Warning ***Minor Spoilers***
Title: A Wicked Thing
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Publisher: HarperTeen (HaperCollins)
“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.”
I am not at all sure how I feel about this book. Part of me hates it, and part of me feels in was nice enough. The author has this amazing hook: what happens after Sleeping Beauty wakes up? But I spent the first part of the book bored, and the second part just annoyed that Aurora hadn’t clued into the fact that she was rightful ruler.
In the first half, she has just been kissed and woken up. Aurora is not sure how to deal with her disorientation with having been asleep for 100 years. This aspect of the story was good. I wish Thomas had actually done better world building here to showcase the difference.
As the king reveals his true colors, I wanted to scream at Aurora: “You are the rightful ruler! That is why they need you!” I just…I can’t even deal with characters that are this clueless.
Nothing gets resolved at the end of the book; yep, you guessed it, a series.
It was a nice enough book. Not something I would recommend anyone pay for, but if you need something to read in between the bestsellers, I might say try it.
Would I have acquired this? Well here is the rub: on the idea, yes. But on this story? Nope. This story was not what I would have wanted and the amount of work and edits that I would want would transform it into something completely different than the author probably wanted.