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am 17. August 2015
Let me start with: I love Anne Rice books. Even though the first books that I read were the Vampire chronicles, I actually liked books like The Mummy or the Lives of the Mayfair Witches much better and was always taken by the author's ability to draw you into her world. Her stories are usually full of history, complex characters, passion and fantasy ' once you get started you just want to continue reading and forget about everything else. When I heard about the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, I did not read any reviews, but decided to download all three books right away. In general I do not choose the genre Erotica as such, but I did enjoy Cry to Heaven, which for me still got the balance between sexuality, passion and a compelling story right, though it definitely got criticized for being too sexually graphic and the nature too homosexual.
It actually pains me to say that I regret buying all three books of the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy at once, because I actually did not continue reading past the beginning of the second book! Unfortunately I did not find anything about the story enjoyable or worth reading. I was aware of some SMS aspects within the story, but the saga turns out to be rather simple and boring, but full of humiliation of male and female sex slaves, torture, continuing rape and beatings. I found more focus was put on the repetitive descriptions of torture, pain and the ongoing rapes of male and females than on the actual characters. The story did not flow, I kept skipping pages and pages of repetitive sexual punishment until I just had enough ' I rarely decide against reading a book until the end, but in this case I felt that I had waisted enough time! My advice: start with the first book only, if you like it buy the rest, but if not you did not waist your money like I did!