Monday, March 5, 2018

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Published March 14, 2017
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I read this book during the InLoveAThon readathon week and somehow managed to finish this within 3 hours.  The synopsis sounded really good and I knew that it was going to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  I was actually very pleasantly surprised that I managed to finish the book in such a short duration of time since the book was definitely not a short one.  However, I did find that the writing style made it an easy and quick read.

If I had to describe this book in two words, I would say “hauntingly beautiful”.  That was the imagery and theme throughout this book.  Beauty, or Yeva, was a strong character in terms of what she can physically do but I thought that her overall personality was somewhat suppressed in this book.  However, I think that worked out because the way how this book was depicted and written, it would have been weird if Beauty was such a strong and dominating character.  Her strong-ness is more on a subtle level. 

The one thing I really enjoyed was the magical element that was in addition to the magic that tied beast and man together to create the Beast.  It was something that I was glad that the author covered because in the classic, other than the fact that the prince and his household was cursed, there weren’t any other magical beings or factors.  But in this book, I was glad to see the whole other magical forest with various creatures like the dragon or the fox.  It definitely made things more realistic – if fantasy can be reality. 

There was also something so intrinsically sad with the Beast that made this book even more “hauntingly beautiful.”  In the classic (and I’m always referring to the Disney version), the Beast at least had his entire household with him whereas in this book, he’s completely alone with the exception of some various magical creatures that he would occasionally see.  And his loneliness is so palpable that made this book even more so.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  Yeva’s family being more involved in this version made things more well-rounded which I really appreciated.  I would definitely recommend this book to those who are looking for another fairytale classic and honestly, I don’t really recall many that is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.


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