by Meagan Spooner
“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 Yave 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. The Beast.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature 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?”
I saw about Hunted when it came out, from lots of people posting pictures on Instagram, but I did not have enough money at the time to get it. However, it turned up in my next box from Mark the Page along with a load of Hunted goodies.
Yeva is sitting around with ladies of society every day, but she yearns for the time that she spent with her father learning to use a bow and hunt. One day her father loses everything, so the family move to his old hunting cabin in the woods. While he is out hunting, he loses his mind and then disappears, in the meantime Yeva has been hunting for the family. Then she goes out searching for him, when she comes across the Beast, who captures her and takes her to his castle.
I did not expect to be hooked so quickly or not want to put it down as much as I did. I read it in under a day! Hunted is fabulous, despite only having a select amount of characters the story does not lack anything and is well developed. I went through a rollercoaster of emotions and screamed in frustration at the characters a couple of times.
My favourite characters are Yeva, Eoven and Doe-eyes. Doe-eyes, even though she is a dog, is a gorgeous character and it is probably the most connection I have had with an animal character in a long time. It is nice to see things from both Beauty and Beast’s point of views, it is an intriguing take and makes us more involved with both sides rather than taking one side over another.
I cannot think of one part as my favourite there were plenty of amazing moments, however, I do think it has to be the parts were Beauty and Beast are together. I really enjoyed their relationship and how it grows. Towards the end I got upset with decisions made by characters, but they came off in the end.
Hunted is a stand alone, so does not really finish on a cliffhanger, it wraps up enough, but leaves it open as to what could happen in the future.
While reading this book, I described it as a take on Beauty and the Beast in medieval Russia. I would recommend to adults and teenagers. 5 out of 5.