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Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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, look, my home state!) and their roles in death.

Keeper of the Bees is a bit of a villain story.
Harbringers flock to where death happens and "absorb" the energy emitted. Beekeepers usually cause the death by using their bees to sting someone, resulting in them reaching their destruction (aka death). Keeper of the Bees tells the story of Dresden, a boy cursed for eternity, and Essie, a girl who eats peppercorn to discern real from unreal.

Dresden is a precious onion with layers despite being Evil™.
Most villains are evil and pure evil, but Dresden is a precious little onion who is cursed to be evil. He doesn't want to be evil and shows that he doesn't want to be evil. Throughout the novel, he's struggling to not sting Essie despite the bees inside wanting him to do so.

Aunt Bel is amazing, and I just want to hug her.
Essie is part of the Wickerton family, a family with members who are cursed to lose their sanity and eventually end up at Stanton House. Essie's curse is not being able to tell what is real and unreal, at least without the help of peppercorns. Both her and Aunt Bel are in a constant battle with her father and psychiatrist when it comes to her mental health and sending her to Stanton House with other members. Aunt Bel is such a strong advocate for Essie and her Grandma Edie, and she refuses to give in to what Essie's father and psychiatrist want for Essie.

Reece! Angie! References to the first novel!
Do you have to read the first novel? Nawh, you don't have to since Kassel gives the 411 on her world for those who haven't read the first, so you're safe to dive into Keeper of the Bees without worrying about being totally lost, but you should definitely read Black Bird of the Gallows first.

Overall, Keeper of the Bees was a delight to read! I loved seeing from the other side of things where the supposed "villain" is in a constant battle to be a better person.

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Reading Progress

August 27, 2018 – Started Reading
August 27, 2018 – Shelved
August 27, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 5, 2018 – Finished Reading
October 1, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed-on-blog
October 22, 2018 – Shelved as: arcs

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