September 7, 2018

Keeper of the Bees Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Keeper of the Bees
Author: Meg Kassel
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen


“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.

Books in the Companion Series:

Keeper of the Bees is easily one of my favorite books of this year so far. I absolutely loved Black Bird of the Gallows when I read it last year, so I had high hopes and expectations for this companion novel. I was not disappointed in the least. It was just as good as BBotG and I loved it more than I thought I was going to. Every single aspect of the story was wonderfully done from the characters to the plot and everything in between.

One major thing I want to talk about is the author's writing style. The book is written in alternating perspectives - both Essie and Dresden. Both of their sections of the story is told from the first person point of view, which is by far my favorite style. I think the reader gets to connect on a deeper level when the author uses this writing style, which definitely happened with Essie and Dresden for me. I loved getting to know each of them throughout the book. They each were realistic in their own ways with flaws and positive traits, which allowed me to identify with them both early on in the story. I also loved watching Essie and Dresden's relationship begin, change, and then grow as the book progressed. I was hooked from the very first sentence and didn't quit reading until I had finished the entire book in one sitting.

The other aspects of the book were well done - the author uses detailed description and vivid imagery to bring the story to life. We got to learn some of the history of the curses that involve the Harbingers, Beekeepers, and Straw Men in BBotG, and I loved getting to learn even more in this book. The lore behind each of them as well as the background and the curse is incredibly intriguing to me and I hope the author writes another book in the same world so we can learn more. I can't recommend this book highly enough - as well as the companion novel, Black Bird of the Gallows. Perfect for fans of YA fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, and romance. I'll be waiting and praying for another book in this fascinating and enchanting world!

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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1 comment:

  1. Great review. I also hope the author write another novel set in this world. I loved everything about it. And the writing is simply flawless.

    Happy readings! :)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret