•Author: Meagan Spooner
•Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
•Genre: Retelling, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult.
•My ranting: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
“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?
“Fairy tales are about lessons. Those who are virtuous and true are rewearded, while those who are wicked and greedy are punished.”
GUYS THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING. LIKE OH MY GOD I’M A HARDCORE FANGIRL OF THIS BOOK.
I read this book after watching the new Beauty and The Beast movie and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my entire life.
I have no words. It took me completely by surprise. Like wow, guys. I really didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. But if you’ve been following me for a while you’d know I’m a sucker for retellings, so I don’t know why it even surprises me.
The story is so captivating and so magical I felt like I was a viewer inside that story. I read the other book she co-writed with Amy Kaufman, These Broken Stars, but apart from that, this was my first introduction to Meagan Spooner. And I have to say her writing is so mesmerizing and gorgeous. And it completely fits so well with the story.
“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us like wind and forest. And she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. She reminds us of what we used to be.”
I would say this retelling is more true to the original story than the Disney movie everyone knows, which was actually something I ended up liking about it. Yeva, the main character and her sisters and father were wealthy but because some wrong bussiness ended up poor and living in a cotage in the forest.
There is also some russian florklore, such as Vasilisa The Beautiful, Ivan and the Grey Wolf and my favourite, The Firebird. Now even though I don’t know much about russian tales I loved how these took part in the story.
“She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything.”
And CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE CHARACTERS??! I looove angsty romances, and this particulary was really well done in my opinion. Yes, you get that transtition of hate-to-being-friends-to-love, and even though the pacing was slow and not for everyone I think the slow-burning romance was something that made you want to devour the book to know what happens next.
And let me tell you guys, LET ME TELL YOU THE ENDING WAS SOOO BEAUTIFUL AND OH-MY-GOD-ISH (if that’s even a word). I adored it but I want to keep it spoiler-free so I’ll just say this: !!!!!