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Blurb (from Goodreads):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?
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
This was a YA retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
I liked Yeva, and I liked how strong she was in difficult situations. She went after her father when he was in trouble, and she didn't give up on the Beast either, even when everybody else had. She was quite stubborn though, she didn't always take the easy option, and was opinionated as to what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.
The storyline in this was about Yeva's father losing his fortune, and then going missing in the woods, and Yeva trying to follow him, and ending up a captive of the Beast. We also got another interesting tale about a firebird woven into the story, and I really liked Yeva's love interest before the Beast - Solmir, who seemed sweet and willing to bend to her desires.
"I am not asking you to love me," he said, his voice ringing in the quiet winter air. "Only that you let me love you. As I do."
The romance between Yeva and the Beast was very slow, and it did take Yeva quite a long time to realise her feelings for the Beast, and then even longer still to work out what to do about them. I personally didn't find there to be as much romance as I expected though, and it seemed like more of a case of Yeva wanting to rescue him than falling in love with him. The story was enjoyable though, even if the pace was maybe a little slow.
The ending to this was a happily ever after, and i liked how things turned out, especially because it wasn't just Beauty and the Beast who got a happy ending.
6.5 out of 10