Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hunted by Meagan Spooner || Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz - Retellings Mash-Up Reviews

HUNTED

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis: 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 Thoughts: I received Hunted in my March Uppercase subscription and I was very excited to read this book. It had been one of my most anticipated books of the spring and I knew that Hunted is a Beauty and the Beast (BatB) retelling. I have read a couple other BatB retellings, and while Hunted was good, I would not call this one my favorite. On the plus side, Hunted sticks very closely to the original BatB story line. It also has a kickass Beauty that is a trained hunter! However, those positives did not outweigh the negatives for me. I thought Hunted was a little slow, with very little action happening throughout. This book probably could have benefited from being about 50 pages shorter. I also thought that there was no chemistry between Beauty and the Beast, which is a big no-no for me. Overall, I did enjoy Hunted but it is definitely not a tale as old as time.
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ALEX AND ELIZA 

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis: Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history. 1777. Albany, New York. As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball. Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

My Thoughts: I had been anticipating this book so much because it is a retelling of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schyler's love story! What Hamilton fan would not be excited for this book? And it was a great story. I absolutely love Eliza. She is spunky and outspoken and a complete role-model. She was a woman way ahead of the 1700's. I really enjoyed how slowly Alex and Eliza's love story blossomed. They seem like an unlikely match, Alex is from an unknown family and has very little money while Eliza comes from a highly respected family (including her father who is in the military). I think it is these odds though that ultimately make them the perfect match. They didn't care about backgrounds or families... Alex and Eliza just found perfection in each other and what more can you ask for. I also got a lot of Pride and Prejudice feels from this book, so that also added greatly to my experience. I would highly recommend this book, as it was a fun quick read.

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