Fifty Shades of Grey ~ E.L. James

  • Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Author: E.L. James
  • Series: Fifty Shades #1
  • Genre: Erotica, Romance
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewer: Soo
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

Description:  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.

*Potential Spoilers*

Review:  I am a sensualist. Not by philosophy or being in the habit of overindulgence of my senses. Rather, I live my life fully by using all my senses: sight, touch, hearing, taste & intuition. Reading Fifty Shades of Grey has been an exploration of my senses as I delve into a world achingly familiar, touch dreams that flit from my fingertips, and envision a story that uses all my senses.

Ana’s personality, behavior, thoughts, emotions and experiences reflect upon parts of me. It makes it easy to fall into her world, viewpoint and how she takes on what happens to her.

I love Seattle. It’s one of my favorite cities on the West Coast and it feels good to imagine it as one of the pivotal places in the story.

The descriptions about Christian, modern artwork, photography, the Red Room of Pain, and many others fill my mind’s eye with a colorful environment. Christian’s overbearing ways with food & music makes me roll my eyes, reminds me of drinks & food I’ve had, and delightfully engages my love of music and how it feels to truly listen. The way he takes control and shows Ana a sensual world makes shivers in my mind and a surge of energy that tingles down my arms.

Hi-5 to E.L. James on Christian Grey! Without saying it outright, I feel that I know Christian really well from his actions. He is a man who holds control as the rule of thumb to live by. Due to his fears, Christian has established a framework in which he could appease himself and make those he loves proud. He doesn’t do anything in parts and whatever holds his attention will have his complete attention. Intelligent, charismatic, arrogant, beautiful and wounded, Christian is a talented man who lives shades of grey.

He’s rather perfect with all of his imperfections. I would love Christian Grey.

To some, Anastasia Steele may seem like an unrealistic character but I would beg to differ. I know of several individuals who would be on par with her naivety, sexual experience, romantic outlooks, mental jumping jacks, fervent need to ease pain, and having an inner strength to do what you need to no matter what. Her childlike response to being thrown into Christian’s world is simple and endearing.

I love the way James shows different sides to Ana and Christian. People are made of differing sides and this story is FULL of examples of that very thing!

Yes, please! I wouldn’t mind falling in love with a man who knows exactly who he is and tells me as much from the get go. I won’t dither at all if I’m asked to take an unexpected helicopter ride, greet the dawn in a gliding plane, eat in cozy specialty restaurant, travel an unknown path of sensuality that defies vanilla, or find myself waking up surrounded by too much heat and wrapped by the body of a man I love.

I’ve seen negative responses to the end of the book but I thought it was perfect. The relationship between Ana and Christian is tumultuous, stark, exhilarating, painful and draining with it’s highs & lows. Ana’s brave to try and face the ‘worst’ Christian could be. She’s right about the fact they couldn’t work with the way things stand. It sucks like hell to walk away when your whole soul burns for one man.

Love doesn’t make everything okay. It takes choices towards the same place for a relationship to work. That’s life. This book is full of things that’s a part of life.

E.L. James, thank you for a beautiful love story that had tears shine in my eyes at the end. 2012 has just started but I’m guessing this will be one of my favorite books of this year and more.


2 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Grey ~ E.L. James

  1. i think your review really touches on why this series is so popular – the way it touches on all your senses. And, the way it touches your heart.

    ^.^b Even though I will likely never read this book, your review is spot on.

    • I talked a friend of mine into reading the book and she had a hate & like relationship with it. If you can’t get into the characters, you will hate the book. If you’re into BDSM or know a lot about it, the story will push a lot of buttons that will also make you hate it. I don’t consider this a serious novel but it is definitely very entertaining! It is NOT a book for everyone and if you’re reading it for the sex, eh. You’re not the only one but that wasn’t me. =P

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