A Wicked Thing
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 2 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
So you see that beautiful cover? With that girl in the white dress lying down all dramatically. That accurately describes everything that happens in this book. In a word, this book was: boring. Nothing happened. Seriously. This book is just Aurora going… “The world isn’t the same as when I went to sleep.” “I don’t want to marry Rodric, but I don’t know what to do.” “I want to be with Tristan, but I’m not sure if I should.” Blah, blah, blah.
I should have known when I got to 70% that it wasn’t going to pick up. But I kept holding out hope because I love Sleeping Beauty and I wanted this retelling to be amazing. But it never got better.
Aside from the lack of plot, the characters were also terrible. Aurora is so boring. She has no personality at all. She’s just this quiet little mouse girl and while the author attempted to show character development, it felt forced and fake to me.
As for the romance… there was somewhat of a love box going on. Why???? Can we just have two people that like each other? Why does it always have to be a messy choice? We’ve got Rodric, the prince who woke her up. He was boring. Then we have Tristan, the common boy she could never be with. He was also boring. And then there’s Finnegan, another prince who had the most potential in my eyes. Finnegan and Aurora had a lot of banter back and forth, which I usually love. But their banter felt forced and honestly a little mean at times. It was trying too hard to be sexy banter and it just didn’t work.
Do I have anything good to say about this book? Honestly, no. I feel like I just wasted a few hours of my life and I should have quit at about 45% when I was bored to tears. Another disappointing, super hyped up 2015 release. Please don’t let this be any indication of how 2015 releases are going to be.
Have you read this book yet? Did you find it as boring as I did?