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 was a unique take on the “beauty and the beast” fairytale that felt familiar at the same time. It’s clear that Meagan Spooner knows how to write a fantasy setting, and I really enjoyed the parts that felt wholly new to me.
One of my favorite things about this book was the Beast. Spooner’s interpretation of this character was dark and scary — deliciously mysterious and compelling. I loved the sense of danger that hovered in his presence.
Some of this book very much reminded me of the Disney animated film, and honestly I think partially that’s to be expected. I enjoyed this aspect as a nice little contrast to all of the things that set this book apart as its own story. I enjoyed getting to learn more about Beauty as a person and about her family life than I expected, as it added a nice depth to her character and the overall story.
I wish there had been more explanation about some things, and to me the ending felt a little bit rushed. But this was an enjoyable read all the way through. If you like fairytale retellings, then you should definitely pick up Hunted!