Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Published: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

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, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 – and when I FINALLY managed to get my hands on a copy… I ended up DNFing it. I am so upset that I ended up DNFing this book because I usually adore Beauty and the Beast retellings and I was just so excited for this! I had quite a few issues with this book, but the cover is definitely not one of them – because this is cover love right here!

My first issue with this book is that I felt like the characters were mostly flat. I didn’t feel like there was an overriding difference between any of the characters and I often felt like they ended up blurring together. I didn’t feel any connection with the characters on a reader/character basis, which is an absolutely must for me if I am going to get along with the book. I feel like they were completely underdeveloped and really could have used lifting up. Yeva really bugged me. At lot of things that she did really grated on my skin, but I think the worst thing would be the fact that she fell in love with someone whilst blindfolded (she never even saw the guy!!) telling him stories because she thought he was her ally/friend. Despite the fact that he doesn’t try and help her escape or anything… some ally. I hated the fact that she was so fickle and that there was absolute no real connection before she started falling in love with him… until she obviously found out what he was.

I was also disappointed that we didn’t get to know our secondary characters. They were there, I knew they were there… I knew basic facts about them – one of her sisters is engaged, the other has a disability – but I didn’t really get to KNOW them. They were there, but they weren’t. I didn’t feel that bond that would have driven the sisters to take care of each other, or the bond between Beauty and her father that would have driven her to go out and look for him. It was completely missing and it was almost like reading a bunch of strangers, rather than a close knit family.

I also really struggled with the plot. A lot of the time, it is snow and trees and trees and snow with some superficial hunting stuck in the middle of it. The fact that she goes hunting for half of what I read because she wants to be on her own (surrounded by snow and trees… and more snow and more trees) was boring after a while. I struggled to get through the bit of the book that I read because it was repetitive. The plot also didn’t seem to develop after beauty met the beast. She told stories for ages and then did some more hunting.

All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this story. I found the plot to be extremely repetitive and the characters underdeveloped. I gave this book 1/5 stars.

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March Wrap Up

Hey guys! It is that time of month again to look back on everything I have read this month! I feel like I disliked more book than I actually liked… so I guess we shall see!

Read: 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – 5/5 stars

Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee – 5/5 stars

Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay, ARC copy, DNF – 2/5 stars

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell, ARC copy – 4/5 stars

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne, ARC copy – 2/5 stars

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon, DNF – 1/5 stars

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, DNF – 1/5 stars

Death Knock by Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel, Review Copy, DNF – 1/5 stars

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 5/5 stars

Long My She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas – 3/5 stars

Eternity Fades by Katelyn Anderson – Beta Read 

Acquired:

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Bought, physical

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas – Bought, physical

Ravenfrost by Tracy Renae – ARC (Author) Kindle

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – ARC (Netgalley) Kindle

Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee – Review copy (author)

Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay – ARC (Author)

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell – ARC (Netgalley) Kindle

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne – ARC (Netgalley) Kindle

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon – Bought, Kindle

Death Knocks by Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel, Review copy (Netgalley)

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Bought, Physical

Asylum by Madeleine Roux . Bought, Physical

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger – Bought, Physical

Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger – Bought, Physical

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking – Bought, Physical

Goodreads Monday:

March 6th – Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

March 13th – Black City by Elizabeth Richards

March 20th – Conversion by Katherine Howe

March 27th – Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Special Posts: 

Cover Reveal – Illusionary by Desiree Williams

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

 

 

 

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so that others can see what you picked! 

Hey guys! Can you believe it’s the end of March?? I’m going to be 23 next month :-O … Let’s just run away and pretend it’s not happening! Anyway! This weeks Goodreads Monday is a book that I actually went to 2 different bookstores to find over the weekend… AND THE DIDN’T HAVE IT! Looks like Amazon is going to have to be my trusty friend again!

hunted

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Published: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

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, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

I have had this on my TBR for ages now and I am so looking forward to finally getting a copy!