This is one of my most favorite reviews!
4 out of 5 stars on amazon:
Before I give my honest review of this book, I must explain the backstory of how I discovered it. It’s funny how a random excursion through youtube beginning with the famous Miles Jai and ending with ‘TheRobinMonster’ can lead you to such interesting literary works. As I jumped from ‘youtuber’ to ‘youtuber,’ I noticed a specific one, which was the latter profile name discussed. Watching his lighthearted videos as well as his more sober ones created an individual with a spectrum of power and confidence. Once I heard he published a couple of books, I decided to give this particular one a try (here comes the actual review..)
‘Children of the Moon: Andrew’s Origin’ is a remarkable novella with so much emotion within just three chapters. I will point out the strongest points in ‘Andrew’s Origin’ first. The story, as well as the characters, are obviously an artistic reflection of the author’s life. The main character, Andrew, is struggling with a broken life at home, his sexuality (at least in the beginning), as well as becoming a werewolf. While this last problem will lead the mainstream reader to think, “great, a rip-off of the ‘Twilight’ series,” do not let it disuade you! Within this novella, you will begin to notice the power of suggestion as Andrew evolves. For example, Andrew’s sexuality is barely mentioned (save the beginning and the intimate scene between him and Caleb). The reader will notice that what once was a weakness, becomes a strength; therefore, Andrew’s “sexual evolution,” if you will, becomes the strongest part of him, even seeming to surpass the fact that…well…he’s a werewolf. As a homosexual, I thoroughly enjoyed the representation of strength through one’s sexuality with Andrew’s powerful character.
Unfortunately, I must give this book a 4/5 due to the following flaws found in the book. The biggest flaw is that it is loaded with grammatical errors; however, a simple revision can fix this up right away. Another big thing that Mr. Theriault/Hartman must do is EXPAND! EXPAND! EXPAND! I can’t stress this enough. Although Andrew is perfectly described (at least to me), the supporting characters are hardly given any depth. The scenes also jump too quickly, which can leave the reader a bit jolted. One last issue that takes some of the luster from this book is the artistic depth. There are certain metaphors and poetic sentences that are so deep…they are a bit tacky.
In conclusion, save the mistakes stated above, this book is a diamond in the rough. It possesses a personal reflection for the author as well as the reader. It asks you to embrace yourself, whether that is your sexuality, your art, your music, or…turning into a child of the moon. -“Beware; for I am fearless, therefore powerful.”
As a personal side note, to heighten your reading experience with ‘Children of the Moon,’ listen to Florence + The Machine’s album, ‘Ceremonials.’ It follows this novella perfectly!