Low Red Moon
February 7th 2011
Bloomsbury (Thank you for sending me this for review! :D)
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.Part murder mystery, part grief narrative, and part heart-stopping, headlong romance, Low Red Moon is a must-read for teen paranormal fans. As breathless as Twilight and as spooky as Shiver, this is a book to be devoured in one sitting—by an acclaimed YA author making her paranormal debut under the pseudonym Ivy Devlin.
Low Red Moon is a loose modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood written by 'Ivy Devlin', who I soon learned was much loved author Elizabeth Scott. Now I've never read one of her contemporary books before, but with Low Red Moon being my only experience with one of her books, I'm not exactly raring to pick one up. Not to say I wouldn't if I had the chance, and I'm not going to never read one of her books ever because I've heard her contemporaries are just AMAZING, but I think Low Red Moon kind of underwhelmed me.
I didn't really like Avery that much, though she did grow on me by the end of the book. I get that she was incredibly upset because her parents just died, and I get that even though her parents had just died, she was meant to be strong willed and moving on, but I just didn't really see it. Going to school a few days after your whole life has just been changed forever is not a sign of being a strong willed person. I think it's a bit silly really. She clearly wasn't ready to get back to a 'normal life', so why go back? I know this is a really kind of silly thing to go on about, but it grated on me...
I wasn't too keen on Ben either. I don't really think he had that much of a personality, but that might just be me. And it seemed to me that Ben and Avery's relationship had no foundation. They had all of two minor conversations before they were snogging each others faces off, but then again, I'm just not a fan of Werewolf books, and the whole insta-bonds that they form with people. I'm not much of a Werewolf person, I have realised over the past few months.
I did enjoy many aspects of the plot though, and I thought the premise was intriguing. Little Red Riding Hood is one of my favourite fairy tales and I'm always open to a retelling of it, and I was genuinely taken by surprise at the end. I didn't see it coming at all. It was a great twist on the traditional story. And I also really enjoyed the setting. I loved the forest. I loved reading about how the forest was alive, and how it wanted to keep itself from being destroyed for the sake of expanding the town.
I regret to say that I did not love Low Red Moon as it was not the book for me, but I think that it's a great book for Werewolf lovers and romance lovers. 3 stars. :)