Release Date: March 14th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult
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?
When I first started reading HUNTED, I was really liking it. It had a strong start with family ties and excellent development. But then I kept reading. Halfway through the book, I realized that pretty much nothing had happened and then I started asking myself “Am I reading the same book as everyone else?”
My biggest problem can’t even be described as the pacing, because it did move along at an okay pace – it’s just that it lacked actual big events, in my opinion. This novel didn’t really follow a normal plot cycle; it seemed as though there were a few small events instead of any actual big ones. There’s no real part I can point out as “and then THAT happened.”
While HUNTED did spend time developing a shaky sort of companionship with the Beast, I felt like the two had zero chemistry and there was a major lack of romance here for a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I also thought that the things that did happen were very predictable. However, the familial relationships in this novel were fantastic.
In terms of writing, there are numerous lengthy paragraphs with little dialogue but overall I found the writing easy to fall into. The acknowledgements page was the best part of HUNTED, it was a very heartfelt note from the author about her journey with this book but the novel just wasn’t for me.