Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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Title: Hunted
Author: Meagan Spooner
Format: eBook
Date Published: March 14, 2017 by HarperTeen
Rating: ★★★★✰

Synopsis: 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?

(taken from goodreads)

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“I would give up a thousand happy endings just to go back with you to your valley, and live as we did. I’d give up every fairy tale I’ve ever known just to hear you say my name again.”

 

This was a wonderful retelling. Despite being written in third person, it did not fail to catch my attention. Hunted was beautifully written I found it hard to put it down. At the end of every chapter, there was a page wherein the Beast’s point of view was written. While I was reading it, it sounded like an echo and I always looked forward to this part every time I finish a chapter! It was really interesting and made the story even better!

I like the characters in the book, especially Yeva and her sisters. They were close and are really, very nice. And then we have Solmir, who I bet was Gaston but very different from the Gaston, except that they’re both hunters. He was nice and kind hearted – when Yeva didn’t return until few months, believed to be dead, he still took care of her sisters. And then there’s the Beast, who listened to Yeva’s stories. Who she thought was her ally and friend.

I couldn’t help but compare Hunted to A Court of Thorns and Roses, which is also a Beauty and the Beast retelling, because there were similarities: three sisters, a loss of fortune, and a father. Despite that, it was very different how it played. I love Yeva’s relationship with her father who taught her how to hunt. She went into the forest to find her father, even if her sisters did not approve, and avenge what happened to him.

There were no singing candelabra or a talking teacup in this book, but there was a Firebird. The story of the prince and the Firebird was actually interesting. It would’ve been perfect, I just found some parts confusing, especially those bit near the end. However, I still enjoyed the book and it really is a good retelling.

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