Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Source: BEA 2010
Publication Date: 14 Sept 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone, but ending leaves set up for series
ISBN: 1599905108
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 256
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Place(s) Traveled to: Woodlake, ?? (state not mentioned)
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

First Line: I was covered in blood when the police found me.

I really wanted to like Low Red Moon. I really did. I thought that the premise sounded really good. That here was a paranormal book that would be different from all the others that are flooding the market these days. Even the first chapter started out strong and mysterious and I was filled with hope. Oh how wrong I was to hope though as the story went downhill. Fast.
The whole story is told in this dream like state that I suppose is to heighten the mystery and the suspense. Its also very repetitive and with a book that is only 256 pages that isn’t a good thing. Its almost as if Low Red Moon was a short story and then expanded into a book by repeating a hundred times over all the key phrases and then some at any given opportunity. This is also a story about werewolves and yet the word is never mentioned. Avery is always going on and on about ‘men who are more than men’ in this breathy Kristen Stewart type voice that really starts to grate.
Low Red Moon is also supposed to be a mystery but there is no detecting in the book. Avery just stands around and wanders zombie like from place to place. Going on and on about how her parents were murdered and she doesn’t remember a thing from that night just the blood and she needs to remember. She needs to find out what happened. But all she ever does is go into the woods were this beautiful boy, Ben, tells her to stay away while his eyes flash silver. Avery can’t stay away though because she’s drawn to Ben by some mysterious pull…..only Ben is so mysterious that he could be the one who killed her parents. GASP!
It was such a struggle to finish this book. I kept reading in the vain hopes that there would be something to redeem it. That there would be something that I could point to and say YES! that part….THAT lived up to the promise that I had walking in. But that never happened. It soon became a challenge to finish. My innate stubbornness telling me that its such a short book I should be able to get through it. And I did. With much eye rolling and cries of “really?? you’re whining about that….again??” I did.  I managed to finish this book from start to finish and literally groaned aloud at the obvious set up for a sequel. This is not a story that needs more. At least, not in my opinion. Low Red Moon is not a book that I can in good conscience recommend to anyone. There are better paranormal books out there that are more deserving.