Audience: Teen+, no language, a kiss, some animals hunted
Length: 384 pages
Author: Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: March 14th, 2017
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TALE AS OLD AS TIME?
For a retelling I enjoyed this. Truly reminiscent of Beauty & the Beast with a twist, of course.
Yeva (Beauty) heads after her Father when he disappears from his hunting trip. Once finding him she is taken in by the Beast who needs her to find his query so he can be free.
What was nice in this version is that Yeva is more self-sufficient. She can hunt and take care of herself in the woods. Very different from the Disney princess version.
The Beast chapters increasingly made me sad because HE JUST WANTED TO BE FREE. And Yeva grasped that a bit late, but it wouldn’t be a love story otherwise, right?
Overall, I was entertained. It was simple and understated, but a solid retelling nonetheless.
No language, and no love scenes. Yeva gets tossed about a bit, but violence is minimal (unless you’re a rabbit).