(This YA review was written by Spetzi, 11)
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas was a spectacular retelling of the sleeping beauty story. In all honesty, I’m not a fan of the Disney version I think of when you say Sleeping Beauty but when Rhiannon made Aurora a cursed girl that was aware of how WRONG it was that boys kissed her on their 18th birthday, I began to love the way the story laid out. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes a realistic twist on an old tale, and still suggest it to anybody else.
(Spetzi has put the rest of her thoughts behind a spoiler tag – there may be major plot points revealed.)View Spoiler »In this book, Princess Aurora wakes up 102 years after falling under the curse of the “wicked” witch Celestine, by being kissed by Prince Rodric while she slept. After waking up, she is taken- bewildered and terrified- to see a crowd of citizens and is afterward herded into the new castle and told she would be marrying Rodric. Aurora lives in a land called Allysinna that was once filled with magic and a prospering kingdom. That was before Princess Aurora pricked her finger on a spinning wheel and went to sleep for 100, well, 102 years.
When Aurora awoke, it was not to a forest outside her window and the fear of her curse. It was to a boy leaning over her with his lips on hers, and a city sprawling as far as the eye could see outside her only view to the world. Aurora is given a guest room in the castle and a wedding date. With her engagement less than a week away, Aurora must decide which of 3 decisions to make. 1.) Marry Prince Rodric and be trapped as a powerless queen for all her life. 2.) Take Celestine’s offer and help build her magic powers at the cost of a deal. 3.) Run away with Prince Finnegan from the kingdom of Vanhelm and be free of the story her life was following straight from the book it was held in. « Hide Spoiler
It was not 5 stars because it was kind of confusing at some parts of the book. I thought the way the author wrote it would have been harder for younger readers with a high Lexile to understand. I also thought that at some points it made the characters different than they had been portrayed for the rest of the book. It didn’t keep them that way. For example Celestine at one point was not as cruel as the book made her in earlier and later parts. Also Tristan was portrayed at one point as a bad influence, but then a good friend, but then a rebel. I thought it would have been five stars if the characters hadn’t randomly changed during it.