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It occurred to me if I skimmed through all the sex parts to pick out the story, I'd probably be done with Book 1 in 30 minutes. It's ok - I have no qualms with leaving it on the shelf. I read this 2nd book in the series and watched the movie as well. Truth be told, I thought the movie was done well. The pacing was good, but the thing that struck me the most was that Anastasia had grown stronger dealing with Christian, which was a good thing.
She starts out as this young virgin I had a tough time downloading but her growth as a human being was great in the second book.
I love erotica and while this isn't quite what I generally read, I have to admit I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book and the movie. When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating.
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate.
First, these books are for adults. They have a lot of explicit content. This does not bother me, but some may not be comfortable reading some of the scenes.
Overall, I think I enjoyed the books. I read them quickly, and read all three, and found them hard to put down. Not sure my inability to put the books down were for the reasons the author would appreciate. Let me explain. First the graphic sex scenes captured my attention in a "passing a car accident" sort of way. There are toys, several apparatus, and an entire room in this series devoted to BDSM.
BDSM is not my preferred genre of books or sex, so this was a new world for me, and it had a hold of my attention, much the same way that passing a terrible car accident might. I wanted to see what had happened to cause the accident, completely out of morbid curiosity, all the while I hoped that no one died and that I didn't see blood as I passed. There was a story hidden in all of the gratuitous sex though.
The story did not seem like the focal point of of the story, so it seemed mildly lacking, as it appeared the sex scenes had more effort put into them than the rest of the story.
I would not suggest that the reader skip the scenes, no matter how gratuitous, as they are an integral part of the story. I gave this series three out of five. I enjoyed it. I learned things that I was not looking to learn. There is whole other lifestyle out there that I have zero experiences in, and these books showed that love can exist even in these lifestyles, despite what so many believe. I could not give this book a four or a five star rating though because the story line was so empty when the sex scenes were removed.
The story should have still been good with or without the BDSM, but this one, in my opinion, could not have stood on its own. Many people I know love these novels and the subsequent movies.
Personally, I cannot see why. The writing is incredibly juvenile and weak. Aside from some of the sex scenes, a 5 year old could have written this. There are much better erotic novels out there. The concept was interesting, about a haunted man who finds an outlet through BDSM. But the execution was poor. I found nothing compelling about the lead female. I did not bother reading the 3rd book. I will give almost any book a try, and was hoping that it would get better after the first because a friend really wanted me to read these.
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Now I'm just sad I've run out Highly recommended and to be fair I'd like to see a man read that without being effected at all. Consider it a challenge. It's hot. I loved them: View all 7 comments. Jun 04, Lucy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Recommended to Lucy by: People who thought I needed punishment.
I want to preface this review by confessing that I am a literary masochist. If I begin reading a series, no matter how bad it is, I have to finish it, to satisfy my curiosity about the ending, about the author's ability to improve her writing, and about what the fuss is all about.
I picked up this book largely out of curiosity anyway, because I'd heard from several people that it's a great read. Imagine my disappointment. James's writing ability is mediocre at best. From page one, I was annoyed. I I want to preface this review by confessing that I am a literary masochist. It was clear to me that James is a novice in the field of writing, which is disappointing from my point of view largely because I aspire to publish writing of my own.
It hurts me to know that drivel of this nature was published by anyone, to say nothing of my disdain that it has become such a hugely popular book. I will never understand how or why any writer would choose to delve into the life of a character who was born and raised in an entirely different country, a country which it is perfectly clear that the author knows little about.
Perhaps James has spent some time in the US, perhaps even in the Pacific Northwest where the story takes place. I wonder that she hasn't grasped that here on THIS continent, we don't speak like we're from Australia. Expressions were used in all of the books which made me feel like I was intruding into a country that I was unfamiliar with, when I live in the US. The two primary characters are less than one-dimensional.
One could argue that both characters change through the course of the story, and one would be wrong to argue such a thing. James is careful to point out that both Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are changing throughout the story, but if the author has to tell you this herself, she's not doing her job.
Both Grey and Steele continue to react to every possible scenario exactly as predicted. Every scenario is resolved exactly as predicted. Even the beginnings of the scenarios become predictable. The formula seems to be as follows: Lather, rinse, repeat.
Even the sex isn't exciting by the time you get to the end of the first book. By the time you move on to the second book, you're more or less counting the pages until the end. And then, if you're like me, you're wishing you didn't even have to read the third one, but you must MUST! But you'll end up disappointed, just like me. The stilted, awkward syntax throughout the story was a huge hurdle to overcome.
I understand it was born of a fan-fic based on characters from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, which I have also read and disliked , but a heavy-handed editor could have made enormous improvements which would have kept the series from reading like a piece of fan fiction. I only regret that I downloadd this as an e-book; had I bought the paperbacks, I could at least have taken a red pen to it and fixed it to my satisfaction--and then perhaps I could have endured reading it a second time.
I would rather have given this trilogy a sub-zero rating, but unfortunately, that's not possible. I would rather have the twenty-four collective hours of my life back that I spent filling my thoughts with this heinous series. The whole story could have been handled so much better. For one thing, the bad writing was so distracting it was difficult for me to hold onto what the story is actually ABOUT--which according to most fans of the series, is the love and healing that occurs between Anastasia and Christian.
I wanted to believe in it, really, I did. But it has taken five years of endless patience and reassurance to get him to understand what a gift he is to me and others who love him; but the speed of the development of the relationship between Anastasia and Christian was completely unrealistic. A man as internally damaged as this one was could not possibly fall head over heels in love with a woman as quickly as has been described. Women want to believe it's possible, we want to believe in a happy ending so desperately when we pick up this kind of escapist literature.
But Christian Grey is not real. He's so incredibly unreal that it would make any other actual, real-life man impossible to measure up to him. I wonder why we set ourselves up like this.
The happy ending, the knight on a white horse, the castle high on the mountain where the bad things can't touch us--these are things we dream of from the time we're little girls, and stories like this only encourage us to believe it can happen.
But it's a dream. And when that dream doesn't come true for us, it makes us feel like we don't deserve the best. There's no way I would recommend this series to a friend, acquaintance, or even someone I don't like. Why would I put another woman through this? View all 6 comments.
Sep 14, Penny rated it it was amazing Shelves: In a way, that is why I couldn't bring myself to write a review about the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I realized, in this case, to be at peace with myself I needed to separate mind and emotions. My mind has a completely different opinion of this series than my emotions, but the truth is that what really prevails for me here when I think about Fifty Shades are my emotions, not my mind.
At this point I don't care about all the bad press, the good or bad reviews, the bad quality of the writing, that it shows an unhealthy relationship, that it can't really be called BDSM, that some people could misinterpret it and degrade woman because of it, that has too much or too little sex, or yada, yada, yada.
I don't care anymore what people get or don't from it, there are so many debates about it, justifications, explanations, etc, etc So yeah, I am not going to justify anything, or rationalize why I gave it 5 stars. Everything positive or negative about these books have already been pointed out, criticized and argued. What matters to me now is that I liked it, I enjoyed it very much while I read it, in fact I could not put it down, I eat the series up. Since that very first time, I have read it and listen to the audiobooks many more times, and I have no doubt I will do it again because I find pleasure in it.
There is no explanation other than emotionally I feel satisfied when I read it. Some might think is fucked up, maybe it is. Reading is my drug of choice, sometimes is for my mind, sometimes for my feelings, other times is for both. In this instance with Fifty Shades , the fix is for my emotions alone and they love it.
If you are a person who cannot disconnect your mind, then you would probably find more bumps and problems with these books than satisfaction, because there sure are many. View all 12 comments. Jun 12, Laurie rated it did not like it. This was so awful, it was fun to read, and read I read all three of them. Like a bad car wreck, I couldn't stop looking.
Where do I start? Let's see, we have one, Ana Steele, newly graduated virgin, who is so smart and strong-willed, and so buried in classic literature that not even one singular male can turn her head. Until the day she fortuitously stands in for her best friend who is too sick with the flu to interview with one, Christian Grey with an "e" , a year-old self-made billionair This was so awful, it was fun to read, and read Until the day she fortuitously stands in for her best friend who is too sick with the flu to interview with one, Christian Grey with an "e" , a year-old self-made billionaire.
Yes, that's right. She is immediately so stricken by his presence that she literally trips into his office and falls into his arms. He, of course, is totally charmed by her innocence, her plain clothes, and her simple beauty. Other than her dark hair, that is all we know about Ana's physical appearance. Be that as it may, they both feel "jolts of electricity" course through their bodies at the slightest touch. Later on, Ana's jolts evolve into multiple orgasmic jolts simply through the brush of his hand on her arm, or the brush of his leather whip--either one will do.
Her verbal response? Anyway, where was I? After the interview, she just can't stop thinking of him and his "wry smile," but no matter because he shows up the next day at the hardware store where she works, ordering everyday things like yards of twine and axes. Things progress quickly, and within a day or so, she is living with him at his mansion, complete with servants, a cook, bodyguards,etc.
Sometimes he takes her to his country house in his private jet that he flies himself as he is an accomplished pilot. But, there's something "different" about Ana, Christian feels. But again, with Ana, it is oh so different.
Of course eventually we learn that Christian's weird sexual proclivities are a result of his tragic early life: From his "crack whore" yes, these are the actual words used mother to his abusive foster family, he is a broken man.
You see where this is going. The author actually has the audacity to have the last scene take place in a lovely field, strewn with flowers, a family picnic with their new baby boy and girl on the way.
So, now you don't have to read the books, or do you? View all 11 comments. Jan 16, Dee Montoya rated it it was amazing Shelves: If I'm honest I have to say that the writing style of these books is not all that great but the story plot and the character of Christian Grey were not only memorable but truly captivating. I'm really not surprised that no matter how many times I read this books 5 , I always get the same intense feelings and it just makes me love it more and more.
Since there has been enough said about this books I'll just do a few gifs that better describe my feelings about the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy Every time I'm going to start re-reading this books I get giddy Every time I read about my beloved Christian I get Goosebumps and totally flustered Big kiss to my lovely BR partners, you girls rock!!!
View all 30 comments. May 19, Janean rated it liked it. Roll your eyes. Judge me. I am English teacher who considers herself fairly well read and a feminist. But I read these. And I read them very quickly. I not-so-secretly enjoyed them The bad: These books are horribly written. I mean horribly written. Besides the fact that writing is awful and I literally laughed out loud or blushed at times and not at the sex But let's be honest,I didn't pick these up for the literary merit.
It'd be like my husband reading Playboy for the articles. The good: These books are deliciously trashy and fun. Again, I consider myself a feminist and while I did take issue with some of Christian's comments and observations on women, I had to remind myself what I was reading.
And what this is really about--a good trashy read. And you got to hand it to James--the woman can't write to save her life though I don't think she sees herself as such , she has tapped into many women's fantasies: You have to take these for what they are worth and just enjoy. Or at least appreciate a laugh at times. So yes, I did it. I read them. And I'm not ashamed to admit it ok, a little ashamed. But thankfully it's on my Kindle so maybe I will re-read these on the beach this summer View all 9 comments.
The following are a few examples and by all means not a comprehensive list: Aside from the overuse of Fuck like it holds some sort of deeper meaning and mentioning way too many firsts, had both references been pared down to more manageable levels, the writing actually did hold a certain amount of appeal. In that regard, I must give E. So I approach the finish line with trepidation, but I vow to make it all the way through, one way or another, and I shall do it all in the name of scientific research.
A good alternative title for this series. It was like a high school crush that suddenly turned into a high school crush again, and based on the relationship and its ramifications, the two lovers deserved something more. As readers we deserved a little bit more. The batting 1. What percentage of women climax from penetration alone? All I know is Anastasia reminded me of a fembot with machine gun jubblies and a platinum vagina who was wetter than the Euphrates and comes on command.
Not that this is a bad thing if your setting is an alternate universe with alien life forms, then you can certainly make up your own rules. Even the conflict felt forced to me. Robinson , and Jack—could have been stronger villains. Instead, the three felt like shells of what they could have been and felt artificially created to sustain this novel. Anyway, give E. James credit, because she recognized that conflict was needed, but this was bad conflict.
And it could have been much better.
For the first two-thirds of this novel, coupled with the entire previous one, we had pages of Christian being Christian.
In other words, he made this novel interesting, until he metamorphosed into some alien life form and became a submissive to Anastasia, all based on Ana threatening to leave. Instead of manning up, like his character should have done, he dropped to his knees and stared at her with pleading, puppy dog eyes.
I might have coughed up my Cheerios, had it not been over fourteen hours since breakfast. Call it morbid curiosity, though. But I will trudge onward. I will. Cheated out of a wedding, cheated out of the first two weeks of the honeymoon, cheated out of a relationship that hinted at so much promise yet managed to under deliver, cheated out of plotting and conflict and other writing techniques that were under-executed or done ineffectively, and cheated out of hours upon hours of my life.
At least it would have made the unbelievable sex seem a tad more believable. Yet, here we are with Christian, an emotionally distant, controlling, narcissist. And Ana is supposed to be the one to save him. Seems to me that is Fifty Shades of Fucked Up. With this trilogy, the feminist movement is dead, buried, and headed straight for Hell. But at least the kinky fuckery makes it all worthwhile, right?
As for the white roses, long flowing gown, picture-perfect wedding ceremony, that was relegated to the backburner, otherwise known as flashbacks, and the reader grabbed bits and pieces. Conflict avoidance has reached near panic level. Sure, conflict was there, but I had to dig for it like I was shoveling for my own grave, and then I was going to be tossed in afterwards with my hands zip-tied behind my back and spitting up dirt.
Jack popped in for a brief interlude, after the conductor had already waved his magic wand, and Leila who was probably consuming massive amounts of happy pills and Elena, aka Mrs. Robinson, were literally nowhere to be found, unless a brief reference is counted as full-fledged character development.
Yeah, I must have missed that memo in Writing So at least E. James has that going for her. Fifty Shades of Done. Cross-posted at Robert's Reads View all 23 comments. Jul 08, Kristopher Kelly rated it it was ok. Sifting through the Fifty Shades trilogy, I started paying more attention to patterns than to the plot. Perhaps E L James choosing to respect her apparent wishes to drop the periods after her initials repeated the phrase "you are one fucked up bitch" six times in Fifty Shades Darker in order to aid rote memorization, perhaps not, but I'm sure Homer wouldn't have done it any differently.
At any rate, I embarked on my own odyssey in search of something all the books in the trilogy shared; someth Sifting through the Fifty Shades trilogy, I started paying more attention to patterns than to the plot. At any rate, I embarked on my own odyssey in search of something all the books in the trilogy shared; something which could pull the whole series together.
Well, I think I've found it. But E L James is nothing if not creative, and she shows us many different ways of shaking one's head. Here are more than fifty cumulative ways of shaking one's head, as found throughout the Fifty Shades series. And, yes, it's possible I missed some. I shake my head at science! From Fifty Shades of Grey: Not for food. No way. He closes his eyes and shakes his head then tilts his head back in surrender.
Truly impressive stuff. View all 4 comments. Jul 10, Adrienne Enriquez rated it did not like it. I admit to some embarrassment at having read even the first of these books, let alone all three. When I started, I didn't know they were Twilight fanfiction though I'm not sure it would have made a difference in my decision to forge ahead.
What I did know was seemingly everyone was talking about them. Even my well-read friends were talking about them. And, frankly, I've been left behind on the pop-culture train before, and I don't much like feeling the out-of-it dunce. So I've learned that som I admit to some embarrassment at having read even the first of these books, let alone all three.
So I've learned that sometimes it's worth dredging through the schlock to understand references in every day conversation. Besides, I'd heard that our local Heathman Hotel is featured in the novels and had started offering a "Fifty Shades" package but wasn't saying what all that included. I figured reading the books might offer a clue. I still can't quite believe I read all three - but in my defense I don't care for stories with no resolution.
By the time I finished the second, I had ridiculously unrealistic hopes that somehow, someway Anastasia would come to her senses and end the whole thing. So I picked up the third with delusions that I'd see the resolution I sought. Note to self: Must research the history of books before indulging? In any case, I don't understand the allure. I keep hearing the descriptions of "mommy porn" and I've had a few friends say the sex scenes make them blush.
I'm not a mom, so maybe I can't speak to that demographic. But nothing about the scenes was sexy or titillating to me. I suspect there are a number of things that contribute to that - Anastasia's naivete - the "virgin girl meets experienced man who teaches her everything she'll ever know about sex" storyline angers me more than it turns me on, the "inner goddess" crap - WAY too much of that, the "down there" references - really?
The playroom scenes might have held some promise as offering something new and different to my imagination, but they weren't terribly descriptive. I found myself wondering if the author had any experience with BDSM because those scenes felt underdeveloped to me. And my only "experience" with the lifestyle is having read Whipsmart by Melissa Febos, so it's not as though I've got any expertise, but there were times when I was reading that I felt like I had more background than James does.
So it's non-erotic erotica, eh? Mostly though, I left the books feeling sad and angry that they've become so popular. Sad and angry that so many women think the books are fantastic. Sad and angry that the media is pimping them out as a way to bring sex back into marriages.
It's not because the books are poorly written - though they are.
It's not because I feel for couples whose sex lives are so dull that the mere mention of "down there" can spice things up tenfold - though I do. I'm talking about the stalking, the distrust, the lying, the controlling. This is not a healthy, loving relationship, and I am sad and angry that we seem to have elevated it to the height of romance and allure. View all 3 comments. Jun 10, Katherine French added it. After reading all three of the series I thought they were quite entertaining.
If some minds think this erotica is "dirty" they do not have very advertureous minds. Apr 15, Kerri Williams rated it it was amazing. Seriously one of the best reads I have read in a long time. I heard the controversy and to be honest you need to read it before you judge because it's all BS! It was HOT and had me cry twice in book two and fall for the characters- all of them Christian is a broken man from a terrible childhood and Ana is an young woman who helps him grow and mend.
Together they grow through the intricacies of their lives, past and present and I tell you a few times I was too scared to read further because I OMG! Together they grow through the intricacies of their lives, past and present and I tell you a few times I was too scared to read further because I didn't want their relationship to go through anything more but they needed it to grow together and I as a reader was addicted.
I bought one and then finished it and within two minutes bought number two and the same happened with three. I'm not an erotica reader as such but this series had me panting for more.
Please, don't judge by rumors, Judge for yourself. Grab the free sample and if you are not hooked by the end of that then this book is plainly not for you but may be for others. Happy and hot Kez Jul 21, Sheila Marie ames rated it it was amazing. I can understand how much of America would have a difficult time with these books being sexually repressed as a society, but I found it very interesting to watch Ana grow into a woman in this series as an inexperienced woman yet not submissive as many may think.
She experiences and stands her ground. She is open minded and explores where she sets her boundaries. It's a wonderful love story as well. View 1 comment. site has almost posted reviews and probably twice as much on their discussion boards!!!!! But I am not a writer and I admire and love the fact that there are people who can use words to create worlds that I am able to engage with. The whole craze, fixation about the books, whether positive or negative is not an issue….. Don't click if you don't want to read spoilers view spoiler [ Because I really warmed up to the guy.
But listen, this is a fantasy, fiction where anything is possible.. Yes, he seems like an unemotional control freak.. But under all this glamour, there is something dark and intriguing about him. Something sad and painful inside him that wants me to do something to make it all go away.
What interests me about Christian is the way he tries to portray himself as this remote tycoon, living alone with no friends and just a spectator in his world. Yet, the more I learnt about him seem to be in total contradiction to what he believes he is.
And all those emails…drove me crazy after a while but it does fill pages!!!!!! A student in the age of technology!!!!!! All that crying…wooo poor me…I just love him and he just wants to spank me!!!
Boo boo…. Grow up and act real I kept saying to myself. An insecure virgin, who constantly bites her lower lip, blushes and flushes suddenly is having orgasms by the dozen…she just has to look at the gorgeous Christian and wow…no need for sex, looking at does the same thing!!!!
And so innocent that is able, at her first try, the best blowjob he has EVER ever had!!! Now, after writing all of the above about Ana, I honestly admit that I began thinking that perhaps I misunderstood her.. Girl, love, real love would have you help the man to face and overcome his problems, his pain and loneliness and not leave when things get tough!!!
REPITION — this seems to be one of the most heated discussion of the book, and in all honesty the overuse of certain words did irritate me a bit.. And both characters did the same and said the same things over and over and over again. I found some interesting information that someone did on their kindle about this subject: And what on earth is Mommy Porn????
I expected more violence and pain, for it to be a bit more dirty and sordid, although I find it strange that Ana would agree to enter into this kind of relationship just because she loved Christian.
Would any woman be prepared to accept the whole domination thing so easily???? And there are many. Christian is the ultimate beautiful male and I mean beautiful.. He has a fabulously styled copper colored mop, anything — well designer it is- he wears looks amazing on him. His body is to die for. Christian plays piano like a pro. And such a lovely and warm family he has. I would have thought that the editor would have done something about the two stories being so similar but I am not qualified enough to say more about the editing here.
Although I read that Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight had no problem with the similarities. And what, finished it in two days!!!!!!!!! And wanted to read the next installment immediately, which told me that………. However, it was not as bad as some of the reviews I have seen.
Yes, absolutely!!!! Those are some of the reasons I am giving this review 4 stars instead of the 3 I was going to give originally. But - If a book can get me so engaged it had to be more than just an average and mediocre tale. And for the author to have the guts to do something that very few writers manage to do…..
And now the talk is that Hollywood wants to turn her books into a movie!! One has to show respect to this woman!!!!! So now onto Fifty Shades of Darker…need to discover more about the books that everyone is talking about some blurb on the cover, which I think works very well Aug 09, Miz H rated it did not like it.
This trilogy really did not live up to the hype. It is poorly written and I struggled to get lost in the story or motivate myself to complete the books. The characters were very one dimensional and the plot of the story was extremely weak. There was so much repetition ie eye rolling, lip biting, blushing, twitchy palming that at times i wanted to throw the book out of the window.
Ana going from an innocent level headed virgin to a needy sex maniac in the space of a few days was totally unbelieva This trilogy really did not live up to the hype. Ana going from an innocent level headed virgin to a needy sex maniac in the space of a few days was totally unbelievable, and i felt very let down that her character turned out to be just another weak idiotic Bella type!
Christians personality was disturbing to say the least. He is a controlling sick twisted jekyll and Hyde and i found it hard to be entertained by reading about a man who wants to anal fist, dominate or isolate a woman!
To be fair, I will applaud the author for managing to capture the attention of women far and wide, and making money off such a story. However, I think reading this trilogy was a waste of two weeks for me. The sex scenes were more disgusting than tantalising!!!
Apr 23, Jacquelynne rated it it was amazing. There are only a few words that could describe this series as a whole accurately enough … steamy … seductive … and enchanting.
I know enchanting is not a word usually associated with erotic romance, but "Fifty Shades of Grey", "Fifty Shades Darker", and "Fifty Shades Freed" all had an enchanting aspect to them which made this series all the more addicting. As many have probably seen throughout twitter, facebook and goodreads. Because this is a compilation review of all three books, I am going to break down my review into small paragraphs about each book, and then my overall thoughts.
Fifty Shades of Grey: I was a bit unsure about how I felt about this book at first. Both seemed doomed from the start, Ana a sweet inexperienced girl fresh out of University, and Christian the control freak, and dark business tycoon almost on the verge of obsession with Ana just within the first couple of pages. Although I enjoy a fast paced novel this one seemed to move at lightening pace. So much happened in such a short period of time - I loved and hated that aspect of the book.
But it turned into so much more by the last page, my mind was basically spinning out of control due to pure confusion and anticipation I HAD to have the next book as soon as I could. But Fifty Shades did not disappoint at all, there were some overly romantic periods, and we were touch and go for a bit but in the end I enjoyed the first of this fabulous series much more than I had anticipated.
Fifty Shades Darker: The one thing I absolutely loved about this series was how they wasted no time getting straight into the story.
Picking up from the heart wrenching conclusion of the last novel, Ana and Christian are once again thrown into their passionate love affair. Christian is still an overbearing control freak, but Ana not so shy anymore and learning that not everything has to be HIS way, has become a force to be reckoned with. She has grown into a dominant, and confident young woman, who is the perfect match for her Fifty Shades. Although still trying to convince Christian of this and her feelings, she learns more and more about his past which explains why he is the way that he is in the present.
The audience also gets a better glimpse at Christians family life, two adopted siblings like himself and a very successful mother and father. I enjoyed getting to know all the other characters a bit more as Ana was - I felt like I was connected through her to everything that was going on. I felt everything she was feeling towards her best friend Kate, Christian, and even the evil seductress Elena.
But pushing that aside, the second book did not disappoint at all - infact I think it is a fantastic bridge between the beginning and end of the story obviously ; giving enough to the reader to lure them back in but also leaving enough for the end of the book that we are blown away!
Fifty Shades Freed: BY FAR my favourite of the three! But with Fifty Shades you want to know what happens in the end, you wish and hope that everything works out for the best and reading about Ana and Christians seductive journey is the best part! Corny as it may sound, the reader cannot help but smile everytime Christian and Ana are together in this book. In the end I thought that the epilogue was the best part of the book. After everything the two of these individuals have gone through, betrayal, heartbreak, pain and fear - you just want them to end up happy with one another, they almost deserve that in the end.
Although the third book is written differently than the rest meaning that more time takes place within fewer pages, and a lot less happens drama wise, it is still a quick paced and well written conclusion to one epic love story. Final Thoughts: Overall this series is definitely 5 out of 5 stars all the way through. There is nothing I would change about these books, every aspect fits perfectly with each character's personalities. Christian Grey although not my favourite character at first, haunted my dreams, and is definitely one book boyfriend I am going to covet forever!
D haha! He quickens your heart beat, and makes you weak in the knees for a romance such as theirs. Although unorthodox throughout the entire series, Ana and Christian in the end were the perfect match and character combination!
It was refreshing to meet a well educated and insightful young lady who loves literature as much as myself. If anything I would highly suggest this series to anyone not afraid of kinky sex between the pages. It was and is a seductive whirlwind of emotions that grips you until the very last page of the series. A wonderfully written story, that is strongly plot and character driven. A good mixture of crazy ex girlfriends, hidden secrets, and an insatiable need for love, the "Fifty Shades of Grey" series delivers all that and much much more.
Jul 22, Samantha Waxler rated it did not like it. So happy to have found this site!! I wrote about "50" last night on site and upon reading other reviews afterwards, I saw a recommend of Katrina Lumsden's on this site from another Amo reviewer.
Wish I had found goodreads and her before I bought this ridiculous series. As I said in my Amo review, I gave it one star because I couldn't give it negative five stars. As I also said about the character Anastasia, "Think Bella with a butt plug. In my defense, when I wrote my review on Amo, I didn't know "50" was supposed to be fanfic. So I really reamed E. James for her rip-offs of Meyer's characters.
Further in my defense, now that I know it's fanfic, it still sucks big bags. She not only rips off Twilight, but the piano scene is straight outta Pretty Woman, right down to the tinkling notes of the piano keys as her feet slide across them. I also mentioned American Psycho, which I see KL did as well, which made me laugh in a really good-feeling kind of way. I know she was actually comparing "his love of music" to his "beautiful but damaged soul, nope he's not really a psycho", which she is absolutely spot-on and freakin' hilarious, but the books the one and a half that I was able to get down , did have an 80's, American Psycho feel for me.
Basically, these two stunted characters are just bags of bones that should have been left in the closet. View all 5 comments. Jun 02, Jennifer rated it did not like it Recommends it for: