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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1-3) by E.L. James

Publisher: Vintage
Source: Bought (Target)
Edition: Paperback
Pages: Each book is about 500
Rating: A+

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 a 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?

I really didn't expect to love these books as much as I did. The whole reason I read these books is because half of the people on Goodreads said it was incredible while the other half said it was a piece of trash. I had to find out for myself! And so I did...

When I was reading the first book, I kept telling my roommate how much it ticked me off and I honestly can't even remember why... other than the whole referring to inner-self (?) as "inner goddess". That part did bug me, but other than that I didn't have any issues with the books!

While the first book is pretty much porn, the second and third book seemed to simmer down (just a little!) to give the story some depth.

I found Ana really easy to relate to and found that I would probably be making a lot of the same decisions she made through out the books. I felt such a connection to her character. Usually, if I'm enjoying a book, I can imagine myself as the main character but never like this! I felt like I was Ana when reading these books and when she got jealous, I got jealous. When something great happened to her, I had a smile on my face probably just as big as hers would be if not bigger.

To be honest, I feel like I'm kind of choking writing this review because I'm having a hard time finding the words to why I adored these books as much as I did. Am I afraid of writing this review because others will judge me for liking the book? Yep. Am I going to let that stop me? Nope.

In my opinion, if you're wondering about reading the book, give it a shot. It might surprise you just like it did me! And if you don't like it, then you'll know! What I'm saying is don't feel like you shouldn't read it because a lot of people don't like it. I would also tell you not to feel like you have to read it because everyone else is... but then I would be contradicting myself because that's the exact reason I did.

*Ages 18+*


  1. I've had a hard time deciding what to think about this book. I haven't read it, but I've read so many mixed reviews. The majority of them have been negative, but those that were positive made me curious. Your review has made me a little more willing to give it a try, so thanks :)

    1. Yay! If you try it, I really hope you like it as much as I did :)

  2. I just reviewed this one today too. I liked it as well. :) It's cool that you felt so many emotions while reading it! I love when a book does that to me.

    1. Ooh! I'll have to check out your review. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. I liked it too, even after another reviewer attacked me for my feelings about it. Way to stick up for what you like.

    1. Seriously?! That's so low. Way to stick up for what you like as well! I'll have to check out your review.

  4. I'm SO wantining to read this trilogy! I've heard nothing but good things myself about the series. Yes, I'll admit I read books based on the general consensus. It's why I'll never read Twilight.

  5. To be perfectly honest, I'm curious too. I even have it on hold for my Kindle. Ha! The book has been aggravating me because non-readers pick it up and are like OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. And I've heard mixed reviews, so I've been so pissed off and close minded about it. But you know....you do get curious. Ha! Can you believe when I put it on hold there were already about 300 something holds on it?! Why can't that be for some great debuts coming out this year??

    But anyway, great review. You're giving me hope that it may actually be good, despite the porn. Ha! I'm glad you liked it though. =D


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