Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Wicked Thing Book Tour: Review + Giveaway! @harperteen @RhiannonKT

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Welcome to my post for the A Wicked Thing book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for copies of A Wicked Thing and a charm bracelet. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

A Wicked Thing
Release date: February 24, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance/Retelling
Series: A Wicked Thing #1

Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of 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 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.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world…and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

Check out an excerpt here.

My Rating: 3 Roses

An interesting take on what happens after Sleeping Beauty wakes up, A Wicked Thing was a lovely YA fantasy. It wasn't perfect, but I did like it and found it to be an enjoyable read.

Aurora was a good character. She was likable and cleverer than she got credit for. However, she was a bit too passive. At first, I understood why she would be that way, considering she woke up to 100 years later and only had other people's word for what was going on. But, then it started becoming frustrating that she didn't DO anything. I wanted to see her take action and that didn't happen until the last couple of chapters. But, since she started to become more active near the end, I'm hoping to see that trend continue in book 2.

Rodric was the prince and, while he wasn't a love interest, I thought he was a total sweetie. He was shy and self-conscious of the fact that he didn't look the role of a dashing prince, considering his penchant for brains over brawn. But, he had the makings of a good leader who was clever and compassionate to his people. He was my favorite part of the book and I adored him.

There wasn't much of a romance in this book. There was potential for romance, but none of it came to fruition. But, maybe we'll see more of that in book 2.

My biggest issue with this book, though, was that I felt like something was missing. And that mainly had to do with the lack of explanation of several things. Like, what exactly was the nature of the sleeping curse and why did Aurora wake up at the moment that Rodric kissed her, if it wasn't true love's kiss? Why were people so afraid of magic if it was already dying out? If Rodric's father won the crown through murder, how did he even legitimately claim the throne? What was up with the witch who cursed Aurora and the agenda she supposedly had? So many things felt like they needed more and that brought down the book. Maybe there will be more explanation in book 2, but I would have liked to have seen more in this one.

The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. The political intrigue of alliances and rebels drew me in to the manipulations at play. I enjoyed the story and the ending has me curious about what will happen in book 2.

A Wicked Thing was a wonderful YA fantasy. Despite any issues I had, I still liked this book and enjoyed reading it. It was an interesting take on what happens after the end of a fairy tale. YA lovers, you might want to check this book out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a grand prize of a signed copy of A Wicked Thing and a spinning wheel charm bracelet, as well as two second prizes of a signed copy.
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About the Author:
Rhiannon Thomas is a recent graduate from Princeton University, where she studied English and Japanese, and smuggled bubble tea into the library on a regular basis. She now lives in York, England.
As well as reading and writing YA fiction, she runs the blog, where she discusses TV, books, and all kinds of fannish things from a feminist perspective.

I don't hang out on Goodreads much, so if you want to contact me, please swing by my personal website or message me on Twitter.

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