It was a book on my radar months before it was published. I had hoped, after reading the March Mark The Page book box description, that the box titled Merchant Misfortunes would contain Hunted by Meagan Spooner. Even better, it even came with a signed bookplate!
So I first began to read this before ACOWAR arrived. As you may know, its arrival was a drop everything and binge read kind of deal. It has taken a little bit to move on from that emotional read, but Hunted seems to have been the right book for the job. I restarted it last night and did not rest until I had read it cover to cover. I have no regrets.
Author: Meagan Spooner
Genre: Fantasy – Romance
Age Classification: Young Adult
Release: March 14, 2017
The story was a retelling of the ever-so-popular-right-now Beauty and the Beast. Hunted follows Yeva through her family troubles and a personal struggle between what she wants and what she should do. Her once wealthy family have lost their money so Yeva, her father and her two sisters, Asenka and Lena, move out to her father’s hunting cabin in the woods along with Albe, the only member of their house staff that chose to come with them. Yeva’s father takes up hunting again but she believes he is going mad. When she goes into the woods looking for her father after he fails to return home, Yeva encounters Beast.
We as readers know a little about what Beast is thinking and feeling from the 1-2 page journal-like entries that are between each chapter. These journal entries keep us informed on how things are looking from the Beast’s perspective. They also show him as he changes and as he gets to know Yeva, though he is much more fond of her nickname – Beauty.
Yep, that is Beast and Beauty, or as we more commonly hear it, the Beauty and the Beast.
The plot is rather interesting and I like the environments in which it all took place. The woods sound beautiful but harsh and the cabin run down but cozy. It was something quite different from the original Beauty and the Beast but still held little hints to the original tale. I will say that I felt the other characters were a bit light on descriptions, I could sort of get an idea of what they looked like but it was a little fuzzy. I think this is because most other characters do not get much page time. It felt like 90% of the book was about Beast, Yeva, or her dog Doe-Eyes, who will capture your heart if you are a dog lover like myself. I will not say this is a bad thing because it was great to have little distractions from the main story, but there are some characters I feel I may dislike mostly because I did not get to know them well enough.
There is so much I want to say but it will spoil the story for anyone who has not yet read it. However, on a somewhat unrelated note, I want the green cloak on the cover. I do not care that cloaks are not really worn anymore, I want one. It looks pretty and kind of gives me a Slytherin vibe (not that I am a Slytherin, but that is not going to stop me).
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Overall it is a great retelling of a much-loved classic, but I would not call it perfect. I would give this a 4.5 out of 5, but Goodreads does not allow halves, so a 4 it had to be.
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Until next time bibliophiles!