Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

Hour of the BeesHour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

Publication Date: March 3, 2016 by Walker Books

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

Pitched as Holes meets The House on Mango Street, it’s the story of a girl whose feelings about her aged, rambling grandfather are overturned when his tales of a healing tree, a beautiful lake, and the imminent return of bees to the desert of New Mexico start to come true.

My thoughts:

Reading this book was a struggle. One, it’s a middle grade book. It wasn’t so easy to relate with Carol. Two, it’s not a romance book. No swoony feels to save me from that dragging feeling.

I have to admit that I almost DNFed this book. But thanks to a method I learned (courtesy of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything), I was able to save this book from that pile.

I read the last chapter first, and slowly made my way towards the part when I felt like giving up.


It took a while, but the story got deeper and better. This is the kind of story you’ll shove towards that person who has that tendency to forget his roots. I must say the book got painful, especially during the last few chapters.

Hour of the Bees is a touching story of life, death, and family.

Quote love! ❤

Stories don’t end. They just turn into new beginnings.

This book presents a story within a story – one that you’ll be looking forward to as you read the chapters.

Pain is how you know you’re alive.

I can’t even describe how true this quote is.

Do not be afraid to live…and you will not be afraid to die.

This is a significant takeaway from this book. Just read it. Give it a chance.

Initial Rating: 3.75/5

Bonuses: 0.25

Demerits: 0.25

Final Rating: 3.75/5

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