[Epub] ↠ Hunted Author Meagan Spooner – 1sm.info

Hunted 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 She was so tired after all Tired of fairy tales, and magic, and empty castles Tired of wanting so intensely that she didn t know what she wanted Da da da DAAA Please allow me to introduce you to the FIFTH La Belle et la B te retelling that I ve read I know it s a lot But it s my favourite faery tale Let s see Beastly by Alex Flinn, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, and now Hunted by Meagan Spooner D Some I ve loved, s She was so tired after all Tired of fairy tales, and magic, and empty castles Tired of wanting so intensely that she didn t know what she wanted Da da da DAAA Please allow me to introduce you to the FIFTH La Belle et la B te retelling that I ve read I know it s a lot But it s my favourite faery tale Let s see Beastly by Alex Flinn, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, and now Hunted by Meagan Spooner D Some I ve loved, some I ve liked, and some I ve hated, but I m happy to announce that Hunted falls under the loved category Agh I m so happy, right now This was amazing I know I know what you re thinking Do we really need another La Belle et la B te retelling Well, let me tell you the answer is a resounding yes Hunted is now my second favourite retelling of this faery tale, closely following Cruel Beauty, of course But, ugh Why did I put this off for so long I was going to pick it up after The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, but decided against it, after not enjoying it stupid me Russian faery tales definitely seem to be hit or miss with me, but I m so relieved that Hunted turned out to be a hit D It was also extremely unputdownable onechapter, onechapter, onechapter, etc While following the familiar structure of the Disney movie that defined the childhoods of many, Spooner also manages to make this a very new and fresh take, in the same token In fact, rather than keeping the story true to its origins by setting it in France, it takes place here in rural, medieval Russia Like Hodge s Cruel Beauty, which integrated other tales into the story, such as Perrault s Bluebeard and Greek mythology, Hunted integrates Russian folklore, as well Two main stories drive the plot of Hunted Gabrielle Suzanne de Villeneuve s La Belle et la B te French and Alexander Afanasyev s Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird, and the Grey Wolf Russian The French one provides the main framework that we recognise as the readers of this story, but the Russian one is constantly referenced by the characters themselves I really enjoyed the tale within a tale format.In addition, the language itself was hauntingly beautiful, sucking me in and making me constantly think that I was sitting in a snowy castle in the dead of Russian winter, only for me to look up from my book and see Halloween decorations outside my window, which was quite shocking, to say the least To the girl who reads by flashlight who sees dragons in the clouds who feels most alive in worlds that never were who knows magic is real who dreams This is for you From the moment that I read the dedication above, I was utterly entranced with this novel This reinterpretation of the classic tale presents a slow cat and mouse game of Beauty, the huntress, and Beast, the hunted Here, Beauty is no meek damsel in distress, waiting to be saved Here, she s the one who saves her prince from a tragic curse Gaston is not the hunter, in this tale Beauty Yeva is A devourer of faery tales, she simultaneously loves the power and freedom that comes with hunting her prey in the woods Like many protagonists we ve come across in the past, she is resistant to marriage at such a young age, and feels misunderstood by those closest to her, especially her sisters While they accept her unconventional and unladylike hobby, they also support her and whatever makes her happy More than anything else, I enjoyed the familial bonds in this novel In addition, Yeva has the most loyal dog, Doe Eyes, by her side, who was the true MVP here One night, when her father fails to return home from hunting, she resolves to find him and encounters the Beast Eovyn , who is an actual WOLF snout, tail, and all Wanting to avenge her father and return to her sisters, she decides to take over her father s mission and hunt the seemingly unkillable Beast herself Held captive in his castle, she takes advantage of her situation and bides her time, in order to expose his weaknesses and finally have her revenge But is anything in life ever that easy One aspect of this novel that I LOVED was the slow burn romance And by slow burn, I mean there isn t a hint of romantic feelings between Yeva and Eovyn until the very last few chapters Even they didn t know what was happening until it hit them Rather, their relationship is grounded in friendship and trust I wouldn t even say that there are elements of Stockholm Syndrome, as Yeva recognises that the two of them are quite dysfunctional She tried to kill him repeatedly and he kept her prisoner for months Neither one of them were wholly good or bad They both had very light and dark parts of themselves that came out in certain situations They have a mutual understanding of each other and recognise that they were the missing pieces in each other s lives and I think that it was just beautiful 3 She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything The most prominent theme here is wanting Beauty wantsa bigger life, a bigger world, a bigger adventure a bigger everything Like many who experience wanderlust, she is unsatisfied with what she has and wantsfrom her existence She can t quite put her finger on it, but she has an inexplicable longing for somethingI, for one, also feel this way I want something out of life, but I don t precisely know what it is As such, I highly recommend this to fans of La Belle et la B te and other Russian faery tales It s definitely being added to my favourites list D She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything4 1 2 stars Wow, this was unexpected I got an arc of Hunted from edelweiss months ago After putting it off again and again for other books, I decided to let it expire Seriously, who even needs another Beauty the Beast retelling Then this book was given to me as a gift and resigned sigh I decided to just give it a shot And I m so glad I did.Cruel Beauty is still my favourite Beauty the BeastShe wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything4 1 2 stars Wow, this was unexpected I got an arc of Hunted from edelweiss months ago After putting it off again and again for other books, I decided to let it expire Seriously, who even needs another Beauty the Beast retelling Then this book was given to me as a gift and resigned sigh I decided to just give it a shot And I m so glad I did.Cruel Beauty is still my favourite Beauty the Beast retelling, but this comes in at a close second It obviously follows the familiar BtB format, whilst doing something completely new and fresh with it I loved what it did I love the new themes the author explores in this old template It s a haunting, well written story Full of icy coldness, the language of fairy tales, and underneath, a running theme of that inexplicable longing for something you can t quite put your finger on Maybe it s like wanderlust that restlessness and dissatisfaction with staying in one place for too long Maybe it s just wanting without knowing what you want It s powerful, though, and Spooner captures that feeling so wonderfully here Surprisingly, it s very not romantic There is no time given over to lusty encounters and stolen kisses with a somehow sexy beast Rather, the relationship between Beauty and this Beast is one between two outsiders who see something they recognize in one another Yeva aka Beauty is a trained hunter and she remains dedicated to her passion and her family throughout.The setting is inspired by rural medieval Russia Lots of coldness, snow and ice, and it fits with the tale very well Yeva and her father navigate this white covered wilderness in their hunting, but then Yeva s father starts rambling about a beast unlike any other A beast that is smart and cunning A beast that is following him The snow is a canvas, her father would say, upon which the beast paints his past, his home, his intentions, his future Learn to see the picture and you will know him as you know yourself When he doesn t return from a hunting trip, Yeva leaves her beloved sisters to go track him Of course, she finds waythan she bargained for Not just a beast, but a whole world of fantastical creatures that seem to play by a different set of rules But Yeva knows these rules they re the rules of the fairy tales her father always read to her The rule of threes The rule of curses The rule of breaking them.Yeva is determined to kill the beast and return to her family But her quest to kill the seemingly unkillable creature unveils eversecrets, and the longer she spends in this world, theshe worries what world she will find when she leaves.Despite having read so many retellings these past few years, Hunted found a special place in my heart It was thoughtful, moving and for me unputdownable.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Inches from her face was a nightmarish visage, snarling fangs and red gold eyes She screamed, every muscle going rigid as she tried to struggle free, but claws dug into her skin on all sides, giving her no room to move She stretched out with one arm anyway, ignoring the tearing pain of it, fingers brushing the hilt of her fletching knife YOU GAVE US YOUR WORD The voice was almost unrecognizable, the roar tangible against her face as the teeth flashed in the firelight The claws tightened Inches from her face was a nightmarish visage, snarling fangs and red gold eyes She screamed, every muscle going rigid as she tried to struggle free, but claws dug into her skin on all sides, giving her no room to move She stretched out with one arm anyway, ignoring the tearing pain of it, fingers brushing the hilt of her fletching knife YOU GAVE US YOUR WORD The voice was almost unrecognizable, the roar tangible against her face as the teeth flashed in the firelight The claws tightened, piercing her skin all over and causing her to cry out in pain and terror Ugh So I m a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings and Russian y stuff and bad ass chicks, and so I when I read the blurb, a BB retelling set in a vaguely Russian sounding place with Belle as a hunter out to get Beast, fuck yeah, give it to me baby.Luckily, I was not disappointed This book was awesome It had everything I wanted The traditional elements of the original tale are there, and I do mean the original tale, not the Disney version, but adapted to a Russian like setting It is familiar and comforting, in a different setting, and my love for the classic tale is such that I never get tired of the variations Some of the welcome difference in the book is that Gaston Solmir is actually a really nice guy I was rooting for him and Belle Yeva s sisters are really nice again, a welcome change Yeva, her sisters, and father live together with their widowed father, leading a comfortable life She, however, longs for the woods and the hunt She knows she will have to marry, but it s a prospect to which she does not look forward She could remain unmarried, but to do so would make her a financial burden to her father To marry would be to leave the wood forever, surrendering what little freedom she still had Due an unfortunate loss of a trade caravan, their entire fortune was lost It is a devastating blow, and they will have to return to the forest, where he had lived before marrying their late mother They bore the loss of their fortune resolutely and bravely, but there is no doubt that it is overwhelming to them all She had seen the spirit die in her father s eyes He sat doubled over, looking up at her like a man of eighty How long could he continue to hunt He had not had to provide for himself, much less a family, solely by hunting in nearly twenty years.A chunk of ice detached itself from the roof and slid off, scraping loudly across the sniffles and sobs punctuating the quiet Winter was coming fast Their new home is cold, strange, and wild Something lurks in the forests, slowly driving her father mad With her father gone, Yeva wanders back into the forest to hunt, reveling in the freedom, until she is captured and chained by the Beast But she is no weakling, and she knows what she must do I am the captive of the monster who killed my father, she thought with sudden crystal clarity.She hadn t left her sisters behind for nothing She hadn t tracked her father and discovered him dead, only to die herself the captive of a Beast.She knew now why she was here She would see the monster dead I ve been told that this is also based on another Russian fairy tale, but what it reminds me of isThousand and One Nights, Scheherazade s tale Like Scheherazade, Yeva tells her captor of her life, tells him tales, to keep him entertained and to keep her own sanity This is no tale of Beauty wearing pretty clothes in the castle during her imprisonment Our Beauty is a hunter and she uses her skills, hunting and learning aside Beast The romance is almost nonexistent throughout most of the story, as it should be And yes, there is a sense of Stockholm Syndrome, but come on, have you read the original tale and the Disney version The important thing here is that their friendship and eventually, their romance, is believable a slow burn.I just really like this book Even Solmir Gaston squee Solmir was silent, watching her Beyond him and around him the peony leaves fell, drifting to and fro like feathers on the wind Yes, Yeva thought I could love him.But though she struggled not to, she found herself listening with all her might for the tiniest glimmer of a song in him, of the magic the Beast had taught her to hear. 4.5 I really really enjoyed this I normally like my fantasy books to have a lot of action and this one definitely lacked that but it worked really well because it read exactly like a fairy tale, which is perfect as this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling This one stuck a bit closer to the Disney version original fairy tale than others I have read while also taking a unique spin on it which I thought was very neat Overall an awesome retelling ARC provided for review by Indigo Books Music 4.5 I really really enjoyed this I normally like my fantasy books to have a lot of action and this one definitely lacked that but it worked really well because it read exactly like a fairy tale, which is perfect as this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling This one stuck a bit closer to the Disney version original fairy tale than others I have read while also taking a unique spin on it which I thought was very neat Overall an awesome retelling ARC provided for review by Indigo Books Music Inc as I am an Indigo employee

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