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A Wicked Thing

(A Wicked Thing #1)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  4,128 ratings  ·  793 reviews
Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

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 unders
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by HarperTeen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

“I dub thee . . . Mouse.”
“Were you expecting something more regal?”
She shook her head and took another sip of mead. The sweet burn down her throat made her daring. “Why Mouse?”
“You look like you’re hiding away.”
Setting: Sleeping Beauty's castle. Aurora wakes up to find a strange boy kissing her.

Aurora: *gasps softly* Wha?...How...Who...

Prince: *stammers*

Aurora: But...wha? Huh?

Prince: *stutters*

Aurora: Who...? *stares in shock*

Prince: *chokes* MOMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!

QUEEN: (in caps) AH HA!
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Have you ever wondered what happened after Sleeping Beauty woke up from her slumber? Pondered if she really did live a "happily ever after"?

Well, A Wicked Thing is here to tell you that story. At least... one of the possibilities, anyway.

And it ain't exactly pretty.

This was me after I turned the last page. Emotions = A rollercoaster.

Retellings can be awesome and it can be a pain in the rear. Awesome, because you're already familiar with the basic elem
Dec 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy-reads
i read this arnd 2014 i think (thats ages ago)?? but i still rmb parts of it because this is probably one of the shittiest books i've read till date
Well i didn't know better back then and got lured in by the pretty dress on cover trope; and to say it was torture to finish it would be the understatement of the year. I realised that i didn't give reasons for my low ratings so here i am trying to rmb things that i don't wanna.
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IK i probably sound harsh but honestly nah, just don't read
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading the author's work and essays over at Feminist Fiction (, I will be reading her book as fast as you can "gimme"


A Wicked Thing is a reimagining of the fairytale Sleeping Beauty, a variant that as far as I understand, combines the Disney version’s Aurora and Perrault’s version. It opens as Aurora opens her eyes when a prince kisses her lips awakening her from a one hundred year slumber and it closes with a question mark.

The in-between is a
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Aug 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Initial Review: Thank gosh that's over with. Awkward dialogue, mediocre writing, poor characters, hardly any plot development. Pass.

Read the full review @ A Perfection Called Books

Although I was excited for this book, I had no idea what to expect. Only in the midst of reading A Wicked Thing did I start to form the idea of what I thought or wanted to happen. Unfortunately what actually happened was a lot less eventful and just plain slow. This book had its flaws, yet I enjoyed some aspects of it.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

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 bo
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, e-arc

This was my favourite retelling in a long time. It felt very true to the Sleeping Beauty story I knew, but the author breathed some fresh life into it. She really made me FEEL for the main character. I felt so bad for her situation!

My one disappointment was the ending. Not the ending ending—that part was epic. I just mean where the story left off. Looking back over the whole book, I felt like not much was actually accomplished. At the end, what did Aurora achieve, really? Not much. I wasn
shady boots
Going into this book, I was fully prepared for it to be a very slow-paced story that focuses more on the political aspects than the fantasy elements, due to some of the reviews I've stumbled upon. While at first I thought I was going to be bored, it actually managed to keep me entertained. The story wasn't too bad, and while I think the characters could've used a bit more depth, I didn't mind them.

One gripe I have is that Aurora herself can be very passive most of the time. There were many momen
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
I was pretty sure i had this shelved as currently-reading, but no worries, there are no hard feelings,Goodreads(mostly)

The book started out quite boring. Everyone, and i mean everyone was good. I mean, how could they be evil. Only the evil Witch/evil-being can be evil. If a woman asks for protection because she is accused of having magic, putting her in a dungeon is not bad by any means, the King just wishes to protect the country. A mom is going to make a 6 year old marry a 20 year old when sh
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Well that was disappointing.

Aurora was an okay and very realistic character, but that's pretty much the only good thing I can say about this. The pacing was off, the plot was nonexistent...

Full review to come closer to the release date.
OOh a Sleeping Beauty retelling!


I'm DNFING this at 30% for now. Might come back to it later but the fact that there's already three possible love interests is turning me off. Also I was really bored with nothing happening whatsoever.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An advance copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I'm on a roll with fairy tale retellings lately! This one isn't my favorite -- it's not even based on my favorite tale -- but I loved how this retelling turns the original on its head. The Disney version of Sleeping Beauty would have us believe that the happily ever after begins with the kiss, but A Wicked Thing explores how A
You know that book? The one that might not be The Most Amazing Thing Ever, but it's pretty entertaining, and it makes you smile while you're reading it? This was that book for me.

...Until the last 25%.

See, the problem with not-amazing-but-fairly-happy-making books is that, for them to be memorable and recommendable, they need to also have a strong ending. At least for me. I want to be able to say "Yeah, it was light, but it was entertaining and fun and it wrapped up nicely!" But take away a stro
Nasty Lady MJ
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Really 2.5 stars. To see full review click here.

Sleeping Beauty has to be one of the laziest fairytale characters. All she does is sleeps…

Until this book.

But I slept in this book. It made me tired, the sad thing is, when I started it I was excited. There were a lot of things about it that I liked, but in the end.

I was so bored.

I think part of this one’s problems is that it really is falling into the popular trend of fantasy novels right now. True, it has the fairytale retelling (or post fairytal
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
3.5 stars

It's not one of my favorite fairytale retellings, but it's definitely a good story. I liked what Rhiannon did with the story. She managed to take Sleeping Beauty and turn it into something new. The realistic approach to the tale gave it an interesting twist.

When Aurora awakes she is immediately thrown into a new life she’s not ready for. While she is trying to deal with the fact that the world lived on, Aurora is used as pawn in a political pla
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Quick mini review!

What I liked:

☀ Aurora is a great main character who I found to be surprisingly likable.
She's independent, smart, stubborn and mature. For someone who has been asleep for 100 years, she adapts quickly and doesn't whine.
Of course it's a big bonus that she's a book lover.

☀ This was a fun twist on the tale of Sleeping Beauty and something that I didn't except.

☀ Very quick read.

☀ There's a wonderful friendship between the main character and a younger girl, and it's the kind of si
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
I love fairy tales and retellings and gorgeous covers. I was really excited about this one because it wasn't a retelling as much as it was a twist in the 'after the fairy tale'. The fact that Aurora didn't automatically fall in love with her 'prince charming' was another reason why I wanted to read this book. A Wicked Thing had soooo much potential, but the slow-paced plot and lack of clear character development took some of my enjoyment away from the book. It started off really well, but slowed ...more
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
Well...I'm not sure how I feel about this one? It's one of those books that you love to hate!

It was good, in it's own kinda slow paced, not what I was expecting kinda way. I do like it, but... something about it is not clicking like I hoped it would...

It kinda left me feeling like this...


~~~~~~EDITED REVIEW~~~~~~

3.5 Stars

A richly entangled web of lies, deception, murder plots, schemes, and a thirst for power, A WICKED THING breaths a whole new version of the classic fairytale we've all see
First read: February 2015
Second read: February 2016 - and still SO so good ♥

4.5 stars

Here's a thing I almost forgot: how much I love Sleeping Beauty. In fact, as I read A Wicked Thing, which fits with the tone and story of the Disney movie, I realized it was probably my favorite Disney movie when I was little. My favorite Disney princess for sure. A Wicked Thing is an absolutely stunning debut that just about left me breathless.

A Wicked Thing is like an alternate ending to Sleeping Beauty. In th
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from Amazon Vine.

This is one of those books I got a review copy of despite expecting it to be merely an okay book. Why? Who knows. Maybe it’s my dislike of all things Disney and how fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty are now too intertwined with Disney to be considered on their own most of the time. Maybe it’s my general wariness for fairy tale retellings. Maybe it’s that the jacket copy doesn’t seem all that exciting. Whatever the
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook-i-own
*I listened to the audiobook*

When I asked on Instagram how people experienced this book, I received “weird” and “different” as a response. It made me a little nervous and worried, because the reviews on Goodreads aren’t splendid either. But I already bought it on Audible, so I had to give it a chance.

First of all, saying this is a retelling is wrong. It’s just continues the story of The Sleeping Beauty we all know so well (with the slight change that it starts where she’s kissed). I think that’
Maria (highinthebooksky)
Sep 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
A no from me ...
it had potential but it turned out a huge let down! the last 100 pages couldn't keep my attention I just read them so I could get through the book ... I didn't feel connected to the characters at all... I couldn't care less about them ... that's sad because I really wanted to read a good sleeping beauty retelling but I guess this wasn't for me...
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

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Once again, I have been tricked. Bamboozled. Let the record state that A Wicked Thing is the start of a series and not a standalone. It’s not that I have anything against series, but I do like to be able to decide to start one. Reading a standalone is different because you expect everything to wrap up and this didn’t wrap up. Her journey is just beginning and why oh why can we not know it’s a series? So ju
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2015
A Wicked Thing is one of those retellings that Rhiannon Thomas did something different with by taking a fairy tale and forwarding its plot. We all want to sometimes read on to find out what happened after the happily ever after because surely, all the troubles don't just end. A Wicked Thing confirms they don't. But as much as the concept is interesting and the twist to the fairy tale unique, I found A Wicked Thing lacking.

Aurora has been asleep for a century and as per the curse of Celestine the
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty...the beautiful princess who was cursed by a sorceress to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and then fall asleep until the kiss of a handsome prince wakes her many years later. Well, this is the story of Aurora after the kiss wakes her from 100 years of sleeping... her family is long dead, the world outside her castle is completely changed from what she remembers, and all the subjects of the kingdom expects for her waking to fix all the ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
We all know the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, but what if Aurora woke up from her long sleep to find that things in her kingdom have gone downhill and she actually isn't very happy. That's what happens in this Sleeping Beauty retelling that puts a twist on the classic fairy tale. Aurora, who was woken up by Prince Rodric's kiss, should have been overwhelmed with joy to meet her true love. But that's not the case. She isn't instantly in love with Prince Rodric and on top of it, her kingdom is in a ...more
DNF at about 30%

I am done struggling with this book. I only picked it up because I saw some praise for this book from my favorite Sherry Thomas, I wasn't even intrigued that this book is Sleeping beauty retelling, my only thought was: "If one of my favorite authors enjoyed this book, it must be quite interesting". So I started reading. And I felt nothing toward this book or it's characters. The language was good but it felt like everyone is still in slumber, maybe this book lacks pace, maybe I'd

3.5 stars

Sleeping Beauty is my favorite. I love Aurora {and Maleficent} and pretty much everything about it. So of course I lost my mind when I saw this book.

It's quite an interesting premise. I love that it questions the entire idea of the happily ever after. I did struggle with Aurora a bit because she seems to be so idle. I get that she is dealing with a lot of things, but there wasn't a lot of forward motion. There were some interesting secondary characters {Hello, Finnegan}, but there was
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An excellent twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Opening Sentences: She woke up with a kiss. Not a birds-singing, heart-stopping, world-ending sort of kiss. A light spot of pressure on her lips.

The Review:

A Wicked Thing is an unusual retelling of Sleeping Beauty and as you will soon come to know I have a weakness for retellings of classics and fairy tales. Sleeping Beauty is probably one of my least favourite fairy-tales; a girl cursed
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Rhiannon Thomas is an English Lit grad from Princeton University. She currently lives in York, England, in the shadow of a 13th century Gothic cathedral. When she isn’t lost in YA fantasy, she writes about feminism and the media on her blog,

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