Before you even read this book, you have to know that this book dedication hit my heart like an arrow shot from Eros bow.
“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
This is for you”
-Megan Spooner, Hunted
I love this book! I love this book! I love this book! Hey, have you heard I am in love with this book.
Hunted is a hard book not to fall in love with, I’ve only read one book of the author Megan Spooner, and I’ve already found it hard not to fall in love with throughout her entire writing to career. As you can read earlier, I love, love, love, love, love this book. The concept of a vengeful huntress that change our entire perspective of Beauty. This version of Beauty deserves to stand right next to Alien from Throne of Glass, or Feyre from A Court of Thrones and Roses. Yes, Yeva is that bad ass as Megan Spooner’s version of Beauty.
What I especially love about this book is how Spooner created a small kindling of romance between Beauty and the Beast. If you love when an authors gives you a burning romance between protagonist characters in 5ml droplets, this book is for you. There were so many scenes where I just didn’t want to leave the chapter. In fact there were many chapters in which I would re read them just because of the authors creative in creating such a romantic yet terrifying romantic hesitation. Megan Spooner is good, and I mean really good. As you’re enjoying the book you’re constantly scared that the book is getting thiner and thiner hoping that all things get resolved before you have a romantic hesitation heartache. That being said, this book is a standalone, and yes it does end at the end of the book, with an actually ending not that typical fading scene of vague details. Megan Spooner gives us an ending that make us all want to sigh in swooning delight at the happy bond between these two unlikely characters.
“BEAST She calls you Beast, for that is what you are. And Beauty. The surprise is not the compliment, not the truth, that she is beautiful. The surprise is not that we wish to help her. The surprise is not even the electric warmth that rises at the sound of her voice, even when she is shouting. The surprise is how much I long to hear her call me, just once more, Ivan.”
–Megan Spooner, Hunted
That being said Beast wasn’t exactly the most lovable character when first meeting Yeva, I mean … when you just meet a guy and he promises to murder you’re surviving family members, her sister, you don’t look at him in the same romantic lens you do at the end of the novel. I know many people didn’t like the great contrast of the Beast at the beginning of the novel compared to his Prince like attitude towards the end, however it’s that murderous great contrast between this single character that made me swoon as soon as I was introduced to him.
“We thought too much.
Because while hatred is a fire only man feels, he does not hate the beast that comes in the night. Mankind fears it, fights it, drives it off, but he does not hate it. No one hates the bear, he wolf. They don’t hate the wind or the snow. They don’t hate the death.
They hate each other.”
–Megan Spooner, Hunted
Another element of the book Hunted, that I enjoy is Spooner’s adaptation of Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf. If you’ve followed me on IG or my blog, you already know I am a huge fan of Russian Folklore and Fairy Tales. I have evidences of my love for the Russian folklore of the Firebird, since I’ve painting the firebird on one of my wooden furniture pieces. Let it be known I’m not shy about my love for the Russian tale of Ivan and the Firebird! Know that I love the great contrast between the Beast and the Prince, now add the retelling of Beauty and the Beast with Russian Folklore of the Firebird? Quick! Grab the smelling salts! I feel a strong swoon commencing! Even with all my swooning I have to be blunt, is its kinda Gaston-ish for the Beas to threaten Yeva’s sisters, those who she loves the most despite their obvious selfishness told in other retellings in order to keep her within his ruined castle.
“Yeva, you are my sister. I love you. I love you more than anything. You and Lena are the most important things in all the world.” She finally squeezed Yeva’s hand back, swallowing audibly. “I would give up a thousand Solmirs for you.”
–Megan Spooner, Hunted
Speaking more about the Beast, I love how the book tells that the Beast and the Prince are struggling between two different identities. This is a very key point in the book, since the Beast and the Prince are two different people yet they are of one. I love how Megan Spooner, used small cues such as the pronoun of “we”. The Beast and the Prince are struggling with each other, they are attempting to over take each other, in addition to constantly fighting each other just to communicate, survive, and exist. From the beginning of the book, you can already feel the tone between love and hate. The Beast finds romantic interest with Yeva as soon as he discovers how ever strong, determined, and fearless she is as a huntress. Believing that a male hunter would appear to and save her, well I hate to break it to you this is not that type of Beauty!
““You disapprove,” she commented. “Because I’m a girl?” “No.” The voice paused. “Females are often the best hunters. They must provide for the young and survive when the males are too busy posturing to do so. But this is not the way with humans.” “Humans?” ”
― Megan Spooner, Hunted
I love Hunted by Megan Spooner. I will read Hunted until the spine of the book breaks,or until I have to chase the pages of the book as they’re being carried away on a gentle breeze.
I hope you enjoy my review gives you enough information for you’re book reading curiosity begins to beg you to read this book too!