Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty #1) Review

From bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquleaure. 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 reawakens 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.

Let me say this right off the bat.  If you are not sexually deviant, open to being sexually deviant or even remotely open to the idea that there are sexually deviant people out there, then reading this will certainly screw with your head!  =)

We read a whole new, twisted version of the fairy tale called Sleeping Beauty.  Prince charming certainly wakes her up, but not in the "just kiss me" since.  He wakes her up after he enters her body and then kisses her.  She wakes up to a very very hot claiming if you will.  And that is just the beginning.

I don't really want to walk through what happens in the novel, because part of the fun of this novel is reading what happens.  I will tell you there are moments in this novel that will make you feel shy, scared, hot, and incredibly turned on.  I read this thinking that this would be a fun little spin on a fairy tale I love.  I was not disappointed.  I was, however, shocked as hell!

Anne Rice writes under a pen name of A.N. Roquleaure, and I think I should have figured out from that alone that these books would be different than anything else she has written.  I am a HUGE Rice fan.  You should know that.  So reading this was a great deal of fun for me.

This is one of three books in this series.  It is absolutely the most devious thing I have read in a long long time if ever.  I have one gripe, I wish they didn't change the original artwork.  I really loved it!

I give this 4.5 lipsticks!  Yes, I loved it that much!

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