Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Published:February 24, 2015 by HarperTeen
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’ve heard so-so reviews about this and decided to pick it up at the library when I went a couple of days ago. Overall it was an ok read, pretty quick to read but slow and not very strong characters or plot.
We follow Aurora as she wakes up 100 years after falling asleep due to a curse placed on her when she was born. Her life is now a fairy tale and she doesn’t know quite what to make of it. We meet the new King and Queen who reign over her country as well as the prince who woke her up with true loves kiss. Prince Rodric is weak and I pitied him throughout the whole story. He blushes every time he spoke to Aurora and never called her by her name besides Princess. I kinda just brushed him aside because I felt like he had no part to play in the story besides being another person in the story. As Aurora (very) slowly wakes up to the reality that she is living in, not everything is happily ever after and there is unrest in her country. She doesn’t fully understand any of it besides that she doesn’t want to be queen, she doesn’t want to marry Rodric but it’s expected of her.She soon grows a backbone by the end of the book but it was too little too late. The only interesting thing in this story is the backstory of magic. I wanted more of it but sadly only got glimpses of it. The other interesting character was Finnegan-he had wit and knew how to play the game which made it fun.
I hope for a better character development for all characters in the next book but we shall see.