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Penny’s Reviews:The Beast Of Bodmin Moor



I have to confess I came to this story already having fallen in love with Zakarrie Clarke’s other books and I was delighted to discover the same seductive mix of humour and heart skilfully woven through this beautiful tale. It is laugh out loud hilarious in places, absolutely heart melting in others, raw and heart breaking with its honesty and openness and bursting with passion in every sense of the word. The descriptions are utterly to die for – seldom have I wanted to taste a subset or soak myself in a long hot bath of landscape so badly! It really gave the whole narrative a rich unique, absorbing quality. But what (or who) I loved most of all about it was the character of Phin. As someone who has a genetic disorder which means that I process sensory information in a unique way from most people, I actually cried to discover the rare treat of a character who experienced the world in a very similar way to me, and has to deal with many of the associated baggage which comes from that. Phin is portrayed with more integrity, love, appreciation and genuine understanding than any similar character I have encountered and there really aren’t words to express the validation I felt reading his experiences – I am so grateful that Zakarrie Clarke was heroic enough to portray such a beautiful and unique young man exactly as he should be portrayed. Both (or perhaps I should say ‘all four’) of the characters in this gorgeous tale are as adorable as they are skulduggerous – it is a fabulous love story of self-acceptance and learning to love those beautiful, unique aspects of ourselves and others which others might label ‘beastly’ or ‘monstrous.’

4 responses

  1. Oh I’ve gone so daft I can scarce string three words together. Thank you thankyouthankyou, with all my heart. ❤️I’ve had the worsest week…I can’t begin to tell you how much your words mean to me, how grateful I am that you even thought them, let alone wrote them. I’m so, so lucky to have you, this story would never have been finished without your support. 🥰Without this review I may never have written another word after the latest reactions on goodreads. I still don’t know if I’ll ever be brave ’nuff. But at least I’ll now be able to go and bury myself in Johnlock with a heart full to bursting of having done something, somewhere, along the way that (inexplicably) gifted me your wonderful words. ❤️Thank you my scrumptious. So so much and more.🥰 xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    April 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    • Penny Blake

      Aw you’re so very very welcome my lovely it has been a joy and an honour to journey along with you on this adventure! Never mind the muggles, who want’s them messing up our bright and magical world anyway? Hugest hugs and I’m so looking forward to your next book! xxxxxxxxxxxx

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      April 20, 2020 at 11:23 am

      • Oh thank you.❤️ You’re right o’course…but I would’ve never done remembering that without you.🥰Huge hugs back and thank yous to the moon and back my scrumptiousest ❤️🌹❤️xxxxxxxxx

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        April 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm

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