Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey [Review]

528 pages [Kindle]
Published 26 May 2011
ASIN:  B0052U59F4

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?

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:
4.5/5 Stars
Why yes, I did jump on the Fifty Shades bandwagon!

I went into this book thinking I'd be a book snob and not like it because of how obsessed everyone else was. Then I started reading it. I have heard many things before I started reading - the writing was awful {typos galore, where was the editor, etc.}, it was all sex, it was graphic, he is a douchebag, etc. Because of all the hype, I was expecting a poorly written fan-fiction porno.

I do not feel that's what I just read. I'm used to the graphic sex in books written by JR Ward and Laurell K. Hamilton - that is some graphic sex right there. This was very, VERY vanilla (as James used in it :P). The narrative is one of my favorite styles - it is more like reading a journal than a book. I feel like I really connect well with this style of writing. There was a very defined plot, in my opinion. Ana meets Christian, Christian has mommy issues and is a former sub, Ana falls for what he is sometimes, but is confused by his controlling personality, Christian starts to give her more of what she wants, she notices and they try and make it work. "Love" story. There you go.

I guess it's not for everyone, but I enjoyed it. I liked the style of writing, the sex didn't make me uncomfortable, even the inner goddess wasn't that annoying like everyone else found it. Shoot, I'm sure we all do stuff like that and just call it something different. If not, I'm sure we all do something that annoys someone else. I know I do. I'd definitely reread it and am looking forward to the next installment.

Previous Review:

The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker {here}

Clamhouse Book Club Pick for June 

[Counts toward my TBR Pile challenge: here] 

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Erin O'Riordan said...

I enjoyed it, too. I'm looking forward to the second one.

Heather said...

I just couldn't get into this one. :(

Jenna and Ashley said...

I just finished the second and liked it even more. I'm one of those people who hated the inner goddess and repetition, but overall, I really liked it. You do really get inside her head. Great review!
-Jenna @ Fans of Fiction