Book Tour: The Honeys by Ryan La Sala | Review

Welcome to my stop on the Turn the Page Tours Book Tour for The Honeys by Ryan La Sala. This sounded so intriguing when they originally announced the tour and, with me venturing into Horrors/Thrillers, I couldn’t pass up a chance to read it. You can find out my thoughts below, along with the other content creator’s on the tour – the tour schedule can be found at the end of the post.

Thank you to Turn the Page Tours, Ryan La Sala and Scholastic Press for providing me with an eARC for this review.

Meet Author

Ryan La Sala writes about surreal things happening to queer people.

Ryan resides in New York City, but only physically. Escapist to the core, he spends most of his time in the astral planes and only takes up corporeal form for special occasions, like brunch and to watch anime (which is banned on the astral planes).

Ryan is the author behind the riotously imaginative Reverie, and the brilliantly constructed Be Dazzled, and the highly anticipated The Honeys. He has been featured in Entertainment, and one time Shangela from RuPaul’s Drag Race called him cute. Right in the middle of the road downtown! So. Pretty big deal all around, yes?

His next book, The Honeys, will be publish with Scholastic on August 16, 2022.

About The Book

Title: The Honeys
Author: Ryan La Sala
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publishing Date: August 2nd, 2022
Page Length: 352
Genre: Horror | Contemporary
Age Range: YA
Rating: 3⭐
Synopsis: From Ryan La Sala, the wildly popular author of Reverie, comes a twisted and tantalizing horror novel set amidst the bucolic splendor of a secluded summer retreat.

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.

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My Thoughts

Content Warning: death, gore, bullying, terminal illness (cancer), homophobia, death of a parent, sexual harassment

This wasn’t exactly what I had expected. From the first few pages the tone made me think The Craft and Bunny, but it quickly switched to a contemporary story dealing with grief and homophobia. I would say this book is 25% horror and 75% hard hitting contemporary. There was a bit of mystery, but I never felt it was the focus for Mars – sometimes it felt more like we stumbled on a clue only to have it taken away.

Mars as a character was interesting, but I didn’t feel like I got to know him. His love interest, Wyatt was fine but, like with Mars, I would have liked to have know more – gotten more one-on-one conversations.

The horror element was interesting and something I haven’t read before, but we didn’t get truly involved with it until the last quarter so I didn’t get the depth that I had wanted. The couple of twists near the end were predictable but satisfying in a way. I had predicted some deaths and betrayals, but not the exact reveal so that left me wanting more.

I enjoyed Ryan’s writing and I hope to read more from him soon. I’m curious to read more horror from him in the future because this was good, but I needed the, we’ll say, “confirmed” horror to start.

I think this is perfect for someone wanted to dip their toe into horror but still wanted the dark summer feels.

Tour Schedule

Blog Schedule

July 18
Jena Brown Writes – Review & Favorite Quotes
Celia’s Reads – Review
Second Hand Reader – Review

July 19
Feather Bound Books – Review & Favorite things about The Honeys
Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile– Review & Mood Board
emmreadsbooks – Review

July 20
Baltimore Bibliophile – Review
Stuck in the Stacks – Review & Favorite Quotes
Lily’s Cozy Blog – Review & Favorite Quotes

July 21
Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Review
Books Are Magic Too – Review & Favorite Things About The Honeys
My Honey Reads – Review
Rampant Reading Reviews – Review

July 22
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review & Favorite Quotes
Djreadsbooks – Review & Favorite Things About The Honeys
Ariel’s Book Corner – Review & Mood Board

July 23
Sunnysidereviews – Review & Mood Board
Bookish Heidi Reviews – Review
Betwixt The Sheets – Review

July 24
Curls, Pops & Spines – Review & Mood Board
Nonbinary Knight Reads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Musing of souls – Review

July 25
uponthebooktower – Review & Favorite Things About The Honeys
wilted pages – Review & Journal Spread
Page by Paige Books – Review & Mood Board

July 26
Bri’s Book Nook – Review & Favorite Quotes
perusewithcoffee – Review & Mood Board
Brinns Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Sheaf & Ink – Review

July 27
Sarah Mackenzie Reads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Stacialovestoread – Review & Reactions
Reading Stewardess – Review

July 28
Doodles and Books – Review & Makeup Look
Rainbookworld – Review & Favorite Things About The Honeys
The Page Ladies – Review

July 29
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review & Favorite Quotes
Nine Bookish Lives – Review & Favorite Things About The Honeys
HerBookishObsession – Review & Author Interview

July 30
Book Corner – Review & Favorite Quotes
The Book Dutchesses –  Review & Favorite Things About The Honeys
The Clever Reader – Review

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