by Meagan Spooner

I’ve wanted to read this book for so long…ever since I fell in love with the cover when it came out a couple of years back (scroll down to see it). I was writing an early draft of what would become Outlawed, and the cover of Hunted just spoke to me. I was even more excited once I realized it was a Beauty and Beast retelling.

Now, this book had a hard job to make me like it – after all, one of my favorite books is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Hunted was nothing like that other favorite of mine, and for something different, I loved it. The plot contains Russian/Slavic folklore written so masterfully, I felt as if I was there.


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?

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