Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

A Wicked Thing - Rhiannon ThomasPublisher: Harper Teen (February 24th 2015)
Hardcover: 337 pages
Source: Edelweiss
Series: A Wicked Thing #1
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Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

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.


I really, really wanted to like this book. I mean, look at the gorgeous cover! And I love fairy tale retellings and this definitely sounded awesome. But, sadly, me and the book didn’t click.

A Wicked Thing starts off where the fairy tale usually leaves off – the prince kissing the princess, but this time it’s not quite a happily ever after.  I enjoyed the beginning. I’ve never been a huge fan of Sleeping Beauty/Aurora – so I was happy to say I liked that Aurora in this was so sensible and not your typical damsel in distress. I liked that this story explored a darker version of the story. Aurora’s family is long gone, and she’s left alone in a new society.

But than the story lost it’s steam. I just found it kind of…boring. Aurora became too passive. The prince is kind of a wimp (though admittedly, that was his character), and Aurora’s other two love interest were pretty basic typecast of (other not wimpy) prince and tavern (revolutionary) boy. Overall, character development was slow and the plot was too.

It wasn’t necessary a bad book, but in the end the story just didn’t peak my interesting. It really had a lot of potential, and unfortunately didn’t take advantage of them. Maybe if you love fairy tale retellings than this might be worth a try, but otherwise – probably a skip.

{* Thanks to the Harper Teen and Edelweiss for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.


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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas”

  1. I’m so sorry you didn’t like this one! I did have it on my TBR, but after hearing some mixed reviews on it, I think I may skip it. Yours is not the first review I have seen that said it was a bit boring. I hope your next one is better!

  2. Aw d: I’m super excited for this book! I can’t stay way from fairy tales and I was super excited for this one… Nice review though 🙂

  3. I was SO excited for this book for all the reasons you mentioned as well, but after so many so-so reviews I decided to set it aside for a while and come back to it. I’m crossing my fingers that my love for retellings will help. Wonderful and thoughtful review, Cyn!

    Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend 🙂

  4. Too bad, I always get disappointed when a book looks promising but it just ends up to be stock standard. The type cast, stereotypical characters sound pretty meh. Great review Cyn!

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