Novel Spotlight: Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel
One of my highly anticipated fall reads is Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel, and I'm happy to be part of the blog tour for this new book from Entangled Teen! This book is high up on my TBR (you know how I'm crazy for reimaginings). Keep reading to learn more about the book and author, check out its dreamy cover, and read a gut-wrenching excerpt!
About the book
“Beauty and the beast like you’ve never imagined!”
—New York Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn
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.
“Will I see you again, Dresden?”
My throat goes dry and raw and aching. “Do you want to?”
However she answers will be excruciating. There will be no recovering from this encounter. From the memory of her touch and her wide, trusting eyes. Good gods, from her embrace.
I am doomed. “I'll find you later. I'll...” What? Knock on her door and ask her aunt if I can invite her to the movies? Not in this universe. “I will see you again, Essie. I'm not sure when.”
“I'll look for you,”she says, finally releasing her hold on my T-shirt. “Be careful.” And she's gone, disappearing into the woods, back toward the trail.
About the author
Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson's School of Design, she's been creating stories, whether with visuals or words, since childhood. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. As a fan of 80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, she has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart® winner in YA and a double 2018 RITA® finalist for her debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows.