Description from Goodreads:
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?
Hunted by Meagan Spooner has 384 pages and was published in 2017 by HarperTeen.
Hunted is the retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale including elements of Russian folklore, Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf.
The plot is not particularly fast-paced. However, it didn’t feel like it dragged either. For the most part it does follow the traditional story line of Beauty and the Beast. However, Spooner does sprinkle in a few new elements, such as both Beauty and Beast being hunters. This adds a little bit of an edge to the story without being overly gory.
Despite the fact that Hunted includes elements from at least two traditional fairy tales, this novel is unlike anything I have ever read before. Spooner does a brilliant job of presenting a story everyone knows in a completely unique fashion.
Rating: 4 Plot Monster Spiders
“Fairy tales are about lessons. Those who are virtuous and true are rewarded, while those who are wicked and greedy are punished.”
― Meagan Spooner,
“I heard her voice, her stories, her softness as she spoke of her family, and her iron as she spoke of me – I heard her scream, and I moved without thought.”
― Meagan Spooner,
MDW original review. Source: Library.