The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Ann Rice

So the old adage, if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all, I wracked my brain to see if this applied here. I have good things to say and bad things, so bear with me. The authors I like to read are famous to me and all those who like to read the kinds of books I like to read, but I rarely read really “famous” authors. I was recommended Ann Rice and was like, oh boy, my English major daughter is going to be so impressed!! It was recommended by a friend. And then another friend, who knows what some of my hard limits are told me I was going to hate it. Let’s start with some good. I never read period books because I get lost in the language. Not so here. The writing was beautiful and lovely and easy to follow. If found myself wanting to talk like that. So let me not say I have good “things” to say. That’s it, that’s my good thing.

I guess where my first indication that I was in over my head was the first scene where the prince goes to wake sleeping beauty. As we all remember from the fairy tale the prince wakes sleeping beauty with loves first kiss. Now, I’m not a prude. I knew this was an erotic fairly tale, but I didn’t expect the prince to plunge his member into sleeping beauty’s still unconscious form. Then to parade her naked in front of her parents! And this was the tame stuff! I’ve read erotic fairy tales before, which was why I thought I’d like this. They contained love stories and soul deep sensuality that leaves you breathless.  This book contained non consensual sex. Homosexual sex. Beatings . Spankings. Humiliation. Group rapes. Kidnapping. Underage sex. Extreme bondage. 

I was waiting to get emotionally attached to any of the characters. I was waiting to find some sense of a love story. I was was waiting to find some humanity in anyone! I waited in vain. I stuck it out through out the whole book. So, yeay for me. I didn’t think I would make it.

In conclusion, if you like well written period books that are full of the hardest core BDSM I have ever read, this book is for you. But just another little side note, I did not find it sexy. I cannot find tears , tears of pain of the body and pain of the heart, in the midst of humiliation, sexy. So, reader be forewarned. And no judgement here if you like that kind of stuff.  Not going to rate this cause it wouldn’t be pretty. 

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