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Low Red Moon

Low Red Moon

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by Ivy Devlin

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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


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.Part murder mystery, part grief narrative, and part heart-stopping, headlong romance, Low Red Moon is a must-read for teen paranormal fans. As breathless as Twilight and as spooky as Shiver, this is a book to be devoured in one sitting-by an acclaimed YA author making her paranormal debut under the pseudonym Ivy Devlin.

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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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Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

IVY DEVLIN is the pseudonym of a popular and critically acclaimed author of teen fiction. With Low Red Moon and the Ivy Devlin name, she makes her paranormal fiction debut. She lives in Virginia.

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Low Red Moon 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
PatriciaJL More than 1 year ago
Ivy Devlin opens up her book right into the action... Avery wakes up, surrounded by blood and her dead parents. Unfortunately, Avery can not remember what happened to her parents, no matter how hard she tries. The only thing that she can remember is a sudden streak of a silver flash, that she knows is dangerous and the cause of her parents death. With her parents dead, Avery goes to live with her Grandmother, who has been absent from her life for some time. That is not the only new thing in Avery's life either. There is Ben, the new boy at school. She feels oddly connected to Ben, and can even feel what he is feeling. But there is something off with him: sometimes Avery can see a flash of silver in his eyes, but there is something else that she doesn't know what to think of. Avery doesn't know if she should be afraid of Ben and what he is all the while trying to remember what exactly happened to her parents.... Ivy Devlin did a great job in presenting Avery's heartbreak and confusion. You really do feel that you are in the mind of Avery, thinking and feeling as she does. Ivy Devlin also did an amazing job at describing Avery's surroundings: as the reader you feel both afraid and comforted by the woods/forest that is home to Avery (you know something bad lurks out there but you also know that is where Avery feels the safest). I was a little confused at the sudden connection that Avery and Ben had in the book - I feel that it came on too quickly without much development. Avery's reactions to Ben's sudden appearances wasn't completely believable (at least I would be a bit scared if some boy, no matter how cute he was, suddenly appeared at my side and told me to go home). Overall, this was a good book. I am not a huge fan of werewolf fiction but Ivy Devlin did a great job. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Paranormal Fiction and those who are even looking for a break from all the Vampire Fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!!!!! I loved it. And so did my freinds. This book made me like reading.( thought that would never happen)
BBandReveries More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book all I knew about it was that it was a book about a girl who falls in love with a werewolf. Which seems to be a popular plot element in most paranormal YA books along with vampires and angels. But since I'm obsessed with love stories I picked it up anyway. I do not regret it one bit! It's a short book so it didn't take me that long to read. The book was fast paced and heart racing. Seriously, my heart was actually racing. It was beating so hard I had to stop reading to calm down-that's how suspenseful it was-especially the ending. The story revolves around Avery Hood, whose parents were just brutally murdered. She witnessed the murder but can't remember it. The only thing she remembers is a flash of silver and blood. Haunted by nightmares and forced to live with her grandmother, Avery buries herself in the pain of losing her parents. Strange things start happening to Avery as she tries to remember who murdered her parents- her hair starts changing color (to blood red), her love of her old home draws her into the woods, the murderer is out to remove his only witness, and a cute new student arrives at the local public high school (which Avery attends). Ben and Avery have a seriously intense relationship. I love it! They can sense/feel each other's emotions which makes it difficult to hide things. They both know what the other is feeling. Imagine how amazing it would be if you could feel the love and know with out a hint of doubt how much they loved you. That's how Avery and Ben's relationship is. Of course both have secrets that they keep, even ones that they don't even know they have. Ivy Devlin did a beautiful job with the writing. I felt the pain that Avery felt when she mourned her parents. She truly loved them. She didn't have that typical "teenager hates parents" relationship that I've seen in a lot of YA books. She was close to her parents. Also, in the book whenever the word "moon" came up, the word was printed in red-as well as the cover. The color red was seen throughout the book, not just the typography but also in the story. It fit perfectly with the story since red symbolizes both love and blood. Low Red Moon was a sensational debut novel that had me flipping through the pages. This modern day paranormal retelling of the popular Little Red Riding Hood will leave you wanting a sequel. I really really really hope Ivy Devlin writes a sequel. So far I haven't read anything that says she is-but I'm hoping anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Low Red Moon was one of the most disappointing books I had ever read. The character Avery is your vulnerable, out of place cookie-cutter character who typically becomes obsessed with "the most intriguing sexy boy" around. It's like Twilight but with no action at all except the mild climax at the end. There isn't even a werewolf appearance which almost makes this book a pointless read as well as a bastardization of what was a potential plot. The author tries to instill a sense of mystery in supporting characters, but it's not compelling enough to get you through the repetition and cliche love at first sight with that cliche inner sense of self-preservation/fear type of constant meeting between the two characters. If you're looking for a thrilling, romantic tale- avoid this book. The local news is more interesting than this.
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When I first picked up this book? I thought it would be a good book, but when I got to the end. It did ended like I thought it was. Low red moon is about a girl name Avery. Her parents were killed and she doesn't know what happened with them. She was surrounded with blood around her from her parents. There were a lot of romance in the book but it seemed like flat nothin good. Nobody new what happened to Avery's parents. It was a mystery.  Low Red Moon is a story of love, mystery, death, and relationships. It's a wonderful story that I enjoyed. This book sensational debut novel that had me flipping through the pages. If i had a choose to read it again, I would.
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If you want to reathis you better be the typer who reads books to the end it is a great book anb has a huge twist at te end
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to read this - not just because the summary sounds pretty kick ass, but because Ivy Devlin is rumored to be a pseudonym for somebody else. I had the name up, but they politely asked me to take it down, so I shall. (I don't understand, though - why use a pseudonym if everybody is going to know it's you? Alas.) Devlin has a beautiful writing style. It drags you in, and her ability to paint the setting for you in so few words is fantastic. And her characters - at least, the main characters - are very well created. I loved Ben's struggle, and Avery's ties to the forest were fantastic. But she made the same problem so many debut paranormal authors are making. She is trying to rewrite Twilight. No, the plot (which I shall get into in a moment) is nothing like Twilight. But the romance was the same. Down to THIS. Though, since I have an ARC, maybe they cut it out in the final version. "How old are you?" "Seventeen," he said. "Seventeen for how long?" My voice shook. "Six months. Why?" REALLY!? I mean, come on. You couldn't do better than that? REALLY!? And then we come to my biggest problem with this book - the plot. Did I finish until the end? Yes. But it was only to make sure that I was right. I found it sadly predictable - I had the entire thing figured out by page 85. The book is about 200 pages long. It took me less than half of the book to figure it out. However, though predictable, it was an interesting plot, and Devlin's writing and characters pull the book out of the dumpster pile it could have been thrown in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
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Awsome amazing book
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Everyone says its a quick read so how many pages
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Avery, our main character and narrator, is as plain as the story she’s telling, revising the murder of her parents the whole time. Her thoughts are mostly marked by iteration loops of questions and thoughts. This girl has talents and because they are paranormal they need no further explanation, still they seem so weird. We witness an immediate attraction between Avery and Ben, the male protagonist. I am a fan of magical first sight attractions but the relationship between Avery and Ben comes out very unreasonable and annoying. The make out scenes, although without further reason behind, are good but at some points a turn-off. Secondary characters are also weakly constructed elements that only help to delay the already very short story a bit. During the whole read I didn't get to like one single character enough to care for his end. That might be because Devlin doesn't offer a profound background to their story or only involves them in hollow dialogues and meaningless actions. Devlin’s writing style is average, defined by a low vocabulary diversity and a series of the same or similar phrase structures. The murder case does have some potential, but Devlin only developed an obvious and boring conclusion. From the beginning I knew how LOW RED MOON was going to end. Facts and details that are hyped throughout the entire novel turn out to be rational explanations in the end, nothing paranormal. So I was confused about the involvement of paranormal creatures where it does not even fit or would be necessary to realise the plot. I have got no idea what the low red moon is supposed to mean and why each time the word “moon” is mentioned in the text, it's highlighted in red ink. What I appreciate is that Bloomsbury created a costly graphic design, working with the colors black, red and white and the picture of a forest.The story is set in a wooded landscape, so the layout definitely fits the story of LOW RED MOON. THE VERDICT An average writing cannot save Devlin's hollow characters and dialogues. In this case I would suggest less trying to incorporate paranormal elements and a higher focus on the establishment of a serious murder case. Unfortunately not a 2011 UK debut I would recommend, but in the end you should try it yourselves to find out if you like it.
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ThE-vAmPiRe-LuVeR More than 1 year ago
I was hooked first thing by the description of Avery covered in blood and the death of her parents. I felt drawn to Avery's character and her feelings and the mystery kept me turning the pages. The book was interesting enough, but I think the romance fell flat. I think it's unrealistic that they felt so "connected" after only spending 2 or 3 short times together. And most of the time spent together was spent making out. They barely even knew each other. The book was very predictable in some parts too. It was a nice read, but I'm glad I got it from the library and didn't buy it.
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