Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Published by HarperCollins on February 24th 2015
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Love & Romance, Royalty, Young Adult
Also by this author: Long May She Reign
ARC provided by HarperCollins
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 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.
The classic story of Sleeping Beauty doesn’t end with the kiss of true love. A Wicked Thing explores what happens from the moment Aurora wakes up. What if it wasn’t true love? What if Aurora doesn’t want to live happily ever after as the princess?
A Wicked Thing was so much fun! I loved this version of Aurora. Aurora has so many problems when she wakes up; “true love” she isn’t sure about, a King and Queen who don’t trust her, she has lost her whole family and everyone she knows, a witch from her past that wants her magic, and then she gets locked in her room at night. This isn’t the fairy tale everyone has hoped for. Her beloved Rodric, the prince who wakes her, is a sweet endearing creature. She meets Tristan, Celestine, and Finnegan and they help Aurora to find her voice, although not intentionally. Aurora is a bit naive when she first wakes up. She just goes along with everything. She is really just a puppet in this world. One hundred years asleep is a long time, the whole world changes.
I found this a really easy read. I was pretty much hooked after a few pages. It is very well written. The whole story revolves around Aurora so we don’t get any of the behind the scenes info from the supporting characters, only what Aurora experiences. I think this is the best way to tell a story. I really enjoyed this retelling, or should I say continuation, of Sleeping Beauty. She was my favorite fairy tale, and this book exploits the idea of happily ever after in a very unique, and entertaining way. The story flows really well. Aurora does what any person who had been sleeping for a hundred years would do, she quietly observes and makes the best of the situation. There is no clear love interest in this tale, despite the “true love” belief. Aurora is thrown a lot of options for romance, but a choice is not easy to make.
This is a very clean book with no gore or sex at all. This didn’t even bother me, because I just enjoyed the story so much. Aurora is a very immature 18 year old, but only because of her lack of experience with the world. She learns to adapt to her environment pretty quickly. There wasn’t really anything really wrong with this book, I just hoped it would go another way. I didn’t like the cliffhanger ending on this. I guess it could be called an ending, but I really would like to know what happens next. I didn’t agree with Aurora’s decision, and so the last few chapters found me hoping she would change her mind. I hoped there would be more of a solution, instead of the introduction of so many problems.
I would recommend this book, and I would love to hear your thoughts on this story.