Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Released: September 14th, 2010
Grade rating: C+
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.
As this book says inside, Ivy Devlin is a pseudonym of a popular YA author. I happen to love this author (quite a lot, if truth be told) and pretty much everything she's written, but I had real trouble with Low Red Moon. I wanted to like it, I tried very hard to like it, but I just couldn't. I actually had a hard time getting through it which, considering it's quite a short book, was never a good sign.
Low Red Moon tries to be a paranormal murder mystery and, while it handles the murder mystery well, I didn't like the paranormal side of it at all. I found it predictable and contrived, and I had next to no interest in the main characters, Avery and Ben. Their romance was rushed and unbelievable, and once again no explanations were offered when it came to their feelings for each other. It was like they laid eyes on each other and WHAM!, they were in love. Seriously, it's quicker than Bella and Edward in Twilight. *sigh*
I also thought there was too much going on in Low Red Moon. Avery was grieving, falling in love, trying to uncover a mystery and attempting to rekindle her relationship with her grandmother, all at the same time. I wanted to pick a focus or two and stick with that, but instead there was too much to take in and follow. I did enjoy the writing style though because, as I mentioned above, I do love this author. Her writing flows easily and owns the page, and it's very easy to read.
I know there are readers out there who will love this book. A few of my friends will most likely devour it in one sitting and join a fanclub for it, all the while declaring their eternal love for Ivy Devlin. I wish I could have been like that, but unfortunately it just wasn't for me. There's definitely a lot of potential here -- the ideas are there -- and I'd be interested to see if the author continues to write this particular genre.
As part of this blog tour, I asked Ivy about her cover for Low Red Moon, and why she thinks paranormal is such a popular genre. Here is her response. Thanks Ivy!
While I'd love to take credit for the cover of Low Red Moon, with its shiny foil and embossing (it's so pretty I just about had a heart attack when I saw the finished version for the first time!), I'm afraid *all* the credit goes to the amazing design team at Bloomsbury, who really believed in this book, and wanted it to stand out--and not just the cover! I'm really thrilled so say that the entire book is two-color throughout, with great images of trees, and very creative use of the color red!
So, that's the story behind the cover of Low Red Moon--I'm a very lucky girl! :-)
As for the popularity of paranormal novels, I think it's important to realize that they have been a Young Adult staple for years. The Silver Kiss, which is about vampires, had its twentieth anniversary edition come out in the last year or so. And of course, L.J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries and most of her other books first came out in the early 1990s! I think paranormal goes through cycles of intense popularity, and they might taper off for a little while, but I also think there will always be paranormal young adult novels because being a teenager is a time of lots of changes--some made by you, some imposed on you by others, and what better way to express that change--that sense of power, but yet almost always restricted power--than through the paranormal? Plus, paranormal books tend to have romance in them--and well, what's not to love about romance?