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Book Review: Beauty (Tales from the Kingdoms #3) by Sarah Pinborough

Titan Books Published Jan. 1, 2013 208 Pages
Titan Books
Published Jan. 1, 2013
208 Pages

A retelling of Sleeping Beauty. 

Simple summary right? But that is the best way to explain this book without giving too much detail. I haven’t read the first two books so I can’t say if there is a connection or not. When you are reading this book it doesn’t feel like you are missing anything. It starts like it is own story. I appreciate that.

What I loved about this book was its directness. It still left a lot to the imagination but it didn’t add unnecessary conflict, romance, love triangle or messy emotions. I loved the fact the characters knew who they were and what they wanted from themselves and others. It made the book much more enjoyable. It did not by any means take away from the book by having sure characters. If you want drama from every character and internal turmoil then don’t read this book.

I loved the pace of the novel. It was a quick read and it gave a bit of a dark twist of sleeping beauty. However, I wish the book was longer because Ms. Sarah was on to something with Beauty. If it was embellished more or even had a greater back story then it would have been perfect. I felt the ending was too easy and would have jumped for joy if the ending was either darker or twisted in some form of way. But it was a better ending than a lot of other endings I have read in these past few weeks.

I can see why some people didn’t and wouldn’t like it because this book could have been way bigger than what it is but it was a good piece of work despite that.

Short review for a short read. I think this book is worth it plus I love the cover.

4 Pickles


NetGalley Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Delacorte Press To Be Published Dec. 9, 2014 400 Pages
Delacorte Press
To Be Published Dec. 9, 2014
400 Pages

Princess Aurora is an enhanced human. . .  She has been blessed with fairy magic that gave her super strength, bravery and a curse that makes anyone she kisses her slave. Disguised as a boy, Aurora gets the help of  Prince Niklass, to raise an army to fight the Orge Queen, who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.

But Prince Niklass has a hidden agenda, one that makes him untrustworthy and with each step forward Aurora needs to decide which is true following her heart or following her destiny.


I loved the twist on “Sleeping Beauty.” It is dark, sad, and weird. What I loved about this book was the first half of the book. Aurora was focused, determined to get her throne back and to save her brother. Aurora maybe a bit naive but she had a plan and appreciated the help that was given to her.

I also liked Prince Niklass. I don’t consider him an asshole or the jerk. His intentions, once reveled, was justified and he was open to Aurora when he considered her a brother. He was a good guy and had morals that made sense.

What I didn’t like about this book was the speed. It was slow, painfully dragging, slow. This made the book extremely hard to keep reading. But that wasn’t the worst part. The worst was Aurora.


When Aurora realized that she deeply cared about Niklass and then eventually love him, everything she has been fighting for, everything she said wanted to do was put second to keeping Niklass by her side. It is and will always be the most annoying thing an author can ever do. Even Niklass had to check her on that and remind her she is a Queen.

I also didn’t like the hissy fit Niklass threw when he found out Aurora is a boy. He was pissed off and I couldn’t understand why he was so upset. Yeah, I understand for the first 10 seconds but beyond that really?

The book started off really good. But it went downhill because the downtime is too much, Aurora lost herself and the fights she and Niklass were having was ridiculous and took too much away from the book.

Overall, I like what the author was trying to do but that drive stopped. 2 Pickles

Book Review: Maleficent by Elizabeth Rudnick

Disney Press Published April 29, 2014 272 Pages
Disney Press
Published April 29, 2014
272 Pages

This book is the version of Sleeping Beauty no know has heard before. Told through the eyes of Maleficent, the fairy who placed a curse on Princess Aurora. 

Short summary; Yes I know but that pretty much sums up the story.

This book was amazing! What made it amazing was the point of view of Maleficent and how it was able to change everything I thought I knew about her.

Sleeping Beauty isn’t my favorite fairy tale. I barely remember it because it did nothing for me. However, I was always curious about Maleficent and why she had it out for the girl. I was made to believe she was pissed off about not being invited to a party.

Soooo not the case. I loved this book because the story was believable. Although it was simple and not complicated by any means I believed this story from beginning to end.

What I also loved about this story is the importance of love not just for Aurora but for Maleficent. I think people tend to forget why certain characters became villains and if they can overcome that.

Overall this book gets 5 Pickles. Creatively I thought it was great, simple, uncomplicated writing and to the  point. Also there was no questions left to be answered.

Erotic Book Review: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

              Plume    Published May 1983              253 Pages
Published May 1983
253 Pages


There is nothing like a fairy tale retelling. Beauty has been awaken by the Prince but unlike most stories is with a kiss . . . not in this one. Beauty is awakened with sex (kind of gross but bear with me). So at this point Beauty is supposed to get married to the prince, live happily ever after with some kinky sex . . . not exactly. Beauty does leave with the prince but as his sexual slave.

As far fetch this book may sound, it was actually a really good read. What Roquelaure aims to do is rid the world of the innocent people believe Beauty has. Yes, she is innocent in the beginning but as you go through the book you realize that she really had an interesting mind.

If you are looking for a story with depth and meaning this isn’t your story. It is purly about turning a innocent girl out and her liking it. Oddly enough once you realize that that is the sole purpose of the book. With all books you want to know the outcome of the main character and Roquelaure did a good job of making you want that because despite it all, I was curious as heck to know what is going to happen to freaky Beauty.

This is going to be a short review because what can you really say. The book is about BDSM and because it is dripping with so much of it the story (if there is any) gets lost. However, the summary of the book when you pick up tells you its about sex and the many different ways you can do it,  so overall this book gets a 8 out of 10.

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