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Fifty Shades of Grey
When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man, and excited when she realises that Christian wants her too. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Christian keeps hidden away from public view…
Fifty Shades Darker
Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship. But when Christian proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist. Soon she is learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding lover than she ever thought possible…
Fifty Shades Freed
Anastasia Steele always knew that loving Christian Grey would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them had anticipated. But, finally together, they have love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities.
But just when it seems that they really do have it all, tragedy and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true…
A naive woman helping out her friend by interviewing a wealthy business man with a sexually abused childhood was unheard of until I read Fifty Shades of Grey. What starts off as an innocent but sensually loaded interview quickly turns into a frantic sex marathon. This book is an emotional roller-coster ride. One moment you hate Mr Grey and then you love him on the very next page. Mr Grey has become the dominant sexual master and treats Anastasia in the same way that he had been treated when he was the submissive. I found this to be an interesting read where I had to actively consider where I would draw the line in an abusive relationship, resulting in feelings of both anger and awe as the story evolved. Who wouldn’t want to be indulged in the romance that a wealthy man can provide? But at what cost? And would I be considerate and able to forgive a man that constantly treaded near an unacceptable behaviour – excusing it on his honest willingness to change?
Message & Moral
There is an important message to be learned in Fifty Shades of Grey, however not a pleasant one. Women should not feel pressured into a relationship they are not comfortable in. I could also see the point that some people in life do deserve a second chance when their intentions are from the kindness of their hearts. I think couples should work hard on their relationships and not give up easily, however this needs to be founded on healthy conditions.
Creatures & Environment
The two main characters are well described and their backgrounds are apparent, which plays a large part in the plot. She comes from a protected and innocent upbringing and he from a drug addicted mother who died when he was young and was later placed in the foster care of wealthy parents. Their views on life are very different, yet they connect through their charm and attraction to each other. The way E. L. James twists the story to reflect their personalities and desires is well executed, were I could feel their pain and their joy equally.
Captivation & Continuity
Other than the sexual actives and the lifestyle disagreements between Anastasia and Christian there wasn’t much story to follow. I would say this is an emotional Romantic Drama that follows a tragic and in some cases probably very real story. For the reason that my emotions were on edge through the entire read I did find this book an intriguing read, although I had to skim a lot of pages due to the explicit sexual content.
Language & Flow
The language is edgy with both sexual content and foul language, but not hard to follow.
T.M. Caruana’s Spell Wand Award