How is everyone doing? I hope you are all well and safe. I know that for me the start of September screams Autumn is coming and therefore I will be adding as much Autumn to my flat as possible. I know its early but hey if it makes you happy why the hell not!
Today’s post is another book review as part of a blog tour hosted by the amazing @Thewritereads. I just have to quickly let you know how grateful I am to Dave for not only including me on these tours but also for being the most supportive person in the world. I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and lovely words every time I speak to you. Anyway important side note over it is on to the book review…
Title: The Beast and The Bethany
Author: Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Ebenezer Tweezer is a youthful 511-year-old. He keeps a beast in the attic of his mansion, who he feeds all manner of things (including performing monkeys, his pet cat and the occasional cactus) and in return the beast vomits out presents for Ebenezer, as well as potions which keep him young and beautiful. But the beast grows ever greedier, and soon only a nice, juicy child will do. So when Ebenezer encounters orphan Bethany, it seems like (everlasting) life will go on as normal. But Bethany is not your average orphan . . .
Okay… Where to start! Firstly, I finished this book literally within the day that I received it in the post! (Super thankful for the physical copy!) Secondly, I cannot express to you my absolute joy that the grumpy really old man in this story is named Ebenezer (it gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings you recieve when you are reminded of a favourite memory.)
Bethany as a character is so amazing. Both strong and independent but also quirky as hell. Once you know her story you cannot help but feel bad for little Bethany but I love the way she carries herself albeit a little mischievous. She has a good heart deep down and the friendship she strikes up with dear old Ebenezer is one that could melt anyones heart. It really does show that telling the truth however hard it maybe can lead to better things.
The Beast well this one is hard, as a character I love the way he is described however I am not a huge fan of the way he expect to receive almost a sacrifice in order to use his talents to help others. As someone who loves stories of beasts that are just misunderstood I was kinda hoping the ending of the book would change my opinion of the beast. *SPOILER ALERT* it did not. However I did like how Ebenezer talks about how he was before he got greedy.
The whole book is full of such great descriptions and suspense that I finished reading it in one day. I just could not put it down.
This book is one that I would know that my nephews would love! I am not sure whether or not I would enjoy reading this book to them more but it is one I know they would love.
It is also extremely important for me to note that I was surprised how much this book makes you think. There is something quite magical about the way this book makes you think about the consequences of your actions. It also makes you think about how a small amount of kindness goes a long way. I think this book would be an awesome way of teaching people/children that you do not always know what is going on in someones life but taking time to listen when someone needs you to can make all the difference.
Have you read The Beast and The Bethany yet? What are your thoughts?