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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.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)|
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A genuine, beautiful read! What an amazing book! I picked this book up almost a year ago but haven't had a chance to read it. Started reading on Saturday and stayed up late Sunday to finish it - it was THAT good. First of all, the cover is amazing and perfectly sets the tone for the story inside the covers. The formatting is beautiful - from its scrollwork chapter headings to the little bees that adorn each page number. This is why a paper book is always gonna be better than an e-book, folks. The experience was wonderful, and I hadn't even read the first word yet! But all that is just fluff if the story isn't good, right? You can have the fanciest cover in the world and still not have a good story, and that, as a reader, is the most disappointing thing to encounter. But remember my first line when I said the book was amazing? Yeah. That. The story starts on an unassuming bee farm, but it takes you somewhere on a Greek isle to a time when ancient goddesses and gods still roamed the world. Didn't see that one coming! The female lead is tortured by a prophecy she feels powerless to stop, yet she doesn't stop. She keeps moving and keeps looking for a way to defeat the idle goddesses in their lairs within puffy clouds.This is one of those stories that make me want to look up every book this author has produced and BUY THEM ALL. Recommend for readers 15+ for some adult content, but what a beautiful read!
*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This needs to be a movie. Period. How creative and original!! Melaina is descended from a goddess, which would be awesome if she hadn't also cursed her family! Melaina decides never to allow herself to fall in love & have sex because if she does, it is a death sentence for her lover. So right there she deserves a medal! Melaina then finds that she is destined to be the one to be able to save the bees and she decides to use this as a bargain chip to get her families curse lifted. Sometimes you see a trend in books that come along, and this book breaks that trend! It has passion, and mystery and well EVERYTHING!! Its so unique and I love it! I know you will too!! ~Dowie
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Christina Mercer and NetGalley.) 17-year-old Melaina is the last of her line – a line of females who have an affinity with honey bees, and are cursed to bear a daughter, and have the child’s father die on the same day. Melaina is adamant that she will find a way to break the curse before killing her best friend (and the boy she loves) Sam. Can Melaina find a way to break the curse? Or is she doomed to fall victim to it? This was an interesting paranormal story about a girl and her bees, and I found it quite unique. Melaina was an interesting character, and it was clear that she loved her bees. She was also devoted to her grandmother, and fought valiantly to save the life of the boy she loved, even if it meant not getting what she wanted. The storyline in this was good, and although there was a lot of information in there, it was good to learn more about bees, as well as more about mythology, and the gods and their connections to animals. There was some romance, although Melaine tried so hard to not fall victim to the curse, so there wasn’t a great deal of romantic scenes. The end was okay, although I wasn’t 100% convinced by the way things turned out. Things seemed to end too happily, and in quite a rushed fashion as well. It seemed that all the rules and problems that had been facing Melaina all book were just suddenly gone, and the best possible scenario won out. I don’t know why, but that just didn’t sit right with me, and it almost seemed like having your cake and eating it too. I did enjoy this book for the most part though, and I am tempted to read the author’s other books now. Overall; an interesting YA paranormal romance, 7 out of 10.