Monday, July 13, 2015

Book Review: A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing #1) by: Rhiannon Thomas

Release Date: February 24, 2015
from Harper TEEN
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

A Wicked Thing kinda surprised me. When I first heard about this book and saw that cover I was all *grabby hands*, but then I kept seeing very mixed reviews and that made me sad and worried. I still adore fairy tales and re-tellings, so I knew I wanted to give it a shot, but I was wary. I’m really glad I still ended up reading this one because I really enjoyed A Wicked Thing. It was an interesting take on the classic Sleeping Beauty and begs the question of what exactly does a happily ever after entail. Lesson learned… trust my gut more when it comes to books.

Aurora is not going to be everyone’s favorite type of heroine, but honestly I enjoy reading about a heroine who is strong in a quieter way every now and then. And honestly, what do you expect from a girl who has been sleeping for one hundred years and wakes up in a strange place surrounded by strange people. If it was me, I know it would take me some time to adjust and that is exactly what happens to Aurora. It takes her some time to realize what is going on and that she can’t trust everyone around her. She is strong in a quieter way. She plans and waits and wants to make things better and when she realizes what has to be done to make that happen, she takes the chance. I liked her and I really like that she was pretty realistic for a fantasy situation, because let’s be honest, not everyone is going to become a badass at the drop of the hat; these things take time.

I really enjoyed this twist on Sleeping Beauty. It takes the story we thought we knew and changes up a few things. What if it isn’t true loves kiss that breaks the curse and exactly what does Aurora do now? Throw in some magic, and you have a good read. I liked watching Aurora navigate this new world and try to find out who she wants to be and not what everyone else wants her to be.

The only thing that fell a bit short for me was the romance and I wouldn’t say I disliked it, just that I was much more invested in all of the other aspects of the story. I’m curious to see where the romance is going to go because by the end of this one, there isn’t really an established romance, so it’ll be interesting to see the route it takes. But I am definitely liking all three potential romances. Rodric is a good prince and a good man and I liked him a lot. Tristan is mysterious and intriguing and he deff has charm. And then Finnegan clearly has a story to tell. He is rude and arrogant and witty, so naturally he became my favorite. I can’t wait to see where the next book goes. All I will say is that I really hope we get some dragons!

A Wicked Thing was a good twist on a classic tale and I really loved getting lost in this fantasy world. Fairy tale fans will enjoy this one.

6 comments:

  1. Fairytale re-telling has never really been my thing. I do like the way you describe this heroine. I wouldn't be myself after sleeping for 100 years either. She does sound great. The romance concerns me. Not a love triangle but a square? Hmmm. And how long is this series? Perhaps it's one I'd read after all the books were out.

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  2. A lot of people didn't like the romance here. I can't stand a triangle much less a square!

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  3. OOh nice! Hearing mixed things over this one but I am still excited to read it! I have yet to do so though! LOL! Glad to hear you enjoyed it though! Positive reviews make me happy because I believe I will love the book just as expected! Great review!

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  4. Oooh, a different take on Sleeping Beauty! I love that. And I agree, your gut is one to be trusted! It hardly ever leads me astray when it comes to books! I'm glad to read that this one wasn't what you were expecting and that you enjoyed it so! I definitely want to meet Aurora, see what kind of character she is. And despite the romance falling a bit short for you, I really am interested in this one!

    Lovely review my friend! :D

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  5. I couldn't get into this one but great to hear that the setting and retelling aspect worked for you

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  6. I'm like you, I was so excited about this at first, but then got way bc of mixed reviews. I still plan to read it, but it's not top priority for me. Hearing that you ended up liking it though gives me hope, lol.

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