June 23, 2010

Low Red Moon Review & Ivy Devlin Interview

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (September 14, 2010)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Book from Ivy Devlin
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? (Source)
LOW RED MOON, by Ivy Devlin, is an original tale about werewolves stalking the residents of the forest outlining a small town. Devlin gives a fresh-perspective on the werewolf myth and takes you on a ride full of twists and turns leaving you aching for more.

I really enjoyed this book. The mystery about how Avery's parents were murdered kept me on my toes the whole time. And the supernatural element of werewolves and mind reading was enchanting.

Avery was a marvelous character. She did not fit in the mold of a typical high school girl. The home-school aspect kept her at the mental distance from others her age, and I think it made her more adult and able to handle the death of her parents more maturely. Her immediate bond with Ben left a lot of questions unanswered. The connection was definitely swoon-worthy but I would have liked Devlin to expand on their mental and physical link a bit more.

The question of who murdered Avery's parents was always lurking in the back of my mind. Avery searched her mind for clues of that night, but was blocked by the trauma. I enjoyed going on the journey with her to revisit the events of that night through bits of flashes that jogged her memory.

It has been a while since I have been surprised by an ending in a book, and this book did it! I was invested in one person from the start and Devlin completely took the rug out from under me. I really hope there is a sequel to this book that delves deeper into the supernatural background of Ben and Avery. Overall this was quite a unique book and a very strong start to Devlin's paranormal fiction debut.

Check out Ivy Devlin's website HERE


Interview with Ivy Devlin

Kate: How would you describe your writing style?

Ivy: I like romance and paranormal (though I suppose that's a given!) I like twists and turns and moments where things aren't always what they seem--and I love writing YA!

Kate: You love writing YA, and I love reading it! :)  Can you name a few people who have influenced your writing career?

Ivy: I really didn't want to be a writer--I never thought of myself as a creative person. But once I wrote my first story, I was hooked! As far as influences, I think the most important thing anyone who wants to write can do is read.

Kate: Do you use media (music, film, etc) while thinking of ideas or while writing? If so, can you name a few?

Ivy: I do! You can check out the playlist for Low Red Moon at my website

Kate: That is a great playlist, it sounds like it would be a great start to a movie soundtrack for the book. As a child, did you always want to be a writer? What is one profession you think you might have done or fantasized about doing other than writing?

Ivy: I didn't want to be a writer when I was younger--I actually wanted to teach college! But that dream died about ten minutes in to my first grad school class!

Kate: What do you love about the young adult genre?

Ivy: Everything!

Kate: Me too! Can you describe Low Red Moon in 140 characters?

Ivy: Part murder mystery, part grief narrative, and part heart-stopping, headlong romance, Low Red Moon is a book to be devoured in one sitting.

Kate: I definitely devoured it! I really enjoyed the originality of the supernatural part of this book. Where did the initial idea for Low Red Moon come from? How did you expand on that to make it into the final product?

Ivy: I love the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and one day I was thinking about it, and about the girl and then I thought...what if???? Basically, I just wrote a book I wanted to read--and I hope that if you read it, you like it!

Kate: What type of research, if any, did you do for Low Red Moon?

Ivy: I did a lot of sketches of the town, and since I grew up around trees, the forest parts of the book came very easily to me. I also did research on some other things--Ben's last name is Dusic for a reason, for example.

Kate: I am always curious about how authors name their characters. Is there any significance in the names of the characters in Low Red Moon?

Ivy: Avery Hood--I think that one pretty much says it all there. And there is a reason Ben's last name is Dusic.

Kate:  What was your favorite part of the publishing process? Your least favorite?

Ivy: Selling the book--I never, EVER thought that would happen! My least favorite part has been all the confusion over the length of the book--the ARCs are under 200 pages, but that's because the font used is tiny. (ARCs are super expensive to make). The book is actually over 250 pages long.

Kate: Word around the internet rumor mill is that "Ivy Devlin" is not your true name but, *gasp*, is a pseudonym for author, Elizabeth Scott, can you confirm or deny?

Ivy: All I can say is that Elizabeth Scott and are are pretty tight--she and I even wore the exact same shoes to BEA, which I thought was pretty cool.

Kate: That is crazy! Kinda like showing up at prom with the same dress... Are you currently working on any projects? Can you tell us anything about them?

Ivy: I'm working on a few things...

Thank you very much Ivy for taking the time out to give an interview. I wish you the best of luck in your future projects and I hope to read more from you soon!

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