[eARC Review] A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Title: A Wicked Thing
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Genre: YA Fairy Tales, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Release Date: February 24th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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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 am a sucker for anything to do with Fairy Tales so when i heard that A Wicked Thing was based on Sleep Beauty I knew I had to read it. For one that cover is one pf my favs ever! because serioulsy it just looks amazing, and It fit the story so well. I went into this book expecting something completely different than what I got, in a good way.

What I didn't expect was a main character who was both quiet and incredibley fierce at the same time. I also did ot expect this story to become something so much more than the original fairy tale. Rhiannon Thomas took a character was incredibly old fashioned and turned her into something spectaculart. Aurora, in this book, is woken up 100 years after she fell sleep, and therefore everything she knew is gone, including her family. Alone and betrothed to a man she just met she must find a way to blend into a society she doesnt recognize. I thought Auro's relationship with the Prince is a boring one. I will admit I wasn't fond of his character because he seemed like a such a pussy. His Mother and Father controlled every aspect of his life and he saw what they were doing to her and yet he just sat back and thought it was okay. Not okay in my books.

I loved the magic twist that was inserted at certain points throughout the book. it gives way for more in coming books and I am really looking forward to that. Oveall this book was a great retalling and really spun this book into something amazing. I never thought what would happen after she woke up, and now I do, and it is not pretty. I kept feeling so bad for her in this book because she was always following what everyone thought she should be, and I remember while I was reading, I kept yelling at her (in my head) to do something about it! Change her own fate, and I was happy to see that by the ed of the book she had found herself a little bit and at least started to figure out what she wanted in her life.

I will totally be reading teh next book in this series because I really want to know what happened to Aurora and the kingdom she has been thrust into. This book is for anyone who loves retellings and fairy tales. But I wll warn that it takes a bit to get into, so be patient because the end of this book is worth it.

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