Friday, January 30, 2015

First Impressions Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

 First Impression Reviews is a new feature here at Stories & Sweeties where I give my first thoughts at 50-100 pages into a book. For a details about this feature, go here!

where I'm at: pg 86

first impressions:  A Wicked Thing immediately drew me in with an intriguing idea for a retelling: what if Sleeping Beauty woke up not week or months after falling asleep but 100 years.  Her entire world is gone, her family dead, and the strange family who woke her now think they own her and that she will bring magic back into the world for their benefit.  Its definitely an interesting twist on the classic tale.

Aurora seems like a strong character, but it takes a while to see that come through because she is set so off balance by being thrust into a world that is completely new to her…rightly so. At where I'm at, we're just started to see a little of her strength of character coming through as she gains her bearings and starts to realize what these harsh people really expect of her. I'm really liking her character and the things she doing to stand her ground so far.   Right now, there are few she seems to be able to trust and more than a few shady characters, including the king, definitely the queen, and this sleezy prince that has just shown up. The prince who woke her is a bit of an awkward turtle and its hard to say if he is clueless or just seriously misled,…but he's sweet enough I guess.  Aurora sneaks out and meets a few townspeople and one in particular of interest :). Not sure if this will turn into a love triangle, but hopefully not.  There is one character that has vaguely been thrown in to the mix and by her name, I have suspicions of who she might be, but would hope the plot is not that predicable in the end.  

A good start,….I’m definitlely, though cautiously, intrigued.


  1. I had no idea that A Wicked Thing was even a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. And I love Sleeping Beauty! Now I really want to read this story! And the cover...I don't know how I feel about it. It's okay I guess, but I don't absolutely love it. Either way, this one's going on my tbr list! :D

  2. Retellings are always a new aspect on these old stories! Thank you for the post!

  3. Great post Becky. <3 Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book so far :D I hope you will end up loving it. <3 But yeah. I seem to remember having heard talk about a love triangle :( hope it isn't so. Sniffs. I don't want more triangles. Sigh. Anyway. Happy reading. <3

  4. Retellings, when done correctly, are absolutely fantastic! It's fun to take a story meant for kids retold for an adult (or young adult) audience. Thanks for sharing, Becky!

  5. Ooh, I'm glad you're liking it well enough so far! I certainly hope it's not too terribly predictable... :)

  6. I'm very excited for this book, as I feel the need for more retellings in my life (I've only recently started reading them). Sounds like an interesting start.