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Grey (Fifty Shades as Told by Christian #1)

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See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the
Paperback, 576 pages
Published June 18th 2015 by Vintage
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Jun 02, 2015 marked it as oh-dear
my inner goddess is screaming out the safe word, but e.l. james is acting like we never set ground rules.


it's like she doesn't understand how BDSM works!!!
oh, wait.

come to my blog!
Emily May
Jun 01, 2015 marked it as lost-interest
Oh, fantastic! A Fifty Shades of Grey told from Christian's perspective is just what the book world needed.

Raeleen Lemay
ok so this is the Midnight Sun that Twilight fans never got
Darth J
Jun 10, 2015 marked it as not-my-cup-of-tea
Faye, la Patata
Jun 03, 2015 marked it as will-not-read



See more from buzzfeed here.

Edited to add again: Just like Midnight Sun, the manuscript for this one was stolen a week before release and is feared to have been sold to the highest bidder in the black market. If it was really stolen, that was unfortunate. As much as I loathe the series, that's a douchebag move. However, I'll rip the book a new one if I find out this w
Claudia Ramírez
Jun 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, nope
Yo no suelo ser cruel con la cantidad de estrellitas que doy, pero ahhhh... ESTE LIBRO. DIS BOOK.

No sé ni por dónde empezar, es que hay tantas cosas que podría discutir. Primero que nada, el libro desde la perspectiva de Christian definitivamente NO era necesario, menos después de tanto tiempo. Una parte de mí pensó que tal vez la autora innovaría, PERO NADA, es la misma novela, con alguna que otra escena nueva... y eso hizo que en partes se tornara aburrida la lectura.

ETA: I need this book as much as I need dog shit on my shoes. Meaning, not at all. Beware of Christian's inner goddess god.
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Yeah, milk that cow. Pathetic. $__$

Christian and Ana should buy a dog or a cat, so James could publish Fifty Shades of Animal Dungeon. Sorry cats and dogs.

I don't even remember anymore but…are their parents still alive? Imagine, she could publish their POV's too.

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Fuck to the no!


ETA: June 20, 2015. The excerpts I added can be found here:
DNF @ 5% aka Chap 3

My perception of Christian Grey is officially ruined and it seems that I've been living a lie.

I tried, I really did. But Grey's inner monologue was written terribly which butchered his character and had me eye-rolling at the absurdity of the way he talks in his head (the repetitive "baby" term nearly had me belting out a Bieber song). He sounded like a juvenile kid guy with these strange italic monologues and the inappropriate usage of exclamation marks. Just an example from
Jun 03, 2015 marked it as not-to-read
Evidently this is intended as an homage to Midnight Sun, which given the roots of the Fifty Shades series is entirely appropriate and thematic. What I don't understand is why E.L. James didn't arrange for a crazed fan to hack into her computer, steal the draft and leak it over the web, causing her to abandon the project in disgust when it was still in an incomplete form. What's wrong with her? Doesn't she care?

If you can't beat them, join them. No more carping and
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

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Fifty Shades of Grey is a series I will always hold near and dear to my heart. I’ve been an avid reader most of my life, but Fifty was the book that jump started my reading. It got me to start reading more romance, and with that, I joined groups on goodreads and found so many indie books I may have never discovered and made many friends I’m sure I would have never crossed paths with otherwise. I’ll keep this review fairly short, most people have read Fifty Shades so there is no need to
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 01, 2015 marked it as to-read
Just announced: FIFTY SHADES from Christian's POV!

OMG!!!! How exciting!!! Releasing June 2015!

EL James announced that: "For the readers who wanted to read Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian Grey's POV -- on June 18 (Christian Grey's birthday) the book GREY: Fifty Shades of Grey told by Christian Grey will be released!"

In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, and reflections, and dreams. E.L. James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralle
Jun 01, 2015 marked it as stahp
Fuck no.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
I actually downloaded this from the library as a potential back-up plan to get me out of jury duty. Turns out it wasn't necessary because Friday I received word the case had settled and my super qualified and totally not-judgey services wouldn't be necessary after all. Buuuuuuuuuuuut I figure you can't make bad decisions all year unless you start on January 1 so I decided to read this today.

My reaction upon the announcement of yet another Stephanie Meyer rip-off and a "Grey" story rather than a
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

Of course I’m looking forward to reading.

Naturally I’m able act cool about it.

But on the inside I’m beside myself… all giddy…

After all Christian Grey has an honorary place…

…in my book history. He brought be from HR to CR and from there I found GR.
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Deeper Grey Stars

First read September 2015
reread June 2017

Who love the fuck outta this book?

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I loved the first book in this series, Fifty Shades of Grey , but I loved this one more. OMG I really didn't think I would like this book more . I mean I knew going into this, that I would most likely like it. I liked the first book and this is just the first book in Christian pov. I knew I would get a little more info about what was going on in Mr. Grey's fucked up mind, but the same story. I loved s
2,5 Underwhelmed Stars.


50 Shades of Grey, despite not being my favorite book series, caused a sensation, caught my attention and a few years ago, the curiosity to see if other people thought like me was what brought me to Goodreads. By that alone these books will always have a place in my heart. But this one… just left me underwhelmed. And mad, considering I’ve paid 4£ for it and could have bought a few books with that money.


I’m not speaking about the story itself because being a male POV I k
Natalie Monroe
Jun 01, 2015 marked it as never-ever-ever-reading-this
EDIT 2/7/2015: So this is why Grey has such a fugly cover.

Note from Stephenie Meyer:

EDIT 19/6/2015: I read some excerpts and all I can say is E.L. James takes the saying, "Men think with their dicks," way too literally.

Hey, look, it's Midnight Sun! I will pay all of you a million bucks to leak a draft and stop this from happening.

Aly's Bookish Wonderland
Jun 01, 2015 marked it as wouldn-t-touch-with-barge-pole
EDIT: 18/6/2015

Let us bow down to Scott Bryan, he who decided to spare us the pain of reading this atrocity by reading it himself... And live tweeting it.

Well, the summary definitely needs some work:

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And it's written by someone who a) wrote 50 Shades and b) went on to write a book on "writing advice."

How about no.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
From a business perspective, I applaud the decision to release a version of a book that has already been published that is largely the same as the book that has already been published.

From any other perspective, this book is a travesty.

The writing is terrible, just fundamentally terrible. Christian Grey is boring and he cannot even be bothered to be tortured in an interesting way.

Mad at myself for PAYING for this and then reading it even though I knew what it was going to be, having read the o
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

SO. Right off the bat, I think we need to get this out of the way: YES. I read the FIFTY SHADES trilogy, and, YES, I liked it.

Guess what?

I liked TWILIGHT, too.

And THE HUNGER GAMES, and I bloodydamn love HARRY POTTER.

If you think that means I have crap taste in books, then good riddance.

If you think that means I love ALL the hyped-up books, you don't know me, so who cares what you think?

I read what I want and heaven help anyone who tries to make me feel bad about it.

Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
*****4.5 "I WANT MORE" STARS*****
{BR with Mel, Sharon, Tiff, Kelli, Jen, and Tera}

I've come alive since I've known her. These last few weeks have been the most exciting, the most unpredictable, the most fascinating in my life. I've been enticed from my monochrome world into one rich with color - and yet she can't be what I need.

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I really loved this book!!
It started off a little iffy for me but in the end, I freaking LOVED THIS!!!

Yes, there was plenty that seemed to be a regurgitation from the
Geri Reads
Should I spend $9.99 for basically the same story as the first three ?

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Welp! The pre-order price is now down to $7.99 for ebook.

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Jun 01, 2015 marked it as bitch-don-t-even
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DNF @19% - no rating

Long story short...GREY IS A PUSSY!

I can be mistaken, but I always thought he was this super domineering alpha who is in control (or aspires to be). Well, if I had any sort of attraction to him before it is now GONE. Every single time he tries to assert his control said action is followed by a truly ridiculous piece of monologue (in italics) questioning himself, making him look uncertain and whiny. In conclusion: Grey is a pussy and I can't deal with this BS.
Oh, and in case y
Sammy Loves Books

This was entertaining...

welcome to the grey




hotel room

bath room



six pack abs






My thoughts:

I was hoping for something new and enlightening. There was nothing new to the story except for two conversations between Grey and Elena. I was hoping for more insight into Grey's head, but most of his thoughts were just about sex. There were no new conversations with Anna to enjoy. All the emails they sent back and forth, which were fun to read the first time around, were boring to read again.

I enjoyed knowing Grey's thoughts about his family, mother, brother
Alex is The Romance Fox
Now, is E.L. James a clever writer or not!!!! Did we actually need this book??? Of course not!! GREY is exactly the same book as Fifty Shades of Grey and the earliest section of Fifty Shades Darker ..there's only one difference.........let me tell you more...
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It's time for us to get Christian Grey's very own POV............oh....we gonna find out what makes this guy tick!!!!
Never mind that it's the exact same dialogue.... that we get to read the legal contract ....again.........we get to check
Jul 31, 2015 marked it as will-never-ever-read
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