14 September 2010

Title: Low Red Moon
Author: Ivy Devlin
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 256 Pages (September 14th 2010)
From: the Publisher, Thank You!

Synopsis: Avery Hood is reeling from the loss of her parents--and the fact that she can't remember what happened to them even though she was there.

She's struggling to adjust to life without them, and to living with her grandmother, when she meets Ben, who isn't like any guy she's ever met before.

It turns out there's a reason why, and Ben's secret may hold the key to Avery finding out what happened to her parents...

But what if that secret changes everything she knows about--and feels for--Ben?

Review: 3 Stars - Ivy Devlin, author of Low Red Moon takes no time at all to dive right into the deep end when it comes to a story that’s steeped in mystery. With characters and a forest rich in secrets and a killer on the loose – Low Red Moon has something to offer to fans of mystery and paranormal alike.

Avery and her parents live deep in the woods. They feel at home and at peace with the tree’s and away from the everyday life we all are accustomed to. One night everything changes as her parent’s are murdered. Avery doesn’t remember how it happened, or who did it, only remembering she saw silver that moved at an inhumanly speed.

She’s a character with mysteries of her own and throughout we learn a bit more of just who Avery is and why she’s so connected to the woods. At school she’s an outcast and when new comer Ben enters the picture it all became pretty predictable. It had the whole new boy drawn to outsider girl feel from even before the first time these two had any dialogue.

Speaking of Ben, he was interesting in the fact that yes, we know there’s something otherworldly about him. The instant connection these two feel and just why it was happening as fast as it did was touched on briefly a couple of times, however it just felt a bit off for me as a reader. By the end of the book, I felt I knew little about either of these characters then what was briefly mentioned throughout the story. For me it was hard to connect or understand either of our main characters and trust me I wanted to.

I enjoyed the plot and the mystery that was Low Red Moon, however I would have liked there to have been more interaction between Avery and Ben to better understand them as our main characters, in their relationship and as a couple – other then just how drawn to each other they were. I found myself asking if this was the only reason why they were together, just because of this magnetic connection they have? I guess I’m saying that this part of the story was a bit off for me.

All in all, I did enjoy Low Red Moon for just what it was… a mystery with the additional paranormal aspect twisted in. Devlin’s writing was a huge part of what made me continue to read and in the end felt like a breath of fresh air. I for one will be on the look out for future titles from this author and should there be a sequel, I’d be more then willing to read what happens next.

Interview with Low Red Moon Author, Ivy Devlin -

Being that Low Red Moon is filled with so many ingredients to make a great story – what did you find most difficult in writing this and why?

I actually found that the first draft came out pretty quickly--I really wanted to write the story!--but rewriting it. That was hard! I went through a lot of drafts!

Can you tell us all how your werewolves differ from other werewolves currently in Young Adult fiction?

I haven't read a lot of contemporary YA werewolf fiction (that's quite a sub-category, isn't it!), so I don't know how different my werewolves are. I do know that they don't live in packs, or at least, the ones in the book don't. There is one thing that makes my book different that I'm sure of, though--everyone uses one word when they talk about Low Red Moon, but that word isn't anywhere in the book! (And no one has figured it out yet! I keep hoping someone will :-) )

Now that you have your first Young Adult Paranormal book out in the wild – do you have any plans to continue writing in the YA Paranormal genre again? And if so, can you tell us anything about it?

I'd love to keep writing paranormal, and have my fingers crossed that I can!

Could you tell us 5 totally random things about yourself?

1. Terrible singer
2. Even worse dancer!
3. Always have a book with me
4. Hate my feet (anyone know how to take care of dry heels???)
5. Love my life :-)

And lastly, what is it you love about writing in the Young Adult Genre and have you ever thought about writing an Adult title?

I love writing young adult novels because it's a time of firsts and so much is going on--it's when everything really changes, I think. As for writing an Adult book? Why would I do that? YA is so much fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by Ivy!

For more information and where to find Ivy online, check out these links:
Ivy Devlin Online | Ivy on Twitter

And now, I was lucky enough to have received a copy to giveaway to ONE lucky winner! Here's the rules and how to enter:

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