did you hear aboutpsst psstAnne Ricepsst pssteroticapssst psst psstsleeping beautypssst bondage Then they noticed that I was there and doing whatever the middle school kid equivalent of a dog staring at you with one ear lifted is, and started talking about something way less interesting.
My adolescent trash senses were tingling, but this was before the internet was really an every day thing, so I put that convo on ice and years later, as an older teen on Goodreads casually looking up erotica books to read, I thought to myself, Hmmm, I wonder what those two secretive ladies were talking about I M GONNA SEE IF I CAN FIND IT Moral of the story erotica is NSFB not safe for brunch.
Also moral of the story probably not best to discuss such things in front of little pitchers with big ears and semi eidetic memories not that they could possibly know that but hey, if you ladies happen to be following me now, please consider this review personally dedicated to you, mwah WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS AND INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT Tl dr review You get a spanking You get a spanking You get a spanking EVERYONE GETS A SPANKING I tried to find a funny spanking gif to put her but when I looked at Tumblr and typed in spank, everything was all porn so no gifs for you today, sorry I m not even going to try to pretend thatis going to let me get away with this posting this review to their site, so this is going to be one of those rare instances where I m not going to self censor I m sure somebody has managed to come up with a PG rated review of this book, and I m equally sure that review doesn t mention the people staked out in the gardens with sugar syrup smeared on their genitals and insects biting their flesh as punishment, or the people being literally pushed around on the floor by their masters by giant butt dildos on sticks These are crucial bits of info that I feel the public should know prior to purchase.
I m also not a sadist The concept of sadism in and of itself frankly repulses me a little I get that some people are into that, and if you find someone who would like to do that stuff with you and there s consent and that s your jam, then whatever, but I find it totally off putting and do not enjoy reading about it Especially when there is NOT consent And not only is there sadism in this book, none of it is consenting So that s doubly not fun for me.
The premise of this book is really strange Only the first chapter really follows the fairytale The prince finds Sleeping Beauty, rapes her, and then announces to her family that he s taking her as Tribute Apparently his kingdom is notorious for this they get attractive princes and princesses from other kingdoms to keep as slaves as tithes Which begs the question why is everyone going along with this They seem so busy investing their treasury in things like gold ben wa balls, bejeweled fisting gloves, and silver paddles that I can t see them investing in things like a militia, so what s to stop one of those neighboring kingdoms from being all, Hey, no, you know what Fuck this, I see your paddle and raise you eight hundred gentlemen on horseback armed with rifles and cannons Beauty is subjected to multiple humiliations paraded about naked, where she s molested by total strangers, raped again by the prince, spanked, spanked, spanked, and yes, spanked some , paraded about in front of all the courtiers naked while bound and being humiliated and spanked and also yes groped and molested some , then she s taken outdoors and given pony shoes and spanked up and down the gardens, then she s foisted off to the prince s mother to be sexually assaulted and spanked some , and on top of this she s fed wine and food on the floor like a dog and is only allowed to dress and undress people with her mouth, and at the very end of the book she finally gets to sleep with the one guy she actually likes a fellow slave and the book ends with his recollections of his punishments which include, but are not limited to, being anally raped with a whip, having numerous ben wa balls shoved up his butt which he is then instructed to poop out, being thrown in rotting garbage while being molested, groped, etc, and oh, yes, constant spankings and rape FYI Breasts are spanked, butts are spanked, dicks are spanked, vaginas are spanked, et al This really is the poor man s Marquis de Sade, because as much as I freaking hate de Sade, he did it first or at least, most famously and he shocked the hell out of everyone Anne Rice tries to do the same, but it s mostly just gross and depressing and sad Beauty spends most of the book in tears, and the people around her just bully her so ruthlessly, telling her that she deserves her punishments, but also that she ll be punished when she doesn t deserve it because they enjoy punishment, threatening her constantly but then praising her beauty and saying how good she is this book shouldn t be called The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, no it should be called THE GASLIGHTING OF SLEEPING BEAUTY The entire book is literally all of these fucked up people telling her that they are making her better, that they are helping her, that they are giving her what she deserves.
If it were me, I d be like, BITCH GIVE ME THAT PADDLE I M GOING TO BEAT YOUR HEAD WITH IT But then, if I were a character in this book, I d totally be one of those people saying, Um, yeah, they re so busy doing all that crazy stuff right now, maybe we should bring in our military to free those people they are CLEARLY keeping as prisoners of war and not humanely, either Given that I read bodice rippers, I know some people are going to be surprised at the low rating I should note that I don t usually have issues reading about rape or dub non con in romance, as long as it isn t romanticized or gaslighting the audience into thinking this is normal acceptable behavior In this instance, it really bothered me because I felt like the rapes in this book were being roped off with the rest of that BDSM stuff as typical kinky nonsense, and no, real kink is all about consent.
The writing isn t so great, either The word little is used every other page, it feels like, and the descriptions of sex themselves are kind of nauseating Beauty s breath became uneven, and she felt the moisture between her legs as though a grape had been squeezed there 146 Leon s quick, graceful fingers had probed her navel, then smoothed into it a paste in which he set a glittering brooch, a fine jewel surrounded by pearls Beauty had gasped She felt as if someone were pressing her there, trying to enter her, as if her navel had become a vagina 117 with his left hand felt the soft hairy little pelt between Beauty s legs 17 he suckled her breasts almost idly as though taking little drinks from them17 Now that I think about it, KUSHIEL S DART and CAPTIVE PRINCE both had very similar premises to this book fantasy kingdoms whose courts culture revolve around BDSM like goings on , to the point where I can t help but feel that they were probably indirectly inspired by THE CLAIMING at the very least The difference is that both those books actually made an attempt at world building and character building, and there was some court intrigue beyond OH NO TWO PEOPLE WANT TO SPANK ME TONIGHT WHO WILL GET TO WIELD THE PADDLE I actually liked CAPTIVE PRINCE.
Somebody with the ebook version seriously needs to do a word count of how many times little was used in this book I feel like it was probably 100 times, it was so noticeable.
I can t believe there are 3books in this series.
1 star I want to bleach my brain after reading this No, I m not a prude I m a gynecologist, I ve seen and heard EVERYTHING It s just THAT BAD.
Public service notice This book has been brought to you thanks to the generous sponsorship by the word spanking Which is repeated so many times it almost does not look like a real word any.
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.
And boring is definitely not the word that any erotica book should be described as, right Right I ve mentioned before that I have zero problem with any sexual activity that however many consenting adults engage in 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 That s just disgusting 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 Well, read is not quite accurate of a word it was so badly written that I ended up having to skim through most of it 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 Don t even start me on grammar and punctuationWhat did these two ever do to Anne Rice Am I supposed to be so hot and bothered from reading this so that I don t notice elementary mistakesBut the language itself reads so clumsy that I almost wonder whether A.
N Roquelaure Anne Rice is not a native English speaker I don t have much experience with reading erotica, so please, somebody enlighten me Since these books are, well, books, they should have some kind of a plot, right Or does the sexy subject make them exempt from such 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 1 star is almost generous I have no idea what possessed me to read it But it s been years since I ve read it, and remembering it still makes me shudder.
GIF DUMP, just because I can t take this book seriously.
Finished, and I am so glad that this book is now out of my life and hidden away This book elicited very strong emotions from me, from disbelief to WTF to OMG enough with the spanking already in as little as 30 pages I ve mapped out my emotional progression from the beginning to end Pre read with high expectations Pages 1 100 Pages 100 200ish Page 200 end This book is absurd I know this is supposed to be some glorified BDSM sex fantasy, but all I could think when the princes princesses were punished was How do they not get diseases view spoiler Rubbing honey on your crotch to attract flies overnight Being swept down there with the bristles of a dirty broom hide spoiler Oh no,no,no,no,no,noNO What in the name of Holy Mother was thatA JOKE Because seriously,if it is then call me dumb but I don t get it Now first of all,let me clarify that I love erotica and the fact that this story was supposed to be an erotic retelling of Sleeping Beauty, captured my attention.
My heartfelt apology to all those other reviewers who warned Readers away.
I did not heed their warnings because I was too curious But I guess,in this case at least,the age old saying came pretty true.
Curiosity killed the cat Anyway,here we see the Princeoh,my heroic prince ,heroically scales the walls and bushes and thorns and all the other stuff to rescue Beauty cursed to sleep with her kingdom And then as soon as he sees her,he tears her gown with his sword wakes her up by having sex with her she was still asleep by the way and woke up during the end and then claims her By claiming her if you re thinking he claims her as his princess and they ride away to the sunset,you are very wrong.
He claims her as his SLAVE.
Now ever since I had read my first fairy tale,Cinderella,I had always dreamed of a Prince Charming,loved him,sighed with my friends over him,and justLOVED him.
And look at this Prince CharmingNow everyone is going to want to have a look at Beauty, the Prince said to the Captain of the Guard Bind her hands over her head by a rope from the sign over the Inn gate,and let the people have their fill of her.
But no one is to touch her.
They can look all they like,but you stand guard and see that no one touches herNow at this point I stopped to ask.
What the hell is happening I went through the blurb of this book again to see if this book was a parody of fairytales and BDSM It was not Hence my original question.
IS THIS A JOKE And now Readers,the beginning where the Prince finds the princess and takes her I m not going into a discussion whether it was rape or not and then wakes her up,was actually the best part of the story.
Yes,you heard me right.
The story becameandridiculous as it progressed.
And the worst part.
Nowhere did I feel the urge to laugh I am sorry,but I cannot tell you about it any shudders Henceforth,I m going to try my best to forget all about it Update Okay,onething.
As I was explaining to my friend,if these were meant to be taken as sick,twisted and dark things,it would have been different.
I do love dark erotica and am currently reading one.
But here,it was presented as if these are our greatest fantasies come to life.
Now,I do not know about fantasies,but definitely NIGHTMARES for me That s all for now,Ta Ta