Low Red Moon

Low Red Moon

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by Ivy Devlin

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Avery witnessed her parents' death-but as much as she wants to remember who killed them, her mind is a blank. Then Avery meets Ben, mysterious and beautiful, with whom she feels an intense connection. When Ben reveals he's a werewolf, Avery still trusts him-until she learns that he, too, can't remember the night her parents died. This must-read for teen paranormal

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Avery witnessed her parents' death-but as much as she wants to remember who killed them, her mind is a blank. Then Avery meets Ben, mysterious and beautiful, with whom she feels an intense connection. When Ben reveals he's a werewolf, Avery still trusts him-until she learns that he, too, can't remember the night her parents died. This must-read for teen paranormal fans combines the breathless romance of Twilight with a moving tale of loss-and a compelling mystery to boot.

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Publishers Weekly
Devlin, a pseudonym for author Elizabeth Scott, offers an eerie and engrossing paranormal murder mystery. Seventeen-year-old Avery witnesses her parents' brutal murder at their home deep in the woods, but she has no memory of the event. The writing reverberates with intense grief and desire, as Avery struggles to adjust to life without her parents; Avery loves the forest, and her isolation and loneliness are overwhelming when she is sent to live in town with her estranged grandmother. She soon connects with new kid Ben with chemistry so powerful that even the revelation that Ben is a werewolf can't separate them. Avery starts to recall pieces of what happened, but she realizes her time is running out when she is targeted and another family living in the woods is killed. As her connection to the forest grows, she is afraid the images she remembers mean that Ben is responsible for her parents' deaths. The plot is straightforward, without a lot of action, but the emotion pouring off the pages should sweep readers into this haunting story. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
VOYA - Elaine Gass Hirsch
The town of Woodlake is a small, isolated community surrounded by bountiful forest, a place where everyone knows one another and where the lonesome howls of wolves living in the nearby woods are a regular occurrence. Avery lives an idyllic life in the forest with her mother and father, until the day she wakes up covered in her parents' blood. Unable to remember what happened on that tragic night, Avery moves in with her estranged grandmother, Renee, and attends high school, attempting to process her grief and recall her suppressed memories of the murders. At school Avery meets Ben, the mysterious and beautiful new kid in town who lives in the woods with his eccentric great uncle. Their attraction is instantaneous and passionate. Individually struggling to remember what happened on that fateful night, the two quickly develop a powerful emotional bond. A quick page-turner with attractive cover art and somewhat of a surprise ending, Low Red Moon will no doubt appeal to young adults interested in paranormal romance. The wooded setting Devlin describes in her debut novel is vivid and convincing, and characterization is adequately developed. The story ends with some intriguing plot twists that could be further explored, so a sequel seems likely and film adaptation is a possibility. Reviewer: Elaine Gass Hirsch
Children's Literature - Kirsten Shaw
Until the gruesome murder of her parents, Avery Hood lived sheltered in the forest with her parents just outside the small town of Woodlake. Now she is forced to move into town and live with her estranged grandmother Renee. Avery remembers nothing of the murders other than seeing a mysterious flash of silver and then waking up next to her parents' mangled bodies. Enduring the school day and awkwardly getting to know her grandmother provides a sorry excuse as a distraction from the pain of her loss, until the peculiar but beautiful Ben starts school at Woodlake High. She and Ben are instantly drawn together and find that they are able to feel each other's thoughts and emotions. When Avery discovers Ben's secret—that he is a werewolf—she fears that he is the reason for her parent's murder and she runs from him only to stagger straight into the trap of the true killer who has unfinished business with Avery. While the chemistry between Avery and Ben is sizzling, her back and forth acceptance of him is exasperating as well as her often disjointed inner monologue. Holes in the plot make the story puzzling at times and though the identity of the murderer is surprising, the ending still feels insufficient. Readers may want to skip this and give Maggie Stiefvater's "Wolves of Mercy Falls" series a try for a more gratifying paranormal read. Reviewer: Kirsten Shaw
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Avery, 17, remembers her parents' broken bodies, the blood—enough to cover her—and a flash of silver; nothing more. She had been living in the woods with her mother and father, and their murders force her to move into town, to the home of a grandmother she barely knows. Enter the new boy in school. Ben lives in the woods, and something about him calls to Avery with a sharp, visceral pull. With his sometimes-silver eyes, Ben is something more than human, something that Avery wants but is not sure she can trust. Readers can feel Avery come alive in her sorrow, confusion, and desires. However, the romance aspect of the story continually threatens to overwhelm the mystery, which is wonderfully written. The constant I trust him, I don't, he's dangerous, he's not, gets a bit tiring. The ending leaves room for a sequel, but does not demand it. Devlin (aka Elizabeth Scott) has written a novel that will definitely appeal to fans of paranormal fiction/romance.—Melyssa Malinowski, Parkville High School, Baltimore, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Devlin (novelist Elizabeth Scott writing under a pseudonym) breathes new life into a format that's lately verged on self-parody by wrapping her shy-teenage-girl-and-supernatural-male love story in an overarching tragedy. After Avery Hood is discovered with the mutilated bodies of her parents but no memory of what happened to them, her grandmother, Renee, who lives in the town outside the forest where Avery was raised, takes her in. Avery wants to help track down her parents' killers, but all she can recall is a flash of silver. Although Ben, a new student at her school, fascinates her, his silver eyes are disturbing—especially when she realizes he's a werewolf. As their powerful mutual attraction and Avery's mysterious connection to the forest grow, the menacing evil stalking her draws closer. Pleasingly concise for this overwritten genre, the story derives its power and authenticity at least as much from its well-observed study of grief as from the intense love story. Intriguing characters and a suspenseful plot that unfolds with elision and restraint add up to a promising series opener. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

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Bloomsbury USA
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8.96(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.92(d)
HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years


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