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This book was an exception to my rule. 2 Stars
By: Meagan Spooner
Publisher/Year: HaperTeen, 2017
Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Fairytale, Beauty and the Beast Retelling
Violence, Death, Magic
Plus(es): Well written, Strong female protaganist
Minus(es): Pacing was slow, dark story line with no humor, disliked one of the main characters, no traditional romance
Hunted is a retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast. Let me digress, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale, and I enjoyed both Disney versions. Traditionally, I think of Beauty and the Beast and its adaptations as romantic stories. Therefore, I was disappointed when the book did not match my expectations.
Yeva is the book’s fearless protagonist who is also a skilled hunter. So when her father (her only parent) disappears into the deep dark forest, she entrusts her sisters’ care to one of her suitors as she ventures out in search of her father. In her quest to find her father, she encounters a mystical beast. He is cruel, crude, and uncivilized, and he has a sinister plan for Yeva.
Although Spooner is a skilled writer, I found this to be quite daunting and the graphic descriptions of violence disturbing, thereby, jolting me out of fairytale mode. Without the gentle guidance of talking place settings, housewares, and furniture (Disney’s interpretations), and lack of romance, the beast came across as an unsympathetic character.
*I preferred Beauty by Robin McKinley.
Awards/Recognitions: New York Times Bestselling Author
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