“A good nights sleep can do wonders for the brain. It can help sharpen your thinking and, if you are lucky, it can bring you answers to the most troublesome questions.”

Genre: Middle grade Fiction
Pages: 256
Publisher Egmont books
Published: 1st October, 2020
Rate: 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The debut middle grade novel, which has been described as “Lemony Snicket meets Dorian Gray” The publisher said the book is about a shallow man named Ebenezer Tweezer “and his friendship with an incredibly naughty girl named Bethany, and the prospect of at least one of them getting eaten by the beast in the attic.”

Disclaimer: A copy of the book was provided by the author for review but thoughts & opinions are honest and my own.

My Take

On occasion, I love reading middle grade books because if there’s one thing they are, it’s entertaining! The Beast And The Bethany was that and more. From the illustrations to the characters to the plot that had me so engaged, I couldn’t put the book down! The illustrations really do add to the book and make it so interesting, as they are spot on. This is a book that’s both plot based and character based which to be honest, is a fantastic combination. You get a little bit of everything.

“A wonderful life can turn someone into a terrible person.”

The story follows a magical beast, a vain man and bratty child. What a trio! The characters shine on their own way, with a clear distinction on who plays which role. The author leaves nothing to chance & I love how he doesn’t try to make excuses for the character’s flaws. (you have to read the book to get what I mean)

The story flows and the writing is easy going. With an odd twist at the end, the book will have you on edge. A hint of paranormal & a fantasy aspect, the book is fun & light and a quick read to get through. I loved it & definitely recommend.

Do you know of a book that sounds similar? Do let me know in the comments.