Not as good as the second book but still better than the first. Seemed to take a while for anything to happen in this one. Slow start but once it pick...moreNot as good as the second book but still better than the first. Seemed to take a while for anything to happen in this one. Slow start but once it picked up, it was much better. (less)
I have heard a ridiculous amount of people talking about these books. It seems like everyone is reading them! People at work, on the bus, on the radio...moreI have heard a ridiculous amount of people talking about these books. It seems like everyone is reading them! People at work, on the bus, on the radio, friends are recommending them, it’s all over my Facebook newsfeed, friends are texting me asking if I’d read them yet. So I decided to give them a try and see what the fuss is all about…
Is it worth all of the hype? Probably not.
Is it worth the read? I think so.
I’ve never read any erotica before but the sexually explicit scenes don’t bother me in the least. Actually, I kind of liked that, for once, I was reading about the actual sex instead of just the suggestion of sex or, worse yet, the explicit scenes that are just corny and gag me scenes in other books I’ve read. There is some truth in these scenes. No, it’s not the norm and yes, it’s a relatively taboo subject (BDSM) in most social circles, at least my circles. But it’s real in the sense that Christian is honest about her preferences and straight-forward from the beginning. He doesn’t force Ana to do anything she doesn’t want to do. Everything is explained, in excruciating detail (the contracts were a bit much…) and she is given the choice to take it or leave it. And, as a side note, I really liked the characters, despite their many flaws, or perhaps because of them.
I’ve heard that a lot of people are comparing these with the Twilight series and I don’t get the comparison. The only thing similar to me is that they’re easy reads that have kept me entertained. I’ve got a lot going on in my life right now so really, entertainment is enough. I don’t have the time or attention span for much more than these days.
I do wish more had happened during this first book but hey, it’s a trilogy so I’m going to keep going with it and I’ve heard much more happens in the second so I’m ok with how the first one played out. Upon finishing the first book, I immediately started the second… always a good sign to me.
So, if you’re looking for a quick, easy and fun read, you should pick up Fifty Shades of Grey BUT the sex scenes aren’t exaggerated. They’re quiet descriptive and experimental, for lack of a better word. If you’re not comfortable with or prefer not to read books like that, stay away from them. This isn’t the type of book that you can just skim or skip over the sex scenes. Doing so would likely leave you with a third of the book, possibly less.
I’ve debated between 3 and 4 stars for this one and had decided on 3 but have now changed it to 4. I wouldn’t rate it as a 4 on the same scale as many of my other 4 star books but it’s sort of in its own genre on my bookshelves so I’ll rate it independently of my other reads. (less)