1. Skye Boat Song by Bear McCarthy
All that was good, all that was fair
All that was me is gone.
OK, yes, it’s the Outlander theme. But I think the ethereal sound and its lyrics about a lost girl/moving time fit A Wicked Thing perfectly.
2. Blinding by Florence + the Machine
No kiss, no gentle word, could wake me from this slumber
Til I realize that it was you who held me under.
Florence + the Machine’s first album was my soundtrack for writing the first draft of A Wicked Thing, and this song is one of the main reasons for that.
3. Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars
Don’t you dare look out your window
Darling, everything’s on fire
I’m glad I listened to this song on Youtube while I was revising, because I’d hate to know how many times I played it on repeat. The sound of it is just perfect for the book. It’s also a song for Princess Isabelle.
4. Come Crashing by Digital Daggers
Taken from my slumber
From a dream I’ve died
Because not everything in the book is nice, pretty, ethereal songs.
5. Blue Caravan by Vienna Teng
My true love is a man who never existed at all
He was a beautiful fiction I invented to keep out the cold
A song that pretty much fits every relationship, romantic or otherwise, in this book.
6. I’m in Here by Sia
I’m crying out, I’m breaking down
I am fearing it all, stuck inside these walls
Aurora, fighting against the fact that everyone has an idea of who she should be, but no one is willing to find out who she actually is.
7. Three Wishes by The Pierces
And you want three wishes:
You want never bitter and all delicious.
Another song where I just really love the sound of it, and which seems to match people’s reaction to the curse and the promise of Sleeping Beauty.
8. Rabbit Heart by Florence + the Machine
And in the spring I shed my skin, and it blows away with the changing winds
The waters turn from blue to red, as towards the sky I offer it.
Aurora as sacrifice — this song pretty much sums up the book.
9. Falling by The Civil Wars
Tell me it’s nothing. Try to convince me
That I’m not drowning. Oh let me tell you, I am.
Technically, this song is about falling out of love with someone, not never loving them in the first place. But considering the way Aurora feels about her curse and her “true love,” it seems to fit.
10. Devil’s Spoke by Laura Marling
All of this can be broken, all of this can be broken
Hold your devil by his spoke and spin him to the ground
This one doesn’t have the same feel as A Wicked Thing, to me, but god if I don’t love the lyrics in the context of the book. They just seem to fit so many elements.
11. I Don’t Need You by the Pierces
I don’t need you, and you don’t need me.
I don’t need you; you don’t need me.
Aurora and Rodric’s “true love” love song.
12. Shake It Out by Florence + the Machine
And I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
The anthem for Aurora and for the end of the book.