Waiting on Wednesday: 06/27/18
“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that first originated at Breaking the Spine but has since linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. Either way, this fun feature is a chance to showcase the upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!
So you might have heard, I have a bit of a weakness for Beauty and the Beast retellings, and yes, despite how wonderfully crazy and bee-zarre this one sounds, I’ve been assured it does indeed contain a B&tB story at its core. Needless to say, I’m still a bit skeptical, but if this book does end up living up to the “Beauty and the beast like you’ve never imagined!” blurb, I’m sure it would be one hell of a unique and imaginative retelling. Also, it takes place in the same world as Meg Kassel’s Black Bird of the Gallows which I haven’t read, but the good news, each book in the series can be read as a standalone.
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.