Published by HarperTeen on March 14th 2017
Genres: Retellings, Young Adult, Fantasy
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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?
Throughout the entire book I was listening to the Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 OG Cast Recording COMPLETELY ACCIDENTAL and now I’m pretty proud of myself cause that takes place in Russia and this takes place in Russia and *hand movement* yeah.
The thing about Hunted is that it ends at a point where you think “yeah this is a standalone” it has that type of finish. But you don’t want it to end. And not because you loved it (even though I did) Its because it was too short, too fast. Literally the reason I didn’t give this book five hearts was because EVEN THOUGH IT ENDED ON A REALLY GOOD NOTE I still wanted more because it was too fast. Beauty was a really fascinating character. She loves to hunt. Yet she loves her family more. Especially her father. I didn’t hate her father but it did make me sad how he was. He is the type who didn’t want to spend time with his daughter after they moved. I think that his one and only failure was ultimately the death of him, which made me extremely sad. All Beauty wanted to do was hunt with her father. Provide for her family with her father. But he never let her, just pushed her away. *sigh*
Then we meet the “Beast” of the story. Beast is literally a cutie. A serious cutie. The most beastly cutie there is. I loved how he TRIED to hide his look to Beauty but nuh-uh and instead he teachers her how to hunt. I really wish there were more hunting lessons. I know that there lessons went on for almost half a year but we only got three or four scenes of them hunting together, and I just wish I got a little more of that.
I really liked the side characters in this book. The sisters were what I wish I had. Very supportive for Beauty but still would protect her no matter what. I hope one day we get a novella or something about the sisters and what they did when Beauty was away. I mean it says exactly what happens 😉 but I hope for the full story.
I loved the story that Beauty told Beast about the prince. It fit in perfectly with the whole story and I loved that story. One day I’m going to tell my kids that 😛
So as you can tell I really did like Hunted and I do recommend it to those fantasy lovers and those fairy tale retelling lovers ESPECIALLY if you are a first time readers in those genres.