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Hunted by Meagan Spooner Book Review

Must say that before I start my reviews I secretly love and hate fairy tales retellings. The plot lines are usually so cliché and you just know exactly what would happen which makes you groggily read on. Obviously there are a few exceptions to terrible retellings such as The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas.

But this review is not about those books. This is about Hunted.

When I started reading I noticed that it was extremely descriptive and the words almost jump off the page and create a world right in front of your eyes. Sometimes, I thought it dragged on a bit at the start but suddenly it picked up and revealed a thrilling plotline and twists turns that you don’t expect to come.

That’s what Meagan Spooner is all about as a writer, adventure. It is potent in The Starbound Trilogy of which she co-wrote with Amie Kaufman (who co-wrote The Illuminae Files) and it was obvious in Hunted because I reckon the strongest part of the book was the action and the description which blended perfectly with the plot line.

I won’t mention too much because if I do I’ll end up spoiling the whole book so I’ll keep this fairly brief, Hunted is about this girl named Yeva who lives with her sisters and father in the village. When his fortune is lost, they move back into their father’s hunting cabin the woods. Her father, after a hunting trip, speaks of a terrible beast stalking him in the shadows. He tries to go back to kill it but doesn’t return. Yeva leaves her house in search of him only to fall into the hands of the terrible cursed beast he spoke of.

I can’t explain Hunted’s plotline more than that and it doesn’t sound all too enticing but just read it and you will be pulled under the book’s magic spell just like I was. Just pick it up and give it a go especially if you love girl power and fantasy.

ACTUAL RATING: 4.3 STARS

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