Friday, August 8, 2014

[Book Tour] Review and Giveaway: Honey Queen by Christina Mercer


Honey Queen
Release Date: 05/31/14
Summary 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.

Available from:

“HONEY QUEEN will leave you tingling. Mercer delivers an unforgettable character connected directly to nature with a twist of mythology that exemplifies the power of love, and with enough courage, the power to change ones destiny.” Rachel Allen Dillon, award-winning author and illustrator of Through Endangered Eyes

In prose so delicious, you can taste it, Christina Mercer’s HONEY QUEEN captures the genuine angst and yearning of YA fiction with a powerful honey-sweet twist of Mythic proportions. Readers will catch the buzz of Melaina’s riveting journey to convince a Goddess to save her bloodline, the love of her life, and all the bees. A wonderful reminder of the indelible bond between humanity and nature.” -Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author of Forged in Grace, Night Oracle and Make a Scene


[Spoiler Alert]

I didn't immediately read Honey Queen once I received it so I kind of forgot what the synopsis what about. Honey Queen is actually pretty interesting and entirely unique. I mean with all the type of supes I've been reading this one is about honey bees, honey queen, and their origins leads to a goddess.

In Honey Queen, Melaina's family have been beekeepers for generations but it isn't so simple because their family is connected to the honey bees. And a curse follows them given by the goddess who created their ancestor. For they are compelled to mate till they have a new heir but the father of their child dies in which case Melaina doesn't want that to happen to Sam, the boy she's in love with. But then there's a little twist which might actually end their bloodline curse.

Melaina was a pretty interesting character. She had to be since she's the chosen one, the "Honey Queen". I actually felt for her because of what her family has suffered since the time the curse started and she not only lost her father but her mother too. But because of that she became filled the prophecy at the same time she's the last of her line who needs to produce an heir. Although she's in love with her best friend and wants to be with him she can't because he too would suffer the curse and she does everything she can to avoid Sam and reject but Sam is stubborn as hell and knows Melaina too well (except he doesn't believe about the curse). For once I really though she might go through with her plan (her grandma's plan that is) to have a relationship with a terminally ill guy but then it turns out her first choice is gay and very knowledgeable about myth who kind of knew Melaina's secret. But let's just say there is something about Mel's new honey. And add an additional goddess and god to the mix, it just might help Melaina break the curse. There are some aspects of romance in the story but not so much because the story concentrates on Melaina as the honey queen, what she needs to do, and how to break the curse.

About the Author
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. 

Author Links:
  photo iconwebsite-32x32_zps1f477f69.png  photo icongoodreads32_zps60f83491.png  photo icontwitter-32x32_zpsae13e2b2.png  photo iconfacebook-32x32_zps64a79d4a.png

Giveaway: 1 $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT) 1 "Honey Bee" swag pack (USA). Swag will be bookmark, buzz card, beeswax lip balm, honey sticks, honeybee charm. 

Blog Tour Organized by: