Synopsis from Edelweiss:
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?
About: Hunted is a young adult retelling written by Meagan Spooner. It will be published on 3/14/2017 by Harper Teen, 352 pages. The genres are fantasy, fiction, young adult, and retelling. This is a standalone fantasy novel. The author has a well-known series called Starbound which I have yet to read.
My Experience: I started reading Hunted on 12/3/16 and finished it on 12/7/16. I’m excited to read this book with my blogger buddy Sam @ OneBookishGirl. Please click the link on her blog name to read her review of this book! This book is a great read! I couldn’t put it down and I literally lose sleep reading this book. I stayed up past 2AM 2 out of 4 nights to read and have to get up at 6:30am the next day to go to work. I didn’t fall asleep at work, but still! I sacrifice my sleep for this book! I really like the main character, Yeva. I like following her train of thought. She’s smart, brave, independent, and caring. It takes her awhile to realize what she wants, but so does everyone. We don’t always know what we want, do we?
“Her father had taught her that she should never try to comfort herself by lying about her situation. No heat, no food, and no way out.” 93% of the book
This book is definitely a page turner. Yeva’s family is very loving. They all get along well and take care of each other through good times and bad. Her oldest sister, Arsenka, is the best in the world. She’s a sister everybody would want. Since this book is a fairy tales retelling, when I read this book and the fairy tales within this book, I recognize them immediately because I have read those fairy tales for my son before. The story flows easily and smoothly. The story changes course when Doe-Eye, Yeva’s pet showed up. I didn’t like when Yeva only have her pet as her only companion for those weeks and they explore aimlessly around the building. I also didn’t like that Yeva told the same story twice, even though with a different ending, but the beginning of the story is the same. I think the author could write it differently in this case so it doesn’t show repetitions. I do like the ending of the book and the moral of the story. I like that there is no cliffhanger at the end of this book. I like both POVs equally and I like best when they have interactions with each other. Overall, I really like how easy it is to read this book.
Pro: fast-paced, couldn’t put down, family, hunting, retelling, magic, light-hearted, more than 1 POV, page-turner
Con: minor dull moments, repetitions,
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting. She’s traveled all over the world to places like Egypt, Australia, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galápagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes. She currently lives and writes in Asheville, NC, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there. She’s the author of the award-winning Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light) and the Skylark Trilogy (Skylark, Shadowlark, Lark Ascending) as well as the “Beauty and the Beast” retelling Hunted. In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads. You can visit her online at http://www.meaganspooner.com (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Edelweiss).
***Disclaimer: Thank you to the author, Meagan Spooner, publisher, Harper Teen, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read & review. Thank you! Please know that my opinions are totally honest.