Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker

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By (author) E. L. James

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 34mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099579928
  • ISBN 13: 9780099579922
  • Sales rank: 138

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Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the "Fifty Shades" trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever ...Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist. Soon she is learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades than she ever thought possible. But while Grey wrestles with his inner demons, Ana must make the most important decision of her life. And it's a decision she can only make on her own...

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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 Fifity Shades of Grey.

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By Marianne Vincent 04 Nov 2012 2

Fifty Shades Darker is the second book in the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James. A mere five days after she leaves Christian Grey because she is convinced she cannot be the woman he needs, his submissive, Anastasia Steele takes him back into her life. He can't live without her and vows he will curb his need to control her, will demand none of what he first wanted her for. So, as Ana enjoys/endures the life of the obscenely rich with all its trappings, she learns a little more about her damaged man, and hopes she can be the one to heal him. But there are flies in the ointment: Mrs Robinson, hovering in the background; Leila, an ex-sub, who is stalking Ana; and Ana's new boss, Jack, who seems to want more than he has a right to. As with the first volume, this is painfully slow moving (half the book to cover 4 days), almost a reading endurance test, although if you skip the sex (gratuitous, clichéd, repetitive and not at all stimulating), it is a bit quicker read. There's actually a gun at one point to liven things up.....a possible helicopter crash, a visit to the psychiatrist, a loud confrontation with Mrs Robinson at the end and the hint of the threat that will probably take up the whole next volume: another 500 pages of Ana's subconscious and inner goddess (groan)...... I am not sure why these books are so popular: I have read better romance and erotica in Mills & Boon, but I think these books have been hyped up to tipping point.

By Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page) 25 Jul 2012 3

Okay... I wasn't going to read this. After reading the first few chapters of the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, I told myself that I wouldn't continue the trilogy. Obviously I lied to myself - I went out and bought the second and third book only days after finishing the first. I'm not sure why, but I can't help but want more - maybe it's because I've never read anything like this before - it is something new.

At the beginning of this book, I was absolutely cringing. Not because of the sex scenes, but because of the writing. Some of the phrases used in this book are seriously cringe-inducing and I found myself grimacing when our main character, Ana, was talking about her 'inner goddess'. However, once I had adjusted to the writing and just concentrated on what was actually going on, I did find myself getting lost in the story again, flicking through pages at top speed. This book certainly had more of a plot than the first one - rather than just sex scene upon sex scene, there was actually an alright story behind it too. We get to learn a lot more about Christian's past in this book which was all quite predictable but still quite interesting. There were certainly more serious issues addressed in this book. There is actually so much packed into this one that it'd be hard to mention everything. I do think that some of the issues/situations should have been explored more as I felt a few felt casually dismissed.

I think that although the relationships and actions of the characters aren't entirely realistic, they are somewhat interesting. Once again, both Ana and Christian had their faults and certainly weren't totally likeable characters. Like many others, I do find Ana to be quite pathetic at points, her actions sometimes childish. To be honest, I can live with her though - she may be a pushover, but I'd imagine that a lot of people in her situation would react the same way. Christian is ...Christian. He's still charming, mysterious, seductive and attractive despite his sometimes scary attitude. He doesn't seem to be as controlled by his 'sadist' feelings, but they are clearly still there. I thought it was good to see him work through his psychological problems - it was nice to actually have more of a focus in this book rather than just all of the sex scenes. Of course there was plenty of steamy sex scenes again and more visits to Christian's playroom.

I am giving this two and a half stars because that's simply what I feel that it deserves overall. The writing is certainly not great and I'm not a fan of the whiny main character. Despite that, it has still managed to get me hooked. Some people will be charmed by Christian and some will find him simply abusive. Some people will find reading about a BDSM relationship uncomfortable. Like all books, some people will like it and some people just won't. I have mixed feelings yet I still want to read more...

By G Lofts 07 Jul 2012 4

After reading the first one and how that one ended I pretty much started this one straight away.

Without spoiling too much, Ana broke up with Christian (it says it on the back of this book so no real shocker) and has a few days sulking about it, after all it was her first relationship so can't really blame the girl, but I kind of did. She was told to use the "safe words" but doesn't and basically freaks out, hence the break up. So yeah pretty much blamed her for it.

But guess what, they get back together (no real shock there considering this is book two of three) and it goes on pretty well. You get to find out more of Christian, esp in the prologue, and their "relationship" progresses. However I really started to like this one more than the first as you get to know more on Christian's family and there is a good plot from the middle to the end. I love thriller / crime fiction, so to have a bit of suspense thrown in is always a good thing for me.

I really did enjoy this second one more than the first, the first is basically for me just about the sex, but I think with this book is probably the main story. Also I burst out laughing during one moment cause found it quiet funny.
I think of the first being a very long prologue and this one being the story. I think it's worth a read. But if you're not too sure, I'd suggest borrowing it off of someone who has it than buying it first.

By Laura Williams 09 Jun 2012 2

A couple of days ago, I posted My Review of "Fifty Shades of Grey", by E.L. James. I gave it two stars and said that I might read the others, just to see if the fuss over this trilogy becomes justified. Eventually, I did decide to give the second book a go.

"Fifty Shades Darker" continues the re-imagining of the "Twilight" series, but this time James sort of merges ideas from "New Moon" and "Eclipse" within a volume. Mostly the negative aspects! I always hated ho Bella fell apart in "New Moon" when she was separated from Edward. It annoyed me that she needed her manly-man in order to feel whole.

In "Eclipse", Edward was decidedly evocative of Emily Brontë's Heathcliff, from "Wuthering Heights". He was domineering and chauvinistic and an all-round pain in the butt! With Christian Grey, James took these annoyances and exacerbated them. I can't understand why women all over the world are swooning over this complete ass-hat of a man. I can't help but feel like it laughs in the face of strong, independent women everywhere.

I'm not the only one who thinks that these books glorify emotional abuse. This was one of the anonymous comments I received on my review of Fifty Shades of Grey:

"i have read this book and having been in an abusive relationship for 20 years, i found it really really disturbing.
i could see the same behavior patterns in Mr Grey of an abusive partner.i think if the book ever revisits Ana in 20 years time she would have been completly destroyed by this man, jumping like a frightened mouse always trying to second guess what he wants to stop being beaten by him!!"

I found this comment very moving. I think it shows just how disturbing these books can be if you a: have had some bad experiences with having to "submit" to the baser desires of others, or b: have got your head screwed on properly.

While I didn't mind Ana in the first book, in this one she really got under my skin. Her worst moment involved her being naive and stupid where her boss was concerned. I just lost a lot of respect for her after one too many daft moments.

This was a book which seemed to get confused along the way. James began to blur the sterile lust of the first book, with more saccharine attempts at romance in this latest instalment. At the very end of the book, an attempt at establishing some conflict was made, but it was a tad weak. Too weak for me to bother buying the third book... at least not any time soon.

So, for "Fifty Shades Darker", I'm awarding two stars yet again. Some things were better, some were worse, so I feel that I don;t need to reduce or increase the star count I gave "Fifty Shades of Grey".

Review quote

THE "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLING FIFTY SHADES Trilogy "In a class by itself." --"Entertainment Weekly"