ARC REVIEW: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Title: Hunted

Author: Meagan Spooner

Published: 14 March 2017 | Harper Teen

Date Read: 08 April 2017


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?

* ARC Kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss for review *

Disclaimer: It took me a very very very long time to finish reading Hunted and I’m the one to blame or erm my busy work schedule. As much as I love the whole concept and the story of Hunted I feel bad for not having the chance to immerse myself fully into reading this. Due to my busy schedule, I only get to read a couple of pages and bits and pieces from time to time. But anyway, I finally finished it and I was able to write a review as well so here it goes.

Hunted is a tale as old as time. A retelling of one of my favorite fairytales – Beauty and The Beast. A very intriguing fantasy story about Beauty and the Beast set it the wilderness and snow. The release date of Hunted is very timely for the release of the new movie adaptation and I’m overflowing with love and happiness that is all about Beauty and the Beast.

“The depths of the wood were dangerous, far more deadly than the more commonly hunted perimeters of the wilderness.”

Ever since she’s a little girl, Yeva thrives on freedom and exploring the wilderness. She felt more comfortable being near nature. She seeks more from the daily norm of her life. But something dangerous lurks in the forest and when her father went missing Yeva hunts down the dangerous creature that might have gotten into her father. But what she finds is not quite what she’s expecting. He’s a Beast that supposed to be without a heart not a beast with a penchant for the stories she’s telling and cares for her.

Like Yeva, The Beast wanted freedom. Freedom from the curse that he’s been into. They are both trapped into something unfortunate and they must find a way out of it.

I love Yeva. She’s not an ordinary heroine. She is fierce, brave, selfless and will do anything and everything for her family. I really appreciate the familial bonds presented in the story. Yeva, Lena and Asenka’s loving relationship as sisters and their love for their father. I also love the friendships that has been made along the story.

The beast’s character was greatly written as well. He’s someone that you’ll love to hate especially in the beginning when he’s all rude and impatient with Yeva. But overtime, I can’t help but love him and understand his own story.

“The Firebird made him a being of two natures. You changed him into two beings grappling for a single heart.”

There is a romance part on the story but don’t expect to get something all touchy-feely kind of romance. It was all more focused on the emotional kind of romance where as a reader you’ll just feel that there is a romantic connection between the characters that you are reading.

Magic also played a part in the story. Though the story didn’t have talking coat racks or tea kettle and pot, the story does have magical creatures. The story of the Firebird and the other creatures were creatively written. I got invested with Yeva’s stories – stories that were passed on to her by her father.

On a side note, is it just me or does Beauty and the Beast really do have an aspect of Stockholm Syndrome somewhere? I don’t know why I just realized it now but there’s a case of Stockholm Syndrome, right? What differs from to the other books that I’ve read that do have an aspect of Stockholm Syndorme is that Yeva realizes that she shouldn’t feel something for beast as he’s her captor.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Hunted. The thing that I liked most is the fact that it didn’t stray from the original plot line of Beauty and the Beast. It just changed setting but the plot line is just the same. If you love fantasy stories especially retellings, please do yourselves a huge favor and pick this one up now. You’ll definite love it.


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