Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14th, 2017
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, YA
Page Length: 384 pages
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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?
Hope you all are still enjoying my bare-bones, just-notes reviews when I must!
Note: I received an advanced copy of Hunted from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
- Such gorgeous writing. Like wow, loooooove this writing and didn’t think it ever got to be too much.
- Beast interludes add a lot. There are scratch marks and gradually less-human sounding thoughts. They really add a nice dimension to the story.
- Beauty is a hunter and super kick ass, so much more feminist of a story, so empowered and awesome. I love Disney’s Belle as much as the next nerdy kid, but Spooner’s Beauty is who I would want to be for Halloween, just saying. I’m always worried with Beauty and the Beast retellings that Beauty is going to lack much independence since it is easy to go down that path. Very happy that wasn’t the case here!
- Beauty’s sister has club foot but still gets a romance and realizes she is beautiful and valued. Disability is rarely handled well in fantasy and I was worried when this one was introduced. However, I’m impressed that Spooner managed to avoid minimizing the disability so that it seemed not to have any effect while still giving Beauty’s sister a romance storyline that is often reserved for the able-bodied.
- Much more realistic version of retelling, one bit of magic in the curse but otherwise all pretty straightforward. There are not any dances normally-inanimate objects nor singing ;-).
- How is this going to be a series? When I was writing these notes, it showed a series marker on Goodreads, but now it’s gone, so perhaps that was a mistake and this is a standalone? I would really love some companion novels based on how amazing Spooner pulled off this retelling!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
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