The beast is back! A massive thank you to Dave from The Write Reads, Farshore Books, and Jack Meggitt-Phillips for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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?
I was lucky enough to be a part of the blog tour for the first book, The Beast and the Bethany, so I was delighted to have the chance to read the sequel. Once again, Jack Meggitt-Phillips has written an excellent book, full of humour, friendship, and beastly antics! I loved reading more about Bethany and Ebeneezer, who were characters I loved from the first book. I really loved seeing how Bethany’s character changed from book 1 to book 2. Her character development has been phenomenal throughout these books already, and I can’t wait to see what comes next for her! Mr Clinke, one of the new characters introduced in this book, was excellent. I loved reading more about him throughout, and seeing how his story evolved. Claudette was a great character to read more about as well, and I especially enjoyed her performances!
Once again, the illustrations dotted throughout the book, were amazing! Isabelle Follath has drawn some incredible images, and I’m already excited to see what’s in store for book 3! I loved the way the story progressed in this book again, and it had a very satisfying, and intriguing, ending. It’s made me want to pick up book 3 immediately!
Overall I gave this book 4 stars. It was another brilliant middle-grade book which made me laugh out loud. I would highly recommend checking out this beastly series! I think it’s about time I pick up physical copies of these now as well!!
Once again, thank you so much Dave, Farshore Books, and Jack Meggitt-Phillips, for providing this incredible eARC!