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The Beast and the Bethany: Revenge of the Beast
Author: Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Pages: 288
Genre:
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: 30th September 2021

Buy the Book (affiliate links): Amazon


I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far? It’s quite cold and miserable here today so I’ve been keeping warm tucked up on the sofa reading, I couldn’t ask for anything else today because this is exactly what I need. Apart from that, I am back with another book review. More importantly another The Write Reads Ultimate Blog tour for Jack Meggit-Phillips beastly middle-grade fantasy, The Beast and the Bethany: Revenge of the Beast!

Thank you TheWriteReads and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and a spot on the blog tour.


Synopsis

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?


My Review

What I Loved

After devouring The Beast and the Bethany extremely quickly and loving it, I couldn’t hold back from starting Revenge of the Beast straight away! After a long hard day, I couldn’t have asked for a better book to come home to and gobble up and let me tell you this isn’t just for the kiddies. It is such a fun and meaningful book that teaches many valuable lessons such as kindness and giving back but it is also extremely entertaining with beautiful illustrations that help add the story perfectly!

The Story

Just when you thought that was it from the Beast, he strikes back in the most peculiar yet humorously gross way. With a new adventure and the beast even hungrier than before, we get to follow Bethany, Ebenezer and their new Parrot companion, Claudette as they take on a new mystery of why strange things have been happening to all the objects in the 15 story house that the Beast once vomited out.

Along with the beast bashing, do-gooding and spectacular theatre performances, we get more of an understanding of Ebenezer’s past and why he spent so many years serving the Beast. It does tug at the heartstrings when you realize what he’s been through, which we were all probably thinking about since the last book so I’m very glad the author delves into this side of his character. I couldn’t get enough of the story, there is never a dull moment within this book, it’s incredibly fast-paced, upbeat, funny and just a downright delightful read!

The Characters

Bethany is once again the star of the show for me. Even though she is known as a prankster and probably always will be a bit, however, with her desire to do good you can’t help but love and root for her on her journey. It’s incredible to see how much she has grown from the first book, trying to make amends with those who she treated wrong, make new friends and help protect the one person who helped her from the beginning even if he didn’t realise it!

Ebenezer continues to grow on me more and more and after living for 512 years it’s amazing to see him learn and grow to become a better person despite his troubled, sad past. It was a really nice insight to include some of his past as you can clearly see how he has become the person he is. By living as many years as he has, I can imagine it is not easy to change his ways. But, his friendship with Bethany is truly beautiful (when she isn’t calling him names) and so heartwarming they evidently have a big effect on each other.

Ebenezer, as well as the rest of the story and characters, are fabulously enjoyable from start to finish. It will make you wish you could forget what happened and read it all over again!

Overall Thoughts

Overall, The Beast and the Bethany: Revenge of the Beast is a remarkable sequel that lives up to all its entertainingly beastly expectations from the first book. If you’re looking for a quick, easy, laugh out loud read then look no further! Don’t be disappointed if you ate up these two books quickly, because there is more to come for Bethany, Ebenezer and the Beast this year!

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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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Comments



7 February 2022 at 8:20 pm

Amazing review Ellie Mai, I loved reading your thoughts and I can’t wait to read this book myself!! xx



10 February 2022 at 3:29 am

Lovely post. I enjoyed the book so much.



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