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Barefoot on the Wind

(The Moonlit Lands #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  558 ratings  ·  100 reviews
A companion title to Zoë Marriott's critically acclaimed Shadows on the Moon, BAREFOOT ON THE WIND is a darkly magical retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" set in fairytale Japan.

There is a monster in the forest...

Everyone in Hana's remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana's father goes missing, she is the on
Paperback, 313 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Walker Books
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I've been a huge fan of Zoe Marriott's writing ever since I read Shadows on the Moon five years ago, it's a fairytale retelling of Cinderella set in a fictional Japan where magic is real and it's one of my all time favourite books so you can only begin to imagine how excited I was when I found out she was writing a companion novel set in the same world. Barefoot on the Wind is a feminist retelling of Beauty and the Beast (which happens to be my favourite fairytale!) and it's just as wonderful as ...more
Alice (Married To Books)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
T/W- Animal Death (Not a spoiler for the main story though)

Friends, I struggle to find any good retellings/reimagines of one of my favourite fairy tales (Beauty and the Beast) but I can happily say that Barefoot On The Wind was definitely one of the better ones. I fell in love with Zoe's writing style so early on in the story as well as the feminist retelling. The ending did make me tear up a little, it was simply beautiful. But, cutting to the chase now about the actual storyline! It's inspired
Kat Kennedy
Ahhh. So many thoughts. Review to come!
There is a monster in the forest!
Every family in Hana’s village has lost someone to the monster, and even the trees whisper the warning to Hana when she hunts at the edges of the wood. Hana herself lost her brother five years ago. No one dares enter the forest to find what lurks there. But when Hana’s father is put in thrall to the monster, and the only way to break the spell is to kill the beast, Hana takes it upon herself to do what no one else will.
I really enjoyed this Japanese-flavored Beau
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
WELL. First of all I definitely enjoyed this about a hundred times more than the first book (although they’re different stories set in the same world so they’re not related in any way).

This was an AMAZING retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in a fairy tale version of Japan. I flew through it AND BOY WAS IT FUN. Fun in the heart wrenching painfully sweet way. All that jazz.

Then comes the ending. SORRY. WHAT.

I think they forgot to print the last page. Yup.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Simply beautiful.

"I loved him the way that you love all the things which are both vitally necessary and absolutely reliable. Things that you never even have to stop to be grateful for, because they just are, and without them you would not be."
“There is a monster in the forest”

‘Barefoot on the Wind’ is a darkly magical and lyrical retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ set in a fictional, fairy tale Japan. The story follows Hana, a young huntress from a remote mountain village that has been isolated from the rest of the world for over 100 years by a strange, malevolent forest. But the trees are home to more than just darkness and magic and secrets. There is a monster in the forest, a monster who steals villagers away at the dark of the m
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Zoë Marriott can do no wrong. I’ll freely admit that I am a huge fan, because honestly what’s not to love about Zoë’s books? (Answer: nothing – they are all wonderful).

Barefoot on the Wind is the companion book to Shadows on the Moon. Which is my absolute favourite and despite knowing how perfect every reading experience of a Zoë Marriott has been I was still a little apprehensive before starting this tale, because what if this time it isn’t everything
Intisar Khanani
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5

A strong retelling, but overall I think I just wanted more. This is possibly just because I loved the first book in this sequence so much--in comparison, this retelling was much simpler and more straightforward. Still a fun read. Note that either book can be read as a standalone--they don't refer to each other, they're simply set in the same world.
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I was much younger I read ‘The Swan Kingdon’ and ‘Daughter of the Flame’ and really enjoyed them, I still have them on my bookshelves today. At YALC in London last summer Zoe Marriott was on the guest list, remembering how much I enjoyed those other books I knew I wanted to meet her. As I’ve been a bit out of the loop with YA releases the last couple of years as I’ve mainly been reading old classics for my English degree, I wasn’t aware that Zoe had any other books out. When I got to the c ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Disclaimer : This review has been sponsored by Walker Books Australia however all my thoughts, opinions and feels are my own and are in no way influenced by other sources. Thank you Walker for supporting me and allowing me to review this book for you, I am greatly humbled.

I have a cover fetish or perhaps for a more elegant term, obsession.

So before I get into the actual book reviewing I'd like to start by cover reviewing! I think that a clever cover should always portray the themes throughout th
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book really grabbed my attention right off the bat. Of course, I loved the premise - a beauty and the beast retelling in Japan? Heck yes! I also loved the style of writing, and the characters felt real, flaws and all. I did get a little frustrated with the main character a few times (partially because I didn't really relate to her), but, in the end, I was really touched by her determination. I also loved the beast here - he really learned from his mistakes and changed as a person.

My one pro
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
Finally. I finished it. This book is one of the best fairytale retellings I’ve read in a while. I couldn’t stop reading it, and I woke up in the morning with a huge headache. Painful, but so worth it. Beautifully written, heroine who takes no shit from everyone, and breathtaking scenery that makes you feel you’re in there as you’re reading. I just have so much feelings for this book. :’)
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This Beauty and the Beast retelling is set in Japan which I thought was really unique.

I haven't read the previous novel in this series but that didn't matter as this is a companion novel that is set in the same world. I thought that this was really well written and I liked the author's take on this well-known story.

I thought that this was quite a fast paced read but the ending did feel a bit rushed. I would like to have seen a bit more f
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Fatima Nauman
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Can't get enough of Beauty & the Beast retellings!!! ...more
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Before I begin to tell you my thoughts and feelings about this lovely book I have a big fat and horrible secret to admit to you all.... this is my first Zoe Marriott read
Yes I know shock horror and I should probably be burned at the stake for this treachery and massive YA offence; but before you get your pitchforks let me tell you what I thought, and let me solemnly promise that I will be making amends to right this terrible wrong!

Barefoot on the Wind is a wonderful and clever retelling of one o
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Let's face the fact, I love a good retelling. It transports me back to my childhood days. It reminds me of the crazy things I used to do as a kid. It takes me home to this little part of my soul which is forever stuck in Neverland. When I came across Barefoot on the Wind, I knew I just HAD to get my hands on it.... and guess what? I absolutely loved it!

"There is a monster in the forest..."

Set in fairy tale Japan, Hana lives with her parents in a re
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Walker Books Australia for review.

3.5 stars

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Hana lives in the shadow of her parents' grief for her lost older brother. When the opportunity arises for Hana to end the curse that plagues the people of her village, she sets off into the Dark Woods and discovers something she didn't expect.

This is a deeply atmospheric foray into family tragedy and having the strength to follow one's own mind in the face of opposition. As retellings of fairy ta
I loved Shadows on the Moon, the author previous book set in a similar fantasy Japan, so I could hardly wait to get my hands on Barefoot on the Wind! Both books take familiar fairy-tales and look at them slant - Shadows on the Moon looked at Cinderella, while for Barefoot on the Wind, Beauty and the Beast is the tale given a twist.
Hana is a hunter, supporting her family in their dwindling village, cut off from the outside world by the dense forest that sprung up a hundred years ago. Tough and co
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another retelling set in Zoe Marriott's Japanese fantasy world 'The Moonlit Lands', but this time she brings us a Beauty and the Beast story.

In no way do you need to read the first book (although I highly recommend it) they are both seperate stories with no crossover characters, they are just set in the same world, which is beautifully vivid and magical.

In this second book, a village has been cursed with a monster living in the surrounding forest, luring the innocent people out of their homes n
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Had to skip read to the end. It is just me, but somehow I could not manage to sustain my interest - the writing just keeps pushing me out, i find myself thinking of other things mid-page. For me, the writing style somehow didn't work. It was just plain bland, but that is a personal thing and some things just don't work for some people.
Not a bad book - if i seriously dislike a book, for whatever reason, i would give it no more than 1 star - but just didn't work for me, even though i liked the Ja
Vicky Marie
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I didn't love it as much as Shadows on the Moon, but I did like it. I have the same complaint that I did with the previous book in that I didn't feel like the magic was explored well enough. Hana has the ability to speak with the trees of the forest. This ability is shown at the beginning but then it almost seems forgotten for the majority of the story, until it's use to move the plot at the end. It was basically just a plot device. ...more
Jessica Healy
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Enjoyable, intriguing retelling of Beauty and the Beast. A little slow, maybe? But lovely, atmospheric writing, and wonderful Japanese folkloric elements. Couldn't help but picture the whole thing as a Ghibli movie. Will definitely be looking up Shadows on the Moon. ...more
Gorgeously written fantasy and an interesting spin on Beauty and the Beast, full review to come.
Rachel (Rustling Reads)
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
5 Reasons Why You Should Read BAREFOOT ON THE WIND Right Now
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
There is a monster in the forest.
Never go out at the dark of the Moon.
No one ever comes back from the Dark Wood.

I do love a good fairytale retelling, especially one that incorporates other cultures – and I've always had a fondness for Japanese culture. So, with Barefoot on the Wind being a Beauty and the Beast retelling (one of my favourite fairytales) this was all set to be a big hit with me – and I'm thrilled to say it was.

It's the first thing I've read by Zoë Marriott and I absolutely love
Emma (howlsmovinglibrary)
Overall Rating: 3.5

Barefoot on the Wind, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, was the final book of Zoe Marriott’s that I hadn’t read. I really enjoyed Shadows on the Moon, which is her Cinderella retelling set in the same Asian inspired (and slightly appropriative) world, so I was excited to read it. It should be noted that Marriott did preface this book with a ‘this isn’t really Japan, not historically accurate’ caveat, so at least she’s self-aware!

Barefoot on the Wind seemed a little less origi
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, retellings
Another Beauty and the Beast retelling! :) Barefoot on the Wind shifts the fairytale to the same magical Ancient-Japan world as Shadows on the Moon, but otherwise is quite a straightforward retelling of the story. Which is actually quite nice, as the other BatB retellings I remember reading recently have added a lot of new and more complicated elements (e.g. ACOTAR, Cruel Beauty). Although set in the same world as the companion novel, Shadows on the Moon, there's no overlap between the two so yo ...more
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Zoë has known that she wanted to be a writer since she read 'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton at age eight. She's never changed her mind in all the years since then.

She completed her first manuscript - a truly embarrassing romance novel - at age sixteen, and kept on writing books and submitting them until she had collected rejections from nearly very publisher in the UK and two in Australia.

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