Hey guys! This week I will be reviewing A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas. This will be the first in a series of reviews on various retellings! I hope you guys enjoy!
Hardcover page count: 352
My rating: 2/5 stars
A Wicked Thing is a retelling of the tale of Sleeping Beauty, the story of a young girl who is cursed and when pokes her finger on a needle after her 18th birthday, falls into a deep sleep. In the original story, Aurora is awakened shortly after by a prince’s kiss then lives happily ever after, but that is not at all what happens in this story.
Instead of waking up a few weeks later, it takes one hundred years to awaken her, but her world is far from what she hoped it to be. Her family is long dead, she is forcefully engaged to the prince who awoke her, and she is little more than a figurehead to win the people’s favor. What’s worse, is that the curse that the evil witch put in place, has left it’s mark on her. So, with her wedding day drawing closer, Aurora must decide, marry the prince to save the kingdom, or run to escape her pre-planned fate.
I originally was very excited for this book, but I lost some of that once I began. While the book started out promising, it is seriously lacking in those sudden plot changes and the end of chapters that make you gasp and having a main character that you actually root for. Don’t get me wrong, Aurora could be quite interesting when she wants to be, but instead of rebelling against her commands (for example, being locked into her room), she just let’s it happen and accepts it. She has a very interesting story, but I feel like the best part about her was the back story.
The book also sports a secret rebellion, and members, which are actually quite interesting. But for some reason, the author only lightly touches on this which is a bit of a disappointment because one of it’s members actually interacts with Aurora, yet is only seen in the beginning of the book.
I feel like this book has a lot of untapped potential, in which the author seriously lacked in touching. And the author’s style of putting plot twists in the middle of chapters, or nowhere at all, makes the reader feel unsatisfied for most of the book. And, if you have heard of Mrs. Thomas’s other book Long May She Reign, you will notice that a lot of the plot in this one is almost exactly like that in that book.
I would recommend this book for anyone that is looking for a very feminist read, or just a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, which is rare. The beginning of the book is pretty good, and some might decide to give the sequel a shot too.
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! Like I said before, this is the first in a series of retelling-reviews, so I hope that you guys will enjoy.
Until next time,
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