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A Wicked Thing
by Rhiannon Thomas
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 24th 2015

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've always loved fairytales, and having never read any sort of retelling or continuation of Sleeping Beauty, I was very excited to read A Wicked Thing! While the plot was a bit slow, the perspective it brought to the story of Sleeping Beauty was fascinating.

As much I love Sleeping Beauty, I've never stopped to think about how Aurora might have felt after being woken up by a kiss from an absolute stranger. The uncertainty of Aurora in A Wicked Thing was depicted so well. With her family now gone, and her being expected to marry the guy who had woken her up, Prince Rodric, she was overwhelmed and at a loss for what to do. I think the story of the political moves surrounding her made while she slept and other alliances was very interesting, and definitely realistic to if that situation actually happened.

Plot-wise, there really wasn't too much action for most of the novel. With Aurora being kept with the court and venturing outside, there weren't many major events plot-wise. However, that does change at the end of the book, with a lot of action. The ending definitely made the book much better for me! It has me excited to read the sequel.

There are a few different guys in this novel, Finnegan, Tristan, and Rodric. I felt Rodric was a sweet guy, but his life was ultimately decided by his parents. The way he cared for his sister was so sweet. As for Finnegan and Tristan, I definitely preferred Finnegan and I'm curious to who Aurora will eventually end up with. 

I loved how the writing felt somewhat like that of the fairytale itself. Overall, A Wicked Thing is a great read. It is a bit slow plot-wise, but the overall concept and the ending more than make up for it! I'd give A Wicked Thing 3.5 out of 5 flowers.

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Rhiannon Thomas is a recent graduate from Princeton University, where she studied English and Japanese, and smuggled bubble tea into the library on a regular basis. She now lives in York, England.
As well as reading and writing YA fiction, she runs the blog, where she discusses TV, books, and all kinds of fannish things from a feminist perspective.
I don't hang out on Goodreads much, so if you want to contact me, please swing by my personal website or message me on Twitter.

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  1. I've always been curious about what happened after Aurora woke up. Was it really a happily ever after type of thing? I'm a bit wary that it has a slow-moving plot, though. :(

  2. This definitely was slow moving. I do with it would have picked up more sooner.

  3. I really can't wait to read this one because some of the more recent fairytale retellings have been really awesome lately so I hope this one is as well. That is too bad that it was slow at first but I'm glad it picked up.
    Thanks for the great review!

  4. Thanks for sharing. I read another review for this one that seemed to agree about the lack of plot. I do want to read more fairy tale re-tellings though.


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