Published by HarperTeen on February 24th 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult Fiction
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.
As much as I gravitate towards retellings, they are either a tantalizing hit or a boring miss. A Wicked Thing, in my opinion, is a boring miss. The plot was super slow and wasn’t convincing (the evilness of a certain character came off cartoonish). Too much time is spent on mundane daily life. Maybe the last four chapters were the best, but even then, the plot just seems too thin.
Another issue for me is the wide pool of love interests (two princes and a rebel). The only one I liked was Prince Rodric. Shy and socially awkward boys are so underrated as love interests. I disliked all the other characters including Aurora. There wasn’t anything for me to connect to. I don’t care to continue (and I’ve seen from browsing reviews that the second book ends with an open ending—so that’s a big no from me).