Fairy tales are about lessons. Those who are virtuous and true are rewarded, while those who are wicked and greedy are punished
Author: Meagan Spooner
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: HarperTeen, an imprint of Harper Collins
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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?
With so many fairy tale retellings floating around I was hesitant to pick this one up but couldn’t resist the title “Hunted”. I’m so glad that I did! I really liked this one! It was dark and spooky and I loved how it incorporated other Russian stories.
This retelling followed the traditional Beauty & The Beast story through Yeva (Beauty)’s POV. I love how self-aware she was and the strength she shows throughout the story. The Beast had bits of his own POV and I found it added to the story wonderfully.
I liked how the author did not shy away from the Stockholm Syndrome topic. It was nice to see an author seamlessly address it even though the book was fantasy based. Well done! This is my favourite retelling yet.