Monday, 21 July 2014

Honey Queen by Christina Mercer

Sponsored post: : I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Christina Mercer and NetGalley.
Honey Queen
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Honey Queen by Christina Mercer

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Honey Queen(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.

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