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Publisher's Summary

A spinning wheel. A prick of a finger. A terrible curse.
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 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. Everyone expects Aurora to marry her betrothed and restore magic and peace to the kingdom before revolution tears it apart. But after a lifetime spent locked in a tower for her own safety, Aurora longs for the freedom to make her own choices. When she meets a handsome rebel, she is tempted to abandon everything for a different kind of life.
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.
A Wicked Thing is a surprising, spellbinding reimagining of what happens after happily ever after.
©2015 Rhiannon Thomas (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Alicia on 03-22-15

A twist to the Sleeping Beauty Retelling...

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3.5 Stars

A richly entangled web of lies, deception, murder plots, schemes, and a thirst for power, A WICKED THING breaths a whole new version of the classic fairytale we've all seen and love, of the enchanted Princess Aurora, better known as THE SLEEPING BEAUTY...

I've been DYING to read A WICKED THING since seeing that GORGEOUS cover that HaperTeen brilliantly came up with. I didn't even know what it was about before I instantly added it to my TBR pile, then when I read the synopsis I was sold. I LOVE retellings, especially ones with my favorite Disney Princess. So I was ecstatic when I received an ARC for review.

But I did have my issues with A WICKED THING. It was very slow paced, I mean VERY!! It dragged almost throughout the whole book, and didn't have any action except the last chapter or so. I guess I just expected, or wanted more from A WICKED THING then what I got.

And we had this weird love square type thing going on that just did not fit well with the story at all. Though I did like each of the three guys Aurora was entangled with, but not all of them as a love interest. If that makes any!! But I can sometimes put up with a good love triangle if it's done well, but I can't do a love square, that's just too much! But to be technical, Aurora really wasn't involved with all of them, but the attraction was evident with each guy. I really hope in the next book Thomas narrows them down to just one love interest, because I can't keep reading with all these guys on one girl!!!



Once upon a time, in a far away land, their lived the peaceful kingdom of Alyssinia, that unknowingly was about to have their world ripped out from under them. One glorious day, the rulers of this land were blessed with a beautiful baby girl that they named Princess Aurora. The kingdom rejoiced and welcomed their precious princess into the world. But as fate would have it, the wicked witch received news of this baby's birth, and the grand three day and three night of celebrations that she was purposely uninvited too. Furious, the wicked witch vowed vengeance and made it her sole mission to destroy the king and queen by striking them where it hurts worst—cursing their only child to an indefinite sleeping slumber after she pricks her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel....

The King and Queen tried everything in their power to find the witch and force her to break the wretched curse, but to no avail, was she ever found. They're only hope now was secluding Princess Aurora from the harsh world and outsiders who could be the witch in disguise. Forcing Aurora to a life of solicitude and imprisonment in her tower, in hopes she'll evade the curse and make it through her eighteenth birthday to best the witch and overcome her wickedness. But the power of the curse was more then they could have anticipated, and on the night before her eighteenth birthday she was bewitched by a melody that enchanted her and lured her to the waiting spinning wheel where she pricked her finger on the spindle and inadvertently drained the land of magic, and ended the life she once knew. But more horrifying, she was immobilize in a slumber, until if the prophecy is to be believed, she will be awoken by the kiss of true love... and then the reawakened Princess will breath magic and life back to the miserable land that once flourished and prospered, and all will be glorious once more and they will live happily ever after...

Or so, that's the way The Sleeping Beauty story was told...


Princess Aurora wakes from her slumber 102 years into the future to a kiss from a timid, but sweet Prince Rodric, and realizes life as she knew it passed her by while she slept on. Alone, confused, and helpless in this new world, Princess Aurora reluctantly stays with the new king and queen and their son, the Prince that awoken her. But Aurora quickly finds she's a pawn in this wicked game to keep the people of Alyssinia happy and continent with a dream she's suppose to portray, but unable to fulfill. She's to become this Princess they've all read about in fairytales, to become someone or something she is not. But with little power and no say, Aurora has no choice but to do as she's told and marry the Prince of Alyssinia and become this savior that she feels she isn't capable of...

But all that changes when Aurora is finally pushed to the breaking point and is caught up in conspiracies and murder plots that threaten not only Alyssinia, but her very life... She's tired of the games and is ready to stand up for herself and the people of Alyssinia and is ready to make her first rebellious move against the crown, and set the kingdom on fire...

Overall, A WICKED THING was not what I thought it would be, and very slow paced with hardly any action. But had a lot of drama and court intrigue, which I love in books. So I guess it kinda evened itself out, and though A WICKED THING was not what I thought it would be and definitely not as good as I hoped, it still turned out to be a pretty okay book that fiercely caught my interest near the end. I'll definitely be reading the sequel to see what's in store for Aurora, because that ending was pretty amazing, with it all coming to a head, and a cliffhanger that has me wanting more!!!

NOTE: I received a physical ARC from HarperTeen for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own and are not influenced in any way!

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