Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel.
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Today I’ll be sharing some information about the book and author, my review, and a giveaway.
Keeper of the Bees
by Meg Kassel
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 4th 2018
“Beauty and the beast like you’ve never imagined!” —New York Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn
KEEPER OF THE BEES is a tale of two teens who are both beautiful and beastly, and whose pasts are entangled in surprising and heartbreaking ways.
Dresden is cursed. His chest houses a hive of bees that he can’t stop from stinging people with psychosis-inducing venom. His face is a shifting montage of all the people who have died because of those stings. And he has been this way for centuries—since he was eighteen and magic flowed through his homeland, corrupting its people.
He follows harbingers of death, so at least his curse only affects those about to die anyway. But when he arrives in a Midwest town marked for death, he encounters Essie, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from debilitating delusions and hallucinations. His bees want to sting her on sight. But Essie doesn’t see a monster when she looks at Dresden.
Essie is fascinated and delighted by his changing features. Risking his own life, he holds back his bees and spares her. What starts out as a simple act of mercy ends up unraveling Dresden’s solitary life and Essie’s tormented one. Their impossible romance might even be powerful enough to unravel a centuries-old curse.
Purchase Links: https://entangledpublishing.com/keeper-of-the-bees.html
If you haven’t read Black Bird of the Gallows, I highly recommend reading that one first. But Keeper of the Bees is a companion and can be read as a standalone. I loved Black Bird of the Gallows and this one is just as good.
There are beekeepers and harbingers of death in both stories. Both are humans that were cursed long ago. Harbingers can feel when death is coming and they feed off of it. They can turn into crows. Beekeepers feed off of fear. They have bees inside them and their faces change all the time. To most people, they just look like a nondescript person. No one they can ever really explain or identify. The beekeepers let their bees lose to sting and infect others. When infected, the venom brings out the worse in them. They either kill others or kill themselves and the venom spreads.
Keeper of the Bees is told in alternating chapters by Essie, a human, and Dresden, a beekeeper. Dresden followed Michael, a harbinger, and his group to a small college town in Missouri. This is where he meets Essie. Essie sees things. She has what they call the Wickerton curse. Certain members in her family have delusions and can’t always tell what is real or made up. Her great-great grandma cut off her own toes. Essie lives with her Aunt Bel and her grandma. Aunt Bel is trying to keep her out of a group home, but Essie’s been getting worse. Her father makes her see a doctor who keeps giving her more medicines that seem to make her feel worse.
When Essie meets Dresden, she can actually see him. She sees the changing faces and isn’t afraid of him. This is shocking to him and he is intrigued by Essie. They start spending time together and he begins to have feelings for her. Which is strange because beekeepers don’t feel love. His friendship with Michael is strange enough to most. Essie starts to have strong feelings for him, too.
Dresden finds out that someone was able to break the curse recently, and he wants nothing more than to break his. He now belives that the Wickerton Curse is his fault and he wants Essie to live a normal, happy life.
This is definitely a love story, but I also really enjoyed the curses and all the problems that start to happen because of it. Essie was very easy to like and Dresden grew on me. I loved Aunt Bel! I thought Meg Kassel did a great job with her storytelling and was happy to read from the beekeepers perspective more in this book.
Warnings for violence, mental illness, and horrible thoughs from people infected with the venom.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5). Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy for review.
About the Author:
Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s been creating stories, whether with visuals or words, since childhood. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. As a fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, she has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart® winner in YA and a double 2018 RITA® finalist for her debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows.
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Thank you for stopping by today and good luck on the giveaway! I hope you read and enjoy Keeper of the Bees!