REVIEW by Heather: Fifty Shades of Gray (Fifty Shades Trilogy Book 1) by E.L. James (@e_l_james , @_shoe_girl_ )

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.


Ok, we’ve all heard the hype about 50 Shades by now.  If you haven’t, then I am highly surprised that you are on a computer/phone/tablet/etc that has internet capability.  A couple months ago, a friend asked if I’d read 50 Shades.  I hadn’t heard of it at that point, but was curious, so I googled it.  Sounded interesting so I added it to my goodreads TBR list.  After hearing more and more about it, I bought it for my Kindle Fire.  It sat there for about a month.  This past Sunday afternoon, I decided to start reading.

How to put this??  I freaking LOVED this book.  Why?  No clue, really.  It was WAY different from anything I’d ever read, being as “erotica” and “bdsm” are not my typical genre.  Was it spectacularly written?  No.  Is it a literary masterpiece?  No.  Did I find it as controversial and shocking as all the hype I’ve seen/read?  No.  Perhaps I have a bit more of an open mind than most, or perhaps I am a bit warped.  Whatever the case may be, I enjoyed every page.  Well, most every page!  A couple cringe-worthy scenes, but they were the whole point of the book, after all!   While the thought of someone “punishing” me isn’t my cup of tea (pun intended…if you’ve read the book, you’ll get it), hey, as long as the people involved are of legal age and consenting then go for it!  Who’s to say what consenting adults can and can not do behind closed doors?  Not me!

Regardless of your opinion of this book, one AWESOME thing about it….its getting people reading!  People who don’t normally read are picking up this book and that is wonderful!  Perhaps E.L. James will conceive a new generation of readers!  😉  Haven’t read it yet?  Whatcha waiting for?  Think “Oh, my God! No way would I read that, nor would anyone I know!”?  Weeelll, hate to burst your bubble, but…with 3 million copies sold, I’m willing to bet you DO know someone who has read it, whether they admit to it, or not is the question!

That’s it!  Gotta go…the book ended as a cliffhanger and I just bought book two (50 Shades Darker) so I can see what happens next!  😉

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  1. I read the first two books quite awhile before they got all the publicity. I do read erotica at times. After all the hype I remembered there was a third book that had not been released when I read the first two so I got the last installment. I really enjoyed the full series. Not literary masterpieces or all that well written and rather predictable for that matter, but a really fun fast read. Hope you enjoy the second installment and you really must read Fifty Shades Freed. For me it wrapped up in a very satisfying fashion.

    1. Oh, definitely not literary masterpieces by any means! But, VERY good reads!!! I did read book two…and three! 😉 Read the trilogy on one week!!!! 🙂

  2. Hi Heather. I’m a brazilian reader, and I was looking for 50 Shades’s reviews, so I found you. First, I loved your review, you write so well. About the book… You have loved it, but I don’t know if I will love it too. I heard somewhere 50 Shades of Gray is a Twilight’s satire – Is that right? I’m sorry for my bad english. Xoxo

    1. Fifty Shades started out as a Twilight fan-fiction (original fiction using characters created by other authors). It’s not satire at all. It’s a romance novel with some kink thrown in. When it became popular as a fan-fiction, EL James changed the character names and some plot points and published it as an original work instead of fan-fiction.

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