Monday, July 27, 2015

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

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Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 337
My rating: 3 stars
Ages: 13+

When Aurora is woken by a kiss, she discovers that 102 years have passed, though it only seems a night. With her awakening comes a fiancé and the knowledge of a destiny. But after meeting a barkeeper and another prince, Aurora has become confused about what she should do and if she even has a choice.

This is, not exactly a retelling but a more of an extension, to the Sleeping Beauty tale. It answers the question of What happens when Sleeping Beauty wakes up? It can't all be as simple as "happily ever after," not when a hundred years has gone by. This also isn't your typical retelling--it's unpredictable, full of political plots and uncertain romance.

I don't know if this was meant to be the beginning of a series, but the ending left me unsatisfied. I didn't feel that there was any real resolution to the problems that Aurora was faced with throughout the novel. There was so much given to us that I would have liked the book to either be about 100 pages longer or to have cut out some of the subplots.

In all, it was good writing and a nice take on a classic fairytale. No language and no sexual situations.

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