Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairytale Retelling
Page Length: 352 Pages
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Source: ARC via publisher (Thank you Harper Collins!)
“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."
Although I was excited for this book, I had no idea what to expect. Only in the midst of reading A Wicked Thing did I start to form the idea of what I thought or wanted to happen. Unfortunately what actually happened was a lot less eventful and just plain slow. This book had its flaws, yet I enjoyed some aspects of it.
I think I'll start by stating the things I liked about this book. I love Aurora's devotion to her people and how she genuinely cares for them. Too often in these types of books the royals claim they care for the people yet they don't show it. Aurora, through her thoughts and actions, truly conveys how much she cares for her people, and I really liked that. There's unrest in the city. People are unhappy and are starting to fight back. The tension behind it all was exciting. Unlike other fairytale retellings that put a twist to the story, A Wicked Thing is more of a continuation. It's the "What next?". Rhiannon weaved in all of the Sleeping Beauty details so well; in terms of retellings this one was great!
The writing was fair, yet the dialogue was awkward and flat in places. Speaking of flat, these characters!! Although I admire Aurora, she's aloof and so very unfeeling. I sympathized for her and her situation but couldn't connect with her. Her thoughts and feelings were quite unrealistic based on what had happened to her. There are fleeting mentions to her parents and her sadness and torment over losing them, but all in all she doesn't seem too upset about sleeping for over a hundred years and losing her family. The other characters were nothing special. The prince, Rodric, was bashful and shy beyond annoyance. I couldn't get a read on Isabelle. All I can think is meek. The queen and king were both total brats, but of course that's to be expected. Even then, I didn't see much character development. They were so cynical and calculated and cold, I wish we delved more into their characters. Prince Finnegan was the only mildly interesting character. Snarky and sexy, the only person actually "alive" in this book. The world-building was sparse as were descriptions in general.
I flew through this book, yet I felt as though nothing happened. Barely any action or romance occurs in this book. The plot hardly developed, I felt that the pacing was quite off and that this book was just filler. It wasn't a good start to the series, but it had a good end. It sets up the next book to be good, or at least I hope so. Although not my favorite, I think I'd recommend this book to people who are looking for a unique fairytale retelling.