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 baronesses…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?
A gorgeous retelling of the classic tale, with a bit of a twist.
I’m an avid lover of Beauty & The Beast and I’m always on the look out for retelling’s and new takes on the classic tale. Whilst Hunted has the twist of Beauty being a very capable hunter, it still has the magical feeling that the original instilled in me, which makes it a real treasure!
Yeva’s character plays a big part in the twist and makes all the difference to the story. She isn’t a fearful girl who stumbled aimlessly through the woods in search of her father. She’s practised in the art of hunting and precise with her aim. She doesn’t fear the woods, she feels at home within it and this gives her a real advantage in the search. I loved reading from Yeva’s point of view and had no trouble connecting with her character.
Yeva’s actions are fuelled by her emotions and by what she thinks happened to her father. She lets them control her way of thinking and ultimately her feelings towards the Beast. She tries to gauge a hole through his heart every chance she gets but despite this, as she learns more about the Beasts curse, she isn’t so cruel as to damn him and actually wants to help in the end.
Yeva has a furry companion in this story and I enjoyed the extra addition of the dog. The moments they share together are really heartwarming and so adorable to read!
The Beast wasn’t hugely different to the original, only his curse was. He’s the same grumpy but swoon worthy romantic interest and I definitely fell a little bit in love with him as usual. I just love the idea of the Beast and his tragically cursed story. The Beast is what brings me back to these types of books again and again.
The magical forest was an interesting twist and it was really cool to discover along with Yeva. It’s almost like a parallel world that the average person wouldn’t and couldn’t see. The tinkling music, the glittery lights, the magical creatures that appear behind trees and are gone the next. It’s such an immersive Fantasy world and I loved every minute of it!
To say I loved the ending would be an understatement. I adored it, it was perfect, it had my heart soaring, it was just ..aaahhhhh!
If you’re obsessed with Beauty & The Beast retelling’s like me, then you need to give Hunted a go! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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