Author: E.L. James
Series: Fifty Shades
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Adult Fiction
See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.
In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?
Favorite Quote: “I craved the escape that fiction provided”
First, let me start off by saying that for some odd reason, I devour the story lines from this series, hence I read this book like a maniac. Now does that mean the writing is great? No. However, everyone seems to be enthralled with these novels, so why not pick one up to read, just to get pulled into a story? The point of view from Grey was interesting but I still felt like it needed more depth into Grey as a character. It felt that I was re-reading the first novel all over again with a little bit different perspective but it stayed just as closed off to Grey as did the series. I really felt like I just didn’t have as large of a mindset into Ana’s head as the first novel did and read it from almost an outsider’s perspective looking in for the two of them.
The beginning of the novel really made me intrigued as to the mindset of Grey but then it dropped off rather quickly. It does explain a few small details from the novel, like how Grey granted the interview that started the series off (Hey, I’m still not giving away spoilers here!), but other than that we don’t get much more into his deep complex issues that surround his personality and quirks the way Anastasia and readers alike are obsessed with.
I’d borrow this book from a friend or from the library. Unless you’re me and want to grab the whole series to re-read at a future date. Overall, I devoured the story line as previously said but these books don’t make me think, or really have a strong emotional feel to the characters. Yes, Grey is complex, but this novel did almost nothing to tap into that. I really wish James had gone into depth more, and she had ample opportunities to do so. The series is a huge pop culture ‘in’ right now, which is fantastic for a whole lot of reasons which I won’t get into.
Have you read the series? What are your thoughts or opinions on Grey or the series themselves? Let me know!
Please note all opinions are my own.