This wasn't a bad book by any means. For Ellen Hopkins, this was a little on the light side though. When I read her books I expect something...more2/5 stars
This wasn't a bad book by any means. For Ellen Hopkins, this was a little on the light side though. When I read her books I expect something dark and disturbing. I couldn't help but feel underwhelmed by this. I feel sadistic for saying this, but the characters didn't suffer enough for me. lol(less)
When I first started reading Fifty Shades of Grey I really enjoyed it. As I got further into it though, I found my love for it starting to d...more2/5 stars.
When I first started reading Fifty Shades of Grey I really enjoyed it. As I got further into it though, I found my love for it starting to die. The ending had me asking "THAT'S IT?"... but not for a different reason than what you might think. I was surprised by how much little substance the book had. It didn't need to be full of drama in order for me to like it, but come on. There should have been more to the characters AND the story than what was presented. I kept waiting for my pay off for reading this book, but it never really came.
I knew Christian's issues ran deep, but he never particularly "felt" like a deep character to me. He felt like a caricature from the beginning of the book until the end. Prickly, guarded rich male lead with a paralyzing rough childhood- I've this character type PLENTY of times. Christian didn't differ much and because of that he fell flat for me as a character. I found him interesting on a superficial level. That's about it.
Ana- the author could have made her more well-rounded. To say the least.
The writing- it got repetitive after awhile. Christian and Ana became annoying after awhile. He feeds her. He buys her something expensive that she complains about. They email back and forth. They have sex. Rinse and repeat. I understand that Christian finds Ana biting her lips to be a turn-on. I know he doesn't like it when she rolls her eyes at him. The writer really didn't need to remind me of those "fine" details as often as she did. Rather than focusing on such trivial things, I kind of wish she would've spent more time on humanizing the characters and developing the plot.
I know this is suppose to be a trilogy, but still I feel that the author should've/could've included more stuff within THIS book. I wanted more depth out of the plot and out of the characters. I wanted the pacing to be faster than it was. In general, I just wanted...or rather CRAVED, for more out of this book. A lot of people were satisfied with what they were given in book one, but I was not. (less)
1.5 stars. I asked for drama and Fifty Shades Darker gave it to me. Sadly though, it wasn't the type of drama I was asking for.
Warning! Spoilers belo...more1.5 stars. I asked for drama and Fifty Shades Darker gave it to me. Sadly though, it wasn't the type of drama I was asking for.
Warning! Spoilers below ho!
Stories are usually driven by one of two things. Characters or plot. Fifty Shades Darker was driven by plot. I don't like stories that are driven by plot because I feel like I'm getting manipulated by the writer. It's lazy writing to throw a whole bunch of soap opera-worthy situations at characters to force them to grow. Which soap opera situations am I referring to with this book? The psychotic ex-girlfriend of Christian's and Christian's plane crash.
If Leita (I think that's what her name was?) had not gone off the deep end, Ana would have never became jealous of her, she would have never contemplated leaving Christian and Christian would have never had the emotional break through that he did. Leita was nothing more than a plot point. The writer didn't know how to develop Christian organically so she had throw a crazy ex in the mix. She couldn't have Christian tell Ana the truth about his past out of deepening love for her! Nope! Ana did not deserve that kind of respect.
I knew the moment Christian went missing his disappearance was going to be used as a plot point. Christian just proposed to Ana a few days before. Ana is hesitant and not sure if she's ready for marriage yet. The plane accident happens then and Ana has an epiphany! The thought of a life without Christian is unbearable. She decides to say yes to his marriage proposal. Of course, the writer once again couldn't let her characters come to these conclusions on their own! She just to throw a plane crash at Ana in order for her to contemplate a life without Christian.
Other things that bothered me about this book:
The lack of "adult" characters. Why is everybody so immature and insecure in these books? Ms. Robinson, the crazy ex-sub, Ana's boss. All so OTT, all so one-noted, all so unrealistic. Why isn't there one well-adjusted mature adult in these books? I think we're suppose to see Ana as a healthy person, but I have trouble with that personally. No emotionally healthy person spends that much time with one individual. There is NOTHING healthy about isolating yourself. I wish it would stop getting treated as something "normal".
The lack of trust in this book also bothered me. Christian doesn't trust Ana around men that are interested in her. Ana doesn't trust Christian around his ex-subs. Christian and Ana are both possessive, jealous, insecure individuals. Ana had a lot of nerve bitching about trust when she didn't trust Christian herself.
Why I added a half a star onto my rating: *It wasn't as repetitive as the first book *I felt deeper connection with Christian in this book than I did in the previous one. I still wish the character was more down to earth, but overall I'm glad the writers gave him more depth. *The hurt/comfort scenes. In this book I actually felt Christian and Ana's emotional connection. (less)