Today is my stop on the blog tour for Revenge of The Beast by Jack Meggitt-Phillips, and I am excited to be sharing my review with you all.
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 have been looking forward to Revenge of The Beast since I finished The Beast and The Bethany (review here), so obviously when Dave announced the tour, I jumped at the chance. Not only did this book live up to all of my expectations, but it actually surpassed them all.
The story starts by taking us back in time, to when Ebenezer first met the Beast, and how they became “friends”. We’re introduced to some horrible children who love to terrorise young Ebenezer, but now Ebenezer has a new friend who is ready to help him get revenge, and so begins a long and interesting friendship that would last for centuries.
We’re then transported forward in time to where The Beast and The Bethany left off, and back to those much loved characters Bethany, Ebenezer, and Claudette. Immediately they are back to their old fun and games, and their rather questionable sandwich filling choices. But Bethany and Ebenezer are really trying to be better people, and although I loved the prankster antics of Bethany in particular in book one, I really enjoyed her attempts at redemption. However, the three of them are completely unaware of what is to come, that the Beast is back and looking for revenge, and is more sneaky and monstrous than ever. He’s about to turn their nice new life completely upside down.
In the midst of Bethany and Ebenezer’s attempts to do good, we are introduced to Mr Clinke, resident of the local care home, who Ebenezer decides is his chance to redeem himself (even though he is beginning to miss the Beast, and isn’t actually very interested in “do-gooding”). There was one specific part where Mr Clinke could not hear what Ebenezer was saying, so Ebenezer repeated himself louder, to which Mr Clinke told him that “there was no need to shout”. This used to happen rather frequently when talking to my Nan, complete with hearing aids turned off because she “didn’t need them”, and I miss those conversations so much, so reading it really brought a smile to my face, and some sunshine in to my life.
Bethany is discovering that being a reformed prankster doesn’t really help your cause when you’re trying to do good. People don’t trust her, and always think the worst, and it’s beginning to bring her down. Unfortunately for Bethany, this is the perfect opportunity for the Beast to hatch a hideous plan, and to use Bethany to make it happen.
The book concludes in an explosive ending at Claudette’s extra special theatre debut, where the Beast can finally let his rage and disgustingness come out in full force, for the whole town to deal with. This was so much fun to read, and there was even a couple of exciting twists that weren’t expected! The ending also leaves the story open for another book in the series, so I have my fingers crossed for that.
I loved The Beast and The Bethany but the plot of Revenge of The Beast seemed so much more in depth, and a little more serious. Because of this, I actually enjoyed it even more. As you all know, my main genres are usually thriller, or horror, so you would assume that this wouldn’t really be my cup of tea, but honestly this series and this book especially are so refreshing. It feels good to have some silliness and some fun in my reading, but at the same time to be completely invested in the story. From start to finish, I loved this book!
I give Revenge of The Beast a 5 star rating!
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 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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