Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Posted November 11, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Hunted
by Meagan Spooner

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: March 14th 2017
Series: Hunted #1
Published by HarperTeen
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
 

“While I really liked the concept of this book and the way the author did the Beauty and the Beast retelling, I didn’t find enough in the story to draw me in and for me to connect to.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ve picked up this book and put it down so many times.  There’s so many good reviews for it out there but I just had a gut feeling that it wasn’t going to be my thing.  Sometimes, I should listen to my gut.

This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I think a really good one at that in terms of the plot and how the author wove the elements of the original into her own story.  Yeva, Beauty, is the main protagonist of this story.  The daughter of an aristocrat who has lost his fortune and their family is has to move back to live in the cabin he has in the woods.  Yeva may be the only one that’s happy about this because she loves the magic of the forest and the hunt.  All the stories her father used to tell her and she gets to experience them now.  When her father goes missing and she goes looking for him, she’s captured by the Beast her father had been hunting.

While I really liked the concept of this book and the way the author did the Beauty and the Beast retelling, I didn’t find enough in the story to draw me in and for me to connect to.  I wanted to like Yeva, and it’s not that I didn’t like her, I was just indifferent.  And the pacing…. it was slow.  SLLLOOOOOOOOWWWWWW.  Maybe that’s a bit unfair because there were short bursts that would catch my attention and draw me in a bit more into what was happening but overall this story is very slow paced and it never reaches a point where there’s a lot happening.  Even the ending felt a tad anticlimactic for me.

The writing however is quite beautiful, though, and ultimately I think that’s what kept me reading on.  Some parts are almost poetic and I think the author does a great job at helping you visualize what’s going on in this book.  The setting is magical with a little edge because you’re never really sure where the danger lies or how far it will go.  Probably we could’ve gone a bit farther than where the author pushed this story to.

 

 

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About Meagan Spooner

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, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She's traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, 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 author 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 the upcoming Beauty and the Beast retelling Hunted.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

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Bummer. I adore beauty and the beast, and have enjoyed many of the retellings.

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I loved this story. For me I felt that the slower pace matched the story being told and also the ending was in keeping with the pace as well. I felt that the author was keeping to a more realistic version of the Beauty and the Beast and tying it to the folk tale of the Firebird which I think is russian in origin.

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Great review Francesca! I have this on my gr list. I love any retelling of beauty and the beast its my fave fairytale. I will still give it a try because you said the writing was good. Shared on all my socials!

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Bummer. I adore beauty and the beast, and have enjoyed many of the retellings.

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Lynnette

I loved this story. For me I felt that the slower pace matched the story being told and also the ending was in keeping with the pace as well. I felt that the author was keeping to a more realistic version of the Beauty and the Beast and tying it to the folk tale of the Firebird which I think is russian in origin.

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Kathy Valentine

Great review Francesca! I have this on my gr list. I love any retelling of beauty and the beast its my fave fairytale. I will still give it a try because you said the writing was good. Shared on all my socials!