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LOW RED MOON by Ivy Devlin

LOW RED MOON

By Ivy Devlin

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59990-510-5
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Devlin (novelist Elizabeth Scott writing under a pseudonym) breathes new life into a format that’s lately verged on self-parody by wrapping her shy-teenage-girl-and-supernatural-male love story in an overarching tragedy. After Avery Hood is discovered with the mutilated bodies of her parents but no memory of what happened to them, her grandmother, Renee, who lives in the town outside the forest where Avery was raised, takes her in. Avery wants to help track down her parents’ killers, but all she can recall is a flash of silver. Although Ben, a new student at her school, fascinates her, his silver eyes are disturbing—especially when she realizes he’s a werewolf. As their powerful mutual attraction and Avery’s mysterious connection to the forest grow, the menacing evil stalking her draws closer. Pleasingly concise for this overwritten genre, the story derives its power and authenticity at least as much from its well-observed study of grief as from the intense love story. Intriguing characters and a suspenseful plot that unfolds with elision and restraint add up to a promising series opener. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)