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 …
Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James tells the story of young, soon to be college graduate, Anastasia Steele and super sexy CEO-of-his-own-company-at-27 Christian Grey. The story begins with Anastasia being talked into taking her best friend Kate's place in an exclusive interview with Christian Grey when she knows next to nothing about him. After a brief and embarrassing encounter the two go their separate ways, both imagining a future together but in very different ways…
Fifty Shades continues as Christian asks Anastasia to sign a contract and be his submissive. While discussing the flaws in Christian's contract they both begin to fall for each other and a relationship begins to form that is not centered on BDSM.
The book, which begun as fan fiction for Twilight, has all the makings of a young adult obsessive craze. Whilst the book contains repetition of certain expressions, the story is enjoyable to read and keeps you blushing the whole way through.
The character of Ana is easy to relate to and Christian, despite his obvious flaws has a certain charm about him (that may be his millions of dollars) that you find yourself dreaming about.
If you're like me and knew very little about BDSM before reading Fifty Shades of Grey you will learn a lot more; however it's not all whips and chains, there's a love story hidden underneath and you find yourself fighting for the pair even though they seem doomed from the beginning.
I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next two in the trilogy. Although, when recommending it to my friends I'll make sure they are forewarned of its contents before they start seeing me in a different light…!
Review: Fifty Shades of Grey is the latest craze to take on the book world and I picked up a copy without knowing exactly what I was getting myself into; yet, I became shamelessly obsessed with the underlining romantic storyline and intrigued at the unique relationship Christian and Anastasia had begun.
Fifty Shades of Grey allowed me to escape into a world, relatively different to my own, and even had me giggling during email exchanges between Christian and Ana.
Despite Christian's major flaws I fell in love with his demanding and charismatic character and felt that I could relate to the sense of awe, Ana felt for gorgeous Christian. Whilst the slightly naïve Ana narrates the story I enjoyed how her honest 'inner goddess' made appearances throughout the story.
As a major Edward Cullen fan I enjoyed drawing the comparisons from this story that originally began as Twilight fan fiction.
Whilst the book is romantic, addictive and exciting, I feel the need to mention Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic novel with an abundant of explicitly described scenes. The book is suited best for an older age group and although the BDSM shocks you initially, you almost begin to read past the erotic content as the story encapsulates you.
I was certainly surprised that Fifty Shades of Grey spanned only a few weeks in the lives of Christian and Ana however, I can't wait to continuing reading this thrilling trilogy to see how their relationships progresses and what Christian has planned for Ana's future!
For more reviews, see: Fifty Shades Darker Review and Fifty Shades Freed Review
E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Random House Australia
Author: E L James