Hunted by Megan Spooner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A beauty and the beast retelling. “A Beaty deadlier than the Beast.” I had very high hopes. Very… I am sad to say this book didn’t life up to my expectations.
Spooner did a very good job with introducing the society Yeva (Beauty) was born into and you new from the start what was expected. I could relate to her very much in her feelings of having to walk the path chosen for her by society. It is something she struggles with for a long time, and I loved to see her contemplate it. What Spooner also did well was to not put down characters that chose to walk the path. It is okay to not want to it differently.
The family relationship in this book was also something wonderful to see. Too often family is left aside, or it is a very dysfunctional family, so it was nice to see a family filled with love for each other.
Now, let’s continue with why I only gave it 3 stars. The pitch of “a Beauty deadlier than the Beast” had me anticipating a huntress much more skilled and determined than Yeva was. I was hoping for a little more ruthlessness and blood thirstiness from her. This, together with the too little build up to the ending is what pulled it down.
It was a fun read and if you love Beauty and the Beast I do recommend you to read it. Just ignore the “deadlier than the Beast” part of the description of the book.
“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”