Fifty Shades Trilogy- Three Quickie Book Reviews

I didn’t want to read them, I swear! But after everyone and their mother (yes, even my own dear Mum) gushed about the 50 Shades of Grey book and the rest of the books in the series, I felt I had a moral, readerly obligation to read them.

On a side note, I’m woefully behind in my book reviewing, so the following is what I’ve managed to piece together over on Good Reads:

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Steamy, romantic, explores the depths of trust in intimate relationships.

Of the three books in the series, I found this one to be the most risque’, mainly because the author had the cajones to put a few things in print that I’ve never seen before. I applaud her courage, and think that the taboos covered in this book were well done (that is, with honesty and without bias)and made the book feel more like a literary journey into the private lives of real people– and less like the “chic porn” that some critics claim.

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just as hot as the first, with more drama and emotional depth. And a little more in terms of romance and plotting.

This second book has slightly (only slightly, don’t fret!) less sex, but what it lacks in the bedroom it more than makes up for in the emotional/ romantic arenas.

Also, I’m a little ashamed to admit this, but this darn series is the first one that made me CRY in a good long while. And I don’t mean just once. I’m talking multiple tissue-fests. I wasn’t expecting that– when I need a cry I usually read Jodi Picoult or some other reliable heart-string-plucker. And I don’t read a lot of genre romance books… maybe that’s why this series caught me off guard that way!

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After I finished this last in the series, my thoughts turned sad. I wasn’t ready to give up Christian or his kinky f**kery!

I haven’t this emotionally invested in a series in a very long time. I saw a ecard on Pinterest that perfectly summed up the way I felt at the end– It said “Struggling to find something that I want to read after finishing 50 Shades”

Don’t despair though! I did indeed pick up another book (and then another, and another) but at first I didn’t want to. I needed time to mourn the loss of the people, err, characters that I’d spent the last few days of my life with. Completely engrossed, I might add.

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3 thoughts on “Fifty Shades Trilogy- Three Quickie Book Reviews

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