Published by: HarperTeen on February 24, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
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 that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairytale.
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, he tempts her 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 my favourite fairy tale retelling in a long time! It felt like a breath of fresh air. It kept pretty true to the Sleeping Beauty story I knew, but it breathed some fresh life into it. There were subtle (and not so subtle) differences and unique twists. It felt both familiar and brand new at the same time! I really like that in a retelling.
I loved how much I was able to feel for Aurora. Imagine falling asleep then waking up 100 years later to realize that your entire family is dead, your home has grown and changed, you’re thrust into this stranger’s arms and told to marry, and your whole existence is weighed down with expectations. I felt SO BAD for her! I wanted to reach out and hug her, especially because no one else seemed to care about how she was feeling. They just expected her to marry the prince, do as she’s told, and make the people happy.
I could really sympathize with Aurora and feel the stress she was under!
I also felt really bad for the price, Rodric. He was a very nice guy, but he was kind of boring so I understood completely why Aurora didn’t love him. He was nice, gentle, and kind, but kind of a bland guy. I felt a bit sorry for him!
My one gripe with A Wicked Thing is that by the end, I felt like very little had actually happened. This didn’t bother me while I was reading; I was never bored or anything. But when I reached the end, I felt like everything just came down to the wedding and that was it. There was nothing ‘bigger’ than that. It’s heavily implied that this will be a series and that there’s more to come, but I still wish we could have seen more action and bigger events in this first story… especially with the rebellion. The stage was certainly set, but that part wasn’t developed very well.
But other than that, A Wicked Thing was a damn cool retelling! And holy cow, it had a really intense ending. It was a lot… bloodier than I expected! Like… wow.