Review of Hunted by Meagan Spooner

By: Meagan Spooner
Release Date: March 14th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: E-ARC
Source: Edelweiss

My Rating:

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?

My Thoughts:
Beauty and the Beast has always been  my favorite fairy tale so I’m excited each time I see a retelling being published. Meagan Spooner is such a talented writer I couldn’t wait to see what she’d do with this classic. I wasn’t disappointed at all! It was fast paced, original and yet really pulled in the feeling of the original story.

This go around our Beauty was an accomplished hunter as well as being very good in the woods. Yeva (her nickname was Beauty) had two older sisters that she was very close to (not like the original tale where the sisters are cruel to her) and she was the closest to their widowed merchant father. As you read it all feels so familiar and comforting but the little differences are enough to keep the story unique and interesting. I had a vague knowledge of where the story would go but Spooner added in so many aspects that were original to this story it kept me completely captivated.

Yeva’s world had a very original magical element. As we read on more and more of the magic becomes clearer and Beauty’s role as well. This was the type of story that had layers to it- we have our direct storyline but also a smaller, internal story about the Beast that was revealed as well as the larger story arc. I really loved this element.

The Beast in this book was easy to like and he even had little chapters from his point of view. They were very short but I liked seeing a little bit of what was going on inside his mind. He was a complex character and I loved the chemistry he had with Beauty. I loved his dual nature and there were times I actually didn’t know how he’d react which upped the tension considerably.

I have to say my favorite character though was Doe Eyes- Beauty’s dog. I absolutely adored this pup and she brought so much charm to the story. I loved the bond she had to Beauty. I recently got my own dog so I was especially able to relate to the emotional connection these two had.


Final Thoughts:
Hunted was exactly the type of retelling I’ve been wanting! It had the original tale’s vibe, and most of al,l great characters that had real chemistry.


  1. says

    I’ve been really excited for Hunted, so I’m glad to hear you loved it! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite fairy tales, so I’m glad to hear there’s lovely inspiration from the original tale, yet the story still stands uniquely on its own as a retelling. Thanks for the review! 🙂

  2. says

    I’m so glad you liked this! It’s one of my most anticipated books for the year. Since the beauty and the beast film was announced I’ve been on such a retelling kick and I can’t wait to get my hands on this! Great review!

  3. Danielle says

    I suggested this book for purchase at my local library months ago when I found out the publication date! I adore Meagan’s writing and am so glad to read this review. I can’t wait for my library to get it to me! 😀

  4. says

    OOoh nice! I am super excited for this one! I’ve always loved fairy tale retellings and Beauty and the Beast is a favorite of mine as well! Cannot wait until I get read this one! All the reviews I’ve read so far have been positive which makes me happy! Great review!

  5. says

    I have had my eye on this book for a while now. I am excited to see you enjoyed it! I love that it is the kind of story that has smaller sub plots woven in throughout, that is my favorite kind!

    Awesome review Kristen 🙂

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  6. says

    Gorgeous review Kristen 😀 So so glad you loved this one. <3 I loved it so much, more than the original story, haha 😀 And aw, yesss. That dog was adorable 😀 Thank you for sharing. <3

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