Saturday, April 21, 2012

REVIEW: "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James

Book Synopsis (from
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 a 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?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

My Thoughts: 
I started this book around midnight and couldn't put it down until after four in the morning. I literally had to force myself to stop reading and go to sleep. I am absolutely in love with *Christian Grey*. Actually, I'm in love with the entire book but Mr. Grey is definitely swoon-worthy.

It was brought to my attention that the Fifty Shades series started out as Twilight fan fiction but basing your characters quite loosely on characters from another book does not makes it any less of a novel. I can't even picture Bella or Edward as Ana or Christian. If I had picked up this book without hearing that these are fan fiction, I would never even have imagined that it was. 

I will say this, these books are not for everyone. First of all, they are very adult in nature. I discourage anyone under the age of eighteen from reading this series. 

Watching the relationship between Ana and Christian develop and grow is quite beautiful. Some say that the relationship is inappropriate but truly, it isn't. Everyone lives a their own lifestyle and you really have to look past the BDSM to see just how extraordinary they are together. The character development is so well thought out and it's like you're reading about real people, not fictional people. I was completely lost in the story. One thing that stands out that DID bother me was location. I couldn't tell where they were and where they were supposed to be. That is something that should have been caught in editing.

I've heard they are making a movie out of these books and I'm not sure how they will manage it without it being considered pornography but if they can do it, I will definitely be going to see it!

Honestly, I read this book because I have seen such mixed reviews and I didn't think I would end up liking it but I was pleasantly surprised. I'd have to say this is in my top 5 books that I've read this year so far! Can't wait to see what happens next in this trilogy!

4 out of 5 stars!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you loved this book, I did too!! I also read it because of all the controversy surrounding it. I never pictured Fifty or Anna as Edward and Bella either.:) Great review!


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