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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Love is honey sweet, but it comes with a fatal sting . . .

Melaina Maris needs wings to fly the gap between loving Sam and her family’s ancient curse that forces carnal love and then kills the male lovers. She won’t let the same fate that killed her father befall another. She refuses to allow her goddess-created bloodline to continue. But there’s no easy way out, especiall
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published May 31st 2014 by Christina Mercer
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Christina Mercer
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: YA Readers, Contemporary/Urban Fantasy Readers, Light Romance Readers, Lovers of Nature
HONEY QUEEN is a young adult journey that delves into the connection between nature and humanity, love and friendship, and ultimately life and death. Melaina Maris—savior to honey bees—is spun into a swarm of mythic power where love brings pain and every choice ends in loss. Her fate was set by a goddess-created bloodline, ancient and cursed, sweet and venomous, and narrowed to its last fertile daughter. The queen must mate. A drone must die. So a new daughter can carry on the line. Sacrifice fo ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Honey Queen is a surprisingly unique take on the mythology angle we see in so many YA and MG books now. Instead of following in the footsteps of other authors Christina breaks away and spins her own standout tales.

It’s no secret that I love mythology and I love seeing it incorporated into stories in new ways, and that’s just what has happened here. Honey Queen focuses on Melaina and her rather intense connection with the honey bees that she cares for. She’s linked to them by centuries old magic
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from YABOUNDBOOKTOURS

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I didn't immediately read Honey Queen once I received it so I kind of forgot what the synopsis was about. Honey Queen is actually pretty interesting and entirely unique. I mean with all the type of supes I've been reading this one is about honey bees, honey queen, and their origins leads to a goddess.

In Honey Queen, Melaina's family have been beekeepers for generations but it isn't so simple because their family is connected to the honey bee
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Melaina Maris is the last daughter of her bloodline. Mel comes from a long line of beekeepers. A long, long time ago Mel's bloodline was cursed by the first daughter, a goddess. And now when the daughters mate they always give birth to a daughter and on the day the baby is born the father dies. With Mel being the last daughter the curse has turned her into the Honey Queen. Mel has no intentions of allowing Sam the guy she l
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
***Copy provided from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

This was such a good read. It was so different and refreshing! I loved the concept!

Melaina's family are beekeepers to everyone else but in truth they are so much more. For generations the women in her family have taken care of the hives. The honeybees are apart of them..literally. However there is a catch. The women mate,get pregnant and then their mate dies as soon as the child is born. They always have daughte
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This needs to be a movie. Period.
How creative and original!!
Melaina is descended from a goddess, which would be awesome if she hadn't also cursed her family!
Melaina decides never to allow herself to fall in love & have sex because if she does, it is a death sentence for her lover. So right there she deserves a medal!
Melaina then finds that she is destined to be the one to be able to save the bees and she decides to use thi
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'The Honey Queen' will leave you tingling. Mercer delivers an unforgettable character connected directly to nature with a twist of mythology that exemplifies the power of love, and with enough courage, the power to change ones destiny.
Pauline Creeden
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one for the originality and the Greek/Roman god/goddess elements. A fun read (full review with blog tour later this week)
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book! Review coming soon....
Jo Michaels
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who like a good dose of gods and goddesses and a fresh story idea
I won a copy of this book in a drawing at Utopia, a conference for women writers. I can't begin to tell you how excited I was, because I'd had my eye on this novel for a long time, but hadn't had an opportunity to add it to my TBR. Well, having a paperback turned out to be the thing that got me reading it (on an airplane, no less). I dove in and devoured this book in a little over twenty four hours. Now that you know how I came about a copy, let's get to my thoughts on what's inside.

From a Reade
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! I picked this book up almost a year ago but haven't had a chance to read it. Started reading on Saturday and stayed up late Sunday to finish it - it was THAT good.
First of all, the cover is amazing and perfectly sets the tone for the story inside the covers. The formatting is beautiful - from its scrollwork chapter headings to the little bees that adorn each page number. This is why a paper book is always gonna be better than an e-book, folks. The experience was wonderful,
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this from netgalley for an honest review. Honestly- I wasn't sure about this book through most of it. It's definitely a new and original idea but it was such a weird idea that I guess I couldn't wrap my head around it. Mel was a pretty nice character to follow- she always was looking out for others and did not want her family curse to hurt anyone. She couldn't even bare to curse someone who was already dying- instead she decided to save him. Her love interest however, was no ...more
Kathryn Hughey
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book intrigued me from the start. It is just so different, a honey bee queen? Wha?!?!!? I got a free copy for reviewing it on my blog, and read the whole thing in one sitting. Melaina, poor girl, has been cursed as has her whole family line, which by the way consists primarily of women, since the men all die of the curse pretty quickly.
The author brings in some Greek mythology, which I always love, and she has an obviously thorough knowledge of honey bee's.
I liked the book, but I didn't j
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was kinda perfect. A light read which had mythology, and teenage love, and good character development and well-placed comic relief but... I still missed something
Rebecca Lawton
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christina Mercer writes with lush, generous images and a lot of heart. Love her YA fantasy work, her honey tales, her blogging . . . highly recommended.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stand-alone
Amazing! Refreshingly different! I loved it!
Kiki Z
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm going to average out my feelings and say three stars because while I didn't dislike it, it was very weird. I like that Melaina was genuinely concerned about the people around her even as she raged about how this so-called gift affected her. Often in YA, we get characters who are supposed to be selfless but aren't anywhere close, especially when they're infected with some sort of curse like Mel is. And I generally liked the plot. It was very original even if I thought it was odd. (Maybe it ju ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology, unique
When I first read the synopsis, I was skeptical. Honey bees? Honey Queen? Authors really have to dig deep now to find any YA ideas that haven't already been bled dry. To be honest, I found the idea laughable at first, kind of like the theme of Hungry by Swain, though admittedly not to that extent. However, there was also a part of me that was intrigued, so I decided to give it a try.

Melaina's power over bees stems in Greek Mythology, from a goddess named Aera whose domain lies over honey bees an
Sarah Elizabeth
3.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Christina Mercer and NetGalley.)
17-year-old Melaina is the last of her line – a line of females who have an affinity with honey bees, and are cursed to bear a daughter, and have the child’s father die on the same day.
Melaina is adamant that she will find a way to break the curse before killing her best friend (and the boy she loves) Sam.
Can Melaina find a way to break the curse? Or is sh
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I couldn't quite make up my mind about Honey Queen. It's an interesting idea, a take on the supernatural that hasn't been done before to my knowledge, which gives it points for invention. But as far as I can see the mythology Mercer has used to create her story is made up, which I think is a shame. I might be wrong about that, which would make me happy. There's so much interesting ancient myth out there, if you're going to make something up then why link it to the ancient Greeks? Anyway. So the ...more
Pratr- Authors
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock

The book is hard to follow, especially in the beginning. However eventually it all seems clear, just be patient.

It has a lot of talk about Greek Gods and their abilities, interwoven with a great story line. Another great thing with this wonderful book, is there is no cliffhanger!! That is an absolute plus for me, I hate having a "to be continued" story.

Friends since childhood, Melaina and Sam are your average "in love" teenagers with a curse t
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. The mythology was done very well and convincingly. The characters were likeable even if some relationships weren’t as developed as they could have been. The plot was fascinating and there were a few nice unpredictable twists. The writing was engrossing. Would I read more by this author? Maybe. Would I recommend this book to others? Probably.

See the full review on my blog, Awesome Book Assessment.
Erika Mailman
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thought this was amazing. A great teen story with a mythological background. Great read!
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Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. Honored titles include Tween Fantasy ARROW OF THE MIST & its sequel ARMS OF ANU, and YA Paranormal Romance HONEY QUEEN. In addition, she is a once-upon-a-time CPA who offers tips on accounting and taxes for authors in her BEAN COUNTING FOR AUTHORS guidebook. Christina resides in Northern California enjoying life ...more

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