Hey lovely readers!,
Today’s post is a book review of Hunted by Meagan Spooner.
In case you didn’t already know, this book is a re-telling of beauty and the Beast. (I’m going to assume you all know the story and if not, my brain cannot process that!) So before I get started with my actual review, there are a few things I want to say about Beauty and the Beast in general. If you don’t want to read my ramblings go ahead and scroll down past the next paragraph on the page (no hard feelings)!
Okay now for the ramblings! Most importantly I love Beauty and the Beast. The original story, the Disney version, both Disney movies, any and all re-tellings, I mean seriously. Belle is my all time favorite literary heroine, my favorite Disney princess, I plan to name my daughter Belle someday. I even have my hubby’s okay! I love Beast/Adam so much! Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to understand my view point on this story. You don’t have to like it, though I hope you do. But either way I wanted you all to know.
This book puts a beautiful new spin on this “tale as old as time.” Yeva is a young woman who has always wanted more from her life. Her father taught her to love hunting as a child and that is all she wants for herself. So when her family loses their fortune she, her father, and her two sisters must move into their old hunting cabin in the woods. Yeva’s father means to make a living by hunting game and selling it, but eventually he becomes lost and Yeva is called upon to find him. She sets out and is captured by the Beast. He believes that if he captures her a strong man will come to rescue her. He needs a hunter to capture a creature that he believes will break the curse placed on him. The problem is that no one is coming to rescue Yeva, so the Beast means to make her into the hunter he needs.
Over the next year, though Yeva’s never sure how much time has passed, she trains and learns from the Beast. Over time they both begin to get to know each other and this is where I feel that the amazing Meagan Spooner adds something new to the story. We get a look inside the Beast’s head. We begin to understand why he is the way he is, the reasons for his actions towards Yeva, and how she is affecting him. I know that sometimes Beauty and the Beast gets a bad wrap. How could Belle fall in love with the Beast? He holds her prisoner, he’s so terrible, and then she goes back to him. But you know what? The Beast is a broken man trapped in an animals body and Belle sets him free. And in a way he does the same for her. In this story we actually get to understand why Yeva loves the Beast, because he sets her free in a way. He loves her for who she is and who she wants to be and that in itself is a beautiful thing. She is destined for him and he for her. I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved this version of this classic tale. This version Beast made me love him, and Yeva made me so proud.
If you’re looking for a story with magic, love, and friendship this is for you. If you’ve ever wondered who the Beast really is and who he can be, this is for you. If you want a heroine who is true, brave, strong, and loyal, this is for you. This story is beautiful and has now officially become one of my favorites. So if you liked my review please considering buying the book, you can do that here. I hope you love it as much as I did! And definitely check out my companion post, my Beauty and the Beast Book Tag!
Thanks so much for reading guys! Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna