Author: Meagan Spooner
Publish Date: March 14, 2017 by HarperTeen
# of Pages: 384
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(From Goodreads) Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
I read Hunted over the course of four days.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 5
Pace – 3
Plot Development – 4
Ending – 4
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 4
Ease of Reading – 4
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hunted by Meagan Spooner is a Beauty and the Beast retelling set in Russia. When Yeva’s father goes missing, she leaves her sisters behind to find him. Little does she know she’ll be walking into the lair of the Beast.
Who doesn’t love a Beauty and the Beast retelling? Beauty and the Beast has forever been my favorite Disney movie, so I was excited to read this book. I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint! It was a rousing romp into the world of Beauty and the Beast, and the unique spin on the story made it a captivating read.
The writing in Hunted was beautiful and perfectly captured the elements of the classic story. Admittedly I had a hard time getting into the book at first. I thought the beginning was slow and seemed to drag. It wasn’t until Yeva met the beast for the first time that things started to pick up. From that point on, I was hooked.
I really enjoyed the story concept and plot in Hunted. Once Yeva is with the Beast, the story unfolds rapidly. It’s an engaging story, and I liked the mythical qualities that were added in. The magic, the wonder, the anger—it was all great. I also appreciated the Beast’s perspective, which was provided on grayed out pages and cursive font. It was unique and well-executed. I found myself looking forward to those gray pages, wondering if the Beast’s perspective was going to show more beast than man.
I also really liked the ending of the book. Everything came together nicely and was wrapped up in a neat little package.
The characters in Hunted were well-written. I found myself getting sucked into Yeva and the Beast’s characters. Yeva was independent and spirited. The Beast was wild and sympathetic. Even Yeva’s sisters, though secondary characters, were interesting and added a nice touch to the story.
Overall, this was a great read, and I’m really glad I dusted this off my TBR shelf. If you enjoy retellings, this book is for you!
- “Her father had always told her that no matter the predicament, a hunter should never lie to himself. Only by understanding the problem can one see past it.”
- “Because while hatred is a fire only man feels, he does not hate the beast that comes in the night. Mankind fears it, fights it, drives it off, but he does not hate it. No one hates the bear, the wolf. They don’t hate the wind or the snow. They don’t hate death. They hate each other.”
Have you read Hunted? What did you think? What’s your favorite classic fairy tale re-telling?
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