I thought I would start off my 1st book review with the book of the moment that is firmly at the top of most bestsellers list. Dubbed as "mommy porn", "twilight fan fiction" I was eager to see if I would love it or hate it as the reviews on Amazon.co.uk are varied to say the least.
Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever.
When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.
Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.
But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view.
Amazon - £4.79 (here)
Amazon - £4.79 (here)
Thoughts on 50 Shades of Grey
Now I think I may have been guilty of expecting too much from this book because it is has been so popular and mentioned so often in the media so I was expecting something pretty damn good. However what surprised me was the bad writing style and repetition you just cannot fail to notice.. the lip biting, Ana's inner goddess and subconscious...trust me there is more. Clearly the book is popular due to theme and not for the actual writing. But if you can put that to one side then it definitely has something and is quite an easy read!
The 'Juicy' ScenesThe BDSM aspect is definitely were the mix of reviews comes in as you will either love it and embrace it or you will hate it and skip most of the sex scenes. I have to admit I did quite enjoy the filth even if some part were a little unbelievable, but didn't so much like the idea that Christian's dark side was due to his childhood, it was just all too predictable for my liking. The worst part of the book for me had to be the un-sexy period sex scene (yes, there is one!) I think that just shows the authors attempt to make the story more raw and push the boundaries, yet it fails miserably and I am sure leaves most readers quite disgusted. Note E.L.James - no woman finds bleeding onto their partner sexy or a sign of trust/power.
Ana & Christian's Relationship
This for me was definitely the strength of the book. Their relationship was intense with lots of different emotions throughout, especially from Ana's side trying to deal with Christian's way of life and what he was asking of her. This side to the book is what is making me want to read the second book in fact as I want to know how their relationship evolves.
Why are thousands if not millions of woman raving about this book? Basically it's an intense, steamy but easy read that isn't the type of thing most people go for!
So if you are looking for a read that isn't the norm but will have you gripped and slightly obsessed then 50 Shades of Grey should be your next read!