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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure
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Jan 21, 11

bookshelves: adult, fairytale-retelling, fiction, reviewed, banned, e-book, erotica, book-series, guilty-pleasures, contemporary-fiction
Recommended to Joyzi by: Goodreads
Recommended for: Peeps who don't mind BDSM and porn
Read from January 16 to 20, 2011, read count: 1

My Proper Review

Okay what to say, what to say?

Honestly I'm pretty shy to review this book, just bear with me and my random shenanigans. Okay so I'll just assume that people who are reading this book review are 18 years old and above. Please if you're below 18, stop reading this and do something else.

Moving on, the reason I read this book is merely out of curiosity. But my first encounter with the idea of BDSM was last year(I'm not going to explain the definition of BDSM, if you haven't heard of it, please search it on wikipedia) when I've read Lover Unbound by J. R. Ward which was the fifth book in her The Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

When I've first read about it, I pretty much like it, the idea of "BDSM" and actually I think it was also last year when my friend IRL have a VCD about BDSM and we watched it. So at first I was hesitant to watch it but having read the book Lover Unbound I was curious to know how does it look like IRL. After watching it I was surprised and scared like shit because it's not how I imagined it would be. Idk how to describe it but the video was weird, grotesque, ugly, with their terrifying apparatus and what not and I was more like angry while watching it. I didn't like it at all.

So that's why I'm expecting that I'll not even finish reading this book because of that past experience and pretty much I have so many dear GR friends who have rated this book 1 star.

So this is what happens, I read it, and I can pretty much say that I hated it at first. The first scene in this book was actually a rape scene. The premise was copied from the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty and of course the princess was curse and she was in a state of deep sleep. And in order to wake up the princess and lift the curse, a prince must kissed her.

So yeah the prince came and he doesn't just kissed Beauty. He like slashed off her night gown using his sword and then he rape her and then after that he kissed her. So Beauty was finally free from the curse and I think she immediately felt a connection with the prince who have saved her.

The first part was shocking and confusing for me because when I think about a prince like this one

Prince Caspian Pictures, Images and Photos
(Sorry Prince Caspian for putting you on this one)

okay as I'm saying when you think of princes it should not be like this one in this book because the prince just raped the princess and he doesn't want the princess to have any clothes on. He just wanted her naked all the time. And he even paraded the princess body to the crowd and he even post her and tied her and then he called out an old man to touch her breast etc.

So yeah WTH right?

Yeah I was pissed off at first because this is unbelievably absurd but as I got halfway through reading it. I began to understand the story fully.

When the prince arrived at their castle and then you'll be introduced with different sex slaves in the castle. And then I started to surmise that the rules of their kingdom was different from the norm.

So sex slavery and BDSM was the norm in their kingdom. Even princes and princesses were considered as sex slaves. They must submit to their masters etc. And they have the structure like when you're a sex slave you'll be given groom and a page and there are different punishments if you rebel or just to test you. And there are also different sex games I guess that you need to do in order to please your master.

That's when the story got really interesting because I felt like everything that I considered weird at the first half of the book was slowly explained here. And then I love the fact that the sex slaves in this book have different personalities and way of thinking or handling the situations they are into. I just really like it because as I was reading it I felt their emotions, frustrations etc. It was really thought provoking and for me I just realize many things like how can violence especially if it's sexual affect people's perspective about themselves and also about hopelessness and acceptance and yielding.

I think that this is a great book actually if you're just open minded and look at it in a different perspective and not just looking at it with you know sex and everything.

And also the writing was superb and I really like Anne Rice's choice of words. She kind of remind me of Judith McNaught novels with added dark side and erotica flavor on it. Definitely recommended and I can say that this is definitely a "Classic" of the Erotica Genre.
***I'll post my in-depth review tomorrow.***


Okay so I just finished the book and I really like it. I'm surprised and a bit shock, idk what else to say right now but it actually was written very fluidly and solidly. At first I don't get the plot at all but as I was reading it, the plot got deeper and I like the fact that I actually sympathize with the sex slaves in this book. The feeling was tormenting and scary and thought provoking I think. I just gave it four stars because the ending felt empty for me. However I'll still read the next one.

I'd really recommend this book if you're an open minded person and you can tolerate reading a book with too much BDSM on it. Just don't expect this book to be romantic. There's nothing romantic in this book to be honest with you. Sleeping Beauty was treated more like a sex toy rather than a princess in this book.
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Reading Progress

5.0% "Seriously? What The Hell!" 6 comments
40.0% "I'm starting to like it, I love Prince Alexi (T_T)" 7 comments
70.0% "Disturbing? Hells yeah but it was good ^^"

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Julie yeah! yeah! yeah! hahaha

a ka-boom for the new year!

message 2: by Bookwatcher (last edited Jan 03, 2011 11:52PM) (new)

Bookwatcher ohhhh
prepare yourself... I like that trilogy Sleeping Beauty Box Set by Anne Rice but OMG was veeeeeeeeery hard to read it! There are some hard-core BDSM, but also some lovely scenes.
BTW you will get annoyed by all the spanking :-P
The second is the best in my view... and the end? OMG I don't know if THAT's a HEA, but certainly made me laugh...

Joyzi Okay Bookwatcher I'll read the whole trilogy to have a better judgment about these controversial Anne Rice books

message 4: by Tintin (new)

Tintin LOL when I read this book many moons ago I thought I'd finish the whole trilogy. Turned out I couldn't go past the 2nd book XD I love hardcore, but even this disturbed me!

Julie Tintin wrote: "LOL when I read this book many moons ago I thought I'd finish the whole trilogy. Turned out I couldn't go past the 2nd book XD I love hardcore, but even this disturbed me!"

so you've read this creepy thing as well :s hahaha

Joyzi Lols OMG so many have read it :O

Julie we should definitely read this!

message 7: by Julie (last edited Jan 13, 2011 08:21PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Julie hahaha, we're so much late!!! :))

I've mentioned the book to one member of a certain group (which i am also a member of) and he/she(not sure of the gender since the person's name is Geek XD) said that it's a good and interesting book 0_0 hahahaha

I'm up for the "am i a masochist or sadist challenge" Joyzi LoL

Joyzi Yeah Julie this is my next read actually ^^, idk if I'm excited or more like scared and what not

Julie I'll look forward to your review wahahah :))

Joyzi Lols I'm actually terrified to review it haha

Julie LoLs baka mashock kami mas intense ang review kesa sa book hahaha kidding joyzi ^^

sana sabay tayong mag release ng review hahaha parang wild wild west na sabay magbabarilan eh XD

Joyzi oo basahin ko to baka next week ko siya masimulan ^^, sabay tayo

Julie yehes! thanks joyzi dear ako naman busy sa paglalakad ng kung anu-ano this week at naghahanap ng work hhhaayyy kaya sana makahanap na ng maging fruitful ang 2011 ko haha :)

Joyzi Good luck sa paghahanap ng work, kaya mo yan!

message 15: by Rollie (new)

Rollie haha. sleeping beauty series?

Joyzi Oo erotica version ni Anne Rice naku first page pa lang kadiri na, Anne Rice ano bang kalokohan to?

message 17: by Lea Ivy (new)

Lea Ivy is this good?

message 18: by Rollie (new)

Rollie Anne Rice author nito?

Joyzi Oo bali pseudoname niya yung nakalagay na An Roqulare

Joyzi @lea Ivy idk it's kinda creepy for me

message 21: by Rollie (new)

Rollie Oh. So she did the same as what Nora Roberts and Stephen King did. :)

Joyzi Yeah I think high siya nung mga panahong to nung sinusulat niya yung libro, gusto ko lang basahin at nacurious ako dun sa review ni Jasmine

message 23: by Rollie (new)

Rollie parang di ko na siya idol dahil sa book na to. :)

Joyzi ganun? nabasa mo na ba 'to?

Julie joyzi, kinabahan naman ako sa comment mo :s

Julie first page pa lang kadiri na DX

Joyzi Oo Julie akala ko magsisimula siya ng tame muna ganun medyo sa gitna pa yung mga kadiri, but I was wrong, grabe unang scene rape scene agad!

message 28: by Rollie (new)

Rollie hindi pa. pero basta. gusto ko lang madisappoint ako sakanya. :D

Joyzi adik ayun nasa kalagitnaan na ko, maganda pala, actually pangit lang yung simula kasi puro spanking, ayun me love story din pala to, sa ngayon parang gusto ko na yung story

Julie hala! rape naman agad DX

anu yun, sira agad image ni beauty?! buti naman mukhang interesting na yung event para sayo ^^
ayan, dahil ni rape si beauty naka-curious kung anu pa ang kahihinatnan nya sa future!

goodluck sa pagbabasa sana matiis natin LoL

Joyzi @Julie naku nakakapangilabot nga tong libro na 'to e this defines BDSM talaga, me bondage (check) me discipline (check) Slave and Master/ Sado-Maschism (check)

Julie wow! nice review joyzi! ROFL! hahahahah I'm waiting for your review! hahaha

Joyzi Hahaha lols wala pa nga kong review, nice review na agad, basta basahin mo to ^^

message 34: by Abby (new) - rated it 1 star

Abby I'll mark this as to-read. Na-curious ako sa mga comment. Haha. Is the story too disturbing? Haha.

Joyzi @Bhie ilang taon ka na ba? Irerecommend ko to kung 18 years old and above ka at natotolerate mo magbasa ng puro kinky sex scenes

message 36: by Abby (new) - rated it 1 star

Abby Yep, I'm 18. Haha.

Joyzi well I think it's okay for you to try it. Have you read erotica before?

message 38: by Abby (new) - rated it 1 star

Abby I think yes. Haha. Not entirely sure though, I'm not familiar with that genre much. Haha.

Joyzi OMG then prepare yourself :) this book has BDSM on it, are you okay with that?

message 40: by Abby (new) - rated it 1 star

Abby I don't even know what BDSM means? Haha.

Joyzi you can search it on wikipedia, kinda hard to explain

message 42: by Abby (new) - rated it 1 star

Abby Oh. Now I know. Haha. Yep, I've read some books with that. But is the story good? Is it too far from the original concept of Sleeping Beauty?

Joyzi yeah the beginning was copied from the concept of Sleeping Beauty but when you get halfway through it, the story begin to dwells on sex slavery and BDSM

Joyzi I think the story is good if BDSM and erotica were your cup of tea but if you're a bit sensitive on sex, I really don't recommend it

message 45: by Abby (new) - rated it 1 star

Abby Well, I'll just wait for your review and rating. And decide then. Haha.

Joyzi ah okay I think I can finish this one on Friday I think

message 47: by Julie (last edited Jan 22, 2011 04:17AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Julie @joyzi: oo yung inexplain mo parang core na ata ng story hahaha cge, aabangan ko talaga ang kakila-kilabot mong review nyahaha!

message 48: by Julie (last edited Jan 20, 2011 07:53PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Julie will wait for your proper review though I think that what you posted right now already is a good one ^^

message 49: by Edil (new)

Edil I read this before but i didn't finish it. This book is really not for the faint-hearted. I loved anne rice's style!!!

message 50: by Rollie (new)

Rollie I've read your review though I'm a minor. :DDD

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