Tuesday, January 30, 2018

My Thoughts: Hunted by Meagan Spooner (Audiobook)

by Meagan Spooner
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Publication Date: March 14th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 374
ISBN: 9780062422286
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: Library Audiobook

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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? (Goodreads)

I’ve had Hunted by Meagan Spooner sitting on my TBR for way too long, but this Beauty and the Beast retelling seemed to be calling my name lately. And seeing how I’m in the process of trying to catch up on all the things I’m behind on, I decided to bump it up on my TBR. I am so glad I did. I love a good retelling, and I happen to have a thing for anything Beauty and the Beast as well. This book was not at all what I expected, but it was a really enjoyable read!

As I mentioned above, I have a strong weakness for all things Beauty and the Beast, and since I’m already a big fan of Meagan’s writing, I knew I was going to like this book. And what’s not to like about it? The characters were awesome; I especially loved the main character, Yeva, (Beauty), who is fierce and brave, and held her own in just about any situation she was thrown into. These are my most favorite types of characters, and I’m thrilled that I’m starting to see them more often in books. There were some interesting secondary characters in the story as well, including the Beast, who is mysterious and very dark and dangerous. He’s definitely one of those characters that grows on you over time.

The storyline for the book was also really enjoyable as well! It was a completely different take on the story than I am used to, but it was also familiar in some ways as well, and I liked that. Who doesn’t love a fun spin on their favorite story? I listened to this book in audio format, and I enjoyed it so much, I basically listened to the whole audiobook in one day. I imagine it would be a quick read if I were to actually read the book, which I may have to do again in the future!

Overall; Hunted by Meagan Spooner was such a great read! If you’re a fan of Beauty and the Beast retellings, or just retellings in general, definitely add this book to your TBR! And if you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did. *smile*

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