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Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

A Wicked ThingTitle: A Wicked Thing

Author: Rhiannon Thomas

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: A Wicked Thing Series (Book #1)

Publication Date: February 24, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 337 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062303538 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062303530 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis

Rhiannon Thomas’s dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of what happens after happily ever after. Vividly imagined scenes of action, romance, and political intrigue are seamlessly woven together to reveal a richly created world… and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

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.

Quick & Dirty: An excellent twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Opening Sentences: She woke up with a kiss. Not a birds-singing, heart-stopping, world-ending sort of kiss. A light spot of pressure on her lips.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

A Wicked Thing is an unusual retelling of Sleeping Beauty and as you will soon come to know I have a weakness for retellings of classics and fairy tales. Sleeping Beauty is probably one of my least favourite fairy-tales; a girl cursed by an evil witch to sleep until she is woken by the kiss of her one true love. I always thought it was silly, why curse her to fall asleep out of all things? Plus, it gives the guy all the power, whilst the girl is just there to look pretty.

Thankfully, in A Wicked Thing we get to see the story from Princess Aurora’s perspective. I loved how the story began when Rodric’s kiss wakes her and she’s bewildered about him daring to kiss her whilst she was asleep and then freaking out because of the many other princes who have kissed her of the years to break the curse.

I never really thought about how she must have felt, waking up 100 years later with her family dead and being pretty much forced into a marriage with a guy who she doesn’t care for but is expected to be in love with. Rodric is sweet and kind but Aurora doesn’t know what she wants and the story is really her trying to figure out who she really is.

Rodric. She kept her eyes closed, her face lost in the breeze. He seemed nice. A bit hapless, a bit unsure, but nice. Yet he was a stranger, a strange, ungainly boy who claimed her as his own, and she did not know what to do. She had nothing else, no one else, and the threat of lineliness tore at her stomach until she almost swayed from sickness at the thought. She could not leave. But she could not stay here, with his presence so near, his awkward eyes seeking out salvation in her own.

We can tell Aurora is feisty and rebellious but she is also soft at heart and craves her freedom. She wants to be able to make her own decisions, rather than being manipulated or blackmailed. More importantly, she feels suffocated by all the pressure since the entire kingdom believes that now she’s returned everything will change for the better.

My only concern with this book was Aurora’s character. It’s understandable that she’s going through a tough time but she doesn’t seem to want to do anything about it until the last possible moment. If she’s locked in her room most of her life, you’d think she would have thought of practicing her magic a bit sooner? She started off with a lot of spirit but then she became all timid and quiet, which was annoying; no wonder they don’t pay attention to her opinions.

The queen’s laugh was like shattering glass. “I was living it before you were. Lost all your family? Far from home? I know what it is like, Aurora, so do not try the poor soul act with me. Life is hard. We do not get what we want. We do not get to be who we want. And we have to deal with it. You think intentions are good enough for these people? You think anyone in this world cares what you meant to do?”

Tristan, the cocky waiter from the inn introduced the romance to the story and I predicted Aurora would run away with him, there was a lot of chemistry but he’s more complicated than he appears and the idiot tricked the princess, screwing up any chance he had. That was disappointing but I’m sure we’ll see more of Tristan in the next book.

Prince Finnegan is manipulative and very clever and although he too wants to use Aurora for his own needs, mainly for power and his country, at least he doesn’t lie about it. Plus, he helps her out loads towards the end, showing her truths she would otherwise be blind to so I’m guessing there will be romance between the two in the next book.

In conclusion, I enjoyed the first book in this series and its definitely changed my view on this fairy tale. I look forward to reading more in this series, which I imagine will contain a lot of dangerous adventures.

Notable Scene:

“You are exactly like me. That is your curse, you see. Not true love, not sleeping the years away. Those were all just threads to bring you here, to this moment. If you fail to help these people, they will destroy you. And if you show them how powerful you really are…they will destroy you for that too. Your curse is that you cannot help but choose me. The only questions if how much you burn along the way.”

A Wicked Thing Series:

1. A Wicked Thing

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FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of A Wicked Thing. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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