Author: Meagan Spooner
Genre: Young Adult
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 was such an interesting read for me! It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I found myself engaged the whole way through. Yeva is a girl who is very much a tomboy, she loves her father, she loves to hunt and be outside, she’s happiest when she’s outdoors exploring.
I found myself really wondering how the story was going to get to the ending we all knew was coming because there is such animosity between Yeva and Beast. Thus comes my main complaint, this story is so enjoyable however I felt like the development for the last 1/4 of the book was rushed and condensed into as few pages as possible. It almost felt like the author was thinking that the story was getting too long and needed to hurry and get to the point. I would have loved to see more of the adventures at the end. It may have meant that this book would need to be a duology but I would have bought the second book had that happened.
I will say I’m extremely thankful with the overall direction of this book, I read a few retelling for beauty and the beast last year and this was probably my favorite of those, the characters had depth, they had flaws and everything made sense. I don’t want to go into much detail since that would call for spoilers but despite my issues with the book I did feel satisfied at the end.
This was my first book with Meagan Spooner and I’ve added a few of her other books to my TBR.
Has anyone else read this book? What did you think?