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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.
“Beauty and the beast like you’ve never imagined!” — New York Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn
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There were some specific songs I played on repeat while writing Keeper of the Bees. I have a Soundcloud account where I kept a playlist called “Dresden” named after the hero of the book. Actually, I name all my writing playlists after the characters of whatever project I’m working on. It really helps me to settle into my characters. When I CAN’T find the right playlist for my characters, I have a much harder time sinking into the writing and making consistent choices for them.
Fall in Love — by Phantogram (Until the Ribbon Breaks Re-imagination)
Hold Me — by Milosh
So High — by Ghost Loft
It All Comes Down to This — by Aquilo
Human — by Aquilo
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.