Keeper of the Bees Blog Tour

Hi everyone! As you can see I am participating in a blog tour organised by YA Bound Book Tours for the book, Keeper of the Bees.

This blog post will have the following format:
The post will have the following format:
  • Book Links
  • Giveaway Information 
  • Book Information
  • Book Review
  • About the Author

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Giveaway Information

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Book Information

Title: Keeper of the Bees
Author: Meg Kassel
Series: Black Bird of the Gallows #2
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: 
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Format: eBook (ARC)
Pages: 309
Rating: 5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 14 September 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the first book. It grabbed my attention like no other so I cannot wait to jump into the second book that follows the magical creature! I am beyond ready but also not ready for all of the feels.

Thank you so much to YA Bound Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

All the problems that I had in the first book with the writing were totally fixed in this book. The writing flowed like warm honey and the words etched themselves on my soul. I loved how genuine and emotive the dialogue and the language was. The author's words really made this story for me. 

Plot Thoughts:

Oh, my good books. This book was amazing. This is sort of beauty and the best reimagining but like a million times better. I connect with the story. I felt enamoured by everything. I gobbling up the pages faster than you can say a masterpiece. I loved how the author uses the sense of urgency in this. You could feel it through the events in this book just how much Dresden cared for Essie. I loved the representation in this book. I think that it attacks the stigmatism surrounding people who have mental illness quite well.

Character Thoughts:

I loved Essie. She was the epitome of this innocent and pure person but when the time came she was there for herself and for those around her. I loved Dresden because of how much he fought his nature to be with Essie. It said a lot about his character. These two were so damn likeable and my heart was just crying throughout the novel.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. I think that goes beyond saying. I loved everything about this book. It did what the first book did and so much more. It pulled me so deep into the story that it was difficult to come up for air. I loved how the writing made me feel included and how the plot made me consume this book like no other. The characters were not only likeable but they had me rooting for them. This book was beyond amazing. Thank you so much to YA Bound Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

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.

Yours in Reading,


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