Today it’s my stop on the Ultimate Blog Tour organized by The Write Reads and I’m reviewing the sequel to Bethany and the Beast, a middle-grade fantasy book I enjoyed last year. If you remember, we thought Ebenezer and Bethany got rid of the Beast at the end of the first book. Well, it looks like nothing is permanent, not even death.
About the book
Length: 288 Pages
Publishing: 30th September 2021
Illustrations: Isabelle Follath
Lemony Snicket meets Roald Dahl in this riotously funny, deliciously macabre, and highly illustrated sequel to The Beast and the Bethany in which Bethany and Ebenezer try to turn over a new leaf, only to have someone—or something—thwart them at every turn.
Once upon a very badly behaved time, 511-year-old Ebenezer kept a beast in his attic. He would feed the beast all manner of objects and creatures and in return, the beast would vomit him up expensive presents. But then the Bethany arrived.
Now notorious prankster Bethany, along with her new feathery friend Claudette, is determined that she and Ebenezer are going to de-beast their lives and Do Good. But Bethany finds that being a former prankster makes it hard to get taken on for voluntary work. And Ebenezer secretly misses the beast’s vomity gifts. And neither of them are all that sure what “good people” do anyway.
Then there’s Claudette, who’s not been feeling herself recently. Has she eaten something that has disagreed with her?
The Beasts Revenge, just like the first book, is filled with adventure, magic, humor, and wonderful illustrations. The story picks up where the first book ended and we see Bethany and Ebenezer adjusting to their life without the beast. As you might expect, nothing goes as planned and the Beast is about to make a comeback set on revenge.
The sequel gives us more insight into why Ebenezer is the way he is. The more we learn about his past, the better we understand the connection he has with Bethany.
Bethany is funny and annoying (especially in the first few chapters) at the same time, but I learned to love her. My favorite part of the story is when wants to do good just for the sake of it. Of course, to keep up with the spirit of the story, when Bethany and Ebenezer decide to be good for a change, but can’t quite figure out how they ask for advice, then go home to do laundry and eat soup.
All in all, this was a good read, with morally gray characters (and some pitch-black ones) with an unexpected ending. I look forward to seeing what happens next in this story!
About the author
Jack Meggitt-Phillips is an author, scriptwriter, and playwright whose work has been performed at The Roundhouse and featured on Radio 4. He is a scriptwriter and presenter of The History of Advertising podcast.
In his mind, Jack is an enormously talented ballroom dancer, however, his enthusiasm far surpasses his actual talent. Jack lives in north London where he spends most of his time drinking peculiar teas and reading P.G. Wodehouse novels.
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