Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Author: Meaghan Spooner
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Summary: 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?
Ship: Yeva x Beast
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Yeva
Needed BROTP: Yeva & Doe-Eyes
Fave Quote: “She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. she reminds us of what we used to be.
She reminds us of what we could be.”
Actual Review: It seems that this is the time for evereyone to release and read Beauty & The Beast Retellings with the live-action being released.
Hunted is one of the latest retellings to grace our shelves and I do quite like the uniqueness of it. The first thing that sets it apart is that it is not just Beauty and the Beast being retold but it’s being given tie ins from Russian Folktales, specifically The Gray Wolf & Firebird. NOw i don’t know very much about Russian Folktales so I won’t be able to say if it did the folktales any justice but I thoroughly enjoyed the melding of these tales.
The protagonist of our story is named Yeva or “Beauty” by her Father and two sisters. When a buisness arrangement goes south, leaving them penniless, Yeva and her family must move to her father’s old hunting cabin in the woods. There her father steadily declines though the girls do not see it much as he is always out hunting. But when one day he doesn’t return home but the hunting dog does, Yeva sets out to find him despite the protests off her sisters. For you see, Yeva was taught all that her father knew about hunting. It’s very Allison Argent vibes.
Yeva is what we call a very non-girly girl. She would prefer hunting over society and doesn’t really think about love at all. She is very goal focused and can suffer from tunnel vision. But she never lies to herself or often to others.
The Beast is an interesting one. There is sporadicaly a page in dark handwritten type ink that shows what he is thinking at the stage of the story. But the most intriguing thing is his use of We. It gave me alot of Smeagol/Gollum feels but i wont dive much more because it’s really important to the plot.
Now i know some other reviews have touched on the whole Stolkholm thing that haters bring up for B&TB and whats really intriguing is the book actually addresses this in a conversation. Yeva does not suffer from any kind of blind love. She addresses her thoughts and how she hated Beast for the longest time and planned on killing him.
The setting and side-plot of the forest within a forest that i belive brings in the Russian Folktakes was really intriguing. I love things with subtle magic, so i was an aboslute sucker for this kind of magical world that is hidden within our own world.
The message near the end was really awesome and it’s something that i think everyone needs to hear and understand.
Thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend to B&TB fans and fans of all fairy tale retellings.