by Meagan Spooner
My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆
Wow. This is my favorite read of 2018 thus far. It came out of nowhere, blew all my expectations out of the water, and easily became one of my favorite books ever.
I bought this book when it came out. I think there was a lot of hype surrounding it, but I didn’t pay too much attention to it. After I bought this book, I realized that retellings aren’t really my thing, so it sat on my shelf for a while. Then, I saw Meagan Spooner was going to be at the NoVa Teen Book Festival, so I decided to dust it off and read it. Like I said, retellings are usually disappointing and lackluster for me. Hunted was the exact opposite. I am so impressed with the story and the writing. Meagan Spooner is an incredible storyteller, and I can’t wait to read more of her work.
I love the way magic was written into this world. It didn’t need a ton of explaining or world building. It’s just a natural part of it. I also love how the magic is real, but it’s always just out of reach. It kind of rests on the periphery of everyone’s vision. It’s a song that you can sometimes hear, and it’s a world you can sometimes see.
The characters also impressed me. Yeva didn’t really suffer from the special-snowflake syndrome so many MCs do. She was written in such a relatable way. Her family was realistic. Her relationship with the Beast was realistic. Her feelings are inside us all. The Beast was so dynamic and his magic was so interesting. I want to read a whole book on his life.
Hunted left me wanting more, but at the same time completely satisfied.
“Nothing in this world has only one nature.”