Hello lovely bookworms!
My first book review in my blog and I’m nervous and excited as well. This is going to be a spoiler free review. Hope you like it!
One of the things I love reading about the most is retellings, and my favorite ones are about Beauty and the Beast. Hunted by Meagan Spooner is a retelling about Beauty and the Beast. You can probably guess my opinion already.
But first, here’s the synopsis.
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?
The book alternates between Yeva’s chapters and the Beast’s. However, Yeva’s chapters are narrated in third person whereas the Beast’s are told in first person. So far, this is the first book I’ve read that incorporates the point of view of the Beast and I liked that, although his chapters were very short, just one page long, it left me wanting to know more about him and his struggles.
I liked all the characters. Yeva is a skilled hunter and she’s also very smart, and in my opinion, stubborn too. There are times with the main female character where I find myself annoyed at her, but with Yeva that didn’t happen, she knows what she wants even if she doesn’t know what that thing is. On the other hand, the Beast is such an interesting character. I have no idea what this says about me, but I could see myself falling for him. Yes, he’s a beast, but he’s also human and even when he was being rude, he did something else that melted my heart. As for Yeva’s family, they were very supportive of her and cared for her and her well being. I don’t want to say much about the characters because I don’t want to spoil anything to you.
We all know how the story of Beauty and the Beast ends, but in case someone doesn’t, then don’t worry, I won’t say anything. But even though this a retelling, there were things from the story we all know that were not included in this particular one, and because of that this book feels somewhat different (in a good way).
Now, I have only talked about the things that I liked. It is now the turn for the aspects I didn’t completely enjoy. In the first place, I feel like there were important information about the world and some characters that needed to be addressed and mentioned for a better understanding of the story. And second and final thing, I didn’t enjoy the last few chapters as much as I enjoyed the rest of the book. In my opinion, the author rushed things to get to end, which is why I have the feeling of missing something.
Overall, I liked the book, but it is not one of my favorite Beauty and the Beast retellings. Although I still recommend it to Beauty and the Beast fans and to everyone that is interested in reading.
Have you read Hunted? Did you like it? Tell me everything in the comments, I would love to know your opinion.
Until the next post!
Happy reading 💙