Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel is a YA Paranormal story of a cursed boy and a girl battling her own mind.
““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.“
First off, the cover of this book is so perfect for the story. With the watercolor style that I think is the essence of Dresden’s curse and then the bee is the icing on the cake! Even if this wasn’t a Meg Kassel book, I would have picked this one right off the shelf.
Ok, now for what’s inside this eye-catching book.
This quote: “Are you planning to kill me?”
I was instantly hooked! I really loved reading the two main characters’ battles and how they brought that paranormal feel while also bringing more of reality into the picture.
We find out fairly quickly that the girl is fighting a family curse, and when she meets the boy, she has trouble finding that line between her mind and reality. I think having these two characters was a perfect mix to read about, especially into the Fall season.
And then a rather evil man comes into the mix, complicating everything, and leaving the story down an even darker path. Which I couldn’t help but be ensnared by. It’s one of those stories that you can’t help but fall into the beautiful trance of the ‘villain.’
I give this rather haunting book a 5 out of 5 stars. If you’ve read Meg’s previous companion novel, Black Bird of the Gallows, I highly recommend this one to go along with it. You may remember the bee-character from that story, and this book plays more in depth into a creepy yet uniquely exciting contemporary tale.
You won’t want to put this one down!
“She closes her eyes. Her breath hitches. Then, she does the improbable and throws herself against me, wrapping her arms around my waist.
I am paralyzed. Motionless, breathless in my first embrace in a millennium. To be touched… My eyes close as I tremble from head to toe. The pain is glorious, excruciating.
“Thank you,” she breathes against my chest. “You calm my mind. Why is that?”
“I don’t know.” Speech takes an unbearable effort. I’m overwhelmed in every single possible way—destroyed on a level she can’t begin to comprehend. My arms hover, uncertain how to return her embrace and unsure if I should. Unable to push her away. I feel as though I will shatter if I move, but my arms slowly close around her. One of my hands falls on her hair, where her elastic has loosened. The thin band slips from her hair and falls into my hand. My fingers close around it.“
Published: 4 September 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
How I Read It: ARC from YA Bound Book Tours
“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.”
*Disclaimer: I requested a copy of this book through YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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- One winner will receive the Grand Prize containing:
- Bee and honeycomb pendant necklace
- $10 Amazon gift card
- Locally made in Maine: beeswax lip balm (honey scent), honey sticks from local apiary
- Bit o’ honey candy
- Signed bookplate
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