Review: A Wicked Thing

wickedTitle: A Wicked Thing

Author: Rhiannon Thomas

Series: A Wicked Thing #1

Pages:337

Published:February 24, 2015 by HarperTeen

Source: Library

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.

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Review: The Star-Touched Queen

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Title: The Star-Touched Queen

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Series: Stand alone

Pages: 352

Published: April 26, 2016 by St. Martins Griffin

Source: eARC

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.


What an amazing story! Such imagery and beautiful storytelling throughout this story! I was quite blown away!

The story follows Maya who has a terrible horoscope that was predicted at the time of her birth and so she is shunned by everyone in the harem. Everyone thinks she will bring destruction to the city except for one little half-sister who loves her. Then one day everything changes and Maya is soon thrown into a whole another world where nothing makes sense and yet only she has the power to do what is right to save everyone that she loves.

I don’t know much about Indian folklore or mythology but this book makes me want to read and find out more! The only problem that I had is that it does get a little slow in the middle but then it picks up again. I also liked how it’s a standalone and that I don’t have to wait forever for the next book. Its quite a long book at 352 odd pages but it doesn’t feel that long! Apparently the author is working on her second novel which includes some of the minor characters from this story! I am so excited for that!

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Review: Return Once More

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

returnoncemoreTitle: Return Once More

Author: Trisha Leigh

Series: The Historians #1

Published: October 20, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Pages: 289

Source: eARC

If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.


Wow! I did not expect to read such an amazing and page turning story! This was one of the best books I’ve read in a while too! We follow Kaia as she is training to become an historian-a person who observes and records the past but never steps in and changes it. That right there is pretty awesome!!! To be able to go back in time to see historical events that changed the future!

Though as Kaia learns who her One True Love is and that person lived thousands of years ago she wants to get to know the person and so defies the rules and goes back to the past to meet him and actually get to know him. But as she does this she finds out more than she bargains for. One of her classmates is hiding a secret and it will mean that she will lose the one person she truly loved and a friend who she relied on.

The storytelling is amazing and I felt like I was transported back in time to the places Kaia visited. Though Kaia is a typical 16 year old and makes silly mistakes it wasn’t too annoying like other YA novels where you just want to bash that character in the head for being REALLY stupid. Kaia was naive and yet tried to make the best of the situations she was put in. All the characters even the supporting ones were really thought out and actually played a part in the story overall. They weren’t just background characters where you meet them and they are gone. They all were pretty fleshed out.

I look forward to reading the next installment of the series and to find out more about Kaia and the whole secret!

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