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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James
Source: Personal Purchase
Genre: Adult Erotic Romance
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1290 KB
Print Length: 372 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612130283
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
    (May 25, 2011)


When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. 

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - but on his own terms. 

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny. 

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds? 


If you have been around the blogs lately, then you know about Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.  What you don't know is how correct everyone is when they say you will be addicted to the story.  I desperately wanted to read this series after reading so many reviews on it but I never thought I would find the time to read it.  So this weekend I decided to dive into the world of Christian Grey and enjoy the ride.  Talk about an addictive book!  I was hooked after the first few chapters and could not put it down!  I had to keep reading and it became my new form of book crack in the form of Christian.  He will pull you in and keep you there with no safety net for when you fall over from the shock of his life style.

Now, first off everyone should realize that this story came about in a weird way.  It is based on fanfiction from the Twilight series.  That being said, you understand the addiction to the book if you were addicted to the Twilight books.  I will also tell you that this series is not at all tame like the Twilight books.  This is for the adult readers and should not be read by anyone under eighteen.  While there were a few things that reminded me of the Twilight series, I personally didn't try to compare it to them and in fact found myself not even realizing this until after I read the story.  In Christians world, you will find darkness, BDSM, controlling behavior, wealth, and sexiness.  This is a man who will blow any other man you have read about out of the water.  Christian is an enigma that appears on the pages and you can't help but want to dive into his life style and read about his fifty shades of 'messed' up.

Anastasia on the other hand, was not a character I really enjoyed.  While she did balance out with Christian considering she is the complete opposite of him, she was weak and at times whiny.  She needed to learn how to sit back for a bit and just let Christian be who he is and build up to peeling the layers back.  Ana liked to hurry things along, and in turn she came across as pushy sometimes towards Christian.  Personally this could just be because I found myself protective of Christian as I was reading the story.

Be prepared to read about the BDSM life style as well in this book.  If you are not a fan of that, then tread carefully into reading this book.  This is a huge plot point in the story and a dark layer of Christian that needs to be remembered.  If you are willing to dive into his world though and read the story, you will be entranced by him just like Ana was.

The ending just about did me in as well.  I cried and instantly had to buy the next book in the series.  I couldn't believe it would end like that and made me want to scream in frustration and pain.  I just can't believe Ana did what she did at the end and wanted her inner goddess to come through and slap the crap out of her! I also wish that the author would have taken the time to edit and fix the many typos that were throughout the book.  I don't usually mention this flaw in a review, but it was a pretty big flaw in the book because it happened so much. That is the main reason this book didn't get the full five star rating from me.

Be prepared for sexual tension and satisfaction, dark secrets and personalities, and emotionally draining to the reader when reading this book.  It is one ride that will keep shocking you and keeping you up late at night to finish it.


"Why don't you like to be touched?"
"Because I'm fifty shades of fucked-up, Anastasia.”
--Christian and Anastasia

Very Good! I would recommend this book!



Blogger Alexa said...

He will blow all my other male fantasies out of the water! I have to read this ASAP, you were right.

I don't know if anyone will ever take V's from BDB spot though. I do love me some V!

I'm glad this one worked except for the editing problems. I have been looking for an 18+ erotic book that wasn't cheesy lately and I think this might be the one. Good thing it is at home already loaded and set to read on my Nook.

Sorry for all the rambling...Thanks for the great review!

January 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Marce said...

I read the whole trilogy and this one was my favourite.

Your fav quote is a great one from the book.

These books were quite an addiction.

September 4, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Book Dragon said...

I really didn't like the Twilight series. Sorry, but I wouldn't read the last three and didn't care if Bella died at the end of book one.

That said, I enjoy reading BDSM, usually male/male. How much does the end result mimic the mainstream series/

November 5, 2012 at 1:18 AM  

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