Well, if you like spankings, S&M, spankings, weird sex, spankings, bondage and spankings, this is the book for you. Did I mention there's a lot of spankings? Like, on every page, starting with, oh...page 2. It's erotic, it's a whole new take on an old fairy tale...it's got A LOT of spankings. Enjoy.
Sherrie F. (FosterAdopt) - reviewed The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty, Bk 1) (Abridged Audio Cassette) on
Helpful Score: 17
This was my first foray into Erotica and sorry to say I was a little disappointed. The premise seemed promising but there was very little (if any)character development. I really wanted to like it as I am a big fan of Ann Rice but I just couldn't finish it. MY TBR pile is too big to try and force myself to read this one.
This book is a highly erotic book for mature readers. This book was wrote by A.N. Roquelaure but most commonly known as Anne Rice. She writes fabulously! Please note that this book is extremely explicit but a must read.
I used to enjoy Anne Rice's work. I really did. I've never been unable to finish a book of hers.
This book, however? This poorly research, barely thought-out rag of smut that distorts the world of S&M horrifically? I put it down with a third of the book to go.
Leaving aside the parts where the "punishments" would have been lethal within a day or so, such as being hung double by your wrists for the ceiling (Rice mentions the slaves are left this way for up to a week), and the way that slaves are forced into subjugation by threats such as being handed to the servants of the castle (where they will be subject to repeated rape, beatings, more rape, and more beatings)... no, not leaving that aside. That's what disgusted me about this book.
A true S&M relationship, a healthy one, is based on mutual consent and a terrifying amount of trust. If the slave is whipped, spanked, punshied, whatever, it is because the slave wants it and enjoys it. The slaves in this book do not want it, except as far as a severe case of Stockholm syndrome makes them.
Rice is propagating a damaging and sadly widespread view of S&M. I understand that it is, more or less, Rice's literary version of a wish fulfillment dream, but there are many people who already have a poor understanding of S&M who will read this book and believe it to be something like what she presents.
I couldn't get very far into this at all... picked it up at a book sale thinking I'd try it since I never read anything by Anne Rice, but wow... it was just brutal and revolting. If you don't believe me, feel free to give it a go, but I warned ya!
Zureyden N. (carefulove) reviewed The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty, Bk 1) (Abridged Audio Cassette) on
Helpful Score: 2
What a Load of C...! Holy Cow, what a waste of time and effort! What on earth would make an author write something like this? and ever worse, what would make me waste my precious book credits on it? ugh.
This series was disgusting and a poor attempt to a BDSM story that turned out to be pure torture and a less than mediocre work.
I thought this book was beyond disappointing. The idea of the book is intriguing, and I like Anne Rice, but, most of the book was just beyond stupid. I finished it, just because I kept hoping there would be "more" . . .but I have no desire to waste my time with the rest of them.
I am one of those readers that is not easily shocked...My opinion of this book is high because of the imagination that Anne Rice put into it...She is an amazing yarn spinner!!! This book is NOT for the easily blushed...This is a book for a reader with a wide open mind and a nonjudgemental nature...Take it with a grain of salt and don't get your feminist panties in a bunch...I'm all for women's rights and I am a woman and I enjoyed this book very much!!! So, grab a cup of coffee, go sit in your favorite chair, and be prepared to take a journey unlike any that you have ever gone on before!!!
Beauty is awakened by a prince who is anything but charming. The momma's boy takes Beauty to his kingdom to serve as a sex slave. Lots of crawling on all fours and kissing of boots. Her 'awakening' is supposed to be erotic, to me: not so much.
This isn't Fifty Shades if that's what you're looking for. This starts out with a rape scene pretty much, and from there beauty goes into sex slavery where anyone and everyone can do whatever they please with her. A lot of S&M, spanking, graphic things, etc etc. Not for those who had difficulty reading Fifty. Though still a rather interesting story, I would have preferred some more character development and less sex or should I say less spanking scenes.
Like everybody has already said: Lots of spankings. This is /not/ a romance novel!
At the beginning Beauty appears to be completely innocent. As her education continues though, she begins to feel things. Her confusion is what makes her endearing in a certain way. And just as she begins to think she understand things, something else happens.
Rice creates a weird culture here. One in which the people pay homage to the monarchy in more than just taxes. She has even included festivals and games. All of this culture we only learn through Beauty's experiences.
I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series, as the ending was a cliffhangar, and I'm still not completely sure why Beauty did what she did.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
In the traditional folktale of "Sleeping Beauty," the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. Now Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him...as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience.
Very graphic depiction (almost sequel) of the story Sleeping Beauty. Starting from the time she awakes, Beauty becomes the sex slave of the Prince from another kingdom. I feel like this book has some underlying message that I was missing, and while I am not prudish, I was put off to an extent by the lewd, sexually obsessed point of view of the Prince and the court that he is a part of.
This is the first erotica book I've ever read. A little shocking in the begining but not too bad. Kinda fun to read about what could have happened to a fairy tale character. Good enough to read the rest of the series.
This was my first dabbling into the erotic genre and I must say I wasn't too impressed. I had read that there are a lot of spanking's and overall just Beauty along receives 17+. If you counted everyone else's it would be well above 40. Nothing in the book really surprised me although some of the ways they punish the slaves are pretty creative. Overall I didn't enjoy the book, but I didn't hate it either so I gave it 2 and 1/2 stars.
This is one book that I hid from people. It is so racy and sexy you have to be careful who you read it around too. A little too much spanking for my liking but if you want to read something to get you a all hot and bothered this is the book.
Nikki F. (04mom07) reviewed The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty, Bk 1) (Abridged Audio Cassette) on
A Great Read!! The first erotic book I have read and it has left me wanting more. Anne Rice has done it again. The level of originality that has gone into this book is amazing. She opened my eyes to a whole new Genre!! I can't wait to read the other two in the series.
If you are looking for a series that has lots of character development and plot, then this really isn't the book for you. This is definitely BDSM (heavy on the S&M) erotica. It is fantasy and some of the scenes in the series (not just this book) are unlikely but I enjoyed reading them anyway. I have the entire series in hardback and I really enjoy reading them from time to time.
Stefany O. (stefanyo) reviewed The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty, Bk 1) (Abridged Audio Cassette) on
It states on the cover, if you liked the Fifty Shades trilogy, you'll love the Sleeping Beauty trilogy. Not so much. This is a whole different kind of story. Fifty Shades was a love story involving some S&M this was just a girl who was forced to like being spanked!
I requested this book after reading reviews of "Fifty Shades of Grey", which repeatedly said "Don't bother - read Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty books instead." The re-imagining of a fairy tale is an intriguing premise, but I'm not usually into S&M. For a while, all I could think was OK! Enough with the spanking already! But in fairness, she does a great job of giving life and depth to these unusual people, and by the end I was actually admiring Beauty as a strong female character. The author shows some strong insight into the psychology of abuse victims, which can be a little disturbing. Of course, there are some imaginative and lively sex scenes, along with the domination theme, but some surprisingly tender moments as well.
Not a fan of erotica but still tried to read it anyway. It's basically rape and torture sex for the ENTIRE span of the book. Overarching story is barely a story. Merely a vehicle to write about a lot of dirty rape/sex. Not recommended for someone just trying to read a bit of smut. It's completely vulgar and a book full of rape and trying to justify it.
I found this book to be truly evocative and well written, without being trashy. The only thing I could find fault with would be that there is no way Beauty could continually perform for her masters/mistresses; I mean after all she's a very young woman and as we all know young women have certain issues once a month. But after reading the first two books of the trilogy and in the middle of the third, I do not see this problem being addressed. I know many romance writers do not address this problem, but with this type of book, I do not see how the writer could not address what her masters/mistresses demanded of her during that time of the month. I still love the book, and would recomend the entire series to anyone who has a taste for such and erotic book. I also recomend reading the trilogy in the correct order, for all of Beauty's experiences to be fully experienced.
In the traditional folk tale of "Sleeping Beauty," the spell case upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. Now Anne Rice's retalling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale of exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him . . .
In the traditional tale of Sleeping Breauty the spell cast upon a lovely princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a prince. Now in Anne Rice's retelling of Beauty, the prince awakens her not with a kiss, but with sexual iniation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement.