Keeper of the Bees (Black Birds of the Gallows, #2) by Meg Kassel

Keeper of the Bees (Black Birds of the Gallows, #2)

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 h...


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TitleKeeper of the Bees (Black Birds of the Gallows, #2)
ISBN9781640634084
Author
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherEntangled: Teen
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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Reviews Keeper of the Bees (Black Birds of the Gallows, #2)

  • C.G. Drews
    2018-08-03
    I didn't expect to absolutely utterly fall in love with this book, bUT LOOK WHERE WE ARE. This is the kind of book for those of us who fall in love with villains. It's about mental illness and how people perceive it. It's about monsters and murder. It's about the sweetest and softest love of people scared to hurt each other and I just?!?IT IS DARK. AND SOFT™ and I am living for that combination.So this is a companion novel to Black Bird of the ...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    2018-06-04
    Last year, I was given the chance to review Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a character in it who belonged to a group called the “beekeepers”, and I was so fascinated by that character’s entire design that, when I heard this book was being released, I can’t even describe how badly I wanted to read it. I needed more from this gorgeous little world Meg has crafted! I won’t be including any...
  • Carrie
    2018-08-29
    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 d...
  • Schizanthus
    2018-06-24
    I need all of the stars for this one but it feels more appropriate to say it like this: 💛🐝🖤🐝💛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 ...
  • D.M.
    2018-08-05
    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 fo...
  • Annika
    2018-07-16
    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...
  • Sophie
    2018-08-31
    “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 ...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    2018-09-06
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...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 debil...
  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    2018-04-20
    *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 ...
  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    2018-09-06
    Black Birds of the Gallows was one of my favorite books from last year! So I couldn't wait to read this since we were going to see the world from the beekeepers view. Those creatures terrified me, so I took a deep breath and dove right in. I happily found myself pulled in and I finished this book in one day. Keeper of the Bees was a mesmerizing tale filled with peril, love, heartache, redemption, evil and sacrifice. And I loved being back in thi...
  • Misty
    2018-09-13
    Keeper of the Bees has one of the more intriguing (and by intriguing I mean, potentially really, really odd) premises of any book synopsis I’d read this year, which in Misty-world basically translates to, ‘I need to read this and see.’ I needed to know if its oddness would be carried off, or would overwhelm the story; whether it’d be a magical realist bit of amazingness, or an absolute hot mess. Fortunately, it was the former.Keeper of th...
  • Alexandra
    2018-09-12
    Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*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 an...
  • ✨ Kaira ✨
    2018-09-24
    The tale revolves around a boy who was cursed to murder people with bees that livea inside him for centuries, and a beautiful young girl whose insanity runs in the family. 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 Brothe...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2018-09-14
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/23/...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 ...
  • Kristen Burns
    2018-09-09
    3.5 StarsReview:*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, ...
  • Wendy F
    2018-09-09
    First of all, how stunning is that cover?! I didn’t read Black Bird of the Gallows -yet. Still, I couldn’t resist requesting Keeper of the Bees on just the cover art alone. I’m not usually someone in love with watercolor, but in this case it resonates with me. There’s a dreamy quality about the cover that matches the horror of Dresden and the delusions of Essie. I love it so much.Now, onto the story itself. I wasn’t really sure what I g...
  • Lisa Mandina
    2018-08-31
    Well, I haven't read the first book in this series, so was a little leery of reading this one, but my worries were all for nothing. This is more of a companion novel I guess, so I wasn't missing any knowledge that would keep me from enjoying this one.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...
  • Courtney
    2018-09-06
    Meg Kassel has another smashing hit on her hands!!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...
  • Mandy
    2018-08-15
    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...
  • Meigan
    2018-09-01
    Black Bird of the Gallows was one of my favorite books of 2017, and I absolutely loved the various mythologies used and the curses involved. The harbingers were so creative and interesting, but the Beekeeper was hands-down my absolutely favorite. Creepy, yet tortured, Rafette the Beekeeper in BBotG was a prominent character, but I wanted to know more about him, his curse, his tortured outlook on life and while the Beekeeper in Keeper of the Bees ...
  • Ankita Singh
    2018-08-13
    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 tha...
  • Kayla
    2018-07-16
    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...
  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    2018-08-27
    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 be...
  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    2018-09-05
    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 b...
  • Christina Reid
    2018-08-25
    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 bump...
  • Michelle
    2018-07-16
    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 ch...
  • Jessica
    2018-07-24
    ‘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 th...