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Hunted by Meagan Spooner (3 stars)

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I'm torn about Hunted. It's kind of like a jalapeño BLT with buffalo sauce? You love the taste while eating, but your stomach isn't quite as pleased after.

This eARC was provided through Edelweiss for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Series: n/a
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Fairy tale retelling
Published on March 14, 2017
Published by HarperTeen
Final Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis:
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?

Review:
Hunted takes a familiar fairy tale and injects it with danger and vengeance. This Beauty is more Katniss than bookworm. She has a bow and she knows how to use it.

I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings, so seeing how the author both maintained and twisted the original was fun. It still feels like Beauty and the Beast, and I read it straight through in one sitting.

While I mostly enjoyed the book as I read, it has a lot of weak points. No spoilers, but the magical elements felt underused, there was a lot of repetition that didn't really further the plot, and the Beauty/Beast relationship never felt fully developed.

All that said, I still recommend Hunted to readers craving fairy tale retellings or YA fantasy with a good balance of romance and plot. It's a quick adventure with a light dusting of romance.

14 comments :

  1. Great review :) Sorry you were disappointed, though. I love fairy tale retellings, so I think I'll still enjoy it. And the cover is beautiful, hehe ;)

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. Thank you, Amy! At least the disappointment didn't hit until after I finished it and started thinking. (A dangerous past time, I know.) I hope you like it! And the cover is very pretty. :)

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    2. I don't recommend thinking, it can lead to sane things... ;) Lol

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    3. Or a plan to marry Belle by threatening to throw her dad in the looney bin. ;)

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  2. I gotta ask, where can I get a jalapeno blt with buffalo sauce? This is a new, wonderful thing to me.

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    1. Wawa. :) I customize the standard BLT, or make it at home with fresh jalapeños and a bottle of buffalo sauce.

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  3. GAH, yes, finally someone who feels the same about this one! Every review I read is GUSHING over it, and I am over here like "yeah, it was okay I guess". I liked it fine while I was reading it, like you said, but then when it was over I was just like "eh, okay, moving on". I felt no... real emotions for it either way.

    Also, I see that you mentioned Wawa, and I MISS WAWA. That is all. Lovely review :)

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    1. Haha, thank you! I'm glad we're not alone in our apathy. Those last few chapters and the epilogue especially, I was just like, wha...? And yes, Wawa. :)

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  4. I'm really interested in reading this one. It sounds like an intriguing read, plus just the fact that it's a BATB retelling has me curious! Sorry it didn't work for you, but I am glad you still think it's worth a read for fairy tale fans!

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    1. Thanks, Rissi! It's definitely worth a read if you're already interested, and yes, Beauty and the Beast retellings must be investigated! :D

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  5. I've seen so many mixed reviews on this one. I'm so confused about whether I should read it or not. I don't always do great with this genre, so I'm honestly a bit hesitant. Thanks for the awesome review! :)

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    1. You're very welcome, Lisa! I'd say go with your gut. If you're not loving the idea, might as well go with something you're more excited about. :)

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  6. "I'm torn about Hunted. It's kind of like a jalapeño BLT with buffalo sauce? You love the taste while eating, but your stomach isn't quite as pleased after."

    I'm actually dying - this metaphor is perfection! Haha

    I've been wavering on whether to read this one or not. I'm a huge sucker for retellings, and I have enjoyed other books Meagan has co-written, but I've read a few reviews that mirror your comments about the relationship falling flat. If it's a quick read though, I might just have to give it a shot!

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! It's definitely a quick read, and it's an enjoyable enough way to pass the time. Just don't think about the relationship too much once you're done. ;)

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