The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, from Anne Rice (Sleeping Beauty #1)

Hello! Another book down in the #12daysofbooksmas2 readathon!

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, from Anne Rice (under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure), it’s the first one in the Sleeping Beauty series. This review will be short and soon enough you shall understanf why 🙂

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The Story

Once upon a time, there was a princess that had been granted with everything: beauty, kindness, money and education. Cursed from birth, the princess fell in a deep sleep after stinging her finger in a spinning wheel. A hundred years shall pass before a brave prince was able to awaken her from her fate.

This is the story that you know. What you don’t know is how Beauty was awaken.

Or how her real curse began in the moment she opened her eyes.

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I bet you were expecting my scandal gif after such a story, right? Oh, well. The perspective of the story is a scandal. The real thing, not so much.

You see, I bought this book in June of this year and was pinning badly to read it. I love the whole fairy-tales gone bad wave and didn’t even knew that Anne Rice already attempted that more than twenty years ago. I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t what I got. I’ll be more specific in my disappointment during the review, but I don’t see the point of talking and talking about a book that I didn’t enjoy, so I’ll try to keep this short 🙂 I still love Anne Rice, but this was just… Wrong. Two stars that shall be justified in the following lines.

The narrative was third person, but only from Beauty’s point of view. There are two chapters were Prince Alexi narrates mostly of the events in first person, but it was for contextualization’s sake, not a rule. I like third person narratives, but it got boring not having a break from Beauty’s fears and sufferings. Scene and action describing is one of the strongest points of Rice as an author, for good and bad. There were several scenes where I’d rather have been left in the dark, but oh well.

The plot was simple and, in my humble opinion, awful. As I said before, nothing prepared me for this book and I had a completely misjudged idea about it. It’s partially my fault, as it was written in the back cover of my edition that this was a “polemic fairy tale”, with “a sensual world, made of forbidden dreams and dark desires, in which traditional notions of domain and submission and gender preference are tossed to the wind”*. Again, I should have seen it coming, as I read Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat. Nevertheless, I MANAGED TO BE SURPRISED, UGH.

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It was totally the wrong book for me. I’m not a fan of BDSM on a regular basis, I don’t like books like 50 Shades of Gray, I can’t stand any book that says that is cool for an individual to humiliate themselves for the sake of pleasure. To see women to be beaten up, men being raped and liking it… This is not my thing. I’m too serious about both pleasure and pain to unite both. I have to see that I already didn’t like 50 Shades of Gray when I read it, but this book puts E. L. James and Mr. Grey in the nursery. I already mentioned here once or twice how I can’t stand vulgar sex scenes, the ones made solemnly for the sex itself, without any emotional attachment behind it, out of boredom (and I’m not even talking about love, you see, I’m talking about true desire). I hate them and this book, for me, was a giant almost non-stop sex scene with barely a story behind it. I’m sorry if you read this book and you liked it, or if you like this kind of genre.

I won’t lie, I had my moments with this book. The characters were an interesting part. I liked Prince Alexi, for instance. He is nuts, but who wouldn’t be after all of his “learning”. Beauty was a disappointment in her own way. What I really like is how Rice manages to extinguish gender preferences and prejudices about who will you love. This is an aspect that I already loved in Interview with the Vampire and it kept me captivated on this book as well, despite everything. This is how love should really be: just free. Why does it matter if it’s a boy or a girl? No one in Rice’s books bat an eyelash for two boys together or two girls together, because they are people before being males or females. Honestly, society should learn a thing or two with her.

On the other hand, Rice’s too free love gets on my nerves, as you can’t ship any couple together, because they change their minds about partners more times than they change clothes. They claim that they love them all, but Johnny Deep once said something on this line: “If you are with someone and falls in love with a second person, choose the second person. If it was true love with the first, you wouldn’t have fallen in love again.” I agree with him on this one. You have to admit, at least to yourself, what do you want.

I really wanted to tear this book apart, as it crushed so many of my personal beliefs, but I read it, had my good moments with it and intend to read the next book in the series. Why? For the same reason that the book got 2 instead of 1 star: it picked my curiosity. Things were so absurd when it ended that I felt the need for understanding. I need to read the next book to try to figure out Beauty’s mind. I should totally have gone to psychology school instead of Journalism, haha!

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That’s it, thanks for reading 🙂 Once again, I apologize if something that I said may look offensive, that wasn’t my goal while stating my opinion, haha!

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Ps: That was my fourth book on the #12daysofbooksmas2 readathon!

*this passage was translated from Brazilian Portuguese to English, as my edition was in my native language, haha!

A reflection upon Life and Death (calm down, it’s just Twilight Reimagined)

Hello, there! I hope everybody is hanging there on this Tuesday 🙂

A friend just told me about the release of Stephenie Meyer’s new book, Life and Death (Twlight Reimagined), that is today and international.

Cover of the new book, from Goodreads
Cover of the new book, from Goodreads

But, before making any more comments, I would like to tell a story.

I read Twilight when I was in elementary school, a year after the release, as it had just arrived to my country. Back then, at Brazil, no one knew about Twilight, it wasn’t a thing yet. I got crazy with the book, loved it very much and all, became a real fan. My love and worship lasted well and survived the release of the movie (I’m sorry if you guys liked it, but I hated it), as I loved Robert Pattinson, Anna Kendrick and Ashley Greene in their roles (I also liked the actor that played Carslile, but I forgot his name).

All was well, I reached Breaking Dawn and read it. Then, I saw something was wrong, as I hated the book and only had fun on the final chapters, thanks to the battle. What had happened? I loved the series (excluding New Moon, I never liked that book), I loved Edward, I had millions of posters, magazines, notebooks, mugs… And yet, now it was just boring. Then I realized that I had grown up. Not in the sense that “I’m too old for this shitty vampires”, I don’t believe in this crap – you’re never too old to like something. But Stephenie’s vampires didn’t serve me anymore. I had grown up as a person, my tastes had changed. And the movies were so bad (I’m sorry again if you like them) that they made me hate the whole series. Then I started cleaning my room and throw out lots of itens Twilight themed, there’s not much left nowadays. I kept my books and then I realized I just liked Twilight, the first book, all along. I never liked the others – I was happy to read Jake’s perspective of facts here and there, but it didn’t changed the bad story that Twilight became for me. If you ask me, Twilight is a 4 starts book as a standalone to this day.

Here it ends my story with the series. Thank you for indulging me and now I’ll comment Stephenie’s new book.

I wasn’t maddly in love about the cover, but I’ve seen worse. Meyer’s intentions with this book were to show that Bella wasn’t a damsel in distress, that she was a human in distress, caught up in the middle of a battle between super heros and villains, as you can read on the excerpt from Entertainment Weekly:

“Meyer explains in her foreword to the anniversary edition of the novel that she decided to go with the gender bending to underscore her position that Bella isn’t a “damsel in distress” as certain critics have charged. Rather, the author insists, the character is a “human in distress,” or as Meyer calls her, “a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and supervillains.” Meyer also takes issue with the criticism that Bella was “too consumed with her love interest, as if that’s somehow just a girl thing.” The author mentions, too, that Beau is “more OCD” than Bella was and that he’s “totally missing the chip Bella carries around on her shoulder all the time.”

Meyer says writing the piece was “fun, but also really fast and easy.” According to the foreword, the rewrite allowed her to correct some errors that always bothered her and to re-edit the piece for grammar and word choice issues. She also altered some elements of the mythology for consistency.”

If you ask me, this is not a good way to put critics on their places. Damn, your book sold hard and still does, why wasting time on haters? Meyer doesn’t help her case by releasing a new version of her best seller on it’s 10th birthday. Critics now can say that she really has no imagination as a writer to do this. I will read it, because I own this to my twelve year old self that screamed when heard about the movie that they were making for Twilight and I own this to Meyer as a book blogger that writes honest and fair reviews, but I’m so depressed. I wish with all my being that Stephenie got over the Midnight Sun inciddent and just finished the damn thing. It would have been (for what I read at the time) a way better book series and, as E. L. James did with Grey, we could understand why in hell a man like Edward took interest in a girl like Bella.

Crying tears of blood, I promise a review for this in 2015, after college is over and I’m graduated. I hated evey single thing about this retelling so far (especially Edward’s female name, sorry) and I keep my opinion from my rehab times from the series: why couldn’t Edward fall in love with Jake? They would have been the perfect couple.

That’s it on the release, thanks for reading. What are your feelings on this book?

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June Book Haul!

Hello, everyone! I had to do a post here about my June book haul, as I went a little crazy this month… I bought 15 books, OMG! Hahaha!

Anyway, those are the new kids in town:

. Paris Secrets, from Zoé de las Cases

IMG_4065 A beautiful coloring book that stole my heart ❤ I already did some of the coloring, check it out:

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. The Little Prince, from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

IMG_4074This edition has a beautiful hard cover and features an illustrated biography of the author, it’s awesome ❤

. Deu no New York Times – Larry Rohter

IMG_4073This is a Brazilian journalistic book, gift from my bff @jenny.miers. It’s an analysis of how Brazil is viewed by outsiders, very cool. Thanks again for the gift, by the way 😀

. The Burning Bridge (Ranger’s Apprentice #2) – John Flanagan

IMG_4072I just finished reading The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1, review here!) and I fell madly in love with it. I had to get myself the next one, haha!

. The Heir (The Selection series #4) – Kiera Cass

my baby <3
my baby ❤

As a good fan of The Selection, I couldn’t resist to this beautiful hard cover Brazilian edition (even though my whole collection is in English and that I want to read The Heir in English as well xD)

. The Scarlets (The Asylum series #1.5) – Madeleine Roux

IMG_4071I went mad reading Asylum and Sanctum earlier this year and Catacomb, the third book in the series, won’t be out until September, so I have to hold my fire for now with the spin offs, haha!

. Austenland – Shannon Hale

my baby with one of my favorite necklaces <3
my baby with one of my favorite necklaces ❤

This book has a funny story. I bought the second volume of the collection by accident (from the series saw the cover and bought it), but I didn’t have read the first and I’m very methodic. So, as soon as I could, I purchased this and started reading it (it was before my book jar-box thing xD). You can see my full review here!

Ps: here’s the next book, that started all of this:

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. Pokémon Official Guide to Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby

IMG_4068I’m still trying to be the greatest Pokémon Master since the 150 first ones, so I felt I needed this to keep going on my mission, haha!

. Grey – E. L. James

IMG_4070This one I have to admit that I’m VERY curious to read. I’ve read Fifty Shades of Gray to do a book report for my college and I hated the main character. I always caught myself wondering what Christian would be thinking to fall for someone so obnoxious. Now, I will find out, haha!

. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty – Anne Rice

IMG_3387I’m a great fan of Anne Rice’s works, but I only learned about this book recently (like two or three years ago, when the whole fairy tale gone bad thing exploded). I LOVE fairy tale gone bad books and I think Rice’s will be a blast, once she is the master of the supernatural world ❤ You can check here more reasons to read it, haha!

. Great Women Writers Box

IMG_3348Another funny story, haha! I love to sign up for newsletters and, while checking one of them, from a local bookstore, I saw this beautiful box set with four books inside for an awesome price. Bought it in the act, haha! We have Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights 😀

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. Emma – Jane Austen

IMG_4075I am full of funny book stories this month, haha! My book jar-box told me that I would be reading Emma after I finished Ranger’s Apprentice #1. The thing was I only had it on a beautiful large and not at all logistic edition of the complete works of Jane Austen. My dad, seeing my distress in the first day reading the book, took me to the bookstore and told me to look for an edition of Emma that I could read, LOL. I love my dad ❤

Ps: this was the other edition:

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That’s it, guys! This was my June book haul, thanks for reading! Which books did you buy this month? 😀

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