Recently the way disabled people are portrayed in books has been brought to our attention because of the argument surrounding the book, and now successful movie, Me Before You. The varying opinions on this subject have made me think twice about the portrayal of all disabled characters I have read about in recent years, and even more about their portrayal in YA books. YA is generally known for being a more diverse and open environment then adult books (and though it needs some serious work to make it truly representational) I find it odd that I actually haven’t read many YA books about disabled teens (in fact none at all that stay disabled throughout the entire story).
So I have a thing for Beauty and the Beast- I love it a lot. In all forms; fantasy retellings, contemporary retellings and movies. So when I was doing some research into upcoming YA books I was beyond excited to find that Meagan Spooner, an author I’ve enjoyed before when she co-wrote These Broken Stars with Amie Kaufman, has written a Beauty and the Beast retelling due out in 2017, with a twist.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
The twist; a revenge plot. After her Father goes missing after setting out to hunt down a beast like creature in the woods Yeva decides to hunt him down herself. She manages to push him back to his home, a ruined castle full of mysterious fairytale creatures. In the end, who will survive? Beauty or the Beast?
Hunted is one of quite a YA few Beauty and the Beast retellings of late, but I’m quite excited about this one especially because the description is so different from what I’d expect from a Beauty and the Beast retelling, it doesn’t even mention romance at all! I want to know more about how the story will play out, whether there will be romance or if this is more of a fantasy thriller overall. I’m hoping that this will be quite different from other YA Beauty and the Beast retellings so it stands out more, but I would be lying if I said I would be happy without romance (thats what Beauty and the Beast is all about!).
Now that I’ve got you all excited, I have to break the bad news- it’s not out till next year.
Release Date: 14th March 2017
But this is one to watch out for.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly tag hosted by Breaking the Spine in which you post your most anticipated upcoming releases.
I’m still writing my June Wrap up, I read quite a few books and it’s taking some time to get through it, it should be up soon (I hope!!)
Last Tuesday and Wednesday I was lucky enough to see one of the preview performances of the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London. I’ve had some people ask me to set a few things straight about the Cursed Child, but I’ve found writing an actual review incredibly difficult without mentioning the plot, which is of course, a big secret.
So without further ado, I present my work around. I’m going to answer some Cursed Child questions you may have, so let’s get started!
Update: I couldn’t do this without some minor plot spoilers. If you would prefer to know nothing, then I would recommend NOT reading any further, but if you don’t mind knowing which characters will be involved, and what the starting plot is, then read on.
Is this a new Harry Potter book?
(If you asked this, I can’t believe you didn’t know) It’s a play, and the book, which will be released on July 31st (Harry’s B-Day!) will be a script of the play. Like when you read Shakespeare- but not as complicated.