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Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Low Red MoonAvery Hood’s parents have been murdered, and she can’t remember what happened except for a flash of silver. It’s all she can do to pick up the pieces and try to make sense of her new life. When Avery meets the new boy at school, everything is different. She’s still dealing with the grief over her parents’ deaths, but now there’s a new distraction. But despite her intense attraction to Ben, there’s something about him, something silver in his eyes, that makes her doubt him. When other residents of the forest are found killed, it becomes more important than ever for Avery to recover her memories, even if she is afraid the killer is someone she knows.

Low Red Moon is a strange combination of paranormal mystery and something else mystical. This story just didn’t flow well for me. Devlin tries to weave together so many different parts of the story, such as Avery’s grief, her relationship with Ben, her desire to remember, and her relationship with her grandmother. Unfortunately, the transitions in between were not very smooth, especially at the beginning through the middle of the story. It took a while for me to get into the story, and by that time, I already started to figure out the outcome of the story. The thing that sat the least well for me, though, was Avery’s mystical connection to the forest. Devlin doesn’t explain its purpose well, so it seems more an accessory to the story than an important element. The action at the end of the novel was exciting to read, but overall, I wasn’t very taken with this story. Low Red Moon was not one of the better paranormal books I’ve read.

Low Red Moon may appeal to fans of Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Death at Deacon Pond by E.M. Alexander.

Rating: 3.25

Review copy from Amazon Vine

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