Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Book Review ~ Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E. L. James

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)
Author: E. L. James
Release Date: 2011
Published By: Vintage
Page Amount: 385 pages, ebook

Goodreads Blurb:
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 she is 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.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Sometimes you can only hear so much hype about a book before you finally give in and pick it up. (Or in my case, download it on my nook.) As was the case with this book. Even my friends who didn't read were reading this book and loving it.

Unfortunately I just wasn't impressed.

I don't understand the hype sorrounding this book. I've read books I have enjoyed much MUCH more than this. I really also don't understand why many women say Christian Grey is their dream man. Sure, he's rich and apparently hot, but those are really the two main "appealing" things I see about him. And I don't think that is enough for someone to be your dream man. There wasn't enough information given about him and his past for me to sympathize with him. At least not for me. Maybe there is more information given in later books, but I think there should have been more in this book. Ana also did not seem to want to be a part of a BDSM relationship. As far as I could tell anwyway. It wasn't the BDSM that bothered me. To each their own. But she didn't seem to want to take part in it. That's what I thought reading it.

I also wasn't very impressed with the writing style. It wasn't that marvelous. And honestly, the parts about her "inner goddess" drove me nuts. I just found it annoying and there was way too much reference to it which just made it even more annoying.

I was not impressed. It wasn't living up to the hype at all for me. I gave this 2 stars.

<3 Amanda Leigh

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