by Meagan Spooner


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New York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner spins a thoroughly thrilling Beauty and the Beast story for the modern age, expertly woven with spellbinding romance, intrigue, and suspense that readers won’t soon be able to forget.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062422293
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 113,760
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, or an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York State with a degree in playwriting. She’s traveled all over the world, to places such as Egypt, Australia, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galápagos Islands, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes. She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there. She’s the coauthor of the award-winning Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light) and the Skylark Trilogy (Skylark, Shadowlark, Lark Ascending) as well as this “Beauty and the Beast” retelling. In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

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Hunted 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Yeva, Beauty to her father, is the youngest of three sisters, and a hunter. A necessary skill, though in a time when it is uncommon for a woman, for their father’s investments and fortune are lost at sea, and they are forced to leave their large, elegant home in the city and move to a small cabin deep in the woods. Their father also hunts often, but disappears one night in search of an enigmatic creature that he insists taunts him, just out of sight. So it falls to Yeva to provide food and pelts for her family to keep them alive by hunting, a practice she secretly prefers over the ladies’ discussions and dinners she was forced to attend in town. Determined to find their missing father at any cost, Yeva packs her bow and leaves for the deep woods. She searches for the mysterious beast who was once a man, and now lives in a world of enchanted creatures few have the ability to see. Hunted is for any girl who has ever felt out of place in society, for the girl "who feels most alive in worlds that never were, who knows magic is real." It is a tale of a huntress who becomes the hunted, by a beast who must remember what it means to be human, in a place where nothing has only one nature. For discussion questions, similar books to read next, or a recipe for Apple Cider Apple Pie Bites, visit:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a Beauty and the Beast retelling that is totally different than the original story, yet breathtakingly similar as well, this is the perfect book. I love all the creativity the author used to take an old tale and give it a fantastic new life. A perfect book for all those wanting more from life.
Crazybeautiful1409 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book couldn't put it down. Beautifully written. I loved Yeva as a character. She was strong and fearless. I felt like I was there. I also enjoyed the story development at the end. Almost a coming to realization moment.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Hunted is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with elements of slavic folklore in the form of the legendary Firebird. Yeva, aka Beauty, is a skilled hunter, and when her father goes missing on one of his hunts, she sets out to find him. She ends up getting captured by the Beast, who imprisons her so that she can fulfill a task he requires of her. Throughout the book, she considers him her enemy, and vows to seek revenge against him. While training for his task, she starts to understand what he is, and what that means for her mission. Most Beauty and the Beast retellings have a prince disguised as a beast, but he is still gentle and caring underneath. This Beast is sort of different, in that he is both man and beast - though only appearing as the latter. He has the intellect of a human, but the pragmatic and instinctive nature of a Beast, which constantly puzzles her. At first, she is ready to kill him because she thinks he is just a creature, and which she can collect as a trophy. But soon she realizes that there is a slight human presence underneath, in the way he responds and the emotions he expresses. Still, the fact remains that she considers him her enemy and no kindness of his can erase what grief he caused her. The storyline neatly follows the plot of the original that everyone is familiar with, but here and there you see hints of slavic folklore being sprinkled in. At first, I thought it would be something related to faery tales, but we get Rusalka, and through Yeva's childhood stories, about Ivan and the Firebird. Still, she doesn't realize that she herself is part of a fairytale, and when the time comes to break the curse, she uses her knowledge of her stories to do so. The author spins a nice tale between these two different stories of Beauty and the Beast and Firebird, and combines them very well. Also, the hunting parts of the book, the scenes where Yeva is in the forest, were so well-written I could feel like I was there in that forest with her. The ending was a little vague with respect to the curse, but I loved the twist the author gave to the two original stories. Well, more to the Firebird one, because that was more dominant towards the end. However, that action picks up in the last 15% of the book, and I felt that the middle lagged a little in terms of pace. Overall, however, it is a good retelling and I would recommend it for fantasy fans!
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thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
When her father goes bankrupt, Yeva, her father, and her sisters have to sell off all of their wealth and move back in to the rundown hunting cabin he owned prior to marrying their mother. He is determined to build back up their wealth by tracking and hunting the fantastical creatures of the forest he taught Yeva about in her childhood. Instead on of those beasts ends up killing him instead. Yeva, nicknamed beauty by her father, goes off on a hunt of her own finding much more than she’d bargained for. As you can guess, this is a fairy-tale retelling of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast- but with a twist. Meagan Spooner sets her Beauty in Russia and fills her tale with Russian folk tales that embodies this tale with life beyond a Beauty falling in love with her Beast in a broken down castle. In her captivity, Yeva keeps herself sane by telling her captor every story she can remember turning her dark and dank cell into multi-hued world, if just for a moment. As she spends more time with her Beast, she see’s through his outer appearance to see the humanity within him, realizing he may be one of her tales turned to life. I am not sure why it took me so long to read this book other than I had a ton of fairy-tale re-tellings on my list and even though I’d heard this one was very good, I thought I knew the story of Beauty and the Beast. However, the Russian folk stories gave life to this Beauty and the Beast and I really liked the world Meagan Spooner built for the setting. I liked the Beast’s origin story and the journey Yeva had to take, both internal and external, to save him from becoming a true Beast gave more meat to the romantic musical that Disney made popular. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just did not hook me. Seemed slow. Not enough romance. I have read other Beauty and the Beast stories, but this one was my least favorite so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is well written and full of Russian folklore and fairy tales. Although, it's not your typical Belle falling in love with a Beast, it's a novel filled with overcoming grief, adversity, and revenge. Fairy tales are spun into reality for Yeva, and it's not an overly romantic story. The novel builds on different foundations, not really touching on romance until the curse is vanquished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so enthralling and we'll put together. It is such a different telling of Beauty and the Beast. I absolutely love this version and recommend it to those who love old fairy tales. Thank you for such a hauntingly enchanted story. On to the next .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read many retellings of fairy stories, but not quite like this one. As an avid reader will know, there will be books that we read that we never quite forget and we keep it in our bookshelf. And then, when the time seems right and we reread it and fall all over again. This is such book.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I debated on whether I wanted to post this for a long time. About 3 hours worth. (About 2 and a half hours longer than I debate on any other post that I put up on here lol) But after all the stewing with it, I'm sure I've made the right decision. All my most anticipated reads have not been what I wanted. This and Roseblood take the cake. I was waiting for this so bad bcause I love Beauty and the Beast, but it just didn't work for me. I was a huge fan of how it started. I really liked her family and I really liked Yeva. But as soon as it started to get good, it went downhill. I wasn't a fan of the Beast and after he came around, the story got so repitious. I found myself skimming pages looking for parts that stood out more to me. Normally I dont ever do that, but I wanted it to get better. I just wasn't interested in her interaction with the Beast. I just felt like nothing was happening. There was so much of the same thing happening over and over that I just couldn't do it anymore. I ended up skimming it after someone told me that it gets better at like the last five chapters. And I'm not sure if y'all remember me and Three Dark Crowns, but I don't play that lol I can't not like a story the entire way through and then at the end magically fall for it and then it's over. Just NO. So, I had to DNF. But because I still skimmed it, I'll rate it based off what I skimmed and read. But I'd still say give it a good shot. Others have loved it, but it's just not for me. I seem to be the Black Sheep on a lot of reads this year. This, Roseblood... Let's hope this is the last one or awhile!
Bayy2455 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on Wow. This beauty was a magical ride start to finish. I absolutely love all the lush words Meagan Spooner creates, the Starbound Trilogy being one of my faves. I honestly didn't even read the synopsis. I saw Meagan Spooner and beauty and the beast retelling and dove right in. I love anything and everything beauty and the beast. This was rich and even put a new spin on the classic tale. It was a little too slow in the beginning, however, hence me deducting one star. I loved the family dynamic. The side characters were fleshed out and felt real. They definitely brought a lot to the story. I love watching Yeva change and evolve throughout the book. The little chapters from the Beast's point of view were a great addition. They let us into his mental state and even gave us little clues about who he was. I figured out who the Beast was about halfway through, and was surprisingly right. I wish there was a bit more exploration of Beast's word because the glimpses we got had me falling hard. They felt very Grisha to me and I really want more about that world. Otherwise, this is a delightful retake on a classic tale.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I read this book as part of my Book Club. I personally really enjoy fairy tale retellings, and I did enjoy this book. This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I loved the familiar feel of it. I also loved that it wasn't modernized, but still felt like a classic "old timey" fairy tale. This book had fairy tales within the fairy tale, which made it interesting. I love that the author kept the "Beauty" character as one who loved books, reading and stories. I also liked that the "Beauty" character had family more than her and her dad, like the Disney film version. It added depth to the character and to the story. The way the curse is broken in this retelling is different and yet the same, and I was pleased with that as well. Basically, if you enjoy fairy tale retellings and especially the tale of Beauty and the Beast, I think you would enjoy this book. I've already recommended it to my daughter to read.
Amy_Jo More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed that we got to see a bit from both points of view. I felt like the relationship was unrealistic because she believed the whole time that Beast killed her Dad and I don't know that you can ever come back from that, even with Stockholm Syndrome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a amazing story
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Hunted by Meagan Spooner was one of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings I've read. Yeva was a complex and well thought out Beauty. She is a hunter. She' smart. She can survive on her own. The story is told primarily from her point of view. The tie in of Russian fairy tales added a unique twist to the story. I'm not familiar with them, so it made these characters all the more interesting. I loved the imagery this author's writing creates; from the setting to the appearance of the Beast himself. It was all beautifully described, and I could envision it perfectly in my mind. I'm a lover of fairy tale retellings as a general rule, but this is definitely one you shouldn't miss. The ARC of Hunted by Meagan Spooner was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Hunted by Meagan Spooner Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: March 14, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: I've read Spooner's solo books (her debut trilogy), and her co-written books with Amie Kaufman. Her Skylark trilogy was so-so for me, but I loved the Starbound trilogy. When I saw that she would be publishing a new fantasy series, I was definitely intrigued and hopeful - maybe I would love this new solo series of hers. I'm so happy to say that I really enjoyed this new book of hers! Yeva and her family have fallen on hard times, and they move far from town to their old cabin, where Yeva's father will hunt in the forest in order to provide for his three daughters, and make some money back to pay debts. Yeva's two older sisters, Lena and Asenka, are not like Yeva and her father. Yeva loves being in the forest, away from town, being able to hunt at will. But something dangerous lurks in the forest - a Beast who Yeva's father feared, right before he went missing. Yeva hunts the Beast, and what she finds isn't quite what she expected. She hates him, but she begins to understand him. How is it that he is just as trapped as she is? Yeva learns that the world she knows is not the only world that exists - and she is caught up in the magic. Beauty and the Beast retelling, anyone? Perfect timing, given the live-action movie to be premiered soon. Personally, I'll take books over movies any day. This retelling is on its own level! I loved it. I was so curious to see how Spooner would handle the fairy tale, especially with all of the controversial aspects of Beauty and the Beast (Stockholm Syndrome, for one). Yeva is a not an angelic, naive heroine, nor is she a fierce, kickbutt type of heroine. She is sweet and selfless, but also tough and very independent. She likes to hunt in the forest, and enjoys the solitude. She cares for her two older sisters and her father, so much so that she makes different sacrifices when the opportunities present themselves, in order to help her family. When Yeva ends up in the Beast's castle, she is angry but unafraid. I really, really liked Yeva. Arguably, she is one of my favorite Spooner heroines (I liked the ladies in the Starbound trilogy though). Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
I had not yet been inclined to read anything by Meagan Spooner, but I couldn't pass up the chance that Hunted was going to be an intriguing story of a strong heroine with an awesome ability. Yeva, or Beauty, was definitely a strong heroine with a talent for hunting, but her story was less than stellar. The opening was a close resemblance to Feyre's circumstances in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Yeva is also the youngest sister who will be called upon to use her hunting skills to care for the family when their father loses their fortune. The family is dropped from high society and moved to a little cabin next to the wilderness. There are obviously some differences in the details, but they are minute. The story eventually makes a sharp right turn down a different plot path, but the similarities in the opening are glaring and too close for me to appreciate the differences that follow. Hunted is a mix of folklore with a twist. Yes, it is different from any retelling I've read, but is it better? I honestly don't believe so. The overall finish felt more like the result of taking the best parts of multiple stories and melding them together to create a logical plot. I read and appreciate stories all the time that are inspired by something that came before, whether it be fairy tale or some other classic. I liked those stories because they rose above their inspiration and became something completely other and unique, with a little hat tip to the original source. A good example of that is The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine, which is an original story that weaves in the familiar legend of Rumpelstiltskin. I wasn't amazed by the story as a whole. I just think it could've been made into something more in terms of originality and uniqueness. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I'm always intrigued by the Beauty and the Beast retelling. It's not one of my favorites, but somehow I'm always instantly sucked into reading them. And of course, Meagan's name was all I really needed. I loved Yeva. She's smart and capable and doesn't need to rely on anyone. She's pretty much a BAMF. I enjoyed the relationship she had with her sisters and the loyalty between them. Honestly, I loved Yeva's dog, Doe-Eyes the most. Yes, the plot loosely follows the standard Beauty and the Beast plot line, but it's definitely unique in Meagan's retelling. I liked getting pieces of the back story revealed slowly and the slow delicious burn. At times it did seem to get a bit repetitive, but it was all important. The ending was satisfying and pretty concrete. I'm wondering if the next book in the series will be more of a companion instead of a sequel. Either way, I'll be reading it. **Huge thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**