Book Review: 50 Shades of Grey (18+)

Posted April 23, 2012 by Nessa @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Author: E. L. James

Publisher: Vintage

Release Date: April 3, 2012

Buy: Amazon, B&N

Source: Bought

Goodreads Blurb: 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.

50 Shades of Grey is an erotic thrilling romance that will keep you at the edge of your seat, yet will annoy you to your core. The story is set with a modern, wealthy, powerful man who has many dark secrets. He falls for our heroine Anastasia Steele who is by all means the definition of innocent and naive. Christian Grey falls for Anastasia when she first stumbles into his office for an interview her roommate was not able to host herself. Right from the start we see the sparks fly between Ana and Christian. It is so overpowering James has you reading with your heart pounding and swooning at our bad boy Christian Grey’s every word. Although Christian warns off Ana, telling her he is no good for her, Christian can’t seem to leave well enough alone. He takes Ana, who is a virgin I might add, down a dark path of sexual desire Ana never thought she had. We can tell right from the start of the novel that these two are head-over-heels for each other. James does well to express the views of both characters. After about half way through the book we do get a bit bored and annoyed by the repetitiveness of Ana’s “oh my’s” and the discussions she has with her “inner goddess” which is phrased this way throughout the book. I have such mixed emotions about this story that it is hard to tell whether I liked it or hated it. I can see why people do get frustrated quickly with our author, but there is still something that keeps you sucked in. If you are in the mood for a bit of twisted romance and erotica, then this is the novel for you. Christian Grey is so up and so down and Ana gets back lashed and so confused throughout the story I can’t help to feel confused as well. There are times you want to shake the book and scream at her for her foolishness, but I think all of us ladies have been there done that will some male at some point. You can somewhat relate to her, but then again, how many of us have had wealthy and powerful men take us from place to place on his private helicopter? This is a book that you have to be in the mood for. It has its flaws, but when the going gets good it gets really good. I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
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It’s always hard to do an “about me.” I’m not really good at talking about myself so here it goes… I love to read. The only other thing I love as much as reading is fashion. Reading got me through some of the darkest days of my life, and even now it helps me after those stressful days at the office. On top of being an avid reader, I am a student, wife, a mother of two boys (ages 7 and 4), and a full time employee. My plate is definitely full, but I love every minute of my life. Maybe not always the countless hours at the office, but I am definitely blessed. I agreed to help Katrina with her blog, and boy I didn’t realize how much work it truly is! I am honored to be a part of it. I read a lot of contemporary novels, but Katrina has opened me up to the world of YA. I have to say I am hooked! I bow to all the wonderful authors of this genre. The worlds they put together is amazing. I am a fine arts junkie. I love art, movies, theater, and music. Anything that you can do to express yourself, to show your creativeness and uniqueness, I’m normally a fan of. I am an activist of being true to yourself and always marching to the beat of your own drum. I feel it is important to know who you are, and never apologize for being yourself. I love to laugh so I haunt comedy clubs frequently. I am also a homebody. This sister likes your downtime! You can usually find me snuggled in my bed with a good book, watching a movie or my seasons of Buffy. The show never gets old people!!!! That’s about all there is to know about me, so keep reading you bookish babes!

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