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

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

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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty Series #1) by Anne Rice, A. N. Roquelaure

The first of the Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty
"Something very special . . . at once so light and yet so haunting." —The Advocate

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 awakens 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.

"Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic." —Playboy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440673924
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/1999
Series: Sleeping Beauty Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 14,595
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A.N. Roquelaure is the pseudonym for bestselling author Anne Rice, the author of 25 books. She lives in New Orleans.


Rancho Mirage, California

Date of Birth:

October 4, 1941

Place of Birth:

Rancho Mirage, California


B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971

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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty Series #1) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 740 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am completely confused as to why this book got such a great reviews by other members. I'm an avid reader who enjoys reading at least 3 books a week from all different genras. And yes sometimes that includes erotic romance. And like many do, I will on occassion skim through a book for the "juicy love scenes" of which this book has NONE. Fumbeling teenagers have hotter sex then this. That aside this book has the most poorly developed characters I've ever run across. There is NO story-telling here. Nothing that grips your interest. The premise is strong an "adults only" version of a classic fairy tale. Great concept. Horrid execution.

Now I'm an attractive women in her early 30's who in todays society sees nothing wrong with erotica or porn but this book was the worst example of both. Purely about putting the main chartacter Beauty is every concievable phsyical postion that could be only politely described with such words as uninventive unsexy and plainly gross. She goes from being shown naked throughout the entire book first like a dog then as a horse. Now I've read some BD/SM books and in my opinion whatever floats your boat is fine. It can be intresting when written by someone who understands what SEXY is . That is not the case with this book.
In 8 years of reading through hundreds of books I've maybe been tempted to write 3 reviews. This book was hands down the worst book I've ever read. If you're looking for hot romance the kind that has you unable to put it down and cursing having a job that doesn't allow you to read all day THIS IS NOT IT. If you are looking for a sexy read that has you squirming in your seat with hot and heavy love scenes THIS IS NOT IT.
Spend your money elsewhere or contact me and I'll fish mine out of the trash bin. Also a first for me never have I ever thrown a book out. But this went right where it need to go - in the trash.
If you"re looking for hot romance sorching sex a little BDSM with great charcaters check out Lora Leigh Bound Hearts series.

One star because I couldn't give it less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is erotica-- Plain & simple, straight up erotica. Often, erotica will come wrapped up with some flimsy romantic story to make it palatable for mommies. This absolutely does not! It is unashamedly the most hardcore of any erotic novel I've ever read (and I've read a LOT). I actually really liked this book. I DO think Beauty could've been developed more (even erotica needs interesting characters), but that fact that she was the LEAST interesting character to me knocks it from five to four stars. Note- this book really delves into some fetishes people will find distasteful (heavy bondage, pony play, etc). This book is also HOMOEROTIC, which I suspect has something to do with a lot of the one star reviews here (I personally find a bit of homoerotica a turn on). If you're interested in reading some hardcore erotica, this book is really great. If you're looking for a sappy love story with some moderately hot erotic scenes, move on- this book isn't it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the worst book I ever read. I am sad to say that actually finished it- I kept hopong or thinking it was going to get better, but it did not. I read many books, every genre imaginable. I enjoyed 50 Shades of Grey and was looking for something similar- THIS WAS NOT IT. What a waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading a lot of BDSM books after I read the Fifty Shades and this, I have to say, is a bit much for me. I read the entire book, but can't continue into the second. It is not something I would recommend for someone who is into romance stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow Anne Rice is one dirty bird!!! This book is so raw and in your face with girl on boy, girl on girl n boy on boy. I did enjoy this series but can't see myself telling a friend to read it, afriad what they would say or think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would only recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about domination and submission. This is taken to the extreme in her descriptive writing and subject matter. I got only about 50 pages into it and my stomach was upset and I had to stop. Had I known this I would have never purchased the book, and I dont intend to read the rest of the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously. Worst. Book. Ever. Bleck.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After hearing about this book for years, I finally bought it. What a waste of money! I read a lot of different types of books, including erotica, but this did nothing for me at all. My dislike had nothing to do with any of the sexual themes of the book. What ever "floats the boat" of consenting adults is fine with me. There is just nothing to like about any of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. I had to read it in sections. Its an easy read but it makes me want to do dirty things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first paragraph, I was drawn in and could not put this one down. It was based on a fairy tale, Beauty, and really read well. It was sexy but not sleazy and I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the surroundings. Anne Rice doesn't just write well about vampires, that's for sure!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really hoping this book would get better as I forced myself to keep reading. It made my tummy turn (not in a good way) reading how this poor princess was treated. I pictured some who has been kidnapped & held hostage would be treated the same. This book has more of an abused slave tone then a loving yet diry sexual tone that I was hoping for. I also do not believe the writing is very good. Was really hoping for more .....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is good for those with open mind. Not for the light hearted. Transform yourself and be pleasantly surprised
KMoore More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I expected. Way too far outside my comfort zone. Too much pain and humiliation for my taste. I read about half-way then started skimming and only got worse the farther I went. Finally had to stop reading.
sarasanangeltn More than 1 year ago
when my marriage started falling apart i was wondering around b and n and seen the books the claiming of sleeping beauty,beauty's punishment and beauty's release and i wasnt able to put them down...not only are they great reading material but they also gave my husband and i some new ideas to try...and let me tell you it was great...i must say i would recomend these books to anyone tho i wouldnt give them to my grandma as a she is to old..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this book. Turning a fairy tale into a naughty story seemed right up my alley. However, I was extremely dissapointed. This isn't even a good protrail of a dom/sub relationship. Those types of relationships are about mutual consent, and the dominant has to be very in tune with his or her submissive's needs and limits. It isn't just about forcing someone else to do what you want. This book is just about Beauty being constantly humiliated against her will, but it's okay because the prince is soooooo hot. Gag me with a spoon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst money ever spent on a book and I've read a lot. Can't figure out why it has such high ratings! If you like torture, then maybe you'll enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for children or the conservative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had expected to get an erotic, love story about sleeping beauty that had some plot and storyline. Instead it was a story about being spanked and beaten everyday and a princess who is constantly horny. It gets old very quickly. Very vulgar and very disappointing. Don't waste your money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of her books and still enthralled them. It seems most are comparing her works with 50 and they shouldn't. It's taken years to get to this point that 50 can thrive. It's because of Rice many of us know the differense. Just enjoy the books for what they escape...and enjoyment of reading. Rice fan always.
Jodi Gilman More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is the first of the three books and I got pissed off because of the princess being humiliated all the time. Once you get through it and read all three books it makes complete sense. How can one rule without knowing what humiliation feels like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For all those all up on 50 shades and not liking this novel get over your lame vanilla sex lives. This is Ann Rice what did u exspect something normal? From the introduction you just know your in for a wild ride. Read this about 10 years ago and still got it in my collection first and last erotica I ever read. From a male point of veiw ya a bit twisted but like I said it's Ann Rice Baby!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
STOP with the comparisons to 50 Shades!! They're nothing alike, PERIOD!!!! Granted, I only made it through the first novel of the 50's trilogy because of the mushy, gushy goo. Whereas, I devoured these three when I first heard about them long ago. What bothers me, seriously bothers me, is that while 50 shades sits wrap-bound and mysterios to young readers, the Beauty series sits right next to it open to all in an "if you like this, then you might like these" manner. If anything, it should be the other way around. Beauty is hard core sexual fantasy. The focus being "fetish fantasy". Not for all, but a must for this reader. If you like "The Story of O", you might give these a go....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, lets get something strait. This series is not a romance novel. This series is not erotic liturature. This series is strait up porn. Very little plot, lots of sex. If you have any sexual not read this series. If you have a heart not read this series. If you are expecting a well written sex story then buy the series and enjoy. We did. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and pulls you in but is extremely graphic. It goes beyond S&M.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Offering a free sample that only includes the preface and not an actual chapter of the book IS NOT HELPFUL. Really? It gives you no sense of scope.