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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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? – Goodreads

This book was beautifully written — I couldn’t put it down. I’m a sucker for a fairytale retelling and this one was one of the best I’ve read.

Yeva is beautiful — almost obnoxiously so, as the book kept referring to it (my only qualm with the story). Yeva doesn’t want to settle down and get married — she wants to spend her days outdoors, hunting like her father. When her father goes crazy hunting for a creature in the woods, Yeva decides to track the creature as well.

I enjoyed Yeva’s character. She was deep, I could connect with her, and I truly cared about her. I also like the Beast’s character — though the “plot twist” was super obvious, I enjoyed his story and how he came to be.

The world was constructed well — I could picture the castle, the woods, the dogs, everything. I enjoyed the magical elements and how the parallel magical world played into the “real” world.

I can’t say too much more without giving it away — if you enjoy fairytale retellings, definitely give this one a shot. I rated it a 5/5 on Goodreads and added it to my favorites shelf.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 11/4

Top Ten Books We Want To Reread *

* or would reread if we actually liked rereading

8579201. My co-worker’s daughter is currently reading the Silverwing series by Kenneth Oppel, which really makes me want to reread it. It’s basically about a bunch of bats. Basically Shade, a bat, gets separated from his flock during winter migration and has a huge adventure. I was very into animal point-of-view books as a kid!

2. Good in Bed by Jennifer Wiener. I absolutely loved Good in Bed when I first read it—in fact, it was through Good in Bed that I discovered that I liked women’s fiction.

3. Which also makes me want to reread Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.

4. I think it would be interesting to read The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials series) by Philip Pullman at this age versus the age I was when I initially read it. Knowing the parallels behind the story now would make me read it in a different light.

5. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine was one of my all-time favorites as a young girl, so it would be fun to reread it again. I haven’t read it since the movie came out, but I remember being furious that nothing matched the book.

605106. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I just finished it (a review will be up soon!!) and am SO in love. If I didn’t have a million other books I wanted to read, I would probably read it over and over until it was memorized.

7. The Harry Potter series. I keep trying to reread them starting from the beginning, but I get distracted by shiny, new books and stop.

8. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. This book gave me all the feels when I read it in high school.

9. The Hunger Games series. I’ve forgotten so many of the details from these and they’re among my (very long list of) favorites.

10. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. Out of this list, I think this is the one I will actually reread. I loved it and wanted to continue the series, but it’s been so long since I first read it that I’d have to reread it in order to understand the next books.

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