Blog Tour – The Beast and The Bethany

Welcome back for another blog tour, and an Ultimate Blog Tour at that. Organized by the ever lovely The Write Reads, and in association with Egmont, this blog tour looks at a book as special as it is possible to be.

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…

Fighting out the balance somewhere between Roald Dahl, David Walliams, and Little Shop of Horrors, The Beast and The Bethany is sure to be hitting the best sellers list as we approach the festive season (I won’t say the C word just yet!), publishing 1st October.

The first thing I’d like to mention is just how lovely the ARC copies were! They really looked like they’d been attacked by a beast, and it was a joy to have something so creative in my hands. My son was immediately curious too, and as he’s in the age bracket the book was aimed at, I’d say that was a job very well done for whomever was responsible for design!

The characters grow on you, and the lines between goodies and badies certainly blurs in this book, which is what makes it so deliciously inviting. At first finding any sympathy for either Ebeneezer or Bethany is impossible, until they form an unlikely – unavoidable – unit.

The story unfolds with twists and turns, sure to keep both children and adults intrigued when reading, trying to guess what is coming next, and then waiting on the edge of your seat for what seems like the inevitable.

I know I’m far from alone in having recommended this book, and the size of this blog tour speaks volumes about the reach of the characters and the story. Now we just need to wait for the film!

My thanks as ever to The Write Reads, and to Egmont books for the brilliant proof copy.

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