this time he’s a beautiful teenager named Ben) and even a hunter (or rather a sheriff). There are some beautiful passages in the book and a solid mystery, but the romance felt rushed and the paranormal elements s
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Hi there, I'm Ivy. I write young adult paranormal romance, and my novel, Low Red Moon, is in stores now!

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