Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
release date: Sept 14, 2010
hardcover, 256 pages
intended audience:Young Adult
source: Around the World Tours
description from goodreads:
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?
Review: This one was just okay for me. Not awful, not great. The storyline was interesting enough that there was never any question that I would make it to the end. I definitely wanted to find out what really happened that night...who killed Avery's parents? Why did she wake up near their bodies with no memory of how they ended up dead? Why does a blood-red streak keep showing up in her hair (that part really kind of creeped me out)?
For one reason or another, nothing that I could really pinpoint, I had a hard time connecting with the character of Avery. I also didn't really understand why she was suddenly so in love with Ben. I am all for a good "love at first sight", but that should follow with some grounds for why a relationship might work beyond that first look. I felt like this was really rushed with no explanation---she sees him, he has silver eyes, suddenly they are completely in love and will risk anything for each other.
There were some interesting twists and it did get a bit thrilling in the end as everything was explained and wrapped up. All in all, it was an interesting plot, but a little thin on the "meat of the story".