About Low Red Moon
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.
My Rating: 4 Stars
Low Red Moon had a beautiful, lyrical rhythm to it. When we meet Avery, it's in the aftermath of the horrible murder of her parents. She was there, but she can't remember what happened -- understandable for such a traumatic situation. Luckily, Avery has her grandmother to live with in the same town, but as her family was estranged from her grandmother, the situation is awkward at best. I really enjoyed the way the story unfolded, how Avery remembered fragments at a time, and the odd mannerisms of the residents in the little, isolated town near the woods.
In the middle of all of the strangeness that Avery is experiencing, in walks Ben, a new boy at school. Avery and Ben have an instant connection. And you know what? It didn't bother me. No, I am not a huge fan of insta-love, but their relationship is explained in a way that makes sense. I totally got it. The attraction between them is real and well-written.
I'd like to say the ending was a big surprise, but it was more of a sort-of surprise for me, as I saw some of the setup. It didn't stop me from enjoying this book or wanting to read the sequel if one is released. If you like books with poetic phrasing, romance, and a little mystery, you will enjoy Low Red Moon. Also, I cannot end this review without saying how much I love the cover and layout of this book. The hardcover jacket is a gorgeous metallic, and the inside is laid out with red accents. Beautiful!
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.
Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.
Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
My Rating: 4 stars
Runes started a little slow for me, although it was clear with the immediate chemistry between Raine and Torin that SOMETHING fun would happen. As the story progressed, I found myself really getting into it, liking Raine and her friends, and rooting for her to end up with Torin. There are lots of twists and turns, although a few I saw coming.
After the initial chapter or two, the pacing picked up and the story flowed well. The writing is great with minimal errors. The characters are very believable and, for the most part, likeable. And the bad guys are more shades of gray than black and white, which is what I prefer. It ends in a way that has me looking forward to reading more books in this series.
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Before I was an author, I was an avid reader. I absolutely adore books and getting lost in the worlds that other people create. I love to discuss books, too. Feel free to leave comments. :-)