14 December 2011

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Book Details

Author: EL James
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1290 KB
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (May 25, 2011)

Book Summary

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. (lifted from goodreads.com)

Book Review

Rating: 4/5

Fifty Shades of Grey is a surprising novel because it is not what I expected. It started out almost like a cheesy chic-lit and ended up becoming dark and dangerous. It took me a lot of time to came up with this review because I could not thoroughly describe how I feel about reading it. It is a novel filled with intense passion.

Written in the first person perspective, we are taken into Ana’s emotional roller-coaster ride in dealing with Christian Grey.  Ana is an amazing girl, she’s young and lacks experienced but not naïve. I admire her personality because she’s strong, although she tends to over think a lot of stuffs.

And Christian. Oh Christian. He’s a god. If you like the dominating alpha-male in Beautiful Disaster, I recommend you to take a look at this book because Christian is an alpha-lead that is to drool for. I like how EL James portrayed his character and its development throughout the story is captivating. He is an archetypal tortured soul that any girl would love to heal. He started out to be dominant and getting used to having what he wants but after he met Ana – wow, there were noticeable changes: he was trying to compromise, putting the other person’s happiness above his own. If this wasn’t love, I don’t know what it is called. I wonder why Ana couldn’t seem to grasp it, she couldn’t seem to feel that he’s totally into her. A person could not change overnight, old habits die hard after all.

I like that his BDSM tendencies were thoroughly explained and I am not just talking about the contract. The email exchange was fun and entertaining. It was an exchange of wits, I am definitely looking forward to this one.  

Fifty Shades of Grey is filled with breathtaking hot and steamy scenes – nevertheless, there is a real love story between the pages. The plot with rattle your emotions and the intimacy is just sizzling. Although there is one thing: this book ends in a major cliff-hanger that you need to have the second book nearby.


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