ARC Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Title: A Wicked Thing (???)
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Genre: Fairy tale Retelling
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eBook
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 2, 2015
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Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after. 
One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale. 
Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept. 
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run. 
Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

I never been the princess type of girl. I never saw the princess movies, I didn't even know how Aurora was cursed. But as soon as I saw the summary of this book I knew I had to read the story of Sleeping Beauty because I just had to request A Wicked Thing.

I loved Aurora, she was a character that was pretty easy to relate too. Though I loved her I expected her not to be as passive as she was. Don't get me wrong, she was very clever but she didn't do anything spectacular about her situation until the last few chapters. Though being passive could do with the fact she had been asleep for a hundred years. (Actually Rodric tells her she has been asleep for 102 years.) 

Rodric is the prince whose kiss woke Aurora up. Now I expected him to be perfected (I have that expectation for princes a lot.) But he wasn't. He was shy, timid, self conscious and just wanted to do everything right. Though it was clear he wasn't going to be the love interest in the story I really adored him and thought of him to be adorable. He is intelligent and would make a great King. 

I was expecting more romance then was actually given to us. There were three guys who could have possibly been the love interest(s), Rodric, Prince Finnegan, and Tristan. The romance aspect is the reason I didn't go with five stars.

The plot was interesting. It dealt more with Aurora settling into her knew life and being jerked around by the King and the Queen. Her whole life was planned for her. For the most part I loved A Wicked Thing. It was interesting, had a decent pace and kept my attention even at the slower parts (there weren't many though!) 



  1. Excited to read this one soon!

  2. Sounds like this would be quite an interesting retelling of sorts, given how it deals with the aftermath of waking up!!

  3. Great review! I'm really getting into the retellings lately so I'm excited to read this one :)


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