Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Review of Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Low Red MoonAvery 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?


Have you ever read a book without really feeling that the story has pulled you until the last ten pages? For me, this was the case with Low Red Moon. I have to say that Devlin surprised me with the ending of this novel, and that I’m eager to read more by her. However, Low Red Moon was just an okay read for me.

The writing in this book is lovely, and was probably my favorite aspect of it. It certainly wasn’t flawless throughout, but there were times when I’d read a sentence of Devlin’s and think, “Wow, that was really beautifully written.” I wish I had gotten that feeling a little bit more often as I was reading, but I think Devlin’s writing will only improve as she publishes more novels.

The problem with Low Red Moon, for me, was that nothing stood out as being particularly amazing. I didn’t even feel that attached to any of the characters. I don’t know why, but I guess they were a bit flat to me. I was interested in learning about who killed Avery’s parents, but that was more for the sake of having an answer than honestly caring about the characters. The romance between Avery and Ben didn’t feel like anything particularly original or special to me until literally the last few pages of the book. Maybe I’m alone in this one. I will say that I loved the final plot twist. While the reasoning behind it didn’t seem totally feasible to me, it certainly shocked me.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, but the last few pages showed me that Devlin holds promise. I know a lot of people who favored this book more than I did, so if it sounds interesting try it for yourself. I will say that I’ve seen it compared to Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, and that I don’t find them particularly comparable. At any rate, I’m eager to see what Devlin publishes in the future and will keep her on my radar.

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed your review! I have to agree with you....the overall story has such great potential, but it fell short for me in this first installment. Certainly will be curious to see how its carried forward in the next book....

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