Fifty Shades Darker (#2)
Fifty Shades Freed (#3)
Author: E.L. James
Published: May 25, 2011
Publisher: Random House
ebook: 385 pgs
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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.
Okay...I finally gave in....I jumped on the bandwagon to see what all the fuss was about when it came to these novel. I mean, hey, isn't it my duty as a self-respecting blogger? (Although, seriously, I must be the last blogger on the planet to have read these books, lol)
Suffice it to say that I loved this series -- and I was actually sad when it was over. My husband says I only enjoyed it because Christian Grey, our male protagonist is a tall, dark and handsome man, but I don't think that's it (although...hello!). It was actually Christian's faults that made me fall in love with him. As you go further into the series, you see how crazy his life has been, and it makes you relinquish all your pre-conceived notions of this "preppy rich domineering man". I enjoyed watching Christian work through his past, fall in love with Anastasia and grow closer to his family.
As a feminist, I never thought I'd say this, but I also adored Anastasia. Her headstrong character and stubbornness is actually admirable. Ana never takes anything lightly (boy, does she over analyze!) and almost never does anything she's uncomfortable with. She also falls in love fast and hard -- and not just with Grey -- which makes her loyalty and friendship even more endearing. The author E.L. James, does a great job of making us understand where Ana is coming from -- so when she makes her life choices, we understand it, get it, and root for her. It's incredible how far we are able to get inside Ana's head without it being too much, too boring, or too cliche.
I'd definitely recommend this series. You'll fall in love with Christian Grey just like the rest of the world.
5 out of 5
An Added Bonus -- Check Out The Trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey Film :)