Hunted, by Meagan Spooner
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?
I read Hunted as part of a mini-read-a-thon that I held for myself. It was the first book that I read, and it was amazing! Such a great start to the day! First, I must say that this book was beautifully written! Spooner’s style isn’t quite flowery, but it’s still just gorgeous! I loved our main character, as well. She was stubborn, but still considerate of her family and their needs. The story has a sort of lesson: Wanting is something that most people struggle with. Wanting for one thing leads to wanting more, like a never-ending cycle. I did enjoy that this was incorporated in the story. I also really loved our family aspect in this story! The sisters all supported one another (and their father), even through their time of extreme loss, which was comforting to me. Finally, the beast. Hello, Beast. He was a wonderful character with a great backstory (that we discover toward the end). Overall, I have to say that I loved this story, and I ended up giving it a 4/5 stars, and an 8.5/10 on my personal rating scale.