Author: E.L. James
Release Date: April 17th, 2012
Publisher: Vintage Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Format: Paperback, Bought
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.
Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.
I have decided that this is my favorite book of the trilogy. It took me some time and for me to re-read all of them for me to really figure it out.
Christian reveals a lot about himself in this book. He finally realizes how Ana feels and pours all of his secrets out to her. I think it is something that greatly affected their relationship and had it end the way it did. I love Christian, yes he is all sorts of messed up, but I still care about his character. He is such a broken character that comes a long way within the trilogy. He is definitely in my top 5 favorite male characters.
Ana also comes a long way in this story. She has her problems that is for sure, but she starts to realize what her actions can do at times and starts to change her ways. This I think also influences Christian to see more into himself as well. Ana is a character that is very headstrong for some things and then very easily persuaded into others. Her happiness though comes out of the pages as well as her concern that radiates from her for Christian.
The ending of this book is wonderful. I don't think she could have ended it any better in either the regular story or the Epilogue. I love both of them. They warm my heart and make me smile. I have re-read the ending about 5 times already and I am tempted to read it again one more time before letting it live on my shelves once again.
The author also does a little mini chapter at the very end of the book. It shows you the interview between Christian and Ana from his point of view instead of hers. I loved that as well because you got to be in his head and see how he felt from the beginning. You were also able to see wonder in him then and then you know how it blossoms as you go.
If the author was to write the series in Christian's point of view, I would definitely read it. I would love to know what goes on in his head the whole time.
There is still a lot that happens in this book but it is more from outside influences than internal ones. They do still have their issues but you see them both working to fix them. This book definitely had so much that happens and captivates you as you read. The author does a great job of giving you little bits of everything as you tear through the pages in your quest to find out how it all ends.
Sex or no sex in this book, it is wonderful. I know this is just my opinion, but I still feel it needs to be shared for those that don't know if they want to read it or not. There is such a good suspense throughout it all that it will keep you going as well as a wonderful love story. If you were afraid to read this trilogy, I hope you go out there and give it a chance :)