Review and HUGE GIVEAWAY: Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel


I loved Blackbird of the Gallows so much so I jumped at the chance to read this!

Here is the blurb:

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.

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A cursed boy who houses killer bees and a human girl who suffers from delusions.

I loved this! Yes, loved! I liked Black Bird of the Gallows but this totally hit me in the heart!

I was endeared to Dresden straight away, even though he is the vessel to cold blooded killers, he still has a scrap of humanity. His devotion to Essie was just beautiful.

‘One day, I will say no to this girl and I will mean it. One day, I will walk away. But not today.’

And Essie. That sweet girl, shunned by all apart from her aunt who has the most beautiful soul ever. ‘I like his pretty, pretty face, with all those slowly shifting features. It’s like poetry, like a thousand people are crammed inside him, each taking turns pushing through.’

And the story. We know there will be death, we know there will be mystery and we will know there will be magic.

And this book was magic!


• 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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