A Wicked Thing
By Rhiannon Thomas
HarperTeen, 2015. 337 pages. Young Adult
Princess Aurora wakes after a hundred year sleep to find a handsome prince who has just kissed her. Her century of sleep has become legend, and all of the books written about her tell her that this man is her true love and she has happiness ever after awaiting her. However, Aurora is stricken to find that her family has been dead for many years, and her waking has set in motion a political struggle for power that she's forced to be a pawn in. As her wedding day draws near, Aurora questions everything in her new world, and struggles to decide where she will stand in it.
This is an interesting twist on the Sleeping Beauty story that challenges some popular fairy tale tropes. This is the beginning of a series and while there are some slow parts where we examine what Aurora is thinking and feeling, ultimately it leads up to a very exciting conclusion. This is one for fans of fairy tale retellings.