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 is the strangest fairy-tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast ever. When I first read the synopsis on the back cover, I was intrigued. It looked like a very exciting book full of adventure. However, it took me absolutely forever to get “into” the story. I was over half-way through by the time I was really intrigued.
It kind of felt like the ending was rushed. I mean, there was only like one chapter of the ending. If you know me, you know that I like a happily ever after, not just an abrupt ending. What about what they did next? Did they actually live happily ever after or just for that one scene?
As a huge Beauty and the Beast fan, the retelling of that particular fairy-tale has to be good enough for me to recommend it and enjoy it. They can’t just be so-so. Unfortunately, this book was only so-so. As a story by itself, it was quite creative, but as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, it wasn’t as enjoyable.
The cover was really creative. I liked it a lot. That was one of the main reasons why I decided to read the back cover! I am going to give it 5 stars.
As for the story, this is really hard. Okay, so I a creative novel, I am going to give it 3 stars. As a fairy-tale retelling, I am going to give it 2 stars. I simply wanted a little more “fairy-tale” in the story. Still, you may enjoy this book. However, as a Beauty and the Beast fan, this novel wasn’t quite up to par.
Author: Meagan Spooner
Author’s Website: http://www.meaganspooner.com/
Reading Resolution: #59
This review is written in my own opinions and words.