Hunted by Meagan SpoonerHunted by Meagan Spooner


byMeagan Spooner

Hardcover | March 14, 2017

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New York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner spins a thoroughly thrilling Beauty and the Beast story for the modern age, expertly woven with spellbinding romance, intrigue, and suspense that readers won’t soon be able to forget.

Beauty knows the Beast's forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and 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. The Beast.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of magical 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?

Meagan Spooner is an American writer who was born in Washington, D. C. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting. She is the co-author of The Starbound Trilogy which includes These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light, along with Amie Kaufman. Her other titles include Skylark,...
Title:HuntedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.21 inPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062422286

ISBN - 13:9780062422286


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but something missing 3.5 I wanted to love Hunted so much, but I found I just liked it, and I can't pinpoint why that is. I found that the front half didn't grab me, it wasn't until about pg 200 that I really became invested in the story. The back half of the book is what I was expecting when I picked Hunted up, and I really enjoyed the magic and fairy tale aspect of Yeva's journey. All that said it was a good book, but like Yeva, I kept finding myself wanting more.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really good In the past few years I've noticed a lot more adapted fairy tales for sale. I've read many of them and for the most part the author did a pretty good job. They usually did a good job on staying with the original plot while still adding their own elements to the classic fairy tale. The reason why l gave it a lower rating wasn't because l didn't like the book or thought it was cliched since the plot was really good. It was more in the writing and the original story. I found the ending was a little confusing and kind of weak compared to the rest of the book but overall I recommend you read this if you like adapted fairy tales.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clever Reimagining I loved this book. Meagan Spooner's writing really impressed me. Even though the book isn't a fast paced read, you're still compelled to keep reading because you want to know more of the Beast's origin story and curse. Each chapter starting off with Beast's thoughts are chilling, especially during the beginning where he's skulking around the woods and watching all of their movements. As the story progresses, his perspective becomes incredibly disheartening, as you realize his loneliness and anger, and downright anxiety-inducing, as there are parts where there aren't any words at all but blank pages with blood-like smears. The romance between Beast and Yeva was done subtly and developed slowly and thank goodness for that because this story would have gone downhill so fast if there was insta-love. Not to criticize a story with insta-love, since there are scenarios where it would work, but it would not work in this context. I really liked how Beast was actually a monster too because then it felt more like fairy tale, rather than something that was merely inspired by a fairy tale. It's hard to read this book and not think of the classic Disney movie but I think "Hunted" does a good job of being its own original story despite being a retelling. For example, I'm glad that there weren't any cursed servants. I felt like the presence of any other characters would have altered the darker tone of the story and trivialized the Beast's loneliness during the centuries that he was cursed. I also labelled Solmir as the Gaston in this universe and was so pleasantly surprised that he was just a good natured man who was in love with Yeva and wanted to help her family. Without a Gaston-like antagonist, the conflict in the story is about Yeva and her constant desires. I am detracting that one star because fantasy books never end well for me. When there's magic involved, I always feel like things just fix themselves too easily. There's always some spell or magical creature that swoops in at the last minute and saves everyone. I still don't get it and I think if someone were try to explain it to me, the answer still wouldn't suffice. The minute Yeva shot down the firebird with her arrow, the story became kind of lacklustre. At least it was near the very end so I wasn't disappointed for very long? The epilogue was sufficient and was very fairy tale-esque. Yeva and Beast interacting with Asenka and Lena with hopes for a future where they could be together again in the forest. They both knew that their desires for something new would always exist but they also knew that they would always want each other.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Retelling! I have been in such a Beauty and the Beast mood lately that I've been reading all the variations and interpretations of the classic fairy tale that I can find! This one did not disappoint! I loved how the Beast's thoughts and portions of the story were interpreted and illustrated throughout the book. His deteriorating or developing personality is depicted through not only the words that are written, but the physical page itself. I love when authors get artistic that way! I also liked Spooner's interpretation of Beauty. Beauty is more wild and untamed in this story. She is still an oddity in society, but the part of her that wants and wishes and dreams is more pronounced. She is also both the hunter and the hunted, which adds an interesting twist to the story. One element that I've always liked about Beauty and the Beast as a story is that the Beast's animal-like tendencies and overall appearance allows for the relationship between him and Beauty to develop deep emotional roots before any kind of physical affection or contact is made. The romance of the tale lies in the bond that is formed though conversation and spending time together. So if you're looking for a more typical romance that is filled with displays of physical affection, this isn't your kind of book. Romance in Hunted is more subtle, but to me, it isn't lacking in power. I really enjoyed this retelling! I think the only critique I have is that I would have liked the ending to have been elaborated on a bit more- I feel like it got abstract really fast. But other than that it was a great story! Hunted is a good read for anyone looking for a variation of Beauty and the Beast that is more honest and rough around the edges, and truer to the darker definition of fairy tale.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dramatic Fairy Tale I love fairy tale retellings, and Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourites. But this is definitely not a Disney Beauty and the Beast style retelling, which was just the way I liked it. The story is told from two unique perspectives and creates an interesting reading experience. I seemed to fly through the book as the drama unfolded. And it is dramatic, since the relationship between Yeva and Beast is the definition of tumultuous. Yet at some points, they do have a chemistry that I enjoyed, just as I have in previous retellings. The only time I was kind of thrown out of the story were at certain slow points in the beginning and right before the climax. That said, I found that the story tied together neatly, though I would have liked to spend a little more time in the magical world. Still, those are personal preferences and I'm glad I got around to reading this book. This definitely read like a classic fairy tale, so I would recommend it to readers who enjoy classic retellings and are looking for a more adult and dramatic take on the tale as old as time.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An overhyped retelling of Beauty & the Beast If you're willing to invest 3-4 hours of your time reading a story that is pretty much EXACTLY the same as the original Disney movie but worse, then *sings in Lumiere's voice* BE MY GUEST! I reaaaaallly wanted to love this but it fell completely short of my expectations.The writing is lovely but that's about all this book has going for itself. I felt no connection to the characters whatsoever, except for maybe the Beast. There also wasn't a whole lot of world building going on, and I also didn't like the way the author wrapped up the ending.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This is not a mediocre book by any means. It reads and feels so much like an actual fairy tale in every aspect of it - the setting, the writing, the characters, the magic, the stories within the story itself. I really wanted to love this more but it took too long for it to reach the point at which I might've, and by then it was over. The pacing was the biggest struggle for me and I had to push through to find that moment where I was all in. I think if I had been able to sit down and read it for bigger chunks at a time and become fully immersed that I would have fallen completely in love. Unfortunately, though, I wasn't able to, and that makes me sad. I'd happily recommend this story for anyone in search of a pure, magical feeling. This story delivers it in spades.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twist of a Classic This was a different and interesting interpretation of Beauty and the Beast. It did bring me to a magical land and although I was annoyed at some of the decisions Beauty made, the ending overall was beautifully written. It really was like a fairytale.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fairy tale retelling This is a new spin off for beauty and the beast and what an incredible book this is. Definitely one of my all time favourites book and definitely best retelling of the story. It is a little dark with good twists and stories, the story is told in such a new twist that even though you know how it ends you can't help but be dragged into the plot and cheer for both characters throughout their adventures. The writing was easy to follow and while descriptive enough to bring the story to life also not overly done and progresses smoothly. I didn't want it to end, nor put it down. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Beauty and the Beast Retelling I've Ever Read I think I've found a new favorite book and I'm sad for having finished reading it. It's not often that you can read a retelling and really think that that's how the story really went, but Hunted has completely replaced my idea of how Beauty and the Beast happened. It was beautiful and everything I needed to hear.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok this is such a great book! I loved the plot, storyline, and everything in between!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 2.5 2.5/5 stars Well...I finished it but WOW are there ever problems with this book. There is no--absolutely NO-- romantic relationship development between Beauty and Beast. It was like the author just leaned on the reader knowing the story HOWEVER...anyone who knows this story would've been bored as hell by most of it! Either a lazy author or too much editing done--I was expecting more from a non-debut author. Really unsatisfying and disappointing retelling and pretty surprisingly since Spooner has been published before. For a remake that has been done to death, you need to write it well and make it interesting or beautiful or SOMETHING. Spooner did neither which really disappointed me.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale (yes Disney did influence that) and I love retellings. I really enjoyed this retelling, it's one of my favorites!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I've read at least four Beauty and the Beast retellings and this one was my favourite! The pace seemed a little slow at times, but that helped it maintain a realistic aspect. The writing was beautiful and very well done. I really enjoyed the snippets of the Beast's perspective. An absolutely beautiful and enjoyable read!
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This was a great fairy tale retelling.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fairy Tale in Its Own Right - A Magical and Mind-Blowing Retelling It took this book 201 pages to finally get to the real deal: magic. It was clearly dragging, though I enjoyed the romantic bits here and there. But as soon as it picked up, it was excellent! Everything happened in a whirlwind of magic, love, friendship, and loyalty! I loved the ending - so much that I now need Hunted on my own shelves. Although I don't like hunting, I thought it was really well depicted and fitted this story. As for the heroine, Yeva (Beauty), she has such a strong will, yet has her heart in the right place. I had heard she was a strong heroine and I saw it for myself! I also liked how we sometimes saw things from the Beast's POV as in a secret diary only we could read. In conclusion, I didn't think much of the first 200 pages of the story (except for the great heroine and the emotional relationships she has with her family and prospect husband), but if you can push through it, I promise you the ending is mind-blowing. And if you're like me, someone who has a deep want in life (though you don't know for what) for something more, this book will hit right home. Because it did with me. I hope it does with you for never had I seen such a flawless description of that burning want. This is a retelling of the beloved tale of Beauty & the Beast and it does its job as a ''new'' fairy tale fantastically.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Fairy Tale Retelling This book has left me utterly speechless. It kept me up late into the night, unable to put it down, desperately turning pages because no matter when I tried to set it down, the endings of each chapter I read had me in tears. It's one of those books that I go into uncertain; wondering if I'm going to actually enjoy it. Then, when I've finished and I face that same question - "Did you like it?" - I'm struggling for an answer. Not because I didn't like it; obviously, I quite enjoyed myself, hence the high rating I've given this book. But I also feel changed; I've never read a fairy tale retold in this manner, and now that I have, I'm not sure what to make of it. Meagan Spooner has left me utterly speechless, and this book has quite efficiently dropped me into a slump. The only true opinion I can form is that this book is powerful, and captivating, and the only advice I can offer is to go out, find a copy of this book, and read it for yourself. You won't regret it.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 384 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 4.5 I was never the biggest Beauty and the Beast fan as a kid. I guess my brain missed the part where I was supposed to love Belle because she liked to read like me (frankly, the main character being a reader is far too overplayed in YA). I have never read the original Beauty and the Beast, so I can’t speak to whether Hunted is closer to the original or the Disney version, but it is probably my second favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling (Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge wins for incorporating Greek mythology). I have two minor issues with Hunted, the first being that the story isn’t very interesting until Yeva is captured by the Beast, and even then she’s wasting away in a dungeon for a solid amount of time. The story does eventually reach a point where it’s practically unputdownable; it just takes a while to reach said point. The other minor issue I had with Hunted is I had no idea where it was supposed to be set until Yeva started telling the Beast Russian fairy tales. The setting isn’t really more established than that and talk of plentiful snow. I wish there were more descriptions of the setting instead of descriptions of how Yeva felt in the woods. I liked that the “Gaston” character, Solmir, actually had a fighting chance. He was a good guy who was willing to let Yeva continue hunting and provide her with anything she could want. Unfortunately for him, Yeva’s want for something more could not be quenched. This is primarily a story about wanting. Both Yeva and the Beast have everything they could ask for at points in their stories, yet they still want more than what they have. This sense of wanting is why Yeva and the Beast work so well together, and I think it’s the reason Hunted has resonated with so many people. At some point in our lives, we all want something more than what we have, and only a lucky few get to go out and find it. There isn’t really any romance between Yeva and the Beast. It’s trully a matter of them seeing the same lonely wanting in each other. If you’re looking for a witty forbidden romance, you won’t find it here. It’s not instalove. Yeva and the Beast start off as “friends” (in the loosest use of the term), and move on to find the other is what they really need. Overall, Hunted was an enjoyable Beauty and the Beast retelling, earning it 4.5 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good This was an enjoyable read
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not the best honestly the beginning of the book is a bit drawn out but toward the middle- end of the book that is where you begin to get into the story. but all in all a fair read to pass the time
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright This book did start to capture my attention near the end but i felt like the build up wasn't huge and the ending was fast so it wasn't the best. I wish the ending was drawn out a bit more maybe or more of a build up I am not sure but something was definitely missing.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favourite I didn't like the characters in this book, I couldn't really relate to them and the story has been overdone enough at this point that it really needed to add more flare.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it! Great book, but not my favorite!
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hunted by Meagan Spooner Weeeelll , I really did enjoy the whole atmosphere of this book, it is wintery and eerie and the "beauty" Yeva is so bad-ass in what she does and her personality is really charming .. however I really had an issue with the relationship between Yeva and the Beast .. I could not ship them together no matter how hard I tried, so it just fell flat for me in that regard .. I did like the dog Doe-Eye I really want a dog like him :D overall it was a nice real but I expected something better
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not great I'm kind of addicted to fairytale retellings, so when I saw that Meghan Spooner's Hunted was a Beauty and the Beast retelling it had my attention immediately. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite as spectacular as I had been hoping. I love that Yeva was first driven to the beast out of a desire for revenge, it gave her a very flawed and therefore realistic side. However, I felt like her home life was just a little too perfect, causing all the scenes in the town to fall a little flat.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked, But Didn't Love Ever since I first heard that Meagan Spooner's Hunted was a "Beauty and the Beast" retelling, I've been so excited to read it. I love it when an author breathes new life into a beloved fairy tale, making it fresh and unique, but still familiar at its core. Hunted actually blends "Beauty and the Beast" with a Russian fairy tale called "Tsarevich Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf", one I had no prior knowledge of reading, which made me all the more intrigued about this retelling. When Yeva's merchant father loses their entire fortune, her family moves to his old, abandoned hunted lodge far on the outskirts of town. The small lodge is a far cry from their privileged life in genteel society, but Yeva is secretly relieved. She's never been satisfied in town, always feeling a deep, restless yearning in her heart for the forest her father taught his young Beauty to hunt in as a child. But after her father disappears in the woods one day, Yeva sets out to find him, leading her to a ruined castle and a terrifying creature simply called the Beast. For all its lovely prose and gorgeous descriptions of the wintry landscape and the ruined castle that lies in the Beast's territory, the plot for Hunted seemed to drag for me. The pacing was slow and not much seemed to really happen, despite the long length of the book. When Yeva wasn't hunting or training with the Beast for a purpose he couldn't say, her feelings were torn between her desire for vengeance or her tentative friendship with the mysterious Beast. I guess you could call it a slow-burn romance, but I say that very loosely. Yeva's not exactly one for romantic notions. I was actually much more curious about what would break the enchantment cursed upon the Beast, and how he lost his humanity in the first place. I just wished there was more conflict or drama in the story. Yeva's two eldest sisters are genuinely nice and caring, rather than being shallow and selfish like in the fairy tale. And even Yeva's potential suitor is actually a good match for her, someone who is considerate, accepts her love of hunting, and would provide a good home for her. He was no awful Gaston, that's for sure. But with everyone being so nice, it was actually kind of, well, boring. And the ending! It was unexpectedly anti-climatic. The pacing finally began to pick up with frenetic urgency for Yeva to return to the Beast and help him... and then it was all over within a few pages. I'm not even sure I fully understood what happened. Honestly, I liked Meagan Spooner's Hunted, but I was still left feeling rather disappointed in this YA fairy tale retelling. The flowing style of writing may have been perfect for weaving together the fairy tale aspects, but with such little conflict for a fantasy, the book simply didn't leave a deep impression on me.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book so intriguing and exciting, absolutely loved it
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome story It was a pretty good re-telling, I'm happy that I've read it.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This reminded me why I love fairy tales. Not only was this a brilliant blend of several different fairy tales, but it managed to capture the innate feeling of a fairy tale, while making it something very new. The pacing was good, and the prose felt like something that could be told around a fireside with very little trouble. It was lyrical and brilliant, and I never wanted it to end. Also, serious points for healthy girl friendships and sister relationships.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read! Couldn't put the book down...
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good The romance in the story is very light. It had a good story line and follows the Beauty and The Beast tale. Kind of reminded me a mix of beauty and the beast and the polar bear king.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm excited! I honestly can't wait to read this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Re-Telling #indigoemployee This is a wonderful Beauty and the Beast re-telling that incorporates the Russian fairy-tale Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf. It is told from Beauty’s point of view, but we are also occasionally presented with a page written by the Beast to allow a glimpse into his mindset. I particularly enjoy Beauty’s loving relationship with her two sisters. Rather than making them cruel, as is traditional, she is provided with a strong support system through her siblings. Spooner approached the issue of Stockholm Syndrome very well in this re-telling. For example, once Beauty becomes attached to the beast, she is not aware that he is her captor. She also has a serious discussion with a close friend surrounding women who form attachments to those who harm them and the dangers associated. Overall I love a good re-telling and this did not disappoint as it was unique and well written! For fans of: The Beast is an Animal by Paternelle Van Arsdale and Uprooted by Naomi Novik.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fairytale retelling that wasn't altogether too beastly 3.5/5 a solid fairytale retelling. Beauty is a great and capable character. I really appreciate how the author took those questionable themes from the Beauty and the Beast we all know and cut, added and changed things to make the story better.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I will call you Beauty, for that is what you are. Beauty and the Beast has and always will be, my favourite fairytale. Any chance I get, I will pick up a new retelling of the story, Hunted being one of those. After hearing such great things about Meagan Spooner, and hearing that her new book would be a retelling of my all time favourite fairytale, I requested it as soon as I could. With Disney's version of Beauty and the Beast, and the original, I tend to expect two different kinds of stories whenever I approach one of it's retellings. Hunted, was definitely a retelling of the original, with the three sisters, and our protagonist being the youngest of the three. Although it was clearly a retelling, Spooner brought her own twists to the story, with new magic and a new backstory to the Beast. I really enjoyed that sense of something new, with the new backstory. People like me, who actively seek out retellings, would be in for a real treat having not being able to predict what was coming. I also really enjoyed the different creatures that joined the story, with the dragon that was more than a dragon, and the firebird. I've always been fascinated by the two creatures, so it was nice being able to read about those. Having been my first Meagan Spooner novel, I didn't really know what to expect when it came to her writing style. With the case of the story, I found the writing to be a little dense. The world and story that Spooner created, just seemed too simplistic for the way her writing style was. In the end, I found this resulted in me feeling like the story was missing something, overall leaving me dissatisfied with the end of the book. Hunted was a new twist on the original retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and although I was expecting more out of the story, I would definitely recommend it to others who love the fairytale.
Date published: 2017-02-05

Editorial Reviews

“Elements of Russian folklore thread through this revision of “Beauty and the Beast,” and the smooth storytelling effectively creates atmosphere and mood as well as relaying the tale. Much time is spent on details… they all work to create a richly immersive and creatively fresh world for a familiar story.”