I have been waiting for this book for a long time since I absolutely adore retellings.
Especially the Beauty and the Beast .It might be Belle’s love towards books that I relate to or might be that I watched the Disney movie atleast a dozen times(it’s always fun to watch disney movies,okay?You are never too old to admire Disney).
But Hunted took a different approach to the Beauty and the Beast.The protagonist,Yeva is a huntress who is fierce and loves the wilderness.Her father is a wealthy merchant who unfortunately looses his fortune and moves to their near the woods.Which gives Yeva a chance to be near the woods she loves.
WHAT I LIKED:
–> The writing is lyrical and pleasant.It just flows through and takes you on a adventure.
–> Yeva is,thankfully,not the annoying MC we usually see.She cared about her family and we hear the story in third person from her POV.And we also get the snippets from the Beast in between her chapters which were cryptic.
–> Yeva’s sisters were good,not the petty,mean or selfish kind we see usually.So that’s a fresh change.
–>I adore those dogs they have,Pelei and Doe-Eyes.
–> The Russian folklore weaved through the story was perhaps the most surprising thing in this book.I love learning any new mythology or culture.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
–>The story does start off a bit slow but if you stick through it,you will find it interesting.
–>The ending was not something I expected.It went in a different direction.
At the end,I can say that Hunted is one of the best retelling of Beauty and the Beast I have read.
**Thank you for the publisher for providing an ARC.
Page Count: 352 pages
Release date: March 14,2017
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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?
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