Keeper of the Bees
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.

Keeper of the Bees Details

TitleKeeper of the Bees
Author
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherEntangled: Teen
ISBN-139781640634084
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

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Keeper of the Bees Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel is a young adult fantasy read that is part of the Black Birds of the Gallows series. Now this book is more of a companion novel than second of the series and can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. The characters and story are different than the first book although the idea of a beekeeper was first mentioned in Black Birds of the Gallows.Dresden is a keeper of bees, cursed to follow the harbingers of death to areas that are marked for death. Inside of D Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel is a young adult fantasy read that is part of the Black Birds of the Gallows series. Now this book is more of a companion novel than second of the series and can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. The characters and story are different than the first book although the idea of a beekeeper was first mentioned in Black Birds of the Gallows.Dresden is a keeper of bees, cursed to follow the harbingers of death to areas that are marked for death. Inside of Dresden's chest are the bees that he keeps and releases that when stinging release a psychosis inducing venom. The harbingers have led Dresden to a small Midwest town where he encounters Essie. Seventeen year old Essie has never been one that has been considered normal either and is not surprised at all when she sees Dresden. Essie's only fear is that what she is seeing is even there at all since her entire life she's suffered from hallucinations and delusions. What Essie and Dresden find however is that their paths are more intertwined then they could have imagined. Having read both books in this series I can certainly say now that they do end up being awfully creative even though when starting out I was reminded of other fantasy reads. The darker scenario of areas being marked for doom and the idea of harbingers of death and beekeepers etc is actually quite interesting. However, again we had a case of the old instalove during the opening pages which can be a turn off even with the eventual reasoning behind it. Still overall I thin the series is definitely worth the read and would recommend them. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    Oh WOW, I loved this so much ♥ Review coming soon!---me when first reading the title/author: "oh neat, Meg Kassel has a new book coming out"me 2 seconds later when the title kicked in: *literal gasp and hitting my chair* "KEEPER OF THE BEES?!"Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for providing me with this gorgeous finished copy in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    The Black Birds of the gallows have arrived in your town. You should be scared. Legend has it, if the birds have landed, death will follow. The Beekeeper is attracted to the destruction and the Strawman only turns up if evil plays a hand. Leave town while you still have time! 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 The Black Birds of the gallows have arrived in your town. You should be scared. Legend has it, if the birds have landed, death will follow. The Beekeeper is attracted to the destruction and the Strawman only turns up if evil plays a hand. Leave town while you still have time! 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 Dresden she knows he's special but how can he be real? He goes against everything she is told is normal. Dresden is a Beekeeper. He literally has a hive in his chest. The bees target people who are full of anger or hate. The bee's sting amplifies the negative emotion within its victim. Dresden accepts who he is. He carries the faces of many. The people who have died at the hand of his bees. Nobody sees him as anything more except her. Essie isn't frightened by Dresden and his Bees. She sees the beauty within. She sees someone who suffers just like herself. In a cruel world there could be someone to cherish and maybe a few wrongs can be put right. Keeper of Bees is a complex story and difficult to explain so I have tried my best to give an insight without giving anything away. This is the second book in the Black birds of the Gallows series. It can be read as a standalone, however Black bird of the Gallows is really excellent and gives background information which will help digest this story. This is a dystopian fantasy romance. It's unique, strange and mesmerising. Another great instalment to this series. 5 out of 5.*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My blog tour date: September 5th 2018.
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  • Annika
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 epic love story between two young people who shouldn't have a chance at love, at redemption, yet somehow they find it in one another.A slow-paced yet very entertaining read, incredible, atmospheric writing and, most importantly, so many fabulously developed characters that completely stole my heart.This was hauntingly beautiful, surprisingly creepy, weirdly humorous. And totally addicting.What a read. Color me impressed.ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    January 1, 1970
    *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 *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 about.4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought. In Keeper of the Bees we know Dresden, he's a Beekeeper, this actually means that he was a normal man until a curse fell on him, a curse that has turned him into a human honeycomb and is condemned to satisfy his hungry bees while he must live forever with the faces of all the people he has killed, one day his way is crossed with Essie's, a mortal girl who usually sees things that aren't really there due to a family curse that has affected her family for generations, so when she sees him, Essie doesn't seem to fear him like everyone else does, and this disconcerts Dresden, making him feel things that he thought was incapable of feeling again. I really enjoyed the way the story is told, we see everything from both the Dresden and Essie points of view and it's super fun to jump from one chapter to another, I love how the author has handled that aspect. So easy and quick to read, it's really a pleasure to have read about these world with supernatural beings as unique as Beekeepers and Harbingers, I think I've already mentioned it in my previous review, but I find something so original in using animals to tell sinister stories about curses, I love that, because although it sounds weird for those who haven't read it yet, I assure you that it works perfectlly and for us who have already seen everything in the paranormal genre, these books take a big turn and gives you something new and fresh for enjoy and discoverDresden's a great main character, as a big fan of villains in main roles, he has conquered me from the first moment. Also, although I had already read about Beekeepers in the previous book, I had never done it in such a deep and personal way, besides this story gives you a new perspective on them, since I hated them in the first book it's surprising to be able to feel empathy for one of them. And although the plot focuses on them, I like to see that there's also a great Harbingers participation, because I love these beings and see their interactions with Dresden was very curious and surprising to me, I liked a lot. There's also something very dark and melancholy about Dresden personality and this makes the book has a very strong atmosphere, you'll see that you can feel in the same place and even understand many of his actions. I liked Essie, although I'm not really crazy about her, I like how she faces her drama, the fact of living with what she supposes is a kind of illness that makes her see terrifying things that really aren't there, it must be so difficult and even so, she takes it in a very positive way. Her character individually doesn't managed to convince me, but I still loved the scenes she shares with Dresden because as a couple, I simply love them.Speaking a bit about the romance because I know it's something that you're worried about sometimes, in this book I think there's some insta-love, they quickly fall in love with each other, which is quite classic in the genre, but still, this doesn't mean that the romance is not good, because it is, SO GOOD, I loved the relationship and the way it grows , there's a lot of "Beauty and the Beast" happening here and love that, it's very magical. I enjoyed a lot especially of the dialogues between the characters, which always seemed very honestI need to repeat that this is a very atmospheric book, reading it has made me feel as if I would be seeing everything as in a television series or something, which always means something good. I would compare it with TVD or Supernatural, because it really gave me that kind of vibes.I'm all for the catastrophes things, this would sound a bit weird lol, but I couldn't wait to know what would happen, if you haven't read the previous book, you probably don't understand what I'm talking about and it would be incredible that you jump to these books knowing little because I know you'll be surprised, the only thing you need to know is that a big catastrophe will always happen where these paranormal beings appear, and this gives me a lot of intrigue. I'm a big fan of the idea I highly recommend this book, especially if you like paranormal books and want to read something new, I know you'll not regret it. This is a unique plot that I'm sure you've never read before, also if you like dark plots, a little creepy vibes and atmospheric stories, yoo'll love this one. Right now I just want to re-read BBotG, I don't know why, but I think I'm not ready to leave this concept yet lol. So UNIQUE
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  • Wendy Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    Dark, haunting, unique, beautiful, sweet YA paranormal romance.
  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Like a really really really high three crowns??? There was just something so captivating about this book that I wanted both this three and four crown mix.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. Like a really really really high three crowns??? There was just something so captivating about this book that I wanted both this three and four crown mix.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. The main thing that I loved loved loveddddddddddd was our main character, Essie. Omigosh, there are not enough crowns for her. I loved being in her voice. I want a million books about her. She is Luna Lovegood fighting of bees that make you crazy and a Strawman with a Scarecrow face. She kicked so much butt, and I was hereeeeeeeeeeeee for everything. As you might have guessed, Essie is a bit of a quirky MC with the Luna Lovegood reference. She is part of the Wickerton family who is cursed and plagued by mental health issues. She seems thing out of the ordinary (like her aunt's hair smoking on fire or her therapist having a forked tongue) and she can't decipher what is real and not real. Since I personally don't have these struggles, I can't confirm accuracy, but it felt like a very well done characterization. Kassel always showcased the benefits and drawbacks of having this illness, the depth that it brings to your friends and family, and the emotions that we all would go through. It felt real and it felt emotinal and Essie was such a pillar of deep emotional and mental strength. The way she saw the world was so much love for me, and it felt like a dream to be in her head. I give Kassel a millionnnnnnnnnnnnn props for creating her and ugh, can we just have a million books with her as the protag?Dresden is our other main character who is a "beekeeper." Basically he has a lot of bees living inside him and once he lets the bees out, they sting people, turning their brains who already had darkness in them into full on insanity. I liked him well enough, but he really just had protective vibe on and he was forever in the angsty, broodiness zone. I wanted a bit more to him, since Essie was so wonderful.Also, their first interaction will have me forever crying because it was just so brilliant. Dresden comes up to sting/eventually kill Essie and she's like, oh, you're here to kill me? Kk, cool, I like your face. It was so brilliant, and totally had me going, wait, what is this book, I NEED TO DEVOUR IT.Speaking of plot/concepts, this is a...I wouldn't say a sequel but more of a companion book to another book called Black Bird of the Gallows. I did read the first one, but truthfully, I don't remember much of it other than there were black birds, bees, and harbringers of death. So, I didn't remember too much of the world, but I still managed to dive into this one easily and perfectly. Seriously, Kassel did such a good job of introducing us to the concepts in a creative and easy manner that was never info dumpy or OMG, GIRL, WHY DON'T YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST BOOK??? GET IT TOGETHER. And the concept was just soooooooooooooooooo interesting. I don't know how Kassel ever came up with it other than totally taking a wayyyyyyy different perspective to the birds and the bees conversation, but it's just so unique. I was like, omg, that's cool. Wait, no, omg, that's cool. Everything read like a mix of a light horror meets great fantasy in a contemporary setting. Trust me, you want this on your fall TBRs. The cheese was the only thing that got me not giving it the fullllllllllll crowns. I mean, the romance happened so fast and so furious and so deeply that I was just like, but wait, what? It was the classic immortal guy having a few moments of interaction and needing to change his entire life around her. I just wanted something slower and more organic but I mean, I get the necessity to move it along but still. And things getting so deeply with "I Love You" after four chapters??? And there were a few other things that had me with the cheese. The mystery was intriguing as well. I picked up on who it might be, but it wasn't into late late into the story.Overall, this was such a different book, and it's really enjoyable. There were a few things that kept me from loving it including some cheese and cliches, but I really recommend putting it on your TBRs. I gave me one of my new favorite main characters, and it has a perfect fall setting. I'm going to put 3.5 crowns and a Jasmine rating for now!
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  • Ankita Singh
    January 1, 1970
    Keeper of The Bees was a beautiful, sweet story, and I totally fell in love with it. 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 Keeper of The Bees was a beautiful, sweet story, and I totally fell in love with it. 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 short, sweet and beautiful as it is. Keeper Of The Bees is as beautiful as its cover, and I recommend you to check it out!
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    “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 madnesd with his bees! Have him long for “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 madnesd with his bees! Have him long for a friend. Have him show remorse and regret for all the wrong that he's done. Have him wish he could save his girl and the readers with a big romantic heart like me will root for the villain! Now what is this story about? This is the story of Dresden a young fisherman born centuries ago and cursed to become a magical weapon. A war machine infecting enemies with madness with a sting of his bees.Long after magic has been eradicated some creatures like him still exist.Dresden has a fragile relationship with the bees living inside his chest. He can avoid stinging too many people if he lets them sting some.His reluctance to sting many if not necessary was the first sign of his shreds of kindness.That and his friendship with Michael a harbinger of death.Essie is a 17 years old girl afflicted by the Wickerton curse. That's how puzzled doctors have named the unusul madness plaguing many members of that family for generations.Poor Essie. She does not know what is real and what is imagined in all the things she sees. When she laughs pink bubbles escape her mouth. Not real. Her doctor has a forked tongue. Not real but...She is so lonely as no one wants to befriend someone as weird as her.She tries to be as small a burden to her aunt as she can. “A group of teen girls pass by, bent toward each other, giggling at something. It’s been years since I’d attended school. One ugly “episode” that scared some parents and teachers ended my public-school experience. Now, Aunt Bel homeschools me with the help of tutors. I look away from the girls with a pang of longing. For friends. For a sense of belonging. For that underrated state of ordinary.” Honestly you can’t help loving Essie. I double dog dare you! When Dresden and Essie will meet they won't behave in the usual expected pattern. Dresden won't sting her but feel protective. He won't focus on her madnesd but on her light, her kindness and her beauty.Essie won't be frightened by Dresden's constantly changing faces. She'll find him wonderful and handsome. “If you are a burden, I am a nightmare.” “No, Dresden. You are a dream.”  This wonderful picture of a bee has been taken by our fellow blogger Roda and can be fin on her IG account @indigo_acres_apiary Thank you Roda for allowing me to use some of your gorgeous pictures!!! Go visit her account please! “You are the furthest thing from a monster. You are light and grace and all the things I thought I had forgotten. It’s agony for me to be near you, yet I can’t stay away.” Of course you'll have villains other than Dresden. Black souls let lose thanks to the Strawman touch.You'll have a quest to break the curses.You'll have a threat or two warranting the harbingers of death's presence in town.You will have a personal journey through doubts and madness.You'll have...Many favorite tricks marking YA Fantasy stories as epic love stories. With feather touches Megan Kassel brushes a portrait of two lonely and marginalized souls finding solace and peace in the other one. Separate they were odd; together they are luminous. Shining with hope and beauty. You can be a villain and still worthy of redemption, of love.You can be different and still be beautiful worthy of love just as you are.I discovered Meg Kassel's books through Black Birds of the Gallow who was one of my favorite reads of 2017. She has proven once again her tale telling talent.I received an ARC of this story courtesy of the Entangled Publishing on Netgalley but it had no influence whatsoever on my willing and always honest review! I want to share some more of Roda's incredible pictures of bees! Enjoy ;-)   Have you read any of Meg Kassel's books? Thanks for reading! Sophie Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook group : Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!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 why I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!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 why we have a problem here.Dresden then meets Essie who already sufferes from delusions and doesn't see a living bee hive when she looks at him.One thing that struck me was how good the romance was. It had the perfect level of love and angst and it was a main plot point but not too overpowering which I thought was fantastic.The thing with these books are they are very fast paced. You are never bored throughout them which I can definitely appreciate.The main couple was excellent but as individuals not so much. It's not that they were bad people, I just didn't get too attached to them.This book is officially published on 4th September and I can't wait for everyone to read it!
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  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.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 I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.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 and then he meets Essie who sparks something in him that he didn’t realize he ever needed or wanted.Essie isn’t like other girls, in fact she’s cursed. Her family line has BEEN cursed with insanity it seems. Essie suffers from delusions and hallucinations. She rarely knows what’s real and not real and then she meets Dresden who calms the chaos that’s always brewing inside her. The two are an unlikely pair but that’s usually the way of things!Dresden has come to a town that’s marked for death. He feels drawn to it and knows that something bad will happen soon. So he does what he has no control over and infects the already darkened people with a little extra boost of crazy. For a spin, he’s friends with a harbinger who follows him on his travels since harbingers live off of the death and chaos that usually follows the beekeepers. They have a working relationship of sorts, they aren’t overly friendly, but they aren’t enemies either. Dresden has basically always kept everyone at a distance until Essie.But the developing relationship between Dresden and Essie is only part of the story here. There’s also a murderer on the loose in town and he seems to have targeted Essie’s family and people connected to her family. What’s worse is that Essie was the one to find the first body and while she’s not necessarily a suspect, she’s still someone the police don’t want her leaving town since her credibility isn’t so great on the account of her illness.This one was definitely an interesting read since our heroine can be seen as an unreliable narrator. Since she struggles to decipher fiction from reality at times, it does make you wonder what she’s seeing at certain points and whether the threats are real or not. And surprisingly, some turned out to be very real and far closer to the truth than I could have imagined. There were some darker themes attached to this story, I don’t want to say what they are since they can lead to spoilers, but I was pretty shocked by their intensity. While nothing extreme ever really happens to any of the characters, there’s definitely some close calls and the threat of said dark themes and acts are still there. It made of a chilling read!I was also a bit tickled that this took place in Missouri, Concordia, Missouri to be exact which is an hour or so away from St. Louis! While I can’t say I’ve ever been there, it was still pretty cool to be close to my city! And it was in the general area of my neck of the woods, so when things like weather are mentioned, I totally knew what was going on! Lol! Yeah, I just mentioned the weather! I thought the romance developing between Dresden and Essie was very sweet. Yet again I felt like it was that cross between being sort of instant and yet slow building. It’s more like the feelings for love were rather instant, yet the true feelings took time to develop over the course of the book. Both of these characters are somewhat broken and fragile. I rather like that their romance took time to develop.The mysteries that were involved in this one were pretty spectacular! Though I felt like I sort of knew one was about to be revealed and all, the second one was pretty shocking as I really had no clue what was going on in that area! Confusing, yes? Lol. Needless to say I enjoyed the shocking twists that came about in the story!Keeper of the Bees was an intriguing and pretty entertaining read! While I didn’t love it entirely, I did enjoy it quite a bit! I think I was bogged down by the pacing again as at times it felt like I was moving in circles instead of moving forward when it came to certain things, but that was sort of a come and go feeling. It was definitely a worthwhile read and I’ll be curious to see if Meg sticks with this world for a while more!Overall Rating 4/5 starsKeeper of the Bees releases September 4, 2018
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  • Christina Reid
    January 1, 1970
    I wouldn't have realised that this is the second book in a series if I hadn't added it on Goodreads. However, it is perfectly possible to read this as a stand-alone. Characters from Black Bird of the Gallows make a cameo appearance which might please fans of the first book.I had no idea what to expect going in, but I ended up realy loving the characters and the writingI 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 I wouldn't have realised that this is the second book in a series if I hadn't added it on Goodreads. However, it is perfectly possible to read this as a stand-alone. Characters from Black Bird of the Gallows make a cameo appearance which might please fans of the first book.I had no idea what to expect going in, but I ended up realy loving the characters and the writingI had wanted to read Black Bird of the Gallows before but reading this has bumped it up my priority list.Both Essie and Dresden are fascinating, yet tragic characters and I was intrigued by Essie's family curse and the small town where she lives where the people cannot accept her oddities. I thought that her struggle was written very sympathetically and realistically. I loved Dresden's friendship with Michael and the creativity of the harbingers, beekeepers and the Strawman. All, unmistakably influenced by fairytales and folklore, but original and refreshing to read. Perfect for fans of the slightly offbeat, like Maggie Stiefvater or Banana Yoshimoto.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not a big horror fan, but I love the macabre and delightfully creepy. So this book hit all the right notes for me. I didn’t read the first book, but this story is about a different set of characters. So I didn’t have trouble following along.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 I’m not a big horror fan, but I love the macabre and delightfully creepy. So this book hit all the right notes for me. I didn’t read the first book, but this story is about a different set of characters. So I didn’t have trouble following along.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 fear and hatred. Or how she’s so delusional that she’s not sure what’s real or a hallucination - including you. Yah, that kind of stuff.And I can’t forget, the scary straw man. I’ve never disliked a book where one of these made an appearance. (Yes, there have been several, including the Wizard of Oz.)Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed it. All thoughts, opinions and nonsense about straw men are my own.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Keeper of the Bees’ is an excellent companion story to 'Black Bird of the Gallows'! I loved the two lead characters, Dresden and Essie, even more than Reece and Angie. Author Meg Kassel skillfully switches narration between Dresden and Essie, and there is so much more to enjoy due to this. Dresden is a Beekeeper, with all the unpleasantness that comes along with it, but Kassel makes him an interesting and relatable character, trying to do the right thing.I enjoyed Dresden and Essie’s tale so mu ‘Keeper of the Bees’ is an excellent companion story to 'Black Bird of the Gallows'! I loved the two lead characters, Dresden and Essie, even more than Reece and Angie. Author Meg Kassel skillfully switches narration between Dresden and Essie, and there is so much more to enjoy due to this. Dresden is a Beekeeper, with all the unpleasantness that comes along with it, but Kassel makes him an interesting and relatable character, trying to do the right thing.I enjoyed Dresden and Essie’s tale so much that I wanted to spend more time in Kassel’s version of our world, and so re-read 'Black Bird of the Gallows' immediately after. Both books are worth investing time in.I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. Read more reviews! http://dreamerjbookreviews.blogspot.com #KeeperOfTheBees #NetGalley
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    I can't believe Kassel is going to try and make us feel sympathy for (and maybe even come to care for) a KEEPER!! But I am so here for it and can't wait to get my hands on this one!
  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    i really liked this!! i'll have more of a review up eventually (i've since given up on the word soon) but, just like kassel's sequel, i found this very easy to get into. sorta less fun, but that's fine bc the 2 main characters were still great to read about. little iffy about one thing (which i'll try to articulate in my review). otherwise, i'd recommend it!
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  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided via NetGalley for an honest review. “One day, I will say no to this girl and I will mean it. One day I will walk away. But not today.” This was a great companion to Black Bird of the Gallows! We get to see some familiar characters from that book here and it was awesome. Our story is about a beekeeper named Dresden and a mortal girl named Essie. For me, it was a take on beauty and the beast and I just couldn’t stop reading. The writing was great and kept me glued to my Kindle.Dres ARC provided via NetGalley for an honest review. “One day, I will say no to this girl and I will mean it. One day I will walk away. But not today.” This was a great companion to Black Bird of the Gallows! We get to see some familiar characters from that book here and it was awesome. Our story is about a beekeeper named Dresden and a mortal girl named Essie. For me, it was a take on beauty and the beast and I just couldn’t stop reading. The writing was great and kept me glued to my Kindle.Dresden has been a beekeeper for so long he thinks himself incapable of so many things, especially love. Essie suffers from hallucinations and never really knows whats really there and what isn’t. When they meet it’s hard not to wish them together. The angst was so real in this book. These two were both battling something internal and could find comfort in each other. “There is no comparison. I’m a monster."“So am I,” she says in a silky voice. My monster lives inside my head. People are afraid of monsters, wherever they reside.”“People are fools..” While I did enjoy this one and the writing was great, I couldn’t rate it higher because I felt like it was a bit too fast paced and some of the background story wasn’t gone into as much. Besides that, I really enjoyed it! If you enjoyed Black Bird of the Gallows, then you should really check out this companion!** Quotes were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Sascha
    January 1, 1970
    5++++ stars!Meg Kassel with Keeper of the Bees may have created the best YA sci-fi that I've read this year...and maybe even last year. While I thoroughly enjoyed last year's Black Bird of the Gallows (you can read my review here), it didn't match the intensity of what I felt for this year's Keeper of the Bees.With the love story between Essie and Dresden, Kassel has created unique characters who are not safely drawn. Essie seems to be verging on madness, and Dresden would be the villain in most 5++++ stars!Meg Kassel with Keeper of the Bees may have created the best YA sci-fi that I've read this year...and maybe even last year. While I thoroughly enjoyed last year's Black Bird of the Gallows (you can read my review here), it didn't match the intensity of what I felt for this year's Keeper of the Bees.With the love story between Essie and Dresden, Kassel has created unique characters who are not safely drawn. Essie seems to be verging on madness, and Dresden would be the villain in most books. They are attracted to each other the way that magnets are. They see each other as beautiful, even though Dresden knows that most people view him with horror and fear.To give you an idea of how good this novel is, I finished it in almost one sitting. I didn't want to put it down. I loved how Kassel wrote Essie and Dresden, not to mention Aunt Bel and the Grandmother. While these are all atypical characters, I felt as if the author had lovingly created them with gentle quirks.The transformation of Dresden is fascinating, watching as he loses his indifference and discovers love. How he becomes willing to surrender everything for Essie. How he becomes more and more human.I feel like I'm gushing. I am gushing. I loved this book! Everything just felt right: the characters, the pacing, the writing, the plot---all so good!Keeper of the Bees is definitely a standalone although Angie and Reece from Black Bird of the Gallows appear in one scene, but not having read that novel shouldn't affect your appreciation of this one. Read this one!I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.This review appears on Sascha D's blog on September 3rd. Here's the link: http://saschadarlington.me/2018/09/03...
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  • Estee
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! How do people come up with these ideas? Beekeepers? Harbingers? A straw man and a girl with a family curse of the crazies generations deep? Ahh! This book was so captivating! I wanted to see what Dresden looks like. There needs to be a movie!!!! Although it had a little bit of a creepy vibe, I was really into this book. I couldn't wait to get back to reading! I really want to read the first book and am looking forward to the next book!!!Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC f Wow! How do people come up with these ideas? Beekeepers? Harbingers? A straw man and a girl with a family curse of the crazies generations deep? Ahh! This book was so captivating! I wanted to see what Dresden looks like. There needs to be a movie!!!! Although it had a little bit of a creepy vibe, I was really into this book. I couldn't wait to get back to reading! I really want to read the first book and am looking forward to the next book!!!Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an advance copy of this book. It was such a good read!!!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    This story was just as special and great as the first. You can read it as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading the other first! This was a great new P.O.V. from another character in her story!!! I'm excited to see if she'll have a third!! Great read!!
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  • Claire (GimliBeesBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I love Meg's writing - there is something so lyrical about it. And I love the depth of the characters.
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    RTC for blog tour. I really liked this one and how it has a companion to Black Bird of the Gallows. I loved Dresden and Essie. And that cover is just gorgeous!4 1/2 stars
  • Micheala
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. This novel was so much more than I thought it would be going into it. It is a wonderful balance of cute romance and paranormal drama that leaves you on the edge of your seat cheering on the characters to make it through. It brought me back to my YA reading roots and sucked me in by this unique story.Essie is such an interesting character. She is Essie Wickerton of the Wickertons, a family long cursed of seeing things that are not Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. This novel was so much more than I thought it would be going into it. It is a wonderful balance of cute romance and paranormal drama that leaves you on the edge of your seat cheering on the characters to make it through. It brought me back to my YA reading roots and sucked me in by this unique story.Essie is such an interesting character. She is Essie Wickerton of the Wickertons, a family long cursed of seeing things that are not there, forever labelling them as crazy. While some of the family did not carry the gene, Essie unfortunately did so when she first meets Dresden, she thinks she is imagining the strange boy. The chapters that took place in Essie’s head were really interesting; the descriptions of the images she put on people she did not like were really realistic, as if I, the reader, were having them too. For example, her slimy physiatrist, she always imagined with a slit, snack-like tongue. The descriptions were really clear and I pictured her imagination perfectly. Dresden too is cursed, and here is where the uniqueness of this YA book takes place. He is cursed as a beekeeper. A mass swarm of bees live inside him, with the queen bee appropriately living in his heart, and he is able to semi-control the mass of bees. He is cursed to sting people they sense as bad, and the sting makes the people go crazy. If he doesn’t sting enough during a time period, they get agitated and harder to control. Even cooler, is he can break his body and become the swarm to travel around easily, and then they form back to the body he has. Dresden’s past comes out slowly through the middle of the chapter, and his history is really heartbreaking but it is neat how the curse changes his image. I don’t think I have ever read such an interesting YA paranormal story as this one. Dresden’s bees initially want to sting Essie and this is how they meet, but he knows that she is light and not dark. She thinks she is crazier now, because she is imagining him. Together they go through a sweet friendship that soon turns into something deeper. I have been on a binge of reading so many dark NA books lately, that to get back into the YA genre was a pleasing moment, but more so, to read something so sweet and innocent. It is so beyond appropriate for the novel though. Given the characters and their situations, and the general plot, any actual deeper romance between them would have taken away from the story, and honestly, would have made the romance that was built too be less sweet to read. I loved the progression, and how they felt about each other. The last thing I want to mention is the author’s writing. WOW, it is so flawless and wonderful, it just sucks the reader right in and refuses to go. The writing is easy going, yet also lyrical and very put together to create such a beautiful story. It was a refreshing change to read something with such an amazing writing form. There is a book set in the same world as this one that takes place before this one, and I will definitely be checking it out and keeping my eye on this author for anything in the future. Thank you again to the publisher for the ARC. I loved it! 6 stars and there can be nothing negative ever said about this book or the author’s writing.
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  • Arys
    January 1, 1970
    Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel is a companion novel to Black Bird of the Gallows. Returning to Ms. Kassel's world of harbingers, beekeepers, and strawmen, Keeper of the Bees is a story about a centuries old beekeeper who was cursed when he was eighteen and the girl who actually sees him, not the monster he's become. Dresden as a beekeeper has a hive of bees living within his chest that sting people with weak minds and makes them crazy. He's followed by the harbingers of death, a murder of crow Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel is a companion novel to Black Bird of the Gallows. Returning to Ms. Kassel's world of harbingers, beekeepers, and strawmen, Keeper of the Bees is a story about a centuries old beekeeper who was cursed when he was eighteen and the girl who actually sees him, not the monster he's become. Dresden as a beekeeper has a hive of bees living within his chest that sting people with weak minds and makes them crazy. He's followed by the harbingers of death, a murder of crows, to Concordia where the town is marked for death. As he awaits the event that will bring death to those in Concordia, Dresden's bees find people to sting, but when his bees want to sting seventeen-year old Essie Wickerton, Dresden finds that he can't let them, especially when she sees what he really is and is not afraid. Instead, she calls him pretty!Essie Wickerton is cursed, or rather some of her family is cursed with delusions and hallucinations, while others are normal. She has moments when she cannot tell whether what she is seeing is real or not. So when she sees Dresden's many face changes when he appears, she obviously thinks she is hallucinating, but when he proves to be all too real and standing right in front of her, Essie can't look away or make herself feel afraid. This moment between Essie and Dresden starts the absorbing story of Ms. Kassel's Keeper of the Bees, with its twists and turns, which made me want to keep reading until the end. I really enjoyed Ms. Kassel's world-building in her first book, but I think it grew in more detail in this novel especially with the details about the beekeepers and Strawmen. I also liked the mystery about Essie's family and learning more about Dresden and how he became a beekeeper. These really added to the novel, and I like how it moved and was well-paced. If you read the first novel, you know there is an event that will lead to death amongst the townsfolk in Essie's town like plague or natural disaster. So having another plot to move the story along involving the characters was great.Dresden's relationship with Essie and his friendship with Michael were what I loved about this story and the added bonus of seeing familiar characters again was awesome.Overall, Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel was a wonderful companion novel and completely stood out on its own. I am hard pressed to say which book I liked more, but I may be leaning towards Dresden and Essie's story. I very much recommend reading and if you haven't read Black Bird of the Gallows, I'd recommend that too. Can't wait to read more from Ms. Kassel.(I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
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  • Nana
    January 1, 1970
    Many Thanks to Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read and review an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Keeper of the Bees ist he second book in the universe of Black Bird 0f the Gallows. It can be read as a standalone but those who want to read BBotG should read BBotG first since the main characters of BBotG show up in KotB after the events of BBotG.And since I read BBotG I was very sceptical about the protagonist beeing a beekeeper. I had so many pre Many Thanks to Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read and review an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Keeper of the Bees ist he second book in the universe of Black Bird 0f the Gallows. It can be read as a standalone but those who want to read BBotG should read BBotG first since the main characters of BBotG show up in KotB after the events of BBotG.And since I read BBotG I was very sceptical about the protagonist beeing a beekeeper. I had so many prejudices because of BBotG that I was not sure whether I would be able to sympathize with Dresden. But I could and it was awesome!!! The author did a great job here to make me dislike the beekeeper in BBotG but to really like the beekeeper in KotB.Where BBotG dealt with the curse of the harbingers KotB deals with the curse of the beekeepers.The beekeeper is Dresden. His bees need to sting people and their venom causes psychoses. To minimize the harm he follows the harbingers of death from one catstrophe to the next and only lets his bees sting people with bad energy. Then he meets Essie who is having halluciantions and therefore is not afraid of Dresden and his changing faces - the faces his bees stung. Though the bees want to sting Essie Dresden holds them back because Essie does not have any bad energy.Essie is mystified by Dresden because he can do things that are not normal but he is not one of her usual hallucinations. Dresden is equally mystified by Essie because she is not afraid of him. With a catastrophe coming and Essie and Dresden growing closer there might be the impossible chance to lift the beekeeper's curse.I really enjoyed this book. It was so easy to read. Would I have had more time I would have read it in one sitting. It was over way too fast. Things kept happening and happening with no break and no boredom. I love that about a book. And I never thought I could like Dresden because of the beekeeper in BBotG but Dresden is no sardisitc monster. He cares a lot more for who his bees sting than that monster in BBotG. Lets say I just did not think that there where good beekeepers out there until KotB and Dresden. I was so prejudiced about beekeepers. Other than that I just wanted to hug Essie und keep her far away from her father and that creepy doctor. People should not be told that they are a burden just because they are ill.Like in BBotG I did not really understand how things worked in the end but I guess where magic is involved everything is possible. And that is what I love about fantasy.I am very excited now for Cleaner of Bones. Wonder what it will be about...
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    "Keeper of the Bees" is a hauntingly beautiful YA paranormal romance that follows Essie and Dresden in alternating chapters. In the world of "Black Bird of the Gallows," we learned about beekeepers, humans who were long ago cursed to carry a whole hive of bees in their bodies. Unable to die, they live a harsh existence, following the Harbingers to places where disaster will strike and must sting people as part of their curse- or lose their consciousness entirely. The people they sting are target "Keeper of the Bees" is a hauntingly beautiful YA paranormal romance that follows Essie and Dresden in alternating chapters. In the world of "Black Bird of the Gallows," we learned about beekeepers, humans who were long ago cursed to carry a whole hive of bees in their bodies. Unable to die, they live a harsh existence, following the Harbingers to places where disaster will strike and must sting people as part of their curse- or lose their consciousness entirely. The people they sting are targeted by the bees for the darkness inside of them and they go insane acting on the darkness, ultimately killing themselves and/or loved ones. The beekeepers wear the faces of those they have stung/killed in an endless cycle of changing features. However, the curse makes people see them as nondescript and to be ignored.Dresden is a beekeeper and has followed the Harbingers to a town where his bees seem mildly interested in a young woman, Essie. Unlike the usual targets, Essie is full of light and not darkness. Even curiouser, she can see all his faces, and she is not repulsed. Munching on peppercorns, she is startled to find that he may not be one of her hallucinations. Essie is a Wickerton, and their family is cursed with mental illness that shows up in some (but not all) descendants. Essie has the 'honor' of being the youngest afflicted member of the family, and she is cared for by her Aunt Bel, who also cares for her ill grandmother. Aunt Bel has partial custody of Essie with her alcoholic and abusive father, who wants to commit her to Stanton House, which was created especially for institutionalizing the Wickertons.As Essie and Dresden find themselves pulled together, bigger plans are at play, and in a whirlwind of change, it is not clear whether or if they will make it out whole. Racing against the clock of an impending disaster as well as against the will of a serial killer targeting the Wickerton descendents, this fast-paced story flows so beautifully until the end. I am so glad I picked this one up, and I absolutely loved it.That being said, I do think this is intended for older audiences and would be cautious in reading it. There is attempted rape and sexual harassment (by a side character to Essie) plus the brutal murders and harsh treatment of mentally ill individuals. I think this is best suited for older readers. However, I absolutely recommend it, and I think it's a story that will stick with me for a long time. Kassel is going on my must-reads list!Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Dresden is a Beekeeper, cursed to feed off fear and sting those who emit energy with his madness inducing venom. Stuck in a symbiotic relationship with the harbingers of death, they are both drawn to the small town of Concordia for the pending event which will leave many residents dead. When Dresden’s bees become interested in a strange young woman, something about her makes him decide not to I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Dresden is a Beekeeper, cursed to feed off fear and sting those who emit energy with his madness inducing venom. Stuck in a symbiotic relationship with the harbingers of death, they are both drawn to the small town of Concordia for the pending event which will leave many residents dead. When Dresden’s bees become interested in a strange young woman, something about her makes him decide not to kill her. Essie sees him for what he is and she is not afraid, something that has never happened before. Essie is the youngest member in her family line to get the Wickerton curse, a delusional decent into madness in which she see's things that are not real. When Essie meets Dresden, she feels an immediate connection, two monsters searching for something they can never hope to have…love. When mysterious murders begin to occur, linking Essie and her family to the crimes, Dresden knows he will do whatever it takes to protect her, even give his own life. Keeper of the Bees is a YA fantasy and the companion novel to Black Bird of the Gallows. I loved the first book and was so excited to get a chance to read an advanced copy. Although Angie and Reece from the first novel are not primary characters, they do make an appearance and are a key element to the plot development. In this second novel a new beekeeper, Dresden, and family of harbingers are introduced along with Essie, a mysterious cursed girl. The story alters between Dresden and Essie's POV as they each try to comprehend what their reactions to each other means while facing an upcoming catastrophic event and a serial killer targeting Essie. I really enjoyed this novel and its exploration of the alternate and unexpected personas of the cursed beings including the Strawman. I really hope that the author has plans for future book in this series.
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  • Verb Vixen
    January 1, 1970
    A tale about a love that stings harder than a bee ever could... posted by Verb_vixen on Wordpress.com(Is this not the COOLEST background quote ever?! Seriously, this HAS to be mentioned on the actual book. That would be snazzy!)Best keep self-gloating to a mininum here before you all frantically push the escape button and on to the book!Sneak peek: The bees are a story for another day." "I'd like to hear it.""It's a very unpleasant one.""The most interesting stories usually are."I give this nove A tale about a love that stings harder than a bee ever could... posted by Verb_vixen on Wordpress.com(Is this not the COOLEST background quote ever?! Seriously, this HAS to be mentioned on the actual book. That would be snazzy!)Best keep self-gloating to a mininum here before you all frantically push the escape button and on to the book!Sneak peek: The bees are a story for another day." "I'd like to hear it.""It's a very unpleasant one.""The most interesting stories usually are."I give this novel 3 out of 5 stars!⭐⭐⭐The story was fascinating and very well written! The author knew how to tango with words in a dance that captivates the eyes. The reason why I'm giving it 3 stars is the credibility of some things. Personally, I like my fantasy novels very well thought out in explanations for events/abilities/etc... and for me, this story lacked that in some cases. But when I made myself look at it from a fairytales perspective, I really liked the action, the romance and the world they lived in. I liked the fact that, as a reader, you get to see what's buzzing around in Essie's head when she deals with her hallucinations. The beekeeper, Dresden, falls a little to quickly for our little flower's charms but then again, he never experienced a love like that in a long time and when I look back on my own train wreck of a love life, I can sympathize. I liked the story and will put Black Bird of the Gallows on my TBR list!I really want to thank Entangled Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this little gem as my first e-ARC, I enjoyed it! And on a side note: This review is my own personal opinion! (Peluche, my cat, wants to add that he gives it a hundred and one stars because he likes bees. Even if they do not like him.)
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  • Abi Dobson
    January 1, 1970
    Keeper of the Bees is the second novel in a previously visited universe by Meg Kassel.This story focuses on a beekeeper, an incubator to a hive of unruly bees looking to sting and wreak havoc among people. Our beekeeper, Dresden, is forever stuck in his 18 year old body and barely remembers his human life, memories and is devoid of most feelings. That is until he stumbles upon Essie, and for the first time he ignores the calling of his bees and refuses to sting her.Essie is from a long line of c Keeper of the Bees is the second novel in a previously visited universe by Meg Kassel.This story focuses on a beekeeper, an incubator to a hive of unruly bees looking to sting and wreak havoc among people. Our beekeeper, Dresden, is forever stuck in his 18 year old body and barely remembers his human life, memories and is devoid of most feelings. That is until he stumbles upon Essie, and for the first time he ignores the calling of his bees and refuses to sting her.Essie is from a long line of cursed family members, all of them with different symptoms and none of them can be diagnosed. Essie is one of the youngest in the family to show signs of the curse and suffers with visual and auditory hallucinations, struggling to decipher what and who is real or imaginary.When the two collide, Dresden begins to hope for change and Essie feels complete.But with a serial murderer on the loose, the swarm of Harbingers closing in and Dresdens wish to break the curse, will Essie succumb to madness or break free?Kassel manages to build an amazing atmosphere, her writing style is impeccable and keeps you wanting more. There are plenty of twists and turns, and the premise is one I have never come across before and it was so refreshing to read!I found that although the main story was the unfolding romance, there was also plenty of paranormal, mystery and dark stuff going on to keep me interested. The characters were also very interesting and I felt like all of them had a place in the story and all of their backstories were just as interesting as the next.I have never read Black Birds of the Gallow, but it’s definitely being added to my TBR!I’m excited to see if Kassel will add more to this Universe and see what she comes up with next!Would definitely recommend this one
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  • Sasha Hibbs
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you to Entangled Publishing and the author for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review* I had no idea Keeper of the Bees was actually second in a series. With that said, after reading, I didn't feel as though I were missing something, so if anything that speaks to this title can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel was a refreshing change. It was dark, suspenseful, creepy and romantic all at the same time. Our two main characters, Dresden (the *Thank you to Entangled Publishing and the author for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review* I had no idea Keeper of the Bees was actually second in a series. With that said, after reading, I didn't feel as though I were missing something, so if anything that speaks to this title can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel was a refreshing change. It was dark, suspenseful, creepy and romantic all at the same time. Our two main characters, Dresden (the Beekeeper) and Essie (the crazy girl who inherited a curse) find themselves against the odds. Beekeepers do not fall in love, and poor Essie isn't sure what's reality and what feels real but is actually going on inside her head. They meet because Dresden is going to sting her but what she says, stops him and their relationship continues to grow from there. The venom of a bee induces madness, but poor Essie is already mad. I loved the origin of their relationship and that Essie made Dresden remember what it felt like to be human, to just feel at all. This novel was perfectly orchestrated. I loved reading about all the secondary characters...the psychiatrist (evil man), Essie's aunt (love her), Essie's grandmother (love her too), the Harbingers (especially loved Michael), the Strawman (I was terrified, but strangely liked him too)...they were all fleshed out so well. The pacing of this book is so fast, but not so fast you can't keep up, more like, you can't put it down! If you love a great novel that's anything but cliche and predictable, and love a novel with just the right amount of suspense, horror, creep factor and romance, Keeper of the Bees is the book for you.
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