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
Publishes in US: February 24th 2015 by HarperTeen
Genre: ya fantasy fairy tale retelling
Source: Harper Teen via edelweiss
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I have done this several times on my blog. Books that just don't work for me. I know my reading style pretty well, and I can tell whether I will like the book or not accurately about 80-90% of the time. If I finish a book, then there are aspects of that book that I enjoyed. I never talk about the author in a negative way, I only say what doesn't work for me.
That isn't to say that the writing is poor or the characters are poorly constructed, it's personal on my end.
I wanted to read A Wicked Thing because I like the idea of a sleeping beauty retelling. I have enjoyed a few of retellings, but not all. It caught my attention because of the princess waking up in a world that has gone on without her.
I wish that we would have gotten a sense of Aurora before she feel asleep in the cursed state, because the beginning felt slow and I didn't connect with her how I wanted to. Rodric got my attention, but he just didn't quite live up to what I'd hoped for a romantic interest. Given, I would probably be in a daze if I woke up after 100 years with expectations on my shoulders and being kissed by a dude I've never seen.
The writing was nice and there wasn't anything inherently wrong with it, but it just wasn't the best for me.
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My question to you, my lovely readers:
What would your first act be upon waking after 100 years sleep?