Thursday, September 2, 2010

Review: Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin (ARC)

Title: Low Red Moon
Author: Ivy Devlin
Published: 2010
Source: Traveling ARC Tour
Rating: 

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? (taken from goodreads.com)

As you all may know, I am a huge fan of paranormal fiction. This one jumped out to me right away when I saw stumbled upon it at the Traveling ARC Tour site. I was thrilled to review it, and I hoped that it would impress me as much as it did other book bloggers.

Unfortunately, Low Red Moon fell a little flat for me. The beginning was confusing with little set up or explanation. Still, I pressed on, hoping that things would improve as the plot progressed. While things did get a bit more interesting, the plot also became less original and more clichéd. There were a couple new twists on old werewolf legends that I enjoyed, though.

The romance was, in my opinion, a little ridiculous. Two people who had never met before suddenly develop feelings for each other and fall madly in love? I don't think so. It was too rushed, too spontaneous. I barely even knew who Ben was before he and Avery were kissing passionately. I would have enjoyed the story more if the characters had gotten to know each other before entering their romantic relationship.

The one element of this novel that kept me hooked was the mystery. Avery's parents were both murdered, and she has no memory of how it happened or who is responsible. It wasn't until the very end that I began to unravel the puzzle. 

Devlin obviously plans on continuing the series. I might end up reading the sequel, but I'm not dying for it to hit the shelves. Overall, I'd say that Low Red Moon is an intriguing mystery with a bit of forbidden romance and paranormal wackiness thrown in. I'm glad that I read it, but I wasn't just blown away.