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Review: Hunted

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? 

After Yeva and her family lose their fortune, they are forced to move out of their lovely home and to a little cabin on the outskirts of town. This is perfect for Yeva, who never quite found herself comfortable amongst the wealthy and would much rather have a life of hunting. However, when her father’s dog returns back to the cabin one day without him, Yeva fears the worst. She heads into the forest and discovers her worst nightmare and on top of that, she is then captured by the Beast himself. With her sisters at home starving and worried, she is helpless in a cell. There is no one to rescue her. No one will come for her. It is at this point in the story the Beast also realises this, and starts to use Yeva’s hunting abilities for his own gain. They start training together, with Yeva unknowingly being trained to fight the Beast’s battle.

I thought Yeva was a great main character. She was a strong female lead, both physically and mentally. Once she is captured by the Beast, she has one thing on her mind: revenge. She wants to kill him and she is biding her time, surviving and planning. I thought the way she processes, and plans her next actions were quite realistic and also true to the story. I also really liked that Yeva also went by Beauty and that was just a nice little tie in for me.

I loved the descriptions of the Beast. The way he switches facial expressions from human to animal were really interesting. Instead of constantly being portrayed as this Beast who could be using magic to do simple tasks like open a door; there were these wonderful description of how his hand would balance between beast and human. I also really liked that Yeva wasn’t oblivious to this. It was clear to her that he was stuck – a half beast, half human man – and I think that was a really nice twist on the tale that we don’t usually get. In past experiences, normally Beauty is completely unaware that there is a curse until the very end. However, I think it just shows Yeva’s intelligence that she is very quickly able to distinguish between his rare human features and glances, and the Beast himself.

Hunted was a surprising read for me in 2020. I suspected that I would enjoy it, but I didn’t realise I would love it so much! I love Beauty and the Beast. It was one of my favourite Disney films when I was younger, and I love the story so much. Hunted has quickly become on of my favourite books. I really need more Beauty and the Beast retellings recommendations, so let me know your favourite ones!

5/5 stars

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Have you read Hunted? And do you know of anymore Beauty and the Beast retellings that I should read?

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24 thoughts on “Review: Hunted

    1. I don’t know of too many, but my next one is hopefully going to be Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen or A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer or Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault! So many great choices that I can’t wait to get my hands on. The first book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series is also a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I adore

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