Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling
Pages: 384 Format: ARC Source: Library
This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
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?
Join Yeva (Beauty) on her tale as old as time when she collides with a Beast in the wilderness. Having never read a book by Meagan Spooner I was a little worried that Hunted would fall flat for me. Thankfully combining two of my favorite things, Beauty and the Beast and Russian fairy tales, made this retelling a breath of fresh air and a fun revisiting of a classic tale.
Yeva is unhappy in the city, but when the family loses everything she revels in her return to the woods. She seeks more from life and fights for the people she cares about every step of the way. Losing herself in the wilderness, chasing magic in the snow, Yeva thrives on freedom. Unsurprisingly the Beast seeks the same things. A way out, a new life. A passion that bonds them together.
There’s no need for me to go into the story itself since everyone knows the basics of Beauty and the Beast. The additional elements in this one definitely make it stand out though. Setting this in Russia and using their own fairy tales within these pages was a great idea. It appeals to the morals in them, the lessons they provide; grounding the reader. I also appreciated the familial bonds explored as well as friendship. That love is more than just romance.
Overall, I really enjoyed Meagan Spooner’s take on the Beauty and the Beast tale in Hunted. Yeva and the Beast were both compelling and I appreciated the added storylines with the sisters. Bonding this with Russian fairytales really made the biggest mark though. I’d definitely recommend this, especially to those with a love of the original as well as anything fantasy related.
So are you excited for Hunted? Are you going out to see the live action Beauty and the Beast? Let me know in the comments below!