A to Z Book Review: HUNTED by Meagan Spooner

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I know I’m way behind on these – apologies, but I’ve been hammering my way through a draft, prepping for (and attending) a big book event, and just generally overloaded. I’ve read a bunch of books on my A to Z list, so you’ll see weekly reviews posted until I catch up.

HUNTED by Meagan Spooner has been on my TBR list for a while now, and it was well worth the wait. A darker-than-you’d-expect retelling of Beauty and the Beast, set in a lush country with richly painted Russian influences, it holds you from the beginning and keeps you enthralled to the end.

Yeava as a protagonist is strong, and her bond to her sisters (and devotion to her father) work well within the story to add tension and stakes, and the way we alternate between her point of view and that of the Beast’s is a great device that really helps show the disparity between who the Beast has become versus the man he once was.

I did like that the author didn’t immediately jump to insta-love between the two – not even at the end – but I did feel that a lot was missing in the build of their relationship. Instead of telling us in exposition that she told him stories and he liked them, and mentioning how he’d become her friend, I would have liked to see more scenes with actual dialogue where that played out. There were a few and they were wonderful. More would have been more wonderful.

The ending – and Yeava’s triumph – was unexpected and authentic to the story. Overall, this book was very well done and much more than I expected. Four Stars.

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