Ok, truth time. This blog tour was meant to happen just before Christmas, but things happened (no one's fault. Barring technology. Technology was the enemy for this tour!) so, the tour was pushed back. But, when I first discovered this tour was happening, I jumped on it! If you followed me in 2020 (One of the Many Years That Must Not Be Named), you would know one of my fave reads was The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips. It was just such as delightful and delicious read, with hints of Roald Dahl and silliness throughout. So, of course, I wanted to read/audiobook the sequel, The Revenge of the Beast. Hence why I jumped on this tour!
Now, I will admit that when I did go into this, I was fearful that this wouldn’t be as fun as the first, but I took the risk anyway.
Title And Author: The Beast and The Bethany: Revenge of the Beast by Jack Meggitt-Phillips (Illustrations by Isabelle Follath)
Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: eProof gifted by publisher by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review/reaction for blog tour, and audiobook borrowed from local library via BorrowBox
Length: 288 Pages or 5 Hours and 5 Minutes
Taking place a few weeks after The Beast and The Bethany, the youthful-looking 511 Ebenezer Tweezer is trying to come to terms of life without the Beast. But he has The Bethany, once notorious prankster, who is keeping him on his toes. She and her parrot friend, Claudette, are determined that she and Ebenezer must de-Beast their lives and do some do-gooding. But both are finding this trickier than they first thought: Ebenezer is missing the gifts that the Beast vomited, Bethany is finding that her prankster past is making it hard for her to do some good, and both aren’t exactly sure how to be good people.
Plus, there’s something off with Claudette. Even since she ate the Beast, she’s been … well, not herself.
Ok, you probably guess most of the plot of this middle-grade. But, you know what? I didn’t really mind – this was such fun! I audiobooked this in two days. Very rare for me to do blitz an audiobook is two days. But this was fun, silly with a slight bite to it.
I am intrigued to see where this is going to do (the final chapter gave a good hint of the direction, something that happened in the previous book and, normally, I hate this trick (if you read my review of the adult MM romance, Right as Raine by Lucy Lennox, I loathe when this happens, but I did enjoy it in this series and not sure why), but I do hope the book doesn’t lose it selfishness. Both Bethany and Ebenezer, while wanting to be good people, can be awful: Bethany is quick to temper and can be cruel while Ebenezer is self-absorbed and quite materialist.
But this was just fun! I had a wonderfully silly blast of a time with these characters, and can't wait to see where these characters go in book 3...