Hour 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!]
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.
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.
DON’T DNF THIS BOOK, PLEASE. GIVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE.
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
Final Rating: 3.75/5