Hunted 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 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?
My Rating: 5 Stars
I loved this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It was so beautiful and well written. It's one of my favorite Disney movies and I've read many retelling of it but none quite as moving as this one. I haven't read a book that calls to my soul and heart in quite sometime but this one did. I'm sure this will go on my list of reread. I hate that I missed my chance to buy it when it was on sale. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something, anything. Amazing read that only took one day to get through.
The romance between Yeva and Beast was awesome. I loved how it was slow to form and Yeva had to learn to trust Beast after thinking he'd murdered her father. The ruined castle was perfectly described and so was the winter enchanted lands that the Beast was cursed too. I liked the twist on this story that added the Firebird and the tale that revolved around it. I figured out that the beast was Ivan pretty early but that's okay. I still really loved this book. I think anyone who likes fairy tale retellings should check out Hunted.