Monday, January 17, 2011

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Good Reads Description:

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.

This is one of those books that I picked up because of the cover. I kept reading because of the writing.  This has been one of my favorite reads of the New Year. I’ve discovered that I really enjoy wolf stories and this is an excellent one.  Devlin’s paranormal debut is a strong one.  Avery is a strong female character. No one will be accusing her of being a doormat.  I like the relationship between Avery and Ben.  The attraction between them fairly jumps off the page.

I also felt that the relationship between Avery and her grandmother was very well crafted. (Grandmothers are another favorite story element of mine.)  You can tell that Avery loves her grandmother, but is hesitant due to the years of estrangement.  Devlin doesn’t force their relationship, but provides plenty of opportunity for them to grow closer.  She does this amazingly well, considering the short length of the book.

I’m looking to reading more of Devlin’s books. If you like paranormal romance and/or stories about wolves, this is a must read for you.

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