Review: Fifty Shades Freed

Summary from Goodreads:

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

Why I Read It:

After finishing books one and two, I had to read the final book of the trilogy.  There was a bit of mystery bait that was left hanging at the end of book two, and I really wanted to know the connection.  I did take a few hours break to feed my family, clean the house, and do a load of laundry before starting Freed…but only because my husband begged me 😉

What I Thought:

As you all know, I loved both books one and two.  However, I found Freed to be lacking something.  I don’t know if it was because it took place after Anastasia and Christian were married, or if I was burned out on the romance, but something seemed off kilter.  In fact, I ended up reading about a quarter of this one, sitting it down for a few days and then returning to it.  It just didn’t seem to hold my attention like the other two.

Despite those misgivings, upon returning to it, I did find that the story picked up pace and by the end, I was elated with the direction the author took the couple in.  Christian had developed into a wonderfully well-rounded, beautiful man.  Anastasia proved to me that she was actually a wonderful fit for him, and I felt better about letting her be married to my literary crush (because she needed my permission and all, you know?).

My favorite thing about book three was the epilogue.  I loved knowing what happened to the couple down the line, and I was ecstatic with the results.  The author also did a “Midnight Sun” type of thing, where we got to read the first chapter of book one from Christian’s point of view, and honestly it made me want to go back and re-read the entire first book to pick up on things I may have missed.

All in all, this series was the perfect get away read.  They weren’t the type of novels that I could read on a daily basis.  Certain factors of the books started to wear on my nerves…almost a how much is too much type of thing, but overall, I loved everything about them.  These are definitely books that I’ll keep on the shelves, picking up when I just need something to take my mind off normal every day life.  They’ll be my secret escape when real life just gets to be too much…which believe it or not can happen with a full-time job, two dogs, a husband, and a very curious 18 month old.

Why You Should Read It:

This is a no brainer.  If you’ve read the first two, it’s an absolute must that you give book three a whirl!  Plus, what’s a few more hours with Christian Grey…

Review: Fifty Shades Darker

Summary from Goodreads:

Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.  They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

Why I Read It:

After neglecting any and all housework, laundry, and personal commitments for two days, I figured I might as well keep up the trend and dive right into book two of the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker.  In fact, I don’t think I had even finished reading the last twenty pages of book one, before I was clicking buy so that I knew this one would be downloaded and ready to go when I was.

What I Thought:

Fifty Shade Darker was fifty shades better than book one, and I loved book one!  Book one ended with a horrible, dreary cliffhanger that had my heart breaking for Mr. Grey.  I couldn’t even believe the events that had taken place, and I was dying to see where the author was taking us.  In fact, I ended up giving up very precious sleep and went to work resembling a zombie because I *had* to know what was happening.  Again, with Fifty Shades Darker, the writing wasn’t stellar, but it wasn’t the worst I have ever read.  I’ve painfully made my way through books with a much lackluster story line and horrendous writing before, and this wasn’t even comparable.

In Darker, the author takes us deeper into the psyche of Christian Grey, and we begin to see more and more of why he is the way he is.  Rather than making me turn away, I fell deeper and deeper into literature love with Mr. Grey.  Every secret revelation made my heart-break a little more for the man, and I really wanted to wrap my arms around him and hold him.  So corny, I know right?  But I couldn’t help it.  It’s just how the author made me feel.

Also, Anastasia finally grew a backbone.  She’s still a twit most of the time, but at least she’s a twit with a backbone.  I think more so than in any of the other novels, you can clearly see the parallels between her and Bella Swan in book two.  While neither character remains my favorite, I can still see why the authors developed them to be the way they are.  The characters profile’s play nicely against that of the alpha male.

Why You Should Read It:

If you read Fifty Shades of Grey and found it the least bit interesting, you absolutely must pick up Fifty Shades Darker.  To me, it is the best in the trilogy and solidifies everything that I had originally thought I had seen in Christian Grey.

Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Summary from Goodreads:

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?

Why I Read It:

For months, I’ve been seeing this novel pop up among different blogs, entertainment shows, and magazines.  And for months, I passed it up.  I didn’t want to get sucked into the hype.  It wasn’t my type of novel.  I was too embarrassed to let anyone know I was reading it.  I gave a million different excuses.  And then one night, after the baby was asleep and my husband was already in bed, I found myself surfing Amazon’s top 100 list and there it was again staring me straight in the face.  Before I even knew what was happening, my finger had tapped the “buy” button on my Kindle and within minutes I was meeting Christian Grey for the first time.

What I Thought:

Fifty Shades of Grey is by no means great literature.  But, that certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t an addictive and fast paced story that will keep you on your toes.  Once I was introduced to Anastasia and Christian, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  I had to know where their story was headed.  In fact, at one point, I could have read about them watching paint dry and still would have been entertained.  That’s how into this novel I was.

Character wise, Anastasia didn’t really stand out to me.  There wasn’t anything super special about her.  If fact, I thought she was a bit whiney and weak.  At one point, I clearly remember looking at my Kindle and telling her to get a back bone, distracting my son from his marathon of Curious George because mommy was talking to that “thing that made sounds” again.  However, Christian Grey made up for all that was wrong with Anastasia.  I must say, I’m pretty sure I have a thing for screwed up, angry heroes.  There was just something about Mr. Grey that made me want to know everything about him.  The way he dressed, the way he spoke, and the way he acted with Anastasia all worked together to create one of the most enticing characters in fiction today.  I had to have more.

Why You Should Read It:

If you are even the tiniest bit curious about this book, you should, by all means, give it a try.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it.  It’s one of those fun beach reads, for times when you just want the story to take you away.  But be warned, once it has you in its grasp, it doesn’t let go lightly.  Don’t plan on getting a lot of other things done when you’re reading Fifty Shades of Grey, because if you’re anything like me, it will not happen!

And so it begins….

Well, here it is.  My blog.  The place I’m going to express all my bookish thoughts.  I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.

I hope that you’ll find what I have to say interesting.  I look forward to getting to know you, and sharing with you my love of reading!

So here goes nothing.  Wish me luck!