by Christina Mercer
Publication date: May 31st 2014
Source: Received a complimentary copy
in exchange for an honest review
Love is honey sweet, but it comes with a fatal sting . . .
Melaina Maris needs wings to fly the gap between loving Sam and her family’s ancient curse that forces carnal love and then kills the male lovers. She won’t let the same fate that killed her father befall another. She refuses to allow her goddess-created bloodline to continue. But there’s no easy way out, especially after the curse turns her into the Honey Queen—savior to honey bees—intensifying her charms.
To help her fulfill the curse’s demands in the least harmful way, her grandmother takes her to mate with terminally ill Boyd. But Boyd’s gay. And an expert in mythology. Instead of having sex, Melaina learns how she might summon the goddess who created the first ancestor bee-charmer and cursed her bloodline. Melaina’s magic—tears to save honey bees from endangerment—could be enough to persuade the goddess to end the curse. But an unexpected discovery soon changes that hope, spinning Melaina into a swarm of love, friendship and death.
My first thought after finishing this book: EVERYONE MUST READ IT NOW!
I was first intrigued by the book cover, and my interest was piqued after reading the synopsis, but neither of those things prepared me for how incredibly remarkable Honey Queen really is. The writing is fluid, the pacing is perfect, and if there’s one typo in the entire book I didn’t catch it because I was far too wrapped up in the story.
Mercer gives us a young adult character worthy of admiration. Melaina struggles with the impact of a curse that was put on her family two thousand years ago. She is forced to make decisions between love and duty, one that means the difference between life and death. Melaina is a strong character; one that doesn’t jump into anything lightly. She’s smart and resourceful, but also gets herself into some tough situations. What I love most about her character is her ability to power through. And can I just say how much I absolutely adore Gran!
If you’re looking for an exceptional YA fantasy tale, you’ve found it. I’ve never read anything quite like it before. I was completely enthralled by the mythology behind it, yet most of the setting is contemporary, which made it very easy to relate to the characters.
Honey Queen is a MUST READ for all fans of YA fantasy! It’s certainly going on my Favorite Reads list!
~About the Author~
Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. Honored titles include Tween Fantasy ARROW OF THE MIST and its sequel ARMS OF ANU, and YA Fantasy/Romance HONEY QUEEN. Christina enjoys life in the foothills of Northern California with her husband and sons, a pack of large dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.
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