by Meagan Spooner
Harper Teen, 2017. 374 pgs. Young Adult Fiction
Yeva’s family lives in town when disaster strikes and her family’s fortunes are lost to raiders and bandits, which means her family has to move to the woods and her father has to go back to hunting for their income. One day her father’s hound comes back without him and Yeva has to call on the training she received as a child to go find her father. Toward the end of her quarry she is captured by the Beast that she believes killed her father. Follow this Russian spin on the fairytale Beauty and the Beast.
I love Beauty and the Beast retellings; they are some of my favorite stories to read. I love the elements that the Russian background brings to the story. It also addressed one of the inconsistencies in the Russian fairy tales about Ivan who is often the hero of the story. I love that they mention Stockholm syndrome which is not commonly done in most of the stories. It was also fun to listen to the story, the readers did a beautiful job in their representation of the story and its elements.