Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 14th, 2017
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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?

My thoughts:

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I thought I was really going to enjoy Hunted since Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies. I did like it, but it is not one that I would read again. I was expecting to read about talking teacups and a barking footstool. This retelling is a much darker tale than the original story, it has elements of the original but Hunted is more about a Russian fairy-tale: Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf, the primary fairy-tale that drives the story.

The story is very slow, resulting in some plot dragging moments. The time that Yeva spent with the Beast was generally him taking her out to hunt and her sharing tales. I found the romance at the core of this story to be missing, she had planned to kill the Beast and even attempted to. It took Yeva a fairly long time to realize her feelings for the Beast, longer to work out what to do about them, then even longer to return to him.

One thing I did really like was Yeva’s commitment and relationship with her family. She respects and loves her father and sisters and there is mutual love and acceptance on both sides.

I felt the ending was somewhat rushed and I felt cheated out of love story between Beauty and the Beast.

Happy Reading ~


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