Rating: 4.5 Crickets
Author: Meagan Spooner
Publisher: HarperTeen – an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Published: March 14th, 2017
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones – and in her blood.
She knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
But Yeva’s grown up far from her father’s old lodge, raised to be part of the city’s highest caste of aristocrats. Still, she’s never forgotten the feel of a bow in her hands, and she’s spent a lifetime longing for the freedom of the hunt.
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, 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 sister’s protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory – a cursed vally, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s heard about only in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin – or salvation.
Who will survive: the beauty, or the beast?
When Hunted came out last year I saw it everywhere. Everyone seemed to have gotten a hold of this book, and they were sharing a lot of pictures and reviews. The cover looked so beautiful and the fact that it was a fairy tale retelling made it a book I just had to get a hold of. Fortunately, it was the book featured in the ‘Beauty & the Beast’ themed box by BookBoyfriend in March last year (which was awesome). Unfortunately, it has been sitting on my TBR pile until recently, and am I so glad I finally got around to reading it! This book has definitely become one of my favourites!
My first thought when reading Hunted was “there’s ladies sitting around in a circle talking… not what I was expecting… I’m bored”. Actually, that’s a lie. My first thought was of the snippet of Beast’s POV at the beginning – which I found intriguing and wanted to know more about, but was also a little confused as it was a tad cryptic. But yes, the first chapter introduces us to Yeva, aka Beauty, and she is socialising with the ladies in town at the baronessa’s home. The writing also gives off that old sort of classical writing feel, which is great and it’s beautiful writing, and it definitely brings out the fairytale vibe, but it can also be a bit slow paced? However, by the time the first chapter was over I was fully immersed in the story and couldn’t put it down!