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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  26,174 ratings  ·  4,895 reviews
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, Ye
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Meagan Spooner Well, that's really going to depend on where you order it from, and how it's shipped, and the care the booksellers take in protecting their stock. The…moreWell, that's really going to depend on where you order it from, and how it's shipped, and the care the booksellers take in protecting their stock. There might be some schmutz on a cover here and there from being handled, but that's what dust jackets are for! Barring dropping it in a mud puddle, I suspect the book won't be too dirty.

(Yes, I know. But this question just makes me laugh.)(less)
Meagan Spooner Hunted is a standalone novel, complete at the end of the book. It will likely bear some similarities to my next solo book (subject/title not announced…moreHunted is a standalone novel, complete at the end of the book. It will likely bear some similarities to my next solo book (subject/title not announced yet), so future books will likely appeal to the same readers, but they won't share characters or worlds. Thanks for your question!(less)

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Emily May
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
“She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything.”

4 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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Slytherins
Hunted is the BEST Beauty and the Beast retelling I have EVER read! Magical, dark and so murdery.

I know I am late to the party on this one, like really, really late, but I can't help but gush.

Why did I wait so long to pick this up? I am horrible at life, I guess. That must be the answer. There literally cannot be another reason.

I listened to the audiobook of Hunted, which I borrowed from my local library. After completing, I know I will be buying a hard copy because I absolutely plan to read thi
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
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
Tale as old as time...


Yeah, this is not that Beauty and the Beast.
This Beauty is a bit less sing-y and a bit more...stabby. Which is a pretty nice change of pace, to be honest!
Plus, this time around, it isn't the villagers who are out to kill the Beast, it's Beauty, herself. She's a hunter. A badass hunter.
And because {insert spoilery reasons here} she's on a mission to take a chunk out of his supernatural hide. Of course, killing him means she's gotta stay on as his Guest pris
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ive read so many ‘beauty and the beast’ retellings that ive lost count. its safe to say its my favourite story/trope to retell and i honestly never get tired of it. and this is one of the better retellings i have read. im actually surprised at how much i liked this one.

i love the russian folklore influence to this. it reminded me so much of ‘the bear and the nightingale.’ its atmospheric, its mysterious, and its magical. i really enjoyed how the specific russian faery tale ties-in so effortlessl

Another anticipated release. Another unpopular opinion! Beware the spoilers!

Lo and behold, Fifty Shades of Beast!

Note: My reference of 50 shades of Beast is not about this book having explicit content. There's no sex; it's a YA story in its usual 'they kissed and the screen went blank'. My reference is about how disturbing and unrealistic I find what characters have between them, and there's nothing romantic I can see about it. A very strong case of Stockholm Syndrome (worse than in the origin

Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★

Me : *sighs*
Person : are you okay?
Me : yeah, I'm just disappointed.
Me : *facepalm*

And as Yeva
scanned the walls, each one lined with shelves and each one full
of leather-bound books, at least a hundred books, more than she
knew existed in one place, she felt her heart might simply burst.

I truly don't know why I didn't really like this book. Maybe it's because I was in reading slump while reading it ? or maybe it was just the book that wasn't really interest
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
*Full Review Update
Guys I'm so sad. I didn't love it. Don't get me wrong, I totally see why others did, and I'm in the minority for this one.

I'm not going to type a summary on this one because well, it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Some parts were close to the original, and other parts deviated quite a bit. In my opinion, it was the wrong parts. Here's the thing... I'm super biased. I grew up with Beauty and the Beast and I just hold it in such a high regard so it's hard for me to love ret
Helena Paris
“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 Bête 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
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. she reminds us of what we used to be.
She reminds us of what we could be.”

dark; addictive; unique
this is hands down my favorite beauty and the beast retelling so far. It manages to stick to the original story while having an extremely unique and beautiful twist to it by adding in Russian fairy tale and folklore into the main plot.
Bentley ★
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, cover-porn
See this review and on my blog:

This was STUNNING.

^ Actual gif of me reading most of this book.

Okay, not really, but it about sums up my feelings.

Retellings are a difficult thing to go into because you never know how they're going to turn out: how you're going to feel if the story is too similar so it feels boring to read; or if it diverges too greatly from the source material that you feel it's done the original an injustice. Neither was the case for me here.

Hunted sets it
This was a BR with:
the potato
DJ Khaled
Solohoe (I'm exposing you traitor)


This book is so beautiful and magical and I can't get over it. This book takes its time in explaining the world building and the ABSOLUTELY HEART WR
enqi ☁️✨ (hiatus due to college)
Intricate, rich and enchanting, Hunted was the tale I never knew I needed - it's a Beauty and the Beast winter retelling interspersed with Russian elements, captivating folklore, and an overall ethereal, snowy atmosphere that contributed to the whimsical fairytale setting in the book. Yeva's heart spoke to mine on a personal level. The restlessness, the constant wanting, the inability to settle, the soul-deep longing. It's the first time in a long time that I've found a heroine after my own wi ...more
the entire concept of beauty and the beast is so wild to me like. homegirl straight up loved an animal romantically. an animal. that’s so wild like have you ever had a pet?

anyway. this book is what sjm THINKS acotar is
mxa ☂︎
3.75 stars
It's been over 6 hours since I finished reading it and while I really enjoyed it, I'm still a little confused...
And, frustrated in the sense that this story is such a PARADOX! On one hand, it took forever for the story to pick up but once it did, I suddenly found myself reading the last chapter wanting more...

Hunted is my third? re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and I think Meagan Spooner did wonderfully by not only including elements from the original
Trina (Between Chapters)
This story had a strong fairy tale vibe with its fantasy world, fantastical creatures, and curses but it did not stick too close to the original Beauty and the Beast tale. Yes, you could easily tell who some of the characters were and assume some information about them, but it really made the world and characters their own. I think it would be great for those who LOVE fairy tales, but want a story that is still its own thing.

Personally, my favorite aspect of this was that the Beast was an actual
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
Beauty and the Beast but make it Russian.

The Russian part . . . I really can’t say. Mostly because I don’t know anything about Russian culture, so I had no clue this was set in a Russian inspired world until I read some reviews—from which I also gathered that to some #OwnVoices reviewers the Russian influence was very lacking or non-representational.

What I can say is that I did find the world building insufficient (or maybe it’s just me who doesn’t get it). The wintery setting made for a whimsic
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say I've had the best of luck with books that are re-telling fairytales. So, to be honest, I didn't have the highest hopes for this one. But I was quite impressed. It was more adventure than overly fairytale, in my opinion. I really loved Beauty. She is not a helpless girl, who needs to be saved- she is a brave and skilled tracker and hunter. The ending felt a bit rushed to me, aside from that, I'm fairly happy with the story overall and would recommend it to anyone who likes fairytal ...more

This is a solid YA Beauty and the Beast retelling, full of girl power and feminist themes. Some of the story threads are definitely true to the original fairy tale (kidnapping, a curse, a ruined castle, a beast), but where Spooner deviates from that tale is where the meat of this story really comes from.

In this retelling, Beauty is something of a badass. A hunter who can move through a forest as though she is part of it.

This book starts off with her father as a wealthy merchant, who sacrificed h
I really enjoyed the way Meagan Spooner blended Russian folklore elements into this retelling of Beauty & the Beast. The pacing does fall a bit on the slow side resulting in some plot dragging moments. However, if you enjoy retellings of fairytales, you might find this one interesting.

There may have been more, but the Russian fairytales Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf, The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa, and Vasilisa the Beautiful are all mentioned or incorporated into the story
♛ may
Spontaneous buddy read with my fav, Maraaammmm

“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”

Hunted is a beautiful retelling of the famous Beauty and the Beast but offers different twists to the original story. One of those twists were that we got a point of view from the Beast himself.


So like, this book was GREAT but it always was MEH and that’s why I’m so CONFLICTED because
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Real rating: 4.5

🎵Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the beast🎵

I loved this so much!

I have read like 4? 5? Beauty and the Beast retellings because I obviously have a problem and I am not ashamed of it. What I love most about this is that Beast is actually a beast. I think this is the only book in which that was the case.

At the beginning, we have Beauty having some type of identity crisis because she feels like she is destined for more than what is expected from a woma
Natalie Monroe
3.5 stars

"She knew now why she was here. She would see the monster dead."

Hunted is a hard one to review. I love, love, love the concept of a vengeful huntress Beauty and a cat-and-mouse game with the Beast, and the book itself delivers. Yet we didn't click the way I did with other Beauty & the Beast retellings like A Court of Thorns and Roses and Uprooted.

The romance is a soothing slow burn. Those who enjoy it in small doses should read this immediately. It takes ages for Yeva (Beauty) to fa
Aly (In Wonderland)
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.

This is the Beauty & the Beast retelling everyone has been waiting for. I tried dozens of Beauty & the Beast retellings. Okay, maybe not dozens, but enough to know it's one of those fairytales (like Alice in Wonderland which, by the way, I still haven't found a good enough retelling of) that is hard
Well. That was weird? I've been sitting here for 10 minutes contemplating what the fuck this book was. I don't really understand what even happened and I'm confused as to how I feel about this book so let me just give you some quick thoughts

- I didn't like the Beast. Sorry but he reminded me of Tamlin the entire time. I felt like this Beast had no likeable qualities and was just a big ball of a shit. I would have preferred if he died. Oops?
- I didn't ship it at all. Not once. Not ever.
- I like
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
***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 fortun
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

"This is a dream," she whispered. "Magic. A fairy tale."

This was a YA retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

I liked Yeva, and I liked how strong she was in difficult situations. She went after her father when he was in trouble, and she didn't give up on the Beast either, even when everybody else had. She was quite stubborn though, she didn't always take the easy option, and was opinionated as to wha
Jun 09, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
this is nothing new or original and I'm just over it ...more
200 page enough for me
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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, S ...more

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