REVIEW: Princess Miri (Miri’s Monster) by Cerys du Lys

It’s common knowledge that everyone hates Miri, which is why it surprises her when her rival gives her a pet troll servant for her eighteenth birthday. Thump, as Miri names the monster, will do everything she asks. Or that’s what she thinks. When her demands lead to experimentation and sexual teasing, Miri realizes this isn’t quite the case. One disobeyed order ends with a bang, literally, and her and Thump in an unclothed, carnal mess atop her now-broken bed. A troll coupling with a human? Disgusting! She should be furious! Irate! And maybe she is, but she’s curious, too…

She never thought she could open up to anyone before, always believed she needed to act harsh and stern in order to ascend to the throne. Unfortunately for Miri, while she discreetly explores her forbidden sexuality with Thump, someone’s plotting to exploit her shameful secret and ruin the Princess’s reputation…

Warnings: Monsterfuck, dubcon

Category: M/F

Princess Miri, otherwise published as the Miri’s Monster series, is a novella/collected sequence of shorts about a bitchy Princess that starts fucking her pet troll. While the author’s “About” page at the end of the book insists that Cerys strives to “keep a certain literary appeal to the writing instead of something purely pornographic”, Princess Miri is a porno through and through, with a pretty loose plot that is less important than the monsterfuck kink. While I certainly don’t have a problem with blatant porn without plot novels, it’s a little strange to see an author claiming that that isn’t what it is (perhaps she was referring to other novels of hers?) but I wouldn’t care too much except that I don’t really appreciate the throwing under the bus of her fellow erotica writers. So let’s dive in to it.

WRITING
Here’s the plot: Miri is a bitch, and because she’s a bitch and stole some other girl’s boyfriend, that girl decides to get revenge on her by sending her a pet troll with instructions to ravish her. But when the troll does so, Miri discovers that she in fact really enjoys troll fucking, much more than human fucking because her boyfriend is lame actually, so she starts fucking Thump on the regular, which the girl who was going to get revenge on her takes pictures of and uses as blackmail fodder. That’s it. There’s not much else to it. It’s written fairly consistently well, even if Miri’s POV can get tiresome at times, and I did find the prose to be quite enjoyable. Since it was presumably published first in short story installments, each chapter begins with a recap of the things that have already happened, which could have been cut for the novel release, but such it is.

EMOTIONAL ENGAGEMENT
Unfortunately, I really hated Miri. Now, she’s not really intended to be likeable, in fact the book starts off by declaring that “The Princess was, by all accounts, a bitch.” so you know what you’re in for. But it wasn’t that she was a bitch that made me dislike her so strongly; it’s that she’s an immature idiot. She’s less “snobby royal” and more “thinks and acts like a 5 year old” and it was extremely grating. Mean spirited characters can be very fun to read, dumbasses that have no real idea that they are mean are much less so. I couldn’t get attached to her, I couldn’t be invested in her or her problems once the plot actually started, and her sexual awakening felt really… off putting due to how simplistically she views everything. She felt way too naive to even be having sex, but then again Thump was a dumb caveman with little thought process beyond “me hard, put dick in girl, feel good” so I guess they’re meant for each other. In fact every character had the emotional maturity of a turnip, which just painted this extremely bizarre childlike world where nobody thinks about much of anything and that’s just… not really what I’m looking for from a porn title to be honest. I don’t really want the adult characters in my fuck books to seem like children, but that’s just me.

WORLDBUILDING
There’s not much worldbuilding beyond being a vaguely fairy tale sort of setting with a Kingdom and magic and trolls living in the mountains. There’s apparently photo and livestream technology but it’s magically based. Trolls exist, but not much is said about where they’re from or how they live or why one is enslaved in the first place. Troll slaves don’t seem to be commonplace but nobody is shocked by it either, so what gives? I’m reaching for things to say about the worldbuilding here though, because honestly it’s not that it doesn’t try on this front, it’s more that it just isn’t meant to give much on this front in the first place. That’s not it’s function. This is a book where a naive and bitchy Princess is deflowered by a troll, and there’s really not supposed to be much else to it. Don’t peek behind the set pieces, it’s rude.

STEAMINESS
The author, for all my other gripes with the book, writes pretty damn good size difference monsterfuck kink and I can certainly appreciate it for that. Thump has a massive cock that realistically wouldn’t probably feel good to be railed by for your first time, and he’s a master at using it to boot even though he’s also never fucked before, but all of that makes for pretty hot fantasy porn fodder. The writing is at it’s best in the sex scenes, and I like that the author didn’t shy away from making the troll… you know. A troll. Huge, ugly, and monstery. However, the author seems to lack much creativity for what her characters can get up to aside from just “fuck a lot” and most of the sex scenes are pretty similar in nature. When all of the sex is more or less the same, the book runs a bit out of steam so to speak. It could stand to have been mixed up a bit more, but what is there is pretty well done.

This would have been a more enjoyable title for me if Miri had had anything at all for a personality beyond just “spoiled, selfish, dumb” and if the relationship with Thump had ever evolved into anything more than just wild ravishment fantasy. If you like the premise, and are looking for wild ravishment fantasy, it’s pretty hot so you might just find it titillating in all of the best of ways. But I was looking for just a smidge more emotional connection to the characters than this offered.

Have you read Princess Miri? Let me know what YOU thought by leaving me a comment!

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