Bonus book recommendation! Mostly because I was home sick all weekend with a nasty head cold and did a loooot of reading, because really, what else is a cold good for except catching up on your reading?
And one of the books I read this weekend was Rhiannon Thomas’s A Wicked Thing.
Let’s do this:
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.
Cue the creepy Lana Del Rey soundtrack!
What Intrigued Me: I am a total Disney Princess girl. I have loved fairy tales my whole life, and will probably continue to love them forever. But I’m not a purist. I love twists on fairy tales, love retellings, love modernizations. Basically anything I can get my hands on. So I got my hands on this.
What Hooked Me: It would have been so easy to make a villain out of Roderic, the prince who wakes her with a kiss. So easy to make Aurora’s fate a complete nightmare. So easy to make escape such a tempting option.
But I’ve never liked the easy route.
Roderic isn’t a bad guy. He’s sweet and naive and awkward. Very un-princely. And being married to him wouldn’t be terrible. It’s everything else about the marriage that isn’t great.
What Made Me Fall In Love: Say it with me now, “Corrupt Kingdoms!”
Seriously, I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of them. I love the political scheming and dealing, the backstabbing and betrayal. Bring it on.
A Wicked Thing is available from Amazon and your local bookstore. Pick up a copy before they magically disappear.