Hunted by Meagan Spooner
This book is a beauty and the beast retelling. I got this book from book boxclubs belles and beasts box. I was excited to get reading as I already had this book on my wish list and when I saw the theme for the box hoped this would be inside. The design of the book is beautiful and under the sleeve is a lovely green cover
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and 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. The Beast.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of magical 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?
The story started a bit slow for me but one I got into it I couldn’t put it down. I loved Yeva’s character. She was a strong willed beauty in want of more. She loved her sisters but she knew deep down she wasn’t like them. She longed to be in the woods and loved to hunt something women didn’t do.
I liked spooners take on the story. The beast was cursed but he didn’t quite understand his curse. I liked that it wasn’t about trying to make Beauty fall in love with him. He wanted to use her skills as a hunter. She stayed in her prison to seek revenge for her father. They grew to care for each other along the way. Neither character was looking to fall in love they just did.
I really enjoyed this book and was not disappointed.