''Unlike the cardboard heroes of fairytales, Yeva is a very human girl who must discover the meaning of the deep yearning that has always been within her. The author's depictions will keep the reader spellbound.'' --(Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))
''A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.'' --(Marie Lu, author of the Legend and The Young Elites trilogies)
''Haunting and graceful, with an edge that draws blood when you least expect it, Hunted is a masterpiece. Spooner deftly weaves together fairytale with fantasy, bringing to life an immersive, unforgettable world, a heart-wrenching romance, and a badass heroine.'' --(Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae and The Starbound Trilogy)
''Elements of Russian folklore thread through this revision of ''Beauty and the Beast'', and the smooth storytelling effectively creates atmosphere and mood as well as relaying the tale. Much time is spent on details... they all work to create a richly immersive and creatively fresh world for a familiar story.'' --(Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
From the Back Cover
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood.
She knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
But Yeva’s grown up far from her father’s old lodge, raised to be part of the city’s highest caste of artistocrats. Still, she’s never forgotten the feel of a bow in her hands, and she’s spent a lifetime longing for the freedom of the hunt.
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 heard about only in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin—or salvation.
Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?