The Beast and the Bethany – Jack Meggitt-Phillips | Blog Tour

Complete with accompanying illustrations by Isabelle Follath, ‘The Beast and the Bethany’ is an upcoming middle grade with fantastical elements.

The Beast and the Bethany

Jack Meggitt-Phillips

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The most exciting new children’s book of 2020 and a modern classic in the making. The Beast and the Bethany has all the classic macabre humour of Roald Dahl with the warmth and charm of Despicable Me, finished off with a gleeful bite of Little Shop of Horrors! This book should be on every little monster’s birthday and Christmas list.

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 . . .

Thank you to Dave at TheWriteReads for giving me a place on this blog tour! All opinions are my own unbiased views.

The Beast and the Bethany is a really easy to read middle grade that I would recommend all children.

Bethany reminds me of that scene from the first Nanny McPhee film were the children are always pranking the adults. Yeah, you know the ones.

However, there is more to Bethany than being the prankster she is. It’s known pretty much since our first encounter with her that she is currently living in an orphanage. We later learn that her parents died in a fire when she was still a baby so she can’t remember.

Although, I will have to say that I didn’t find the book particular gripping, which is why I gave this book three stars. Don’t get me wrong, the plot flows well and it’s interesting to see how Bethany’s and Ebenezer’s relationship developed and what they learned from each other. But I wasn’t intrigued; I could pretty much guess what was going to occur.

To conclude, The Beast and the Bethany is something that I would recommend to the right audience. The illustrations add an extra essence of life to the narrative, which is the perfect feature for the middle grade readership it’s aimed at.

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Cemetery Boys – Aiden Thomas | Blog Tour

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas is a journey of not only self discovery but proving to the world (and family traditions) that gender will hold us back! This own-voices story is one you definitely need to read as soon as possible!

Cemetery Boys

Aiden Thomas

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his conservative Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas’s paranormal YA debut.

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

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Tweet Cute – Emma Lord | Review

Tweet Cute is Emma Lord’s debut novel. This young adult contemporary is filled with a frenemy to lovers romance, alongside stolen family recipes and raging Twitter wars.

Tweet Cute
Emma Lord

Goodreads | Amazon

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

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The Ship of Shadows – Maria Kuzniar | Blog Tour

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar is a middle grade fantasy novel that features an all female crew of butt-kicking pirates! As you can probably gather, I signed up for this tour immediately!

The Ship of Shadows
Maria Kuzniar

Goodreads | Amazon

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Aleja whiles away her days in her family’s dusty tavern in Seville, dreaming of distant lands and believing in the kind of magic that she’s only ever read about in books. After all, she’s always being told that girls can’t be explorers.

ut her life is changed forever when adventure comes for her in the form of a fabled vessel called the Ship of Shadows. Crewed by a band of ruthless women, with cabin walls dripping with secrets, the ship has sailed right out of a legend. And it wants Aleja.

Once on board its shadowy deck, she begins to realize that the sea holds more secrets than she ever could have imagined. The crew are desperately seeking something, and their path will take them through treacherous waters and force them to confront nightmare creatures and pitch-dark magic. It will take all of Aleja’s strength and courage to gain the trust of her fellow pirates – and discover what they are risking everything to find.

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There Are Things I Can’t Tell You – Edako Mofumofu | Review [ARC]

Things I Can’t Tell You is a standalone graphic novel/manga by Edako Mofumofu that is about two best friends mutually that are pining after each other even after all the time that has passed since they saw last saw each other.

There Are Things I Can’t Tell You
Edako Mofumofu

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Kasumi and Kyousuke are polar opposites when it comes to personality. Kasumi is reserved, soft-spoken and shy; Kyousuke is energetic and has always been popular among their peers.

As the saying goes though, opposites have a tendency to attract, and these two have been fast friends since elementary school. To Kasumi, Kyousuke has always been a hero to look up to, someone who supports him and saves him from the bullies. But now, school is over; their relationship suddenly becomes a lot less simple to describe.

Facing the world — and one another — as adults, both men find there are things they struggle to say out loud, even to each other.

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Knightmare Arcanist – Shami Stovall | Blog Tour

Knightmare Arcanist: wow what a title! I particularly like the play on words. If you’re a fan of How To Train Your Dragon and loved Nicki Pau Preto’s debut Crown of Feathers, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this as much (if not more!) than I did!

Knightmare Arcanist, by Shami Stovall, is the first book in the Frith Chronicles, a pentalogy that I am very much looking forward to getting to the rest of.

Knightmare Arcanist
Shami Stovall

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Synopsis is taken from Goodreads.

Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

A fast-paced fantasy with magical creatures for those who enjoy the Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera series) by Jim Butcher, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

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Beast of the Night – E. E. Rawls | Blog Tour

Beast of the Night is the Beauty and the Beast retelling by E. E. Rawls that I had the honour of appearing on her book blog tour for. If you enjoy fairytale retellings with a bit of a twist, then I think you’ll quite enjoy this!

Beast of the Night
E. E. Rawls

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Goodreads | Amazon

A one-armed girl. A lord hiding a curse. A dark secret with the town’s fate hanging in the balance.

A Beauty and the Beast retelling with an Austrian twist and a new type of curse.

When Rosen moves to Freudendorf—a secluded town in the Alps—she does odd jobs to earn a living. That is, until her dad suddenly vanishes and the debt collectors come to call: taking her into slave labor.

But just when all her hopes and dreams are shattered, a frail zombie-like butler purchases her: taking her to serve Lord Varick, who currently resides in the forbidden castle near the salt mines, where the Beast of the Night is said to roam…

Varick is handsome, with an attitude that’s the exact opposite. The servants aren’t human, and the castle itself is an ugly wreck. But if Rosen cannot solve the dark secret beneath Freudendorf, and the curse holding Varick’s cold heart, then both they and the town will fall prey to a waiting evil—and worse, have no memory of it.

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