Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Book Review: Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (September 14, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1599905108
ISBN-13: 978-1599905105

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

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.

My Review

Well I have to say, first of all... I absolutely LOVELOVELOVE werewolf books. But, not this one. Low Red Moon was very disappointing.
Avery needs to go to the nurses office during the first day of school after her parents death, because she's sad and frustrated (which is understandable) However, I knew that this is when she would meet Ben. I can't tell you how many books I've read where the main character meets their future love interest alone-at school-in the hallway-at the nurse's station-sitting in the principles office. On and On. And then what happens? The main character (since he/she are so readily available), has the privilege of getting to show the new kid around school... having that first one on one conversation that sparks such fireworks that they fall in love with each other then and there! I'm am so tired of this scenario in books, it's getting really old. I'm seriously not trying to pick on just this book, many are guilty of same scenarios and need new material.
It was somewhat frustrating that Avery was constantly talking about whether or not to trust Ben (wolf-love interest). Very redundant. I felt like Avery's character sounded more like fourteen years old, instead of seventeen years of age. The book mostly centered around Avery, her parents murders and what was going to happen to her home that she grew up in. She did not want to give up her house (again, understandable), I just did not find this type of storyline an interesting read.

This book only has about 250 pages and around page 120... still NOTHING - no action. Ugh. I gotta have some heart thumping action throughout a werewolf book to enjoy it. Waiting for one climax at the very end is not worth the read to me. 

3 out of 6

My Favorite WEREWOLF books:

*A word to the parents this book contains some minor cursing and sexual content. For more info go to Parental Book Reviews.


  1. This wasn't my favorite book, either. After hearing so many people loving it, it fell short for me.

  2. I agree. I was waiting on it for awhile from the library. I was excited because it seemed like a popular book. But it was such a let down. sad.

  3. Thanks for the review, I guess this one I won't be rushing to get.

  4. Sorry you didn't like it. I kind of enjoyed it though. I did like the mystery aspect, I thought that was done rather well. Although at some early point I kind of new "who done it" I have my own theory on "who done its" and it hasn't failed me yet!

  5. @Jessica, I'm glad you enjoyed the book. That is the great thing about writing book reviews... I know I will get some followers who disagree with me. Every reviewer that writes for Reading Teen has very different ideas on what makes a great book. It's part of what makes the world-go-round.

  6. I really didnt like that book and like you said I was looking for climax all the time.

  7. i love this book i couldn't put it down cant wait until the other book comes out 2014


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