Release Date: April 3, 2012
Dates Read: April 28 - May 6, 2012
How Acquired: Bought
Description: When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. (Taken from Goodreads.com)
My Review: Here I sit, upon a bandwagon, alongside countless others, waving the white flag of surrender. I went and read it, buying in to all the hype...and I actually...really...liked it. I find it interesting, when reading reviews of this book, that people either love it or hate it. There is absolutely NO middle-ground where this book is concerned. I will admit, that when I heard where the book began (as Twilight fan-fic) I was less than impressed, but decided to check it out anyway. It took me a chapter or two to actually get into the book, but once I did, I had a hard time putting it down. There is not a trace of Bella or Edward in the book. Ana, while still clumsy and lacking a certain self-confidence, stands up for herself and has ambitions outside of the men in her life. Christian is dark and brooding, but he is not Edward. (Robert Pattenson ruined Edward for me and until I see otherwise on the big screen, in my mind, Christian is hott.) I will admit, the writing wasn't impeccable (seriously, you used the word besieged twice in two sentences...who says that...much less twice) and the story wasn't without flaw, but I really enjoyed it. And while everyone is focused on the extremely descriptive sex scenes, there really is more to the book than that. There is a story line...the relationship forming between Ana and Christian despite their differences and the constant struggle for compromise. I enjoyed watching it all unfold and seeing them so drawn to each other. I really couldn't put this book down. I was, however, disappointed by the ending. It annoyed me that it was so obviously ended in a way that makes you have to read the second book. (And yes, I had planned to read the second one anyway...but that is beside the point).
My Rating: It was amazing