Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by EL James

Erotic Romance

EBook (available in paperback also)


Release Date:
April 2012

College student Anastasia Steele is asked to interview wealthy Christian Grey for the school newspaper. She has no idea how intimidating and charismatic Christian is.

Anastasia is immediately entranced and captivated by the man. Christian finds the innocent woman enchanting and wants Anastasia for his very own. She is more than happy to enter into a relationship until she learns exactly what kind of relationship Christian desires. He presents her with a contract. A contract that will give him complete control over Anastasia from the clothes she wears to the food she eats. She's shocked to discover his sexual needs include a submissive/dominant relationship including bondage and punishment. She agrees to the conditions of the contract, but it is quite difficult for her to be totally accepting when she had been a virgin and very innocent until now. It's not long before she learns of Christian's troubled past and exactly why he is this way. However, she's not sure she can be a part of his life.

My thoughts...

This was slow reading for me and I wasn't as enthralled with it as others have been. I've read erotic romance before so it didn't shock me. The subject matter wasn't the problem. I didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable and that's a big thing to me. I can overcome anything if I care about the characters and I didn't feel that way with this book. I was intrigued by all the hype but this book didn't grab me. It was readable, but nothing I absolutely loved. I will read the next two books in the series, but they aren't tops on my list.

Oddly enough, this was originally written as fan fiction for the Twilight saga and I'm not a huge fan of that series either. The first two books were slow going for me and I never did go back to reading the rest of the series.

None of these books were horrible, just not for me.

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  1. Thanks for the honest review. Sorry to hear this wasn't a great read for you. I do have this one on Mt TBR

  2. I think I am going to pass on this book for right now, I may pick it up later after the hype has run its course.

  3. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one. But hey, people have different tastes and we can't like everything we read. I absolutely loved this book, but I can see why someone else might not like it. Great, honest review, though!

  4. I read this before the hype, thank goodness. I absolutely loved the first one and wished I had stopped there. I really enjoyed the characters and that is what got me through the others. It would be interesting to see what you think as you didn't enjoy the characters.

  5. I have no wish at all to read this one, I have heard enough f:ed up things. And they say it's s/m and all that, but please, the author thinks just cos she has a ass of a guy that makes it so and they play a bit. So yes, would feel like you

  6. I had so far missed all the hype about this book. It came to my attention when I heard it reviewed on The Book Report radio show by Elaine Charles (www.bookreportradio.com). Wow, I must have been living in a hole. I am still undecided about whether ot not I want to read it.

    1. If you read it, I'll be interested in hearing what you think.

  7. Thank you for the informative review. I fear that I may have a similar reaction. I certainly was no fan of the Twilight Series and it is almost always crucial for me to care for the character.


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