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Low Red Moon

(Low Red Moon #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  4,398 ratings  ·  552 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 like n ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published August 2nd 2010)
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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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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'
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Jul 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
May 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Jan 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
I take no pleasure in writing bad reviews, but some books warrant them. This book is so badly written I laughed aloud several times at truly terrible prose. The dialogue is probably the most egregiously awful dialogue I have read in a long time, and there is a lot of it. Across the board the writing is just plain bad, from the prose, to the character development (is there any?), to the plotting. Look, here's the thing: this is a shiny teen werewolf romance book. And honestly that's why I picked ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
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
2.5 stars

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Avery's parents were murdered. She doesn't remember much about that fateful night, except that she was covered in their blood, and she saw a flash of silver. Leaving her house in the woods to go live with her grandmother, she is haunted by her parents' deaths.

Ben is a new boy at school. Despite her being called "cursed" due to the blood-red pieces that appeared in her hair, he is drawn to her, and her to him. Soon
The Bookologist
Oct 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like mysteries.
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Amy Jacobs
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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 rated it liked it
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.
Emzi Menor
Feb 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: the-bad
I have always been a fan of paranormal romance - I see a novel about a girl and a wolf, I pick it up.

I had great hopes for this book since the cover is so catchy. Five chapters later, I found that it was merely like Twilight. The pattern is uncanny - the setting in the woods, the way the wolf boy couldn't stay away from the girl, the way he tells her she's in danger, and up until the girl looks up the history of the boy in the internet thus finding out he's a wolf.

If you're not a fan of Twiligh
This book was AMAZING! I couldn't get enough of the thriller and the love connection between Avery & Ben. I highly recommend this book if you're into the mystery or supernatural books. ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolves
A lovely little book to finish in one setting. Devlin writes Avery's grief realistically which did make me cry at points. I'm in two minds about the pacing of the book as it seems like everything moves too fast, but that might be because of Avery's grief state and needing to cling to something. ...more
Jul 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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 recentl
Amelia, free market Puritan
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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