Published by HarperTeen on March 14, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
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?
I love fairy tale retellings, and I especially love retellings of Beauty and the Beast, and so I was primed to fall in love with HUNTED from the very start. With its beautiful cover and intriguing description, I was so excited to read it - and luckily, HUNTED did not disappoint.
There were a lot of things that I liked about HUNTED. One thing that took me a little time to get into, but that I ended up liking, was the pages told from the Beast's perspective. They were confusing at first, but also a way to draw you into the mystery and the story. Plus, as Beauty and Beast get closer, they are an invaluable glimpse into Beast's feelings for Beauty.
Yeva is a spectacular Beauty. Following in the tradition of Disney's Belle, she doesn't really want to get married, and she wants something more from her life. She cares more about her family than nearly anything and she's honest and loyal. I liked watching her fall for her captor, despite her simultaneous hate for him on occasion. The Beast is mercurial and fascinating. The romance between the two is slow and not always the highlight of the story, but that was fine, as I felt the mystery of why the Beast was the Beast was more important.
HUNTED feels very Russian influenced, and reminds me strongly of THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE, which also featured a strong heroine who loved the wild, with tinges of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, whose heroine also would do anything for her family. It was a captivating tale that I read in an evening, and I would highly recommend it.More Reviews: