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A wicked thing
Thomas, Rhiannon, author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Physical Description:
337 pages ; 22 cm
One hundred years after falling asleep, Aurora wakes to the kiss of a handsome prince and a kingdom that has dreamed of her return, but her happily-ever-after seems unlikely as she faces grief over the loss of everything she knew and a cruel new king.
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Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Young Adult
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Fantasy
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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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, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Thomas's debut opens with the end of a familiar fairy-tale-the "sleeping beauty" awakened by a kiss. The conclusion of one story marks the beginning of another as 18-year-old Aurora learns that she has been asleep for more than 100 years and is perceived as a potential savior for her unstable, violent homeland. She is manipulated and controlled by her future in-laws, the king and queen; treated as a puppet rather than as someone with thoughts of her own, she quickly comes to resent her situation. Though Iris, the cold and fearsome queen whose mask of authority hides her dissatisfaction with her own powerlessness, is an original creation, other characters, such as the cruel king and the morally dubious rebel Aurora unwittingly befriends, remain generic. The conflict between the rebels and the king, in which innocents (discounted by both sides) suffer most, is thinly constructed, and the kingdom of Alyssinia has little to distinguish it from other fantasy lands. But Thomas's novel leaves enough enticing unanswered questions to pave the way for a sequel. Ages 14-up. Agent: Kristen Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Feminist blogger Thomas's debut novel takes the happily-ever-after out of the "Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale, and explores the fallout that takes place after Aurora is brought out of her deep sleep. Awakened after her 100-year nap, her friends and family long-dead, Aurora is thrust into an engagement with the stranger whose kiss roused her, Prince Rodric, the only son in the royal family currently governing the kingdom of Alysse. Her home is by no means the peaceful place it was: angry factions combat against the cruel and totalitarian King John, and the country seems to be teetering on the brink of a civil war. Aurora's tale has been a symbol of hope for many, and the pressure to live up to the expectations that her awakening, and in turn, her intended marriage will bring about a change for the better, are immense. Uncomfortable with her new role, Aurora secretly makes nightly escapes to the city, where she meets Tristan, one of the rebels, to whom she forms an intense attraction, until the violence of his convictions drives her away. On the day her wedding is to take place, she makes a break for it, unsure of where she is headed, but content to be "nothing but herself." The book is welcome twist on the classic helpless-princess-saved-by-dashing-prince one expects from a fairy tale, and the lack of a consistent love interest is refreshing. Aurora is a relatable character and fairy tale and fantasy fans alike will breeze through this retelling and eagerly await her next chapter.-Joanna Sondheim, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.