A Wicked Thing

A Wicked Thing

eBook - 2015-02-24
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Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of what happens after happily ever after. Vividly imagined scenes of action, romance, and political intrigue are seamlessly woven together to reveal a richly created world... and Sleeping Beauty as she's never been seen before.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,...
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins,, 2015-02-24.
ISBN: 9780062303554
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
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lipglossgirl
Nov 24, 2015

Meh. Tristan I found was written very well, and the concept was a great one, but Aurora was 2-D and too whiny. The book's cliff hanger ending was a bit stereotypical, and left me with no attachment to the characters. I for one will absolutely not be reading any sequels.

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miraellie
Jun 14, 2015

What a waste of what should have been a great concept. The execution was severely lacking.

My biggest issue was with Aurora's character. I'm not against passive characters or characters who aren't really brave or courageous. But that was all Aurora's character was. She felt like a placeholder, not really present in the story at all. When she should have had a reaction to something, we get nothing from her. And if I read her saying "oh" one more time, I was going to tear my hair out.

Being in shock is understandable; however it was not written well enough to come across as shock and not, say, a poorly constructed character.

(And plus, she's a Princess. Even if she had been locked away and ignored for part of her life, she still should have looked at the unknown people ordering her around and flat out thrown a hissy.)

It felt like the author barely skimmed the surface of what should have been a layered story full of depth. Things were touched on and then dropped entirely. The characters were cardboard, with just one or two traits ascribed to them. The world building is something we've all seen before, with magic having left the world a long time before and the people fearing it now.

I won't be checking out the rest of the series.

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nidofito
Apr 16, 2015

I really liked the synopsis. A Wicked Thing definitely had the goods to be a fast paced, exciting read. And it did start off nicely until all the characters had been introduced. After that it got SO BORING.

I am totally down with starting off with a slow pace but eventually, I do expect things to heat up (and speed up) after a few chapters. Unfortunately, that did not happen. And then when some action (finally!) happened in the last 2-3 chapters, it could not overtake the boredom of the rest of the book.

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lipglossgirl
Nov 24, 2015

lipglossgirl thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13

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