Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I was on a Sleeping Beauty kick, especially after loving Disney's Maleficent, so I went on a request spree for eARCs. I got Princess of Thorns and A Wicked Thing. Though I really didn't enjoy Princess of Thorns, I thought there was no way A Wicked Thing could disappoint me more. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: February 24th, 2015
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that had 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. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:
Overall, this was a very average book for me. It was much better than the previous Sleeping Beauty book I read, but it was no where near amazing. She had intriguing character, and he main character Aurora was spirited and strong-willed, which I definitely liked.

Thomas did a good job introducing a sleeping princess into the exact same city she was once in a hundred years prior that is now, not really the same at all. Her emotion description of Aurora as she processed all the differences was well done, though sometimes done too often.

This book is a good one as far as Sleeping Beauty retellings go, but for some reason this just lacked realistic characters and situations for me. A couple of characters seemed out of left field, or once thoroughly introduced didn't follow through.

Final Thoughts:
It was a decent retelling. Honestly, I've had a hard time with retellings since... well... forever practically, but I always like giving them a shot because I love fairytales so much. However, this was just seemed extremely average to me. I hope other people enjoy it despite my thoughts.

I gave this book 2 stars on my Goodreads.


  1. Sorry this one was a disappointment. Sometimes it is hard to find a really good retelling. :/

    1. Yeah, and I've had such a hard time with retellings. The only ones I've enjoyed are ones that are extremely original like Cruel Beauty, Cinder, and Crimson Bound.

  2. I've seen a couple of mediocre reviews of this book. It's too bad; I was hoping to read it for the Fairytale Retelling Challenge!

    1. You should read it. It might work for you! It just wasn't my favorite.


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