Friday, September 3, 2010

book review: low red moon by Ivy Devlin

pub date: Sept 14, 2010
publisher: Bloomsbury USA
pages: 196 (ARC)
source: ARC
rating: 3.5

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?
 
my review:
I gave it an above average rating because it was an enjoyable read. I didn't get bored, in fact I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. The romantic tension was great. There were some nice kissing scenes. The writing style is original. The forest as it's own character was cool. There's red print on the inside pages that just pops. But...

I wanted more.
I wanted Avery and Ben to get to know each other before getting physical. They've hardly talked but because of this mysterious "connection," they can't keep their hands to themselves.
I wanted a more mysterious mystery. By half way through I thought it was pretty obvious what was going on.
I wanted Avery to be braver at the end and not do what she did, which was accuse the wrong person. I thought she was stupid and it was annoying.
I wanted more about Avery's relationship with the forest. I thought it would have been awesome if the forest had helped her remember what happened the night her parents were murdered, instead of having to be told by the murderer. Why does the murderer always feel the need to explain their action before murdering their next (and last) victim?

What I really wanted was a longer, more fully developed story. I liked what was there, but finished feeling like there was more to tell in this story, not just in the next.

Content:
heavy making out.

1 comment:

anjohnston said...

I just reviewed this one on my blog too and had many of the same complaints as you did. I also wanted the author to spend more time developing Avery and Ben and their relationship with each other. I wanted about 100 more pages to get to know them and know more about the werewolves and Avery's connection with the woods. Great review!