Written by Meagan Spooner

Published by Harper teen, March 14 2017

My star rating: 4.5 stars


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? Find it on Goodreads

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With the Beauty and the Beast movie in theatres, the story is being talked about everywhere. There have been a few other Beauty and the Beast retellings over the years, but this one – this one is the closest to the story that I know and it was SO well done!! I felt that the pace of this book was consistent, and always kept me interested, even though I basically knew what was going to happen next.

First of all, Yeva as a character was fantastic. She was very self aware, knew what she wanted and what she was capable of. She was strong yet sensitive, and her family meant everything to her. Yeva lived with her two sisters and her father. In the Disney version she was an only child so I wasn’t expecting to love her sisters as much as I did. The three sisters were very different in their personalities and I found myself so invested in their personal relationships and the outcomes. I don’t have any siblings, but I loved how apparent their love was for each other as well as their need to protect each other. If I could have sisters, it would be these girls. I just loved them to pieces.

My absolute FAVOURITE part of this book was the folklore!! Yes there was a curse, and yes there was magic, but Meagan Spooner wove the curse and Yeva’s love of books together in this magical combination of stories. Eva’s father used to tell her stories when she was a little girl. These were based on the Russian fairytales of Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird, and the Grey Wolf. She brilliantly combined these stories, the curse, and Beauty’s emotional attachment to her father and books to make such a beautiful, memorable story.

My second favourite part was that there was no Gaston! I remember not wanting to watch Beauty and the Beast when I was a kid because his character made me SO ANGRY! I remembered wondering how someone could be so hateful and destructive for no reason at all. There was a particular love interest for Beauty in the beginning of the story, but he was a wonderful loving person and nothing like Gaston. If there would have been someone like him in this book I probably wouldn’t have rated this book so high.

I’m also pleased to say that there was no insta-love! When a character throws all their emotions out the window after looking into another characters eyes, I can’t handle it. Both Yeva and the Beast held true to their emotions and goals, and didn’t instantly turn into mush. Each characters actions slowly proved their intentions and true personalities. Each of them were held accountable for their actions and their emotions adjusted accordingly. They didn’t just forgive each other immediately for their mistakes and took the time to balance and figure out their feelings. As this book was told from the perspective of Beauty, we always knew what she was thinking. But at the end of each chapter was a diary entry from Beast where were were given an inside look into his thoughts and his struggles. Adding things like this to a book, if done well, adds so much depth to the novel. In this case it was done well and appreciated the second perspective even though it was only a page or two at the end of a chapter.

I ended up taking a half a star off my rating because of the ending. I was slightly underwhelmed and felt like I needed more – a bit more magic, flourish and explanation. It was satisfactory, I just felt like it lacked something special. There was so much magic and story telling throughout this novel and then it seemed to end a little abruptly.

Until next time, happy reading!


21 Comments Add yours

  1. Nicole @aDanceBeteweenPages says:

    Awesome review! I’m still not sure if I want to read this book, I read so many books released this year and only 1 or 2 were good :/

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    1. I agree – I’ve felt underwhelmed with a few books I’ve chosen and have stayed away from popular releases almost all together!

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  2. Ooh! I’ve been going back and forth over whether to order this, mainly because I have a limited book budget and there’s quite a few new releases this month. I think you’ve just made my mind up for me. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that I win the giveaway, but if not, I think I’m going to buy it. Awesome review!

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    1. Awe thanks! The giveaway ends tomorrow at midnight so we will find out soon! My daughter is choosing the winner 🙂 It sucks being on a limited book budget! I ran out of gift card money so now it will be a while before I can buy a book – and so many good ones are coming out over the next few months!! Good thing I preordered ACOWAR!


  3. TeacherofYA says:

    Awesome! I’m glad you liked the book…I want to read it badly as I am a sucker for retellings!

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  4. Yay! Glad you liked this! And happy there is no insta love. Can’t wait to read this one!

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  5. The Other Weasley says:

    I am so glad you liked it. I really enjoyed this retelling. The folklore and Yeva were well done.

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  6. Jovita says:

    One the day of release I was looking all for it locally, finally found it at one of the B&N. I was so excited to read it…. here it is, weeks later and I still haven’t read it. I placed it on my shelf and kind of forgot about it, until I read your review. Hopefully I can get to it next week. Thank you for the wonderful review. Happy Reading

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    1. Awe thanks! I do hope you get to it soon. It was a fast read


  7. booktrekker says:

    This sounds fantastic! I have read a few other retellings of Beauty and the Beast, but this sounds much more fleshed out than most. Thanks, for the lovely review, I will be adding this to my towering pile of books waiting to be read. 🙂

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    1. ah the TBR Tower – I have one of those myself! Yes is was very close to the disney movie but all my least favourite bits were removed. And the whole folklore aspect made it perfect!

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      1. booktrekker says:

        Agreed, folklore makes everything better.

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      2. booktrekker says:

        By any chance have you read any of Kate Forsythe’s Fariy tale rettellings? I particularly loved Bitter Greens (rapunzel) and Wild Girl (the story of Dorchen Wild the woman who would become Dorchen Grimm). She always manage to weave in so much history and folk lore that it is a real treat.

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        1. No I haven’t! I actually haven’t heard of her before. I’m going to have to do some Goodreads research now! Thanks for the recommendation! I really appreciate it 🙂

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          1. booktrekker says:

            How exciting, I have a feeling you will love her. She actually has a PhD in fairy tale retelling. I have been waiting for ages to be able to put on of her books into the hands of someone who might like them. Fingers crossed.

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        2. OOOOoohhh! Bitter Greens sounds amazing! I immediately added it to my wish list!

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  8. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book it sounds so good and I love everything beauty and the beast related 😍😍

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