All Beauty wants to do is lose herself in the forest. She doesn’t want her society life that her father’s wealthy occupation as a merchant granted her. However, when he loses their family fortune and they are forced back to the forest, he goes on a hunting mission that drives him mad. Beauty may be the only one to save her and her family.
So I love love LOVE any type of fairy tale retelling and when I heard of this one, I knew I needed to read it. I’m especially obsessed with Beauty and the Beast retellings because I mean, it’s basically an early enemies to lovers romance. This one; however, is a little different and more unique than I’ve read. I mean… a Medieval Russian setting and Beauty as a huntress, I was instantly intrigued and I needed to know more!
Although I really liked the story, its unique twist on a fairy tale, and some of its characters, I just felt a little annoyed with the book world. I found it to be just lacking in detail and explanation and it made me so sad. I wish I could have liked this story more, but I think the writing just wasn’t for me. I just couldn’t understand the dynamics of it all and I felt like the book dragged SO MUCH!
OMG it was Wuthering Heights all over again…. With the snow, the snow, the SNOW. There was just hardly any dialogue, it was mostly descriptions about things I could care less about…. Sorry not sorry. The writing had such a melancholy tone to it that I just did not enjoy. I don’t know what it was, but it was all too depressing for me. I NEED A LITTLE HUMOR PEOPLE.
Though I wasn’t a big fan of the writing, I did like the book. It was written in Beauty’s point of view and journal entries from the Beast. I really liked that element of getting the Beast’s perspective and I really liked that it was much more animalistic than human. It just made sense for the storyline and I really dug it! Getting his perspective; however short and not so sweet it was, it was definitely a highlight for me. BUT…. The Beast’s perspective could get a little confusing and it was so sad too. Everything was just so SAD and just matched the tone of the winter forest. I’m sick of winter and need some sun. Maybe I should have read it during winter time?
I also really liked the idea of the Firebird story being added to this wonderful fairytale. However….. It could have been more accurately explained and again it made the story drag…
The characters in this book were interesting as well, but not my favorite. I liked the idea of Beauty being a bloodthirsty hunter and the Beast acting more like an animal. I also liked the fact that the Gaston role wasn’t like the Disney version and he turned out to be a great person. But, I felt more interested in Beauty’s sisters than Beauty and the Beast….. I didn’t think that would be possible, but it happened.
Overall, I enjoyed this retelling and glad that I read it, but it won’t be a book I will revisit…..
My Book Rating
3/5 Book World
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Genre: Ya Fantasy Retelling
Published on March 14, 2017 by HarperTeen
Copy Read: Paperback