ARC Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

ARC Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
A Wicked Thing
by Rhiannon Thomas

Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: February 24, 2015
by Harpercollins, Harperteen

Format: eARC


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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


 A Wicked Thing, quite frankly, was a huge snooze fest. It had lots of potential to become a unique, whimsical and gorgeous read, but in the end, it turned out to be dull and lame (although it was still pretty unique).

The main issue I had with this book was that I felt like it was a huge filler in itself. Hardly anything (especially in the first half) seemed relevant. The events that took place here just seemed too ordinary for me.

Another thing that bothered me was the seriously annoying pacing. Everything took forever to develop and to actually make sense, and then when we finally get a taste of this development, the book’s already over!

Aurora was a realistic character. She reacted the way I would if I were in her situation. When she woke up finding everything to be much different from the way she remembered, she was confused as hell and questioned everything. But then her thoughts on romance and love are a bit immature–she was a childish little girl in this aspect.

Speaking of romance, this book doesn’t have too much of that, but there is a potential love triangle for the next books. Prince Roderic was the one who woke Aurora up with his kiss, but really, they’re just friends (which is such a shame since I really like Roderic’s adorable awkwardness).  Tristan is (I’m guessing) the main love interest. He works in a bar and is really flirty with Aurora. He’s nice and all, but I found it terribly difficult to connect with his character. The last guy is Prince Finnegan, the cocky one. Yeah, we all know his type. I wasn’t a fan of him, either.

Overall, this book could have been so much better. I’m hoping for LOTS more character and plot development in the next book. While I think that this piece still needs some work, I would recommend it to fans of Sleeping Beauty who are looking for a realistic “after the epilogue” sort of story.

Rating Report
Overall: 2
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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.

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  1. says

    I was so excited for this book ever since I read the synopsis but I don’t think I’ve seen any positive review of it on the blogs I’m following. If the childishness of the heroine, and the unlikable love interests didn’t convince me to rethink reading this book, chance of a future the love triangle did. That it doesn’t even seem like it will be a decent one just makes it even worse. Such a shame, it had a huge potential and that cover is freaking gorgeous.
    Lovely review! :)
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  2. says

    yeah… that’s a little sa but all the reviews I saw about this book were like yours. It’s so sad because the synopsis is really appealing. But I think I’ll pass.

  3. says

    BAHHAHAHHAA. A “SNOOZE-FEST” okay I see what you did there. ;-) *composes self* so yes. I do kind of want to read this, but I feel like retellings are taking a bit of a dive in quality?? Maybe because there’s so many at the moment? I hope they don’t do what dystopian did and just bomb out with awfulness. *cries*
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  4. Laila BC says

    BAAAAHHH! and such a gorgeous cover…too bad it was such a disappointment for you. i was again looking forward to this retelling…that’s too many love interest for our girl Aurora. lol! she sure is popular.

  5. says

    I’m sorry that you weren’t able to enjoy this one as much as you’d hoped Aimee, well done though for sticking this one out, as usually I have a hard time sticking with a book if not much is happening for a while. But I’m glad that despite you not enjoying this one overall, it hasn’t put you off from giving the next book in the series a go, I hope you end up enjoying that one a lot more!
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  6. says

    I must admit, I did like this one. Though I agree with the filler aspect- most of what I liked was the set up for the next book. If this had been a standalone, I think I’d have rated it much differently. I thought Tristan was the “main” love interest at first too but now I am just not so sure. I liked Finnegan though ;) Sorry that this one didn’t work out for you, hope your next book is better!
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  7. says

    You know . . . I feel kind of bad about this . . . not bad enough to change my mind, but still . . . I think I’m just going to skip this one. I try really hard to at least try to read all ARCs I get, but I’ve read too much crap YA lately, and this one sounds like another one. Sorry you had to suffer through it though . . . :(
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  8. says

    Unfortunately I’ve heard the “snooze fest” comment a lot about this one, so I’ll probably be skipping it as well. I have very little patience for boring books :P I can definitely see how this one would benefit from some more development, especially character development for the main character.
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  9. says

    So much potential, but doesn’t sound even close to reaching it. The premise sounds delightfully whimsical, but so undeveloped. I’m sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed this one more poppet, hopefully your next read knocks your socks off <3 Lovely review nonetheless.
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  10. says

    I am sorry that you couldn’t enjoy this one more! I have seen so many bad reviews for this one, which is disappointing. I want it to be good because this is a retelling (I love those) and of a fairytale that hasn’t been worn out too much. So it’s a shame that it was so snooze-worthy.
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