The comical thing about Hunted is that I remember how long this sat pending in my Edelweiss account. I wanted this book so badly. Then I got approved…and didn’t read it in a timely fashion. But I knew when I saw her next release, Sherwood, looming on the horizon that I needed to get to this stat. And finally, I did. I just want to say that had I done a Five Star Prediction post, this would have been on it. Did it live up to the hype I built up in my head? Read on to see!
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
ARC from Edelweiss
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Hunted by Meagan Spooner is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it’s touted as a stand alone. I knew I was going to like Hunted. I’m a huge Beauty and the Beast fan, and I always love reading the Beast’s layers being peeled away. What’s funny is that in these stories, my thoughts mainly veer towards the Beast and what he’s been through for so long, but in this one, Yeva really stole the show. As well she should, since this story is from her point of view. I loved her family and what they went through, how they weathered it and stayed together. I especially loved her relationship with her sister, Asenka. How intuitive Yeva was, and how she wanted happiness for her sister. The love between the whole family was so beautiful and tangible. There was just so much love and goodness throughout this entire book – from the first woman Yeva spends time with in town, who I assumed would turn into a rival, to Solmir, her suitor who was so kind and compassionate, to Doe-eyes, Yeva’s dog who she doted on and who adored her back. I just loved everything about this book. Even the Beast, who was clearly frustrated and miserable demonstrated compassion in small ways, and the way he and Yeva warmed up to each other was so wonderfully written.
I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t mention the imagery here. The descriptions were wonderful, and the winter setting was so atmospheric. It all seemed so beautiful and mysterious to me. Even with the thought of the Beast looming in the woods, I would love an in the flesh glimpse of this world!
I also thought the way the Beast took over, and the way it was demonstrated on the pages to the reader was brilliant. It was something I would have missed if I’d stuck strictly to audio, but it definitely added to the story once I realized what was going on. (That’s all I’ll say for fear of spoiling, but if you’ve read the book, you couldn’t have missed it.)
I don’t think my review captures how much I loved Hunted; it was one of my favorites of the year, and I know I’ll be reading it again. I feel like after reading it all the way through, there will be even more depth this time around. As I mentioned in the intro, this author isn’t done with retellings yet; in March I’ll get to read Sherwood, and after what she’s done here, I couldn’t be more excited!
Audio: This book was narrated by Saskia Maarleveld and Will Damron, and they both did wonderful jobs. Will Damron captured the Beast’s frustration with his state of being perfectly, and Saskia Maarleveld really captured Yeva’s hesitance, then aversion, and then the way she slightly warmed up to the beast just the way I would imagine. Both performances were stellar.
*please note only the eBook was an ARC; I checked the audio out from my library account.
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