Book Review: Hunted

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult

Rating: ★★★☆

Hunted-MSBeauty 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?

“Fairy tales are about lessons. Those who are virtuous and true are rewarded, while those who are wicked and greedy are punished.”
― Meagan Spooner

I was not aware that rain started pouring as I was lost for hours in deep reading trying to absorb those last few chapters of the book. Sadness crawled and childhood memory becomes clearer again. I grew up loving Beauty and the Beast, my all-time favorite of all fairy tales. I haven’t read any Beauty and the Beast retelling book but I must say that this is a good one. For me it was animated! I liked how she put some twists with some Russian fairy tale, In a place where I live we also have folklore that is very similar to this Russian fairy tale.

I will give this a rating of 3.5 stars. I liked it however it took forever for the story to pick up. The pacing was slow and I felt some details are missing in the story. I was asking myself when Yeva went to the Cave “Where did Doe-Eyes go?” Though I said it was slow I also felt that somehow the story itself was too fast. Do I make sense? I guess not. Lol. I wish she added some stories for Lemya and others characters. The ending was okay but I wanted more. I wanted it to be as magical and as romantic as Beauty and the Beast. It was just me, okay? Don’t get me wrong. 😀 I know how difficult to write a retelling book because of the pressure to meet the expectations of the readers.


  • I did not like the castle, the description of it. I was expecting more enchanting castle
  • I did not understand why Beast kept on saying “We” when he is just alone
  • I love how Yeva loves her dog, Dog-eye 😀
  • It’s heartbreaking when Anenka and Lena waited for their sister and father to return but never did
  • This story is somehow sad

It may not be my favorite ending but I loved the lesson it conveyed. Often times it’s difficult to find contentment. We humans, we will always want more. We always keep looking for something great, losing the moon while counting the stars and losing ourselves in the process

Note: Pictures shown are all from google image.


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