Book Talk: Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2)

Posted July 1, 2016 in 3 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Book Talk: Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2)Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #2
Published by Harper Teen
Published On: February 23, 2016
Maturity Level: Young Adult - some violence
3 Stars
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Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss. Aurora’s life was supposed to be a fairytale.

But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after. Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.

Aurora is determined to free her home from the king’s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan—someone who seems to know far more about her magic than he should. However, Finnegan’s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.

As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power—something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them—she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before…and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill.


I really liked that we got to see more dragons in this book! I was really looking forward to them and I actually really love that the author is pushing how dangerous they are. Thank you! Yes, dragons are dangerous creatures and shouldn’t be messed with. They’re actually treated like dangerous animals in this book which I found really interesting. I did wish I could have gotten more information about them though.


I’m not gonna lie, I had fairly high expectations for this book after loving the first one. I ended up being pretty disappointed because it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I did enjoy reading the book but it was far from being as great as the first. I like to think I’ll be reading the next one but it’s not as high on my list anymore.

The plot went by way too fast. I’m seeing on GoodReads that it has almost 400 pages and I don’t know how. I think a lot of the plot was pointless, boring parts that didn’t help push the plot along at all so the book felt much shorter than what it actually was. I just could have used a lot more action to drive this plot forward some more. It just felt like this whole plot had no purpose except the beginning and the ending. You can probably just skip that whole middle bit.

I was also a little iffy on the romance. I thought we’d get a sweet romance in this book since there wasn’t any in the first. I figured that meant that the author would take her time with a romance but it was almost like a book two insta-love. Does that make sense? Maybe not. It wasn’t insta-love because it took a whole book to get to this point but the romance felt too rushed and even a little fake at some points.


I’d recommend this to fairy tale lovers. This is the story of what happened after Sleeping Beauty’s fairy tale ended. If you like reading stories about what happens after the fairy tale then this is the book for you!


This book was slightly disappointing and didn’t live up to the expectations the first book gave me. Let’s hope the third book can pull it out of this hole and finish off this story with a bang!




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