Hunted, by Megan Spooner

download (1)Yeva knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. Out in the wilderness there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas, or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. When her father goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the Beast he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. As Yeva hunts, she finds a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures she’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

So I really enjoyed this retelling, probably more than the original, because it just made everything darker and way more interesting. There were probably dozens of plot twists (which I didn’t see coming) and even more interesting creatures that I read about. If that doesn’t entice you then read on.

The characters were always changing. There also wasn’t instalove. That was a bonus. All of the characters were strong in their own way. It was very interesting to hear about the hunting lodge and how the father slowly went insane. I wanted a bit more details on that but it didn’t happen. 

Yeva was nothing short of awesome. She was always learning and plotting revenge. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen The Princess Bride. She was dark and broody and not that kind to the Beast. Who I was really confused about. But everything was tied up with a nice neat bow. Which was my problem with this book. We’ll discuss this problem later. 

The sister aspect was very well done. I liked the way that they all looked out for each other. It was very sweet. My sisters are not like that. But not everyone is in a perfect fairy tale. All of them were very encouraging and respected each other. Which made it harder to watch the Beast take Yeva. 

The plot was very interesting. Yeva figured out the riddle way faster than anyone in a Beauty & The Beast retelling that I’ve read(Sorry Feyre). Then the Beast made some very hard choices, very fast. I think that he could’ve done it differently but he didn’t think things through. That was sort of annoying. Then we took time to learn about the world. So this book was not fast paced. I think that it went a bit slow. But otherwise the plot was great.

My one problem was how neat and tidy the book ended. There were all these problems and then the book just solved them all. That was sort of annoying. I think that if the book had been a little bit longer that it would’ve been better. But that didn’t happen and I’ll have to accept that.

The setting was very interesting. The two worlds on top of each other was a nice touch. I also liked how you changed between one world and another. That was what I liked the most about the setting but everything was good. It was very detailed and I could perfectly envision myself there.

As you can see I really enjoyed reading Hunted, even with the flaws that it has. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (15)

4 thoughts on “Hunted, by Megan Spooner

  1. Although I adored it, and it is one of my favourite Beauty and the Beast retellings, the ending annoyed me a little too. I thought the Beast’s transformation was too quick. It would have worked better and been more powerful if it was slower and more embellished, similar to how it is in Disney’s animated adaptation.

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