A Wicked Thing: A Mini Book Review

Posted April 16, 2015 by Carlisa in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

A Wicked Thing: A Mini Book ReviewA Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 24, 2015
Genres: Fairytale, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, YA
Pages: 337
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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.

If you know me, you know that I love fairy tales. They are just beautiful. So I had high hopes for A Wicked Thing, a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Except it has a twist: it’s the story after the story, the story of Aurora from the moment she wakes up 100 years after she fell asleep. She finds herself in a world that’s completely changed, a world without her friends and her family, a world that she no longer belongs to.

This story was screaming potential. But it didn’t live up to its possibilities. It was essential a story of a girl who wakes up and then makes absolutely no active decisions of her own. You think sometimes that she’s going to make a decision (Yes! Finally!) but then she turns around and, well…doesn’t. And that happens multiple times throughout the book. Bah.

Also, the characters were cliché and underdeveloped. We only ever see one side of each of the characters, including Aurora. Maybe the sequel will solve this problem, but the first book didn’t cut it for me.

And the ending, oh the ending. I’m not going to say anything but the end basically consists of Aurora making the decision not to decide.

Overall, I didn’t like it. It had so much potential but it didn’t reach its possible height.


  • Bummer. I too am a fan of fairy tales – this one sounds disappointing, though.

    • Yeah, it was rather disappointing. If you ever do read it, let me know what you think!