Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: EL James
Series: Fifty Shades (Book #1)
Genre: Romance, Adult Fiction
Pages: 514
Publisher: Vintage Books
Year Published: 2011
First Line: “I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror.”

“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 sheis 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.”

My Rating: 4.5/5

So my roommate convinced me to read this book and I’ll admit I was really sceptical of it. It just didn’t seem like something I would enjoy because I’m not a huge fan of romance books, but it definitely caught me by surprise.  I think that this book, while it is R-rated it isn’t just a sex book. It tells the story of Christian Grey who has a surprising amount of his depth in his life. Hidden pasts and the mystery of what they could be. I loved that part of this book. I want to know what caused the characters to become who they are. And I’ll admit the sex parts were good too. Ok not just good … and that is all. I think that this book is very adult so if you’re under 16 or incredibly shy about these things you probably shouldn’t read this or wouldn’t enjoy it as much. I give a ton of credit to EL James for making such a relatable main character. Look at me being able to type this book review without using any sexual terms or curse words. *bows to an imaginary audience* thank you, thank you!
Thanks for reading,

Sidny xoxo

Spoiler: Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

I was shocked how much I like this book. I’m not usually a person who enjoys smutty things, but this one just caught me up. I loved that this book wasn’t just about sex, it had the mystery of what made Christian Grey himself and while we never do find out. I feel like I feel for Christian as Ana did. It just seemed like he was an intoxicating presence. I can’t wait to read more about him. I liked that he had so many sides it made the book far more interesting.
♥Ana: I think that she is one of the most relatable characters. She’s a girl who is in love with reading (thank God!) and she is clumsy two personality traits that caught my eye of the hope. I think that EL James did a great job of making the reader feel like Ana or like they knew her extremely well. I loved that she wasn’t afraid to give up when her and Christian were discussing something. That while she tried to be submissive she was still herself. I loved that courage. And in the end when she left him I was both in shock and saying you go girl. I think that she’d go back to him without a problem, but the fact that he couldn’t love her back is honestly what did it to her. Rejection is a tough thing to process.

♥Christian: Ok. Super hot, handsome, rich, sexual and mysterious. I can’t imagine turning him down. He’s just too much. But then there is the whole dom/sub thing that was unusual. I have heard of these things but never in such detail. And you can’t help but wonder what would make someone think that that was the only acceptable way to love or be loved. And the touching rule didn’t make much sense to me at all. I can’t wait to find out what he does now without Ana will he just find another Sub or will he decide to go after her. Ahhh, I wanna know.

♥Kate: We all have that best friend who only has our best intentions in mind. I think that Kate does a good job of fulfilling this especially when she attempts to kick out Christian when Ana is in tears. I have a friend like that as well, and I’m so grateful for her.

♥Elliot: So much different than Christian why didn’t Mrs. Robinson choose him?

♥Mrs. Robinson: I think along the same way as Ana that she took advantage of a young boy who had no one else who seemed to care about him and who had a hard life. I can’t wait to “meet” her though. I’m assuming we’ll get to. At least I hope so.

♥Jose: He lost Ana all by himself. He shouldn’t have pushed her especially drunk, sick her. That’s just rude and oh so wrong.

♥Mr. Taylor: I wonder how well he knows Christian Grey. To deal with all his Subs and just do as he’s told you have to wonder how that happened.

♥Moments to Remember: ♥
♥Pg. 35
“’Anastasia Rose Steele. You like him! I’ve never seen or heard you so…so... affected by anyone You’re actually blushing.
 ‘Oh, Kate, you know I blush all the time. It’s an occupational hazard with me. Don’t be ridiculous,’ I snap.”

♥Pg. 51
“I have never been on the receiving end of rejection. Okay… so I was always one of the last to be picked for basketball or volleyball, but I understood that- running and doing something else at the same time like bouncing or throwing a ball is not my thing. I am a serious liability in any sporting field.”

♥Pg. 214
“Making a supreme effort not to bit my lip, I move forward, aware that I, Anastasia Steele of Clumsyville, am in high stilettos.”

♥Final Line♥ “I curl up, desperately clutching the flat foil balloon and Taylor’s handkerchief, and surrender myself to my grief.”

Thanks so much for reading,
Sidny xoxo

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thought I would let you know...

Hey guys, it's almost Friday! YAY!
So I thought I would mention that the next book that I'm reviewing is kind of a controversial one for me. I usually review YA books, but Fifty Shades of Grade is very obviously an adult book and so there will be an adult review and spoiler to match. I hope that no one underage reads it but really there is nothing I can do make sure that someone underage will read. Just read on with caution. This book is very sexual, so expect that and possibly adult language. I'm only human :)

Thanks for reading guys,
Hope to have the review for you sometime next week.
Sidny xoxo