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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.