Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 / 5 stars)
Audio Book Performance: ★★★★★ (5 / 5 Stars)
Beelzebub: prince of demons.
His path was laid out for him; one day, he would take over his father, Lucifer’s, reign.
Well, so he thought, until his father banished him to the human world.
Now, Lucifer is stuck as a human with an adopted family, forced to live out the rest of his days. But can he figure out a wall back to the underworld without alerting his humans, thus proving to his father how worthy he is for the crown? Or will he be stuck in the mortal realm forever?
In a fun, heartwarming story about found-family, we follow Beelzebub (or Beezer, as his family calls him) as he navigates life as a pre-teen in the modern world. Filled with a cast of unique characters – from his dog Tony Pepperoni (and host to a demon), to his siblings Lucy and Dash, as well as his adopted mother Jessica – there is no reason not to fall in love with the family. Beezer himself is a relatable character: he’s a preteen who just wants his father’s love, but really what he needs is a caring family…and to love himself.
While the story is predictable, it has all the best elements that both adults and children will adore. The full-cast of this audio novel makes it all the better, letting you picture each of the characters without description. Lucy is precocious and outgoing, Dash is silly but somewhat shy, and Beezer, well, he is the kid trying too hard to be “punk” or a “rebel.”
Ultimately, it is this performance that makes the story shine. Without it, the overall tale might not be all that compelling, and kind of repetitive overall. But I actually had a ton of fun listening to this audio drama!
If you want a quick audiobook to fill your day that will warm your heart like the fires in the underworld, definitely check out Beezer. It’s fun. That’s all I can really say.
What’s it about?
A lovely coming-of-age tale of Beezer navigating the pre-teen angst of family, feelings, and friends. So what if he’s a demon? For ages nine and up.
Beelzebub, the prince of demons, is bored. It’s his destiny to one day rule the dark underworld known as the Red Realm, but it’s sooo boring down there. All he wants to do is lay around all day in the lava pits (ahhh), boss everyone around (rude!), and maybe play a cruel prank (or two). But Beelzebub’s father has had it with his son’s nasty attitude. No one talks back to the Red King. NO ONE.
A disgraced Beelzebub is banished by his father and cursed to spend his days in the worst place either of them can imagine: EARTH. Now Beezer (his new name… which he hates) has to navigate a family (way too nice for his liking) that doesn’t know the truth behind where he really came from. Oh, and his human body? Not a fan. Too many feelings! And it makes weird sounds.
What would Beezer do to get back home and reclaim his rightful place next to his father? Anything it takes. That is unless, he finds a new path (ugh, work).