Low Red Moon Sunday, Jun 5 2011 

Hi Readers,

If my memory serves me correctly, this is the first posting for the 2011 Reading List, whoop whoop! I’ve decided to make minor changes to my book reviews as of now. You might notice, you might not. Either way, if you read my blog, I hope you enjoy what you find and that it might be a little helpful. So, here goes…

Ivy Devlin’s Low Red Moon is about a young woman named Avery who can’t remember the night her parents were murdered. Strange events begin to take place and she wonders if she is losing her mind. Interestingly enough, she falls for Ben,  the new guy in town who can’t remember that particular night either. It is a race to regain her memories and stand against the evils clouding the town.

I was covered in blood when the police found me. Head to toe: in my hair, on my eyelashes, in the skin between my toes. Dried so deep into my clothes they were taken away and I never saw them again.
(Pg. 1)

Small note: This quote makes me think of the show, Dexter… when he remembers who killed his mother and you get the full visual of his mother’s murder. The amount of blood in the show is cringe inducing, but a good show nonetheless. Anyway…

Worth note, the word “moon” is written in red every single time it is on a page. Seeing a red word makes me think of auto-correct in Microsoft Word. It took a while to get used to it–but the concept is original, at least to my knowledge.

My only complaint: By the very beginning we have a Twilight-esque novel. I mean, there are no vampires, but we have werewolves in place of the Cullens. In the middle of a BFE town. And I kid you not, almost word for word, Avery and Ben have the same discussion about being 17-years-old and for how long–almost EXACTLY like Bella and Edward. WHY? And the bond mate issue–seeing someone and being bonded immediately. At least Avery has a reason to be upset! I won’t even finish that thought, I think you get the idea.

Ivy Devlin’s Low Red Moon is my favorite new paranormal romance! Lyrical and engrossing, with a heroine we can all relate to and a sexy, mysterious new boy who’s a total fox–I mean, wolf!
— Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times–bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series

For the age group it is written for, very good book. I would recommend it to girls in high school. So, keeping in mind this book is geared towards Young Adults, I give Low Red Moon a 3.5/4 out of 5. The only major problem I had with this story is the huge  similarity to Twilight.

Until next time.

❤ Nolaleigh

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Hello, 2011 Saturday, Jan 1 2011 

Hi Readers, or Reader,

I don’t know who  reads this, but if you do, I hope you are enjoying what you find. As luck would have it, my family and I are at the library because it is only place we are allowed to use the internet. Long story… and not productive to my blog by any means. So, I am currently reading Angelology by Danielle Trussoni as previously mentioned–slow, but really good. Despite this, my family does not exactly encourage productivity. I don’t mind because I never get to see them… but I wonder if I will finish the books I checked out in time. In the hope of picking myself up out of a rut, I bring you the Reading List of 2011. I feel that this list is fairly  different than 2010–not only more manageable, but also the tones and themes presented in each novel. So… you know the drill, want more information about a book? Click on the title and you’ll be directed to Amazon!!

Reading List 2011

**Annexed by Sharon Dogar
**Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Juliet by Anne Fortier
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher
Room by Emma Donoghue
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
**The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank (this is the only link that will direct you to Barnes and Noble.com)
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
The Pact: A Love Story by Jodi Picoult
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lauren Kate’s Fallen Series
                Fallen
                Torment
                Passion (to be released June 2011)
                Rapture (to be released Spring 2012)

I’m really excited to read these! Any title that has an asterisk by it will need to be bought at some point. My birthday is in March… so maybe then? We’ll see. In any case, welcome to a new year with new beginnings and adventures.

Many well wishes,
Nolaleigh