A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas Review


Title: A Wicked Thing

Author: Rhiannon Thomas

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: eBook

Publication Date: February 24, 2015

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

Rhiannon Thomas’s dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining ofSleeping 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.


This was an unusual retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. At first I wasn’t really sure what I thought about it and if I liked it, but as the story went on I found myself enjoying Aurora more and more. Aurora is awoken after 100 years of sleeping, and being kissed by every prince between now and then. It really made me feel for her because she certainly hadn’t asked for that to happen to her, and now she’s woken to a world she doesn’t know with people who want to use her as a pawn.
There were 3 kind of love interests in this story, but all of them want to use her to benefit themselves. Rodric, who kissed her, just wants her to be his queen so he can safely rule of their kingdom. Tristan, a rebel who wants nothing more than to turn Aurora into the front of the rebellion. Then there’s Finnegan, who possibly wants more from Aurora than the other two, but at least he’s honest about it and is up front that he wants to use her to further his own agenda. Finnegan is also funny, I definitely preferred him because he was honest, and honesty is such a big factor for me in a love interest. What makes it great though is that she doesn’t feel that way about any of them. Oh there is the connection or interest, but Aurora knows she doesn’t want to be a pawn, and even when she was taken in initially she didn’t stay naive for long.
Aurora was a bit of a doormat, but I can understand why. Normally, this would drive me crazy but she did JUST wake up after 100 years. Her family is dead. She doesn’t know anyone. The King and Queen know she’s expendable and would love to have her be a martyr for their family. So yes, I can understand her need to keep her head down. She wasn’t completely subservient, she did sneak out on multiple occasions, and it really made her seem much more likeable.
This book kind of ends on a cliffhanger, but that’s okay. I think that there are definite pro’s to this book, although it was at times very tedious. The ending left a great set up for the next one. I was only going to give it 3.5 stars, but after writing this review I feel like it probably deserves a full 4 out of 5 stars. I’m hopeful the next one releases soon, because I’d like to see where all of this setup is going.


4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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