Hunted by Meagan Spooner (3 stars)
Kel Tuesday, February 21, 2017 reviewI'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
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Fairy tale retelling
Published on March 14, 2017
Published by HarperTeen
Final Rating: 3 stars
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 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.