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?
Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, so I knew HUNTED would be right up my alley. The author took this much loved familiar tale and gave it a fresh spin that I absolutely loved. I especially enjoyed the matchup of the Beauty lore along with the Firebird tale. It just gave the story something extra, and a new feel. Another difference, while Beauty is a rather strong heroine in the original story, in this version she's a fully kick butt version. She's firece and exactly my kind of heroine.
There was much less of a romance feel in HUNTED, which despite my normal love for all things romance, really worked for me. While there definitely a spark of attraction, the overall feel was more centered around the book's main feeling of wanting something more. And Beauty and the Beast both felt this sense in one another which led to a sort of kinship budding into more. Sure there's still a bit of Stockholm syndrome with her, but it's handled very well in my opinion.
All in all, I really enjoyed this fabulous retelling. HUNTED kept me captivated from the first page, and I highly recommend it!