Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
I don’t know why but this book reminds me of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. From the cover itself, it is quite “middle-grade”. However, the texts written inside the book contains the element that suggested otherwise. It’s a bit surprised that I’m able to finish reading this book in 3 days during my book reading slump days.
Disclaimer: I received this copy of book from Pansing Distribution in exchange of my honest review.
The story started with a 12-year-old girl named Carolina, who goes by Carol, on a three-hour drive journey to her grandpa’s ranch located at a desert in New Mexico. It looks like a boring summer vacation story at first, but when Carol meets Serge, her grandfather with dementia, the story gets more interesting.
To me, Carol sounded more matured than she seems. Along with the strange yet mesmerizing fairtytale-like stories told by Serge, I have a feeling that younger children might not be able to grasp the hidden meaning inside the stories.
What made me engaged more time on this book per day compared to others was that, I was hoping to see the relationship of Carolina and Serge grows. From strangers to acquaintance, from acquaintance to friend and from friend to family.
Though the bees still puzzles me with their magical appearances, this is a beautiful story about the significance of family love.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Hour of the Bees is available for order at Bookalicious! for RM 39.90.