Neither of them gave her the critical acclaim or the commercial success of her first novel; the main complaints about The Feast of All Saints were that it was too heavy and dense to read easily,  and most of the reviews for Cry to Heaven were so savagely negative that Rice felt devastated. Roquelaure from the French word Roquelaure, referring to a cloak worn by men in the 18th-century Europe. After stripping her naked he takes her to his kingdom, ruled by his mother Queen Eleanor, where Beauty is trained as a slave and a plaything. In this castle they spend several years learning to become obedient and submissive sexual property, accepting being spanked and forced to have sex with nobles and slaves of both sexes, being publicly displayed and humiliated, and crawling around on their hands and knees like animals until they return to their own lands "being enhanced in wisdom. After that he tells her about the long adventurous journey he had in the castle.
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Start your review of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty Write a review May 22, Nataliya rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Perhaps, people who enjoy terrible books and awful erotica? Otherwise, nobody. Which is repeated so many times it almost does not look like a real word anymore.
A drinking game with taking a shot every time spanking is mentioned would not last long that is, unless you have truly remarkable alcohol-digesting enzymes and a I want to bleach my brain after reading this. A drinking game with taking a shot every time spanking is mentioned would not last long that is, unless you have truly remarkable alcohol-digesting enzymes and a stomach made of steel.
And since there are only so many ways to spank somebody and this book quickly explores ALL the possibilities , the book quickly becomes quite repetitive and incredibly boring.
But I do have a problem with rape presented as being okay and even sexy. The Prince rapes Beauty while she is unconscious. Rape is never okay, and it should not be used as a "sexy" way to start a story.
Make it consensual or do not write about it at all, and definitely do not present that as sexy. BDSM is consensual; otherwise just call it rape and stop trying to make it sexy.
Another reason for the brain bleach is the sheer awfulness of this dreck, which I really tried to forget. But seeing three women today engrossed in that Twilight BDSM fanfic that we do not speak of reminded me of having read this one a few years ago. And still I could not escape the endlessly boring spanking or the atrocious language. Yes, everything else aside, the writing in this book is unbelievably bad.
The language sounds fake, wooden, juvenile, and forced. The descriptions are terrible and would be out of place in every book except for one teaching how to write badly. What did these two ever do to Anne Rice? But the language itself reads so clumsy that I almost wonder whether A. Roquelaure Anne Rice is not a native English speaker.
Since these books are, well, books, they should have some kind of a plot, right? Because this one definitely does not have a plot unless you count the forty billion instances of spanking. Am I naive to expect plot in what is marketed as a book? Anyway, as I said, I started skimming pretty early on easy in a plotless book because even my semi-saintly tolerance for bad fiction ends at some point.
It is boring, badly written, almost glorifies rape, and apparently does not believe in consent. I would not recommend it to anyone. I have no idea what possessed me to read it.
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty Series #1)
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty