GENRE & SYNOPSIS
Fantasy / Young Adult / Romance / Retellings
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?
RATING & REVIEW
So I’ve had this in my bookshelf since it came out in 2017, but I never really picked it up. So when I was finished with The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh I decided to pick up Hunted by Meagan Spooner, and I was kind of glad to have finally read it. I loved the story of Beauty and the Beast as a kid, and I always felt a strong connection to Belle. Hunted delivers on the resemblance to the original story, but as far as an original take on the fairy tale, I was disappointed.
The story takes us to Yeva, the youngest of three sisters living together with their merchant father. Before he became a merchant, he was a hunter, and Yeva was lucky enough to accompany him. For some reason he never took out her older sisters? So, when Yeva’s father suddenly loses his misfortune and his family has to live in a hunting cabin in the woods, Yeva is happy because she likes to hunt. Her sisters hates it though, but that doesn’t really concern Yeva because she’s happy. Anyways, father goes missing in the woods after appearing rather crazy – so Yeva goes to find him, and runs into the Beast.
This story is mainly filled with Yeva in the woods hunting. She’s walking in snow, she’s cold, she’s smelling the woods and hating her life as well as loving it. She can’t really decide. Throughout this book I never really liked Yeva, I felt like she was selfish and not really thinking about her family and what they were going through. I also didn’t like her indecisiveness when it came to Solmir, and how she kind of left him believing that she loved him or wanted him or whatever. This was really not the retelling I was hoping for.
But despite that I did enjoy Meagan Spooner’s writing in this book. She writes in a way that captures you, and I was never straight out bored while reading this book because of her writing, but more of the lack of story there. But, at least I finally read it! I think that a lot of people would enjoy this story, but for me it just lacked a lot to capture me and keep me reading.