Honey Queen by Christina Mercer

Posted August 8, 2014 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

Honey Queen by Christina Mercer

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Honey Queen by Christina MercerHoney Queen by Christina Mercer
Published by the author (self-published) on May 31st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 270
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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three-stars

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.

Main Points
Writing Style:
I liked the writing. It was pretty engrossing.

One time I even forgot I was reading. I don’t think any other book has been able to make me do that.

  One time I even forgot I was reading. I don’t think any other book has been able to make me do that.I was reading about Melaina in her library and she was thinking about all the books she had to read and I thought to myself, ‘hey, I have a lot of books to read too, maybe I should be doing that’ and then it hit me….OH! I am reading! What just happened there! It was an insane moment. I completely lost track of everything.
Plot:
The plot was interesting. I enjoy how much the book follows the synopsis (this isn’t always the case) but also I’m glad I didn’t read the whole synopsis before reading the book because I didn’t have any idea who Boyd was before reading. That would have been a spoiler to me. So I guess my ignorance saved me on that one.
Also I noticed how a lot of books seem to downplay their basis on Greek mythology in their summaries. This was NOT the first book to do this. A lot of the books I’ve been reading lately have done this. You don’t expect it to be that heavily based on Greek mythology, but that’s basically all it is. I keep comparing it to Percy Jackson in my mind because that’s the only Greek mythology-based fiction I really counted before all these ARCs started pouring in and suddenly it’s everywhere. And it’s really not all that much like Percy Jackson, except how the gods are portrayed. That probably is a common theme in every Greek myth-based fiction. I did appreciate the fact that it focused on a lesser-known Greek goddess, Aera. Wait. I just looked it up. Aera wasn’t even a Greek goddess. But she may have been inspired by Aristaeus, the ‘god’ of bee-keeping. So it’s still interesting. Now I wish she was a real goddess.
I don’t know. I guess I’ll start with the bad. I didn’t think the relationship between Mel and Sam (the guy she loves) was done very well. I mean, it’s kind of hard to focus on how Sam really is when there’s all this heat between them due to the curse. Who is he when he’s not lusting after her? We only got a glimpse of that in the beginning. That could have been built up better. But her relationship with Boyd was done nicely, as was her relationship with her Grandma.

As for how the plot worked out, the mythology was done really well.

As for how the plot worked out, the mythology was done really well.It was certainly interesting delving into the history and discovering more and more about the curse. And about Mel’s sudden allure with the men- if any girl could possibly want every guy who sees her to immediately fiercely lust after her, they certainly wouldn’t after reading this book. It’s honestly quite scary. You can’t even leave the house. It’s like having a team of assassins after you. They won’t rest until they get you.
Setting
It was all pretty vivid, especially when Mel visited the Island in her visions. Vivid visions. Ha. I like that.
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • plot
  • most characters
  • mythology
  • pacing
  • ending
  • writing
Less than perfect:
  • romance
Bottom Line
I enjoyed this book. The mythology was done very well and convincingly. The characters were likeable even if some relationships weren’t as developed as they could have been. The plot was fascinating and there were a few nice unpredictable twists. The writing was engrossing. Would I read more by this author? Maybe. Would I recommend this book to others? Probably.

About Christina Mercer

Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She took Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, and won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards. She holds a degree in Accounting from California State University at Sacramento and a Certificate in Herbal Studies from Clayton College of Natural Health. Christina resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
two-half-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Romance
three-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Ending
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

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