Book Review: Low Red Moon

Book Review: Low Red MoonLow Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Series: Low Red Moon #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books on September 14th 2010
Pages: 256
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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?

Disclaimer: Before I go any further, I think it is important to point out that the Advanced Copy I received only had 196 pages. However, according to all the other information I could gather, it appears that the actual novel will have 256 pages. You may be wondering, why is this important? To put it plainly, it is important because I feel as if it is hard to judge a novel solely on what what put in front of me when it appears that I am missing about 60 pages from the novel as a whole. Currently, I am planning on reading this novel as a whole and then forming a complete opinion on Low Red Moon, but for the time being these are my thoughts on the novel.

Life for Avery is a little complicated. Her parents… life as she knew it…. everything is gone is a flash. A flash of silver that is. All that Avery can currently remember about the horrible night that her parents are killed is flash of silver and awakening covered in blood. Everything leading up to that devastating moment is gone from her memories. Now as she tries to adjust to a life without them, nothing is the same… until she meets Ben. Yet Ben is a mystery. And strangely he cannot remember anything about the night her parents are killed either. Does he hold the key to unlocking Avery's memories? Only time will tell.

Low Red Moon is an exciting romance novel mixed with a who-done-it mystery. While I would love to say that the novel captured my attention and took me away into another world, at this time, I cannot. It is true that Low Red Moon captured my attention. However, the largest flaw that I found in the novel is that nothing was as deep as I was wanting it to be. Every detail, every character description seemed to only focus on the surface level. Due to this issue, it was very hard for me to feel connected to Low Red Moon. In a strange way, it felt as if I was only reading as synopsis of the novel. I understood what was going on, and sometimes why, but as a reader I never felt like I knew the whole picture.

Now as I stated in the disclaimer, the novel I read was drastically shorter than what the finished copy appears that it will be. Will my opinion change? I hope so. Because the truth is, Low Red Moon has a lot of promise. Avery is a fascinating character that I am dying to know more about. Throughout the whole novel, I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened that mysterious night. As well as, what exactly is her connection to the forest. The way Devlin presents Avery, I feel as if there is a lot more to her character than meets the eye. Is it paranormal? I do not know. But I will tell you this… I want to.

At this current time, Low Red Moon and I have some unfinished business. With those 60 pages missing, it is really hard for me to form a complete opinion. Did I enjoy the novel? Absolutely. But as a reader, I feel like I am doing the novel a disservice until I get my hands on a completed copy.

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4 responses to “Book Review: Low Red Moon

  1. Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog)

    I am glad that there will be more to actual story. I felt like it could have been fleshed out a lot more.

  2. Wow, sixty pages are missing? Is that normal for an ARC? Anyways, I love the mystery aspect of this book. And I’ve been hearing that it’s really good. Fantastic review, even though you can’t have a “solid” opinion of the book yet.

  3. Carolina

    Actually the author has said that the finished copy is “longer” because the font will be bigger, so the arc isn’t missing any pages. But I believe that there will be a sequel coming out.

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