Wednesday, April 3, 2013

50 Shades of Grey Review

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—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 family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

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

This book is intended for mature audiences.

I actually wasn't sure about writing a review on this series.  After all, with all the hype, there are about a million of them out there.  But this series brought me back into the reading world and in a way helped me feel like I finally was coming home.
Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey are two completely different characters from completely different worlds.  If you haven’t heard of this story then you probably have been living under a rock.  E L James (who used to write fanfic for the Twilight series) pulls us into a world of erotic games and loads of money, power, and innocence.
Let’s start with Ana’s character.  An attractive brunette who is naive, innocent, and determined to have her own life.  I think my first thought was, “How can anyone in their early twenties be this naive and innocent?”.  After all we live in a society where innocence is lost so young.  But there is something about Ana that just makes you believe it.  Her character is a stuttering mess and like all of us tends to say the wrong things at the wrong time.  Something I found throughout this book to be both annoying and enduring.
Christian on the other hand is anything but innocent.  Having been born to someone who was essentially the worst mother ever, he has taken his hard knocks early.  Although adopted into a loving and wealthy family, he still has some serious demons he is working through.  He is bossy and overtly dominant.  To the point that I actually found myself saying out loud that if I were Ana I would be out the door!  As you know, if you show that kind of intense emotion when reading a novel it has to be good.
Christian takes Ana on a journey of self discovery and passion.  He takes her innocence and still manages to show her an affection she has never known.  We watch with anticipation, as Christian makes Ana succumb to his lifestyle and how Ana struggles with the choice of making this part of her world.  I appreciate Ana’s hesitation and Christian’s insistence.  So many times we see characters go from “No.  I’m not that kind of girl!” to panting and moaning in a matter of a few paragraphs.  E L James makes you work for your satisfaction!
I believed that regardless of how much money Christian has (which btw was a ridiculous amount) or how innocent Ana is (I mean really?  A virgin still?), these two people could fall in love.  Could be everything to one another.  And that is why I had to keep reading even when I wanted to scratch Christian’s eyes out or smack Ana upside the head for saying something dumb.  I needed there to be a happily ever after.
And at the end of this book…there isn't one.  As a matter of fact, the ending is heart wrenching.  I was so devastated at the end of this book that I immediately bought the next book just so I would not be so depressed.  E L James brought me back to reading, just to break my heart.  And I couldn't be happier.

5 lipsticks!!!!  This series brought me back!


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