Thursday, March 23, 2017
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
“A Beauty deadlier than the Beast.”
“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.com
Hunted is a Beauty and the Beast retelling infused with Russian folklore. Don’t head into this book expecting the Disney version of Belle or you will be sorely disappointed. Yeva is a strong female character who stands up for herself and those she loves. When her father loses the family fortune, they leave their town behind and head out into the woods to live in the hunting cabin her father abandoned years ago. Yeva is ecstatic to get back into the forest and hunt. When her father goes missing, Yeva sets out to find him despite her sisters’ pleas not to.
This book did start off a bit slow in building up the background of Yeva and her family, but once Yeva and The Beast begin interacting, this story really picks up speed. Interspersed through the chapters, readers also get brief glimpses into the mind of Beast.