Keeper of the Bees
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 ...more
IT IS DARK. AND SOFT™ and I am living for that combination.
So this is a companion novel to Black Bird of the Gallows. Going to admit I loved this one more!! But ...more
I won’t be including any spoilers for Black Bird of the Gallows, if you haven’t re ...more
Dresden is a keeper of bees, cursed to follow the harbingers of death to areas that are marked for death. Inside of D ...more
I was initially denied early access to this book and I completely understood why. This is the type of book I’m supposed to want to avoid. The love between this girl and (sort of) boy is insta and as sweet as honey (sorry, I had to go there) so it makes perfect sense that a romantiphobe should steer clear. So why did I beg for it? Because I should have wanted to stay far, far away from its companion, Bla ...more
Essie is seventeen years old and anything but ordinary. She struggles with reality. Sometimes she sees more than is really there. She lives with her Aunt and is cursed to follow the path of her ancestors. When she meets Dre ...more
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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. When he meets Essie, a 17-year-old girl who suffers from debilitating delusions and hallucinations. His bees want t ...more
That was... wow. I don't even know where to begin to describe this book.
It was so different, unlike anything I've ever read.
A Young Adult paranormal romance revolving around a faceless, cursed boy whose body contains a bee hive, who is forever condemned to feed off people's misery, the evil his bees' stings draw out of them. And a girl who's been suffering from hallucinations for years, who's been shunned by the people who should've protected her, who can't tell reality from fantasy anymore.
An e ...more
She raises one eyebrow, seemingly...more
“This book is for everyone who falls in love with the villain. This book is for everyone who doesn’t fit a mold—on the outside, or the inside, or both.”
5 “I did not expect to root for this “villain” “ stars.
I wondered how Meg Kassel would make me fall for a villain!
Let's face it Rafette from Black Birds of the Gallow was a true villain and a beekeeper!
The secret is to make your villain human even if he is an immortal cursed to sting people into m ...more
*I want to thank Entangled Teen and NetGalley for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review*
First I must mention how beautiful both covers are, they look amazing together, I just love them. Going to the important thing, I ADORE this book, there is something so atmospheric and unique in it, it's a great companion and although you can read it very well as stand-alone, I personally recommend reading them in order, to go into this one with more knowledge about what the plot is abo ...more
Keeper of the Bees starts weird and stays weird, but it is that deft, ...more
Ahh how I missed Meg Kassel's writing! "Black Bird of Gallows" was a very interesting, scary and emotional read and learning that there was another book tied into this larger world I decided to read it.
And I concluded that Dresden's curse was far worse than Reece's.
Being a beekeeper means that inside your body you house thousand of magic-like bees which if they sting you will amplify the evil in you and in the end you'll do something evil. Also, Dresd ...more
For me, the story started out a little weird. I was unsure just how I would feel about the characters, if I would be able to get into the story if they were too way out there. But it didn't take long before I was sucked into the story, needing to fi ...more
The very instant I read the synopsis of this book, I was intrigued and so I read it. Despite how short it is, I can tell the events are well-written, not rushed. The overall plot somehow reminds me of a Grimm Brother's story, I don't know. I felt like if one of the Grimm Brother's is still alive, he would totally write one lik ...more
*I received an ecopy of this book via YA Bound Book Tours. This has not influenced my review.*
It was actually the premise for this book that got me interested in this series. Supernatural beings with faces that constantly change to that of their many victims and chests full of bees that cause psychosis? Now that is different, and totally intriguing.
Upon reading the first book, I definitely thought the beekeepers were interesting, and getting the POV of one this time made it even ...more
Keeper of the Bees has all the makings of a popular YA modern fairy tale—cursed protagonists, magical villains, and a romance for the ages. It has even been described as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, though personally I find that comparison to be a bit of a stretch, and, to be honest, a disservice to the world of this book, considering how unique it is.
The story is told from the perspective of two teens: one who h ...more
This is a companion novel to Black Bird of the Gallows. They can be read separately and not in order and I loved each of these book equally as they very unique in their stories.
Keeper of the Bees is a YA fantasy novel about Dresden who is cursed as a beekeeper and Essie who is bound with her own curse.
As a beekeeper, his life curse is too infect those who have been marked with a bee sting and then once they pass, he takes on their face - sounds c ...more
Now, onto the story itself. I wasn’t really sure what I got myself into when I started reading. Keeper of the Bees ha ...more
Previous books in the series:
Black Bird of the Gallows - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Note: The books in this series are companion to eachother. So you can read them individually or as a series.
In this book we follow Dresden and his body is a bee hive. The bees come out from his body and sting inducing deadly venom into people's bodies making them dilrious. So you can see ...more
Meg Kassel returns to her previously visited world but with new characters in Keeper of the Bees. This time, we actually follow the story of one of the beekeepers; the beings with “magic” bees in their bodies that create untold chaos in society. Our beekeeper, Dresden is an eighteen year old boy who’s been a beekeeper for so long he barely remembers his human life a ...more
I enjoyed Black Bird of the Gallows, but if I had to choose between the first and the second, I loved the second so much better than the first.
Keeper of the Bees is Meg Kassel's second novel, the companion novel to Black Bird of the Gallows. We're brought back to the world of harbringers and beekeepers in a smol town in Missouri (hey, lo ...more
I had no idea what to expect going in, but I ended up realy loving the characters and the writing
I had wanted to read Black Bird of the Gallows before but reading this has bumped it up my priority list.
Both Essie and Dresden a ...more
This is a nice YA love story about looking beyond someone’s oddities to find the true person within. You know, the weird stuff about your partner you find endearing? Like how his face constantly changes, or that he’s a walking beehive and feeds off of fea ...more
I enjoyed Dresden and Essie’s tale so mu ...more
There were a lot of really good things about this book, and then there were the cheesy things that would pop up and make me stop and go omg, but we were doing so well. But overall, I really enjoyed it, and it was such a different, quirky book that I do recommend putting it on your TBRs if you're looking for something extra out of the ordinary. ...more
Keeper of the Bees , as I found out after I requested it, is a companion novel to Blackbird of the Gallows , which got lots of rave reviews from the blogging community last year. I was hoping I could ...more
Dresden and Essie were such complicated yet beautiful characters. It was fun to watch the story unfold from both of their perspectives.
I especially loved how the author wrote Essie's point of view. The bubbles, the snake-like tongue. It was all so believable. It was hard to say whether Essie was imagining something or whether it was real.
I loved the fact that the story did not stretch into a sequel. It was sho ...more