“Bethy and the Moon Creatures” by Sylvania Plaque | Review by River Tam
With the explosion in popularity of the “Teen Paranormal Romance” shelf at every Barnes & Noble, it was only a matter of time before a true gem emerged from the bunch. This reviewer was thrilled from head to toe to find “Bethy and the Moon Creatures” adorning the shelves.
The novel had several notable strengths. The eponymous Bethy was particularly well-written as relatable for the average American teenage girl—she is passive, nondescript, and often feels isolated, as though her friend group doesn’t understand her. This main character is always dependent on someone else in her life—even if it’s just for a ride to school.
However, the author seems to have understood the importance of including a good message in pop culture. The details of the plot that really carefully outline the foolishness of being self-sufficient don’t kick in for several chapters. This was also a feature, as it left the reader waiting in mounting anticipation for the story to get around to any kind of point.
As mentioned, the key plot revolves around the main character’s dependence on her supernatural boyfriend. Their relationship is fraught with tension until approximately three-quarters of the way through the book, where an overly detailed three-way sex scene takes place. It added a certain mature quality to the book—but because of this, I would only recommend for ages 13 and up. This is also the moment where angels enter the story, leading to a late plot development that is, of course, fully resolved by the end and not left dangling to be answered by the end of a trilogy. The angel characters were possibly the weakest point of the novel—they led to too much philosophical musing on the part of the reader. Leaving the reader with questions about morality should always be avoided.
On the other hand, another of the novel’s strong points is the supernatural boyfriend. As a vampire-werewolf hybrid, the character provides all the benefits of both species: stone-cold and covered in fur. While the reader is initially led to believe the male character is uninterested in the protagonist, the author masterfully pulls off a plot twist where he admits to being afraid of her beauty. It is also revealed by the end that Bethy’s unique personality (or lack thereof) helped the male become a better person, leaving the novel in a happy, upbeat tone.
All in all, “Bethy and the Moon Creatures” has all the trappings of a great novel—passive protagonist, supernatural magic coming in to save the day just in the nick of time and, of course, bestiality. 5 out of 5 stars.