Wow! What an incredible read! Hunted is unlike any fairy tale retelling I have ever read. It’s so refreshing to read a YA novel that satisfied my crave for a fairy tale retelling, but offered so much new material that I felt like I was reading something that was just loosely based off a fairy tale and was more it’s own original tale. What a beautiful read!
I will admit, Hunted begins a little slow. Yeva, her two sisters, and her father must move to their cabin in the forest because their father lost all their fortune. Yeva’s father spends his days hunting the forest and going a little mad with trying to find the creature that watches him. Once the father goes missing Yeva ventures out to find him, but what she ends up finding is a dark monster. Yeva is thrown into a world of strange enchantments, but somehow she always felt like she had been destined for more. Like the very forest called to her her entire life.
Other than the slow beginning, this book will keep you on your toes. It’s spell binding and captivating. The way Megan Spooner weaves legends and tales into the traditional fairy tale is breathtaking. And I must say, I love the tale about the firebird. Plus the ending has a beautiful message that I think everyone will love and enjoy.
Do you love fairy tales? Looking for a retellling of Beauty and the Beast but is still very original? Then add Hunted to your TBR list!
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?