“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?”
I love Yeva! She’s strong, independent and likes to go against the social norms of her town. Like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Yeva wants more in her life. She doesn’t want to be spending all her life gushing over the rich people or staying inside and waiting for a husband. She’s smart and likes to hunt with her father. Yeva has a soft spot for her family and will do anything to make sure her two sisters are taken care of and happy.
One thing the author did throughout the book was to have a couple of chapters in the beast’s point of view. I found doing that made the book so much more interesting especially towards the end when you see the beast slowly start to lose his humanity. You don’t actually find out the beast’s name until the end of the book, so Yeva calls him Beast throughout most of the book. The beast was intimidating and scary but there were times where he was vulnerable and sensitive. I really liked reading about the beast, I found him to be such an interesting character to read about.
The plot, in the beginning, focuses more on Yeva and her family but it definitely starts to speed up when Yeva and her family move into their cabin in the woods. My favorite part in the book was towards the end when Yeva finally realizes that she cares for the beast. She goes back into the woods to find him and it was so sweet and sentimental, I loved every minute of it.
The relationship between Yeva and the beast starts off very tense. Yeva obviously doesn’t like him and the Beast is just using her for his own gain but as they get to know each other you see the beast becomes more human and they become friends but Yeva doesn’t realize just how much she cares for him until after she leaves.
Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I loved reading about Yeva and seeing her values change as the book went on. I found that the author having those chapters in the Beast’s point of view made the book so much more enjoyable especially since the book was in the third persons point of view. Having that small insight into the beast’s head was so interesting and made me understand him better. I liked the fact that the beginning the book started off slow and that you got to see what Yeva’s life would have been like if she didn’t meet the Beast. The plot did have some similarities to “Beauty and the Beast” but there was a lot of different twists. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.