Hive by A.J. Betts, is refreshingly unique, a gripping read, and a masterpiece of world building.

I’ll admit when I first heard about Hive I didn’t care about the blurb. I saw the shiny cover and knew I had to have it. I always forget how much I love going into a book blind, for me there’s that extra layer of excitement with not knowing what it’s about. And I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

All I can tell you is what I remember, in the words that I have.

Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever known.

Until she witnesses the impossible: a drip from the ceiling.

A drip? It doesn’t make sense.

Yet she hears it, catches it. Tastes it.

Curiosity is a hook.

What starts as a drip leads to a lie, a death, a boy, a beast, and too many awful questions.

It was gripping. I couldn’t read fast enough, but at the same time I didn’t want it to come to the end. And what an ending it was! I really, really hope that the wait for book two is not too long. Hive was a fast and easy read. Easy to dive into and fall in love with. A.J. Betts has a beautiful writing style, and with the plot just makes it even more magical. Her sentences strung together fluidly, painting a fitting picture for the world she created.

All the characters were interesting and unique, and I loved learning about them. Everyone Hayley encountered brought new information with them about the world they know.

Now, the world building is what I love about Hive. I admit I am a nerd and like to know everything about anything. The world is introduced gradually as we are seeing it through Hayley’s eyes, and why would she point out something that she already knows so much about? Because of this there are no info dumps, we learn what we need to and it keeps the air of mystery.

The wonder and the mystery of the book is what truly got me. The questions of what, when, who, why, how?? I was spellbound by this story from the first sentence. The storyline was intricate with many things woven together that ended beautifully and surprisingly. Hive sets up well for a second book with that cliffhanger. Hopefully all my questions will be answered.

I give Hive by A.J. Betts a well deserved 5/5 stars and can’t wait to read Rouge!