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  • The Honeys

  • By: Ryan La Sala
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

Mars has always been the lesser twin, the shadow to his sister Caroline's radiance. But when Caroline dies under horrific circumstances, Mars is propelled to learn all he can about his once-inseparable sister who'd grown tragically distant. 

Mars's genderfluidity means he's often excluded from the traditions—and expectations—of his politically connected family. This includes attendance at the prestigious Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy where his sister poured so much of her time. But with his grief still fresh, he insists on attending in her place. 

What Mars finds is a bucolic fairytale not meant for him. Folksy charm and sun-drenched festivities camouflage old-fashioned gender roles and a toxic preparatory rigor. Mars seeks out his sister's old friends: a group of girls dubbed the Honeys, named for the beehives they maintain behind their cabin. They are beautiful and terrifying—and Mars is certain they're connected to Caroline's death. 

But the longer he stays at Aspen, the more the sweet mountain breezes give way to hints of decay. Mars’s memories begin to falter, bleached beneath the relentless summer sun. Something is hunting him in broad daylight, toying with his mind. If Mars can't find it soon, it will eat him alive.

©2022 Ryan La Sala (P)2022 Scholastic Inc

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  • Shana Walker
  • 24-08-22

Delightfully terrifying

Loved listening to this! Such a vivid, scary story. I enjoyed the twists and turns, especially the end.

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  • Jordan
  • 19-08-22

Blown Away By The Storytelling!

This has to be the best I've read all year. The plot, the poetic descriptions, the queerness. I really can't hype this enough. I'm obsessed with mystery and I had no idea where this story was going ever. Surprise at every turn. Confusion ( in the best way). I truly didn't know if this was a fantasy / paranormal thing or mental illness thing until it smacked me in the face. Ryan La Sala is an extremely talented writer IMHO and I'll be reading everything they put out.

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  • Kelsey W
  • 18-08-22

An Instant Favorite

I dont usually write book reviews, but this book...wow. I'm a sucker for a good mystery/suspense story as well as some lgbtqia+ rep, and this is a great source of both. I can honestly say I've never read a story like this one. The plot is so different and so well written; I was hooked from the beginning and did not want to stop. I will absolutely be reading this again.

The narration was also great. I don't often like when a narrator does the voices of different genders (sometimes it's outright commical) but this was done very well.

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  • Carly
  • 22-09-22

Excellent, creepy, loving, and soulful

The Honeys is a beautiful ode to sisterhood, embracing your differences, and bonds that can’t be broken. It’s creepy, fun, and fabulously campy when it needed to be. The performance was brilliant, especially with the background mix to create a perfect atmosphere. Ryan has done an incredible job of weaving beauty into horror, and done so with such grace that I couldn’t stop listening.

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  • Mx.Brandt
  • 19-09-22

Atmospheric and thrilling

I found this book via Ryan La Sala’s tiktok showing up in my fyp. Social media at its best.

This book is fantastic, and the audiobook is so well done. The production on it is seriously A+.

I am not good at writing reviews, but this book has a gender-fluid protagonist, girls working together, magic, mystery, bees, and thrills.

There are horror elements, cult-y elements, and more!

If you’re looking for a great summer read, this is it! And the ending was very satisfying.

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  • Sheba
  • 08-09-22

incoherent screaming

I'm not particularly fond of ya, haven't been since I was a teenager. I like for my ya books to have a touch of dark humor, an unhinged quality, and overall great writing that does not revolve around the melodrama of puberty or a stupid lead character, making insipid decisions. This book is just phenomenal and exceeds my expectations.

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  • Harry
  • 03-09-22

Nothing like I expected and better for it

This book is nothing that I expected. I didn’t realize when I started that it was more sci-fi/horror rather than psychological thriller. But I am honestly glad I didn’t know because I enjoyed this book a lot. I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much.

Heathers meets Midsommer with a sci-fi twist.

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  • Bill M.
  • 25-08-22

Enjoyable story with some spooky on the side

It’s so great to see a fun story with a fluid teenager at the center. I loved the spooky vibe.