Hunter by Meagan Spooner

When Yeva’s father loses his fortunes, he moves Yeva and her sisters to his lodge on the outskirts of town. Yeva, who never really belonged in the city is relieved to be back in the forest. When Yeva’s father goes missing in the woods Yeva journeys into the heart of the forest to find him. ignoring her sisters protests, Yeva goes off to hunt the mysterious Beast her father has been tracking. After getting herself captured, Yeva awakes in a ruined castle, in a cursed valley, in a world that Yeva has only heard about in fairy tales. With her own salvation and the safety of her sisters on the line, who will ultimately win in this situation? The Beauty or the Beast?

With the live action Beauty and the Beast movie on my mind, I decided to jump into a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Boy am I glad I did. This book was awesome.

I will admit I found this book a bit slow at the start. I really didn’t get into it untill Yeva and her family had moved to the forest. After the family settled into the cabin the story really picked up its pace and I became quite enthralled by it.

As a retelling the core of this book is predictable, which wasnt surprising but the way Meagan Spooner crafted her story around this core was fantastic.

I loved that Yeva was a strong hunter, a protector, a fighter. Her character was so interesting, I could really relate to her, especially her not feeling like she fitted in.

The Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairy tale, so I was excited reading this book because it didn’t mimic or change it at all. It was a completely new and interesting story that just happened to have a similar plot.

I think the addition of the Beasts point of view, added at the end of each chapter was a fantastic idea. It broke up the book and really helped to strengthen the character of the Beast and his dilemma throughout the story.

Meagan Spooner’s writing was beautiful, it was really easy to follow and her descriptions were absolutely fantastic, borderline cinematic. As a reader going into a retelling can be a very predictable ready experience, but Meagan’s ability to crafted a new tale around an old story and keep it fresh and entertaining is something to be applauded.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner is a definite winner, Its captivating, mesmerizing and a truly enjoyable reading experience. Go and get yourself a copy of Hunter this instant.

 

 

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