Friday, September 14, 2012

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (+18)

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

by Anne Rice
Series: Sleeping Beauty #1
Release date: 1st May, 1999
Publisher: Plume
Pages: 253 (ebook copy given for blog tour)

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

So, first I have to make a warning: If by any chance you are under 18 years old or are a very sensitive person then I highly recommend you to not read this book. Or my review of it. Thanks.

Anne Rice is, surely, one of my favorite authors of all time (like, really really really favorite) that's why, when I got the chance to participate in this great blog tour I jumped up and down. After all, I recently read Fifty Shades of Grey and I loved it so I thought "Why not?". This was my chance to read Anne's erotica for the first time.

Did I love the book? Yes and no. Why? Well, let's see. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty was good. But at the beginning I was kind of scared... The first chapter is strong and I didn't know what to expect from there. From that point on I had a problem: the book was really truly strong, nothing at all like 50 Shades. But that's the point.
Although this book was way too much for me I realized something: THIS is real SDMS. Fifty Shades is good but, let's face it, I'm sure that it's kind of mild for the people that really practice SDSM.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty has a lot of sex scenes, a lot of spanking and it has a background plot. And I really want to explain this. I've read a lot of hateful reviews about this book and I do understand what they mean but I have to make a statement: you can't read this trilogy thinking that sex is what you know of it. 'Cause it's not. Sex can be different for everybody and there is going to be people that like it strong and rough. So get over it.

My recommendation is, if you are curious, pick up this book. Chances are you will love it or you will hate it. But one of the fantastic things about books is that they make you consider things and think about them, right? that's why I like this book, it made me question myself and do my best to understand this kind of lifestyle.

Is this book for everybody? No, it's not. Did my opinion of Anne Rice work changed after reading this book? No, it didn't.

Alaiel's Rating:

If you really liked it, you can order it here:

I want to thanks AToMR Tour for the chance to participate and, if you want to see the whole schedule just click HERE.

Now for the giveaway :] In case you are curious about this book then enter in the rafflecopter giveaway!
The prize? 25 Print Copies of the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice. US Only. (sorry INT!).
Good luck, everybody!
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  1. I've read a few books by Anne Rice but this sounds unlike any of the books I have read. I haven't read 50 Shades of Grey but as I think Anne Rice is a wonderful writer I would definitely be interested in giving this a chance. I am not afraid to read something that tests the limits of my comfort zone as long as it is well written, has a solid plot and has a point to the graphicness. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Can't wait to read this!!!

    Thanks for the review!
    <3 Tobi
    tobihelton at

  3. I love the other books by Anne Rice, so am really curious how this trilogy will turn out! I haven't read 50 Shades of Grey so I definitely won't be comparing the two.


  4. Books sound great. I enjoy reading Anne Rice.
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