I think I should have felt a little bad for wanting to read this, considering some of my best friends live and die by the sword of Disney, but I didn’t. It’s much like the notion I have to read ’50 Shades of Alice in Wonderland’ (Ed: over a year on and I still haven’t read it) – just because. That simple: just because.
Since I don’t live by Disney (Sleeping Beauty was never one of my favourites anyway), I didn’t read this with the Sleeping Beauty image in my head, thankfully. I even found it quite funny how he broke the spell by boning her, not a simple kiss. But I quickly disliked this book, much for the same reasons I disliked 50 Shades of Grey (although, it’s still multitudes better than that thing). Where I liked Joey W. Hill’s ‘Vampire Trinity’ for toying with power in sexuality, I disliked the simple ownership and degradation of characters.
I just felt uncomfortable with the whole punishment system and controlling nature. I mean, off the bat I thought the Prince was a Grade A douche. That fleeted slightly as he defended Beauty to the Queen, but for the most part he was – in my mind – a douche. I even fell into liking Alexi. I liked him quite a bit, in fact, and found one of the few enjoyable points being when he and Beauty sneak off to spend the night together. But when he told the story and it went on… and on… and on… I really skim read that part. It was weird, because after a while of him talking I just didn’t care anymore. That mentality continued for the rest of the book. I just wanted to finish it and be done.
So, this wasn’t for me at all. I have certain issues with the whole dom/sub idea in the extreme. Consensual, then go for it. But this was literally a claiming, and I don’t buy into that idea. Just not feeling this one really. Probably give the others in the series a bash after time, but I don’t know how many books I’ll have to read before I have the urge to return to this one. An infinite number, I assume.
Sigh. I feel bad for outright disliking a book. On the other hand, I feel no such qualms over a character.
PRINCE – YOU ARE A DOUCHE.