Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted

Author: Meagan Spooner
Rating: 3.75/5
Genre: Fantasy

“I will call you, Beauty, for that is what you are”

Goodreads Synopsis: 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?

Review: The synopsis of this book is very reminiscent of another popular book that everyone has read, A Court of  Thorns and Roses. Although, I enjoyed reading that particular book, I wasn’t as in love with it as others were. Therefore, I really had no expectations for this book. Which, I think is the reason, I enjoyed it more than ACOTAR. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy ACORTAR, I just feel that this book is a lot darker and fantastical than ACOTAR. Considering it’s a standalone novel, I think it did a great job in setting up the world and creating its characters. I also love the little folk tales that are told within the book.

I’m a fan of the protagonist. I think her personality is realistic and one that people can relate to. Her everyday social circle as a merchant’s daughter is accurate and the fall of her family, and the outcome of the fall, is one that can be found throughout historical documents. This realistic venture is one that I enjoyed within the book. The fate of her father is actually one that I would rather have a fairy tale ending, but it’s understandable considering the situation. I thoroughly enjoyed all the little details that Spooner incorporated in the lives of the three girls.

Another thing that I highly enjoyed is the relationship of the three sisters with each other and their father. As usually the presence of a mom is not present, but at least we got to see how close all four people in the family are. Even their relationships with their dogs is heartwarming. I wish that we got to see more of the dad in the later part of the book, but wishful thinking on my behalf. I think all throughout the book, I’m a fan of all the male and female characters that Spooner introduce whether it be the minor players or the main people. The author did a great job in creating a fabulous story without having characters being morally corrupt.

The one point I’m still a bit confused about, and one that I wished she took a little more time in developing, is the transition between the fantasy world and Beauty’s world. That connection is a bit vague on her description and it took me several read to pain a picture in my head. Even then, I’m still a bit confused. A little bit more fluidity would have been nicer.

Overall, I highly enjoyed the book. I love the characters, I enjoyed the world and the writing, although nothing spectacular, is still a great read. Although, I have a few complaints, I’m still a happy reader. I’m  fan of Spooner. I enjoyed her Starbound Trilogy and Unearthed novels with Amie Kaufman, I also enjoy her standalone novel, Hunted. Hopefully, she will release more novels just as great.

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Borrowathon Readathon

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I totally forgot to post this on Friday and now the Readathon has started. Anyways, as usually I try to participate in this readathon because it’s a fun way to promote your local library and the hosts are amazing. The readathon will run from May 20 – 27.

Here are the challenges for this round of the Readathon:

  1. A book award winner or nominee
  2. A book with your initials on the cover (tite, author name, etc)
  3. Someone else’s favorite book
  4. A book from your favorite genre 
  5. A book everyone has read by you
  6. Read a book that features a library

Here are the books that I’m hoping to read that will correspond to the challenges.

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The Wind Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi: I’m not really sure what this book is about, but I heard many good things about it. This will be for challenge 1. and 2.

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The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke: I started reading these books because one of the youtuber that I follow loves this duology, just can’t figure out who that person is. Anyways, this will fulfill challenge 3. and 4.

Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel: I few years back I’ve seen a lot of people reading this book and I was intrigued. I actually am quite excited for this book. This is for the 5. challenge.

***I always have a tough time with the last challenge. Hopefully, one of these books will have some kind of Library in them. ***

TBR Challenge #3: Follow Me

Follow MeFollow Me by Sara Shepard

Series: Amateurs #2
Rating: 3/5
Theme: Contemporary

Why? Usually when people say contemporary, you instinctively thing romance, but technically, anything can be contemporary, just as long as it is set in our present time. So of course I would pick a contemporary mystery, because that’s just my preference.

Review: During my teen years I read Shepard’s popular series, Pretty Little Liars, and I was totally hooked, I might not have finished the series (because it was too long), I still highly enjoyed the pace of her books. Therefore, when she release her new series, Amateurs, I really wanted to get on board again. Unfortunately, I’m not as hooked with this series as the PLL. Although this series incorporates similar attributes as PLL, I’m just not as gripped with the story line or even the mystery. I have a feeling it might be my reading preferences now. Since I’ve read a ton of mysteries from different sub-genre: cozy, thriller, psychological, etc. I feel that this type of mystery is no longer up my alley and for those who are fans and readers of mystery novels, I don’t think these books are for you as well.

Let’s start with the mystery itself. At the end of Amateurs we find out who the suspect is and so, in this book all throughout the whole novel we know the who and the why the crime is committed. The only reason why readers would keep on reading is to find out the why on the main story arc of the series. I’m not really sure if I’m making myself clear, but it’s really difficult to explain it without revealing things from the first book. For those who has read the first book, then this review makes more sense. I also felt that there were too many events that wasn’t realistic, considering the situation that they were in. I feel that Shepard is creating her characters to be both smart and yet dumb simultaneously. There’s just no way the group of friends are that oblivious to the people surrounding them, when they claim to be so observant.

In terms of character development, there really isn’t much with the main characters. There changes in the relationships between the characters, but it’s really not something the readers are shocked about, especially with the events in the first book. Obviously there are new characters in this book and a different location to make the mystery feasible.

I’m a bit on the fence with this series. On the one hand, I really want to see what happens to the main story arc of the series. Then on the other, the books are just not gripping enough to sustain my interest. Even with the ending, it didn’t really leave me wanting for more. I’ll see what happens.

 

My Dog, Blue!

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Today will not be a book related topic and I’m really sorry about that, but I have to get things out of my chest.

I’ve only had one pet my whole entire life and I had to say goodbye to her today. I’m really heart broken, but she was so sick and so tired, I was really helpless to do anything about it. We tried medication after medication, but she went from an energetic dog to one that was slowly deteriorating. I know that she lived a very long and happy life, but I’m still so very sad to see her go. I know somewhere she is still with me, protecting me in her own way.

I’m not posting this because I want pity, I’m posting it because I want everyone to know how wonderful she is. Some people might say that she’s just a dog, but really to our family she was so much more. She was my protector, my confidant, my comforter, and my companion. It’s really amazing how a dog can change your life and it’s amazing how unconditional their love is for you. She will always be my dog, and I will always love her.

 

Popular Fantasy Books I haven’t Read, Yet!

I don’t hide the fact that I’m a mainstream reader. I basically read books that booktubers/bloggers have been raving about. I take an occasional ARC here and there, but most of the books that I read are the ‘popular’ books. I really don’t have that much time on my hands to peruse the bookstore hours at a time to look for a diamond in the rough. So, I rely on those that make it their mission to find such books.

However, there are some book that slips through my radar and still haven’t gotten around to. I’m a very moody reader, meaning I need to be in a certain right type of mind to read certain genres/books. Here are 5 Popular books that I still haven’t gotten around to reading just yet.

six of crows1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This book have been getting all the raves for the past few years now and I know its in everyone’s top ten whenever they read it. Unfortunately, I still haven’t gotten around to it. I still need to actually pick up the Grisha Trilogy before I get to this Duology.

2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m not a big fan of Laini Taylor’s Daughter and Smoke Trilogy, but I am a fan of her writing. So I really need to get a move on to this book. This was just released last year, but I still haven’t gotten a chance in picking it up. I do however, want to remedy that this year.

truthwitch3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard5. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

This one I’m really hesitant to read, but so many people are saying that its so good. I can’t possibly miss out on the opportunity on reading about a new world! ARGH! So many good books, so little time!

4. Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes

This one I deliberately not pick up until the last book in the series is finished. I’m not really sure why, I don’t even know if I’m going to like the series, but I heard a lot of people enjoying it. I do know that people got a little bit side-tracked because the books took awhile to come out and by then the steam died down. I’m still excited though, I can’t wait to see what the fuss is about

5. Mistborn by Brandon SandersonMistborn

Last, but not least is this gem. I’ve been putting this series off for years now and I really want to get to it, but I’m so hesitant because I don’t want to be disappointed. I actually want to try out his YA book first, Steelheart, to see if I would like his writing and then dive into this. Everyone that I follow on Booktube/Bloggers have read and love Sanderson’s books.

Book Date Monday

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It’s been awhile since I did a Book Date Monday, so here are I am to remedy that problem. Let’s get right into it.

Last Week

The Lost City of Fortunes

I’ve been reading this book since the beginning of May, but wasn’t able to finish it before the Disney Readathon, so technically I had to put this aside and start reading my first book for the readathon.

Currently Reading: 

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This is my first book for the Disney Readathon that I’m participating in, if you want to see my TBR please click here. Anyways, The Hammer of Thorn is the second book in the Magnus Chase trilogy. It’s ok so far. I haven’t gotten far into in for me to enjoy it.

Upcoming Read: 

I’m debating between the two books. I’ll have to see how I’m feeling to see which one I would prefer.

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So that’s a quick way to update everyone one what I’m reading and thinking of reading next. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to all these books this week.

Disney Read-A-Long and TBR

I came across this Disney Readathon on Little Book Owl‘s Blog. She usually posts all the readathons, that she knows of, on this page. So head over there if you want to find a readathon to participate in.

Anyways, the readathon is created and hosted by Hannah Elizabeth from the Tiny Book Dragon and it’s going to run from May 6 to 12. The Readathon is going to be centered around, you guess it, on Disney characters. I really like the characters that Hannah chooses because not all of them are the typical characters that most people use/know.

Here are the challenges for the readathon:

Frozen: Read a book set in Winter

Dory: Read a book you forgotten you own

Aurora’s Dress: Read a book with pink and blue on the cover

Hewey, Dewey and Louie: Read a book part of a Trilogy

Cinderella: Read the original story of the Brother’s Grimm and watch the Disney adaptation

You can also participate in reading sprints and other fun stuff by following the twitter account @DISNEYREADALONG.

Here are the books that I’m planning on reading for the challenges. Mind you, this might change as the readathon progress, but for now, these are the ones that I have chosen from my bookshelves.

Hunted

FROZEN: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Yeva, born from an aristocratic family, but when they lost their fortune, her family was forced to moved to the outskirts of the town. 

When her father goes missing int he forest, she must go out and look for him. Knowing that he is tracking a creature, she sets out to hunt the Beast in a cursed valley

***I’ve been meaning to pick this book up for awhile now and this is a great time to do so. Plus, I think this is the only book I have that is set in winter or at least I hope so considering there’s snow on the cover. Right?!?!

InvictusDORY: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Farway is a genius, but when he fails his final exam he takes on a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends, dealing with black market operations. When one heist goes wrong, he must travel through time to solve a mystery and discover a frightening truth.

***Apparently I own this book. I bought this book twice because I didn’t remember that I actually own the book already. I was really surprised when I did an inventory of my new purchased novels and saw two copies of this. Anyways, I’m actually really excited for this book I’ve read two of Graudin’s novels already and I actually enjoy them.

AURORA’S DRESS:

magnus-chase-2HEWEY, DEWEY, LOUIE: Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Synopsis of the 1st Book: Magnus Chase has been on the run for two years, since his mother told him to run, but with a warning of never to go to his Uncle Randolph. Unfortunately, he eventually caught up to him and is speaking about Norse mythology and his birthright. 

Before things are explained to him, he is attacked by a fire giant that eventually kills him. This is where his story begins.

***I read the first book in this series a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I want to get to this one as soon as possible and this readathon is totally good for it.

Cinderella.jpgCINDERELLA: The Little Glass Slipper by the Brother’s Grimm

Growing up, everyone has heard the story of Cinderella. A mistreated girl by her evil stepmother and stepsisters, but with the help of her Fairy Godmother, she is able to overcome these obstacles and follow her dream.

This is the story that all children know and love, but with the story of the Brother’s Grimm things are a lot darker.

***I’ve actually read the whole collection of the Grimm’s ‘fairytales’ but I don’t mind re-reading this particular one. Plus, I get to watch the Disney version too!

Ok, so that’s it for this TBR. Please join us because this readathon sounds so cool.